Some random thoughts as we head into the hours of craziness before being descended upon by family:
- It would appear that the “opt out” has had only marginal success at airports, with most people opting to go through the scanners anyway. I’m wondering why. Maybe people who had tickets wanted to get where they had tickets to, and decided that the lesser of two evils was having a stranger LOOK at their private parts rather than having a stranger TOUCH their private parts?
- Regarding the “Opt Out Day” (where people were supposed to “opt out” of the scanners), I wonder if part of it isn’t that people like me—who WOULD opt out of the radiation, but who would also be very unhappy at the thought of a stranger (male or female) groping me without a search warrant—have already “opted out” by declining to fly (I’ve opted out of any flying for the last 5 years—if I can’t get there by driving or via other means, I just haven’t gone). I have an advantage others don’t have, though—I live within 1 1/2 hours of every member of my immediate family (parents, grandparents, siblings). And I don’t have a job that requires that I travel. So any traveling I do is really by choice—and I choose not to fly because I refuse to be treated as if I’m a criminal.
- Twitter posts crack me up. A couple of weeks ago, I noticed “West Wing” tweets. No, not from Barack Obama, but from the characters of The West Wing (the television series that went on for 7 seasons, I believe, featuring Martin Sheen). I’ve got 5 or 6 “characters” from that series that I’m following (and a few are following me). I have no idea who they really are—I can’t imagine that the actors are still playing the characters via Twitter—but (having been something of a West Wing fan), it sure seems like they’re playing the roles well.
- Turkey or ham? We’re having both.
- I was walking through my local WalMart today, picking up a few things that I needed to make the food for tomorrow. There had been signs previously that Christmas was on its way, but today, they were in full Christmas rush mode—additional shelves, boxes, and so on were being stacked in the middle of aisles. [sigh] I’m not really ready for that yet.
- It was 50 degrees at about 1 p.m. We’ve dropped 25 degrees since then (it’s 4:30 p.m.), and is supposed to be down in the teens tonight. I was hoping that winter wouldn’t come. I actually like global warming.
- Kids got out of school early today, and my oldest will be home for the weekend from college.
- I’ve decided that this weekend, I’m going to try and reorganize all of my logins and passwords. I have about 20 handwritten notebook pages with my logins and passwords for a lot of accounts. Some I don’t use anymore. I need to get that organized, though—it’s getting to the point where I have trouble finding the necessary information when it comes to logging into some of the services I don’t use very often.
- I’m thankful for many things this year. Family, certainly. The community that I live in. Friends, both here and spread across the internet through this blog. Don’t forget to count your blessings tomorrow (maybe between the turkey and the pumpkin pie).
I hope to do some more posting tomorrow—but I’ve got some cleaning to do (since the weather’s going to be miserable, I won’t be able to force the kids outside), and I’ll need to do some food preparation.