The isles at most stores are decked, the music is playing and I just read people are lining up outside several large retail chains in Cleveland for Black Friday.
Not the traditional one next week after Thanksgiving, but this Friday the 22nd.
Won't be long until the day after Thanksgiving will be just another day.
I have to say I already love a couple of Christmas commercials .
Walmart features a husband watching a football game when his wife comes home with bags full of stuff and says: "Christmas shopping is done!" He says, "but its not even Thanksgiving yet!"
But the commercial from KMart with the guys in boxers ringing their "bells" had me laughing out loud. Very clever even through some people are complaining about it being too provocative. I'm guessing they rarely smile in their lives. Loosen up.
If you haven't seen it yet here's a link.
I have a science question.
If a donut is cut in half, does that mean it has only half the calories of a whole donut?
Here at KBOI, we seem to have a lot of donuts (or diet pills) in the break room for people to enjoy in the morning.
Some people take only half and leave the other in the box, so it must be because of lower calories, right?
Problem. BIG PROBLEM.
If you're going to bite into a donut in the first place, calories can't be a major concern, so go for the gusto and just eat the entire thing.
What really bothers me is most of the "Halves" have just been broken apart.
That means someone's hands have been all over it and I don't know where they've been and it leaves me with an "eewww" feeling.
The other thing that drives my nuts on "donut days" is that people will leave the empty box laying on the table instead of throwing it away. Really? The trash can is only 3 steps away! Argh!
This summer I hid my leaf rake where no one could find it....except, as it turns out, my wife.
My theory was this - if I couldn't find the rake when the leaves started to fall, I'd have to pay some of the neighbor kids to do it while I watched football.
That all ended when Linda came into the house and happily said "Look I found your rake...it was tucked away in a corner of the garage." She was giving me the look and smile that said: "I know you hide the rake and now you know I know".
Rake in hand, I moved to the yard.
I have large maple and ash trees so when they decide to dump, oh boy.
I had the leafs raked up in large piles when out of the corner of my eye I see my dog (he's a small dog, a yorkie) running at full speed and then leaping into one pile, completely covering him up.
It brought back memories of when our kids were little and did the same thing.
He came out, tail wagging and giving me his little "toothy" smile.....I could only do one thing. I told him "move over buddy, I'm coming in next."
To my wife Linda....Thanks for finding the rake.
I decided to take a look at the new Village at Meridian this past weekend to see what all the talk was about.
WOW! Very impressive. Reminded me a lot of the Town Square Mall in Las Vegas.
While some have already opened, many of the retail shops are still under construction. But there's still a lot for people to see and do right now.
The new courtyard area incorporates European-style architecture. Fountain Square, a center fountain area has hourly shows complete with lights and music (think Bellagio, but on a smaller scale). A new theater complex. Fire pits for "Fridays by the Fire", every Friday night in November and December, will feature local musicians and S'mores-inspired treats. New eateries like Kona Grill and the Yard House are open, with others soon to open. Oh yeah...did I mention shopping?
I NOW THIS SOUNDS LIKE A COMMERICAL BUT...It's going to be a fun, family-friendly area with shopping, dining and entertainment.
I can't wait for everything to be finished - check it out!
There are two 20-something's who work in the news department and were adding to a discussion about favorite groups.
The Rolling Stones is one of my top groups which made one of them say, "oh yeah, that Jagger guy is in the group right?"
UH...right, that Jagger guy. I said, "you've listened to their music?"
She said "oh no; I know about him from the Maroon 5 song "Moves like Jagger".
Some of us have to be real careful talking about music and past history because some younger members of the staff have no idea what we're talking about.
It's an age thing, and I really don't think I'm old.
However the person who commented about Jagger went home and went on YouTube for Rolling Stones songs and came to work the next day saying "hey that's great music."
I listen to everything from the Stones to Pink to ZZ Top to Fergie and even Classical.
Doesn't matter what music you listen to if you really like it......it's ageless.
Time to pull down the stored box of sweathers and sweatshirts as fall is here.
The temperatures this week are in the 50's! and 60's.
Shorter days of sunlight.
Look at the trees in the area as some are beginning to charge color already....another sign.
Outdoor animals hair is starting to grow thicker.
Hunting season is a matter of weeks away.
But the real sign is my wife's big toe is starting to ache. In my house we call it Accu-Body weather and year after year you can throw out the technology the weather-kids use because her toe is dead on accurate.
So, welcome to fall!