he TV commercials for Christmas items stared mid-October and are now in high gear with Christmas Eve only a few days away. This year Christmas Eve is a Saturday night, with Christmas itself on Sunday. I am hoping that the weekend holiday will mean that more people will be able to see family and celebrate together without many people having to miss their regular work days.
Missing time from work for a holiday can be a burden for some people who only earn hourly wages and are desperate for enough hours each week to make a full paycheck. Having the holiday fall on the weekend also means that more people will be able to shop for last minute gifts without having to take time off from work.
Some of the Christmas commercials are for toys for the kids. Those usually air on the kids’ cable channels like Disney and the Cartoon Network. The daytime major networks are running a lot of clothing and household goods for the women. To be honest, I have not seen many commercials targeted toward men, although they might have some running on the SpikeTV network. I don’t usually watch that cable channel so I don’t know for sure.
The TV commercials that really slay me are all the ones for automobiles. It seems to me that only a small percentage of wealthy Americans can ever consider buying a car as a gift for the spouse. Most family budgets top out at a couple hundred dollars for the spouse, not $50 Grand. And, in my own opinion, I think a car would be a cheesy gift. You should buy a car when you need or want one – not as a Christmas gift. The same philosophy for engagement rings. I think guys who use Christmas as an excuse to buy her a diamond ring are lame. They should propose on a separate occasion and buy a thoughtful gift for Christmas. Sure, buy her jewelry if you want, but an engagement ring should be gifted for its own sake.
Back when I was a kid, we played card games every weekend. It was a family thing. There were standard rules for a variety of card games and what we played often depended on how many other kids or grownups were interesting in playing with you. If only two people were going to play, that meant War or Spit or Cribbage and sometimes two handed Pinochle.
If three people wanted to play, that opened up a whole bunch of other games, like Spoons or Canasta. There are three player versions of a lot of games, too, like Rummy.
But the real fun started when we had four people – that’s when we played Hearts or Spades or Euchre or Pinochle or Rummy or Pennies from Heaven…. We also played a game called Red Dog, which was solitaire with others. That’s the only way I can describe. It is a fast paced game where everyone has their own deck of cards but you can play off what other people put in the middle.
Sometimes we wold get out the board games instead of cards. The Monopoly games always went on for hours – those were usually played in the winter when it was too cold to go outside and play. I always like the game Clue, but it was hard to find other family to play with me because I almost always won. LOL
Had a business trip to Maine and I thought it would be good to meet up with some friends in the area. We haven’t seen each other in over 2 years and I planned my trip so I could spend two whole days with them.
Took the girls horseback riding at Camp Fairhaven in Brooks, Maine. We had a total BLAST. It was affordable, which helped the old wallet, and the staff were relaxed and very casual about everything. They didn’t make us ride single file on the trail like some places do, and we didn’t have to just walk on the trail – we took a side path for a short distance and found a big flat granite rock to sit on and appreciate the view.
They let us experiment with handling our horses and jumped in to help when the girls got nervous or had any questions. They even let us unsaddle and brush down the horses, which some people might think is just work or chores, but for us it was a treat to spend the time with animals and help take care of them.
It was a good day – I hope I’m not too sore tomorrow!
Every little boy Iknow loves to play with Legos and I have to admit that I still have a big plastic box of my own Legos from childhood tucked away in the garage. Some day I want to drag them out and spend a day building stuff with a kid who likes to play with Legos. I guess it will be up to my sister to start birthing boys so I can have a kid to play with . LOL
When I was a kid, my Legos were always tied into a gift of some sort. I got Legos for birthdays, for Christmas, and sometimes for getting good grades or doing something that my parents like. I don’t remember ever going to the store and picking out a box of Legos for myself. So, when I was at the mall the other day and saw a brand new Legos store had opened, I made sure to go inside and check it out.
Well, I don’t know what exactly I was expecting from a Legos store, but that was not it. The store had floor to ceiling shelves of Lego sets, but they were the same dozen or so sets. I was hoping to find 100 or more different sets. But that did not happen. I was also hoping to be able to buy any individual piece in the color that I wanted, and some mini-figures, too. But, no. They have a small floor display with bins of loose Legos, but they are only a few standard bricks. Nothing special.
Have to say, I left there disappointed. It was a Lego Store Letdown of huge proportions. I expected a massive inventory of Lego dreamland, and only saw a small store with limited, new stuff they were pushing on this next generation.
Everybody knows that the new version of the Playstations, number 4, is coming out the end of this year – just in time for Christmas. And it’s going to be expensive – about $400 for the new unit, which include a Blu-Ray player. I haven’t heard of the new games will be more expensive or not. I bet they have a price point that has already maxed out and people will just stop buying games that cost too much. Personally, I think $60 and more is way too much money for a fucking Playstation Game and I can rent them for a cheap week of fun for a lot less than $60. We will see.
What I’ve heard from friends is that WalMart is offering some kind of advance purchase lay-away plan. The game is not out yet, so they have no inventory. But you can commit to buying the game when it does come out in December by giving Wally money every month. By the time the new Playstation hits the stores, yous will be paid for and all you have to do is cruise by the store and pick up it. The brilliance in this plan is that Wally gets the use of your money for up to 5 months and they don’t have to do anything but bank it. And a bunch of dumb fucks that can’t just save their money in the sock drawer are going to fall for it!