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Happy ATM
I don't usually get receipts with my ATM transactions anymore.  However, I think I'm missing out on some good karma.  Check out what happened to this guy when he went to an ATM the other day.

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Why Are You Eating Chinese Food?
There are always jokes about Jews getting Chinese food on Christmas, but it's really true.  My family has been doing it for years.  However, this year it seemed like everyone was Jewish.  My folks were in town and we decided to get some eats from Imperial Garden.  We decided to get the food on Christmas Eve and the place was packed!

Maybe there are more Jewish people in Madison than I thought, but I don't think so.  Perhaps, everyone else is just starting to realize Chinese food tastes a little better on Christmas.

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Why Snow Days are Sad for Me
When I was a kid and I would wake up to a winter wonderland, the first thing I would do is turn on my radio.   I’d have my fingers crossed hoping to hear my school on the long list of closings.  It was always so exciting to hear my school mentioned on the radio. 

Now I’m the guy on the radio, but sadly times have changed. 

These days parents get an email or text from the school telling them if it’s a snow day.  I appreciate the technology and it is a better system.  However, I miss the good old days of waiting for the guy on the radio to tell me I can stay home. 

Perhaps I miss it because I finally get to be that guy, but not as many people need to hear it from me.
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How Do We Cure This Disease?
Over the next few days there will be candle light vigils, tears and anger.  There will be plenty of discussions on how we need to stop unthinkable tragedies from happening.  People will wear ribbons. We will see pictures of all the children and teachers who died and we’ll hear Amazing Grace.

But what will happen next?

Remember how sick you felt after the shooting in Arizona where Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was speaking?  Remember how upset you felt after the Virginia Tech shooting?  The list of random and senseless violence seems to be getting longer and longer and the time between these events is getting shorter and shorter.

This is not an easy problem to solve.  I do believe we should have stricter gun laws, but Connecticut has some of the strictest laws in the United States.  It didn’t matter.  We should have more help for people with mental disorders, but this killer came from a family with money so it wasn’t an issue of access to health care.
 
It’s almost as if this is a new disease.  We have to be smart enough to cure it.  This country has risen to great heights in the past to solve problems.  I hope we can do it again.
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View from the Crib
Jonathan is taking another day off from blogging, so his 2 month old son, Joshua will be filling in today.

There have been plenty of jokes about how lame Hannukah is compared to Christmas.  I didn't believe it.  After all, Hannukah is eight nights and Christmas is only one day.  However, I think I'm starting to understand what people are talking about.

I don't know if my mom and dad are being cheap, but so far I've only scored a pacifier and a pair of socks.  They even blew off lighting the candles last night!  I've overheard my parents saying they'll get more into the holiday when I'm old enough to really understand what's going on.

What the heck are they talking about?!  Do they not think I know they already gave me that pacifier a few weeks ago?!  I totally could tell they re-wrapped it.
I actually spent a long time searching for nice presents for my parents, but I think I'll just save them until "they're old enough to really understand what's going on".  For now, I'll just give them a potato latke I made in my diaper.

Happy Hannukah!!!
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Music for the Afterlife?
I don’t know if this is real, but there may be a company that creates a stereo system for your coffin.  The company is called Pause and according to the website they make a sound system with tiny speakers to play music for you in the afterlife. 

The Catacombo sound system “employs a pair of two way speakers, tweeters and a divine 8” subwoofer  fined tuned to the coffin’s unique interior acoustic space.”  It sounds fancy and creepy at the same time.  This sound system also allows loved ones to ad songs to your eternal playlist.

I’m not sure this is such a great idea.  What if you have a relative you didn’t get along with here on earth?  Would they be free to add songs to your list that you absolutely hated?!
Here’s the video and a link to the website.

 

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Why I'm Afraid of Cardinals
As a Bears fan, I’m terrified about a game coming up soon.  No, it’s not the one against the Packers this Sunday.  It’s actually the game the week after.  The Bears are in Arizona to face the Cardinals.  You may wonder why I’d be concerned about that game.  After all, the Cardinals are having a bad season.  This past Sunday they lost to the Seattle Seahawks 58 to 0.  Yes, you read that correctly.  The Arizona Cardinals lost 58 to 0.  The Cardinals coach started his post game news conference by apologizing to the fans and every associated with the organization.

So what’s the problem?

Any given Sunday. 

That’s an expression used in the NFL to describe how any team can beat any other team on any given Sunday.  It’s true.  Remember when the Packers perfect regular season was derailed by the Kansas City Chiefs?
 
Living here behind the Cheddar Curtain means I got a lot of ribbing as a Bears fan.  This week the Packers are favored to beat the Bears and people around town will make fun of me if it happens.  However, that will be nothing if the Bears lose to the lowly Cardinals the next week.
 
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Cell Phone Panic
As I pulled up to the station this morning,  panic ran through my body as I realized I FORGOT MY CELL PHONE AT HOME.  I seriously thought about going back home to get it, but I was running late so I had to soldier on without it.

How lame.  Do I really need my phone that much?  I can remember when I used to leave home and not have access to phone until I got to work.  What is so important that I must have my cell phone at all times?  These days my phone is more of a distraction then a communication device.  I use it to surf the web, look at my Twitter feed and get a few laughs from The Onion mobile site.  I do receive text messages and I guess that qualifies as communication, but most of the text messages are not that important.

Before we had cell phones I managed to keep up with friends and family and even meet people out.  Now I use my cell phone in the grocery store if Lindsay and I get split up.
I can't imagine what communication will be like 20 years from now.  Kids will probably wonder how we just got by with cell phones.
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Every Rose Has ItsThorn
So the Badgers are back in the Rose Bowl even though they don't really deserve it.  Penn State and Ohio State both beat the Badgers this season, but both teams were not eligible to play in the postseason.   

Wisconsin did put on an amazing display against Nebraska in the Big Ten Championship, but they really shouldn't have been there.  

There are a few teams in BCS games this year that probably shouldn't be playing such as Northern Illinois.  

Soon the BCS will finally move to a more legit playoff system , but until then let's enjoy the fact that Bucky is in the spotlight once again...even if it's not deserved. 

ON WISCONSIN. 

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