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Christmas Eve Tradition December 25, 2005

Posted by Matsu in Family.

December 24, 2005 at 11:50pm

Every year at this time (on Christmas Eve) I am the last person in my family to remain awake. I spend this time wrapping my presents. In fact, I must wait for everyone else to go to bed before I wrap some of my presents as they are from Santa. Also, I prepare the stockings by filling them with candies and small gifts.

The interesting thing is that I always seem to be busy with these last minute preparations when the midnight mass comes on the television each year. I am not Catholic, but I do like to watch the Christmas Midnight Mass as I finish wrapping presents and fill the stockings. I’ve been doing this for at least 15 years, maybe longer. It’s a wonderful tradition that helps to put me in the mood.

Every year Pope John Paul has led it. But, this year it’s the new Pope that is leading the mass. I think I was in high school when Pope John Paul entered the papacy. It’s amazing that he was Pope for so many years. There is something comforting about having the same Pope year after year.

December 25, 2005 at 12:01am

It is now Christmas day (at least on the East coast).

Merry Christmas, everyone, and happy new year!


The Disease Diet December 22, 2005

Posted by Matsu in Humor.
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Want to lose weight? Get sick! Yes, I am sick right now, so I know what I’m talking about. You might say, I am presently on the Disease Diet.

Before I say anything else, let me say this post is meant to be humorous. Please do not try this diet nor post complaints about making fun of illness. Illness is serious, this post is not meant to be.

In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s I got sick over the Christmas holiday several years in a row. Each time, I lost weight as a result of my illness and hospitalization. Afterwards, I reflected on the fact that each time I was seriously ill I had the side benefit of shedding some unwanted pounds. Ever since then, I have been toying with an idea for a book that would really be funny and probably end up on some bestseller list.


Wood is good December 13, 2005

Posted by Matsu in Humor.
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Today, while driving to work, I found myself behind a car with a bumper sticker proclaiming, “Wood is good!” Well, it’s hard to argue with that. But, then I began to think about it. Why would someone have such a bumper sticker? Do they think there are people in the world (or maybe in the same city) that believe for some reason that wood is bad?

Maybe that’s it. The person sporting that bumper sticker felt passionate about their position and was trying to combat the growing wave of popular opinion that wood is no longer good.

I’m not sure why anyone would think wood was not good for you, unless they tried to eat it. That can’t be good for you and it certainly wouldn’t taste good. Can you imagine people who treat wood like vegetarians treat meat? What is the word for a person who refuses to use wood? I wonder, would they like meat and hate vegetables, too?

If that driver was pro-wood does that mean he (or she) was promoting wood products and using wood as a building material? If so, then it would almost seem they were in favor of cutting down trees and deforestation. That would be ironic. Maybe they should get a sticker that said, “Wood is good, cut down more trees!”

What’s next? A billboard telling people that plastic is good? Wait, I think I’ve seen that already. Did it make me buy more plastic products? Not necessarily. Though, I do use a lot of products that are made out of plastic and it seems to be a popular material in my car and around my office. Maybe the plastic industry has been so successful in their pro-plastic campaign that people have stopped using wood and it’s hurting the lumber industry. That’s why they started the “Wood is good” slogan.

So, do your part, eat more wood!