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Happy New Year 2012

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Ringing in 2012 with a bang!

We are rapidly closing out 2011 and I thought it would be a good time to look ahead to what 2012 will bring.  First of all it is a leap year so those of us who are self-employed get an extra day of work so let’s ratchet up those earnings expectations! 🙂  February 29th is a Wednesday in case you want to plan to work extra that day.  The Summer Olympics will be held in London in 2012 running from July 27th to August 12th.  Set your DVR now for riveting coverage of your favorite sport.   It is also an election year.  We elect, among other things, a President on Tuesday November 6th.

For your reference, I have listed below the day on which  banking holidays fall (which sometimes sneak up on you) and some major holidays:

  • January 1st – Sunday
  • January 16th Martin Luther King Day – Monday
  • February 20th President’s Day – Monday
  • May 28th Memorial Day – Monday
  • July 4th – Wednesday
  • September 3rd Labor Day – Monday
  • October 8th Columbus Day – Monday
  • November 12th Veteran’s Day (Observed) – Monday
  • November 22nd Thanksgiving – Thursday
  • December 25th Christmas Day – Tuesday
  • December 31st New year’s Eve – Monday

There are 5 Fridays in these months in 2012 – hurrah for Friday:

March (Q1)

June (Q2)

August (Q3)

November (Q4)

For those of you that prepare payroll please make a note of these holidays so you don’t forget to adjust your pay dates and money transfers accordingly for the holidays listed above.

 Finally, some famous leap day birthdays:

  • 1904-Jimmy Dorsey (James Francis Dorsey) – Legendary saxophonist, conductor, songwriter and composer.
  • 1916-Leonard S. Shoen – Entrepreneur, founded U-Haul Rental System.
  • 1916-Dinah Shore (Frances Rose Shore) – USA, Actress, Singer, Talk Show Host.
  • 1924-Al Rosen – Ballplayer, slugging Cleveland 3rd baseman.
  • 1936-Henri “The Pocket Rocket” Richard – NHL Hall of Fame Center, Montreal Canadians.
  • 1944-Dennis Farina, USA, Actor
  • 1952-Bart Stupak, American politician (Rep-D-Michigan)
  • 1960-Anthony Robbins – American Motivational Speaker 

See a complete list here

Have a great week and have a Happy New Year.  See you in 2012.

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December 26, 2011 at 11:04 am

Merry Christmas From Jimmy Sad Eyes

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It's great to take a break from the daily grind

Season’s greetings, my name is Jimmy Sad Eyes and this week I am writing the blog and giving the regular guy the week off.  He asked me to do this and I held out until I got what I wanted – a 5 minute tummy scratch each week in January.  I wasn’t supposed to tell anybody so keep it a secret between us.  

 I am going to write about my favorite things of Christmas. I am not quite two years old so it will be a short list as my experience is limited.

Favorite song:

Jingle Bells.  In case you don’t know it starts out like this:  

Woof, Woof, Woof

Woof, Woof, Woof

Favorite Gift:

Extra Large Rawhide Bone (with a compass in the stock*)

Favorite Christmas Television** Special:

Anything with Snoopy in it.  That dudes rocks!

Honorable mentions:

Christmas leftovers, hey a dog likes to splurge once in a while too.

When the neighbors and their dog Tina come over for a Christmas visit – if you know what I mean.

Eggnog – ‘nuff said

Eating the milk and cookies left out for Santa.  So far they haven’t figured it out.

This is the part when the other guy tells you to have a great week but I always have a great week.  I mix in a few walks, a couple of meals and about 12 hours of naps throughout the day.  You should try that some time, I recommend it in fact.

*Editor’s note – OK, I added that due to my affinity for the movie A Christmas Story

**Editor’s note #2 – Jimmy doesn’t have a high def Television or use the abbreviation “TV” either    read about low def eyes in a high def world here

 

If I Had A Million Dollars – At Christmas

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One Million Dollars

Last March I wrote a blog about what I would do with a million dollar windfall.  It ended with me left with 2 cents and giving it to you and telling you to be happy with what you have.  This time I am going to just have fun spending a million for my Christmas gifts. 

 To start, I am going to spend some money on myself.

1)      A new fancy bike that is very light weight with all the cool gadgets.  I will allocate $5,000 to this purchase which I feel is appropriate since this is only a dream. 

2)      Fix my garage.  It has two single doors and I want it to have one large door.  I hate this about my house and I have to deal with it every day.  Whatever it costs it would be worth it especially since I have some extra scratch to spend.

3)      Hire someone to come in and do all the little things around the house and make my to do list read: Swing on hammock while sipping a beverage.  This would be priceless.

 Enough for me now on to my wife:

1)      See item 3 above. 

2)      A shiny new diamond ring that had a super-duper special feature.  It would not get misplaced while digging in the dirt when gardening

3)      A week vacation wherever she wanted to go without me.

4)      A week vacation wherever she wanted to go with me.

5)      A day at the spa getting pampered.

6)      A brand new car!  I can imagine Johnny Olson saying that now.

7)      Lessons from the person who would teach her to appreciate my special brand of humor.  That might cost a few bucks.

8)      A swimming pool, a landscape pool and a pool table (for good measure).

 Now for my parents:

1)      For my Mom I would get small cottage to escape to so she could do what she wanted to without having to cook, clean, and in general wait on my Dad, my brothers, sisters and me.  At this cottage she would have a wait staff to wait on her.  She would also have a large flower garden that she could putter in and when she got tired she could point and tell the gardener what to do.

2)      For my Dad I would get a wait staff for the times that my Mom escaped to the cottage.  (The law of unintended consequences at work here.)  I would also get him every DVD of anything about World War II.  He has seen everything already at least once but I guess it would be nice for him to have it at his fingertips.  I would also buy him a year’s supply of coffee which would create a spike in the price so you might want to invest in coffee futures.

 Now on to siblings:

1)      For my older brother, I would get a big and bad Ford F-250 crew cab with a towing package.  I would also get him a perfectly restored 1969 Camaro Z-28 to tow to drag races and for general tooling around the main drag.  He would have to promise to allow me to ride along.  He could pick the color as it would be delivered ready for a final coat of his choosing.  Did I mention it would have to two 4-barrel carburetors?

2)      For my younger brother, I would get a big RV that could haul a trailer for kayaks, canoes, bikes and various other gear so he could take weekend getaways in luxury.  The RV would be equipped with a microwave, satellite, Blu-Ray DVD and a High Def Television as well as a hot tub to take care of sore muscles from over-doing it.  He would have to promise to let me go on some weekend adventures and to let me use the hot tub when I did something stupid.

3)      For the oldest of my two younger sisters I would buy a completely stocked professional kitchen so she could create sumptuous meals in style.  If having this awesome kitchen (I am imagining a lot of stainless steel) led to a show on the Food Network I would insist that she let me make a guest appearance.  If the guest appearance was not possible I would have her name a specially created dish after me.

4)      For my youngest sister, I would renovate her house to add an in ground pool off of her deck and add an entrance to the pool area from her basement.  I would also trick it out with a cool sound system and buy her Jimmy Buffet’s complete catalog so she could always be in Margaritaville.  I would also have a huge outdoor fireplace/grill and a bathroom so we could spend all day outside without a need for going in for any reason.  She would have to agree to hold all family parties at her house.  If she was real nice to me I might even get her a pool boy…but her husband might have something to say about that. 

I guess I have probably spent all of my money so I will stop this dream and get back to reality.  Wow, that was fun.  Next week Jimmy Sad Eyes will be writing this blog and will have a Christmas Message to share.   Have a great week. 

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December 12, 2011 at 11:04 am

Christmas In Georgia

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A kid in Georgia can dream of a White Christmas

After 47 Christmas holiday seasons spent within 10 miles of the Pennsylvania and Ohio borders, I am spending my first in Georgia.  So far it has been a little weird.  I am not getting the normal environmental cues that Christmas is coming.  For example, there are usually a couple of months of very lousy cool/cold weather that leads up to Thanksgiving which leads to cold and snowy conditions. 

I am writing this on November 23rd and it was 77 the past two days for a high temperature. It has averaged about 68 degrees around Atlanta for a high temperature this month.  It has been about 3.5 degrees warmer than usual up North this November and the average high has been 56 degrees.  My mind is telling me it is late September or early October.  The calendar wins the argument.  I went to the grocery store in shorts yesterday and they had Christmas trees for sale!  Something is wrong with that picture. 

As we enter the first full week of December I am thinking about the things I will miss about that cold weather.  Despite loving the warmer temperatures, I can list a few.  Here they are:

  • Christmas parties with friends in a house warmed by a roaring wood fire.  It is so good to feel warmth after being in the cold. 
  • Warm beverages such as mulled cider or hot chocolate.  We can have them down in Georgia too but it won’t taste the same in shorts.
  • A fresh blanket of white snow covering a field and sparkling as the sun shines brightly upon it.  That is a sight I will actually miss.  Of course, the sun is a rare bird in the winter months in the Great Lakes “rust belt”.
  • Houses decorated with pine wreaths and snow-covered roofs.  That is an appropriate cue that Christmas is on the way.
  • Snow men and snow forts in front yards.
  • Sled riding down the local sledding hill. 

 Have a great week – wherever you are.

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December 5, 2011 at 11:05 am