Holiday Creep

Today’s Thanksgiving, so it seems only natural that we talk about Christmas. That’s right, there’s no escaping the holiday creep.

I didn't mean this one, but you can't escape him either.

I didn’t mean him, but you can’t escape this holiday creep either.

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The Stars at Night Are Big and Bright…

Recently we we went to the Texas Roadhouse because we wanted a steak in a casual atmosphere, and most places had exorbitant waits. I hadn’t been there since I was a kid, so I remembered only that they had peanuts and you could throw the shells on the floor. As a kid, that was all I needed in a restaurant.

But it means I missed out on the point of the restaurant. Like so many restaurants, it has a theme: it’s a parody of all things Texas. Continue reading

The Spirit of Giving

The holidays are fast approaching. With the first month of the Christmas season nearly over, that means Thanksgiving is almost here. It’s a time to appreciate what we have and think of those less fortunate. This is a popular time for donations to people who cannot afford to have a Thanksgiving celebration of their own.

On an overall level not necessarily connected to the holidays, retail mega-conglomerate Wal*Mart looked out and saw some of its own in need of a helping hand. They have set up The Associates in Critical Need Trust to provide grants to employees who have fallen on hard times, such as through the death of a spouse or a natural disaster, to provide some relief when it’s needed most. But that’s a corporate undertaking, and sometimes the holidays demand a local touch.

One store in Ohio is making the news for its charity. As an example of a store-wide, rather than company-wide, initiative, it is running a food drive to provide help for those who can’t afford a Thanksgiving meal. The drive is to benefit Wal*Mart employees. The people being asked to help out are also Wal*Mart employees. Continue reading

How to Meet People

A few months ago, my fiancée and I moved to Denver, leaving behind our friends and family and reducing our social circle to nearly nothing. On top of that, I’ve been working from home, so I can’t even put up with coworkers and have us all pretend that we’re friends.

Because of this, I’ve spent a lot of time considering the best ways to meet new people. I’ve shared my thoughts below, but let me know some of your techniques in the comments. Continue reading

Big Discounts on Values

The Affordable Care Act, known mostly as Obamacare, has been in the news a lot lately, probably because it’s a large piece of legislation causing sweeping changes throughout the country as it changes how health insurance is handled at a federal level, affecting nearly everyone.

While most people are content to mock the terrible website problems as the most visible failure of the program, the most nefarious part of this new law is the flagrant violation of religious freedom of this nation’s voiceless: our corporations. Continue reading