Friday, November 24, 2006

Now Here's a Really Bad Idea

Originally written Nov 22

In today's local newspaper was a story titled "slot parlors can serve unlimited free drinks". A bill recenly passed by the Pennsylvania State Senate would allow slot machine parlors to serve unlimited free drinks to gamblers. It says this measure is necessary to allow Pennsylvania gambling places to compete with those in other states where "around-the-clock free drinks are customary".

Does anyone besides me see a problem here? In this age of DUI crackdowns and drunk drivers causing accidents and tragic deaths and injuries, they want to give away unlimited free alcoholic drinks? Like that won't contribute to the drunk driving problem? Come on, senate, this is a pretty stupid idea if you ask me. I hope the house votes it down and/or Rendell vetoes it, which is unlikely since he is so pro-gambling anyway.

So Sayeth The Shack

Playstation Mayhem

Originally written Nov 20, 2006

It's the middle of November. There are lines of people camped out outside of Best Buy and other stores that sell electronic gizmos. It can only mean one thing...the latest gaming console is about to be released. It happens every two or three years, usually a little before Christmas. Of course the companies that make these things never make enough of them, at least initially, to satisfy the demand. So if you really want to get one, you have to camp out in line for days, even longer, outside your favorite store just to have a chance to get one. Or pay double to get one on e-bay. So a lot of people who want one for Christmas end up disappointed. Just what are these companies trying to put over on us anyway? Getting people to stand in line for days for the "opportunity" to spend hundreds of dollars on something that will be obsolete in two or three years anyway. Actually it isn't the companies fault, it is the fault of the people that are willing to stand in line and spend the money. Anyone who wastes several days of their lives waiting to spend hundreds of dollars on something they do not need and will be obsolete in a couple of years anyway has some seriously misplaced priorities. You will NEVER catch me standing in line for hours or days to buy anything, no matter what it is.

So Sayeth The Shack

TomKat--Who Cares???

Originally written Nov 20, 2006

Every day for at least the past week, I have opened my local newspaper to see an article about Tom Cruise and whoever it is he is marrying...Kate somebody or other I think.Well WHO THE FRICK CARES about these people and their stupid wedding??? I SURE THE FRICK DON'T. I would think they could find some real news to put in the newspaper rather than this irrelevent garbage. It's bad enough that it's in there one day, but it has been in there day after day after day for days and days and days. GET OVER IT FOLKS!! What makes it such a big deal? They're just two people getting married so just leave them alone and put some real news in the paper.

So Sayeth The Shack

Too Early for Christmas

Originally written Nov 12, 2006

Every year it gets earlier. This year it's right after Halloween; the ads are on TV, the decorations are out in the stores and the sales are on. Yep, its Christmas already!!

Don't get me wrong. Christmas is my favorite time of year. I love the music. I love the decorations. I love the food. I love giving presents. So I don't have a problem with extending the "season". But instead of it starting earlier, why can't we extend it later? Come January 2nd or even before that, it's all over. The music is gone, the decorations are down, and there are two to three months of dark, cold, boring and depressing midwinter nothingness to endure. So instead of starting early, let's extend the season later...into January, maybe even February. Let's wait until after Thanksgiving to start the Christmas stuff, but then then keep it going, maybe til Groundhog Day or so.

So Sayeth The Shack

Post-Election Rant

Originally written Nov 8, 2006

None of the people that I voted for won. So what's the point of voting? It's sort of like rooting for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

On a more positive note, the new touch-screen voting machines were so easy to use, A CAVE MAN COULD DO IT!!!! (Sorry, Geico, no copywright violation intended...and my apologies to any actual cave men who might be reading this; no offense was intended!)

So Sayeth The Shack