Saturday, December 24, 2005

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas, or for the politically correct, Happy Holidays.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Santa Claus is dead!!

My dad, my brother, my little four year-old cousin went to a Wal-Mart in Laurel, Delaware. As we took my little cousin through the toy department to look at the different toys. He would rush from toy to toy asking if we would get if for him.

My cousin has four siblings, and my dad knew that if he bought one for him, he would have to buy one for all of them. My dad, seeing that the toys that he was looking at were between $18.99 and $28.99, he would say that my cousin would just have to ask Santa Claus for it.
Of course we expected that he would either deny Santa Claus' existence, or agree. However, my four year-old cousin declared: "My mom says Santa Claus is dead." That really surprised us.

We left Toys and went to the Electronics section, the section for buying more expensive toys. We wandered around, checking out prices, and gasping at others ($49.99 for a computer game??).

When we arrived at my aunt and uncle's house, my dad asked my aunt why my cousin had said "My mom says Santa Claus is dead." She explained that she had told my cousin that Santa Claus was based on an good old man named Saint Nicolas, who eventually died. All my cousin got though is that Santa Claus is dead.

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Friday, December 16, 2005

EXAMS! Live with it

From the age of 14 to 18 those two weeks before Christmas are horrible. First of all not only do you have to wait for your presents but you also have to study for the exams (sure you also take them at the end of the year but lets not go there).

There you are from 4 till 9 o'clock looking at a book you hardly understand. You just stare at it for what seems like forever. Finally when you think you've got it and you then test yourself you find out you know less than when you started.

I say lets put an end to these exams. Just let it be a normal test that only covers the last chapter. Everyone and i mean Everyone will be happy. The parents are happy because they dont't see their child in distress. The kids are happy because they can still live a bit and not worry so much. The teachers are happy becaue they don't have to make the test or fail any students.

LET THE KIDS LIVE and don't have exams! Let them be happy when they go an Christmas vacation, don't let them worry about their grades or anything like that. GET RID OF THE EXAMS!!!


My family and I reserved a car, a Buick LeSabre, to visit relatives. When we arrived at the rental to pick up our car, we learned that it had just been rented out a few hours earlier. After waiting for another Buick LeSabre to arrive, we were given a free upgrade. Our new rental car is a white, 2005 Cadillac DeVille.
What can I say about this car? It's smarter than I am: heading North, Northwest, West... The temperature outside is 38 degrees. Check your tire pressure.
I have realized that I didn't need to be able to read a compass, a car can do it for me.
Also, this car has more buttons than the clothing section at Wal-Mart. Temperature controls, radio controls, cruise controls, altitude controls... Ok, maybe not the last one, but every other type of buttons seems to be in that rolling mansion.
I have hardly ever seen a car that is big enough for me and my 5 ft 12 in. , now beardless, bro. We finally have enough legroom!! (Although we are starting to fill up that space with goodies).
The seats move more than any other car seats I have ever seen. You can tilt them forward, backwards, move them up, move them down, move the seat forward, move the seat back, and lean the back of the chair forwards or backwards.
Yeah, we sure are riding in style, if only for a few weeks.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Just bigger boys with better toys

Yesterday, we arrived at my uncle's house. He almost immediately took us out to the garage to show us his new baby- a new Chevy Impala SS he had just picked up that day- and then took us out on a test drive. We waited till the one car in sight got a bit ahead, then we took off. Having just left a country where hitting 100 kph gives you bragging rights for life, hitting 80 mph in less than 10 seconds is exhilirating.

My uncle was so excited about his new car; just as excited as a young child might be about a new LEGO set, or a teen might be about a new video game. However much they work, or are serious, or know, men are just bigger boys with better toys. And I'm not the only one who thinks so; Benjamin Franklin said: " Old boys have their playthings as well as young ones; the difference is only in the price."

Friday, December 09, 2005

Sudden Changes

Dear Reader,
I would like to ask for your patience in the number of posts I put up for the next short while. My family and I are having to return to the States on short notice, and our days are hectic. As soon as we are through this however (a week or less), I will begin to post again.

Offbeat Outsider