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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Ducks and beers and villages and OUCH

So I just thought I would share some of that nothing.  Prepared to be bored!

So yesterday I managed to concuss myself pretty good.  Funny thing about solid iron supports, they don't give much.  After a good deal of yelling and screaming (the company is very fortunate my last name isn't Banner), I made it through yesterday at a MUCH slower pace.  Today, I started out "feeling like I was just opening my third beer, but it's okay, they're Bud Lights"; but by halfway through, they had turned to Oberons and I figured I better leave before they became mixed drinks.*

*Bud light is 4.3% abv, Oberon 5.8%.

So I have managed to amuse myself sleeping and reading.  And I just now turned the Christmas lights on.  I decided to forgo lights in our room for more downstairs, but Laurie outdid herself with twin villages, which some of you have seen on FB:

For some reason, Laurie wanted a "before" picture...
This week started our family Fantasy Football playoffs.  For those who don't care, Laurie, KC, and I each run 4 teams, and each has their own #1 team.  Laurie's #1, the Elks, missed the playoffs for the first time in 5 years (and just the 6th in 15).  KC's #1, the Clock BBQs, not only made the playoffs for the first time since 2010, he won the opener for the first time since 2008.  He whupped my #3 team, the B2s, 39-18, which isn't surprising.  The B2's started 8-0, and lost their last 5 by a margin of 224-93.  OUCH.  My number one, the KCAs, won their first round game 44-20 and will face the Greenwoods (Laurie's #4), who have won 4 of the last five division titles on their side.  Our league has been playing now since 1997, and the aforementioned B2s were the defending champs.

Okay, you can wake back up now.  I know, I know, everybody hates pro football now.  This is about a family tradition, anyway.  I tell you what, gimme something on the news that doesn't involve Trump being a Nazi, Matt Lauer's penis, or some high school teacher boffing a student, and I won't mention it.

Anyway, I observed this weekend that ducks don't like icy water anymore than we do...

And at long last I got around to figuring up who's in the running for the 2018 Time Machine Beauty Contest!  So far this season we have amassed 69 contestants, ranging from Bess Truman to my niece Robin to Charlie's Angels- but not including three anonymous attempts.  This weekend I shall attempt to look into who will make the sweet sixteen.

Today I was reading my daily David Jeremiah e-mail and he brought up the subject of "the joy of the Pharisees.  I thought, "It would be interesting to know if they actually HAD any joy."  We get the impression of them that they were elitist, legalistic, and humorless- but that's not how they were, or at least how they started.  A little preliminary research (enough to quite run me off the full topic) showed that they were originally the ones the people were comfortable with, the ones they could relate to.  The Sadducees, they were the elitists, the snobs, the ones that did not believe in any life after death (about as close to atheism as you could get back then).  They catered to the rich, where the Pharisees taught the lesser levels of society.  But they lost that track and became stuck on themselves, which is why Jesus kept pounding their faults in to them- because there was still some faint hope.  The Sadducees, who meet the Martin definition of "fools in their hearts", were already a lost cause, which is why Jesus dismissed them without so much as a parable.  Perhaps today's Sadducees should consider that.

Okay, out of conceptual steam now.  Go forth more educated and productive!


  1. Chris:
    ---Don't feel bad. I've concussed myself a couple times (thought I was knocking more sense into myself...silly me).
    Purely accidental on my part - getting ahead of myself and losing focus (yes, that does hurt). the BANNER reference. How appropriate.
    ---I'm a sucker for miniature villages. Donna's late aunt had a nice large one on her table down in Portland. We even bought them a couple "add-ons" over the years we had together.
    I miss having a train platform under our tree (when I was very young).
    ---That ice off it's back?
    ---Thanks for the warning. I caught a power snooze during the fantasy football stuff.
    (you can set an alarm for a minute!)
    ---Very good point about the Pharisees and Sadducees.
    Somehow, there may just be a modern-day correlation there (ya think?).
    If those Pharisees had any joy is was probably being miserable a lot...LOL!
    (I'm just a curmudgeon who earned that title)

    Very good post.

    Stay safe (And less concussed) up there, brother.

    1. Laurie used to have this huge "banquet hall" table that we just weren't able to keep with the moves, and filled it.

  2. Bored?
    Sorry I feel asleep but I am awake now and can't remember what I was going to

  3. Laurie really did a great job with the villages. They're adorable. I'm curious, did she paint them too or are they store bought? My mom used to paint, but me, not so much.


    1. Store bought. She used to have some built-from cardboard kits, but they assumed room temp long ago.

    2. Good to know. I may have to keep an eye out for them.

  4. I understood exactly what you meant by that 'Banner' comment.
    Yes, the nerd is strong in me.