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December 20, 2010

The Spirit of Giving…

I remember a story my mother told me about her two brothers, better known as Uncle Michael and Uncle David. Both have gone to heaven to celebrate the holidays with God.

Many years ago, when my mother and two uncles were young, my Uncle Michael decided to raise chickens. Now for those city slickers, who only think our eggs come from the cooler at the grocery store, eggs actually come from chickens. Nothing is better than a fresh laid egg; I used to raise chickens. Anyhow, I digress…

Uncle Michael had a brooder, which is where they hatch and raise chicks that then grow up to become the chickens we all know and love. A brooder needs a lamp to keep the babies warm.

Uncle David was just little, no more than five or six, he saved his pennies, and in those days it was just pennies and he with great pride purchased a light bulb for Uncle Michaels brooder. Well on Christmas day, Uncle Michael unwrapped his present and was overjoyed to receive a light bulb. Between the bulb and the fresh fruit in his stocking, which fresh fruit was expensive too, he had the most wonderful Christmas.

It gives one cause to think, how can one little boy be overjoyed with a simple light bulb and fresh fruit. Well when you have nearly nothing, the little things we take for granted, become a wonderful treasure.

So, while your out trying to figure what games, controllers and other items your going to purchase for your children, think back to a time when, a simple Light Bulb was the highlight of a little boys Christmas and ask yourself… in these days of excess, have we lost the simple understanding about what the Christmas Holidays mean?  The spirit of giving someone something with love behind it means more than all the material things in the world given without.

Have a wonderful Holiday!

Kat and the Kids

Filed under: Food For Thought by Kat at 3:27 pm

December 17, 2010

Thoughts on Holiday Travel – Complete with Intrusive Pat Down!

It’s that time of year again where we, en mass hit the airports to fly to our respective homes to celebrate with the ones we love.

Now I know that the country is up in arms over the whole idea of full body ex-rays and intrusive body pat downs but I’ve come to look at it in another way.

First of all let me say that I will happily decline the full body x-ray, I’m sorry but I don’t feel the need to expose myself to the low levels of radiation needed for such things, heck even at my dental office they put you in lead while shooting pictures of your teeth with their x-ray machines, so why would I allow for the feds to shoot me with radiation. So that being said I have decided that it would be so much more fun to elect for the full body pat down, after all if they feel the need to feel me up, have at it. Now this might make them uncomfortable but really I don’t care. If they have boob, back of knee or groin fetishes, that’s their thing. If we Americans all elected for the full body pat down how long do you seriously think they would keep it up?!?

The mental image I have of the full body invasive pat down is this. A little old lady with sagging breasts and her depends on goes through and respectfully declines having the x-ray. Some young guy comes up and with a female in attendance starts the search, over the din, you hear her waitress, smokers voice say “Sweet cheeks, make sure you thoroughly check me out. This is the most fun I’ve had in eons!”

So, I say let them have at it, get the pat down, have them run their hands over your body and make sure your not ‘hiding’ anything, after all this is cheaper than going to a peep show, where you too are not allowed to touch and you don’t have to tip them for doing a good job!

Happy Holidays!

Kat and the Kids

Filed under: Food For Thought,Life by Kat at 2:36 pm

December 16, 2010

Good Sportsman Ship Not Shown By Jets Assistant Coach

It’s disheartening to see an assistant coach on the sidelines of the New York Jets, show such poor judgment and even worse poor sportsmanship. I know as fans, we want our teams to win the games they play, but do we really want them to win playing dirty or having misguided coaches, making dirty plays such as the below (see the video),  throwing a knee into a player from the other team?

What does he gain from this? Perhaps he injures the player and takes him out of the game, if he gets caught (which he did on video no less) he could lose his ability to coach anywhere and what kind of example does he give to not only his players but those fans watching the game… That the New York Jets only care about winning, even if that means breaking the rules.

I’m quite sure at the time this happened, the coach in question did not think it all out, had he, I would hope that he wouldn’t have chosen to make a decision that in the end impacted more than I’m sure he ever intended.

Growing up, I played several team sports; soccer, basketball, soft ball and a few others. Competitive soccer was my thing. After graduating from high school, I then took time to coach a couple of club level soccer teams.

Good Sportsmanship was something that was preached by coaches, pushed by parents and made those who played the sport feel good. We didn’t have to win at all costs, nothing was better than to win a game because the team and each individual on the team played to the best of their ability. We players lived and breathed this belief and took pride in doing our best win or lose.

Good sportsmanship is something to take pride in.  It’s something that we teach our children and expect of any player in any sport be the player an amateur or professions.

Win or Lose it’s how we played that game that in the end really matters.

Kat & Kids

Filed under: Food For Thought,Life by Kat at 1:23 pm
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