Monday, December 16, 2013

Signs Of Christmas



George Will has some interesting thoughts on the wisdom of whether or not the government should raise the minimum wage.


While walking along Speedway Boulevard toward Fry's Market yesterday, as I approached Mesquite Valley Growers Nursery I noticed that they had their Christmas display set up. Each year they try to have something a bit different.

This Year A Bale Of Turtles Are Pulling The Sleigh

Side View Of The Sleigh And Its Contents

Side View Of The Sleigh Pullers

Last year it was a group of flamingos pulling the sleigh.

At Fry's, along with a few staples, I picked up four large bags of frozen fruit, the good kind, the kind that was picked, packed, frozen, and shipped immediately to retailers. One bag is labeled Triple Berry Medley (blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries), another is Tropical Smoothie Blend (strawberries, mango pieces, and pineapple chunks), a third bag is of whole red raspberries, and finally, a bag of Handpicked Dark Sweet Cherries. (Yum, my favorite).

The cashier at checkout asked me if I was going to make fruit pies or just eat it plain. I said eat it plain. He said he had been telling himself to do that too, because he needed to start eating more wisely. I asked him to put the groceries into two double-bags because I was walking, not driving, and I like to balance the load using both hands to carry it. He said, "Sure... no problem."


Did You Know . . .?

If you try to say the alphabet without moving your lips or tongue every letter will sound the same.



On this day in 1773, a group of Massachusetts colonists disguised as Mohawk Indians board three British tea ships moored in Boston Harbor and dump 342 chests of tea into the water. Now known as the "Boston Tea Party," the midnight raid was a protest of the Tea Act of 1773, a bill enacted by the British parliament to save the faltering British East India Company. The British tea dumped into Boston Harbor on the night of December 16 was worth more than $700,000 in today's currency.

Parliament, outraged by the blatant destruction of British property, enacted the Coercive Acts, which closed Boston to merchant shipping, established formal British military rule in Massachusetts, made British officials immune to criminal prosecution in America, and required colonists to quarter British troops. The colonists subsequently called the first Continental Congress to consider a united American resistance to the British.



Having no money; broke; poor.
Entomology A variant spelling of the word skinned, as in, so broke that even one's skin is shaved off. Earliest documented use: 1925.



(born December 16, 1988)
Anna Popplewell is an English film, television and theater actress. She began acting professionally in the TV production Frenchman's Creek in 1998. She made her film debut in 1999 in the film Mansfield Park and has since appeared in supporting roles in films like The Little Vampire (2000) and Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003) with Scarlett Johansson. In 2001 she appeared as Victoria in the BBC serial Love in a Cold Climate. Her first major role was in the film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) where she played Susan Pevensie.

(born December 16, 1963)
Benjamin Bratt is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Rey Curtis on the TV series Law & Order and his appearances in the movies Miss Congeniality, Demolition Man, Blood in Blood Out, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Traffic, La Mission, Despicable Me 2, and Piñero. He recently portrayed Dr. Jake Riley on the medical drama series Private Practice.

(born December 16, 1981)
Krysten Ritter is an American actress, musician, and former model. Ritter is best known for her roles as Jane Margolis on the AMC drama series Breaking Bad and Chloe on the ABC comedy series Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23. She has appeared in films such as What Happens in Vegas (2008), 27 Dresses (2008), Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009), and She's Out of My League (2010). She has also appeared in the television series Gilmore Girls, Gossip Girl, Gravity, 'Til Death, and Veronica Mars.

(born December 16, 1987)
Hallee Hirsh is an American actress known for her roles as Daley in the children's series Flight 29 Down and as the second (and final) actress to portray Rachel Greene on ER. Starring alongside Kristen Stewart, Hirsh portrayed the role of Rachel Bruin in Speak.


"It's not true that life is one damn thing after another -- it's one damn thing over and over." 
-- Edna St. Vincent Millay


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