Let me apologize.  This is not a coherent post with one theme.  Instead, it is three unrelated topics that are on my mind this morning.


THING ONE:  I had a meeting at church last night and as soon as I got home I popped popcorn and clicked my recording of the debate.  My youngest daughter and I watched it with much enthusiasm.  Her interest comes from her recent decision to join the debate club at school.  People keep reporting this morning that President Obama won the debate but I don’t think so.  To me it looked like a tit-for-tat draw scenario.  Each one had good moments but each one also had bad moments.  I think Obama is more likeable, but Romney still seems more coherent.  I think the reason people are saying Obama won is that he so underperformed last time that it was dramatically different than the first debate.  My feeling though, is that the ship had already left the port and that Romney’s dominant performance in the first debate established that this race is going to be squeaky close right down to the hanging chad finish line.

THING TWO:  We can file this one under the “I’m becoming a grumpy old man” but I’ve got to address a problem.  I don’t care what my iPad or the hours of operation say at the grocery store there is NO SUCH THING AS 12AM or 12PM.  It is either 12 noon or 12 midnight.  Period.  End of discussion.  12 is the meridian, and it can’t be ante or post if it is on it!


THING THREE:  Yesterday I dropped by my local Starbucks to buy a gift card for a friend who did me and my church a favor and I saw a man who brought a bird into the coffee shop.  A bird.  It was not caged and it was on his arm, in his coat pocket, and on his shoulder.  The bird was a green parakeet.  In the Starbucks.  Is it Pirate Week and I missed it?  I just can’t believe it.  Who would take a pet bird to get coffee?  Why?  What sort of thought process did that guy go through?  Unbelievable.


  1. Maybe you should switch to military time. But as long as we’re complaining about how time is told, I would really like the day to start over around either sunrise or sunset than what is currently midnight. That just doesn’t make any sense. I feel similarly about January 1st starting a new year. Couldn’t we at least do it at the beginning of a season instead of in the dead of winter? I feel spring is most appropriate, but I am willing to accept any of them. Not that anyone asked. 🙂

    I find birds to be very unsanitary. But maybe it was a service animal.

    • thanks for the comments joan@!
      i’m far to civilian to use military time. i just ask that people what things actually mean. i file the 12 noon 12 midnight thing into the same category as saying “ATM machine.”
      we raised chickens growing up, and i can tell you birds are very unsanitary. disgusting. i don’t think it was a service animal–the guy could see, walk, and talk just fine, unless he used it to measure carbon monoxide in the air like canaries in the mines?

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