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Dec 30

Top reasons why it’s time for 2010 to end

“Ring out the old, ring in the new,?Ring, happy bells, across the snow:?The year is going, let him go;?Ring out the false, ring in the true.”?–Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1850

Last year about this time I offered my top ten reasons why I was ready for 2009 to end. The year passed so quickly as they all seem to do, and now it is time for another year to come to a close.

Here are my top ten reasons why I am ready.

10. Too much 3-D. Although Avatar was released at the end of 2009, it was in movie theaters for half of 2010. Agreed, it is a good movie with great visual effects, and granted, 3-D was cool the first time around. However copycat 3D movies flooded the theaters soon after Avatar was released making some movie-goers perpetually dizzy and the rest of us wondering why.
9. The pits of a sports moment–Vuvuzela noisemakers at World Cup soccer. Thankfully we won’t have to listen to this for another four years. If you missed the controversy over these loud plastic trumpets, imagine the sound of a swarm of bees combined with a monotone bullhorn that never stops blasting and you’ll get the idea.
8. One word–Wikileaks.
7. Two words—Lady GaGa.
6. Three words—Justin Bieber’s hair.
5. Fall from grace:
•Tiger Woods– sadly, a continuing fall
• Brett Favre–smart quarterback with no clue about text-messaging
• Jesse James—Sandra Bullock married him because?
• Hollywood stars Lindsey Lohan, Paris Hilton, Charlie Sheen and Mel Gibson—in trouble again and this year it was worse than a bad sitcom rerun
• John Edwards—self-explanatory.
4. LeBron James’ live television announcement, “The Decision.” James: “I’m taking my talents to South Beach”. Come on, man.
3. Jersey Shore, Snooki and “The Situation”–enough said.
2. YouTube video: The confused referee at the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans football game on September 26th. On second thought, I don’t want this one to end. It’s so funny I’ll be watching it well into 2011.
1. My number one reason for wanting 2010 to end–the Kansas City Chiefs will be in the playoffs in January of 2011, and I can’t wait for that day to arrive. Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star describes exactly how we Chiefs’ fans are feeling right now: “Kansas City deserves this. You deserve this. We deserve this…The Chiefs are in the playoffs for the first time since January 2007 — back when Herm Edwards still had hope and Bob Barker still had a TV show…Kansas City finally has a football accomplishment to celebrate.”

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”–Oprah Winfrey

Dec 30

Top reasons why it’s time for 2010 to end

“Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.”
–Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1850

Last year about this time I offered my top ten reasons why I was ready for 2009 to end. The year passed so quickly as they all seem to do, and now it is time for another year to come to a close.

Here are my top ten reasons why I am ready.

10. Too much 3-D. Although Avatar was released at the end of 2009, it was in movie theaters for half of 2010. Agreed, it is a good movie with great visual effects, and granted, 3-D was cool the first time around. However copycat 3D movies flooded the theaters soon after Avatar was released making some movie-goers perpetually dizzy and the rest of us wondering why.

9. The pits of a sports moment–Vuvuzela noisemakers at World Cup soccer. Thankfully we won’t have to listen to this for another four years. If you missed the controversy over these loud plastic trumpets, imagine the sound of a swarm of bees combined with a monotone bullhorn that never stops blasting and you’ll get the idea.

8. One word–Wikileaks.

7. Two words—Lady GaGa.

6. Three words—Justin Bieber’s hair.

5. Fall from grace:
•Tiger Woods– sadly, a continuing fall
• Brett Favre–smart quarterback with no clue about text-messaging
• Jesse James—Sandra Bullock married him because?
• Hollywood stars Lindsey Lohan, Paris Hilton, Charlie Sheen and Mel Gibson—in trouble again and this year it was worse than a bad sitcom rerun
• John Edwards—self-explanatory.

4. LeBron James’ live television announcement, “The Decision.” James: “I’m taking my talents to South Beach”. Come on, man.

3. Jersey Shore, Snooki and “The Situation”–enough said.

2. YouTube video: The confused referee at the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans football game on September 26th. On second thought, I don’t want this one to end. It’s so funny I’ll be watching it well into 2011.

1. My number one reason for wanting 2010 to end–the Kansas City Chiefs will be in the playoffs in January of 2011, and I can’t wait for that day to arrive. Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star describes exactly how we Chiefs’ fans are feeling right now: “Kansas City deserves this. You deserve this. We deserve this…The Chiefs are in the playoffs for the first time since January 2007 — back when Herm Edwards still had hope and Bob Barker still had a TV show…Kansas City finally has a football accomplishment to celebrate.”

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”–Oprah Winfrey

Apr 25

Waiting on the cable guy

“Fame means when your computer modem is broken, the repair guy comes out to the house a little faster,”
– Sandra Bullock.

Perhaps a little fame might have helped get the cable guy to our house quicker, but I doubt it.

The autodial instructions came days before the scheduled cable-internet technician’s visit.

The company, whose name I shall not mention, called a second time via recorded message with a stern warning that I had better be there or else.

Have someone over the age of 18 present. Be sure the residence is open and accessible and put all pets away. The technician will call you twice on the day of service and if you do not answer or miss the message, the service call will be cancelled.

And, you will die.

No, they did not say that, but they had my rapt attention.

My instructions were to wait from 1 to 5 p.m.

At 3 o’clock, I called the automated number. Here’s a tip, keep pushing zero until a live person answers. “He will be there in 45 minutes,” I was told. I called again at 4 and again at 5:10.

Actually, I was feeling pretty proud of myself for being so patient. By the way, the Encarta definition of patient, an adjective, is being able to endure waiting or delay without becoming annoyed or upset or to persevere calmly when faced with difficulties.

I was indeed long-suffering and enduring that day, but enough is enough already.

“Where is he?” I screamed out loud at 5:30 p.m. to absolutely no one. Just one more call, I thought, and this time I will not be nice. However, Murphy’s Law was working overtime, and voice mail would not punch me through to a human being.

At 6:15 on a Monday night, the cable guy shows.

“Please tell me his name is not Larry the Cable Guy,” I pleaded to the universe.

To make a long story short after an exceedingly long afternoon, the cable guy called for backup.
A second truck arrived. At 7:05, a third cable guy. This one knew what to do, and by 8 p.m. cable and internet were up and running.

“Do you guys really work this late past 5 o’clock?” I asked incredulously. I was properly impressed and grateful despite waiting all afternoon.

I just have a couple more questions for Larry, the first technician to arrive. Are all cable guys named Larry?

And, those guys with him, could they be his brother Daryl and his other brother Daryl (of The Bob Newhart Show fame)?

I wonder.