Saturday, November 01, 2014

Project Thanksgiving



Low and behold time marches onward and it’s November.  Let that sink in a moment – NOVEMBER.  Christmas junk has been in the stores now for over a month (all hail the spirit of commercialism!), we’ve just turned the corner on Halloween, NaNoWriMo is underway (all the best to those participating!), Election Day is nigh (yes you should vote in the hopes that something will eventually change somewhere), Veterans Day too, and then Thanksgiving – one of my favorite holidays. 

“Why is that – Thanksgiving being one of your favorite holidays?”

Because it’s still genuine.  It’s untouched by the greed of other holidays.  Thanksgiving hasn’t sold out and, frankly, we need to pause and take account of all the blessings (yeah, that’s the right word) that we have and be thankful.  I don’t say this to make you feel guilty, Gentle Reader.  I say it because it is true.  I live in the South Jersey area and up the road in Atlantic City, five major casinos are closing.  That translates to a LOT of people out of work; a lot of families who are going to be scrambling to make the rent, buy food, or pay bills.  Forget, Black Friday; to paraphrase Billy Joel, surviving will be the noblest fight and, yes, even in surviving we can be thankful – it’s much better than the alternative.

If you would like to help ease the burden for some families in the South Jersey area this year I humbly suggest supporting the Project Thanksgiving Turkey Drive (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Project-Thanksgiving-NJ/302695739793341).  The nuts and bolts are as follows:

On November, 22nd from 9:00 – 5:00 PM, there will be collection points set up at both Shoprites in Vineland and the Shoprites in Millville and Bridgeton; as well as, the Mullica Hill and Sewell Shoprites and the Venice Italian Eatery in Pitman.  They will be accepting frozen turkeys, store certificates for free turkeys, cash, and checks payable to the Food Bank of South Jersey or the Salvation Army.

So there it is.  If you have a spare turkey consider giving it over to Project Thanksgiving on November 22nd.   They have a way of uniting turkeys with people who need them.  It’s a win – win; you get extra space in your freezer and the knowledge that your turkey has done some good in the South Jersey area.  It’s a win – win because, even in these incredibly uncertain times, we have much to be thankful for.


Happy Thanksgiving!

  
Nigel & Alex




 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Robin Williams



“You've said Death is nature's way of saying "your table's ready." We wish we could've waited with you a bit longer.” – Cracked.com via Twitter


Robin Williams has passed due to an apparent suicide.  He was brilliant.  He was talented – known and loved by people the world.  He made that world all the more brighter simply by being in it.  I won't beleaguer the point by giving you my spin on my love for Mr. Williams; however, below are some links concerning the man he was and the laughter he brought with him.  




My sincerest thoughts & prayers to his family & friends at this horrible, horrible, time.  There are only so many lights in the world and his will be sorely missed.  Godspeed, Sir.

Now – and this is important – if you are sad, if you are depressed, and you feel you’ve lost your way to the point that you feel the world would be fine without you?  PLEASE think again.  You are not and do not have to be alone.  Find someone to talk to that you can trust, perhaps someone at your local church or synagogue, or you can talk about how you are feeling right here:  there is this: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/.  As it says on their site, “No matter what problems you are dealing with, we want to help you find a reason to keep living. By calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.”  Please, find someone to talk to.

The world needs your light.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Mission Statement



Weird Al is truly a genius.  No, really.  He’s smart, funny, and he has released videos from his album, “Mandatory Fun” for the last 8 days, basically rewriting what marketing should look like in the first quarter of the 21st century. 

The Wall Street Journal’s, “Speakeasy” section kicked off his last video in an article by Eric R. Danton which can be found right here: http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2014/07/21/weird-al-yankovic-wraps-8-days-of-videos-with-mission-statement-exclusive/.

The joy of this song is the irony.  As per the article (and Weird Al), “I wanted to do a song about all the ridiculous double-speak and meaningless buzzwords that I’ve been hearing in office environments my entire life,” Yankovic says by e-mail. “I just thought it would be ironic to juxtapose that with the song stylings of CSN, whose music pretty much symbolizes the antithesis of corporate America.”

Amen.



God bless you, Mr. Yankovic.  God bless you.