October 25, 2013

7 Quick Takes Friday - Vol. 44

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This is a public service announcement: If you fill your child's leak-proof thermos with soup but forget to put in the o-ring that makes the Thermos leak proof, this is what your back seat will look like after you drive your kid to school:

On the bright side, my car had the lovely smell of chicken broth for the rest of the day.

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Picture day at school has come a long way since I was a kid. My daughter's elementary school has a team of photographers onsite today to take the official pictures. When it's time to order the photos, we have a choice of about a zillion fake backgrounds. When I was in elementary/middle school, our school had its own photographer who would just take everyone's picture standing in front of a boring stairway. He was in his 80s, bald, wore funny glasses and drove a Yugo. Really.

(Photo courtesy: Wikipedia)

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There's big money in the sack. There seems to be an explosion of mattress stores opening up in my community. We have two Mattress Firm stores that are only 1.6 miles away, according to Google Maps. And halfway in between them is a Sleep Experts mattress store (and probably two or three Starbucks locations). We visited two out of the three mattress stores last weekend while shopping for a new guest bed. The Sleep Experts ended up getting our business.

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I have no financial interest in this year's World Series. But I would if the Red Sox were playing the Braves instead of the Cardinals. My college roommate back in the early 90s was from Boston and a lifelong Sox fan. And of course I've always been a Braves fan. So at the time we bet $50 on the next time the Red Sox and Braves meet in the World Series. It hasn't happened yet. Maybe we need to raise our bet to account for inflation.

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I think Major League Baseball needs to re-think its marketing strategy. This ad popped up during a game of Words with Friends. Would someone please explain to me who would select Dan Uggla for their "dream team?" He was the Braves' highest-paid player in 2013 and statistically the worst hitter in the league.

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I don't care much for college football rivalries. Of course the big one around here is between the Texas Longhorns and the Texas A&M Aggies. We had to pick a side in order to contribute to an upcoming silent auction at my daughter's school. Her class is supposed to donate an A&M gift basket to the auction. So we bought this lovely overpriced Aggie football.

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Quick joke from our priest's homily last Sunday: A deeply-religious woman sat on her front porch every morning and prayed out loud asking God for help since she could barely afford to feed her family. Her neighbor was an atheist and always tried to convince her that God does not exist. One day he decided to prove it, so he bought three bags of groceries and secretly placed them on the woman's porch in the middle of the night. When she found them in the morning, she loudly thanked God for answering her prayers. The man walked up and said, "I told you there is no God. I bought those groceries." So the woman prayed again and said, "And thanks for getting the devil to pay for the groceries!"

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1 comment :

  1. I like the joke! I dislike spill proof anything for kids. They have the unique ability to automatically find the best way to reverse the spill proof...