Friday, December 23, 2005

This post is not TIMELESS by any means!
As a matter of fact, this is quite a "Timely" post...

As a matter of fact, this post concerns that elusive commodity known as time. We buy time, make time, mark time, waste time, save time, budget time, lose time, gain time, take time, pass the time and allocate time. Sometimes we don't have enough time. Other times, we have time on our hands. We have "sometime", "meantime", sometimes we're "out of time"; if we're lucky, we're "in time". And other times, we need to take "time out". So, if you're reading this post, I hope that it's "time well spent"...

The times, they are a-changin' dept.: (Thank you, Bob Dylan!) Lately, just lately, the Bush Administration has come under a lot of harsh criticism for alleged domestic spying (it's gonna be interesting to see how that pans out), and for our country's continued occupation of Iraq, even though Iraq had nothing to do with the 9-11 incident in New York City. Bush has been saying that we are there to "win the war against terror". But, it was announced today that there would be TROOP WITHDRAWALS...IF things got better over there, IF Iraq's domestic problems lessened, IF all the agitation over there miraculously ceases somehow. In other words, more political doublespeak, designed to satiate the masses while the war drags on and our troops die needlessly over there. So I guess we'll get out of there when the "time" is right. But, you CAN'T win a war "against terror", for terror is everywhere. The best we can do is get Iraq in half-decent shape and get the heck outta there. Don't waste any more TIME!

Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin' into the future dept.: (Lyric courtesy of the Steve Miller Band). While having coffee today, I saw a lady from my 1972 Coeur d'Alene High School Class. I was waaay too shy to talk to anyone back then, especially women. So, why is it so much easier, NOW, to talk to someone that you never spoke to back then? That never ceases to amaze me. I hadn't seen her in over 20 years, and had never talked to her. But we chatted a bit and went our separate ways. I guess "Time" is the great equalizer, isn't it? In some cases, it has a way of breaking down barriers. It's about time, huh?.

Time Has Come Today dept.: (Song title courtesy of the Chambers Bros' 1968 hit single) At the grocery store, I saw my old American Government Teacher from Coeur d'Alene High School; he was also a basketball coach way back then. He's always walking on the Centennial Trail, and he still does that. Hmmm...he's getting younger and I'm getting older. He looks like he's in great shape, while my arthritis is a little more debilitating all the time. Anyway, it was nice to see him. He and his family are really doing well. Time has been good to him, obviously.

Time...keeps flowing like a the sea, to the sea...dept.: (Song title courtesy of the Alan Parsons Project, and it's one of the most gorgeous songs I've ever heard) I don't know if this is big news or not, but the year 2006 is going to take ONE SECOND LONGER to get here. That's due to a slowdown in the earth's rotation, probably caused by the gravitational effects of the Moon, which "tugs" on the earth as both celestial bodies orbit the sun. This one-second "gap" happens every few years. So you have an extra second on your hands. Use your time wisely!

Good times, bad times, you know I've had my share dept.: (That's the title of an old Led Zeppelin Song.) This concerns a baseball player who's had some bad times, but for him, things are actually lookin' good...for Matt Lawton, who's gonna get $400,000 for a 1-year deal with the Seattle Mariners. There's a catch, though. Steroids were detected in his system last year, and he has yet to pay the price. So his first big move when the baseball season begins, will be to sit out the first 10 games of the season. Whoopee! Let the good times roll!

Happenings ten years time ago dept.: (That is the rather convoluted title of a song by the Yardbirds; one of only three songs where guitarists JEFF BECK & JIMMY PAGE played on the same song, by the way. Jeff Beck left the group shortly after that song came out in the late '60s. Jimmy Page later formed LED ZEPPELIN.) But actually, that song came out in the late 60's, so it's not really "ten years", it's more like almost "40 years time ago" But anyway, while having coffee today, over the loudspeaker came Bruce Springsteen's "Born To Run". I'm not a Springsteen fan; I think he can barely sing, but that song is one of the most thrilling pieces of music ever recorded. And that one was recorded "30 years time ago" in 1975!

Baby, baby, baby, you're out of time dept.: (An old Rolling Stones song there). Well, Wal-Mart has done it again. Not only does that entity immerse itself in shady practices, which outsource jobs to other countries and put American suppliers out of business, they also have reportedly denied a bunch of California workers LUNCH BREAKS! As a result, Wal-Mart ran "out of time" in its quest to not have to pay out a cool $172 million dollars in fines. So, that'll cut into Wal-Mart's goal of making gadzillions of dollars every day between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and it couldn't happen to a nicer firm, ha ha! It is entirely possible, that every time you buy something at Wal-Mart, you do your part to damage the American Economy. Hey, I'm guilty of buying stuff there, too! Although, I've only gone into the Post Falls Wal-Mart 3 "times" since it opened a few years ago.

Oh, it's cryin' time again, yer gonna leave me dept.: Hey, I have no shame. I'll even use the title of a Buck Owens song here. That's the song Boston Red Sox fans are singing, because one of their star players, Johnny Damon, is now a New York Yankee. He's always been bearded and wore his hair long, and I'd thought, "Hmmm, I'll bet (Yankees owner George) Steinbrenner isn't gonna like that look very much". I was watching a sports report tonite, where Damon was paraded in front of the media wearing the famous "pinstripes", and yep, he got a haircut, and is beardless! Can you say "sellout", boys and girls? I knew yuh could! I guess the Yankees felt that the "time" was right to acquire Damon's services.

This could be The Last Time dept.: (yeah, another Rolling Stones song; they're gettin' so old, any upcoming concert tour could be their "last", heh heh) Anyway, the time has come for me to finish this post. So, I shall take you back to a different time. A time in an innocent age. So, we'll travel thru time, as I take you back to another time...this is one of those old "painted postcards", which was probably made back in the days before color film. Truly prehistoric "times", huh? Artists would take a black-and-white photograph and make a "color" version of whatever was in the photo. In this case, we're being treated to a really gorgeous sunset on Lake Coeur d'Alene. It looks like the two fishermen in the boat are having a spot of "quiet time". But the sun is getting ready to set, ending "good times" for another day.

Well, that's it. This post is over. I've got no more to post. Except, I did come to a realization...when you don't have enough of it, when you need it, when there isn't enough of it..."Time" is a 4-letter word! But I've gotta go now; you see, it's "Quitting Time"!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I share your sentiments on Wal-Mart. Check out this post from about some of their other legal issues.

12:01 AM  
Blogger little ol' me said...

Hallo, Mr. Anonymous...I visited that site once upon a time. I saw a PBS "Frontline" special about Wal-Mart, and that's how I got the web address. Wal-mart demands low prices from its suppliers; the suppliers can't make the product cheap enough in the States, so the manufacturing is outsourced, causing plants to close and workers to be laid off in the U.S. What a damn shame.

3:18 AM  

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