A Few Week-ending Tidbits

Unlike New Coke, a devastating marketing coup that lasted a mere 79 days (April 23-July 11, 1985) the end of another iconic era is about to end. Volkswagen is killing the New Beetle, a strictly exclusive design for the U.S. that took the auto market by storm since its debut in 1998. To end its 11 year run, 3,000 last Final Editions will be made, all one color, a light Aquarius Blue and half of them will be coupes, with a black roof and half will be convertibles with white tops. Says VW spokesman Steven Keyes, the car will be replaced by “something Beetlish” beginning in 2011. The Final Edition goes on sale in the Spring.

Did you know that wearing a kilt could get you arrested? Back in 1746, that is. With the intent of suppressing Highland culture, the Dress Act was passed by King George and Highland dress was outlawed.  A first offense was six months in jail and a second offense was a seven year exile to a work farm. This law was in effect for 35 years.

I’m dumbfounded, to say the least. Nene Anegaski just got married to a Japanese man in Guam. What’s so strange about that, you ask? Nothing really, except that Nene Anegaski is a cartoon character from a Nintendo dating simulation game called Love Plus. The man, known as SAL9000, took his gaming unit to a church in Guam and a real live human priest officiated over the ceremony. What has me stupified about this, is that this farce could actually take place–albeit a neither official nor legally binding affair to be sure–and be officiated by a flesh and blood ordained priest in a U.S. territory…in the U.S.!–a country who is all up in arms in debate and furor over gay marriage. And yet some idiot marries a cartoon.  What  can you say about the state of humanity in this case? And what do you give the newlywed couple as a wedding present? A big floppy…disk?

Here’s a feel good story to end the week that started back in May. A Long Island deli owner, Mohammad Sohail, was a would-be victim in his Shirley Express Deli when a hooded man wielding a baseball bat entered and demanded money. Sohail pulled his 9mm rifle on the robber which dropped him to his knees, begging for his life. He shouted that he was sorry but his family had fallen on hard times and he promised the deli owner he would convert to Islam if Sohail would allow him to go free. The deli man lowered his gun and dropped $40 dollars where the man knelt and before the thief left the store, he grabbed a loaf of bread and ran. Sohail received a thank you letter with an enclosed $50 bill. The letter declared that the past incident prompted him to turn his life around and he even converted to Islam as he had promised. “Now I have a new child and a good job make good money staying out of trouble and taking care of my family. You gave me forty dollars thank you for sparing my life Because of that you change my life” the letter said and was signed “Your Muslim Brother”.

It looks like it might be back in vogue, at least for the next 3 years. The Obamas have made it fashionable once again to call a Christmas Tree a Christmas Tree. While the rest of the First Family, Michelle, Malia and Sasha helped the “technologically challenged” President push the button to light the tree,  a tradition that dates back to the 1920’s, the Obamas proudly and unapologetically refered to the 40-foot Colorado blue spruce that grows on the Ellipse, just south of the White House, as a Christmas Tree.  Afterward, Michelle Obama sat on the stage and read “The Night Before Christmas” while a group of young children surrounded her.

Jim Chan, a magician in his native Hong Kong, has been chosen as the world’s best Santa. At the Santa Games in Gällivare, Sweden over the last weekend in November, several events, or disciplines take place to name the “Santa Of The Year”. Chimney climbing, porridge eating (which Chan excelled in), kick-sledding, reindeer racing, Santa’s Christmas Eve and the new challenge for this year, Gift wrapping are the disciplines the contestants must endure. And all the participating Santa’s must stand up to such criteria as: being nice to everyone, especially children; be completely sober; be clean and looking his Santa best (red or gray and white); and preferably have a big beard, but not a silly mask.

And the feel goodiest thing of the week:

Have a great weekend!

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2 Responses to “A Few Week-ending Tidbits”

  1. Melissa Says:

    I SURPRISED CAT!!!!!!!!!!! awwwwwwwwwww…..

  2. Donna Says:

    I am laughing and laughing about that cute kitten video!! Have a great weekend!

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