Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Christmas Wishes - Not Too Late

Hey Peeps, and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Ms. Hazel Mae.

I was going to finish writing and post "The Economics of RAMADA" - why I think that the Boston Red Sox can and will acquire Miguel Tejada...while keeping Manny Ramirez. But tonight, just for one night, I'm going to step back from the silliness of the economics of sports and ask that you take a few minutes to consider the economics of life.

This is the time of year we look to do things for others - "The season of giving..." as some refer to it. You can't turn on a television without seeing one of our local sports figures doing charitable work - for kids, for the sick, for the underprivileged. Many of us, in our places of work, are being called upon to help a family in need at Christmas time.

My office is collecting food and cash to help a needy family this Christmas - there is a sign posted outside a baffle of one of my co-workers "Help Our Christmas Family", and I have to say that I am embarrassed to be associated with this bunch of clowns. I looked at this little grocery bag on the floor with four or five packs of those freeze dried noodles and not much else.

Look I'm not here to pontificate or preach...this page is about sports and silliness - but lets take a timeout to consider things. We are quick to donate to victims of natural disasters (Hurricane Katrina being the last one in the US - remember the Mannings?); we donate to causes across the world at the request of people like Bono and Bob Geldolf...yet we often forget about those people in our own communities...its not right peeps - they need our help.

I was so friggin pissed that I went out tonight and did the damn groceries myself (in addition to what I give every week to my local food bank - not much, but about 5 - 10 bucks a week). If your office or place of work is collecting for a family, please give - or give to your local foodbank. We are often quick to say 20 bucks won't get you anything... but tonight 25 bucks got

some staples like pasta, rice, peanut butter, jam, pancake mix
soap and toothpaste
and a few treats for the kids

A quick check of the bathroom cabinets turned up a few bottles of shampoo and other hygienic products. You would be surprised how much 50 bucks means to a family in need. I'm going to shut up now and ask you to consider the following:

If you work, why not buy $1 of food or household products for every $1,000 you make - if you can...if you can't afford it right now...why not make a new year's resolution to put in $1 or $2 bucks worth of stuff every week in your local food bank's bins? Anything helps peeps...think about it.

I think Hazel Mae (if she is checking in) would approve of this non-sports related entry.

The only sports related item in this post is related to the 12 days of Christmas

On the fifth day of Christmas I wish Hazel gave to me - five decent starting pitchers for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

That's about it for tonight...check back in tomorrow for the Weird, the Whacked and the downright silly in the world of sports.

Have a great one peeps. Hazel, I hope things are groovy in your world...and I hope you would approve of this one.

Song of the Day on Hazelspeeps -

Do They Know Its Christmas - Band Aid (ya, I know it was written for those in Africa...but it applies here to some extent).

Peesth Out!


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