Random Thoughts Thanks to YouTube

So I was trolling YouTube a little while ago and happened across some random old commercials from the 80’s or something like that. Some of these were just hilarious and others were mind boggling. People seem like they were so different back then, but I guess in a way they were. There was this one commercial with a guy who climbs to the top of a mountain to ask what the meaning of life is. For what purpose that was in a commercial, I have no clue, but it got me to thinking.

What is the meaning of life? Sometimes it seems as if we live short pointless lives. Short given the age of our planet… but pointless none the less. We are born and spend our first two years being taught to walk and talk, then the next sixteen being told to sit down and shut up. Then we to to work to pay for all the crap we are told we “need” and never have time for family or to even enjoy all the crap we buy.

I know that sounds pessimistic, so allow me to redeem myself here. I think in the end perhaps the meaning of life is to love and to learn or to learn to love. The order is not as important as the action itself. I cannot see any other reason or purpose to give meaning to our lives than these.

Potluck Christmas Party

So my boss wanted me to organize the Christmas party for our office this year. Crap ! This is the biggest pain in the whazoo there ever was. I have about a month to get it done. I have already decided that it will be a potluck dinner party. Probably would have been easier to just get a bunch of platters made somewhere but everyone else will be doing that and accidents happen. Orders get lost or given to the wrong customer and wham ! No food !

So potluck it is and now I have to get people to agree to bring in main dishes and desserts etc… Chips and dip, sodas and stuff like that I can go buy on the company dime from Costco or somewhere like that. I also need to dig out the Christmas decorations and put them up as that is part of the job as well.

I already know what I am bringing. It’s the one thing everyone loves for me to bring in. Oreo truffles aka Oreo cookie balls. They are seriously simple to make and cost very little as well. People LOVE them and they are usually gone before dinner is even served !

Where Did All the Soap Operas Go?

Stayed home sick from work today. It’s not bad, just feeling a bit too under the weather to manage the office today. So as I lay on my couch like a potato, flipping through the channel on the TV, I realize that most of the day time soap opera’s are gone. WTH? Talk shows, talk shows and more talk shows, a couple of game shows and that is it. I was kind of looking forward to a little blast from the past and catching up on what happened to whom with a little bit of drama and POW ! They are pretty much gone.

I am really not interested in the ones that are left, so thank you cable, I can still find something interesting to watch. Animal cops? Nope, not in the mood to cry over the poor little guys today. History channel has some show about trains in America on. Nah…too much thinking trying to retain the information ( habit I cannot break) So I guess it is either cartoons, news or a movie. I think the movie wins, since one of my favorite flicks is on. Dirty Dancing ! Yay me.

Tuesday for New Releases

Have you ever noticed that most new music CDs are released on Tuesdays? I always check my Spotify dashboard on Tuesdays to see what new albums are available. I like the way Spotify lets you hear a whole song – not just a sample like on Amazon, and then lets you buy the new music if you like it.

I made a huge playlist of adult contemporary music that I like. For some strange reason a lot of people have found my playlist online and subscribed to it. That means a couple dozen people are grooving to the songs that I picked for myself. How cool is that?

The Significance of Numbers

Everyone in America knows that the number 13 is considered an unlucky number. We observe that in a lot of strange ways, considering that it is just a superstition. But you will not find the 13 on a sport uniform, there is not 13th floor of any high rise building, and Friday the 13th is widely believed to be a bad luck day.

Strangely, people in other cultures have assigned the same significance to different numbers. So this must be a human failing – giving numbers power over our behavior is just weird to me.