Saturday, December 25, 2010

Santa's Gifts for Me This Year

rainstorm damaged
 Well, Santa came a little early for me this year. Guess he wanted to avoid all the air traffic that is filling the skies above. This happened just a couple of days ago around 6:00 am. So you can guess how high I jumped out of bed when I heard it come crashing down and knocking everything over. Do wonder though why he didn't use the chimney of the fireplace I have.

This is on top of the fact that he decided I needed a couple of new tires and a battery plus a couple rear shocks for my car last week as a result of running up and over a curb trying to avoid a cop standing out in the middle of the road.

So it can be said that I really have a gripe now.  This can be said as being a bad ending for this year or a bad start for the coming new year.  Oh well, the ceiling was one of those popcorn type of ceilings that I was thinking of replacing anyways.  Now I have no excuse for putting it off along with new flooring.

May your New Year start off much better than mine will.



Gorges Smythe said...

Hope things get better from here on. Blame it on a good year turned bad and pray for better luck in the next one.

The Griper said...

Life is, my friend, and we must be willing to accept it as it is. and bad luck as well as good luck are a part of this wonder called life. what I pray for is that I may be given the strength not to give in to bad luck so as to see life as a negative rather than as a positive.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Eek! That's awful! Hope that is the last of nasty for this year.

Hoping your Christmas is peaceful despite that bit of bad luck.


tweetey30 said...

That sucks griper.. but hey some good news... my cards went out yestrday and should be in your vacinity soon.. hope all is well and you had a merry x-mas besides the roof damage..

msladydeborah said...

In the big picture of life, this is not a good look, but it is also not the worst thing that could happen.

I hope and pray you have a good start into the new year and remember, this too shall pass.

buddeshepherd said...

Well, at least you didn't hit the copper!
Ever read the story about the airplane that lost the atomic bomb and in landed in someone's yard in South Carolina?
I guess it would have made a bigger hole in the roof!
I hope the coming year brings you better luck!

Always On Watch said...

Our Christmas "gift" this year was a TV that went on the fritz -- our primary television, of course. Not as expensive to replace as your ceiling, though; after-Christmas sales are truly advantageous.

BB-Idaho said...

Grandpa surely has perused the South Carolina Declaration of Secession
(Dec 24, 1860), wherein a portion of which-
"Those States have assumed the right of deciding upon the propriety of our domestic institutions; and have denied the rights of property established in fifteen of the States and recognized by the Constitution; they have denounced as sinful the institution of Slavery; they have permitted the open establishment among them of societies whose avowed object is to disturb the peace of eloin the property of the citizens of other States. They have encouraged and assisted thousands of our slaves to leave their homes; and those who remain have been incited by emissaries, books, and pictures to servile insurrection. For twenty-five years this agitation has been steadily increasing, until it has now secured to its aid the power of the common Government. Observing the forms of the Constitution, a sectional party has found within that article establishing the Executive Department, the means of subverting the Constitution itself. A geographical line has been drawn across the Union, all the States north of that line have united in the election of a man to the high office of President of all the United States whose opinions and purposes are hostile to Slavery. He is to be entrusted with the administration of the common Government, because he has declared that Government cannot endure permanently half slave, half free, and that the public mind must rest in the belief that slavery is in the course of ultimate extinction. This sectional combination for the subversion of the Constitution has been aided, in some of the States, by elevating to citizenship persons who, by the supreme law if the land, are incapable of becoming citizens; and their votes have been used to inaugurate a new policy, hostile to the South, and destructive of its peace and safety. On the 4th of March next this party will take possession of the Government. It has announced that the South shall be excluded from the common territory, that the Judicial Tribunal shall be made sectional, and that a war must be waged against Slavery until it shall cease throughout the United States. The guarantees of the Constitution will then no longer exist; the equal rights of the States will be lost. The Slaveholding States will no longer have the power of self-government, or self-protection, and the Federal Government will have become their enemy. Sectional interest and animosity will deepen the irritation; and all hope of remedy is rendered vain, by the fact that the public opinion of the North has invested a great political error with the sanctions of a more erroneous religious belief."
..and noted that slavery
is mentioned at least a half dozen times. As grandpa has reiterated previously, the founders
waffled on the morality of slavery, adjusting the constitution to give it
legal sanction to form and maintain a union. Lincoln
began by asserting to maintain that union.
To ignore slavery as
a cause leading to secession and civil war,
with its economic, moral
and legal ramifications is
to misunderstand 'four score and seven years' of
evolving history, acrimony, legalistic logic
chopping, boiling emotion,
sectional differences and desperate politics.
Dionne just touched on an overview of this history, and as much as
I like ol Grandpa, I will
have to stand by my previous opinion that
states rights in defense of slavery foundered upon its moral foundation. Had not the south depended on slavery, their interest in states rights would have

The Griper said...

what is your understanding of the meaning of the phrase State rights?


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