Alessi Brothers — All I Want For Christmas Is A Job.
What’s on your mind?
g’evening pups — how ya’ll doing tonight?
Hey Suzanne! I have to leave soon, but I had a wonderful holiday with my adult children. So lovely.
Hi Suz. I’m beginning to get the Christmas spirit! My friend and I walk a couple of evenings a week, and there were lots of Christmas lights going up in her neighborhood. I like it.
That’s wonderful, CE! Family gatherings are so special.
hey ce – how wonderful! how’s cleveland tonight?
hey dearie — yay! i’ve got my tree in front of a window and noticed last night the neighbors across the street put up lights on their deck railing :) how’s the ‘nard tonight?
Clear and 27 degrees! Yikes!
Good night everyone.
i got down to 30 night before last and 32 last night. rain’s a’coming so its warming up a bit. supposed to rain every day into next week
According to the best estimates, Romney now has 47 percent of the popular vote (47.41 rounds down to 47). Just a sort of storybook ending.
hey dr dave — how ya doing tonight? i thought it poetic justice and snickered when i read that
Suz, I must have missed your report on visit with family for the day after Thanksgiving….. hope you had a wonderful time with your own munchkin.
i had a great time hanging out with jen. julsie is getting so big and i can sorta understand some of what she is saying now. she still won’t say gramma or anything close to it. jen and i went to see the new bond movie saturday and had a good time.
i brought home the turkey carcass (which my son-in-law had thoughtfully cut in half and bagged in freezer bags for me) and started making turkey soup from it.
Aloha, Suz and lln pups…! I certainly wish for a more permanent job…! Being a member of the chronically under-employed, sucks too…!
12 days, shrek style
am thinking about getting a small turkey tho and roasting it. mike also did a good job of cleaning most of the meat off it. plus, its not thanksgiving soup unless it has some yams, stuffing, cranberry, etc in it.
aloha tut — any chance of you getting on full time up on the mt? how’s paradise tonight?
I had an interesting time with my grandtwins, Suzanne.
One boy: Gramma, can you tell who I am?
Me: Yes, I can. You boys look alike, of course, but you are really individuals, and I can tell which one you are.
Other boy: Gramma, can you tell which one I am?
Me: Yes, I really can.
Fascinating to me that at just 4 years old they are beginning to want to make sure that they can be identified separately. And, delightfully, they each do have their own personality, their own special interests, their own verve. Quite fun.
did they ask you to prove that you could tell them apart?
Tell the job creators they’ve done a lousy job for about 30 years and should be fired. Oh, excuse me, they just were, again, and right before X-mas, too. Elections have some consequences, even in Amerikee. My heart pumps dishwater for these stuck on stupid a-holes… non job creators is more apt, methinks. The election was a ” reverse scrooging ” for the tax dodgers; ya know, where everyone smokes and smokes and there’s not even a good Christmas goose let alone sex. Oh well, make a New Years resolution to quit supporting the effin’ bastards that aren’t hiring and we all could be working in a couple of years. Jesus knows there’s plenty to do around this place. Hell, someone’s at least got to muck the shit from the manger.
hey wynota — how ya doing tonight?
I used their names while talking with them. Of course the prankster of the duo then called his brother by the prankster’s name…. and we all had a good laugh. I love kids with a sense of humor!
I think their junior high school teachers will really have their hands full.
as will their 3rd grade ones…. iirc that’s about the age the triple dog dare starts
Pretty discouraging, isn’t it. And now we’re going to have to hold O’s feet to the fire. I’m already trying to spine-up my Representative. I hope everyone else is, too. My Senators are too remote to give a damn.
Evening Dearie, Suz, pups,
The local Dems website has their Nov newsletter and of course “we won, and there isn’t a lot to do now until 2014 except maybe sign a few petitions.” Their main freaking 2 out of 6 page commentary.
Nobody is going to be holding his feet to the fire, he traded in those union worker picket walking shoes for asbestos, hot burning coals, walking shoes a year ago already.
i wish i knew how to get them to do it dearie….
hey nonq — how’s wi tonight? that’s so sad – fuck
*sigh* Just imagine what it’d done, if Obama had ‘walked’ a few miles in Wisconsin, early on…!
Talk about discouraging!
that’s when i knew for sure he is all talk and no action
Imagine. Well, he isn’t all that into us. Never has been. But I’d buy a ticket to DC if we could rally a million people walk. And, alas, even that would be nothing to TPTB. We are, I’m afraid, screwed.
working class hero
I was stunned earlier to read that Cory Booker was such a tool…! Another reason I admire the Lake so much…!
that diary knocked me for a loop too — i was disappointed — and disappointed in myself for believing that a politician could be doing the right thing for the right reasons — not just to make a name for himself
Shades of Alan Grayson…! 8-(
they all take turns being ‘the good guy’ who stands up for (insert cause) knowing that their stand won’t do anything but cement their membership in the good ole boys club.
Sorry, just boiled some water for tea. That was one of the county D’s of the four that control every official discussion and utterance. I’ve been working around the gatekeepers slowly finding a few allies with other contacts and ideas.
Didn’t mean to throw a cold wet towel, 10 degrees F. Flurries.
They’re all guaranteed to fold like cheap lawn chairs…! 8-(
*brrrr* that’s cold dood….but it wasn’t your towel — my song choice tonight is a downer subject
tis time for token to go outside *brrr* and save a tree…. thanks for letting me hang out with ya tonight
He isn’t in to us at all.
But I’m keeping in mind my teen and your twin g-sons (who sound totally delightful, you lucky woman) and will keep on trucking.
I have a early dental check this morning. Going to brush, floss and set the alarm. My outdoor activities have been slowed as I get used to wearing heavier clothing and the cooler temps, but the morning sun shining in the east window hits a particular spot which I marked on the west living room wall in about a month. A good time to bide some time.
My best to you all and good night.
Hi folks. Watching Warrent Buffett on the Daily Show. I like listening to him ravaging the “job. Creators”
Today I ended up feeling stupid and poor when I went to a court case, I haven’t lived in the “real world” for a long time and it make me sad.
Sweet dreams, Suz…!
What was the court case over, spocko…?
One of the groups I’m helping is working to stop toxic turf from being installed in GG Park’s soccer fields.
What is interesting to me is watching how the lawyer from the other side misrepresented our story to the media, just like republicans do all the time.
We have a business first society. The result is busywork lives and production oriented class rooms. Is this desirable? Is it stable or sustainable? Do we wish this for our children? Do we wish them to
grow up to employees? Is that good enough for the long haul?
My sense is that most work in the United States is unnecessary and counter-productive (i.e., 13 truck-loads of waste per truckload of product) and while it’s covered over by denial most people, deep down are painfully and acutely aware of this. It manifests as a kind of overwrought angsts that is generally medicated at earlier and earlier ages. The work place is largely involuntary and it’s in such an involuntary state that most people spend most of their time on most days. The remainder of time (180 hours per month) is spent in front of a TV where the message is consumption or overconsumption which is passive and equally involuntary. This shows up where we are obese but literally starving to death from a diet of empty calories. We are literally driven into unconsciousness, that is the escape.
We generally do not measure contentedness, happiness or the real standard of living for most people. We measure business or busy-ness. As above the options for a lot of people boil down to tread-milling at a baby sat job (where employers don’t want to pay to babysit anymore) or warehousing in a prison or being made into cannon fodder in a needless war. The lack of a real sense of necessity is another problem. Even during the agrarian periods under slavery where brutal work was 16 hours a day every day from childhood on- there was at least a sense of necessity. Famously, “slavery is murder” but there could at least be some sense of sacrifice for some benefit under necessity. But today that doesn’t exist. Since the days of the bush we have been wired for about 4 hours of work per day outside the home but despite endless automation we are caught up in doing more work and not less. Instead what we have is enough work to commoditize our lives and keep us too exhausted to push back. While some are free from work, most want money so they can be free of its need and be free of endless concern over money only to find that retirement is lethal because the conditioning was so hard.
What must be coming is another way to slice the pie. When so many are displaced by automation, globalism and population the squeeze reaches a natural end. My hope is we find a way to slice the pie that doesn’t pretend contribution but pays out for healthy living, leisure and study. If we divide the annual global gross product by the global seconds of human life we see that an hour of time is worth roughly 5 USD. That would apply to attention or effort. It seems the US has already reached a kind of global minimum and can’t go much lower on wages and can’t redistribute more to the top. It also can’t increase the coercive power of money (more debt or greater elevation of capital)- people have given what they can give in both humanity and potential.
“We must make our choice. We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.” Louis Brandeis
Excellent piece for a fdl diary.
Gary Stockdale did a song with the same title which was widely released a year before this one came out. I really doubt that this is a case of great minds thinking alike. No one has ever accused the Alessi brothers of being great minds.
Morning, Suz, my new computer will be here next Monday. So, I will be having some late nights again.
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