2006 15/11

You mean it’s not a national holiday?

In the small Northern Michigan town where I grew up, today was a very anticipated day.  As a matter of fact, we were given the day off from school and nearly half of the businesses closed their doors for the day.  And what is so special about today?  Well, nothing else but Opening Day of Firearm Deer Season!

I seriously thought, well into my late high school years, that Everyone had today off from school — just like Labor Day, Memorial Day, Christmas…. I guess our school administration realized years and years ago that it only made sense to give the students the day off because so many students (mostly guys) would call in sick, take a vacation day, or just skip on the Opening Day of Deer Season.  It got to the point where there were not enough students in school to legitimately count that day as a full day of school.  Apparently though it’s not as big of a deal elsewhere.  But, in my little town, it is the holiday that falls between Halloween and Thanksgiving.  It is the reason why people carve pumpkins on Halloween, because those pumpkins then become bate for the deer and it is the main source of conversation around the Thanksgiving table.  So, Happy Opening Day of Firearm Deer Season everyone (try putting that on a greeting card)!

I’ve found my next car!  I want…no scratch that…I NEED the new Lexus!  Have you seen it on TV?  It is as though this car was created especially for me.  Not only does it have all these fun features like ripping CDs into your computers hard drive, adjustable back seats, and a built in phone, but this baby parallel parks itself!  Come again?  You say it parallel parks itself?  Yup, and it will back into a parking space for you too!  It uses cameras and distance sensors to swing itself into a parking space for you.  This is my dream come true because, quite frankly, I cannot parallel park to save my life and I’m not too good at the backing into a parking spot thing either!

I have probably parallel parked 3 times in my life and all of those where when I had my tiny VW.  I don’t think I’ve ever backed into a parking space.  I know, everyone says it’s so easy.  My husband thinks I’m absolutely crazy.  I will drive around the block and park blocks away just to be able to avoid parallel parking.  Or I’ll wait for a huge parallel spot to open up that I can just pull right into…hardly considered parallel parking.

I blame this all on my drivers ed teacher.  In my small town, when I took drivers ed, it was only offered through the school.  My drivers ed teacher was our Phys. Ed. teacher/wrestling coach/cross country coach/track coach.  Needless to say, I don’t feel like I was given the cutting edge on drivers education.  I’ve done okay so far but if the world were to turn into a “parallel parking only” place or if I were spinning on an icy road or hydroplaning I’d be a goner!

So really I think Lexus should just give me a new car.  They could write it off as doing their part to better the world!

And in other news……

I promise this is my last rant.  I just had to bring it up.  So, OJ Simpson has written a new book that will be available November 30.  Apparently the book, “If I Did It, Here’s How It Happened,” has OJ telling how he would have committed the murders of his ex-wife and her friend if he were the one who was actually responsible for the crimes.  Hmmmm…Does that seem absolutely wrong to anyone else?  Obviously I have not read the book but the premise of it all seems like he is admitting to it.  He knows he can never be convicted of the murders now because of the double jeopardy thing so why not “admit” to it and make a few bucks off of it.  Or, is this his attempt to make fun of the idea that he was even considered as the murder?  I will be very interested to see his interview on Fox November 27 & 29.

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