Wednesday, January 26, 2011

He Said, She Said

I'm sick and tired of misguided and ill-educated commentary on politics.  

Now, I certainly don't claim to be the best-read or most well-informed voter and certainly do not take offense when the opinion of others differs from mine.  

My problem surrounds yesterday evening's State of the Union Address.  I wish I had a nickle for every comment made (both in person and on Facebook) complaining about the speech before it occurred or saying that the person was happy they had to miss it, or was planning to miss it, just because they don't like our sitting president.

I've watched every State of the Union Address I can remember since high school (the Clinton Administration).  For more than half of that time, the person delivering the speech was not a person I cared for very much.  Additionally, I have watched every Inauguration, regardless of whether or not I approved of the person being inaugurated.

I watch these events because I cannot be physically present for them.  If I could attend them, I would.  This is not because I like the guy in office (because I definitely haven't always!).  It's because I respect the office itself, and the process by which a person rises to it.

Another thing I wish I had a nickle for was every time someone talks about how our military is so great and how owe them a debt of gratitude for our freedom (clarification: I agree with this).  I have noticed that many (but certainly not all!) of these boycotters are the same people that I often see hollering day and night about how we need to be supporting the military more.  So these people go ahead and do what they can to support the military themselves, which usually consists mostly of wearing patriotic colors and filling up their Facebook profiles with statuses with military-glorifying statements that most often accuse me of being un-American, just because I won't copy said status to my own profile.  

I suppose those are ways that some people choose to support the military.  As for me, the best way I know to support our military is to do what I can to support the country for which it works.  I watch debates.  I vote my conscience.  I pay attention to speeches.  I watch national events.  Because of many things, including the sacrifice of our armed forces, the we are able to hold rallies and demonstrations, campaign, vote and express our opinions without fear of the violence that is commonplace in many other countries.  In honor of this great gift, I participate in the democratic processes described above regardless of who is in office.  

I believe that boycotting things like the State of the Union Address merely because of the person delivering the speech is childish.  As I watched him speak last night, I wasn't thinking, "Man this guy is awesome!"  Instead, I was thinking, "How lucky are we to live in this nation?"  And believe it or not, there were times I thought the same thing, even when it was the other guy making the speech.

If you disagree with this, I'd love to hear why.  Unlike some others I know, I'm not afraid of the other side of the story.

Keep It Real!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Dallas Bound!

No, I'm certainly not planning any trips to Texas soon.  But my Green Bay Packers are!

I don't usually blog about sports here.  I typically leave that to my friend Pat over at Spa's Sports.  This NFL season, however, has been something different for the Packers.

Their regular season wasn't spectacular.  A friend and sports reporter even wrote an article back in October about how the season was essentially over (he has since changed his tune).  The Packers' 10-7 record was just good enough to get them a spot in the Wild Card Weekend.  They went into the playoffs as a 6th seed team and haven't looked back since.  

The Packers DESTROYED the Atlanta Falcons, a team they were expected to lose to.  I don't think I've seen their quarterback, Aaron Rogers, play a better game.  Unfortunately, the same can't be said about their most recent game against the Chicago Bears.  The win was almost more important for the rivalry than it was for a secured spot in Superbowl XLV.  

The excitement over the Packers' 5th Super Bowl appearance does not, however, change the fact that they did not play their best against the Bears.  If they want any shot at winning against the Steelers on February 6th in Dallas, they will have to bring the hunger they had when they played against the Falcons.  The weak stuff they brought this past Sunday won't hack it at the Super Bowl level.

Dear Packers, 

Let's do this.


Maggie <><
Fan and Part-Owner

Thursday, January 6, 2011

On the 12th Day of Christmas My True Love Gave To Me....

Some people think that the 12 Days of Christmas are the 12 days leading up to Christmas.  

Lucky me, I consider most Snack for Later readers to be, on the whole, intelligent people who know that the 12 Days of Christmas are, in fact, the 12 days between Christmas and today, Epiphany.

What you may not know, however, are the true meanings behind each of the verses of the song itself.  And since one of the main mantras here at Snack for Later is that we learn something new everyday, we thought it would be appropriate to share what we learned recently.  Check it out:
  • A Partridge in a Pear Tree: This is Christ!  Mother partridges are known to feign injury to distract predators from young, much like Christ sacrificed himself for all sinners, throughout time.
  • Two Turtle Doves: The witness of both the Old and New Testaments
  • Three French Hens: The three theological virtues of faith, hope and love
  • Four Calling Birds: One for each of the 4 Gospels
  • Five Golden Rings: The first five books of the Old Testament, known otherwise as the Torah or Pentateuch.
  • Six Geese A-Laying:  The six days of Creation
  • Seven Swans A-Swimming: The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.  Don't remember them? Romans 12:6-8!
  • Eight Maids A-Milking: The Beattitudes (Matthew 5:3-10)
  • Nine Ladies Dancing: The nine fruits of the Holy Spirit.  (Galatians 5:22)
  • Ten Lords A-Leaping: The Ten Commandments
  • Eleven Pipers Piping: Eleven faithful Apostles
  • Twelve Drummers Drumming: Before reading this one, I was sure it was going to be the twelve tribes of Israel.  WRONG!  It's actually the twelve points of believe in the Apostles' Creed.  Pretty cool.
So there you have it, friends!

Keep It Real and Happy Epiphany!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Christmas Break in Photos

It was quite an eventful Christmas/New Year around here and rather than bore you with a wordy explanation, here are some pictures to enjoy instead:

Trip to Tucson: 1 SUV, 4 adults, 3 dogs, lots of gear :)
Wheelin' on Christmas Eve Day outside Tucson

Christmas Day with the family, including my sister-in-law's parents
House built of shipping containers in Flagstaff

Visit with the Morton family
Headed north for a few days of skiing at Monarch Mountain in CO
Ski hill from parking lot

Winery between Monarch and our hotel in Salida.  Loved that the tasting counter was in the same room as the wine-making equipment
Historic downtown Salida, CO
Ate dinner on New Year's Eve at a pizzeria/brewery.  Enjoyed this beer 6 feet from where it was brewed behind the glass doors

Happy New Year!
Back to the grind tomorrow! 

 Keep it Real and Happy New Year!