Saturday morning ramblings ~ barely surviving Friday the 13th

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Fireplace stockings-freeHappy Saturday, folks!  T’is the season to shop till you drop, spend to the end.  The snow is falling, and we are expecting a nice accumulation.  It’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas.

Unfortunately, it seems just a tad bit harder to get into the spirit of the season this year.  I dunno, maybe because the season started in July?  Shopping at Hobby Lobby for 4th of July trinkets at a discounted price when lo and behold, an aisle full of Christmas tree ornaments and garland.  In July.  Heck, we hadn’t even gone to the State Fair yet.  What gives?

Then the unthinkable happened, almost dividing our nation.  Black Friday started on Thursday.

Americans are resilient, man.  With an unprecedented show of solidarity, and despite overstuffed tummies, we headed out to the 6:00 PM sales.  Oh the joy and laughter that filled the stores.  Look, an iPad for $299.00, Blu-Ray movies starting at just $5 and Subway open for a late night snack, too!  T’is the season, to be sure.

 Christmas in July, jump starting Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the saying “the early bird catches the worm” I love it when it all comes together.

Of course, I am far from political and prefer reading People Magazine over the Weekly Standard, still it seems that Christmas isn’t the only season being fast-tracked.  Maybe some of you don’t know this, but mid-term elections are just around the corner.

Steve Craycraft, current county clerk, is running for auditor in 2014.  Following in the footsteps of Hobby Lobby, Mr. Craycraft has had a pop-up advertisement in the newspaper for his  campaign since 1974.  Just kiddin’, of course.  I can’t imagine the dollars his campaign stumping has raised.

I’m kinda keeping my eye on the judicial races.  This happens every six years and those elected in ’08 are up for re-election.  Three spots open.

Judge Feick squeaked over Diane Frye in ’08, and that was a close one, especially considering the Democrat sweep.  The tough race for Linda Wolf and Tom Cannon was fought in the primaries, both being contested by some top guns.  I am expecting a full slate in 2014 primaries on the Democrat side.

Now, this is just a prediction folks, so don’t take it to the bank.  I think one of the Quirk girls is gonna run for judge.    You see, a meth dealer wrote a letter to the editor complaining he received more time than a child molester.   In his letter he cited both Wolf and Feick.  Gee, Feick was the bad guy.   I think it was “setting the tone” not that Judge Wolf is all that loved by the local party headquarters, mind you.

Next up, Megan Quirk filing election violation charges against a Republican poll worker.  One charge stemming back to 2012, and he is a bad driver, too.   Her complaint backed up by two county employees.    A letter in the paper today praising Mike Quirk and his company, SOS, for working with her on the sewer bills. The very last Delaware County frontier for the Quirk family is to sit on a judicial bench.  They occupy nearly every city and county spot already.

The election season has begun, ever so subtle.  Keep your eyes on the letters to the editor, newspaper articles and see who starts getting targeted.  I follow the careers of the officials from the moment they get sworn in.  That way, I don’t have to walk in to the polls and guess at which one should get my vote.

Although, who hands out the best candy or fingernail file, does have some bearing on my vote.  As it should.  Is it Godiva or Dollar Tree chocolate?

Is the name familiar?  Does the name begin with one of the early letters in the alphabet?  Did they come to my house and shake my hand?  All important factors in determining a vote.

Keep your eyes open and see who walks around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.

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