hat a week. What a month. What a year. And 2021 STILL isn’t here. But, we do get a few days off (for most of us.) And my brain is FRIED. Here’s the Rambling Moron grab bag.
.Thank a delivery driver today. Whether it’s your FedEx driver, your USPS driver, your Uber Eats driver. These folks have had one helluva year and it all seems to be finishing with a bang. Thank them. Graciously. And by graciously, I mean with a tip. No driver will ever turn down a $10 QuikTrip gift card. (No columnist, either.)
.The pandemic has shut down theaters, but it has also increased our viewing of television. The problem, however, is that it’s mostly binge watching. This is fine, except it cuts down on the way we get to talk to others about what we watched. We can’t talk about Welcome Back Kotter’s season finale, because not everyone watched it on Friday at 7:30. This became abundantly clear last week when I CAN’T TELL YOU WHO showed up on the season finale of The Mandalorian and absolutely blew my mind. Who can I talk to about this? Well, fortunately, the Internet is open 24 hours a day. But I do miss the old water cooler conversations about Horshack’s latest antics.
.I don’t know about you, but when this is all over, I’m going on the biggest diet I can handle. Something about a pandemic that takes away all my giveacraps when it comes to eating. Let’s just say QT, Freddie’s and the Wendy’s girl are all on a first name basis lately.
.Speaking of sitting on your butt, I’ve fallen in love with a video game after 15 years. Fifteen years, incidentally, was the age that my son was old enough to take away my XBox controller – never to be seen again. But recently, I’ve started playing Microsoft Flight Simulator on my PC. It is incredible. It’s not so much a game as it is the entire world you can fly around in. There’s no winning, no losing, no shooting people. I do pretend I fly over the Denver Broncos stadium and drop trash on their stadium. But I digress. It has been incredibly fun to fly over Kansas City and see what it looks like from 500 or 30,000 feet above. Something we haven’t been able to do in this past year and it’s really hitting a mark. Even sparking an interest to get pilot lessons (until I looked at the price.) I might have to settle for base jumping off of the Landmark offices when it warms up.
.This is yet another reminder that the best Christmas song is Fairytale of New York by The Pogues. Not every Christmas song needs to be cheery.
.Finally, as the former voice of Park Hill football, I’m disheartened and disappointed to learn of the charges against head football coach Josh Hood. In my time calling those games, I saw Coach Hood as a leader of men, and to hear about his issues at a previous school district is nothing short of sad. My thoughts are with the victim in this case and I hope for a resolution to it all soon for her sake.
.From my family to yours, I wish you a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy Holidays. We made it through 2020. May you have all the peacefulness and QuikTrip food you desire this holiday season.
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