Tis' the Reason for the Season...

December 16, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

© John Cadell Photography Twinkle twinkle...Virginia Beach Town Center - Christmas 2013 Yes indeedy Sports fans – it has been ‘many moons’ since I have posted a ‘Monday’s Musings…’ several readers who I see in the local area have been quite disappointed that their weekly ‘fix’ of quiet humor has been on a hiatus.  Perhaps others have quietly said ‘and?...’  Whichever side you consider ‘yours’ please take with a grain of salt any serious contemplation that life has gotten truly that serious that we need to stop giving ourselves a reason to slow down if but for a moment, and relax with something that (I hope) will give you a smile.  To be sure, there have been changes in my ‘ways and means’ – meaning that I accepted a full-time position with a major corporation as a telecommunication systems technician.  You have probably heard of this company – and chances are fairly high that your printer and perhaps your computer share the same initials of HP. Personally, this is like getting called up to the major leagues of geekdom and being paid to work on systems that keep people connected.  I will not bore you with the techno-babble details that are more prone to perpetuate in the world of electronics, but it is good to get back into a field that Uncle Sam put me in back in the dark ages of vacuum tubes and CRTs.  Nowadays, we have VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) where our telephone calls travel across the web.  How they get from where you pick up the handset and dial, to where the recipient answers the call, is where I work.  It is technically challenging and has certain quiet rewards knowing that you are a part of technology, helping to bring all kinds of information in a variety of methods to a world-wide user base.

This is just one small aspect of what we do – and it will continue to evolve long after I have been converted to carbon-dated fossil material (which my kids had figured out long ago). 

One of the 'benefits' to working where I do is using Norfolk's Light Rail "The Tide".  Trust me - every time I look out the window in the evening at the traffic snarls, it answers why it is smarter - not to mention the fuel savings for Starship Elvis - let's just say he'll never ever earn fuel-miser status - no full-size 4x4 pickem-up truck will - mine is no exception.  There are enough'regulars' on the 5:20pm train that we do customary fist-bumps and yap about a variety of things - Wednesdays - weeelllll.... you've heard and seen videos of flash mobs who will do an excellent rendition of the Hallelujah Chorus - which we will never be - but - a certain famous talking Camel mentioning his favorite day of the week is something we do specialize in... from one end to the other -  You've been duly warned. 

I am still quite active as a photographer – although it is more for helping non-profit organizations like Special Olympics and the Foodbank than sitting patiently for ‘the moment’ to get a particular image of a sunset.  I will work on making time for those pictures too – just need to have the time to do it with.  Which brings me to the point I would like to emphasize this week – S L O W  D O W N and S M E L L  T H E  R O S E S – okay – if you are in the cold zone which applies to approximately 2/3rds of the US, how about a sillyfrappachino with diet ice, a sprig of silliness, warmed by the thoughts of ‘Chill Will - things will be OK…’ before zooming off to the next big event, shopping expedition, or what have you.  The malls are still standing – teeming with shoppers in the hunt for ‘the perfect gift’ – to which I quietly say:  Here's a newsflash for ya –

WE DID GET THE PERFECT GIFT ABOUT 2013 years ago… His name is Jesus.

Have a great week!!


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