Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Bits & Pieces

Perhaps I've mentioned this is my busy season, from now until New Year's. You've probably noticed  a drastic reduction in my post over the last few weeks - it shall continue, I afraid.

(an hour later)

See. I'd barely finished writing the sentence above when the door bell rang....which is fine, it's money. But, those that just want to come in and chat, bug me to death. Don't get me wrong, I like them, most of my customers are nice people, the vast majority tied, in one way or the other, to the gun culture. There are the 'Fudd's' too, good folks, just one sided, and then the 'wanna-bees,' those with a wish to be hard asses but are in fact vastly unqualified to handle weapons....they give me pause, which leaves me silent while they are in my shop.

Excuse me while I pull a cup of coffee.

My son just sent me a text asking the worth of a 1929 penny. I replied, a penny. Okay, perhaps with its copper content, five cents. Give me a break. Some dude wanted to sell it to him and I know he'd pay far more than its actual worth. The boy can't afford it.

Yesterday our weather turned. In a two hour period the temperature dropped twenty degrees with high winds and rain, a steady cold rain. This morning, clear with wake up temps in the low fifties. Nice.

As you know I drive my granddaughter, Little Bit, to school each morning. We always stop for a hot breakfast. This morning a 'fake' Santa walked inside for his reindeer food.

Little Bit, "Papa."

"What, Sweetheart."

She's giving Santa the once over; a careful study indeed.

"Papa, that's the ugliest Santa I've ever seen."

Me, "Well, Honey, he just had a rough night."

"Papa, he's not real is he."

"No, Honey, I'm afraid he isn't. He was probably hired by Santa as a temporary bell ringer for the season."

Silence. She rubs her nose. Takes a bit of her food. She keeps him in a steady gaze. Let's out a long sigh...



"Santa just needs to quit hiring the homeless, or at least makes them takes baths."

She has a point.



  1. From the mouths of babes.. tell her she made this irishman lol!thanks for the laugh little-bit :)

  2. Stephen, you and her grandmother are going to have your hands full when she gets older. :) She'll never be anyone's fool.

  3. She does have a point, next thing Santa will be hiring occupidiots.

  4. Tell her Santa's a sexist and only hires fat white guys.

  5. PISSED, will do. She's make me laugh all the time...little girl is sharp. Thanks.

    Matt, that's a fact indeed.

    Odysseus, yes she does have a point. And, I hope not.

    Duke, nope. I'll not pass along or teach this new 'sexist' crap to her....I'll pass along all my old school thinking and hardass conservative ways...

  6. Dear Lord...cuteness and brains. It's like Pinky and The Brain all rolled into one child. We are all in trouble when she comes of age.

  7. "...or at least makes them takes baths..."

    i love the way she uses her singular/plurals. she is definitely one smart little girl!

    your friend,

  8. She pegged that Santa. Stephen, that girl is going to go far. She has a good head on her shoulders. Keep up the good work, and teaching.

  9. Shepherd K, truthfully, she's sharper than even I can imagine...but it's a sweet intelligence, if that makes sense. She's in first grade (private) and reads at a third grade level. She, well, takes notice of 'things.' Not much gets past her.

    kymber, isn't though...we're working on her plurals....Sunday she told me, 'Papa, relax, I like the ways I talks....'

    Flier389, yes she did...and, I hope so...thanks, my friend.

    And thanks to Shepherd K and kymber too....

  10. Stephen,
    you've definitely got a Gem there!
    She has uncanny skills of observation.
    She is very perceptive of her environment and all around her.
    She is quite advanced in her practice of logic, and skills of association, for her age.

    Keep up the positive mentoring Guardian Angel, ahe just may end up teaching you a few new skills before this is all said and done.

    God Bless you and yours!

  11. Anon, thank you for the kind words. She has taught me much in her young life, mostly how to love...I'd thought I'd lost the skill. She is indeed special.
    And may the Good Lord bless you and yours.

  12. I just read this to my kids they are all laughing. She is a smart little girl. takes after Papa.

  13. Hehehe. I think she's a smart cookie. If someone is in the market for pennies, I have a huge pile from when I was a bank teller ranging from the teens through the 40s. I wish I had a steel 1944 D penny, but I'll bet a lot of people wish the same thing.

  14. Made my day. Both the penny and the Santa.

    Hope work doesn't overrun you this season, but you make record sales, too...

  15. John, yes it was, thanks.

    Rob, glad they enjoyed the chuckle...and thank you.

    45er, she is indeed...not many steel pennies left are there...

    Mudbug, Thank you. I hope I can hold up to the work load to tell you the truth.

  16. DaddyBear, she is indeed, and I love her for it. Thanks.