Monday, December 26, 2011

Day Trip

Today I took a day trip with my dad and his wife. We left around 12:00pm and came back around 7:00pm. We drove up the peninsula in Washington to Port Townsend. We spent some time in the downtown area of Port Townsend with my dad's wife shopping and us following here.

That makes it sounds like it was a drag, and it was not. We visited a lot of interesting stores, although most were art galleries. These small galleries were very interesting, but expensive to say the least. I'm not exactly sure how they survived in this small town downtown area. It did not seem to me that the town was wealthy, but maybe I just didn't see it.

Then we drove back down the peninsula towards Poulsbo. Poulsbo is my favorite just because it was settled by the Vikings that travelled to this side of the Americas. It has many roads named after famous Viking families and Viking kings. We stopped at a bakery, which was named Shuly's Bakery. They had the biggest donuts I've ever seen. These were called "Viking Donuts." I guess they liked their donuts.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Quick Thought

A quick thought on coupons and giftcards:

They are ingenious. They give incentive for people who might not have otherwise spent money, to spend their money. That, or they direct sales to the store. In fact, giftcards are even better than coupons. Gift cards are all about directing future sales. Since people are given a $50 gift card to Best Buy, they have a $50 incentive to go to Best Buy as opposed to any other store to purchase whatever electronics. Best buy doesn't lose because they are sold the gift card for $50, and then they get the rest of the sale on top of that.


Commercialized Christmas

Today is Christmas. The day Christ was born, or so we are all told to believe. What many people don't realize, is that Christmas is actually an amalgamation of many different heathen religions.

Anyways, I digress. My problem with Christmas is not with the religious side of it, but with the commercial side of it. Christmas used to be about getting together with family and sharing good tidings. Now it is has mutated into some sort of Super-Mega-Commercialized-Monster holiday. All of these companies and telling us to buy or else the other people won't like us. We are conditioned to believe and feel like we deserve gifts at this time because it's Christmas and that's what you do. If you don't do it, then people will think you don't appreciate them or think you don't love them.

I think one of the most important things during the holidays, is to just be with people you love and to tell that them you love them. If you don't get to do that often, then make sure you do it during the holidays.

My First Post

I have decided to start blogging. I will relate my weekly or maybe daily, depending on how ambitious I am, exploits here. I might even post some pictures.

Today was nothing special, I went out and walked around in Seattle. It was a bit chilly as I did not choose a heavy coat, so the wind cut right through my thin fleece jacket. I purchased it online during a sale. It is a Columbia fleece. It has served me well and I would recommend it to anyone. It just didn't perform against the high speed winds that Seattle can get from the bay.