Monthly Archives: December 2013
Jimmy’s Daily Planet would like to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas!
As we celebrate the birth of Christ, while giving and opening presents to and from our loved ones, please take a couple minutes to enjoy one of my favorite scenes from one of my favorite Christmas movies: The Santa Clause.
As Little Elf Judy would say, “Seeing isn’t believing. Believing is seeing.”
One of my family traditions was traveling to somewhere new and exciting around the world at Christmas time. Unbelievably, we actually covered much of said world (that sentence was surreal to write and read, believe me!). From Europe to Asia to Canada to Australia to Africa to the Middle East to South and Central America and, yes, even flying over Antarctica for New Years 2002, I will forever treasure my memories from these trips/vacations (inside joke).
There are infinite stories to be told, but today’s post has a specific note in mind.
Let me explain.
When we were in Montreal one year, we got dressed up in our Sunday best on Christmas Eve and walked in the cold and snow to a nearby church. On this specific evening, the church we visited was as receptive to strangers as it was grand as it stretched an entire city block. On this night, we were very fortunate to spot five unreserved seats along the railing of the upper level. We watched, prayed and listened in amazement to the Christmas Eve service before our eyes.
And one part of that night that has stuck with me through all these years was the music. Specifically, the church choir. Perfect harmony and perfect mood for a night as inspiring as Christmas Eve as we begin to reflect on Christ’s birth only hours away on December 25th.
Below is an adaptation of a Coldplay song titled, “Christmas Lights.” In the spirit of this post, the song is performed by Scala & Kolacny Brothers, which is a Beligan women’s choir.
If you close your eyes, you just may find yourself, for three minutes and forty-five seconds, inside a church for a special Christmas Eve night service. Perhaps inside a wonderful church in Montreal…
Perfect tone for today and tonight.
Happy Christmas Eve!
Happy Monday and Here’s to Wishing Everyone Their Own Special iChristmas and Holiday Season!
For the past couple days, the top headline on major news websites has centered on the recent credit card information theft at Target. It’s a frightening, unnerving situation. How did it happen so easily, discreetly and to tens of millions of people? There is a lot of concern (as there should be) about how and what people who may fall into this category should do from this point forward.
There are essentially two recommendations: checking credit card transactions acutely with a magnifying glass for the next few to several months or ordering a new credit and/or debit card altogether. Frustrating either way. The most difficult part of using a credit or debit card should be whether or not there is enough money in the account and not if someone will steal the information one Saturday afternoon after buying a CD (and yes, this is still fun to do!) or toothpaste.
What to do now?
Beyond the recommendations listed above, the most secure option going forward may to become better friends with George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Alexander Hamilton and Andrew Jackson. And if you have the means to become BFFs with Benjamin Franklin, then kudos!
That’s right: cash.
Let the stories of nostalgia and yearned after innocence begin: “Back when I was your age…”
While fully aware this would constitute a major lifestyle change for a surreal number of people, it’s pretty much impossible for an identity to be stolen from public tender. In this scenario, the transition (slow and steady) back to the pre-Credit Card days would surely shake society with a seismic shift of sorts. Yes, no doubt. But this adjustment does not need to happen in an absolute sense for every expenditure, but maybe for the purchases at everyday stores like Target that are proving to be susceptible to mass theft. Major chain stores would fit the bill.
Maybe this would work? Maybe not? But it seems like a logical progression for consideration after the most recent news about Target.
Upon further reflection, the same should go for the U.S. federal government. As everybody knows, their use of our nation’s credit card has caused an identity theft of sorts for this country…