Robert Hester, Founder of BladenOnline.com
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Thoughts While ShavingRecently, it seems a trip a day to a food store is necessary … And I have observed some of my senior friends obviously shopping for the holidays … Yep, at the grocery stores … Remember, as a youngster, among the most popular items from Santa or mom and dad would be a new homemade shirt from a feed bag … pretty bags, made nice looking shirts … a homemade baseball, made from twine used to hold tobacco on the stick when curing … But what I saw at the grocery store was … oranges, nuts, some apples, bags of hard candy, peppermint, suckers, etc., and English walnuts, or other such nuts … mostly folks my age with the goodies in their carts … I did not see tangerines … my guess is they were there, or will be soon … I bet other senior citizens remember … Christmas socks hanging from the mantle over the fireplace … #2 place to look after checking under the Christmas tree…

This is also college football bowl game time … Many have been played, and must be another 25 or 30 games between now and early next year or shortly after … Check ‘Couch Potato’ column … that also includes high school basketball this time of the year…

Duke and UNC basketball fans must be sweating the upcoming ACC basketball season … as well as the coaching staff of some … Several new coaches are feeling the heat of replacing coaches with long time winning records … and some others who haven’t been up to par in recent years…

How about your shopping list, completed?, some work to do?, or waiting til the last minute to begin? … I signed off on shopping … provide a little cash and let others enjoy…

Weather folks recorded a little rain overnight … not much, mostly less than a tenth of an inch locally. Today’s forecast includes a chance of rain between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Cloudy, with a high near 50 … chance of rain is about 30%. Tonight, mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of rain. Thursday, thunderstorms possible before 3 p.m. then a chance of showers after midnight, with a low near 43 and windy. Friday, sunny, breezy with a high near 53 … Checking Christmas Day forecast … Sunny and cold, high near 38. Temp at 4:30 a.m. today … 35 degrees.

“The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.” Burton Hills

“Christmas is like candy; it slowly melts in your mouth sweetening every taste bud, making you wish it could last forever.” Richelle E. Goodrich

“One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.” Andy Rooney

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