It's that time of year again. And every year our Ft. Hood AUSA toy drive has been getting bigger and bigger thanks to your generous donations and help.
Here is the link or click the picture below.
The toy drive benefits the Central Texas-Fort Hood Association of United States Army.
All you have to do is purchase one of the toys on the list. They are then collected and donated to children of deployed soldiers who cannot afford a Christmas or have some major life-altering event this time of year.
Listen to my interview with event organizer Matthew Wright to get more information on this year's event:
If you want to tip someone this Christmas, tip them. If you don't, don't. There's the SWMS tip-giving guide. Don't let some so-called expert guilt you into giving a tip. For example: hair stylists and barbers. It's been a loooong time since I had any use for a hair cut. But when I did, I used to tip them each time they cut my hair. Why do they need an additional tip?
But if you are looking for further guidance you can always go to the "experts" on etiquette and see what they say. But beware: these lists are largely made for city folk and rich people.
Don't believe me? This year's suggestions include:
Dog walkers and pet groomers
Dog walker: up to one week's pay
Pet groomer: up to the cost of one session
(Who has regular dog walkers and pet groomers? Not normal schmos)
Gardener or landscaper
Suggested tip: varies
If you only have one gardener, then tip the cost of one visit or one week's work. If you have a crew, then $20 to $50 per person should suffice.
(You have more than one gardener or landscaper? Is it your wife's lawn boy?)
Suggested tip: up to one week's pay
You can also divide the tip among a crew if there is more than one person.
(A crew to clean your house?)
Apartment building staff
Suggested tip: $20 to $100 or a gift
If you live in a building with a doorman, don't forget to tip, especially if you receive a lot of packages, order a lot of pizza or have a lot of visitors.
(A doorman? See, rich or city folk. Or both)
I'm not sure which is worse: that Obama would do this at a funeral or that "selfie" is now an accepted and embraced term in the English language.
A lot of people are all bent out of shape about this and Obama shaking hands with Raul Castro, both of which happened at the Nelson Mandela memorial service.
World leaders shake hands with other world leaders all the time. And that includes a lot of "good guys" (many Republicans on that list - Donald Rumsfeld and John McCain come to mind) shaking hands with bad guys (Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi).
The selfie - behavior most often exhibited by tween girls with puckered lips and/or their mothers pretending to be young again - is far more embarrasing.
NBC News and its intrepid team of investigative journalists have uncovered the latest public health threat gripping the nation: holiday decorating injuries.
That's right. 15,000 people went to the ER last year with injuries sustained while decorating the house.
Never mind that's only .004% of the US population.
Never mind a lot of them were drunk.
Never mind that more people are injured by lightning strikes each year.
NBC News and the Consumer Product Safety Commission - which never met a product that didn't need regulating - are here to help.
Because the man who's had a beer or eight and just wants to get the damn decorations done so he can watch the game is going to ask himself, "I wonder what the federal government has to say about ladder safety?"
"Should I really try to balance this ladder on the tailgate of my truck while my son drives it along side the house so I can string up these lights faster? Let's go ask the Consumer Product Safety Commission."
All the "tips" are common sense and already plastered on ladders anyway.
Isn't that rich: the federal government telling you to exercise some common sense.