Do you realize the
year is almost over? I must admit its been a
fast, enlightening year for me. I did realize, as a
result of the "enlightenment", one major item
though. I thought I'd share it with you.
How many of you know
of or, have experienced what a "fair weather"
friend is? Let me clarify with the expression;
"opportunistic friend". Ah.... I knew you'd
start to get the idea. Here it is in a nutshell.
I find people coming to me introduced through friends and
acquaintances. The intro's are sincere enough but my
Lord have I come across some "grabbers" and some
fools. For instance, a couple was intro'ed to me
seeking help with computing abilities. I began showing
this couple the basic essentials. Within three months,
they were telling me what to and how to do it. I kept
my mouth shut and did a great deal of listening.
Ironically, it was
this "jonnie-come-lately" who also showed up with
a dead computer.... I said ironically for a reason.
You see, with the all the know-it-all posturing by this
person, it didn't stop a computer virus (Chernobyl) from
virtually eating this person's computer alive. In
almost twenty years of computing, teaching computers and
writing about computers... I'd never seen a killer virus! It
took this ninety day wonder to show me the very first killer
computer virus. Live and learn...
As I was cleaning the
hard drive of further infestation (over forty instances) I
actually felt sorry for this poor soul! It cost this
computer user a new Motherboard as the CMOS on the infected
mb was wiped clean. In any case, to make a long story
short this user went home with a fully working
machine. Cost? One Mother Board....(around
End of story, I'll
probably never hear from this user again.... after all, with
the basic instruction and the discovery and curing of the
virus... now part of the couple's
experience.... they're "computer pro's"! At
least they think so... I hope not as they will soon be
visited by the "rude awakening". Have you
bumped into any "aces" like these? If so, I
know how you feel.
If these users were to
reach out to me... I'd forgive their transgressions and
understand their faults and forgive those too. After
all, 'Tis the Season. (Can you imagine if we all did that?
What a wonderful place the world would be.)
Christmas are, respectively, right around the
corner.... Please do not forget the true meaning of these
wonderful holidays. Christmas is the celebration of the
birth of Jesus Christ. One of the major Christian High
Holy Days of the Year. Of course, in the real spirit of the
Holidays... Good Will Toward all Men and Forgiveness of
Their Transgressions... is the right thing to do. We
all must be cognizant of these truths and follow them.
Else, we lose our humanity. Good Will toward all
Men... is a sweet psalm unto itself with a kind lesson for
Chanukah (also spelled
Hanukkah) is considered a minor Jewish holiday, but, like
Christmas, has grown over the years in this country into a
seasonal celebration, a bright time for family and friends
to gather as days shorten and the solstice brings winter on
Called the feast of lights, Chanukah celebrates a miracle
observed by the Maccabees, a persecuted Jewish tribe who won
a fight for religious freedom. When tribe members began to
rededicate their temple, the Temple of Jerusalem, they were
disappointed to find only a day's worth of lamp oil.
Miraculously, this oil burned for eight days. Hence, the
holiday Menorah candlestick that holds eight candles and a
"Shamash," or servant candle, to light the others.
During Chanukah one candle is lit the first night and
another added each night until the final evening when all
eight are burned.
The eight days of Chanukah are determined by the Lunar, not
the Georgian calendar, so they move each year, occurring
sometime in late November through December.
Just as Christmas decorations have moved beyond simple
religious references to include Santa, elves, Frosty and
Rudolph, Most celebrants want their Chanukah season
decorations to be more than a series of Menorah
candlesticks. Many have a growing collection of dreidels,
the four-sided toy top once spun by Jewish children when
little ones still played with tops, that has four letters
representing the Hebrew words Nes Gadol Naya Sham, "A
great miracle happened here." Dreidels come in silver,
wood, clay, ceramic and glass. These objects, displayed as a
collection during the year, make cheerful table decorations
during the holidays.
Prepare and enjoy the
holidays... but please, in your fervor, do not forget the
true meanings of these holidays. For if you do... you
will have lost the true heartfelt spirit of Christmas and
Chanukah Begins at Sundown on Friday,
(First Day of Chanukah)
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