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THE NOONER for December 26, 2015

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Oh, what a beautiful night! I hope you got to see that moon last night. Absolutely incredible. While it wasn't technically O Holy Night, it was still amazing.

 

Capitol full moon

 

 

Welcome to the first Saturday Nooner. I'm moving to a 7-day model, as many of you have told me that you don't know when to eat lunch on Saturday and Sunday. Your spouses told me that you just sit there with a blank stare. Seriously, we're moving into a big election year--154 state legislative and congressional seats on the ballot--so we're going to have lots to talk about.

YO ADRIAN! It's Boxing Day. The day is actually named that because of charity for the less fortunate in society, originally domestic servants and then the downtrodden after the gluttony of Christmas. The Anglo holiday was either a box for domestic servants, or one set outside for those that don't have employment. Remember that when you're at Best Buy today.

I'll be setting a box of food out today with a "help yourself" sign. There's one homeless guy in the neighborhood who I have never talked to, and I have never seen him cause any problems. There are others who aren't homeless, but don't have the luxuries of fresh produce like we do. Taking care of them is the spirit of the season. Some of you do it through your church, and others through volunteer work. Some believe in a public sector solution; others in private. The method doesn't matter, but the intention and results do.

That's not a political statement. The 9,000 Nooner subscribers span the political and religious spectrum, but I also know that regardless of faith, there is a commitment to take care of the less fortunate. Some believe it should be more public, and some believe it should be more private. I really don't care about the method, but it's important to think about after we (I) spend $50 on tickets to movies and food on Christmas Day.

Anyway it's 9am and my box is now in Southside Park. Soup, chili, fruits, veggies, and juices. In Buddhism, we'd probably consider that Right Effort, Right Mindfullness, and Right Action.

ASS: This is not a partisan statement, but rather a political ethics issue. I've been in this business for over 20 years, and it's always been understood that Christmas Day was downtime for politics. Meanwhile, Donald Trump was filling his 140-character attack ads against Jeb Bush. Just absurd.

Finally, movie notes. The Big Short is awesome. Steve Carell is great in his first real dramatic role. The movie tells a technically complicated story about the collapse of the housing market and associated banks, but does it in an approachable way and has humorous moments. It was a bit sad, as I have friends who lost high-end investment bank jobs in the collapse and weren't involved in the mortgage arena, but that is history. And, if you want to laugh to the point of belly pain, Sisters is great.

Three movies in two days (add Star Wars) that ended with applause. It's definitely not common to see that in Sacramento.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Jonathan Lyens!

 


 

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