Intro music: "Find My Way Home" courtesy of, Otis MacDonald/Joe Bagale. www.youtube.com/user/jbfnk78 www.joebagale.com/
Welcome to Episode 2 of My Views, Extended
I’m your host Nadia
And thank you for coming back
I just wanted to share a few things that are going through my mind
What I saw and thoughts on them
If you have children, I would say under the age of 12 and Santa is coming this Christmas I would fast forward for the next several minutes because we are going to be talking about Santa Claus
So fast forward and that’s all I’m going to say as a warning
Fast forward if you have children under 12
It is the Christmas season um, for those of you who celebrate Christmas for religious reasons or just traditional reasons
Whatever your reason it is the, we are in the midst of the getting ready for Christmas and
I just wanted to share a story that I had growing up
Um, because I'm going through the malls and the shopping centres and I'm seeing all of the Santa Claus stations and the kids lining up to get their pictures taken with Santa and every year it brings me back to the same thing of what we grew up, my sister and I, what we grew up with and
That is we did not grow up believing in Santa Claus
Um, are mom just, she never did the Santa Claus thing
Um, nor did she do the tooth fairy, myth
And I was little, I don't remember how small I was
I don't know if I was 8 or 9
And I believe I remember
Asking her just paraphrasing. I don't remember the exact words.
But I remember asking
"Why didn't you have us believe in Santa Claus?"
She basically said that "she wasn't going to let some fat old white man, take the credit for her hard work".
And that wasn’t said in a racist way that was just said very factually
She went out to work every day and all those presents under the tree, were because she went out to work
And that's how they got there
She wasn't letting anybody else take the credit for that
I know a lot of other people would probably be upset or feel like "how mean"
But my sister and I talked about this many times over the years and we were never upset that she didn't let us believe that there was a Santa Claus.
It just never, it was never there and we didn't feel betrayed or hurt
Um, we were okay with not knowing
I also remember going to Christmas parties, her work Christmas parties and they would have, you know the Santa Claus there
And so everyone would bring their children or grandchildren and all the kids were lining up
But me and my sister were like we don't really want to take a picture with Santa Claus because there is no Santa Claus
It was ridiculous, it's stupid, I don't really want to do it
But everyone was like
"your know going to take a picture with Santa Claus?'
And were like " oh god"
Okay so they kept bugging us and bugging us
So we just begrudgingly went up and took our picture with Santa Claus and I remember, we just did it to basically humour the adults
They probably thought that we actually believed in it and um, there's actually a picture
I don't know if I can find it
It’s where we're kind of leaning against Santa Claus, on either side and our faces are like
'Oh my gosh"
They just like the, you could just see it in our body language, in our faces, that we really didn't want to take the picture with Santa but we just did it to shut everybody the heck up.
So, anyways do you guys, um, did you grow up believing in Santa Claus?
If you have kids do you believe in Santa Claus and what do you think about people who didn't grow up with the Santa Claus myth?
And I don't have children, and If I ever have kids um, I'm going to be honest, I'm probably not going to do that either
I, listen if that's what you want to do, that your business but I don't
I'm not going to do that tradition of Santa Claus, myth.
If they want to take pictures with a Santa, I guess but, no Santa doesn't bring it to your house and that's okay
And I just want to clarify my mom wasn't a scrooge
We did the whole holidays, we did the food and the presents and the tree and lights on the house
And they had plenty of Christmas holiday parties, so there was, not being a Scrooge at all we did everything but that aspect of it
Ad I perfectly fine with it and I never thought anything, you know, I didn't think badly of her and her choice to not have us believe in that
Another thing, this is going to sound so scroogy and I promise I'm not
The elf on the shelf
I guess you’re going to have to fast-forward if you have elf on the shelf with your children too
Elf on the shelf,
Elf on the shelf
And he moves mysteriously during the night
And he's watching you
It's not bad enough that Santa's watch you? Now elf on the shelf is watching you and?
Again if you want do that, it's your business, it's your household, it's your kids but I'm not doing that nonsense
And I'm not contributing to that nonsense
I just change the subject or just don't participate in the conversation when it comes to the children and the Santa Claus and elf on the shelf
Because I'm not lying, I'm not going to tell them the truth because that's not my job but I'm certainly not going to contribute to the lies and the myth
Sorry and Ii promise I'm not a Scrooge like our apartment is full of holiday decorations
And we do presents and holiday meals and Christmas meals
And I love the holiday time um, but yeah
I can't do the lies
I just wanted to take a moment in this episode to um, basically do a little RIP for Scott Weiland
He's a former lead singer of the Stone Temple Pilots and a few other bands
But that was the band that I know him from and remember him from
One of the founding members
And writers in STP
He died Dec 3rd 2015 this year and wow
I'm gonna preface this saying I’m a big celebrity follower
Their normal people like everyone else just more people happen to know them then know us regular people
But um, I just wanted to mention that um, it's sad that he is gone,
Its' sad that his children have lost a father
Yeah I feel really bad for the kids
That they don't have their dad to be with them on their life journey
It's just really sad.
Their music was a backdrop to many, many years of my life
Good and bad
I know a lot of other music lovers can attest to, you know
Whether it's a singer or a band or several
That their music comforted them and got them through many periods in their life
Stone Temple Pilots, their music definitely did that for me
So I just wanted to say rest in peace to him
I hope he gets some piece, finally and um, and prayer goes out to his kids and I think he was married again
I'm not positive
Yeah, it's sad and um, mental illness and drugs and whether it was natural causes or whatever it was Ii don't know, I'm not going to say.
Thank you for the great music that got me through many good and bad points in my life
Do you have any favourites, STP songs?
I would have to say that for me, probably my favourite album from them is 'Number 4"
And my, oh gosh, I have a lot of songs
Probably a lot of the songs that people know
Plush, Creed, Sour Girl, Down, Church On Tuesday,
I love that album
Sex and Violence, Glide, I got You, EC5, Atlantic, Interstate Love Song,
Yeah there's just so many songs
I don't have a favourite but um, and I'll probably try and link the video, one of my favourite videos of them on to my blog
Just so you can see, watch, enjoy their song from the past
It's kind of amazing how music can be a backdrop to your life
It can, you know, assist you in your misery
It can help you celebrate the best moments of your life
It can sooth you
It can put you to sleep
It can wake you up
Music has the amazing ability to do so many things in your life
And it's actually, as I' thinking about that, it's really unfortunate that I really don't get to listen to music that much these days
I don’t know a lot of the newer artists
There was a point where all I listened to was music because I didn't have or if I don't have cable
Yeah I would listen to music
If I was awake I was listening to music
I just don't do that anymore
So it kind of, it's weird but when a musician dies I kind of and I start listening back to their music
Like I was listening to a lot of their music while I was making these show notes,
It's kind of interesting how you,
"Oh I haven't listened to this for so long"
"Why didn't I listen to music anymore?"
So it kind of reminds me that I do need to listen to music, and it doesn't necessarily have to be you know sad music or in memorium
Just listen to music and let it take you where it's going to take you
On a lighter note I wanted to share some of the Christmas shopping experiences that I've had
I always forget and the same thing happens every year but I always forget
You know people get really crazy when their out shopping
People are just short-tempered and there cranky
And they push people
And you know that's just the consumers
You know forget the people who are actually working in the stores, because that's a different topic all together
But people in general are really rude so
Last night I was at a Christmas Fair
And we're walking around, I was with 2 friends and we're walking around and it was crowded but you know, you kind of pull your body and make room for people passing
You’re going on one side and people are coming in the other direction to leave
Apparently I didn't make myself small enough
This lady, kay you know how you have a baby and you have them on your hip and your elbow is around their bum and legs and body holding them
Oh my gosh, this lady used her baby to elbow me out of the way
Now I can be a harsh person at times
I'm getting better but even I wouldn’t use my baby as battery armour
Like who does that?
She literally took her baby and her elbow and pushed, elbowed me out of the way
With a good force that my friend who was walking behind me, even she saw it
Who does that?
Now I really want to know, is this mom, is this part of the rude Christmas, crazy Christmas shopping that occurs everywhere?
Or is this just this mom?
And I want to know is anyone else experiencing the crazy, you know rude shoppers and consumers
Other people who are kind of, you know acting not very well in public
It's just interesting to me um, yeah
And she walked really fast cause normally if something like that happened I might have said something
But she was like, walking fast so I'm assuming she did it on purpose and walked really fast so I wouldn't have a chance to turn around and confront her
But yeah, 2 factors
It was super busy in there
And she was really quick, she was gone
But it's like
Yeah normally I would have been like
"Excuse me or wow thanks for using your baby to batter me out of the way'
But she was quick and she was gone
You don’t have to call people out all the time but sometimes people need to called out on their really cruddy behaviour
And um, if the circumstances were a little different I Definitely think she would be one of those people to be called out because that was just ridiculous
Anyways that is going to be it for today’s episode
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And um, that is it for My Views, Extended Episode 2
This is your host Nadia
See you later Bye!
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