There was a story the other day about a guy who was fired because of his company’s Christmas party.
It wasn’t that he did something at the party that directly led to him losing his job, like grabbing at women in his office or going off on a co-worker in a drunken rage.
But the morning after his company Christmas party, he called in sick. And his boss told him he was fired.
Now while you can maybe make a case that his boss over-reacted, and while this guy may have had a history of missing work…there still is a lesson in there for all of us.
These days, when jobs are still harder to come by, what you do and how you behave not only on the job but also at events associated with your job, can make a difference.
And with most companies now able to monitor your office emails and website visits whether you’re at work or not, your behavior can cost you.
A good reminder not only during the Christmas office party season, but year round…the word to the wise…is to be smart.
So what’s ahead for ex-mayor Bob Filner?
In the short term, it’s 3-months home confinement and three years probation.
Then after that, as he told the judge at sentencing this week, he looks forward to making contributions to the city he loves.
But a lot of people in San Diego probably don’t want him making any more contributions to the city. He’s done enough.
You see the problem for Bob Filner is that from now on, every time his name is mentioned, it will remind everyone of what he did and how he became a national embarrassment for San Diego.
Filner told the judge he will do all he can to restore his integrity, no matter how long it takes.
And so he should.
But sometimes there are things you do that no matter how repentant and how personally forgiven you are, there is a price to pay that can last a lifetime.
For Bob Filner, it may turn out to be that he can restore his reputation privately but maybe never publicly
The case of Stephanie Crowe back in 1998 will go down as one of San Diego’s most baffling murder cases.
If she had lived, Stephanie would now be 25 years old.
And now with long time presumed killer Richard Tuite having been found not guilty last week, we may never know who killed Stephanie in her family’s rural North County home.
If Tuite didn’t do it, then some people are now saying that her then 14-year-old brother and two of his friends must have done it. They were the ones arrested at the beginning. There was even a confession but that was later ruled as having been coerced.
Her parents told a U-T reporter that just because a jury found Tuite not guilty doesn’t mean he’s innocent.
So we are left to wonder who killed her.
There has already been one TV movie about the case. But one day…there may be yet another story to tell about the murder of Stephanie Crow.
San Diego’s Balboa Park is the scene tonight and tomorrow night of what used to be called Christmas on the Prado…and is now called December Nights.
It’s been 11 years since they changed the name of the annual holiday event when the museums are open for free and Balboa Park is decked out with lots of Christmas decorations.
But the controversy over the name change hasn’t gone away.
In an on line poll on U-T San Diego.com, 75 percent of those responding said they were not going to December Nights this year and many of them said they won’t go until they change
the name back to Christmas on the Prado.
Now that’s not likely to happen. But maybe the city can come up with a little better name that December Nights for an event that celebrates the Christmas season.
I mean the name, December Nights, sounds so generic and so meaningless.
Balboa Park dresses up in lights and decorations because it’s the holiday season, not because it’s December.
If you want to be more inclusive, okay, but the name, December Nights, is so boring.
How about re-naming it Balboa Park Holiday Nights?
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Anyone ask you this week how much you gave on Giving Tuesday?
In case you missed it, the day after Cyber Monday which is two days after Black Friday has become known in the last few years as Giving Tuesday.
Charitable organizations promote it as a day to donate on line to worthy causes.
And apparently it’s working. The amount of giving was up this year, just as it was last year.
The average on line gift on Giving Tuesday was 142-dollars up from 101-dollars last year.
Pretty impressive actually, especially after all the mania over Black Friday shoppers pushing and shoving and Cyber Monday shoppers scooping up deals on line.
We all know it’s better to give than to receive, it’s as old as the Bible itself.
And this week’s results from Giving Tuesday are a sign that a lot of people must believe it.
So while Giving Tuesday may not get the publicity of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the idea of a gift at Christmas is really what the holiday is supposed to be all about.
So what does Sunday’s TV blackout say about the Chargers, their fans, the NFL and San Diego?
For the Chargers, it meant having to face the embarrassment of knowing they were the first team in the league to have a home game not shown on local TV.
For the fans, it meant they were denied the pleasure of spending their Sunday afternoon in front of their TV watching their team.
For the National Football League, it meant another reason why its TV blackout rule is ridiculous, with just a few thousand tickets not being sold as good reason not to let the game
be seen in the team’s hometown.
And for the city of San Diego, it could mean a sign the Chargers won’t be here for much longer.
With no signs of any approval for a new football stadium, after a dozen years of talking about it, you have to ask just how much patience the Spanos family Charger owners have
before they decide to take their team elsewhere?
Time is clearly running out. And let’s hope Sunday’s TV blackout is not the beginning of the end.
It probably didn’t take you long this past weekend to realize that lots of people in
Maybe you were one of them. I was. And sometimes I admit to suffering from decoration envy.
Not that the lights and reindeer and sleigh and angels we put up at our house are bad, but it’s hard not to notice those homes that really do it up.
Every year, I want to do it bigger and better, but then the grand plans fade away as time fades away and I realize I just have to get them up.
And of course, no matter how carefully you packed away the lights the year before, when you pull them out this year and you plug them in, there are always bulbs and strings of bulbs that are out.
So the time you set aside to create a new and more creative look, is used instead to run to the store to buy new strings of lights.
So you rush to the store to get new strings of lights and just do the best job you can.
Guess it’s all part of remembering what we always forget this time of year.
Christmas is better when you don’t stress out over it.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving, you may think you don’t make enough money or don’t have a big enough house or a new enough car to be thankful, but did you know that if you live in the U.SD, you make more than 95 percent of the people in the world do?
Thanksgiving Day was inspired by the Pilgrims but didn’t become official till 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln declared it a federal holiday to express thanks for the country and for God.
And remember, Lincoln did this at a time when the country was going through the Civil War.
Yet Lincoln saw the benefit of focusing on what the country had and what its citizens were blessed with…and not the troubles of his day.
Lincoln called it his Proclamation of Thanksgiving and Praise and he called on all Americans on that one Thursday every November, to say thanks for their blessings.
Well known local pastor Dr. David Jeremiah has this advice. Before you sit down and offer thanks around the dinner table, ask yourself: "Am I a complainer? Or a thanks-giver?" It all comes down to perspective.
So make it a thankful Thanksgiving.
When you think of the San Diego Chargers you can probably think of a lot of famous names of star athletes.
But there is one name that is remembered as being the name of the Charger player who is known as much for his off the field contributions as he is for the way he played.
The name is Rolf Benirshke, the Chargers place-kicker back in the late 70’s and early 80’s.
After retiring from football, Rolf became a TV star for a while…doing a stint as host of the Wheel of Fortune game show.
Over the last 35 years, Rolf Benirschke has been the face and more importantly, the spirit of the annual Chargers Blood Drive which happens today.
Rolf’s near fatal bout with ulcerative colitis started the Chargers Blood Drive back in 1979…when Rolf needed blood and Charger fans and the community came out to donate.
Since then, Rolf and hundreds of Charger players through the years have inspired thousands of fans to donate blood to help others.
Today’s 35th annual Chargers Blood Drive one again proves that a city doesn’t need a team that goes to the Super Bowl every year to be champions.