The purpose of Sassistas!TM is to dole out sassy and stimulating perspectives on the weird and wonderful incongruities of life . . . or what we prefer to call our social soup. From the ridiculous to the sublime, from the stupid to the miraculous — we’re all swimming in it. Let’s make it easier to swallow.
Five years ago, the Sassistas! opened the sassosphere and now -- 1,529 posts and more than 57,000 comments and 555,600 page views later -- we're still sassing, though perhaps not with the same regularity and snarkiness. Old age; perhaps, more accurately, wisdom, does that. A hurting world needs more kindness tossed its way, or at least, we do.
Last year, to mark our fourth, we asked the 'sphere to post four-word comments and/or sayings. Click here to read through the 245 four-word comments we received (with much thanks to babysis).
Needless to say, we want the 'sphere today to be filled with five-word comments and/or sayings.
You understand what I mean? (That's an example of a five-word comment).
Flann's fifth is pictured right. (Another example).
Thank you and much love to all who continue to faithfully follow our sass.
Today is Martin Luther King Day and the day Barack Obama will take (again) the oath of office for his second term as President of the United States. In his inaugural address four years ago, President Obama reminded us that we:
. . . have duties to ourselves, our nation and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character than giving our all to a difficult task.
How many of us gave our all over the past four years? The Sassistas! sense the country -- like the President -- seems tired and weary, but not necessarily from giving our all. We are curious about what the President will say today after four very long years. And we remain grateful to Dr. King for his words: "the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice".
In a couple of minutes, Flannista is heading out to the local grocery store to purchase a red onion for the Sassistas! and to pay for the groceries of the next three persons in line after her. It's one of Flann's Christmas traditions.
Pictured above is another tradition -- gift cards. For the past several years, I've purchased 10 Starbucks gift cards and just randomly handed them to friends, but mostly strangers, for acts of kindness and service. This year, because I've been feeling more blue than usual at Christmas time, I added 10 Target gift cards to the stash. Following are the folks who received a card:
My three friends/ticket agents at US Airways in Orlando, Florida.
Three housekeepers at my Orlando hotel.
A woman in a wheelchair in the Orlando airport who was obviously not in good health.
A young man in a military uniform at the Orlando airport.
A young man who waited an inordinately long time to hold open a door for me in downtown Orlando.
A TSA agent at the Orlando airport who told me in October that his mother has cancer (a long story and worthy of a post itself).
The TSA supervisor who helped me to locate the TSA agent whose mother has cancer.
My postal carrier.
A UPS driver who delivered a package to my house at 8 pm in the pouring rain.
The CVS clerk who printed the Sassistas! holiday card photos and said, "They're really good."
The Target employee who sold me the Target gift cards.
The barista who sold me the Starbucks gift cards.
Crystal, the Sassistas! favorite cashier at our grocery store.
A friend who was on her way to mail a donation to the orphan she had been supporting in Africa for decades and hopes to visit one day.
The retired policeman who showed up at the elementary school where I teach and volunteered to guard the entrance after the Sandy Hook shooting.
A customer at a Target Starbucks who paid for my coffee (I was in line after him and he pulled a "Flann" on me).
I have one Starbucks giftcard left in my pocket. I'm heading out to the grocery store. I'll let you know those stories in a bit.