Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Are Credit Card Rewards Going Away?

The letter arrived from one of my credit card companies. This has been a normal occurrence lately, as credit cards I have not used in a while are being cancelled. But, this letter was about my favorite credit card, which I use all of the time. In this case, the credit card was not being cancelled, the rewards were. The letter said “The credit card alliance between Regal Entertainment Group and Chase has come to an end.” The letter did not explain why, but my guess is that credit card companies are trying to save money.

So I looked it up in the news. In India, credit card rewards are going away:

While certain card issuers are withdrawing the basic cash withdrawal facility, or lowering them, others are curtailing the reward programme to keep a check on unsecured loans.

Read more:

But I live in the USA. So what is happening here? It is predicted that there will be less credit card rewards next year.

Reward credit cards may not offer such sweet incentives next year, although the consumers who use them will be better off than most. Reward deals will be "much more confined to people with good credit ratings," says Wyss. Meanwhile, "points aren't going to be worth as much as they were," he says. "Free trips are going to be harder to get."

Read more:

So, I guess I’ll have to look for a new credit reward program. Fortunately, they are still out there.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A Twisted Sister Christmas

Remember Twisted Sister from the 80’s? Well, you should remember this song:

We're Not Gonna Take It

Here are their Christmas songs!

Oh Come All Ye Faithful

Silver Bells

I'll Be Home For Christmas

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Heavy Metal Christmas

Look for them on iTunes, MusicSpace, and MySpace.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Driving In Snow and Ice

It’s been snowing most of the week. I’ve been working from home. Why don’t I drive into work? Well, it’s because of people like this!

I’d rather stay home!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Funny Christmas Songs

The 12 Days of Christmas - Bob & Doug McKenzie

Santa Claus and his Old Lady - Cheech & Chong

Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer - Dr. Elmo

I haven’t heard this song even once this year, so here it is.

Christmas Dragnet - Stan Freberg and Daws Butler

Christmas Dragnet Wmv via

Monday, December 15, 2008

Christmas Songs

Christmas Must Be Tonight - The Band

Baby It's Cold Outside - Dean Martin

I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm - Dean Martin

Marshmellow World – Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve - Stacie Orrico

All I Want For Christmas is You - Mariah Carey

The sixties version.

Last Christmas - Wham!

Do They Know It's Christmas – Band Aid

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Thursday, December 11, 2008

No Snow?

We don't have any snow here yet. We may get some this weekend. How about you?

There is no snow in Moscow. Winter is coming late this year.

From: rt_news

South Korea is waiting for snow.

From sunshinerain

Waiting For White Christmas - SM Town

They have snow in Estonia.

From obasja

No snow? Ride a Freebord.

From Freebord

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Now, That's a Lot of Snowmen

Photo by sachman75
Sato Land is a winter playground just outside Sapporo. A kid's delight, and a tourist destination for those wanting to try winter sports. Visitors were allowed to build their very own snowmen and include it in the massive display.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Christmas Rap

There is plenty of Christmas music, including rap songs.

Christmas Is - Run D.M.C.

Christmas In Hollis - Run-D.M.C

Christmas Xmas At K-Mart - Root Boy Slim & Sex Change Band

Andy Williams also sang a Christmas rap song.

Christmas Rap (Bubble Wrap/Rap)

Friday, December 05, 2008

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Just in time for the holiday season. I have always liked this episode. It puts me in a Christmas mood!

From: DavesWorld56

'Tis the season to be jolly, but Charlie Brown, feeling that the Christmas message is lost amid all the seasonal glitter, has the blues. The scraggly tree that thrives on a "little love" and a timely assist by Linus make the message of the season come shining through.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Tuesday, December 02, 2008