Conversation starters and fun things to do to avoid politics this holiday season:

What if we were originally from Mars, destroyed that planet, and came to Earth?

Why don’t they make mouse flavored cat food and cat litter scented dog food?

Consider playing “Baby it’s cold outside” out of protest of stupid people.

Is Amazon a monopoly?

What ever happened to TWA and Pan Am airlines?

How many years is a fruit cake good for?

Give people paper straws for presents (just make sure they aren’t wrapped in plastic)

Did you know the lifespan of a $1 bill is 5.8 years and a $100 bill is 15 years?

Did you know the lifespan of a $10 bill is only 4.5 years, the shortest of all the bills?

If you want to make your home smell wonderful for a gathering, fill a pot with apple cider, take three large oranges and poke cloves into them and float them in the cider and simmer on the stove. Serve warm with cookies. Yum.

On a different note, the State of California is about to enact a law that would require people to have a background check (similar to someone actually buying a gun) to purchase ammunition. What? Have those people completely lost their minds? First, there is no such item on the federal background form unless they want to consider ammo a firearm – which it is not. Second, if they succeed that will certainly bog down an already delicate system, making it an artificially lengthy process for law abiding citizens. Shame on you California.

Dick’s Sporting Goods might have made a bad decision when it decided to refuse to sell MSR (modern sporting rifles) such as AR-15s. General sales have dropped and profits are down. I guess when your clientele hunt, fish and like to shoot and you stop selling guns — financially bad things can happen.

During this time of holiday cheer, remember to stay safe out there. Avoid sharing on social media that you are out of town (an open invitation to a thief) and always keep an eye on your surroundings.

Remember knowledge is power and mouse flavored cat food needs to be a real thing!



Dorothy Royal is the owner of Surf City Guns and Ammo, mother of two wonderful children, ringmaster of a herd of miniature ponies and an avid member of the Surf City Writers Group and Topsail Book Club.