Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmas Time Is Here Again

Every year this thing "Christmas" happens. Most every year I end up going to New Mexico to visit family. This year has been no exception. However, I live in Portland now so I had to fly to Albuquerque first.

When I was getting ready to fly, I decided to dress up like if I was on Mad Men or something. I combed my hair real nice with a part, put on slacks and a shirt and busted out my skinny tie. Perfect. In the airport I noticed nobody else dresses up to fly. At all. At least not during Christmas. I stuck out like a sore thumb. (Especially to the 40+ year old stewardess who winked at me as I was getting off the plane...)

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Music

These are my thoughts on Christmas music while listening to so much of it this season:
  1. Why are reindeer such jerks? And what are "reindeer games?" Why is Rudolph only accepted after proving his worth, not on his personality, but on his natural physical ability; and what message does that send to children? (If you are physically exceptional, you too will be accepted. Or perhaps, people will only like you if you are of use to them)
  2. Also, if "Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer" were rewritten today, it would center around cyber-bullying. The other reindeer would talk poorly about him on Facebook and Twitter. They would make rude comments on his status updates.
  3. Why is Nixon one of the reindeer? Dasher, Dancer, Prancer and Vixen. Comet and Cupid and Donder and Nixon. How strange. I suppose after resigning from the presidency, Nixon got a job pulling Santa's sleigh. And that is probably why the reindeer are so mean. They more than likely bugged Rudolph to get more dirt on him.
  4. "Let It Snow" was obviously written by someone who has not had to work after Christmas Day. I am referring especially to the line 
    And since we've no place to go/Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
    When you need the money, as you more than likely do if you are working in retail the day after Christmas, you do not want it to snow. That would make if difficult to get to work. 
  5. I have always wondered what a "one horse slopin' sleigh" could be. Maybe it is an east coast thing of which I am unaware.
  6. Why does the baby Jesus hate the masculine form of "the" in Spanish so much? No "el," ever. Strange.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Last 24-Hours


The day I had been dreading for months was upon us, Jackie was leaving for Korea in 24 hours. We had to do something special of course, but what? While we had been to the Oregon coast twice, we had yet to see the magical Hug Point completely. We were determined to do just that.