I am actually, as I type, sitting here in the empty Gigabyte Systems studio where we used to record the almost-award winning Big Dave and Company Podcast. Mike-a-licious is away on one of this corporate funded "Technology Retreats" in Hawai'i, and while he is gone I am turning the studio into a giant saltwater aquarium, against his wishes. That will teach him to go to Hawai'i on the company dime. So here I am supervising construction and hiding from the Christmas holiday and I thought, maybe I should type out a blog post for a change.
I will tell you why I dislike the Christmas holiday. I like many aspects of it, but the ones that I DETEST always outweigh the positives. First of all, I am sick of Christmas because it has been going on since October. And we all know my stance regarding the timing of Christmas. And if you don't, you can read about it here. So by the time we are months in I am sick of it. It is like bowling in that it goes on forever and I am afraid that it is going to start next year on like January 8th or something.
I also hate Christmas shopping. That is the truth. If I could get my hands on one of those Staples "Easy Buttons" around Christmastime everyone I know would be getting graph paper or maybe a hole punch. But not a three-hole punch, this isn't Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. The problem with the Christmas shopping is not the Christmas part, it is more the shopping aspect. This might surprise you to know that I am a boy, and beyond that I am a boy who does not like shopping. I do not shop, I buy. Unless I am purchasing a boat or something. Then I might shop around. But in general, I go in with a list of what I want to buy and I buy it and I get the hell out of Dodge. At 3 AM so there are not a lot of people in the store. And the store is a 7-11. But 7-11 gifts don't cut it for the Christmas holiday. And Boston Store is not open at 3 AM, except for Black Friday and I am usually holed up in a bunker at that time. I love the giving part (and the receiving part too), but the shopping sucks all of the fun out of the giving for me. It just makes it a hectic, stressful mess of awfulness.
|I would never make my house look like this but I always|
hope that one on my block does.
Anyway, those are just some thoughts as we move towards the Christmas holiday. Safe passage to those of you traveling around for the holiday, and thank you to those of you who will have to spend the holiday away working to the rest of us don't have to. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!