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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Once more, with feeling

It is time for action, we are headed out for a few last gifts.  Need to hydrate, carboload.  Coffee, and donuts, anyone.  Just kidding, we are having coffee, and cinnamon raisin toast.  It is vital to stay a little hungry.  Don't get weighed down.  Sure, bacon is great, but the few milliseconds it shaves off your reflexes could be the difference between coming home with the perfect gift, and coming home with a cast.  OK, if you are out shopping you are not looking for the perfect gift, you are just hoping to find something halfway decent.

Perhaps you are a thrill seeker.  Nothing like shopping on Christmas Eve to let you know you are alive.  Crowds, violence, vicious bargain grabbers, armed with the desperation provided by the need to get one more thing.  It is invigorating.

It could be procrastination.  Wait until the last minute.  Don't worry, oh ye delayers of the inevitable.  Walgreen's is open midnight.  Everybody on your list needs AAA batteries, decongestants, a pack of bandaids, or acid reflux medicine.  Practical, efficient, gifts, everybody loves them.

Either way, finish your shopping today.  Few stores are open tomorrow.  And they are proud of it,  Closed on Christmas, so our associates can spend the day with their families."  Oh, the caring, the giving.  They really understand.   

Well, off to gird up my loins, whatever that means, and face the world of Pre Christmas Retail.  It reminds me of the line from Heat Treatment, by Graham Parker;

"Out in the jungle there's a war going down,
You wind up eating all the new friends you found." 

Christmas music, at it's finest. 

I will post an update when I get home.  If I don't make it, know that I adore all of you, and I was out shopping for your gift, and it was fantastic.