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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Twas the night before the night before Christmas.

Look, we all know it is almost Christmas, and anybody who knows me, or has read my blog knows I am not a big fan of the "Christmas Spirit" embodied in these troubling times.  Too little is made of too much.  As fun as it can be to watch, it grows tiring.  Still, I hope everybody can stop their headlong descent into the madness of the season long enough to have a Merry Christmas.  Or Happy Holidays.  It makes no difference to me.  Live and let celebrate, that's my motto.

There are a couple of things I would like to say.

It makes me sad to think the world no longer has Joe Cocker.  "If you believe in forever, then life is just a one night stand, and if there's a rock and roll heaven," they just picked up a blues singer extraordinaire.   His voice was magic, and his persona was enormous.  He was classic rock, in so many ways.

I work for a small company.  I love my job (but, hate the alarm clock).  These are by far the most generous people for whom I have ever worked.  I have had a lot of jobs, too many, and every year at Christmas I am shocked by their generosity.  Each year I kind of wait for the economic foot to fall.  "We're cutting back, Tim."  But, so far so good.  Kind of makes me doubt all of my doubts.  You have to hold on to something, though.

Today is my wife's birthday.  She is young, and vibrant, and wonderful.  And I am so lucky.  "I loved her not for the way she danced with my angels, but for the way the sound of her name quieted my demons."*  And, that is not always easy, my demons are pretty noisy.  Being my wife is not easy, but she does it with grace. If you see her, wish her a happy birthday, and tell her I said thanks.

If you perform an image search for Santa Claus you will find that he is very heavy.  It might be time for him to cut back on the cookies and milk.  Perhaps, we should leave some humus, and carrots, this year.  A bottle of water would be ideal.  He will need to stay hydrated.  Traveling the world delivering presents would be hard, thirsty work.  Don't skimp, Santa deserves the good stuff.  We are leaving Dasani this year, it was on sale and Santa appreciates a bargain.

That should take care of today.  At least this morning.  I have big plans for this afternoon, stay tuned.  Don't expect too much, though.

*Christopher Poindexter.