Christmas is in, like, two weeks or something? Man, I’m not prepared. I haven’t bought anything for anyone. Literally nothing, and that’s not a joke. I’ll probably be at K-Mart on Christmas Eve with tears streaming down my face, pushing around a cart filled with toe socks, Raisinettes, and electric jar openers for the boys.
Actually, Toney took care of the Secrets, so their Christmas is secure. Thank God (and my long-suffering wife). But everything else is in a state of radical disarray. I’m operating under a cloud of continuous low-grade panic here.
Oh well. It’s a holiday tradition, right?
And since we’re on the subject, here’s some heartwarming best wishes from the Angry White Guy. …I’m sorry, I’m getting a little emotional.
The big “snow event” that had the entire eastern part of the United States buzzing a few days ago, missed us almost completely. On the Weather Channel radars, etc., it looked like we were getting hammered. But we got nothing. Toney “shoveled” the driveway with a broom.
Wotta rip-off. I like snow, especially when it’s supposed to happen on my days off. I want a refund.
My so-called book has been submitted, and even though it took more than a year to write… I felt rushed at the end. It’s far from perfect, but hopefully The Agency will be able to see the potential in it. I’ve been told it’ll be “several weeks” before I hear from them. So, I’m going to try to put it out of my mind for a while. Ha! That’s a goddamn good one.
A new restaurant recently opened near us. It’s in the old Bennigan’s building, but is locally-owned and not part of any chain, or anything like that.
They’ve been open for about two weeks, and Toney and I decided to check them out on Saturday evening. We were there around 5 o’clock, and the hostess was staring intently at a clipboard when we came through the door.
We stood there, waiting for her to figure out whatever it was she was trying to figure out. But after greeting us with a “Hi guys!” she returned to the clipboard, and ignored us. For a long, long time.
Starting to get pissed, I told Toney, “Maybe we should just go somewhere else?” This, of course, was not for Toney’s benefit, but for The Clipboard Mama’s.
But she didn’t say anything. There was no response, whatsoever. She left us hanging there, in restaurant limbo, like a couple of idiots.
So, we left. Toney said, “Let’s go,” and we walked out. And there was not even a hint of protest from the hostess, not another word was ever said to us. It’s unbelievable. A new business, trying to make a positive first impression, and all that…
The place is called Charlie’s Pub & Eatery, and here’s some information about it. I’ve already got a bad attitude toward it, and haven’t even made it to an actual table yet. I’ll probably soften my stance with time, but right now it’s under the heading of NEVER AGAIN!
Sheesh. I can be treated like shit anywhere, I don’t need it from a local restaurant.
Have you put any businesses under the NEVER AGAIN! heading recently? Tell us about it, won’t you? Use the comments link below.
And this is a lame one, I know, but I’m all discombobulated here. Before I go, I’d like to invite you to watch Metten’s latest animated short, at Mockable. Metten works hard on those things, but that’s not the reason you should watch it. You should watch it ’cause it’s really funny and good!
I’ll leave you now with an inevitable Question for this time of year: What are some of your favorite Christmas albums?
There are two I’m especially fond of: an ancient Elvis Christmas album, the one with the syrupy “Mama Liked the Roses” at the end, and some sort of Starbucks compilation I picked up during my travels. It’s kinda jazzy and cool, and features Burl Ives and Bing Crosby and a cast of thousands. The whole thing feels like the ’40s or ’50s, and I like that.
So, what about you? Do you have any longtime Christmas favorites? Just so you know, I also like to listen to Rock of the Westies by Elton John during this time of year, for some unknown deep-seated reason. I’m drawn to it at Christmastime, year after year.
So, if you have anything on that subject, let’s hear it.
And I’ll see you guys tomorrow.