THE FILE23 HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR

Posted: December 23, 2007 in The Roper Files

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WARNING: So sweet readers may experience projectile vomiting of spun sugar…

Actually sipping on hot chocolate as I type this, how much cornier could I get? Listening to my two favorite Christmas cds: Mr. Hankeys Christmas Classics and Mark Mothersbaughs “Joyeux Mutato” My tree is out in the yard where it belongs.

In between my own careful planning and driving like a maniac, I have once again successfully slain the Phoenix-like ogre of Christmas shopping. Santa better be fucking good to me this year; I could have rented those two blonde twins in this weeks local free paper escort ads for what I spent.

Sometimes it takes the cold hard bitch-slap of reality to put the holidays in their true perspective however. Got cut off from an freeway exit Saturday afternoon and wound up on Fort Worths skid row. Driving past a seemingly unending chain of homeless pushing their shopping carts (odd, the nearest grocery store is miles away) was just the reminder I needed that I’ve got it pretty well off. Shouldn’t be complaining.

Don’t know if it’s the holiday spirit or just some subconscious side-effect of watching GOODFELLAS too many times, but I’ve been sticking more dollars in those tip jars at restaurants lately. Been working a lot of overtime; the bills are all temporarily paid. Not rich by any means, but I got a roof over my head. Didn’t spend all my money today; the shelves are fairly well stocked here at home. Things could be a hell of a lot worse.

So what if it’s another dateless weekend? Friends from out of town will be in this week to see their families, so seeing them will be nice. One of the few things I actually like about the holidays; it’s a shame I allow trivial details like shopping to over-ride the good parts. This is going to be a week to remember, I can feel it in my bones.

So I’d like to end this partially because I’m weary of typing and also to say Merry Christmas and Best Wishes to all. May 2008 be a bitchin’ year for all concerned.

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