|Me checking my iPhone ( this past spring at the Panera restaurant in Greenville, SC|
Christmas is almost here! Remember when you were young and you couldn't wait for Christmas? It seemed to take FOREVER to arrive and then once it did, there usually was anticlimactic. These days my Christmas "celebration" consists mainly of avoiding the outlets and malls and hitting the mute button on TV every time I see a commercial with a fat, white bearded man (which we all know is Santa Claus) that ends with a big "HO! HO! HO!" in the sky. HA! So that's who that bearded man was! Looky here, whoever comes up with these asinine commercials, please...PUHLEASE come up with something new!
I'm not a "BAH HUMBUG!" kind of guy. At least I don't consider myself that kind of guy. But other than sending Christmas cards (my tradition) I just get through the Christmas season.
This year I put up minimum lights outside. Bill likes to put red candles in all the windows. Even though I think that makes our house look like an Amsterdam whorehouse, it makes Bill happy so I go along with it. However, I do notice that NO ONE ELSE has RED LIGHTS in their windows.
Usually I put up so many Christmas lights outside that our house looks like Santa Claus threw up on it. I have noticed that since I went the minimalist route this year, my neighbors put more lights up. I wonder if there was a cause and effect. Maybe I'll give my Christmas lights to the thrift store and make a new tradition with single candles in the windows. Tasteful white candles.
I seem to have more time these days since I'm not caught up in the Christmas Shopping Rush, and I've been cleaning out my e-mails. I came across this iPhone photo that my dear brother John (love you John!) took of me at the Panera restaurant in Greenville, South Carolina when I was visiting him this past spring. Apparently my dear brother took this picture of me without my knowledge and sent it to me by e-mail. I'm so far behind on my e-mail that I just now discovered it this morning. Good shot John! You captured me at my intense natural state. I didn't know I pursed my lips like this. I'll have to change that.
|Intense Ron caught unawares by Brother John|
So here is the deal. I'm working today and tomorrow, then I don't go to work again until next week. This year for the first time in YEARS, I'm not working either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. I don't mind working those days but it will be nice not to work them this year.
In years past when I didn't work Christmas Eve I liked to spend those quiet hours by myself. I would stay up until midnight then look out at the sky and look for the brightest star in the sky and maybe...Santa Claus. I never saw either but I did experience the quiet peacefulness of this special time of year. On Christmas Day I like to ride around the neighborhoods and experience the peaceful tranquility that only happens on that day. There is no other day of the year that there is so little traffic. I like that.
This year I have the black cloud of my impending appointment with my urologist on January 6th to have biopsies taken of my prostate. That I am not looking forward to. I just want to get through this period of my life then coast out the rest of the winter until spring time comes around again and Bill and I make our annual trek Down South.
I find at this time of my life I like quiet, peace and routine. I don't like change or unexpected surprises.
I need peace. I don't need another "Ho! Ho! Ho!" I would love just once, JUST ONCE if someone would slam a cream pie into the face of one of those fake Santas when they bellow out that very annoying "HO! HO! HO!" The kid even seems annoyed.