Smell Ya Later
I'm off to Colorado! See ya next year!
Another Milton's Meal
Say what you want about the crowded shopping malls and forced sentimentality of the holiday season, I still really like it. The pressures of preparing for gift exchanges and wading through crowds of shoppers is uncomfortable, yet the ritual of the exchange itself is still really fun and worth the effort. Especially when you luck out and stumble on a couple good ideas for people.
Christmas day for me has changed for me over the years. My family always seemed to have something going on for the 25th of December (despite the fact that we lived in a Jewish household). In the years that followed my parent’s separation, I spend most of my Christmas days alone.
This is not necessarily a bad thing. I quietly get to work on small projects and gorge on video games while the rest of the country does the same with their home cooking. I almost never seem to have gone to the market before Christmas, so I make my yearly journey to Milton's -- the local Jewish deli (well...sorta Jewish...they do serve bacon and ham) -- for a decent bowl of matzo-ball soup.
(Here's an amusing little review of Milton's
This year I managed a bit more human contact. A nice breakfast with my extended family, and some quality time with my friend Wendy
and "The Return of the King" bookended an otherwise quiet Christmas day.
Lastly I'd like to point out how glad I am I didn't get swept away in a massive tsunami this holiday season. Descriptions of that chaos have been extremely unsetteling. One of these institutions
is probably worth a visit.