For The Few…

Here’s for the few people who might get it.
I’m doing a crossword puzzle at work today (yes, this place is a-hoppin’) and I come across this clue:

37) “If ___ a hammer …”

I wonder…

(hint: 4 letters)

Speaking Of…

Sheesh, life certainly is uncanny sometimes. Just as soon as I write a post mentioning a holiday tradition about Peanuts, others are enjoying the tradition as well.
Because one certainly cannot know enough, here is The Real Story Behind A Charlie Brown Christmas (and why it almost wasn’t shown).

When CBS executives previewed A Charlie Brown Christmas, they were vastly underwhelmed. There was just so much wrong with it. There was not enough action. It moved too slow. The voices had been done by real kids, not adult actors. There was no laugh track. And Linus read from the Gospel of Luke in one scene.

What I Want To Send…

Sometimes the way staff recklessly print things off without knowing where or how many it is mind-boggling.  And frankly, it’s so painfully wasteful that I can’t stand it.  This is the email I’m refraining from sending to the staff:

Happy Nearly Holidays, Everyone!

Nearly.  Until then, this printer Scrooge will be watching!

There has been over half a ream of paper printed between the labs up here that remain unclaimed.  I think it’s about 1/4 of a Tolstoy novel printed out for some light reading over the break.  But honestly, wouldn’t it be more satisfying to go and pick up the entire book at a local store with the gift card you are sure to receive in the next week?

Rest assured folks, I will fight deforestation as best I can by recycling any and all papers not picked up by 2pm.  So pick up your stuff in a timely manner, or your papers will become the rear end of someone else’s printing job.  Gotta leave some trees to be cut down for next year’s festivities, after all.



A Long Walk…

Yesterday was a busy one. I left work early to get M from work down in Minneapolis and drive back up to the daycare to see the kids’ Christmas show. Leaving work, I saw my car was nearly out of gas, so popped over to the station to top up. One back in my car, the shoulder belt had gotten itself stuck. Cursing its frayed edge and using the passenger belt as a substitute, I drove to the Park And Ride where M’s car was, switched vehicles, and proceeded on my original mission to just go get her.
The show was cute and fun for the kids. Most of them didn’t know what to think, what with singing in front of a crowd of a hundred parents with cameras going off. Austin wouldn’t sing until he caught sight of Mommy, who had just moved down for a closer shot of him. I had to point her out, then he was on track, flailing his limbs as he sang.

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Little Rituals For Holidays…

Last Saturday, the three of us headed to downtown Minneapolis. The goal was to see this year’s Macy’s display. After waiting over an hour, mostly spent in line to get to the display, ogling incredibly expensive furniture that I mostly did not care for. At least to keep the boy occupied, we had him be our official chair-tester. He had some very valid opinions to be sure.
The display, as last year, was wonderful. This year’s theme was The Nutcracker. Mommy was reading the captions as Austin was captivated by the fantastic scenes. The big battle between the soldiers and the mice was especially entrancing.

At the end of the afternoon was a meeting with good ol’ Saint Nick. This was the second time the lad met Santa, and M and I agree that he’s a bit put off by the jolly old elf. I’ll post the picture when I can, but man… the kid just doesn’t like him. Part of it may be that he’s a big bearded guy (I’ve suggested that I should grow my beard back; M still has yet to reply) and the other part is that Austin thinks Santa is an instant gift machine and so is very disappointing.

On Sunday afternoon, I went out on my own to pick up our Christmas tree. Yes, it’s a little later than I would’ve liked, but as always, things do tend to come up. But I finally did it. It is a bit funky, I will admit, but there it is and it smells nice. Once again, I had a moment that brought home the fact I am the Dad now. I hauled the tree out of the car and trimmed it up so it would fit in the stand. My pop did it nearly every single year of my life. Now it’s up to me. I’m a bit proud of myself, even though it’s a small thing.

Monday night was when we finally decorated the tree. We have some nice pearled lights and a few ornaments from friends and family. I have always loved getting a live tree and decorating it with my family. It is a wonderful tradition, but sometimes these moments are tough for me. I miss doing this with my folks and my sister. I am proud to pass it on to my son and future one, don’t get me wrong.

And tonight I got to share another little tradition with my boy. He and I watched A Charlie Brown Christmas. It had been ages since I last saw the movie. And I still find it wonderful, and even more profound now that I am an adult. Still, nothing beats my son laughing at Snoopy gliding around the frozen pond.

Cheers, all!

Oy Vey Weekend…

Well, as it turns out, my sister isn’t crazy after all. I apparently did put up the More Cowbell skit as one of my first installments of weekend videos. It just goes to show what a blur this autumn has been for me. So I leave you with a holiday classic. Ta!

Being a Shill…

I sometimes get overwhelmed with the amount of extra reading and work I need to do in life. It’s not just for school, either. I can keep up with school, though often at the expense of personal reading. There’s also all the news in the world to keep up with. I’m lucky if I read through an article each daily from The Economist and The Wall Street Journal.
Now on top of that, with us expecting another us bouncing around here soon, there’s even more reading to do. I get tossed on my lap a good number of novels to read on top of I usually try to do, history and politics. Now I’m building up my reading list to hopefully cover in the next month before I’m taking three night classes starting the ides of January.

My list here is also a bit of an introduction to a side project I’ve been fiddling with, and that is building an online store as an Amazon affiliate. My plan so far is to build up lists of books and movies and other whatnots in my life that I will occasionally review either on my own or on request. Those lists are a place for people to browse and feel welcome to ask me about what’s up there. And the big thing is that if someone happens to buy anything on there, I make a minuscule percentage. It’s a great deal over at The Fry Shop.

Here are what I’ve recently read:

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