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December 26, 2005

Hopefully it means we can all live together on this Earth of ours no matter what we believe.

By: The Dude on the Right
This morning, while visiting my folks, a friend stopped by and I cheerfully said, while snarfing down a bowl of Frosted Flakes, "Happy Boxing Day!"  She looked at me like I was an alien, although at first I thought it was just the frosted flake stuck on my chin.  Then she said "What?"  I retorted back, "Happy Boxing Day!"  Again I was an alien, although by this time I was able to get rid of the stray flake so I knew it must have been my comment that begat such a puzzled look and inquisitive tone.  I quickly explained that today was "Boxing Day," the day after Christmas, and it's celebrated in places like Canada.  Knowing I was fighting a losing battle in trying to explain any further, especially since I wasn't totally positive of its true meaning other than I thought it had something to do with boxes and not boxing, I just sunk my face back into my bowl of cereal knowing that Christmas was over, I would be heading back to the Chicago area soon, and it was time to get back to normal, although this week wouldn't be normal because of some extenuating circumstances that may or may not come out in either a blog or podcast this week, depending how things go.  For now I'll just say some of it is a bummer, some of it brings change, and some of it is supposed to bring a new beginning, or at least a new year.

In any case, my Christmas weekend is done, and it was pretty interesting.  I won't go into much of it here, I'm hoping Stu is ready for a Christmas Weekend Wrap-Up Podcast tomorrow, but if not, I'll host my own tomorrow night.  Here are some of the the low, mid, and highlights.  The lowlight involved some bad news that no one really wants to hear at this time of year, or really, at any time of year, namely a friend's parent passing away.  I learned this news on the drive back to see my folks, and it really made for a reflective rest of the drive, in more ways than one.  On the midlight side, there, under the Christmas tree at my parent's, was a card for me from my brother.  The thing was it was a thick, puffy card, and I was suddenly struck with the paranoia that he actually got me more than a card, that somehow a gift might have been stuck in there, and suddenly my, his, and my sister's agreement would come crashing to an end with guilt for me.  On the highlight side, it was great to be home with the family, although my sister and most of her family was missing.  I say most of them because my nephew decided to hang out in the cold of Ohio rather than the warmth of Texas.  For a sometimes change, I had someone to go with me to a movie on Christmas Day, or on any day, so I didn't have to go by my myself and be what our staff member, Whammy, says of people who go and see movies alone.  I will always contend that I have to go because it's my job.  Anyway, we saw "Fun With Dick and Jane," which was pretty funny, pretty generic, and hopefully a real review will follow in a couple of days.  I also realized it wasn't very nice to have an outside link describing my family in a bad light, so, I actually removed them, although the Astros still got swept by the White Sox, phhhhtttt.  And finally, on my highlight list, I believe I might have ruined the animated shows "Santa Clause is Coming to Town" and "The Year Without a Santa Clause" for my nephew, mostly having to deal with the Germans, the French, drugs, greedy kids, and a dude named Flavor Flav (for a hint, think of Jingle, or was it Jangle, oh hell, I don't know, I'm just setting myself a reminder to truly dissect these two animated shows next year in time for the holidays, much like I did for my nephew as I watched them last night.)

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Good Kwanza, and I hope you enjoyed your Atheist day off, or enjoyed whatever you might be celebrating at the end of the year.  Hopefully all of it means we can all live together on this Earth of ours with whatever we believe.  Sadly, it doesn't seem that way.  Here's hoping next year is a little better that way.

That's it for this one!  I'm The Dude on the Right!!  L8R!!!

Posted by Rightdude at December 26, 2005 6:33 PM


It was Jingle, Jangle is the one that is a bit on the slow side.

Posted by: Mike at December 27, 2005 9:27 AM

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