The holiday marketing ads began the day after Halloween this year. Stores are already setting up Christmas displays and the music piped in to stores downtown is flooded with sonic cheer.
And again, I just can’t get into it.
I think it’s the weight of expectations of all the things you should be doing this time of year. You should be shopping, you should start sending out your holiday cards after Thanksgiving. You should go home and be with your family. All of these expectations add more to an already busy schedule, and it stresses me out. I don’t even like shopping for myself, and I hate being told to be cheerful. Cheer will come as it will, don’t tell me I have to be cheerful, dammit.
So I usually end up doing none of the above, and generally have a good time as a result. It’s frikkin’ cold back home in Wisconsin in November and December, and holiday travel is a hellish experience these days. Even though it rained the whole time I was home in August, I had a much better time and there was much more to do while I was there. And the family is more relaxed without holiday expectations.
And nothing beats an evacuated District of Columbia during Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks. Almost everyone goes elsewhere these times of year, the streets are quiet and there’s no expectation for anything. I like that.
And how many more months are left of this suicidal administration? I swear the monkey-creature is just itching for more war. Hey, now that our military is stretched too thin and we’re in billions of dollars in debt, let’s start picking fights with more countries! Bush and his ilk will not have to account for any of this. As with the last Repbulicans in office, they leave an enormous debt and bad international relations in the wake of their terms. Gen-X is whiney because we have to clean up Baby Boomer shit all the time on almost every level.
They were showing re-runs of The Day After on the Sci-Fi channel this weekend. Despite the cheesy 80s special effects before the advent of CGI, the scenes depicting the initial explosions and the physical and social fallout after that still scare the shit out of me, even 25 years later. Why is this administration so excited to hasten such an event, whether it’s here or somewhere overseas?

5 Comments

  1. Michele says:

    Jimbo – you need some Mulholland ham salad to properly savor Christmas – and let me know if you want to swing by for Turkey et al.

  2. Jessica says:

    I’m going home for Christmas. I’ll be in DC Dec. 31- Jan.7, so I guess I can assume you’ll be around. My mother has made it extremely clear that I’m not to miss anymore Christmases. Plus, I need my yearly dose of springala and Dad’s chex mix.

  3. homer says:

    I remember the Republican congressman complaining about The Day After’s special effects when it was shown on television- “People don’t become skeletons when they are vaporized!” It was strange to hear them whine about that, and not the fact that we were so close to being vaporized.

  4. Tim says:

    not to nitpick but by trying to avoid nuclear proliferation wouldn’t they be trying to avoid the tv scene? It’s not like they are out there handing out nukes. For all their flaws they have been very clear about wanting to avoid a nuclear exchange.

  5. Sean says:

    I watched “The Day After” on Sci-Fi this weekend, too. I remember when it first aired on TV when I was in high school. It caused quite a stir. It does still hold up pretty well, doesn’t it? Man, even with the bad special effects (and way too much stock footage of atomic bomb tests), that’s some depressing shit.