Christmas to me isn’t about religion. No need to get triggered, people.
Christmas is awesome for the following reasons:
- Horse drawn carriage rides in the snow
- Going to see Christmas lights in the craziest set up possible – there’s a park about 35 minutes from the city full of steep, winding hills and narrow roadways – best lights ever
- Snow, falling
- Fire in the fireplace
- Christmas carols in a church
- Midnight Mass
- Christmas parties
- Wrapping gifts, giving them
- Making great food
- Opening a nice bottle of wine after the house is quiet
- EVERY HALLMARK MOVIE (especially when they are running commercial-free)
- Smiling at passersby
And being fucking thankful. Yes, give all the fucks!
Granted, you could do most of those all year long, but we don’t, we run about doing our high level, super-duper important stuff every day, oblivious to our need for joy. The communal “our.” The entire eastern seaboard does not want to be greeted with Midwestern charm. Trust me, I’ve tried. It’s like being in any of the weekly meetings at work. Slap that smile right off your face. Still, I think it’s worth persisting over. Who cares if there’s shunning to be done.
I fired up the Christmas music to speed me along to home today. The Charlie Brown Christmas by the Vince Guaraldi Trio is my favorite.
I’m not allowed to hang the Christmas lights at home until after Thanksgiving – fair enough.
A few notes about Miami. Everyone drives as though they are on their way to claim $50,000,000. I saw a Maserati swerving through traffic; it must cost a lot to have insurance in Florida. I asked the hawker outside my hotel last night a question – these are usually very good looking men and women who stand about trying to get people to come in for dinner – she looked at me (it was the long pause that gave her away) and said, “No English.” So, there’s a lot of that and that would make me learn Spanish better than I know it now, which is to say I would need to learn a lot. But I would want to get around on both sides of the languages spoken here.
Miami is also expensive. Lots of beautiful high rises, more under construction. I saw 8 cruise ships lined up as I passed the port this morning. I used to be scared of cruising, but it is one heck of a restful vacation.
Miami has the best radio stations, the biggest array of music. Great food, rich in culture, the place is fun to visit, not for me to live.
I drove to Ft. Lauderdale to fly home and took 2 full loops around the airport trying to return the rental car, which I did not gas-up before doing so, which is going to come back to haunt me, but I was pretty late after doing the tour-de-force, so wth, let’s roll the expense budget together. That makes 2 Florida airports at which I have incurred fines in the process of returning rental cars and making my flight (in Orlando I did an illegal u-turn and got onto a tollway just to get off at the next exit, bypassing the change collector as I did not have any change).
When I land in Jacksonville or Ft. Myers it is so different. Such sweet and sleepy airports in comparison. It literally shoves the flip flops onto your feet to walk off the plane and out into the terminal. One of these days soon I am going to be done with all the travel and life will change again.
I took a look at the fires burning near LA as I am off there next. There is one not far from where I am going. I am considering bringing a mask. My coworkers tell me the air smells like smoke. I am also considering rescheduling for January. 300+ days of sun!