Saturday, December 15, 2007

A Holiday Whoobee Whatee?

Ah, the famous quote from the Grinch movie. (The Jim Carrey grinch).

Speaking of grinch, I did my Christmas shopping today. It was as bad as expected. A beautiful snowfall ruined by traffic and frantic shoppers. I tell ya, it's insanity. Everyone and their father Mitch was out today. You'd think Christmas was next week or something. Criminy sakes.

And don't even get me started about the parking thing. I would have been better off parking at home and walking the 6 miles to the mall, I kid you not. I'm not one for the mall anyway. I don't like them. I start hyperventilating looking for a parking spot, especially this time of year. I end up abandoning my vehicle in a distant snowbank thinking, "Yeah, this'll do." Nevermind that it's usually a 20 minute walk to the mall. Hey, as long as I can see the store logo, I'll find my way.

It's snowing again. It's been snowing all day. All month really. If it keeps up, I'm going to have to get a smaller vehicle, as mine will no longer fit into my ever-narrowing driveway. I'm serious. It's very similar to the Dec. of 2000 when we had record snowfall. It's like groundhog day around here when it comes to shovelling. Friggin' Alaska. Global warming my eye.

Walking the dog is a real treat in this stuff too. He's so short, he cannot get up onto the snowbanks. Today he just gave up and pooped on the sidewalk. "There ya go" he seemed to look up at me and say. "That's as much work as I'm going to put into that today. If you want better, get yourself a Husky or a Malamute or something. If you want cute, there ya go." At least that's what I heard coming out of his small head. It may have been something like "Hey, sorry about that Joe." But I think not. I think the former was what he said. I guess only Ceaser Milan knows for sure.

The high point of the day was getting a free Americano coffee at Evil Starbucks because the Verona and Breakfast Blends were both out at the moment I ordered. I love when that happens. It makes all those other $2.00 cups almost seem worth the money. Yeah right. I did say Evil Starbucks, did I not? I'm much more a PDQ coffee guy than a Starbucks coffee guy. People there are such snobs. "I'll have a grande, fatte, frappa-lappacino, extra bold, skim, iced-eggnog coffee with a shot of espresso". Give me a break. I can barely remember Grande Verona with no room for cream. When they make Starbucks more like PDQ where you pick and pour your own, then I'll be their best customer. Besides there's something much more middle class about PDQ. Poor man's starbucks without the pretentious clerks.

Well, I've spouted enough. I'm really not a scrooge. I love this time of year, mostly when my shopping is done though. I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and remembers to Praise the God in heaven who sent His one and only Son to earth and started the whole thing.

God Bless you all.

Blogging off...

Jim

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