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Chag Sameach, Goyim!

Filed under : Etc.
On December 25, 2006
At 1:45 am
Comments : 8

That is to say, “Happy Holiday, Gentiles!”

You’ll probably be reading this tomorrow, long after you’ve overeaten and oohed and aaahed over your presents (hopefully) but let it be stated: JBall wished you a good day in a timely fashion. But maybe, once your thoughts drift away from how you got a sweater and not an iPod, you will wonder, “Gee, what do non Christmas-celebrators do on this magical day?” I mean, besides blogging, which I am clearly doing.

Let me step back a moment and reminisce about my friend Kim, with whom I worked at Sam Goody’s at The Gallery in Baltimore many years ago. She was terribly concerned that I would be alone for Christmas. She begged me to join her and her family. “But Kim,” I said. “All the machines will be free – I have laundry to do!” She never really got that.

There is a stereotype that Jews eat Chinese food and go to the movies on Christmas, which are two things that seem to be open that day. In fact, I did have Chinese food for dinner (I’m writing this at 1am so I suppose it now qualifies as last night) and the place was packed, but I swear, it was only because an errand took me close to my favorite Chinese place. I don’t plan to be at the movie theatre, though, as far as I know. I mean, there are so many great Christmas movies on TV, how could I? (I’m actually serious about that; I love holiday movies) Except MSNBC which inexplicably is having a marathon of crime documentaries. Cheery!

I once saw a calendar from a Jewish school which had December 25th marked as “Jewish Family Day.” Bwah! But in some ways it is, as the whole family is indeed off, usually, which is why I have such fond memories of watching Miracle on 34th Street as a child.

Another excellent way to utilize the day is to travel, because Christmas is one of the cheapest days to fly ever and the security lines are refreshingly short as well. That’s been an especial habit of mine as the entire music industry shuts down the week between Christmas and New Year’s; radio stations don’t change their playlists, labels don’t ship CD’s, Billboard doesn’t publish charts, etc. And so you can go away and not even worry about work piling up on your desk. It’s heavenly. I was supposed to go away this week, in fact, but maybe that’s a story for some other day. But that’s OK, I managed to have plans every single day, I’m not sure how that happened to my leisurely week of chill, but it did.

And, in similarity with children everywhere, I am currently playing with my new toy, that is, my shiny MacBook Pro. Here’s the interactive part of the post where Mac using JBall readers get to help me out. I do love the way this thing boots up in 17 seconds and never crashes, but I can’t stand the way the screen looks, in particular the fonts. Everything is soft and fuzzy and round, like you’re actually dreaming of computing rather than doing it. Oh, and let me apologize to you because you Mac people have been seeing my site in Lucida, which I think was designed by a blind person. Or maybe he went blind from using Lucida for several days. I mean, everything in OS X seems to be in Lucida so maybe you like it, but I hate it. And if you switch to something else it comes out so soft and blurry that it may as well be Lucida. I am actually considering returning it. Someone tell me why I shouldn’t…please!

Anyway, hope you all are enjoying your holiday week as much as I am and that Fred Gwynn brought you everything you your heart desired and didn’t want to return.

Gang of Four – Return the Gift


8 Comments for this post

  1. kay says:

    It’s Thanksgiving II here. Last night we enjoyed the traditional feast of fajitas with all the trimmings.

  2. KP says:

    I woke up at 6 AM to my son’s stereo blasting “Everybody Wants Some” by Van Halen. I thought that was appropriate.
    After they opened their gifts and my youngest got pissed that he didn’t get everything he asked for (stand in line dude), I proceeded to my parent’s at 7:30 AM to watch my dad while my Mom went to church. We had a lovely conversation about everything that is wrong with the world today.
    Good times, bad times…just another day around here.

    Chinese food and a movie sound heavenly right about now.

    Enjoy your week off my friend.

  3. Becca says:

    Lowest viewership total ever! I would like to thank the 45 people (and my two lovely Christmas commenters) who were sick enough of their families to show up today.

  4. kb says:

    since I haven’t gone to bed yet, do I count for a christmas viewership? although my house doesn’t celebrate either.

    I saw a movie today but didn’t have chinese, although we drove past the place. “Night at the Museum” was a great little movie. The 16-yo got into it too, almost like a little kid. He said he wants to be “a night security guy at a museum when he grows up. No, not just a security guy, I want to be THAT security guy.” Really cute movie, I gotta recommend it.

    OK, now on to your mac issue. Try this: go into your mac system preferences, choose displays, and make sure your resolution is really high. I have mine set at 1280 x 854. Everything will get small and clear.

    and yeah, I like Lucida …

  5. RN says:

    I went to a movie and dreamed of chinese food.

    And then I found $5.00!

  6. CSIGirl says:

    I live 500 feet from a chinese restaurant but I don’t really like chinese food. The smell wafting up the hill is enough to make me run back into the house.

    I know, I’m weird.

    Have a great week off Becca!

  7. Becca says:

    I dunno, KB, what time zone were you in when you wrote that?

    Mine is set to 1280×800. The resolution is higher than that (1440×900) but when I use a higher one, yes, things are sharper, but they’re too tiny for me to see.

    RN, did people get naked?

    Thanks, CSI! And a Chinese foodless new year to you!

  8. Celia says:

    We enjoyed light traffic on our drive to NYC on Xmas day. Hmmm…we were driving to NY, and you experienced your lightest viewership ever…coincidence?????

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