Christmas: T Minus Two Days

When next I write a blog post Christmas 2016 will be in the history books. I’ve tried hard to get into the spirit, but must admit to being a failure.

I am certainly looking forward to seeing “A Christmas Carol” tonight again at Shakespeare Tavern, one of my favorite traditions. I only wish I were at the weight I was in September so that I could fit into my “nicer” clothes; too many meals, not enough exercise, since then.

It Was A Night
I drove into downtown with anticipation of seeing Tom Key’s one-man performance of Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory” at Theatrical Outfit.

Before the show I walked over to Park Bar, which is across the street from Centennial Park. In fact, had I more time I would have crossed the street and taken photos in what appears to the park’s Christmas display; it looked lovely. At Park Bar I had a few brews from Creature Comforts and a perfectly-cooked (to medium) hamburger.

From the bar I meandered back to Theatrical Outfit where I saw a good show, but just not the one I imagined. “A Christmas Memory” was more of an animated reading of the story by Key and not an in-character play. I suppose this makes sense, but for what I paid for my ticket I was expecting more; I suppose I should be happy that I know that my money may go toward keeping the theatre solvent…

One good thing that occurred was that parking was “only” $5 last night since there were no other “Special” events going on downtown last night.

ITP Flickr Pic From The Archives
1974: “ITP @ 9 (Christmas)” (Whitestone, New York, United States)

ITP @ 9 (Christmas)
If there were ever any doubts to my allegiance to the New York Jets let them be cast out now. Here I am, aged 9, on Christmas Day 1974. Apparently I wasn’t always miserable either. And I always thought that I was a fat child. Huh.

Speaking of the Jets, I could have scored a new Jets baseball cap at Ross the other day, but I don’t need another baseball cap especially a third (fourth?) hat for such a lousy team. At Ross I did score a new pair of dark blue Chucks (which will eventually replace the ones I am wearing these days) for $30, which is $20 cheaper than other places that sell Chucks. You’ll be happy to know that I passed on the electric orange pair that was also in my size. All other colors available at this Ross were not in my size. 🙁

ITP Flickr Pic
“As Festive As I Get” (Atlanta, Georgia, United States)

As Festive As I Get
Since I am alone on Christmas, and have been for twenty-three of the past twenty-four years (stop, let that sink in; because it explains a lot about why I’ve turned into a bitter soul) I don’t decorate for Christmas. That one Christmas 2002, I had a girlfriend, and a real Christmas tree (and because I didn’t know the base leaked I nearly ruined a portion of the wood floors in the ITP Estate). This is as close as I get to decorating, although missing from this photo is the Snoopy “Happy Holidays” doormat that I brought up from the basement.

Check Another Movie Off My “Unseen” List
I should’ve known that Love Actually wouldn’t actually be uplifting, especially for a person in my mindset. I thought that it was good and I was glad to finally see this movie since so many people reference it. It must be nice to be (have been) one of life’s chosen ones (and I don’t mean the Jews).

Christmas Weekend Ahead!
As I mentioned at the start today tonight I will be headed to Shakespeare Tavern. But first I have to do a few things — swing by Goodwill to drop off some stuff, go to LA Fitness and get in a ride, and do some Swift development.

My belly is starting to grow like Tim Allen’s did in The Santa Clause, and my bank account is dropping as quickly as Jimmy Stewart’s did when everybody wants their money from his bank in It’s a Wonderful Life, so these are important chores today.

I hope to see many of you at bowling tomorrow (and cheese curds beforehand?).

And I hope that those of you who celebrate Christmas have a fantastic Christmas, and for those who don’t, a fantastic Sunday.

Christmas Cheers!
Paulie [eatl/ga]

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17 Responses to Christmas: T Minus Two Days

  1. Debbie Brady! says:

    Hey hey hey I’m first again today. I don’t know who I am anymore, but I’m keeping my !

    Bob, you’re the bomb. Five of those nerf weapons are making their way to my little future felons nephews.

    You go Paulie, that’s way more decorating than the Brady house. I didn’t even get down my metal Christmas tree that usually suffices for Christmas decorations. Bah. Humbug.

  2. Good Morning! Debbie! You will forever will be known as “The OEP” — “The Original Exclamation Point”. 😀

    You have ample reason to not decorate, nor celebrate this Christmas. Hopefully we can all share a laugh or two tomorrow afternoon while bowling and waiting for that fat old man (Santa, not me) to finish his job.

  3. Oh great, inexplicably my monthly health insurance premium is going up by $22 next month. Bastards!

  4. steve says:

    Wow, I don’t know who she is any more! 🙂

    I have already give a shout out to Bob this morning with his suggestion of NERF weapons for the future felons.

    Sadly, I’m approaching my scale high as well. Last night I was ready to go ride, then decided I wasn’t up for it and instead we went to Johnnie’s Pizza for dinner. Hopefully there will be some exercise today.

    I think we’re going to be cutting it close to 4 for bowling as it is, so perhaps cheese curds can be afterwards? Don’t go out of your way for just us. We’re happy to bowl.


  5. Barb% says:

    We have lights across the front of the house. That’s it. Even all the Christmas cards that aren’t a picture on the fridge are in a pile. Guess I better fix that before y’all show up tomorrow. Just not in the mood to decorate either.

    Since the weather looks like it will cooperate, we are thinking gather here at 1:30 for some frying of curds, a bag of wings & whatever others bring. Suggestions are anything that sounds good fried…… French fries, tater tots, egg rolls, etc.
    and of course bring some beverages.

    I kind of ish we were heading to The Tavern tonight, but I’m kind of ok with having no plans.
    I also will be single on Christmas. I’m probably going to take JoAnna & Mike to the airport in the afternoon, thought about Blacksheep, but since I said I’d take them to the airport, that won’t work. I may go to the firehouse for dinner. Paulie, want to join me?

  6. bob says:

    Debbie and Steve you are welcome, I know a thing or two about 8 year old boys (that really sounded bad out of context).

    Barb and I did discuss post bowling frying instead of pre-bowling, if the weather prediction holds true it would be a nice night for some frying and a campfire.

  7. Barb% says:

    Post bowling frying is perfectly fine with us too!
    If anyone wants prelube beverages, we will be here.

  8. Barb, I can’t on Christmas. I will be going over a friend’s house for dinner, which is why I can’t make it to Black Sheep either. Had I not already committed I’d join you.

    I’ll be at your place at 1:30 (unless this changes), ready to fatten up (some more) on some fried goodies, drink some beer, and perhaps watch some Falcons on tv (?). I’ll also be delivering the gift of Masterpiece — the board game — to you. 🙂

  9. Post-bowling fried food sounds great too. So we meet at the bowling alley by 4pm? I’ll ensure to have a cooler in my car (containing cheap ice packs!) to keep my items chilled whilst we bowl.

    Time for me to go and get some exercise. Type at you again in a few hours. Talk amongst yourselves. Cheers all!

  10. Barb% says:

    We will be watching the Falcons before, with no fried foods….. But come early, maybe we can play Masterpiece!

  11. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Consider that a plan Barb. I’ll arrive early with Masterpiece.

  12. Stacy Claus ho ho ho :) says:

    Okay, you know how for a while there we were a week off with being in the same location? Like, I’d go somewhere and then a week later read in your blog that you went there? We’re getting closer, my friend….

    I, too, will be seeing A Christmas Carol at Shakespeare Tavern… TODAY! But whereas you’ll be at the evening performance, I’ll be at the 2pm matinee. I’ll get them all nice and warmed up for you. You’re welcome.

    Ha! You should have gotten the orange pair too. Then on Florida game days, you could wear one of each. Heehee I actually used to do that in high school. I had three pairs (royal blue, yellow and peach) and never wore a matching set.

    And Yay! I see my smiling snowman on the mantel and it makes me happy.

  13. bob says:

    Sounds like a plan, stop by before hand for beverages and post bowling for fried stuff! I’ll pick up some stuff for the fryer.

  14. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Waiting for the guy blocking access to the locker I have chosen to leave. No matter which part of the lockeroom I choose there always seems to be someone blocking my locker when I return.

  15. steve says:

    Murphy’s Law of the locker room states if there are only 2 people in the locker room, they will have adjacent lockers, but that cartoon is also funny.

  16. Agreed Steve. Bob, thankfully few men at this LA Fitness, or perhaps at this time of day at this LA Fitness, are not that proud of their junk that they let it all hang out — literally.

    Don’t think the Florida color idea didn’t go through my head. The problem was that the blue pair is the wrong shade of blue and I feared people would think that I was an Auburn alum. YUCK! 😉

    Have fun at “A Christmas Carol”, tell them all to be wary of the Ghost of Christmas Current that is me.

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