Friday Five for December 12, 2003

I don’t think there was a Friday Five last week. If there was, I didn’t answer it. (Editor’s discretion, if it sucks, I’m just not going to do it. Whoa, you know, that statement could be taken in a very sexual way … but it doesn’t apply to me … if I suck, you better do me … it’s a two way street sweetie … if I give, you give. Yeah, and it’s me saying krap like that which I think is funny at the time that makes me so uncomfortable with Mom and Dad visiting my website. Oh well, sorry Mom, sorry Dad. Hi !!! *big smile* You’re just here for the pictures, remember !! Stop reading this stuff now !! 🙂 Besides, really, I’m not easy, I’m just a tease. I’m saving myself … you know, until I actually have the equipment !!! :))

1. Do you enjoy the cold weather and snow for the holidays?

Yuhp, but I only want it for the period of time immediately surrounding the holidays. I like the Christmas and New Year’s holidays to be all snowy. Lots of snow, Christmas lights and ornaments … you know the look. It can start snowing really bad on December 15 and then must all melt on January 5. Cold is good too. Really cold. So you have to bundle up when going outside and a fire in the fireplace at home is so toasty. Snuggling with someone works well also. Unfortunately, my snow and cold expectations are an Amy Rule that nature seems to completely disregard. Here in Michigan, USA … it’s not uncommon for us to get little snow in December and then get dumped on in mid-late January through mid-March. Whatever Mother Nature.

2. What is your ideal holiday celebration? How, where, with whom would you celebrate to make things perfect?

My ideal holiday celebration requires two celebrations:

One is with my family, Mom, Dad, Bro, Sister-in-Law, Nephew 1, Nephew 2, my aunts and uncles and cousins. I want Shaft and his family there as well. It’s basically the family holiday we always had on my dad’s side of the family. We were, and are, really close. I’d love to relive that in its entirety. It doesn’t matter whose house it is at, but whereever, there is so much laughter at that gathering your sides hurt the following day. So much food, you stuff yourself silly, plenty of alcohol, tons and tons of hugs. It’s the best. And it lasts all day long into the night.

The other is with The UnUsual Suspects. As each of our lives have gotten so hectic over the years, it just seems like it’s been ages since we’ve all been able to hang out for more than a couple of hours at a time. For this one, it’d be The UnUsual Suspects and their significant others. Of course, I’d bring no one, but I’m good with that ! I’m thinking it’d start in a restaurant, some place were we could have some pre-dinner drinks … conversations … laughs … to set the mood for the evening. After dinner, we’d gravitate to a place to drink and laugh nearby … someplace with dancing and, of course, kareoke … after taking over wherever we were at that time and closing the place down … we’d find some place for a few nightcaps and smokes (whatcha smokin’? we don’t care) … it’d close with more laughs and treasured bonds of friendship. Oh yeah, and no one would get pulled over on the way home. 🙂

3. Do you do have any holiday traditions?

I used to have many, but not anymore. I do drive a couple of hours to my grandpa and grandma’s cemetery, take a bottle of whiskey (usually Canadian Mist, grandpa’s favorite) … and do a few shots with them … grandpa gets the most, ’cause he’s not driving ! 🙂

I still enage in a fair amount of last minute holiday shopping, but as my life has changed, so has that. I guess because I’m mwalling and shopping a lot more than I used to do.

I also spend a fair part of Christmas Day with my parents.

Hmmm … I guess that’s it.

4. Do you do anything to help the needy?

Yes. Though I feel the meaning of what you’re doing is compromised if you advertise the things you do to help those less fortunate or termporarily down on their luck. I just do them, anonymously. Some generic examples of what I do include purchasing winter coats and handing them out randomly to homeless people, I purchase and donate toys to children fairly frequently, there are a few senior homes whose residents I help whenever called … which usually means a grocery store run for someone. 🙂 I also donate money when I can’t do something, but honestly, I prefer to somehow involve myself in the act … it just feels more real, sincere, and personal to me. Sure, I could write a check, it’d be a helluva lot easier than taking the time and spending the same amount of money picking winter coats to purchase that I carry around in my trunk to hand out from time to time. But I like being able to help someone at that moment they need it … whether it’s with a coat, warm meal, toy or heck, even a bottle or pack of smokes … instead of just being another 501(c)(3) donation.

5. What one gift would you like for yourself?

Technically it’s not “for” me, but it’s something I’d really like. I’d love my dad to have his health back. That’s the one gift I want.

Now I know that’s not the real intent of this question, so pursuing this further … when asked this year what I want for Christmas, my standard answer has been “boobs”. Of course, I don’t really expect to get them for Christmas, as I’m planning they’ll be my birthday present to myself. 🙂

I have a whole list of things I want, but nothing really like krazy, all of my desperate wants are non-material items. All my treasured gifts are small gifts with meaning. Geezuz I’ve sunk so far !! lol 🙂

Oh well, electronic toys are always good … something for my computers … mall gift certificates work wonders on my self esteem … and you can never go wrong with a Coach product for me.

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  1. I think it’s really great what you do for other people, like handing out Winter coats. You’re so right about it meaning more. It’s easy to give money, but it shows love actually to get involved with the needy directly. When you do direct things to help people, it shows them that you see them as people, not merely as charity cases.

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