Today’s posting is sort of a stew. There are a few little items on my mind and I think I will just dump them out on the floor and if you see one you like, help yourself.
First off, this item: “I can’t believe it’s Christmas already. Wasn’t it only about three or four months ago that we were taking down the decorations?” How many times do you hear someone saying this at this time of year…maybe you’ve said it yourself. And now here comes the follow-up: “When I was a kid it took forever for Christmas to get here.” You’ve heard that one too.
These are the notorious holiday phrases I was saying to myself as I was in the garage today unpacking the Christmas lights I dutifully drape on the bushes in front of the house each year along with other holiday paraphernalia. I do think we are in some kind of time warp that is speeding us up. I used to think it was those people in the marketing department. You can’t trust them. They will have you thinking and doing whatever they wish. But it’s not them. It’s the big kid.
See, some day we will turn around and see this giant twenty story kid sitting right behind us with some kind of transformer or controller in his hand. He’s got an intense look on his face as he turns up the dial or pushes the toggle forward. As he does, you can sense time is speeding up and the earth is spinning faster. This is why Christmas comes so quickly these days. It’s this giant kid and his controller. No, I haven’t actually seen him, but I know he is there. He has to be. There is no other explanation for why I am unpacking Christmas decorations I just packed up a couple of months ago.
Next item: My good friend Baseball Ron had a heartbreak this week. He and Jake (that’s his beloved dog on the right) were returning from a walk when Jake suddenly collapsed. They rushed him to the hospital and he was diagnosed with a fatal form of cancer that has been silently plotting its evilness inside him for some time. Ron and his wife Donna were left with no wiggle room. They stayed with Jake for a bit and then the Vet put him down. One moment Ron was taking a normal walk with his friend Jake…and the next, he’s forced into an emotional nightmare. I went through a similar experience with our six-year-old golden retriever twenty years ago and it was devastating. It is a numbing moment when you lose a pet who is so much a part of the family. Nothing any of us say will make the pain go away. Only time can do that so let’s hope the healing process goes quickly for Ron and Donna.
Next item: And, of course, there has to be a mention of “the book” …the one titled Anchor that I have been working on forever and telling you over and over again that it will be available any day now. Well, I have ordered its second proof. I was not happy with the first one. I made corrections. The second one will not arrive for another week. With that in mind, I have decided to go ahead and publish this month but postpone its marketing launch until January. Having spent a good number of years in the marketing and promotion arena I learned the hard way that it is not a good idea to embark upon a major promotion this close to Christmas. People’s minds and pocketbooks are elsewhere this time of year. It is best to bypass December. Hence, I shall weigh Anchor and launch in January.
And finally: Is it me, or are many of you also turning unusually aggressive as we suffer through more and more terrorists shootings that have taken place this year? I realize Americans should always attempt to support their President, but Mr. Obama has been a disappointment. I sense no urgency or outrage in his demeanor. I have a right to criticize; I voted for him twice. I rarely get political in my blog, but times have gotten downright scary. It is not out of the question that we as a society will evolve into one that does not leave home because of the danger lurking almost everywhere we may want to go: the movies, shopping malls, supermarkets, sporting events, school…it goes on and on. We will become a nation of homebound people who live our lives inside our homes, using the Internet to do all those things we used to go outside for. Think about it. It is not that outrageous of a concept. I am not an alarmist by any stretch of the imagination, but this terrorist situation, I think, requires a “nip in the bud” attitude by this time and we, as a nation, should be demanding all free nations to unite and just forcefully, massively and quickly wipe these monsters out. And if the citizens of a country that allows these people to exist within its borders don’t do anything about it, there should be no sympathy for any of them. It is no difference from being an accessory to murder. This is World War II all over again. As before, there is a an insane monster wanting to kill us all. And, meanwhile, we’ve had not one, but several Pearl Harbors. Why aren’t we declaring war? Okay, I’ll step down off the soapbox.