December 11th, 2004


Bleh ...

Why are the holidays so unvaryingly depressing?

Last night (well, Thrusday night, these things blur) The Girls and I went down for the building Holdiay Party (The Wife managing to sneak in tha back way to avoid it for the second year in a row) and this evening Daughter #1 had a "Snowflake Dance" at her school. I was feeling pissy about the latter, as we'd already committed to be at Dojo for this month's formal graduation ceremony (#1 was moving from the "low green" to "high green" belt), and she wasn't even aware of the dance until Wednesday. Needless to say, I got out-voted. Sometimes I think that I'm the only person I know that thinks one should follow through on what one commits to do ... everybody else in the whole fucking world seems to think "what's convenient" is the over-riding priority.

Initially I was planning on running out to see a movie (that new Nick Cage thing, National Treasure) as a form of "I'm not going to cooperate with your scuttling the plan" pout, but it ended up that the 1:00 showing wouldn't get me back in time to pick up #1 from school, and the 4:00 showing would have screwed up The Wife's plans with #2, so I ended up just hanging out at home with #1 and then hanging out at the school for the two hours of the dance. Of course, if history is any guide, this means that I will likely never get to see the movie until SciFi channel puts it on in a couple of years. :-(

We probably are going to get the tree out this weekend. But, frankly, neither The Wife or I are "into it" this year. We have so much shit hanging over us at this point that Xmas is a huge and unwanted distrracfion. I desperately need to finish up getting my Mom's place ready to show/sell ... but we've had NO time to apply to that. I'd almost rather spend this weekend dealing with that than decorating for Xmas.

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Humbug ... bah F'n HUMBUG

I don't want to play Christmas. I don't want to get out the tree. I don't want to buy any presents ... I don't want to GET any presents. I just want it to all go away. No more Christmas EVER! Hell ... it would be fine by me if there was no more RELIGION ever. Give me a Heinlein/Rand/Redbeard world ... I'm sick of living in this one!

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A win's a win, I guess ...

Well ... I won that Pokemon TV Animation case of cards for Daughter #2 ... unfortunately, this one ended up going for ten bucks more than the last one I was watching and just missed (and went with a single bid). This was the auction I'd done all that research on the other bidder. Unfortunately, somebody else started bidding on it a few hours before close, which caused the gal with the initial bid to start bidding up the total. Frankly, by the time I got around to bidding (with less than two minutes remaining) it was already higher than what I'd hoped to be my maximum bid. If the other guy hadn't jumped in, I'm pretty sure I would have gotten this for a good $8 less than I did, as the gal followed the bidding pattern I'd seen on other auctions she'd won, and I could have come in with a couple of minutes remaining and grabbed it. As it was, my initial bid was under her high bid, but I was able to figure where she was and come in with a second bid sufficiently above that to snag it with about 24 seconds remaining. While it was not the "deal" I'd hoped for, I did manage to get the case of cards for #2, and at a price with shipping that was still less than the lowest retail (plus shipping) that I'd been able to find ... at a rate of about 58¢ per pack!

Go me, eh? Now both of The Girls will have Pokemon packs to dig into on Xmas.

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