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December 4th, 2003

party rentals

A brochure in Spanish promises pinatas for all situations. A steel building party rental place thirty miles away costs too much for a chess tournament. Everywhere I go I see party stores opening. I must miss two Friday Christmas parties due to a last-minute out of town business meeting which just gelled, but somehow I am relieved not to have to choose which one to attend. I had an "un-party" once, in which I sought to parody parties. It was well attended, but unsuccessful. Perhaps it was the long, cheap strings of tinsel on the ceiling fan, or the odd way I dressed that made it fail. Among my circle, "partying" was a pejorative. Perhaps this was a result of growing up in a disco era, when the most profound thing anyone in a song ever did was "party". But I like the idea of an open house party, where people come and go, and cookies are served. For that matter, I like the idea of any gracious, civilized thing where people gather, chat amiably, don't stress out, and don't be judgmental about one another. I would throw a party, and invite all my LJ friends, and be intrigued if they all could come.
But I suspect that meeting LJ friends would work out better in smaller group settings. Maybe the solution is to have an on-line holiday party. But I do not much care for that on-line D & D- esque way of people writing "slurp" as if they were pretending to drink hot chocolate. Meanwhile, a spam e mail comes in "more great on-line gifts from Shoes.com". This weekend I am largely on my own, with lots of work to do, as my wife helps organize docentry for a tour of homes. Maybe I'll go to some rural Christmas celebration, which always seem to happen in the first week of December. Maybe I'll just go fishing for sunfish at the Park Hill Prairie.
Maybe I'll just work, and walk, and get a few hobby projects done. I feel so far behind on my hobby projects. I should catch up. I also have to finish my Xmas shopping. So maybe no parties for me, quite yet, anyway.

Equinox Hope

We're heading into the next shopping weekend before Christmas. I hope you'll pardon me for not railing about the commercialization of Christmas and How Things Used to Be. I prefer tonight to look at potential, and kind wishes, and ways to make things work. Will you join me in pondering seven ways to wish for better things?

Poll #215379 Seven Holiday Wishes

Please tell me one kindness you can do this holiday for someone in your life

If you could give one new, unwrapped gift to a tot toy drive, which toy from your childhood would you give?

If you could telephone one long neglected living friend, and have a nice chat, whom would you call?

If you could write a long letter to a living relative, whom would you write? What would you say?

If you could bake a favorite dessert, what would you bake?

If you could buy yourself a special gift costing less than 10 dollars, what would you buy?

If you could smile at someone lonely, at whom would you smile?