I really can’t stay (but baby, it’s cold outside)

I’ve got to go away (no, seriously, it’s dangerously cold outside)

This evening has been (Look, state officials are telling people not to go outside for longer than 30 minutes or they might get frostbite, so you should stay. Really, I can drive you home later)

My Mac weather widget says that it’s 4 degrees. Now, I’m someone who actually likes it when it’s extremely cold (much more than when it’s extremely hot), but even I have my limits. Luckily, I’m not a construction worker or a mailman so I can just stay inside and listen to music while drinking a hot beverage.

By the way, what day are we supposed to stop listening to Christmas music? SIRIUSXM has already gotten rid of their holiday channels so if I want to listen to holiday songs I have to use iTunes. But some songs just don’t make any sense (and can even be a little depressing) the day after Christmas. “Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town?” He came and went. You’re dreaming of a white Christmas? I hope you got one but there’s no reason to waste time dreaming that anymore. “The Christmas Song?” Nope. I mean, it’s right there in the title. And if you see mommy kissing Santa Claus on December 30 then you may want to consider the possibility that she’s having an affair.

But there are a lot of “Christmas songs” that you can listen to throughout January, because they’re basically “winter” songs that do double duty as Christmas songs: “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Jingle Bells” (the ability to dash through the snow will be available until March), “Winter Wonderland,” even “Frosty The Snowman,” regardless of his history as a Christmas TV staple. Though I do realize that even these songs have such a strong connection to the holidays that you want to go back to listening to “regular” music when the day is over.

I haven’t even had Christmas yet. Due to family members moving and others being scattered and busy on the 25th, we’re having the official dinner and gift-opening festivities in early 2018. So maybe I can sneak in “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas” in January. There won’t be a tree, but there won’t be a tree in the Grand Hotel or one in the park as well either.

New column up. Happy New Year. And stay warm.

One thought on “Brrrrr

  1. Damn Bob, it’s about 8 degrees where you are right now—-I just checked. Either extreme, heat or cold is always bad. Because of the weather, I’m not expecting my new POST until January 10th. Yeah, but before then, I’m gittin’ outta a couple of New Year’s Eve parties I wanted to ditch anyway. It’s SUCH a lame holiday, I’m almost GLAD* I have a scratchy throat and forehead congestion to legitimately get out of them! Ugghk!

    I haven’t had the radio on much lately, but it’s well past time to hang up the Christmas songs, geez. I really only like the Christmas songs done between the ’40s-’80s. Most of the new ones (cough) are done in the exaggerated note/vowel (cough) ‘gospel style’.

    Have a Merrier Christmas when it’s at least above freezing, and thank God the Holidays are nearly over!

    *Glad to feel bad? Not really—well sort of—for tonight.

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