This Blog Now 40% Off!
Posted on January 12, 2007
So…there’s this whole festive holiday season thing we just went through. There were the inevitable gifts, surprises, jackass drivers, post-Christmas markdown sales for crap we paid full price for not expecting it would still be there afterwards and good cheer that are supposed to carry us through until the next holiday season, right? Okay, so that leaves me a liiiiiiiiiiiittle confused.
My folks every year end buying my partner and I some really nice gifts. There’s no end to their thoughtfulness, seriously, but… But. My mother has this quirky little side of her that I’m not sure if it’s intentional or genetic, that forces her to think certain things are a good idea. This is the same woman who forced me to watch “The Golden Seal” on VHS during my formative years. Have you ever seen “The Golden Seal”? EXACTLY. She also rented “To Live & Die In LA” 8 times for my father. I used to work in a video store, so I had the proof. Yet it still came as a surprise to me when I opened (are you ready for this?) my first Chia Pet on Christmas. A Chia Pet. Were I going bald, I’d be insulted. As it is, I’m still scratching my head over this one. A Chia Pet. And yes, it’s now sitting on my living room table and growing.
What else? Ah, yes, two of the three Sci-Fi ornaments I paid full price for from Hallmark this year were still there in the store and marked down 40% after the holiday. Color me pissed. I wasn’t happy with their Star Trek ornament, either. It’s essentially the same as the very first year’s ornament (the Enterprise from the Original Series), only it doesn’t plug in and instead plays music. Swell. There went the value of my original ornament, which I hang with pride each year. Why not release the NX Enterprise? Why not the Excelsior with a little voice recording with George Takei?
Anyway, the New Year was actually quite nice and even Dick Clark managed to look better this year than he did the last one. New Year…new possibilities…new starts, right? My main computer system bit the dust, my laptop flipped me off and a friend’s sister passed away quite suddenly from undiagnosed (at the time) cancer. As someone who watches far too many horror films and continues to do so, going to funerals tends to freak me out. I didn’t go up to view the body for two reasons; 1) I didn’t know her and was there to support my friend and 2) I know damn well that it’ll be me up there in front of the casket when the deceased’s eyes open and they’ll lunge for me!
Don’t laugh. It could happen to you, too.
So now I’m winding down from Week 1 of 3 trying to work on the first draft on my 4th novel while the 3rd one is being reviewed by a publisher just breaking into the gay genre. I’m keeping my fingers and other parts of my anatomy crossed…which can be a little uncomfortable. Heck, I even went back to the gym this week after having a month off. Stupid stupid stupid. Don’t take a month off.
Time to dig into the Roxette CD box set and start looking to see if Doro booked any US dates for her Warrior Soul tour. Is anybody up for dinner and a concert if she does? I’ll let you treat!
Kristoffer Gair (who formerly wrote under the pseudonym Kage Alan) is the Detroit-based author of Honor Unbound, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To My Sexual Orientation, Andy Stevenson Vs. The Lord Of The Loins, Gaylias: Operation Thunderspell, several short stories featured in anthologies (to be combined in a forthcoming book), the recently re-published novella Falling Awake, its sequel, Falling Awake II: Revenant and Falling Awake III: Requiem.
One Response to “Classic Blog Post: This Blog Now 40% Off!”
April 9, 2011 at 11:22 am
Love it! We seem to have similar views on Christmas. Perhaps you have mellowed in the last 4 years, but I’m only just now learning that, as an “adult” ( I have to put that in quotes), I’m allowed a voice in the steamroller that is known as our family Holiday season, and that voice, I’m afraid, wasn’t too kind or patient last year. hehe. And in the end, I still got run over and flattened, my little protest sign squashed, beyond recognition. ; )
I started a tradtition of giving unwanted gifts to charity, which somehow devolved to smashing a few of them against the nearest hard surface, much like the primates in the opening scene of 2001. I’m going back to the charity giving before somone enrolls me in anger management classes!!
Anyway, Cheers, Kris!
And, do you still have the chia pet?