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    Obligatory Christmas thread 2015

    What are you doing for the holidays this year? Are you celebrating it or trying to avoid it?

    Amusing Xmas-related fluff welcome.

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    This year I'll be celebrating this Christmas with company for the first time in two decades.

    I'll be watching this thread on what to do, since I have no clue about standard procedure.

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    I have no plans this year, which makes people uncomfortable. But blame Maslow. I've been too busy trying to secure a place to live to really think much about doing anything else outside of work.

    But now that that's sorted... I have fallen into a hole looking at pictures of Soviet Christmas cards. The're so beautiful. I really love Soviet design and illustration.








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    I do my best not to hate it but I really do. The combo of forced revelry, the dead of winter and commercialism all under a dusting of the most half-assed religiosity humanly possible ruin it for me. I think I'd enjoy it if I lived in the Southern Hemisphere. I just want to keep my head down and get through the darkest days but there's this clusterfuck of social obligation smack dab in the middle of it a mere month after Thanksgiving. This year it's particularly grating for reasons I can't put my finger on. Maybe it's the wasting money on shit people don't really want. Or is that every year?

    Glimpses do ye seem to see of that mortally intolerable truth; that all deep, earnest thinking is but the intrepid effort of the soul to keep the open independence of her sea; while the wildest winds of heaven and earth conspire to cast her on the treacherous, slavish shore?

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    It's like 30 degrees here, middle of summer, sweat between my toes.

    Never feels like Christmas. Conceptually, Christmas cannot survive the heat.

    Even the Christmas songs in the supermarket sound like they're melting.





    It's great really.

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    It's not really that cold right now in the UK/Ireland. It was 16 degrees the other day, apparently.

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    It's looking like it's gonna be sort of rainy and grey this coming week. That's fine.

    Between Star Wars opening and Christmas festivities, I'm busy and happy. I've always enjoyed the experience of giving people presents, so it's a good holiday for me.
    "I don't have psychological problems." --Madrigal

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    Six centuries ago, the pre-Colombian natives who settled here named this region with a word which in their language means "the Mouth of Shadow". Later, the Iroquois who showed up and inexplicably slaughtered every man, woman and child renamed it "Seriously, Fuck that Place". When French explorer Jacques Marquette passed through the area he marked his map with a drawing of a brownish blob emerging from between the Devil's buttocks.

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    Going back to canberra for 4 days. I'm not looking forward to it, to be honest. But hey, at least it looks like we're not going to the damned Southern Cross Club...unless...oh god...what if they want to go on a night that isn't christmas!

    Look, i realize I'm being snobby here. I don't know if you've got the equivalent social experience in other countries similar to going to "the club" in suburban Australia. Clubs are fucking weird (detestable?) places in Aus: who advertise themselves as "part of the community", but mainly seem to be about drawing in revenue from lower class and retired zombies pumping money into poker machines while sitting on their urine stained seats. They'll have a bar, some function rooms, and generally a piss poor "restaurant" all in the one building.

    Anyway, we've managed to convince people to go to the Hyatt, which is overpriced and snobby, but you know what, its canberra, so you gotta take what you can get and I'll take that rather than the gristly reheated/thawed "cooked by a homeless person" shit they put on at the "great family value" Southern Cross Club.

    Seriously, I don't mind the family, but I'm gonna blow my god damn brains out if I have to eat there much more...

    But after canberra we can return here and have a week or so off with some friends coming to stay with us. On the one hand I'm looking forward to that, on the other hand I know having people in my space is going to be tiring.

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    This is actually the first Christmas I'm going to be spending by myself. I'm flying out for my next feature a few days after (and have a different gig a few days before) so it didn't make sense to spend a ton of money to only see my family for a few days when I also really need those days to prep for the feature, and being away for 6 weeks. I'm going to see them afterward in February when it's a lot cheaper and there isn't a strain on my time.

    I'm going to order myself my own Christmas dinner (the food is like 85% of why I look forward to this holiday).

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    Mrs. and Woolf and I are spending next week with my parents in Florida. I like to get away from the cold, but it hasn't been all that cold this month in Virginia. I exchange presents with Mrs. Woolf and a couple of my friends, but my parents have enough stuff and they live in an apartment.
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