‘Tis the season for annoying holiday light displays in the yards of suburbia everywhere. Hidden in the background the rainbow of thousands of LED lightbulbs, inflatable penguins (who inhabit the SOUTH Pole), and laser light images that dance across your house while blinding any peeping toms you will always find the dreaded cord monster that looks like a non-UL Listed version of the Kraken. The cord monster responsible for my right-hand neighbor’s amateur light show happens to be right near my driveway, so I snapped this photo that will come in handy with fire investigators as evidence should it short circuit and burn the entire neighborhood down.
Now that I’m finished sharing the fire hazards in my world, let’s share some other things about it with this week’s SYW questions from Melanie!
What news event do you vividly remember hearing about as a child, and where were you?
The seminal news event of my childhood was probably the Challenger disaster in 1986. But since I went to a ghetto school that may have had one TV on a rolling cart in it, I didn’t get to watch it live. My oldest sister (2 years younger, I was in fifth grade, she was in third) was in the only classroom that saw it happen. To show you how different things are now and 35 years ago, the rest of us kids in the school weren’t aware of what happened until after our lunch period about an hour and a half after the shuttle exploded…
What is a Christmas song that makes you cringe?
That Chipmunks song should make anyone visibly cringe over the annoying, shrill voices “singing” it. But if we’re just talking the Christmas song that I hate the most, it’s that inane bilingual piece of garbage “Feliz Navidad” that is thankfully not as popular now as it was around the turn of the millennium…
What is one place you shop that might have surprised people?
If I can’t get it at Mecca, I generally do without. The only other kind of store that could lure me in would be one that sold odd trinkets, souvenirs and curiosities…. and that would surprise nobody who’s ever seen my shelf.
What is your least favorite holiday side dish?
Every 80’s kid’s least favorite Halloween candy!
As I was running typically late for an appointment to have my car’s annual “maintenance” done this morning, I was horrified to find my wallet wasn’t where I usually left it on the table by my bed. Apparently I neglected to remove it from my pants yesterday, as I finally found it in yesterday’s jeans……….. sopping wet because I had just done the laundry. I did discover, somewhat to my surprise and, of course, gratitude, is that apparently you can run a credit card through the washer and it will still work just fine even with all that fancy pants “security” technology attached to it!