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Global and Other Weirding

Today I went to the commissary. They are doing Christmas--specifically Christmas-- as hard as a store can do it. They have a loop of carols going, they have all the imported baked goodies out, they have a 9 foot tree with cases of Coke under it, red, red, red. They have sprayed the store with some sort of pine spray. The baggers greet with 'Merry Christmas,' and they are dressed up. (One young lady seemed to have a poinsettia strapped to the top of her head.) My feelings are mixed. They are trying so hard, and the well meaning bustle is fine if you are feeling it yourself, but if not then it grates. And it does seem a deliberate exclusion of the people who don't celebrate. I feel like the balls-to-the-wall Christmas effort was a top down decision made by a committee of women from the mid-west who would dislike me on general principals. And isn't it funny how imagined dislike makes the dislike in me rise up in response...

The weather is making it more bizarre. I left the house in jeans and a sweatshirt. I discarded the sweatshirt after a little while, as too hot. T shirt outdoors, windows open in the car felt fine. It is 70 f in the sun. I am not complaining, I like it. But it feels odd. It should have snowed by now. I expect sticking snow in the last weeks of November usually.

This morning I came downstairs to find a city notice affixed to our building door. It was from Con Edison, it said that our landlord has not paid his electric bill, and they are going to shut the building down unless he does. It is weird because we each pay our own directly to Con Ed. Maybe they mean the heat, (which is on and blasting, and we cannot control it, and as we are on the top floor we have all our windows open, fine with me, I like windows open) or the hallway lights, maybe? They are not allowed to turn off heat in the winter anyway. I am not too worried. I expect he will pay it at the last minute, but it is curious. The letter said they we could pay for him, in addition to our own, if we chose, or that we could call him and put pressure on him. I think I will not. He seems to have enough troubles. The tenant law in NYC is a snarl of regulations that nobody really understands.

I have been trying to write, you guys, but it is not coming easily. LJ has been so quiet lately that it feels a little like screaming into a hole in the ground. Shouldn't matter. I should still be able to get my words done, but it is more easy when there are people to riff off of.

So how are you all? Any new ideas? Have you read anything I should read too? Have you written anything I should read? Are you seeing family this month? I miss you all.


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Dec. 16th, 2015 04:36 am (UTC)
My minister made a point of reaching out to the not-so-merry in her weekly letter today: "Turning on more lights doesn’t help with grief and longing. Some congregations gather for a blue Christmas service, so that congregants know they are not alone in their feelings. We do not hold one: But I have noticed that more people are lighting candles of concern and sorrow on Sunday mornings." I have been enjoying Christmas more than usual this year, but I am the ghoul at the feast on other occasions -- for instance, my mom's death was on St. Patrick's Day, and I just really, really don't want to be around people on that day. The inane jokes about my green hair are harmless but I still want to punch people for them, y'know?

I had to decline a trip to New York today because of a probable conflict (friend's daughter playing at Carnegie Hall vs. recording session here in Nashville), but hope to get back there on some other occasion -- perhaps one with time to meet you in person? Wish I had more time in the here and now for riffing, but I do enjoy your posts when I manage to log in. *waves*
Dec. 21st, 2015 08:50 pm (UTC)
Hey, I am sorry that it took me so long to get back to you. I would love to meet in person if you are ever in NYC.

LJ has been very quiet lately, I am not logged in as often as I would like either. Life intrudes in a messy and insistent way, I find.

I have only been to Nashville once, and we were going sort of around/though, not stopping, but I remember it as very beautiful.
Dec. 16th, 2015 12:16 pm (UTC)
I feel that wearing a poinsettia strapped to ones head may be taking the business a little too far...

Christmas muzak is making my normal trips to the supermarket very difficult - if anyone starts crooning White Christmas or Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas I have to flee.
Dec. 16th, 2015 02:11 pm (UTC)
Strangely. I have not noticed an over-abundance of endless carols or pine scented stores as I have other years. Since October I have had to deal with a cinnamon laden atmosphere entering and leaving our usual food store, due to large 'potato sacks' of cinnamon-laden pinecones!!My son and I have both sent letters of complaint (our word to the store manager was ignored) and they have FINALLY cut it down to ONE bag. The pine spray would definitely make me complain to management!!People with asthma. allergies,etc. do NOT need to be inhaling such stuff!!
We have had relatively mild weather, lots of rain, no snow, meaning I'm wearing my winter jacket, but haven't needed thermals or hats and gloves, so that is different.
Dec. 16th, 2015 02:15 pm (UTC)
LJ is quiet but it's quality that counts, not quantity and we are quality, gal.

We've been up to London the last few days for a concert, and had everyone back at the weekend for Christmas toy project and then Christmas tree related stuff.

It's unseasonably mild here too.
Dec. 16th, 2015 04:11 pm (UTC)
I envy your weather so much! It's usually a low of 60 here in winter, but lately we're down in the 30s. BRRRR!
Dec. 24th, 2015 11:50 am (UTC)
We have been experiencing record-breaking high temperatures on this side of the pond. Some nights haven't got below 13C / 55F, and some days have been reaching 16C / 61F. That's at 51 degrees north ...
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