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Christmas After-Action Report, 2009

I know, it's been almost a week, and I haven't had to work, so this should have been posted by now. I have managed to be busy with other things, such as catching up on time with real life friends.

I spent Christmas day with my siblings and my sister-in-laws family (I call them ILORS, for In-laws once removed), as usual. It was as enjoyable as always. I must confess I got more cool stuff than I gave. My brother, sister, and sister-in-law all got gift cards. And I got my neice and nephew gift cards, which I had never done before. My niece Andi is 11 years old now and has finally reached the age where she's difficult to buy for. I know not to get her anything too little girl-ish (like Hello Kitty stuff) but beyond that I'm clueless. I talked to her mom and she suggested I just get her and her brother gift cards. So with her blessing, I did.

I wrapped them up in boxes with some stocking stuffers and bubble wrap (nothing more fun than having bubble wrap to play with.) Since my siblings and sister-in-law are grown-ups, they got theirs in envelopes. I got my sister-in-laws parents actual presents.

It was great seeing everyone. My niece Andi is as sweet and beautiful as ever. And I never fail to vicariously enjoy my nephew Barney being a little boy. He brought along the GREAT BIG cap gun he got for Christmas. It was about 4 feet long, more of a cap rifle. He'd also gotten a coon skin cap, ala Davy Crockett. He cut quite a figure. With his long hair, he looked like a cross between Daniel Boone and Buffalo Bill. Only shorter.

Anyway, I got some really cool presents. My sister-in-laws parents got me  Forgotten Founder,Drunken Prophet, a biography of Luther Martin. My sister got me The Prankster And The Conspiracy, a biography of Kerry Thornley, as well as You're Gonna Miss Me, a documentary DVD about Roky Erickson of the 13th Floor Elevators. My brother got me the DVD Bound To Lose, a documentary about the Holy Modal Rounders. These weren't all the presents I got (everybody was incredibly generous) but it's a nice cross section. Its lots of biographical material about great American wierdos, my equivalent of a Red Ryder BB Gun with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time. Four of them, actually.

I had a wardrobe malfunction while I was there. I split my pants on the side of the leg. It was small at first, but a couple of times it got caught on a drawer handle and got bigger. I looked like an aging gay porn star, but nobody seemed to mind.

I was invited to spend the night. Part of me wanted to go home and change pants, but I thought it would be good to spend more time with the family, and besides my heat wasn't working at home (which probably deserves another post.) And I was told it wouldn't disturb anybody if I watched the DVD's I got. So I stayed. I snuggled up on the couch and watched You're Gonna Miss Me. Nothing like a documentary about a mentally ill 60's rock star to fill you with Christmas spirit!

It was a great Christmas. There were lots of things that made it great, but probably the best part is knowing I have a family I can feel comfortable around even when my pants are split almost all the way down my left leg. (Hmmm...Ugly Pants party, anyone?)