Boy, the few days (two) I had off from work were about as exciting as watching a canker sore.
Maybe that was what I needed to recharge my batteries.
Here are some observations of mine during the past few days ...
Pre-Christmas/Christmas/Post-Christmas: We got off a little early from work on Tuesday, the day before Christmas Eve. I went home, and pretty much conked out at about 8:30 p.m.
Then on Wednesday, Christmas Eve day, I pretty much did next to nothing. I did go to the record store, picked up a few goodies, and that was pretty much about it.
My wife worked that day, and the weather was beginning to get pretty nasty in my area. It was raining, windy, the works, and we had been invited to her brother to spend the evening, but we decided not to go because the weather was so bad by us.
And that is what happens when you have a major accident; the residual effect: you don't take any chances anymore.
Then on Christmas Day, we were going to go to the movies and have Chinese food--us and a million other Jews just like us--but we ended up visiting my father in law, and we had Chinese food there.
We did see two movies we rented: "The Jersey Boys" and the umpteenth version of "Godzilla." Two worse movies you couldn't find in a trash heap.
And on Friday, I was back at work, working like the machine that I am.
"The Interview" Opens Anyway: I was happy to see that "The Interview" was released nationwide on Christmas, in many independent theaters. After all the hubbub about it, it made about $1 million on that day alone, well below its break even point, but at least it was out there for people to see, so they could make up their own minds.
Me, I can't stand Seth Rogen or any movie he is involved with, so I wouldn't see it, but at least it is there for the taking--also on the Internet on various sites.
All for $5.99, and even more if you went to the theater.
I heard that the movie is pretty bad. But at least those seeing it could make that decision.
I also hope Hollywood takes notice of this incident, and learns from it ...
New York City Protests Continue Unabated: I also see the protestors weren't listening to New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio, and they continued to march even after the mayor called for a moratorium on such protests in the wake of the murder of the two policemen in Brooklyn.
But I mean, did you expect these protestors to listen to the mayor? He has sowed his own fate, on both sides of the equation, and funny, you didn't hear Rev. Al tell the protestors to lay off for a few days, did you?
Maybe they would have listened to him.
The New York Stinkerbockers: The Knicks, my favorite basketball team, continued to lose, and they lost on Christmas Day to the Washington Wizards.
And Phil Jackson, the guy who was hired to turn this whole thing around, tweets that better things will happen in 2015.
Well, can anything worse happen than being 5-26 with a few games yet to play in the calendar year? (And they also lost the next two games, so at this writing, they are 5-28.)
And even more importantly, he didn't say what he meant by 2015--did he mean this season, the 2014-2015 season, or next season, the 2015-2016 season?
The 2015-2016 season is supposed to be when the Knicks will be able to sign top-level free agents, will have loads of salary cap room, and will be getting a high draft pick.
So basically what he is saying is just keep the seat warm, because NEXT SEASON will be something to marvel at.
That is what he says.
Really ... he was very careful not to get even near the word tanking, but well, this team makes the 1962 Mets look like champions.
Attack of the Allergies: On Friday, to top everything off, I had one of the worst allergy attacks I have ever had, couldn't see clearly out of my left eye for a good part of the day, and really, felt off kilter the entire day.
How I got through work was an amazing accomplishment, I really have to admire myself for basically gritting my teeth and doing what I had to do, even with maybe one and a half eyes for most of the day.
Things got better as the day went on, but things still weren't too good, even at the end of the day in the evening.
But I managed to work my way around it.
You learn to do things like this when you have been afflicted with horrible allergies for just about your entire life.
New Year's Eve/New Year's Day/2015: Anyway, I am here ready to begin another week, and we have New Year's Eve and Day right smack dab in the middle of it.
The most overrated holiday of the year, but to me, it simply means the end of probably one of the worst years of my and my family's life.
It was a terrible year, the accident notwithstanding.
So many other things happened--no, I don't tell you everything here--that sometimes, I am amazed that we have gotten through it, and we have.
2015 cannot be as bad, so here's to the new year--but first, let's get through the next three days, including today.
You don't know how I am looking forward to the ball dropping, and the new year dawning!