13 days to Christmas…


Brian Golden

Less than two weeks until Christmas and (no surprise here) I still have a ton of shopping to do. Then again, I’ve always been a wait-until-the-last-minute kind of holiday shopper so I’m sure everything will be just fine. And when you get right down to it, my lady Renee and I actually have a bit of a head start, so maybe it won’t be so bad this year after all.

Who am I kidding? I can practically guarantee I’ll be spending a ridiculous amount of time putting the finishing touches on my Christmas shopping right up until December 24th. You’d think I’d be used to it by now, right?

As for the here and now, the Norwich middle and high schools will hold their respective Winter Concerts this week – NHS on Tuesday … NMS on Wednesday – and I’m looking forward to checking out at least one performance, if not both. It’s always exciting checking out the new talent and – as I’ve come to expect – it’s sure to be a great pair of shows. These are some truly talented and hard-working kids, to say the least, and I hope both shows are well attended (in other words, get out there and support what continues to be an extremely successful music program here in Norwich).

On a personal note, I’m not sure why this cold refuses to go away, but I sincerely wish it would. What can I say? I’m getting pretty tired of all the coughing, hacking, headache-that-is-never-truly-gone and blowing of the nose. Typically, I’ll get sick maybe once a year and – even then – said sickness only lasts a day or two (or three … tops). Which is probably why this week-long-plus dose of punishment and suffering feels like it’s lasted for about a month already. Needless to say, a good night’s sleep would be great right about now.

Of course, staying up to watch the finale of the Giants game last night did little to help in the sleep department, but I can honestly say it was well worth it. Actually, now that I think about it, anytime I get to watch my beloved Big Blue put a beat-down on the Cowboys is worth it, no matter how sick I might be. As for you Dallas fans … well … I’d speak my mind if I could without getting myself in trouble. And don’t tell me you wouldn’t do the same if the game had turned out the other way around, because we all know better than that, don’t we?

As for the rest of the evening, it’s this month’s Norwich City School District Board of Education offering, which means my plans are – for the most part – set in stone. After that, however (depending on the length of tonight’s meeting), it’s Two and a Half Men (CBS), Diners, Drive-ins and Dives (Food Network) and, of course, the new Fear Factor (?), a show which I would gladly try out for if it weren’t for the whole eating-of-disgusting-stuff challenges. Jump out of an airplane? Sure. Surf the Interstate on the back of a tractor trailer? No problem. Eat a handful of live dung beetles? Nope … no way … no how.

Sorry, but a guy’s got to draw the line somewhere.