Thursday, December 23, 2010

A Thought for the Season

It was Christmas Eve, babe, in the drunk tank
An old man said to me, "Won't see another one,"
And then he sang a song: The Rare Old Mountain Dew
I turned my face away and dreamed about you.

Got on the lucky one - came in 18 to 1
I've got a feeling this year's for me and you
So Happy Christmas. I love you baby
I can see a better time when all our dreams come true.

-The Pogues, "Fairytale for New York"

One thing I've always appreciated about Christmas is that, even as an outsider to the proceedings, I notice that the world takes a chill pill for a day or so, and that the normal small cruelties to which we subject each other get suspended for a moment, for a day, for a minute. I really like that, I do. Despite me being more or less a miserable bastard I'm just a sucker for the concept that for a short period of time humankind - or at least all of Christendom - suspends its usual rules of indifference and unfeeling and finds love in their hearts, whatever the motivation.

So: Merry Christmas everyone. I for one am going to try to countermand the forces that have conspired to keep me friendless and foundering. I hope that you all find whatever it is you're looking for, and hope it's not lost irretrievably.


  1. Forget it, I'm still picking on VJ.

    Happy Holidays to you and yours

  2. This seems like such a melancholy post but I TRUST you will have a fun family christmas....which is awesome CONSIDERING YOU ARE JEWISH.

    Merry Christmas!

  3. "But Oz never did give nothing to the Tin Man
    That he didn't, didn't already have"