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No I’m not talking about back on the Olde Sod where you’re from; I’m talking about right here on the more than 7,000 Islands known as the Archipelagos of the Philippines. Here on Luzon in my section of Bataan, the rainy season is ending and the Christmas Season is starting. I know that technically it started the first of September, and I’ve been hearing Christmas Music in the malls and the decorations are mostly up. But it officially starts for me when Mayang changes the curtains and living room seat covers to her Christmas set and that takes place after All Saints Day the first week of November, and then Thanksgiving last week, which I enjoyed, even though I had to cook.

The decorations are slowly coming out and checked to see which will be used this year and which will be replaced and as always new ones will be added. A while back I mentioned in my article “Can You Hear Me” about her Reindeer or Santa Display needed to be replaced, well it was taken to “A Guy” and will blink its lights upon my roof for one more year. I did so want that new Ford Ranger.

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Do you think I’m exempt from my part of the transition into Christmas? Yea not so… the rainy season has once more left mold on the walls and non grasses sections of our yard, I’m tasked yearly with the job of power washing it all away.

True I could hire a hard working young person to do this for me, but this is been my job for over 15 years and for some odd reason, I enjoy doing it, albeit the vibrating hand at the end of spraying is not conducive to holding a cold SMB, without the world believing I suffer from an alcoholic induced case of delirium tremors. Oh hell I can’t hear them talk about me anyway.

I like being the planner of my day; but Mayang is the real planner, but she allows me to think that I have a say so as to how it plays out. I schedule the spraying in the early morning for an hour or two, to allow the “DT’s” to subside prior to my afternoon SMB time, it only took me one day to figure that out.

Mayang has her own high capacity USB with 300 Christmas albums (Tagalog and English) on it, but the deal is, as long as I’m working on the power washing project it will not be played, I’m on the computer now, three guesses as to what I’m listening to?

For 10 months a year my wife is a fiscal conservative but in November and December she will spend money like a drunken US Congressman. But I’m wise enough to understand that the Christmas season has special meaning to her, and I’ll be damned if I’ll get in her way. This time of year belongs to her, and each and every year I’ll come up with the money so she can enjoy it. I’ll even come up with the extra money for our outrageous light bill caused by the Christmas decorations.

SM Supermall_Olongapo City

SM Supermall_Olongapo City

Then the trips to the Mall’s will begin, I’ll be forced to attend on the “Away Trips” but the home games (Local Malls) they’ll let me slide, Oh how much I love our new mall on Subic Free Port, you’ll just never understand. I have been dropped at Texas Joe’s to imbibe in a cocktail or two while they shop. Manna from heaven is the new Harbor Point Mall in my life, less trips to San Fernando Pampanga. Oh did I mention that right across Shit-river (Hey I didn’t name it) there is the Olongapo City, SM Mall, oh joy!!!

Back to the power washing, please note the special protective gear I’m wearing to protect myself from those mold spores that are flying in every direction. The folks at OHSA would be so proud of me and wish they could levy a few fines on me, but here in the Philippines we are allowed to be responsible for our own actions. Albeit the steel toed flip flops would be nice as that steam of pressurized water can hurt if you’re dumb enough to hit your foot, which I did years ago and quickly made up my mind to never do that again. 25 square meters to go, that’s all it would be the last day of mold busting and I’m done until next year, but oh no that just won’t happen because I’m all set up, water is flowing pressure is rising, the electric motor in my Makita power washer stars smoking. I’m done, put a folk in it done. So after the weed whacker last month I’m off to find a new “Electric Motor “GUY” Mr. Nikola Tesla what have I done to offend you? Life will move forward.

One of the main things I love about Christmas here in the Philippines is that yes it has been commercialized but not to the extent that the reason for the day has been forgotten. Plus it is and will always be referred to as Christmas and if you really don’t want my money, put a sign in the window that says Merry Xmas, or the Holiday Season and watch me pass your store by. They have the right to refer to it anyway they want, and I have the right to vote down their “PC” attitude with my Peso’s.

May I wish each and all of our LiP readers a most “Merry Christmas” to you and your family. Please have a safe and happy time.

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Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson; has resided in the Philippines since 1993, living close to Subic Bay. I’m married to a wonderful girl named Maria (AKA Mayang).Who is from Gordon Heights in Olongapo where she grew up with her Mom & Dad and seven siblings Our two daughters are both grown up and have left the nest, the eldest married to a wonderful guy named Chris, and they have blessed us with our granddaughter Heather Colleen Our youngest daughter and her husband Cecil have blessed us with a grandson named. Jayden Logan. I’m a retired U.S. NAVY Senior Chief after 22 years of active duty. After retirement from the Navy I lived for 7 years in Puerto Rico as a Night Club owner. Then Hurricane Hugo told me to find a new line of work, I was hired by Military Sealift Command and went back to sea in Asia as a Merchant Seaman for 10 years. After 30 plus years at sea I buried my anchor on a mountain in the Philippines and am now residing in Dinalupihan (or DinBat for short), Roosevelt, Bataan where we built our home. And last but not least, anything I writes will be pure "Tongue in Cheek "If anybody is offended, I'll lose no sleep over it, but here's a quick Mea Culpa in advance!

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bigp
bigp
6 years ago

Paul do you have a card from the operators union to operate that machine? You are looking good on the power washer. One good thing about being dropped off at TJ’s during the shopping spree is the shopping time more than likely gets cut down in order for Mayang to make sure you don’t over inebriate and and become too friendly with the Texas Joe Staff. Keep living the good life shipmate.

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
6 years ago
Reply to  bigp

Loren; I’m a card carrying member of the power washers Union local (Purok) 4, which also exempted me from having to sign up for ObamaCare, the only good thing about union membership. Oh and like we would have a chance with any of the Cowgirls at Texas Joe’s, in our dreams ole’ timer. BTW how are you feeling Shipmate, drop me an E-mail and let me know. Typhoon Ruby or what ever they are calling it today will hit Olongapo tonight (Monday 8 Dec as a signal 2. There will be flooding in town again, I hope Tommy has both… Read more »

PapaDuck
PapaDuck
6 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

Paul,
Anne put up the decorations in the beginning of Oct. Well, with the incoming typhoon we decided to take down all the outside ones as they would probably be laying all over the street. With the large amounts of rain expected, i’m glad we are on high ground like you. We are looking forward to seeing you guys on Saturday and showing him what TJ’s is all about.

PapaDuck
PapaDuck
6 years ago
Reply to  PapaDuck

Paul,
The him is John Reyes, had a brain fart lol

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
6 years ago
Reply to  PapaDuck

Randy;
I knew that. (lol) see you there.

bigp
bigp
6 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

HA HA You and I know we don’t have a chance with cow girls but the wives aren’t as sure and we could find ourselves hog tied if their imaginations get too far out of control. And dreams are good. Good one about your union, cracked me up.

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
6 years ago
Reply to  bigp

Loren;
Hmmmm, Bubba Burger, SMB’s and Cowgirls…The way to die with a smile on our face.

PapaDuck
PapaDuck
6 years ago
Reply to  bigp

Loren,
Hope you are feeling better. Was hoping we could see you when we visit Paul on Saturday.

bigp
bigp
6 years ago
Reply to  PapaDuck

Thanks Papa Duck. I am in good health, just short a little colon. Sure hate to miss the good time you guys will be having at Texas Joe’s but plan to be there next fall. I would go there now, as I feel fine, but my doctor insists I have 3 followup checkups to make sure I am as good as I feel. Try to Stay dry through the storm.

John Reyes
6 years ago
Reply to  bigp

Loren – how did you like that stuff you had to drink before a colonoscopy? LOL I’m due for endoscopy when I return from vacation as a precaution because my recent colonoscopy showed diverticula in the colon. I’m fine otherwise. Stay healthy, my friend! I wish you can be at TJ on Saturday so that I can meet you in person, too.

bigp
bigp
6 years ago
Reply to  John Reyes

The worst part of the colonscopy is probably the preparation. The citrus drink was not to bad . The powder is pretty much tasteless and a little gritty. Instructions say to mix with 32 oz of Gatorade and drink down in a certain amount of time and then no eating. Gatoradehas a lot of carbs and if I take in carbs I become hungray enough to eat the south end out of a westbound skunk so I just blended mine in water.

Hey Joe
6 years ago

Merry Christmas Paul and Lip readers! TJ’s is the perfect husband day care center so that The wife and her entourage Can enjoy care free shopping with out the Constant “Do we really need that?” quips from Hubby. I can think of another really good spot but I am sure shopping time would be substantially reduced as would hubby’s boat drinks since I know that Mayang has seen the Blue rock girl and would be as nervous ans a chicken in a den of foxes.

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
6 years ago
Reply to  Hey Joe

Joe;
A merry Christmas to you and yours, The Harbor Point mall has a Irish Pub in the back on the River Walk, but I’ve found that sitting there the ladies will show up with packages to leave in my care while they sally forth to buy more. T.J’s requires them to drive to find me. And now there is a new place across the street a bar call the Scuba Shop right on the beach. It’s okay.

Lenny
Lenny
6 years ago

Yes There is a definete different feeling here about Xmas and what it stands for..Makes me remember when Grandma was still alive and the grand Ol days of our Xmas past….

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
6 years ago
Reply to  Lenny

Lenny;
Since you twice referred to it as Xmas, does that mean that your Christmas was cancelled? (LOL)

Lenny
Lenny
6 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

Sharp mind Hahaha

John Reyes
6 years ago

Paul –

Texas Joe’s is being bandied about a lot on here, what’s the draw? Is it really the ribs? No, wait, don’t tell me. I’ll find out myself in just 5 more days. LOL

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
6 years ago
Reply to  John Reyes

John;
And the ribs are good too.

John Reyes
6 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

Paul – I was only kidding about the ribs. I know you guys don’t go to Texas Joe’s just for the ribs. :LOL

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
6 years ago
Reply to  John Reyes

John;
Hmmmm Cowgirls too.

Heinz Schirmaier
Heinz Schirmaier
6 years ago

Oy Veh Paul! sure glad you are having sooooo much fun in “Paradise”. I think I’ve changed my mind and stay single, at least until my brain is so foggy where I don’t give a damn anymore which probably will be within a year after I arrive there, LMAO
Have a great X-Mas, YES! X! lost it about a hundred years ago! hahahaha!

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
6 years ago

Heinz;
The only time X is okay with me is in EX wife, now that made me very very happy. (lol) Christmas always seems to be fun around my house as the family does enjoy it so much. Merry Christmas to you and you..

Bob New York
Bob New York
6 years ago

Thanks for the reminder Paul, time once again to take the Christmas 45’s out of the box and give them a few spins for the season. I realize you are a long way from Oshaville but what do you do to recycle the water from the pressure washer after it becomes contaminated with the washed away molds LOL. Best wishes to you and your family for the Christmas Season. The decorations in your pics look very nice.

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
6 years ago
Reply to  Bob New York

Bob;(NY)
I collect all the water in plastic bags and take it to the proper drop off location. Naw it runs out my storm drain to the street just like everyone else’s wash water on laundry day.

Chris S
Chris S
6 years ago

Always enjoy reading your post Paul. I would like to inquire some info from you on living in the Philippines as I am due to retire in about 30 months and ready to pop smoke from here. I have left a message on your FB but I dont beleive your usaing it much these days. Regardless if you would be so inclined, I have left my contact info there for you.
Thank you Sir

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
6 years ago
Reply to  Chris S

Chris;
Please try FB once more, believe me I’m there.

Chris S
Chris S
6 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

Maybe I am messaging you on an old FB account… The one I sent message to has an avatar of you enjoying a SM Pilsner… The last activity shwn is from April 20, 2014…. where you posted about the cow in a small Texas town that stopped giving milk… etc.

MindanaoBob
6 years ago
Reply to  Chris S

Paul is very active on Facebook, I don’t believe that he has more than one account. I wonder… are you friends with him on FB? If not, when you send a PM it ends up in the “Other” inbox instead of the regular inbox, and many people don’t know to check that “other” inbox. Just a suggestion…

Scott
Scott
6 years ago

Merry Christmas Paul and a Happy New Years. BTW: God bless also. I can say that here but not on many a sites due to PC.

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
6 years ago
Reply to  Scott

Scott;
The PC Police with my permission may kiss my ass, see I can be a little “PC{” May the Lord bless you and your family with a wonderful Christmas this year.

billy smythe
billy smythe
6 years ago

You are a more energetic man than I Paul…. I would have have hired the young strong lad and got just as tired watching him work while I was drinking cold SMB’s 🙂

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
6 years ago
Reply to  billy smythe

Oh Billy;
I’ve seen the pictures of you puttering around your darling wife’s garden, so don’t try to Bulla-bulla me. (LOL) The cold SMB is for when I’m done and feel like I’ve earned it. Have a great Christmas together did you get to the Zellwood Corn Festival this year?

billy smythe
billy smythe
6 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

haha… Can’t fool you my friend:) No Zellwood…. We grow the Silver Queen sweet corn here, although I have to say that this was not a good year for some reason.. But did get a few ears and done well with the red potatoes, white acre peas, squash and okra… Got a freezer full still , so good eating for the holidays and winter:)… Merry Christmas to you, Mayang and the family… My maganda asawa and I will see you in April, if ya gonna be around…..

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
6 years ago
Reply to  billy smythe

Billy;
The Harvest is in, now time for the beer, when I lived in Florida I went to Zellwood every year, it’s better than Orlando for a fun weekend. without that damn mouse. April??? Of course I’ll be around, I just wish that Loren would be here too. .

billy smythe
billy smythe
6 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

It has been since the eary 90’s, but Zellwood was a good time and better than Orlando…. Figured Shamu would have ate that damn mouse by now and done us all a favor:):) Yea, will miss the “pogi Pouge” and his lovely wife, but he will be back at full force soon knowing Loren…. Yea, April is locked in at the same hotel for a week…. Will e-mail ya with the spec’s soon my friend:)

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
6 years ago
Reply to  billy smythe

Billy;
We’ll lift a glass to the Pogi Pouge, and set a drink on the table for him. He said he might be here in the fall.

Tom N
6 years ago

Actually, there is nothing PC about the use of “Xmas” or “Xtian.” The use of the X for Christ is from the Greek and is centuries old. Xmas has been in English dictionaries since at least 1800.

How do I know this? As my wife tells me, if the information is trivia and does not help me in my day to day life, then that’s the stuff I know. 🙂

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
6 years ago
Reply to  Tom N

Tom N;
The major religion in Greece is Greek Orthodox and they are welcome to call it X-Mas if they desire, but the 20 to 25 times I’ve visited there I never saw the term X-Mas used, and yes I spent a Christmas season in Athens. The term offends me s much as when they call a Christmas Tree a Holiday Tree. We all are different in our belief system; I just refuse to press mine on others and refuse to give in to Political Correctness. Other peoples religious holidays in no way offend me.

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