Normally at Christmas my mood which is always good, is now even better. But the SM Mall has beaten me down this year. The 24th of September we drove over to San Fernando Pampanga as I needed new eyeglasses. While there we discovered that my wife and her twin sister also needed new glasses. So we got all three that day, well, mine had to be sent to my house by Air21, within two days I had them. I also broke down and bought a new Samsung ES65 Digital camera, with a 5x zoom lens and 10.2 Mega-pixels, now I only add those facts as the salesman told me they were good things to have. The camera was instantly claimed by my sweet wife, but I knew why. It was shiny, and until I distract her with something shinier, I’ve can only borrow her new camera. My cell phone camera just didn’t take pictures that I liked.
But that is off topic, the reason for the Bah Humbug is they already have their Christmas Decorations up, and are blasting Christmas music at me three full months prior to Christmas Eve, and at the same time trying to promote Trick or Treat junk. This year I guess they want us to hang Jack-O-Lanterns on our tree. I was trained as young lad that Thanksgiving had to pass prior to the Christmas Season, but it’s changed to Labor Day, which is the official Start now.
They are going to get my money, that’s just a given at Christmas time. But could I please hang on to it for another month or so.
Fast forward to October 2nd, my granddaughter called and asked that I come to the mall with her that day. I said yes as I knew her birthday was on the 3rd and I normally let her pick out her present. I had a second reason; my son-in-law Chris has a new 2010 Toyota Inova (Spell check couldn’t help) and I wanted to have a ride in it. Quite a nice ride by the way I enjoyed his new car.
Now here is the rub, one week earlier, I drove the same road to the same Mall, and got lectured about my speed from my wonderful wife Mayang. I was driving about 110 KPH. Chris makes the trip at 130 to 140 KPH and nothing is said to him by my wife or daughter. Pure discrimination I think, 47 years I’ve been driving and I’ve never been in an accident. Vice 11 years for Chris. I’ve had a car here since 1995 or when Chris was 14 years old, and now he’s the better driver? I dare think not!
We arrived at the Mall, and the shopping commenced, I was lead by the hand by a tiny little hand, to a place called “Toy Kingdom”, where every item had to be looked at and objectively view by soon to be eight year old Heather Colleen. Guess who picked out that name 8 years ago?
Directly beside the toy store is a used book store, I left the “A” team to their birthday shopping, while I stocked up on novels. I returned in time to ooh and ahh over her selection and tell her what a nice whatever it was she picked. My niece Shay-shay was with us and if I’ve learned anything during my time on earth, you cannot buy a toy for one little girl, without buying a toy for the other. BTW; this rule applies to when they are grown also, though it won’t be a toy.
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I then was set free to go to Ace Hardware to make manly grunts over power tools I wanted. Tim Allan taught me how to do that while watching Home Improvement on TV years ago. While meandering through the mall looking in all the windows, I saw something I’d not seen in many years, a pair of Converse Chuck Taylor All Star sneakers. I had my first pair in 1955 and 55 years later I have my second 2nd pair. In between I wore low top canvas boat shoes, but never those Nike type high tech clown shoes in all the fruity colors. Although I think they look real sporty on others. (Anti-flame statement, I hope it works)
Next, I received a call on my cell to meet the gang at Pizza Hut to eat, which pleased me no end. They decided that we’d had enough fun for one day and it was go home time. So Chris and I with the kids are now waiting at his car, the three ladies, my wife, her sister Clara and our daughter Yohanna Mae are missing. I peer at Chris and he responded with a Pinoy salute, by shrugging his shoulders. We smiled and commenced to studying the brand new Mitsubishi Lancer EX parked beside us. It is my plan to get one next year, unless Mayang has other plans.
The whereabouts’ of the missing ladies, did you think I’d leave you hanging?
They were off buying a Santa sleigh with reindeer that lit up and flashed lights, and was quite large. We drove down to load it in the car, realized it was really large we had to remove the previous shopping and rearrange the rear section, and we held up traffic for five minutes, but no one seemed to care. God love the Philippines!
Home again, home again ziggy zigg. Off load all the newly purchased treasures and I go to my special Ref. and grabbed a nice ice cold SMB. There are times when it’s well earned. (Sorry Chris, you’re still driving).
Lolo may I open my gift? Sure, like I’m gonna’ be the one who’ll tell her no? I found out it was an interactive computer thingies that you hooked to the TV and played games like tennis and boxing and other games by putting stuff in or on your hands and feet.
The machine was well broken in by the time they went home. I really had a great day and a few really great beers when I got home. I’ll do it again when Christmas time gets here for real. Just try to say no when that many sets of beautiful brown eyes are lookin’ at you, betcha can’t.