11 thoughts on “Happy Holidays!

    • Yeah, it is a lot of Christmas lights, and believe it or not, the displays that made it into my movie are just from my own neighborhood. I still haven’t made it out to Winterhaven, another neighborhood in Tucson, which is supposed to be really spectacular. Winterhaven has been putting out extraordinary displays and raising money for charity since 1947. It’s grown into such a big deal that these days have hay rides and food vendors, which makes me reluctant to deal with the crowds. But I suppose one year I’ll have to check it out.

      I think I’ve become so acclimated to warm temperatures that I’d just die at 25 degrees. I don’t think anyone would hear the end of my complaining.

      Today’s high here in Tucson is 78, low 52. Gorgeous. But tomorrow the high is supposed to be only 55, low 42, and 90% chance of rain. I’ll believe it when I see it.

      I really love winter here. It’s not just the mild temperatures, but also the absence of bugs. All the creepy, hideous, sometimes poisonous creatures of summertime go crawling back into some hole somewhere and I don’t have to look at them. LOVE it. Finally get to enjoy the beauty of the desert.

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      • I definitely wouldn’t do well with some of the subzero temperatures I saw a lot of people talking about.

        The ranges here today were more like 41-61F, and tomorrow is supposed to be 59-71F, so I’m definitely in no position to complain given what people in the north have had to put up with. (It’s supposed to rain later this week, which I’ll complain about if I have to do anything in.) Same here with the bugs. It’s in the summer that I think we both gets ground to complain a lot more.

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  1. Merry Christmas to all three of you! 🎄🎅🏼🤶🏼🐕 Always fun to see Geordie!

    Somehow, though, the lights just don’t look right without snow. I’ve apparently been back in Minnesota long enough now to have lost my Los Angelean Christmas sensibilities. 🤔

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    • Yeah, I do like a white Christmas, but I’m perfectly happy not to have to snow blow the driveway. Or rush out with a shovel after the plow goes by to make sure the car doesn’t get blocked in by large chunks of ice. So I’ll take the fake snow that people have been making with snow machines. It’s becoming more and more popular amongst those who get competitive with their displays, and I’ve been hearing talk of bigger, more far-reaching snow machines…so we’ll see. I don’t know if the sign made it in my movie, but I was actually more impressed by the “stop by for hot chocolate” idea. I mean, how can they have hot chocolate ready to go 24-7? All I know is, they had it ready when our crowd came around. The same house also built a “zombie zone” for Halloween and passed out jello shots for the adults. They are pretty serious about their holidays.

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      • Yeah, some people get really into it. My ex- was a little that way. We spent a lot on Halloween and Christmas decorations. (I’ve heard that Halloween has become another big spender holiday that way. They decorate for Halloween, then take it down and put up the Christmas stuff.)

        And, man, has technology ever turned stuff like this into something like a stage show. Animated lights, sound systems, animatronic characters… pretty wild. I watched a few videos of synchronized light shows where they can control every bulb. Some even have what amount to giant video screens on their garage doors or walls. It’s… almost too much, you know? Desensitizing overload.

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        • Oh yes, we’ve had some smaller video screens playing clips of Mickey Mouse videos on blow-up Mickey Mouse decorations, and a few other similar things. I’ve seen those synchronized light shows too where you turn the dial to a particular radio station and the light show begins. Pretty cool. But yeah, I do have a special place in my heart for the simple string of lights on the roof like it was in my childhood. These things can get pretty competitive.

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  2. Yes fun post! Doesn’t look too cold over there, and certainly not what I’ve been seeing on the news. Bit of a heat wave here in San Diego. My wife put on the A/C before family arrived. Then later put on a cracking fire for the Christmas mood. I didn’t complain given our new set of heavily subsidized solar panels. It’s no wonder that people can’t stand us Californians.

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    • Thanks!

      I think our temps are very similar right now, though I’m not sure if it ever freezes where you are? It does freeze here, and it happens every year, though it’s usually not sustained. (Out of curiosity I just looked it up: we see an average of 12 nights a year that drop below freezing.)

      We go to San Diego to visit family, but those trips usually happen in the summer to get away from our heat. I thought it was pretty chilly in the mornings and evenings, enough to bring my hoodie. A real treat when it’s in the 100s back home.

      The A/C thing is so funny. You gotta do what you gotta do for the holiday ambiance, right?

      We actually have the heat on, believe it or not, but that’s mostly for night time. We have one of those very convenient gas fireplaces for setting the mood, though it doesn’t crackle or anything like that. Still, at least it’s real fire. And it does put off heat. I used it to proof my stollen and rustic bread.

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