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Bah-humbug! I hate the holidays. Even more so, I've been developing a resentment about going home to New York to "celebrate" them. I am obligated though, so I will be leaving on Saturday to spend the next ten days in Rochester, NY.

Don't get me wrong, I'm looking forward to seeing family and friends -- although I find it amazing that some of the people I considered to be my best friends never call, visit nor reply to my e-mails. Should I bother even acknowledging them when I see them out and about?

I've been working overtime developing my 2008 travel plans, and honestly, none of them include any trips to Rochester (other than the Rams' Run over July 4th weekend.)

I guess I'm also still pretty upset about Johnny's death... This will be my first trip back home since his services. I find myself thinking a lot about Johnny. Some of my happiest memories and biggest adventures were with him. Although our breakup in 2002 was one of the lowest points in my life, I always loved him and cherished our good times together.

Oh well... here come the holidays again. I can't wait for them to be over.


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Dec. 20th, 2007 06:00 pm (UTC)
I also am more than a little bit of a curmudgeon during the holidays. Things around the holidays just aren't much the same, and my tolerance for others' progeny gets thinner every year (part of living alone, I guess).

But I do remember the times when Dan and I would head back to Rochester for Christmastime, and all the people we'd have to catch up with while we were back. I remember setting aside time to see RCL and visit with you and Walt. It was part of what made the trip worthwhile.

So yeah, Rochester's a mixed bag, and pretty much everyone I knew there has long since moved on. Baltimore is turning out much the same for me, only I'm not one of the first to leave this time. I console myself with warm memories of the times you'd drag me out to the Forum and I'd be new meat for a day. Good times.

If the present sucks, there's always memories of the past.
Dec. 21st, 2007 06:10 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed it when you and Dan came to Rochester when I lived there.

There are always good memories of the past; it's just sad that those are the only good memories of Rochester anymore... the place seems to have really changed (or is it just me?)

Why do you think I travel like I do? I'm always seeking to create new, fun memories -- cause, when push comes to shove, life sucks most of the time.

I half-heartedly joke with some friends that the reason I plan trips and stuff so far out in advance is simply "suicide prevention", because then there's always something to look forward to doing. Even on my death-bed, I'll be in complete denial of the situation at hand -- because my calendar is still full! ;-)

I guess the old saying is true: "You can't go home" -- but that dosen't mean that I can't have fun while I'm still able.
Dec. 21st, 2007 03:30 pm (UTC)

A few years ago I decided to break with the dreaded family tradition and start doing my own thing by spending Christmas at home. Staying home with my partner each of us spending the day enjoying each other’s company hanging around in our PJ's until noon while opening presents and watching the parade. It made a major difference as to how we view the holidays. Now we enjoy them instead of dreading them.

Dec. 21st, 2007 06:14 pm (UTC)
My friend, Dr. Cornell, who has no family makes trips to New York City and London to catch a few shows and have fun. Sounds like fun to me!

Considering the age of my parents and health of and brother, I really need to head home and spend as much quality time with them all that I possibly can.

I keep trying to convince my parents to go on a trip with me sometime; but with my brother and the dogs, they really can't get away for long...

I like your idea, it just isn't an option for me... yet.

Dec. 23rd, 2007 03:15 pm (UTC)
Hey Sweetie!

I just wrapped up a year in New Orleans. It has been very easy to forget the rest of the world exists. I am working my way back to Virginia to see parents and sisters, but I have no juice for Christmas at all!

When I lived in Rochester and would do a big dinner and people would come over and eat and visit it was nice. But, now...well, since selling my soul to the Feds that just doesn't happen.

I am due to take a trip to Rochester to see Quiana and her dad and see Boon. I am thinking mid-January (because I am a masochist after all!).

Wish I had words of wisdom...something that would ease your heart and spirit...but platitudes will just annoy the snot out of you.

Enjoy being with your family. Try to stay warm.

Love you!
Dec. 26th, 2007 04:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Christmas...

Thanks hun!!!

I hope your holidays were enjoyable.

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