Christmas for me is listening to Dylan Thomas's 1952 recital of his story "A Child's Christmas in Wales", Root Boy Slim singing "Christmas at K-Mart", The Waitresses doing "Christmas Wrapping", and Wall of Voodoo with "Shouldn't Have Given Him a Gun for Christmas".
By the way, if you can't stand "The Little Drummer Boy", and that's probably all of us, try listening to David Bowie's "Peace on Earth/The Little Drummer Boy", not bad.
My favorite Christmas tradition is our company Christmas party. For about 16 years, the tradition is for me to arrive in some weird Christmas related costume, then hammer as much alcohol as humanly possible very quickly.
My costumes have included snowman, Grinch, reindeer, tree, Scrooge... this year I was Ron Burgundy riding an elf. I try to make it weird.
Once I’m blitzed, I tell the tale of how the party tradition began for anyone new and uninitiated, because at this point the newbies are starting to get worried.
Then, I preside over the gift exchange, adhering to strict rules of the White Elephant, such as the “three trade freeze.” It gets heated, but my drunken rulings are final.
Then, at the point that I’m getting punchy, I’m usually guided away to pass out for a bit. Everyone else continued drinking, and I’d rejoin whenever I woke up.
In the past, these parties were always fun, but things could get sideways. Apologies the next day, visiting injured coworkers you may have punched, groveling to the receptionist you spoke improperly to...
These days, of course, all of this can’t be tolerated in a business party environment, but we still continue my costumed arrival and drunken gift delivery. My wife comes along to keep me within the bounds of decency. Everyone has a good time.
They are boring and/or costly and/or faulty, sold my last time-bomb in 2017 to some desperate BMW fan.
I've owned a K1200R and S1000R, I've also ridden a RnineT, K1300R and F800GT.
Never again ... end of discussion
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