Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Boxing Day

Happy Boxing Day!1 We celebrated with perfect irony. Back when we visited Pátzcuaro2--in Michoacan State, southwest México--we bought ourselves a curvy wicker jaguar-shaped bench. It's cool: shaped like a parenthesis with a tail on the left and a head with bronze eyes and teeth on the right, looking back over the cat's flat shoulder at whoever is seated there. It's actually kind of scary--or so we recalled. On top of the MSPP, we handed the Pázcuaro vendors extra pesos to ship our cat-shaped bench to Monterrey, and then traipsed merrily on down the street to the Tzintzuntzan's cemetery, the bus home to Monterrey, to Vegas, on to DC, and ultimately over here to Saigon. The cat-shaped bench was shipped to Monterrey, sure, where it arrived shortly before getting loaded onto a truck and hauled on to Seattle, where it waited in storage for ten months before joining us here. The thing is, after walking on down that street in Pátzcuaro that first day, we never saw the bench again. Mexican shippers are incredible: they completely mummified our bench in a cat-shaped cardboard-and-tape coffin,3 wrote the address on its back, built a solid wooden cage around it, and slipped it in the mail. When it arrived we saw no reason to open it up; it shipped again as-was. Therefore, when it arrived in our custody again last month, we hadn't actually laid eyes on the thing since that store front in October oh-five. While the Canadians the world over celebrated boxing day we skinned our cat-shaped coffin, rediscovering the bench beneath. It's as scary as I remember. Christmas was splendid yesterday. We opened presents, drank chocolata, and raided the DVDs for holiday movies. We certainly don't have many of those, so we watched Die Hard. Fa-la-la-la-la.... [Cavin]

Then, a 7 sided conversation ensued...

To which Blogger Mr. Cavin added:

* Never far from our thoughts today: the estimated two hundred fifty thousand people killed just before eight am on a Boxing Day three years ago--victims of the Sumatran Earthquake and the resulting Indian Ocean Tsunami* that devastated coastlines in eleven countries (though not Vietnam).

Thursday, December 27, 2007 3:19:00 AM  
To which Blogger Gwenda added:

I love Die Hard and I am not ashamed! (And the last one was actually pretty fun.) Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 27, 2007 3:29:00 AM  
To which Anonymous 'ell joy added:

Die Hard has always been one of my favorite Christmas movies, right up there with Lethal Weapon, almost.

Thursday, December 27, 2007 11:07:00 AM  
To which Anonymous 'ell joy added:

Oh yeah, Merry ---- Christmas.

Thursday, December 27, 2007 11:09:00 AM  
To which Blogger Mr. Cavin added:

Merry Christmas, 'ell Joy, and Happy New Year, Gwenda! I was a little surprised that Die Hard and Ghostbusters 2 were the only Christmas movies I had (though we managed to also entertain ourselves with the Christmas episodes of the Simpsons and Futurama). I don't even have Gremlins. For next year, I am certainly going to get a Charlie Brown Christmas and the Grinch Who Stole Christmas and Silent Night, Deadly Night. And Lethal Weapon.

Saturday, December 29, 2007 12:08:00 AM  
To which Anonymous Nix added:

What about A Christmas Story? Also, what New Year's movies are you going to watch?

Monday, December 31, 2007 8:03:00 AM  
To which Anonymous 'ell joy added:

Oh oh, I finally thought of a couple. Brazil, for gods' sakes, and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. There's a million of these Christmas movies and my poor brain is just slowly retching them up one painful movie at a time. In time for next Christmas, though.

Saturday, January 05, 2008 7:27:00 AM  

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