‘Tis the Season…

The past few Christmases, I’ve had no income. I was laid off from a job and was barely affording food and such. It always devastated me because I like to give during the holidays. I’m a bit of a giver by nature, and it just always felt good to make someone else’s Christmas a little brighter in whatever way I could.

Lacking that ability is draining for me. There are people that I wanted to give a gift to so badly, but I just couldn’t and it would tear me apart. Those same people would buy me things and I’d be very appreciative. It brightened my spirits just a little bit. Enough to not feel like a total loser. but then I’d remember that I couldn’t return the favor and I’d fall into that mental pit again. It has been the case far too often for the past 6 years.

This year, I have been working, but the job doesn’t feel as secure as I’d like. That aside, I have money and I’m giving. I promised myself that I would if I had the ability to – which I do – so I am. It make me wince a little when I see the bank balance drop into the depths of Hell, but when I hear the appreciative words of my friends, it makes it all money well spent.

Even that has its ups and downs, though. There are some people that I feel a need to buy for out of obligation, and that kinda annoys me. But I try not to let it get me too upset. Things could be a whole lot worse.

This year, I’ve done some great shopping. I decided to buy some special friends a few gifts that I know they’ll love, and I’m quite proud of my ability to find thoughtful items on one day’s efforts. The rest of my buying as of this writing is basically gift cards, so I’m all set. The whole process of giving has made me feel less shitty.

But I also feel a bit empty. Giving to wonderful friends is great, but I feel like it would all be that much better if I had someone special in my life to share the festivities with. A lot of single people get all pissy and crybaby when Valentine’s Day rolls around, but for me, it’s Christmas that makes being alone harder to deal with.

Of my group of friends locally, I’m one of the rare single people, and it can be difficult hanging around a bunch of couples and realizing that they get to go home and have that person alongside them to talk with and just wind down from gatherings or share moments or whatever the case may be. On my end of things, I return to my bootcave and fire up youtube or the Xbox/PS3 or get wrapped up in Twitter. There’s no snuggling on the couch while watching TV or cuddling in bed at the end of the night… just myself and my mind left to ponder how things are.

As trying as that can get, I still have to say that I enjoy the holiday season whenever it rolls around. It’s a mostly good time, and I have nothing against the traditions of Christmas. I also know that there are people out there who just complain about it to no end, and I wonder if they know what it’s like to feel genuinely happy. Is Christmas perfect? No, but that’s not because the holiday is flawed. It’s because people can make it shitty for others. Because people are – on the grand scheme of things – idiots. Whether it’s competing with others or themselves about the gifts they give, or giving grief to other parents about how they handle what Christmas is for their kids, or even just downright being a Grumpy McGrumperton in general, the masses just know how to fuck it up for a lot of people. The trick is to just appreciate the things you can do to bring a little joy to the world. Should that be done on every day BESIDES Christmas or other holidays? Of course it should, but that doesn’t mean that celebrating on a certain date cheapens anything. The gestures should remain heartfelt and be received as such. If you can manage to let yourself be uplifted by the Christmas cheer, you should be fine. And if you absolutely just can’t stand the holidays, then that’s okay… but don’t be that assdrip that has to go around shitting all over it in the hopes of killing other people’s fun. That’s just plain selfish.

Anyway, I’m done ranting/whining. I’m just happy that I was able to celebrate this time and not hate myself. Whatever the near future holds, at least I can look back at Christmas 2013 and know that I put smiles on faces. It’s a good thing.

May your holidays be joyous and heartwarming and full of tasty burritos. Merry Christmas to all of you.

Podcast: BlankShowCast Episode 81 – X-Wing Fighter

Remember that movie Groundhog Day? Remember how the dude just couldn’t seem to get beyond that fateful day until he realized that he should just appreciate being alive?

Well, me and the others got stuck in a similar loop.

It’s all good, though. We talked about the crappy Toronto Maple Leafs, Zelda: Wind Waker HD, and Star Wars tattoos.

Personally, this was one of the funnest shows we’ve ever recorded. Hope you enjoy!

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Podcast: BlankShowCast Episode 74 – Mom?

So what happened this week?

Well, I finally saw The Dark Knight Rises. It took me a long time to get through, and I explain that in detail. I also gave Isabel crap for being a big scaredy cat about horror movies and the like. It’s just a thing I don’t understand.

Also included, Tim borrows material from another podcast and makes sure to bring another constant source of background noise with him in the form of a nearby space heater, which makes it so fun to edit.

I lie. It makes it quite infuriating.

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Podcast: BlankShowCast Episode 73 – I Can’t Watch E.T.

That’s me, with the beard. A new logo is in the works, but this placeholder is courtesy of my brother.

Did I mention that I run a podcast? Well, I do! It’s full of chuckles, insults, and other wholesome family values. 🙂

In this episode we discussed the not-so-embarrassing Spike VGAs, a movie, some games, and do music trivia. I thought I picked great and easy songs to guess, but I have to remember that my co-hosts are younger and therefore not as well-educated.

So please, join my friends Isabel and Tim, along with myself, for some good times. Hope you enjoy the show.

And hey, if you don’t like it, go on iTunes and give us a 5-Star hate rating! Then review us and say why we’re so good at being awful.

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