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December 13, 2012

FROM THE VALLEY: It's hard to believe it's December already

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — I just realized that the next column I write — after this — is the last one before Christmas. It’s hard to believe that it’s that late in the year already. I was actually going to golf today, if it didn’t rain. And in case you’re from Mars (as my pal, Ray, would say), golf and Christmas in the same month is a rarity – at least, in this part of the country. Unfortunately.

But it’s not that I haven’t been aware of the oncoming holidays. Over the years I’ve learned that waiting to the last minute (to shop) can lead to problems. I’ve learned that if I wait too long, the good stuff is gobbled up and I don’t find the things I’m looking for. That’s when those day-to-day calendars - with a witty quote on each page – you find in the bin by the check-out aisle, start to look better than ever. (Disclosure: I can’t tell you how many times I’ve resorted to Chia Pets on Christmas Eve.)

Nonetheless, my game plan suffered a major setback a couple of weeks ago. I withdrew some money from the bank to Christmas shop; then I proceeded to find the perfect gift for my wife. All was good up to that point, but – much to my dismay — it cost more than I had anticipated. In fact, it was twice as much as I even had on me. I missed out on getting her that special present. And who would have known that the Dollar Store didn’t have a lay-away plan?

I do know there’s one thing that I absolutely have to get this year: a new digital (medical) thermometer. Let’s just say there was a little mix-up with the one we already have. Three days ago, when my wife found it on the bathroom sink, she was puzzled.

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