Deck the Hollis

It used to be so easy. Once, Christmas happened as if by magic. All I had to do was wake up and it was there, in all its shiny, glittering glory. Not anymore. Christmas now is not magic but a looming deadline for a whole range of tasks. From that moment in about mid-October when you hear the first strained snippet of a Christmas Carol seeping from the supermarket speakers, the weight of an awesome responsibility begins to settle on your shoulders. It’s both a test of endurance and race to the finish line. That’s because Christmas requires the kind of planning ordinarily reserved for a land-based invasion. And almost as many casualties.
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The Surprise Power Ballad Bounty of 2016

It was hiding. For weeks I’d been driving around, blissfully unaware of its existence. How was I to know that, mere inches away, lurked a creature as rare as a gold-plated unicorn? Had fate not intervened, I would be unaware of its existence still. But whether it was dumb luck or divine intervention, it emerged uninvited from the speakers without warning. It’s a miracle that I didn’t send the car into the nearest ditch, such was the gargantuan nature of the surprise. For suddenly and without a moment’s notice I was confronted with the unmistakable sounds of a great, big dirty power ballad.
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The Summer of the Chocolate Ripple Effect

Summertime and the living is easy. Unless, of course, you have a summer job in which case you should prepare to work harder than you ever knew was humanly possible. From one week to the next, I was plucked from the cloistered comfort zone of school and cast into the adult world of actual, real work. To say that it seemed confronting at the time would be an understatement of some magnitude. Suffice to say, I found the real world something of a shock.
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