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Saturday, January 5, 2008

The Bitter End

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today's contributors are: Ann, Sara, Tabitha, Frank, Billy and Scott.

Subject: The Bitter End

The holidays have come and gone too fast and its back to the daily grind for most of us. Holiday decorations have started to come down, and even the leftovers have been eaten or disposed of. Soon discarded Christmas trees will start to line the curbs having outlived their usefulness. The weather has dropped to sub-zero temperatures so that cheeks are turning rosy and noses feel like theyre going to succumb to frostbite. Everyone is bundled up and rushing about from place to place even faster than usual, desperate to get out of the cold. Its almost as if all the love and warmth of Christmas has been sucked out of the city to leave us with a cold dispassionate wasteland.


I exit the subway, taking the exit thats farther away because its closer to my destination and allows me to stay out of the cold for an extra 50 feet. Everyone is bundled up in hats and scarves and gloves, and the few that arent look miserable. Every drop of moisture is quick to freeze; globules of spit have frozen to the sidewalk and coffee quickly cools off between the coffee shop and the office. Even though it's technically been winter for a couple of weeks, this is the first time you walk outside and think to yourself 'I want to just stay in and hide under my blankets all day'. The calendar has turned to 2008, and it's tempting to think of the future, of spring, baseball, barbecues, and the beach but there is still two or three long cold months to dredge through. There are snowstorms, ice pockets, slushy street corners that you have to leap over, cleaning off and warming up your car in the morning if you have one and always wondering if the jacket, hat, and gloves you brought with you are warm enough. Snowstorms can be beautiful, and plenty of people prefer the cold snaps of January to the heat waves of July, but when you're shivering while standing around waiting for a subway or a bus or a taxi, you're rarely thinking of how beautiful the snow looks against the backdrop of the Empire State Building.


The best part of the day is upon me, as I can return to my apartment until tomorrow, safely out of the elements and surrounded by my loving friends. The apartment is full of energy and warmth, and it's easy to forget it's below zero outside when you're joking around watching family guy reruns or playing Apples to Apples, a game Tabitha got for christmas. I unlock the door and go in.


Hey Ann! We're going to watch Evan Almighty. You in?”


Sure, I love Steve Carell.”


I've got a pot of hot chocolate on the stove. You want some?”


Wow, I can't think of anything I want more. I brought marshmallows and whipped cream.” Ann says, holding up the bag from the store.


Add a splash of Rumplemintz in there, nothing like warm peppermint to soothe your soul.”


And your liver!”


I hate to admit he's right, but it does taste good this way.” Sara says, indicating the mug of hot chocolate she's drinking.


Bring those marshmallows over here!”


With pleasure.”

8 comments:

Jessica said...

Do you all like Apples to Apples? If you do, another great game is Imaginiff. I am sure you all would like it and get a kick out of it. You play with up to 8 players, at least four. It has a dry erase board, so you write in the names of everyone playing, and a couple others that you all, all know, for example the president. (it has 8 spaces for names) Say you land on Billy, you would read the card If Billy were an item found in the refrigerator which would he be?
1. Spoiled Milk
2. Leftover Spaghetti
3. Beer
4. Wilted Lettuce
5. Molded Cheese
6. Bologna
Everyone has cards numbered 1-6, and they choose one with the same number of the choice they like, place it face down, when everyone has chosen all flip their cards over. The consensus moves further along the board to the win spot.

Sorry this was so long, but its an amazing game, my family and I love it.

Ann said...

I think I have that game! Or rather, my parents do. It's fun though. There is also a Cranium game called Whoonu which is similar.

Jessica said...

I will have to try Whoonu, my inlaws own a game store so we are always trying games out and finding whats good.

Artful Dodger said...

Sigh. Cold I miss the cold. It was what? 80 degrees down here today, and wicked humid. Blah! Though hot chocolate still sounds wonderful.

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