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Life’s a beach at OCC. Even in November.

November 22, 2007 by in category Blogs tagged as with 11 and 0
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by: Dana Belfry

Today is the day before Thanksgiving, the last day of sanity for 2007. Before you know it, diets will be buried under turkey, stuffing and promises of New Year’s resolutions. Retailers will step up their ad campaigns. And, as with any major event, today is your last day of reasonable commute time on freeways. Ack!

Every year I sit and wonder what it is about this season that makes Americans lose their minds. Is it the promise of glittering wrapping as a beacon of hope for good things to come? Is it the twinkle lights? (Religious affiliations aside I think we’re all suckers for twinkle-lights.)

As I type this blog, I am sitting at my desk wearing shorts and a t-shirt. One thing I know for sure, I feel really silly singing “It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas” while wearing beach attire.

One thing about Southern Californians though, we adjust. I may not be wearing a ski parka, but I know somewhere down the street a 15 year old is optimistic enough to suffer through wearing UGG boots. She’s probably wearing a Gap scarf too. After all, it’s November and therefore “winter.”

I raise my egg nog latte to you, dear reader, and hope you have a wonderful holiday season. Full of joy, happiness, and (of course) twinkle lights.


  • Anonymous
    on November 22, 2007

    I’m in New Zealand and I’m wearing shorts and a T-shirt. We have the twinklie lights and a BBQ for our Christmas season.

  • Anonymous
    on November 21, 2007

    Today I saw the electric Christmas tree on top of the Capitol Records building in Hollywood. It cannot, cannot be the Christmas season yet! I haven’t had my turkey.

    Everything’s mixed up here. My girlfriend and I were complaining about the cold tonight…after getting out of the swimming pool at the gym. 🙂

  • Anonymous
    on November 21, 2007

    Sorry I’m posing so late, Dana.

    I hope your holidays are great.

    Enjoy your twinklies and lack of actual ‘winter’! 😀

  • Anonymous
    on November 21, 2007

    Thanks for dropping by Cia!

    See twinkle lights are universal. No matter where you live you forget all about the weather, the horrible petrified cheese log with fruit bits stuck in it someone re-gifted to you. Twinkle lights make everything all right with the world. LOL.

  • Anonymous
    on November 21, 2007

    I loved reading this! It is warm here too, but tomorrow the temps are plunging in the afternoon and we are going to have snow! I don’t like it, but it sure sets the mood to put up those twinkie lights!

    Happy Thanksgiving, Dana!:)

  • Anonymous
    on November 21, 2007

    Thanks for dropping by everyone and Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

    I’m definitely a sucker for twinkle lights. And snow, I want snow!

  • Anonymous
    on November 21, 2007

    I should have mentioned it… I’m a total lights person. We cruise the subdivisions checking out the house decorations. There’s even a huge 180ft lighted tree in Zilker park that we do every year. There’s a mile long stroll on the other side of the park and it’s awesome.

    I didn’t even think about it until just now. Winter wonderland in color… The best!

  • Anonymous
    on November 21, 2007

    Happy Thanksgiving, Dana.

    If only you could see outside my window right now–it’s definitely beginning to look a lot like Christmas! *sigh* I love the first season’s snow! *VBG*

  • Anonymous
    on November 21, 2007

    I bow to the twinkle lights!! I played Christmas music today as I cleaned my house for the holidays.
    I wonder why I lose my mind. I think I get hypnotized by garland and pretty bows.
    Maybe if I walk around blindfolded……

  • Anonymous
    on November 21, 2007

    That’s exactly what I’m talking about! Where is my white winter?

    Thanks for dropping by Diana!

  • Anonymous
    on November 21, 2007

    Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas to you!

    Believe me, I understand. In TExas you can wear shorts and tank tops through December, up to about three days before Christmas, because that’s when it actually tries to get cold. I’m in shorts right now too. It gets cool, and even chill, but cold? Nope. That’s one thing I miss about living up north. Actually having snow for Christmas. We have bare trees and long drives to go short distances.


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