Can I Call You Mike?

Updated: Jan 11

“Next year, remind me not to get so carried away when I decorate the house for Christmas” I heard her grumble as she laid the nutcrackers in their cardboard caskets. Preparing the Christmas soldiers for their year-long interment.


Or maybe longer? The cancellation of Christmas plans for the second year in a row due to Covid put a damper on the traditional final day of the holiday season: undecoration day!


THE grumbler in my story of course is my often overly-holiday-spirited fiancéeic Gaetana, who the family calls Guy.


With my reminder that I gave her exactly that advice earlier this year I was excused from participating in the undecorating process sans for dragging the tree outside and putting the Menorah away.

It’s the least a Jew who won’t see the point of the Christmas decorations until my 57-year-old fiancéeic is not the youngest person in the house, can do!

The reprieve leaving me time to get into the kitchen and simmer a batch of my from-scratch chicken soup for a family member home with Covid.


Whether or not my chicken soup possesses the mystical healing properties of the traditional Jewish Penicillin remains up for debate. But I have no problems getting my patients to take their medicine!



T’was the Season


The paint industry goes silent over the holiday season with most news and announcements from the channel’s c-suites on hiatus during the Christmas-New Year break.


But with the holidays behind us and corporate America heading back to work, the country’s second largest paint maker PPG released the independent channel’s first major announcement of the year.


The announcement leaving PPG dealers wishing the paint-maker had remained silent!