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Friday, December 07, 2012

ADVENT CALENDAR: PARTIES-OBEJECTS IN THE REAR VIEW MIRROR

I don’t recall many holiday parties from my earlier childhood. In
our family folks were too busy working or shopping at Christmas
time. And when we lived in Dorchester the apartments weren’t
really big enough to hold large parties in, although there might
have been one or two. If so, they would have followed the rules of
other adult parties my folks had: after saying hello to the adults,
my sister and I would be sent off to our beds to eventually fall
asleep while listening to the adults in the other room laughing
at Rusty Warren records. We wondered what "roll me over
in the clover" meant.


As an adult, most of my Christmas party experience has been at
work, including one at a now defunct toy chain warehouse(more
on that job later) when I was in my early twenties. It snowed
when I left for home. My car at the time was an Olds 98 and
being in a hurry to get home, I didn’t completely clean the rear
windshield. I backed up, turning the car around….

….and smashed my rear windshield by backing the car up under
a tractor trailer box front end as if it were a big rig hooking up.


The good news was, my Dad worked in the auto glass repair
business.



The bad news was I had to call him and tell him what I’d done.


It was an …umm…interesting conversation.


((First published in December, 2007))

2 comments:

Kristin said...

I don't remember any Christmas parties growing up and I don't remember any Christmas parties at any of the jobs I held. Luckily I also never backed into anything which broke out my windows because my father didn't work in a window repair shop.

Wendy L. Callahan said...

Oh dear. I'm sure your father was unimpressed with the lack of common sense!

But I think things like that happen to all of us. :)