Yesterday was my annual Christmas Shopping trip.
An old friend and I used to do a Christmas trip many years ago, but now that he’s married, he has a lot of family responsibilities. Our annual shopping trips have become less frequent.
That’s not an accusation, his wife’s family is very into the holidays and each other’s lives. My friend’s duty is clear between his family, and his wife’s family which is now THEIR combined family, there are a ton of obligations.
Honestly I don’t know how the hell they maintain their schedule. Must be really good drugs!
I try to get together with him as soon after the first of the new year as our schedules allow.
However, nature abhors a vacuum. Apparently, so does South Coast Plaza!
Another old friend needed a shopping buddy. So one day a year, we have lunch, drinks, Ok perhaps a couple of drinks, then we go shopping for our loved ones. Both of us fervently hoping to find the “perfect” gift and often we purchase a gift for ourselves along the way.
This year, I think I did good. My friend also found something perfect!
Unlike years past, we returned to his house, then another couple came over.
After more drinks, cheese, an excellent Italian dinner mixed with tons of laughter, off color jokes, and more laughter, suddenly the clock struck midnight.
We adjourned each to their homes and I found myself having one last pleasure of the evening.
I queued up my favorite playlist, the first song was “Keep the Streets Empty” by Fever Ray.
The perfect end to a perfect day.