Hey Guys.......It's me Mol........this is my friend Greg Brainer's guest post! If for some reason it doesn't format well, hold tight 'til Dave gets home and we'll fix it. Enjoy!
That's correct, the Grinch has beaten Jesus on his own turf. If you still believe there is Christmas spirit left in America, get off your meds or sober up because it's gone. Some may find my views bitter and twisted, yet they are that of a true realist scorned due to his once kind being.
Growing up as a youths during the 1970's, most have fond memories of what Christmas was. Towns decorated with festive lights, a nativity scene in front of the public library, neighbors who actually knew each other by name getting together for caroling. There was no such thing as last minute gift shopping on Christmas Eve. Retailers were closed and at home, where they should be, with family. A Christmas day movie at the cinema was unheard of. Yes, those thoughts almost make me feel warm and fuzzy inside, even without liquor.
I must ask, where the hell did Christmas go?
Last year I had to run into the Meijer Thrifty Acres, now just called Meijer's, on Christmas Eve for some last minute food crap. First time ever I noticed they were staying open until 10PM that night. Nothing pisses me off more than chains and retailers who work their employees on what should be family time. As I'm a regular, I know most of the staff including the special needs greeters. On my way to the checkout I grabbed an extra bottle of wine for my favorite cashier. After a nice chat about what assholes she worked for I paid and gave her the bottle of wine wishing her a Merry Christmas. She immediately refuses my simple gift token due to it being against corporate policy and she would get fired. Fired for a regular customer giving a diligent, nice store employee a gift???? Screw any motivation for good genuine customer service. No no no, this certainly was not happening and I went and found the manager. To my dismay, the manager reiterated corporate policy is no items purchased from the store can be accepted by employes from patrons as gifts. I then asked if I went across the street to Stinky's party store ( I don't know the actual name of the party store I just know it smells like ass inside ) and bought a bottle of wine for her as a gift could she accept that? Perplexed, the manager was not sure however he was too busy to look it up. His suggestion was to just wish her a happy holiday and not get her in any trouble. At this point I was crazed and told this asswipe “it's not a holiday, it's fucking Christmas!!! If I cannot give a simple gift to one of your employees who works her ass off and always is glad to see me, corporate America has fucked up Christmas beyond repair.”
Sadly, the bottle of wine I purchased with the intent of giving it to the cashier was the good kind - corked verses a twist off cap. This made drinking it during my frustrated drive home not in the cards. The time was around 6PM. As I ventured along, I noticed McDonald’s, Chili's, Taco Bell, Lowes, all brightly lit and open for business. Seriously, people need and want fast food on Christmas Eve? For that matter, who the hell is going to be doing home improvements the night before Jesus pops out??? As I passed our town library, there was no nativity scene or even one single sign near it that it was Christmas. My town is 98.7% white Christians. Who the hell are we going to offend by putting baby Jesus on the library front lawn??? This kinda shit didn't happen 30 years ago.
I could ramble more, but Christmas as we once knew it, is gone. On the bright side, maybe they will start letting us be nice at Easter since it is celebrating Jesus's death.....