The Christmas Pause

There is no Sunday evening column. Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and the long drive south for Christmas with the family – the sister and the nephews, and their wives, and wall-to-wall kids, and the two cats hiding under the furniture. Rather than thinking about politics and economics, and about who is being misleading and who is not, and why, or hinting at the collapse the whole of the social fabric, or the next war, it seemed best to wrap presents. Enough is enough. On Christmas Day out here folks go surfing at Carlsbad Beach, and that’s great to watch. It’s a different way of looking at the world. Ride the wave. Sense the sea. As for the rest, commentary will resume here with a column on Wednesday evening. Something else outrageous will have happened by then, or that which is already outrageous will become even more so, with new and unexpected details. But it can wait.

As for Christmas out here, it is strange. See Christmas in Hollywood and Peace on Earth at the photography site. The surfers are there too. And Merry Christmas to all.

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About Alan

The editor is a former systems manager for a large California-based HMO, and a former senior systems manager for Northrop, Hughes-Raytheon, Computer Sciences Corporation, Perot Systems and other such organizations. One position was managing the financial and payroll systems for a large hospital chain. And somewhere in there was a two-year stint in Canada running the systems shop at a General Motors locomotive factory - in London, Ontario. That explains Canadian matters scattered through these pages. Otherwise, think large-scale HR, payroll, financial and manufacturing systems. A résumé is available if you wish. The editor has a graduate degree in Eighteenth-Century British Literature from Duke University where he was a National Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and taught English and music in upstate New York in the seventies, and then in the early eighties moved to California and left teaching. The editor currently resides in Hollywood California, a block north of the Sunset Strip.
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2 Responses to The Christmas Pause

  1. lawrence king says:

    Thank you for a great year of commentary and analysis; I very much appreciate and enjoy your perspective. Keep up the great work. Larry King [in Joshua Tree; not in CNN, lol!]

  2. Richard T says:

    Thanks for a year of intersting and stimulating thoughts. Have a Happy Christmas (UK Usage).

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