Whether you just celebrated the last night of Chanukah yesterday or you're looking forward to Christmas Eve tonight and the day tomorrow, nothing changes my wishes to all of you for peace, hope, good health and a time filled with memory-making moments with those special people you love in your life. It's my favorite time of year and it's thanks to so many wonderful people who I'm fortunate to have in my life.
But, getting back to the lighter side of the holidays, you have to help me through a challenge, which is dealing with
those of us who think of ourselves as amateur poet laureates. I wrote this two years ago and bring it out of mothballs every year believing that somebody will recognize my talent and help me launch a reputation right up there with Robert Frost!
Well, here it is out of the archives and presented to my SCU audience for 2014...
I’d unplugged my computer and even the mouse.
My blogs for year-end were all ready to go
There was no reason to work, the Internet was slow.
For reasons unknown as if it made sense
my email needed cleaning and I got “off the fence.”
For over a year I’d saved every note
the ones I received and the ones that I wrote.
So I started deleting each email and letter.
The more I deleted the more I felt better.
2012 Email from Curley, Heisler and Bourne
Taufer, Kubota, Malloy and Dorne.
And then went the drafts I’d written, but never sent
from those days when writing just helped me vent.
When all of a sudden I jumped up like LeBron,
My joke files from Vedros and Steinhardt were gone.
Gone were the best jokes from PG to X rated,
the ones that I loved and the ones that I hated.
My email had been full with great moments and smiles,
but my computer was slowing down with the over-stuffed files.
I wiped off my tears and even my nose
the files, like Saint Nick, up the chimney they rose.
My collection of jokes was gone and deleted.
I felt so alone, so sad and defeated.
When all of a sudden I jumped up with a grin
My backup drive was never plugged in.
I’d only deleted the stuff on one drive!
My tasteless jokes, every one did survive!
And I heard a voice, I thought from the sky
Was it Santa, his reindeer who had just flown by?
I realized the words were from Sheila, my wife,
"Shut off the computer you fool - get a life.
It’s Christmas and you’re screaming gave me a fright!
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night"
Wishing all of you a wonderful holiday season filled with love, compassion and appreciation. Sheila and I feel so fortunate to know so many of you and have your support.
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