Monday, December 27, 2004

Eerie Silence


My first Christmas in O. C. saw no festive light shows, no midnight Christmas caroling, no immature high jinks, but plenty of frosted window panes and eerie silence. I can only guess that my neighbors in this purportedly "swim-and-sin" city, for some reason, prefer quiet harmony.

Orange County continues to surprise me. The last-minute chaotic shopping in the stores seemed, well, orderly. Even the toddlers behaved as if they had an understanding that mom and dad were there in the store to perform a quick and clinical duty of buying things to put under that tall tree in the living room. Toys? They'd had plenty all through the year, why would a particular calendar day bring more for them? No reason. No need. Big yawn.

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