Merry Christmas everyone! I hope all of you had a wonder Christmas. Its just a bit past midnight here in Washington DC. It started snowing earlier today. Made for a White Christmas here in DC. I had to work on Christmas Eve and it was interesting seeing everyone rushing thru Sur La Table making their last minute purchases for Christmas. There were a lot of things going thru my mind today as I was waiting to get off work today. I hadn’t gotten anything fro my co-workers at work. Money has been a little tight since I moved back. On top of that I just incurred hospital bills (the heart incident, see below) and my car coolant system decided to break down. I had to rent a car this past Sunday. Both Karen and Mike were there today. I wish I could have given them more than just a “Merry Christmas”. They have been so supportive since I moved to DC and started working with them. The three of us have become quite the team at Sur La Table. Although my primary responsibilities lie in running the school, they treat me as an equal when it comes to store management. Even the staff sees me as the same as Karen, assistant manager.
I just got off the phone with my parents and it was just now that I realize that I miss them very much. Talking to my dad and mom, alone here in DC made me yearn for home. These last four months has been quite the trial for me. But, I like being here and hope to be here for many years to come. Both my parents were quite inquisitive about my health. I told them I was fine and haven’t felt this good since I moved to DC the first time back in the early 90s. My sisters were spending Christmas Eve with their In-law families. Mom and dad were pretty bummed that they decided not to bring the kids to the house for Christmas Eve.
Tonight I also thought about all the friends I left back in LA. I talked to Joe Reyes yesterday and he told me of the massive changes that have been happening at Mattel the last week or two. Seems someone in HR finally listened to us and some changes were instituted as a result. I wonder what would have happened if I had stayed. Who knows. I hope the “gang” is doing well and that the new org chart will benefit them. I wanted to send some small gifts to the “gang” this year, but budgetary reasons forced me to hold back. I want to wish John Green, Josie Alvarez, Chris Siwirski, Dan Ortiz, Ken Merriman, Dave Harper, Mike Messina, John Murphy, Joe Reyes and Robert Peck a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Holiday cheers for Kristie, Mario, Kitaya, Brian, Angie, Ivana, Jonathan, Aster, Beverly, and the rest of the Mattel games and Puzzles department.
To Carol Cotner Thompson, Anne Smith, May parish, Jet Tila and the rest of the gang at The New School of Cooking: Have a Happy Holiday and a prosperous New Year! I miss working with all of you. I am reminded of you all everyday here at SLT. Anne I know you’re in town so I hope to see you while you are here. Carol, are you visiting anytime soon?
I also thought about my friends here in DC. TO Chris Carlisle, wherever you are: Merry Christmas my friend. I’m sorry that we haven’t been able to resolve our communication issues. I know I fucked up and I’m sorry. I’m more sorry that we haven’t been able to be friends since I moved back to DC. I hope to hear from you soon.
Reese Jimenez, you have been nothing but patient with me. I know that since moving back we have both been busy. But I make this promise to you: we are going to be more in touch with each other. During my years at NGLTF, you have been a friend, confidant, and more to me – not to mention a great dance partner. We have both been through a lot in our lives. I have missed your counsel and look forward to having it again. I’m glad I found you again.
Scott Shumaker. What can I say. You have been a cornerstone of my life. Ever since we met each other on eWorld all those decades ago we have kept our friendship alive. We have had our moments, but through it all, our friendship prevailed. Since returning to DC, you have been busy not only with a change in your life, but an addition. Kris and you are so right for each other. When I see the two of you, I only see happiness. Kris, it has been a pleasure to meet you this year and hope to see you many more times in the near future. I’m glad to call you a friend and more importantly, family. Scott, I know you have some decisions to make in the future and all I can say is that I’ll be here for you no matter what. That has been our motto from the beginning and I’m sticking to it. Merry Christmas my friend, I love you.
Marc Legaspi and Lee Pitts. I don’t even know where to start. The both of you have been so supportive. Making the transition back to DC wasn’t going to be easy and you have made every effort to help me in this transition. You have put up with me in your home for the last four months and I have to say that without your hospitality, I probably would have moved back to LA. I see in both of you the best. The two of you compliment each other so well. I handed out some real bad advice a few years back when I told you guys it wasn’t going to work out between the two of you. Long gone are the days at Velvet. I’m glad to see that I was wrong and that the two of you have prospered. You have been more than old friends, you are family. Thank you Lee and Marc. Mmmmm….Pare!
I have met many new people since I started my job at Sur La Table. Susan, Tom, and Nora…thank you for all that you do. Your help this year has been so tremendous. Monica, Liz and Ed: you’re the best. We couldn’t have asked for better volunteers that the three of you. You have set the standard. To all my co-workers at SLT, thank you for welcoming me into your family there at SLT.Filed under: Personal Log