Monthly Archives: December 2011

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Secret Santa

This is always the tense part of the office Christmas party for me. Others worry about getting drunk and dancing the can-can with their line manager’s handbag on their heads and their arms around two unwilling executives from Finance. I don’t mind all that, it’s

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When is it now?

Wait…wait…what day is it? This time of year, I don’t know, everything just blurs. Mornings become evenings become afternoons. I honestly have no idea any more. New Year? Already? Didn’t we just have one of those? How can it be New Year again already? I

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The Past Sure Is Tense

When McCleod walked into the diner there were two Hedersons waiting for him in a booth. He slid in opposite them, put his briefcase down under the table, and looked across at the one on the right. “What’s he doing here?” The Hederson on the

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Young and Old

“What if I drop him? Suppose the old ticker stops and I’m holding him, and I fall dead?” George Chester said as his granddaughter finished rinsing the lunch dishes stacked in the porcelain kitchen sink. Alicia raised the single-control and turned off the water. She

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Home for the Holidays

I put the last of my clothes into my suitcase, and turn back to the armchair with a sigh. It’s decision time. The reindeer, or the champagne? I can’t fit both of them in, and my flight is tomorrow. It’s not as easy a choice

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The Turkey Drop

There’s a word for this, you know. A phrase, I mean. For this sort of thing. They call it the turkey drop. When someone dumps you right before the holidays? Like, so they don’t have to go through all the effort? But I guess that