Christmas Lists

“Dear, we really need to talk about Christmas” the words were accompanied by a less than gentle tap on the head. I looked up from my Seat Relocation Form to find a somewhat irritated looking Trina standing above me.

“What did you hit me for?” I asked.

“I’ve been standing here for 5 minutes repeating myself over and over” was her reply. I had to wonder whether General Bernard L. Montgomery or General Dwight D. Eisenhower had to deal with similar intrusions by their wives when they were planning the Battle of Normandy? I can just imagine Mamie Eisenhower prodding her husband to stop all these silly battle planning sessions to go to the mall with her and watch her try on clothes from Victoria’s Secret. I instantly tried to erase that mental image as no one wants to imagine Mamie Eisenhower in an Infinity Edge push-up bra.


I am not sure what the big deal is about a Christmas list. This whole Christmas shopping thing is getting blown way out of proportion. In an effort to diffuse the situation and hopefully steer the conversation safely away from yet another example where I was not listening to my wife I quickly opened up a Firefox browser session and navigated to the Arizona Diamondbacks online Team Shop. Within 5 minutes I had loaded my shopping cart with items for each of the kids and even picked out a nice Arizona Diamondbacks 5/8” 10K Yellow Gold Team Logo Pendant necklace for Trina which I thought should give me some sort of extra bonus points considering it was feminine looking and jewelry. I must have done something right because Trina just stood there staring at me with her mouth wide open. Yup, there are some times that I even impress myself with how quickly I can diffuse a situation and turn it into a positive. Trina turned and left the room and I went back to trying to plan my invasion; I mean decide on my new seat locations for the 2008 season.


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