Old Year, New Day, Tomorrow

Sadly our tree no longer leans awkwardly against the wall of our front room, its lopsided behind scratching the wall (my 4th grade teacher had the same problem with her buttocks). Rinda removed the few ornaments we own one by one and lowered them safely into their plastic catacombs. The hand-sewn stars she made, the stockings, and the bent paper clips used to hang the ornaments, all found a new home in a now empty, puppy-themed, holiday popcorn barrel.

With the last of the popcorn garland plucked from the tree, the needles swept up, and the tree flying through the air, its dead bristles preparing to shatter on the frozen ground of the backyard, I stood still in the hollow room. Rinda broke the silence with a silent hint and stacked the storage cases by the door. Before I hauled them out to the garage for their year long slumber, I chose to say a few words in Elvish (okay, okay, I said them in English, but with a British accent):

“Christmas is over; the goose that got fat is now eaten; the poor man bought booze with the penny that some stranger dropped in his hat and punched the woman that tried to give him a half-penny (what does one do with a half-penny?). Christmas is over but Christmas is not past; I shall walk with Ebeneezer and Charles who gave him speech, and ‘honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The spirit of all three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach'”

I shall live in the Past, the Present, and the Future — not the past, the present, and the future — important stuff gets capitalized, right? — like Abraham Lincoln or the Transcontinental Railroad. I choose to live importantly or make life important.

Allow me a brief return trip to the Past or the year formerly known as 2011:

I turned 26. I started working full-time from home, meaning, I got to be around my family 24/7. We rented our first house. Rinda and I had our second anniversary (I know, we are babies; but, it is still a wonderful accomplishment). McKay, my second nephew, was born. One of my biggest dreams came true when Claire was born: I became a father. My niece Abigail was born (within her first few months of life, my Abi-Gal endured 2 open heart surgeries — she is doing swimmingly.) The TV show I worked on was cancelled. I created content for and was part of a very strange sketch comedy group (thanks Chris and Jeremy). We shot the comedy webseries I wrote and co-directed, starring: Flavor Flav, Danny Trejo, Jon Gries; and YouTube celebs: GloZell Green, Miranda Sings, Antoine Dodson, Wheezy Waiter and Donnivin Jordan. We spent Thanksgiving with Rinda’s family and Christmas/New Years with my family.

Let me share some Christmas memories that, if remembered, will help make my New Year dreams a reality:

Above you see evidence of our Home Alone marathon (we watched 1 and 2 back to back), ate name brand pizza (Little Neros) from the film, and drank Fuller’s classic Pepsi. We also had an awesome Home Alone trivia game and a dance party around a mini Christmas tree, in honor of Kevin McCallister, the little guy.

Below, on the left, you see evidence of our Twas the Night Before Christmas gift exchange. Each of us had a gag gift and would pass it clockwise when the word “the” was said in the classic story. By the end of the game, you’re stuck with what ever gift lands in your lap — I got glasses that double as straws — joy to the world. Below, on the right, is evidence of our Ginger Bread house contest. Rinda and I gave up when our doorway collapsed. We promise to finish next year.

Present:

I’m worried as I look for more steady work. I have several projects lined up but nothing solidified. I am working really hard to make connections and find new opportunities. Somehow I know everything will work out. I have my family.

Future:

I’m applying the lessons I learned from Kevin McCallister to my New Year.

1.) Don’t forget what is most important: family. If you do forget, change; remind your self and those you love that they are number 1.

2.) Protect what you have: family, home, freedom,”I could go on forever baby.” If you don’t protect it, you will lose it. If setting booby traps is necessary, do it.

3.) Be kind; to everyone. Family, friends, teachers, co-workers, bird ladies with poop on their clothes.

4.) Listen. (I won’t say anymore…that’s the way listening goes).

Happy New Year!

UNFUNNY HUSBAND MOMENT: I gave Rinda the option to take down and throw our real Christmas tree out the backdoor in to the backyard or feed Claire (which I was doing when I gave her the options). I think she chose the tree in spite.

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19 thoughts on “Old Year, New Day, Tomorrow

  1. rromney says:

    I really like this post. I don’t know why we just didn’t leave that Christmas tree up all year.

  2. So has anyone told you that you’re very clever? Yeah, I thought so. Oh my gosh, I am sooo envious of your gag gift — you got glasses that double as straws? I’m thinking that can be very useful. You can drink that Pepsi while reading a book (okay, or a Kindle) and never lose your place! That gift sure beats the one I got one year in one of those infamous gag gift exchanges (or white elephants as we call them) — it was an old toupee. Now aren’t you glad you got glasses/straws?? 😀

  3. You are right; I would much rather have straw-glasses than a toupee.

    Aren’t white elephants a blast?

  4. Topsy says:

    Love this post! So happy about this blog and eventually, THIS could be your more stable work. Good blogs make good money dude.
    N-E-WAYS, Happy New Year!

  5. What a nice post. Is the “bird lady” reference a nod to Mary Poppins?

    Sounds like you’ve got some great goals — and I can imagine your little speech — as your wife gently hinted it’s time to cart some boxes away. 🙂

    Do you have a link to the webisodes you made? I’d love to see them. My sister is an actress out in L.A., and she just landed a small role on Modern Family. We are all so excited for her. It should air in the next few weeks… she’s in a scene with Greg Kinnear, who’s guest starring. Also, she and her husband put together a really cool thing for Burger King once — so anyway — with all they do, I’d be interested in seeing your webisodes, as I know how much work they take to put together!

    Your resolutions are top notch, and I wish you and your family all the best for 2012!

    • The bird lady is a character in Home Alone 2, but I wonder if they were inspired by Mary Poppins.

      Here is a link to the promo of our webseries: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zsy15ETHhgo&feature=channel_video_title

      That is awesome about your sister being on Modern Family. I am jealous.

      Thanks for reading.

      • Thank you! We’re hoping her episode will be on tomorrow. 🙂

        I checked out your video — you put that together yourself? Very impressive! I wish you lots of luck as you promote it, and continue to develop the series. You are very creative.

        My sister and her husband started a company, Pizza and Beer Flicks (since that’s what they used to “pay” their staff!) and if you wanted to take a peek, here’s the link to some of their videos on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/pizzaandbeerflicks/videos

        And just for the fun of it, since I’m now barraging you with links, here’s a link to her website: http://carolynmorse.com. As quiet as I am with my topics, she is loud. And we work well as sisters, like that. I’m very proud of her, and I thank you for allowing me to share her work with you.

        She’s on Facebook, and I can tell her to look out for you, if you ever wanted to get in touch. Share trade secrets — whatever it is you Hollywood types enjoy. 🙂

      • I watched the videos you sent me. That is some pretty funny stuff. I will definitely keep your sister’s website on file. We are always looking for new and talented actors. Thanks for sending these to me. Sorry for the late response.

  6. Hi James, it’s taken me long to come here but here I am now.

    I want to wish you luck in looking for more steady work. I hope that my posts are not scaring you away. I wrote a reply to your comment on my blog. Please read it if you havn’t already. Somehow, I feel responsible and very bad. It’s just a very personal situation, not to be generalised at all. Sorry if it upset you in anyway.

    • I hope my comment did not come off the wrong way. Your post did not offend or upset me at all, I was just leaving my thoughts. I hope I did not overstep my bound or sound high and mighty — I am nobody — I was just sharing part of my limited experience.

      I am happy you are telling your story, even though it is not easy; I know writing about life’s difficulties has always helped me.

      Thanks for sharing your story. I wish you luck in all you do.

      • I hope we can continue to be friends in bloglandia.

      • No no no, you did not overstep anything or sound wrong at all. Please. In fact, I felt bad because instead of sharing light or happiness through my blog, I have been spreading my misery lately. But it’s helping me.

        Thank you for your wishes, James. You can count me in, in your list of blogging friends. I hope I can count on you, too. In fact, you have already inspired me for something, that you might see in my future posts. So, I have to thank you.

      • Hi, I just ‘saw’ you over at Melissa’s blog, so came over to check your’s. Hope everything’s fine.

  7. gioiahm says:

    Oh man dude, you met Wheezy Waiter?! And even better worked with him? That is so awesome. My hat is off to you sir. But having had a webseries (link please?)and worked with YouTube “stars” have you not considered starting your own YouTube channel or possibly parterning up The Station and a few of (whome I consider) the “greats” like Kassem G and ShayCarl?

    The best of luck to you in your future, the world is yours for the taking. Mold it into your dreams.

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