The Sound Of Music

Ron Nagasawa
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Wednesday - December 31, 2008
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The week between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day seems like it was purposely scheduled that way. Technically it’s five days between the actual holidays that I always felt were recovery days from the Christmas hustle and bustle.

It’s also downtime to help you get ready for the New Year’s partying and celebrating. The way I see it, the time should be used to catch up on lost sleep and to rest and recuperate in preparation for what looks to be a new year like no other. In other words, brace yourselves.

So far I haven’t been able to capitalize on the sleep aspect of things since Dec. 25. Of course we enjoyed all the trappings of Christmas, including receiving an array of wonderful gifts and cards.

Our tradition is opening gifts on Christmas Eve. All the cards were opened and gifts unwrapped. By the end of the night, we had moved most of it into our bedroom so that the living room was clear for further entertaining. Our bedroom was pretty haphazard, but my wife promised to have everything nice and neat by New Year’s.

We went to bed “for a long winter’s nap.” At about 3 a.m. my wife woke me up. There was Christmas music playing in our bedroom. I started listening and, believe it or not, it sounded like the Andy William’s song, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Except that it was a wordless tinny version, the kind you hear from those musical greeting cards.

Sure enough, that’s what it was, but before I could get out of bed to locate the source, it stopped. We kind of forgot about it until the next night, when at about 3 a.m., again the music began to play.

Of course, it’s not enough to wake me up, but it’s enough for my wife, who will in turn get me up, I guess so we can be irritated together. Once again, as soon as I got out of bed, the music stopped.

It must have been a musical Christmas card we received and was buried amongst all the unwrapped gifts on the floor of our bedroom. A search during the day could not locate the source of the music. We went through boxes and tissues and wrapping but could not find the culprit card.

Well, as I write this, my new plan for tonight is to anticipate it by waking up at 2:45 a.m. and see if I can find the card as soon as it starts playing. It’s ridiculous what I have to go through, but it could have been worse and much more ironic.

The song could have been Silent Night.

Ron’s Book of the week

I just want to thank all the people who have come out to my book signings and those of you who have purchased copies. But just because Christmas is over doesn’t mean you don’t have a reason to buy the book. Buy it to celebrate the new year, or be way ahead of schedule for once and get it for someone for Valentine’s Day. Proceeds will benefit the Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation.

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