|on my way to punk some rope|
in palermo park
as a cultural atheistic jew, i am very strict about not celebrating christmas. for example, i've never had a christmas tree or eaten christmas turkey or hung stockings or anything like that. however, one time i lived with someone who was a unitarian and we had a "holiday" tree with dreidels and buddhas and an oddly charming christmas pickle, but that hardly counts.
anyway, often i get pitying looks from christians as though mine is some sort of awful scrooge-like existence, and that i am in some way spiritually and culturally depraved. (this is not an exaggeration dear blog readers, i could quote many stupid mindless things that people have said to me in respect to this over the years) mind you, i do enjoy looking at christmas lights, eating cookies, and drinking festive cocktails as well as cleverly named seasonal drinks from starbucks.
so save me your pity, because i actually love christmas. want to know why? because it's usually two non-weekend days in a row in which i don't have to do anything! i have no obligations! not only that, while all you revelers are stuck traveling to go visit your families i am usually hanging out with a merry gang of jews and heretics doing super fun things like eating korean bbq, going to movies, drinking mimosas, going sledding, or even playing ping pong! ahhhh, christmas is such a very special time of year!
however, here in BsAs i've noticed that things have a tendency to shut down completely on holidays. and since christmas is a much more holy than say, national census day, i was a bit worried that things might be closed:
me: i want to have jewish christmas! you know with a movie and asian food!
bolshevik: i doubt anything will be open.
me: but they have jews here!
well, apparently the bolshevik was right because as it turns out movie theaters are actually CLOSED on christmas. and on christmas eve the last showing is at 1 pm or so. what the hell?! what are all the jews going to do?
anyhoo ... the bolshevik and i decided that we will travel to mendoza for the holidays to drink wine and hang out in the andes. but not before stopping at a friends for a christmas bagel brunch (thank god for other jews!). yes, that's right, they do have bagels here. although not quite a new york bagel, quierobagel probably does the closest thing you can get to an authentic bagel. ahhhh, a christmas miracle.