COFFEE WITH KEITH
It’s been a crazy month already in The Boerne Star newsroom and in the Domke household, and we’re only halfway through it.
If I’m not mistaken, today is November 15.
And isn’t Thanksgiving later this month?
And then Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Super Bowl Sunday, Magic Monday.
Magic Monday? Or is it Cyber Monday?
And wait, the Super Bowl isn’t for a while yet. Is it?
Who won the World Series? …
Isn’t there a song that proclaims, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year?”
Wait. Maybe that’s December.
December? Is that right around the corner?
Egad. Is Halloween over?
Did I remember to set my clocks back an hour?
Did Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow?
Yikes! And Santa Claus is coming to town very soon.
My list isn’t finished.
My shopping isn’t done.
My shopping isn’t even started.
Is today Friday?
Why am I here? …
OK, let’s stop and take a breath …
It has been an eventful, yet hectic, first half of the month, at work and at home.
Nancy and I continue to slowly get settled into our new home – and we love it. I wish more empty, unpacked boxes would go away sooner, but I guess we’ll take what we can take.
There’s no place like home, or so says Dorothy.
Here at the office, we just published a special Veterans Day section that was extremely emotional to put together. It published last Friday.
Then, on Monday, we celebrated Veterans Day.
Over time, this holiday has become more important to me.
I’ll admit, when I was a child and even a teenager – and as I wrote in last week’s column – I didn’t understand the significance of the day or what members of our armed forces had and have sacrificed for the rest of us. Today, the day serves as a solemn reminder.
Veterans, thank you for your service. I applaud all of you. …
I did take some time that day to stop, pause and reflect – and salute.
Now, we’re thinking about gift guides; letters to Santa Claus; Hermie, the elf who wants to be a dentist; Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree, year-end editions … and maybe even the Fourth of July.
But before that, we’ll recelebrate the Great Turkey Giveaway with WKRP newsroom hound Les Nessman.
“Oh the humanity!” …
Is it really almost 2020 – the year of perfect vision?
Was George Bailey really born – or not?
Can we dream yet about a white Christmas in Texas? We did experience an early freeze. …
And this week, even I’ll admit it was almost cold. … Almost.
How many of us actually have ice scrapers for our vehicle windshields? How many bought one earlier this week?
In reality, I love this time of year. October, November and December easily are my favorite months.
And it’s not just because Mother Nature finally turns off the oven.
I’m looking forward to the holidays and all the special events, celebrations and gatherings they bring – as long as I safely can get off this fast-moving thing we call life so I can enjoy them.
And fast-moving it is.
You know, I often think about being over the hill. Yeah, maybe a slew of great years lie ahead, but I have discovered – and written – that once you are over that hill, you sure pick up speed on the other side as you descend into the twilight.
With that said, I didn’t just fall asleep at the switch and miss the start of 2020 yet, did I?
Did the ball drop in the Big Apple an hour early again on New Year’s Eve? ...
Ah, good. I didn’t miss it.
But I’m sure it will be here before we know it.
Until then, make sure you don’t shoot your eye out, and beware of the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.
And, yes, as God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.
Oh, and happy Valentines Day.
As always, thanks for reading.