We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It's the festive time of year here in the USA. Saturnalia, as I term it - with Advent and the baby Jesus squeezed in there somewhere, out in the barn with the animals, or in our hearts.
Too much festivity packed into too short of a time. Party-hopping, dining out after cocktail parties and open-houses, eating too much tasty stuff, drinking too much, and seeing too many friends, old and new, to do them justice. The whirlwind already began this week, for us. I love it, but it also fatigues me. Even ran into an old prep school classmate at a large party last night, a guy I hadn't seen in around 5 years. "Hey, you look great," I said (lying). "So do you" he said (liar). "Let's go shooting sometime" he said (liar). "Great, love to" I replied (truthfully).
Here's one cool trick to save hassle for your holiday dining reservations: Open Table.com.
I've been using this for my Sales lunches/dinners since I first discovered it 2 years ago, and I've cashed in bonus $$$ several times (you get points for booking some restaurants and can cash them in for money to Open Table restaurants).
It's terrific. There is a restaurant near my house that is always booked, so I go out in advance and book it a month ahead of time, each month. That way I have a baked in 'night out' to plan around.
In NYC, it's been a lifesaver when my favorites have been booked. Finding a similar or nearby restaurant is difficult when you're in a hurry. With Open Table, it's not an issue.
The only problem I had with Open Table was the many offers and discounts they sent (aka spam). I couldn't find any way to unsubscribe and had to go to the individual restaurant to get my email off their list. Maybe things are different now.