The year I lost my mind and decided to move from California to Florida was pretty weird to say the least. If you have any doubts, go back and read my post called Road Trip. To say it was manic was really putting it mildly and giving me way too much credit.I don’t know if some ancient LSD crystal popped loose or just the usual screws, nuts and bolts that live between my ears – but by God I was moving to Florida. So I did.By the time I unpacked the car and locked the front door I knew I had made a terrible mistake. But see I have this problem – I am really fricking stubborn. I kept telling myself I had moved to Florida for a reason. That it was the right thing to do. That there was something there for me.Well maybe there was. A new friend. Someone I’d never have known if not for the momentary flash of insanity – that crazy drive and much of the misery I experienced while there.Lana was an instant friend. I met her first when I showed up at my first day of work for a firm that – come to think of it I’m really not sure what they did or even why they hired me – but I digress. I walked into the office and there was this lovely, lithe woman with hair down to her waist and kind green eyes. “Oh, are you Annie?” she asked.“No, I’m Myrna,” I answered. I have no idea why I said that, but I really did.
She did one of those exagerated double takes and I started laughing and told her I was indeed Annie. Then she started laughing. And pretty much from there on we were best buds.
Now the job…oy my aching head. Let’s put it this way – the woman who hired me wanted me to take over her job so she could move on to a better position within the company. However, I was not allowed to ask any questions nor ask for supplies or pretty talk to her unless she wanted me to talk to her. She wanted me to devine whatever it was she wanted me to do. And she had this insane obsession with a tasking program. So every morning I was to write tasks and send them to her and that way she’d know what I was doing. And then of course she got to send me tasks and I would get these prompts and weird things that were almost as annoying as that dancing paperclip that Billy Gates invented. Long story short within a couple of weeks I felt like I was going insane.
I would constantly check with Lana to see if I really was insane or if this boss lady really was working hard to make me miserable and to feel absolutely and utterly incompetent. Sadly, Lana confirmed my suspicions. Not too surprisingly, I was gainfully unemployed shortly thereafter. Oh boy was I screwed. The job had paid well and when I hit the job market in general it really sucked. The wages being offered were frighteningly low. I took a job with a real nutjob of an orthodontist (he actually believed his work was greatly helping mankind by providing prettier smiles – I shit you not). But at least I had Lana.
We did everything together. It was fun to have a great fun girlfriend again and it made me even sort of like Florida. She invited me for Thanksgiving dinner and there I met her wonderful husband and adorable little boys. We had a great time – but it was more than that – it was like being home for the holidays. Like being among family. I marveled at this because I had really barely met them, yet it seemed I knew them for a million years. I love it when that happens, don’t you?
Since Thanksgiving was such a hit and Lana and I became closer and closer friends, Christmas was a natural. We had all eaten tons of turkey on Thanksgiving so we decided on a different menu. Lana’s brother was in town and he volunteered to make a roast. I made a vat of homemade applesauce, brought a bag of presents and whipped up some mashed potatoes once I got there.
We exchanged gifts and it was fun. It really didn’t matter what they were – we were just happy to be hanging out. It was one of those Christmasses where nothing in particular happened – no special activities or hilarious accidents – just a bunch of people who really enjoyed one another’s company and yakked their heads off. Lana even bought a present for my doggie – a santa suit. Which I put on her as soon as I got home and took pictures.
So the evening was just that. An evening. A great one. And one that brings back warm memories of friendship and love. As I drove home that night, I knew at least a small handful of people in Florida were actually glad I came. And I guess because of them, I was glad too.
5 thoughts on “New Friends for Christmas – 12 days of xmas #11”
Thank you for scouting the Florida scene for us and reporting back. You literally saved us from packing up the whole family and moving down there! 😉
Anyone who buys a santa suit for a friend’s dog is a keeper. 😉
LOL! No problem. Of course if we’d been down there together we’d have muddled along, yes?
And yes, Lana is definitely a keeper. You’d love her.
PS: Don’t miss tomorrow’s post (hint hint) 😉
I’m finally back and have caught up on all your Christmas adventures! LOL I was wondering where you would find a santa suit for a dog…….Florida! Of course!
I’m so glad you had Lana while you were there. There was the reason you had to go!
I know, who’d a thunk that Florida was the land of doggies Santa suits. LOL.
And yes, Lana was the reason I just had to go to Florida.
another great story! you must be full of them! i hope you have a wonderful Christmas!
LOL Reggie, I’m full of something! If you want to read a great story – go to my friend’s Sarah blog and read this one http://sarahflanigan.wordpress.com/2006/12/22/unwrapped-gifts-guest-post-winterland/
It’s one of those great real life stories that make you happy to be alive.
A friend in a strange place is one hell of a find.
And there is no place stranger than Florida at Christmas. Myrna? No…myrna is for old waitresses and odd ducks. Lana is for sweet friends who sends you silly pics of their kids and obsesses over truffles. 😉
And today? Lana is….still in Florida? Staying in touch…? Or is that an upcoming installment?
Yes, Lana is still in Florida – and we’re in touch. And, I hope she is reading this as we speak. 😉
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