Even my friend Mr. Jaded just returned from a long trip to somewhere exotic, with elegant villas and dancing women.
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CHRISTMAS ISN'T OVER
TILL IT'S OVER
I knew he was back because I got a belated Christmas present from him today, sent to my home with a nice card saying: "Better late than never."
What a surprise.
I'd totally forgotten about getting a Christmas gift from him, especially as I'd seen him over the holidays and he'd already given me a bottle of wine.
But then I remembered that he'd mentioned something about a Christmas gift coming later.
SERIOUS THOUGHT INTO A GIFT
This was after I'd given him my Christmas gift, which I'd actually thought long and hard about, before choosing it for him.
I thought it was something he could use in his never-ending Travelife.
And when I'd given it to him over Christmas, I'd said: "This was chosen especially for you. I didn't just go to the store and buy ten of these to give out."
Being Mr. Jaded, you see, I know he's always cynical about people buying gifts by the dozens and then just handing these out to everyone.
So anyway, I opened my very last Christmas gift of the year today.
It was a pair of noise-canceling earphones for my iPad and iPod.
How absolutely wonderful.
I don't know if he got this because he'd remembered a conversation we had once, on an airplane.
A WHOLE NEW WORLD
But getting this pair of earphones made me remember how he once made me try on this gigantic pair of headphones that he brought on a trip we'd done together.
These giant state-of-the-art headphones made the whole world seem absolutely silent and peaceful.
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I'd said to him then: "I love it. But they're just too big for me to bring around."
And that was the end of our conversation.
And today, I got this great pair of small and ultra-light earphones to use in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.