I work at a fancy-shmancy dog magazine, and now when I see a Boston Terrier on the street--as I did this morning--I don't think, "Ooooh, how cute!" Instead, I think, "Legs too long, not square at all, roachy topline, and the damned thing has a hackney gait!"
I've always thought that the more you learn about any topic, the more interesting it becomes. But now I think maybe there comes a point of diminishing returns, the point where you really do know too much.
CONTEST RESULTS: I WIN.
As for the contest I had going with DJ Kelly as to which of us would be the first to hear Christmas music in a store (see my previous blog post), today, Monday, Nov. 10, at approximately 12:40 PM, I was in the 10th floor Men's Dept. at Lord & Taylor buying shirts with Mr. Sluggo because Lord & Taylor is so desperate for customers that they practically follow you around and force you to take stuff for free, and while we were there a very jazzy version of "Here Comes Santa Claus" came on the Muzak. (All the big Christmas decorations are up on the main floor, and the Christmas windows are to be unveiled this Thursday, which is 2 weeks before Thanksgiving.)
I emailed DJ Kelly when I got back to my office--at my job, the one that's ruined Boston Terriers for me--and I wrote, "DO I WIN? Or are you gonna tell me you heard some Xmas music a couple days ago and forgot to write to me about it?" She wrote back and graciously conceded, as follows: "SHOOT!!!! You WIN! I've been singing Christmas music in my head in anticipation, but I haven't actually heard any yet. What are the losers who run Marshall's and TJ Maxx thinking, for Christ's sake!!! Buy, Buy,
Buy!!! That's all that matters."
Of course the overall winner, if this contest were open to anybody else, would be Blog Reader EH, who claims to have heard Christmas music in a Home Depot somewhere on Halloween night. I do not know if this caused Blog Reader EH to buy big, unnecessary pieces of plywood, however.
Thanks for reading my blogpost this time, and may God bless my Aunt Gina, who has died.