"Twas the night before Christmas and all through the condo not a creature was stirring..." except me, at the computer. Now, I don't want you to think I'm a Scrooge, because I'm not. But living alone and with my family three time zones to the east I generally ignore Christmas. Just another day. In fact I get more excited about January 1st. On New Year's Day I'll get up early, put on the coffee and, like a kid, sit for two hours and watch the Tournament of Roses Parade on TV. Been there once and believe me, viewing this parade live is a wonderful experience. I loved it.
Later on in the day I'll tune in to the Rose Bowl game. When the best college teams compete the games can be far less plodding than some of those NFL sleepers. What I really enjoy about this event, however, is not down at ground level but far above the stadium, where the camera crew riding in the Goodyear blimp gives us fabulous views toward the west as the sun begins to set. The game begins in late afternoon, ends in early evening. Gorgeous.
Herewith a confession: Although I'm fortunate to live in a beautiful place (Sidney, BC) I've always been enchanted with Southern California. If I'd made the right decisions many years ago I could be living there now. So when I see, on my wide-screen television, the streets of Pasadena, the mountains in the background, the palm trees, and all those people sitting under that warm sun, I can't help but feel envious. Shouldn't, but I do.
Meanwhile there's Christmas Day. No fancy dinner for me, no eggnog nor friends to share it with, but I'm happy nevertheless. My one gesture for the day is to enjoy some mince pie. I may even bake it myself if you can call spooning a jar of mincemeat into a packaged pie shell "baking."
At my age there are no presents under the tree. Heck, there's not even a tree. If, however, a gift were to magically appear, I wouldn't mind getting the 1961 Fiat 1200 Spider shown above. It's been restored and is in excellent condition with just 34,654 miles. The 1200 was never sold here but the 1500 Spider, which looks the same and has an OSCA-developed engine, was available in North America. It's one of the cars I remember admiring from my days as a car magazine editor. The only catch, should you wish to wrap it up for me, is the dealer's location, in Oosterwolde, Holland. The price is a very reasonable $20,904.
And with those few words I will close by offering our viewers, on behalf of Marque1, "A Very Classic Christmas and a Vintage Night to Everyone!"