I worked a four-hour afternoon shift at the Major Home Improvement Retailer on Saturday, and appropriately for the day after Christmas I spent most of the shift expunging the last traces of Christmas from the outside garden area. As the last of the unsold trees, of which there weren’t many, had been hauled off to the trash compactor by the time I started, I worked with two other people in disassembling the remaining tree corrals and cutting stations, discarding the old lumber, and finally sweeping up the vast amount of evergreen needles. By the time everyone was done there was literally no trace remaining of the big tree lot operation.
Sunday was a complete day off, the first of four such days in a row. Any concerns about idleness are misplaced given that the week starting January 4 will be a 52-hour workweek between both jobs. Joy of joys! With all that time on my hands I did quite a bit of Kindle reading (Too Big to Fail, by Andrew Ross Sorkin), went to the gym for some rather desultory machine work, and played far too many games of Doodle Jump.. We went to an Indian restaurant in the evening and I got a Masala Dosa, among my favorites.