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Jewish World Review Dec. 8, 1999 /29 Kislev, 5760

Greg Crosby

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So Much Going On, So Little Time -- Oh boy, are we excited! There’s just so much going on right now it’s hard to contain our exuberance. First of all, this is the last month of the last year of the last decade of the last century of the second millennium. Parents, do you know where your children are?

(Note to all you know-it-all smart alecks: Yes, I do understand that technically the new millennium doesn’t really start until the year 2001 -- but with the exception of you know-it-all smart alecks, the WHOLE WORLD has decided to celebrate THIS year, see? So either get with the program or keep quiet already!)

Now, where was I before I was so rudely interrupted? Oh, yes -- millennium countdown.

If you’re still looking for a place to celebrate on New Millennium Eve, I hear that there might be a couple of seats available at The River Cafe in Brooklyn at around $2400 a pop. Too expensive? Try The 21 Club in Manhattan -- it’s a bargain at only $1,000 a person. Tell you what -- for $500 each, you can all come over to my place, we’ll call for a pizza, have a couple of drinks, and watch the world go nuts on TV. Then at the stroke of midnight we’ll gather around my computer and watch it crash. Now is that a deal, or what?

Which reminds me, is anyone still worried about the Y2K problem? Seems I haven’t heard much about it lately. Maybe we’ve all just “moved on” like we have with so many other problems. When we can’t (or won’t) come up with a solution to something we just “move on.” And speaking of “moving on,” I think it’s time that we all “move on” from using trite clichés like “moving on.”

As if the impending new millennium isn’t enough to get excited about, we have “the holiday season” as it’s called in today’s non-exclusionary politically correct climate. “The holidays” can include Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, Pearl Harbor Day, United Nations’ Human Rights Day, Day of Our Lady of Guadeloupe, Japanese Serving of the Seasons, Turkish Whirling Dervishes Festival, and Boxing Day. A little something for everybody. Take your pick --celebrate any or all of them.

No matter which holiday you choose to celebrate, don’t forget to go out and spend a fortune on presents -- that’s a must. And you can be sure to find the right present for just about any holiday on the more than 86,000 shopping sites available on the Internet -- or if you’re in a rush, go to the mall.

Whichever holiday your child decides to celebrate, remember you can’t go wrong by buying anything with the word Pokemon on it. Locating specific holiday wrap might be a little tougher, however.

I grant you it may be easier to find Christmas wrapping paper than Whirling Dervish Festival wrapping paper, but if you’re creative, I’m sure you can come up with something. If not, there’s always Martha Stewart’s Guide to Whirling Dervish Holiday Ideas available at your local bookstore or library.

In addition to millennium countdown, holiday celebrations, and holiday shopping, there are other things to get excited about -- like all the wonderful new holiday movies coming out before the end of the year. Say, what could be more festive than Robert DeNiro playing a man who suffers a stroke being nursed back to health by a transvestite with a heart of gold? Unless it’s Tom Hanks playing a prison executioner with a heart of gold. Pictures destined to become holiday perennials. Move over “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Miracle on 34th Street.” Well okay, in fairness you can take the children to “Toy Story 2” or the “Pokemon” movie (depending on which brand of toys you want your kids to ask for).

Then, of course, we have the excitement of the Presidential race heating up. I’m being sarcastic. You could take all the excitement of Gore, Bradley and Bush put together and still not have enough energy to run a battery operated smoke alarm. Fortunately, like any good circus, we have clowns like Trump and Beatty and Ventura to keep us awake and laughing. Oh boy, are we excited!


JWR contributor Greg Crosby, former creative head for Walt Disney publications, has written thousands of comics, hundreds of children's books, dozens of essays, and a letter to his congressman. You may contact him by clicking here.


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©1999, Greg Crosby