Contact Us    
Sort 247

A Christmas rush job.

by Dear Jon
December 23, 2003

Bookmark and Share

Sort 247_Dear Jon-A Christmas Rush Job ACTUAL LETTER TO DEAR JON:

Dear Jon,

Is it a sign of obsessive-compulsive behavior if I have to separate my M&Ms by color before I eat them? How about making sure all color are equally represented as I eat them?

Candy Counter

Dear Candy,

The difference between obsessive-compulsive behavior and fun behavior is that fun behavior is engaged by people who are enjoying life. Obsessive-compulsive behavior is not normally associated with people who enjoy life.

If you enjoy sorting M&M’s into their categories, you are doing something fun. Let others mock you, they have their own quirky things they do for fun.

You cross the line, however, if you are a guest at a party in which several bags of M&M’s have been poured into a large bowl, and you spend the entire party sorting the M&M’s by color, and freaking out if people reach in for a scoop before you are finished. In fact, if you have done that at parties in the past, that might be a clue as to why you are not invited to many parties in the present.

Sort out your own scoop, sure. Sort out everyone else’s scoop, and you are sick.

Speaking of parties, it is not yet Christmas Eve and I have already been to too many. None have served M&M’s however. It is probably the one party food I have not binged this holiday. That is good news for me, because it means I will still have a taste for them around Valentine’s Day.

The point is, though, why do we all feel like Christmas is a time to rush around? Do we really enjoy the food if the stress is giving us indigestion? Maybe Christmas is a time to slow down.

I would love to say more, and I realize this column is shorter than usual, but tomorrow is Christmas Eve and I still need to shop for my nephew, two co-workers and my paper boy before meeting the Anderson’s down the street for cider and cookies at seven.

Post a Comment

Send Us Your Opinion
(Comments are moderated.)
Your Name:*

Your E-Mail Address:*
(Confidential. Will not be published.)


Note: In order to control automated spam submissions, URLs are no longer permitted in this form.

Please type the letters you see above.


Bookmark and Share

Dear Jon Letters: Tips for Dating and Mating
Temporarily Unavailable
Published July 21, 2008

Our advice humorist turns his attention and trademark wit to affairs of the heart in his first and very affordable book (only $8.95!).

More Information
RSS Feed for Dear Jon: RSS Feed for Dear Jon
Sign up to receive an e-mail notice when new articles by this author are published. Your address remains confidential, and you may cancel at any time. A confirmation email will be sent.

Your e-mail address:
Sort 247
po Books
Now Available!

Teachings of a Three Year Old... Turned Tyke,
by Hal Evan Caplan.

A father learns from the wisdom of his toddler.

More Information.

More by Dear Jon
Sort 433: Going on Sabbatical
Miss Me? Let me know!
by Dear Jon, 6/15/10
Sort 432: Jokes and Horse Names
and other Random One Liners
by Dear Jon, 6/8/10
Sort 431: Piggy Tossing
and the new touring show: "Lord of the Flies."
by Dear Jon, 6/1/10
Sort 430: Forwarding Fear
Spam with a side of mashed logic
by Dear Jon, 5/25/10
Sort 429, Mixing Oil and Water
is like mixing politics and humor. All you get is a sticky mess and a lot of upset environmentalists.
by Dear Jon, 5/18/10
Sort 428: Handling the Truth
And other lessons for cable channels
by Dear Jon, 5/11/10
Sort 427: Dear Jon Knew When to Shut Up
by Dear Jon, 5/4/10
» Complete List (462)

RSS Feed for Dear Jon: RSS Feed for Dear Jon

Recently Published
View Article A Prayer for the Divided States of America
Interceding for our Uncle Sam
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 7/2/20
About Those Monuments
Why attempts to revise history is risky
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 6/26/20
A Father's Day Wish List
What I pray for my progeny
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 6/19/20
It's Time to Take a Stand
Contrasting two Georges
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 6/12/20
"I Can't Breathe!"
Why Jesus understands George Floyd
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 6/5/20
Like a Mighty Wind, God's Spirit
A new hymn for Pentecost Sunday
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 5/29/20
Memorial Day is a Memory Jogger
Paying tribute to those who purchased our freedom
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 5/22/20

Get the Partial Observer's
'recently published' headlines via RSS.

RSS Feed for Recently Published PO Articles    What is RSS?

Reproduction of original material from The Partial Observer without written permission is strictly prohibited.
The opinions expressed by site contributors do not necessarily reflect those of the editors.
Copyright ©2000-2020 partialobserver.com. All rights reserved.
Home · Site Map · Top