When I was growing up, the first sign of Christmas came with the Sears Christmas Wish Book that arrived at the end of August. Every year, it became a temporarily permanent fixture in the kitchen and living room as I’d thumb through the toy pages – and later the electronics pages – looking at the things I’d want.
But the Christmas season for me didn’t officially start until I heard my first Christmas song on the radio, usually around November 22, and usually on the province’s main AM station, just because. After that first song, the floodgates of Christmas opened.
Nearly every news site and major blogging site will be writing about that milestone. I’ve read a few articles on it so far this morning. They’ve all pretty much covered the social network giant’s beginnings and achievements in that amount of time, which certainly aren’t small when considering how long ten years is in internet lives. For me, it’s 1/3 of the time I’ve been alive.
Most people like to keep their work life separate from their home and social lives. For me, all three were rolled into one for the last five years.
Despite my current endeavour to move on to bigger and better things, I still continue to enjoy working at Second Cup in downtown Halifax. Cafe culture is something I love and there was no better place for it than where I’ve worked since October 2008.
But even as my place of work, Second Cup has always been a destination beyond that.
You know how sometimes a department store will send out flyers with the weekend edition of the newspaper containing their sale items for the week. Once in a rare while, they would have some major sale or deal or some reason to also send out a coupon that was actually a scratch ticket. The catch was, you had to save