Tis the Season… But What Season?

and-another-thingI‘m all out of whack, something just doesn’t seem right when the Cubs (baseball) Bears (football) Bulls (basketball) and Blackhawks (hockey) all are playing during the same weekend. I suppose I’m just programmed to be a traditionalist, I just can’t get excited to watch baseball in November. It just seems weird for me to see players wearing winter caps in the World Series. I suppose if you live in or a fan of Chicago professional teams, you must feel if you’re indulging in a sports buffet – Cheers, this Bud’s for you!

Speaking of being programmed, I notice as soon as the clock turns midnight after a holiday (exception New Year’s Eve) I’m ready to take down the decorations and move on. It just seems strange for me to see the colors of orange and black together after October 31st.  As a boy, one of my great-grandmothers would keep up all the Christmas decorations in her home including the tree (not fake kind, the ones that formerly grew in the ground) on display until almost February – Orale (Come on now) Grandma!

I must admit, I’m a big fan of post holiday sales. I’m not frugal; I find great buys and despite being the impatient, force myself to wait 11 months for the holiday to return. Now, if you take your kids trick or treating at my house – no worries; the candy would have been recently purchased. Yes, if I could I would buy Halloween candy now at 75% off, but the chocolate just wouldn’t survive summer in my garage.

I have recently moved and the neighborhood is close to both a junior high (I know middle school) and an elementary school. My insight was to buy and fill 100 mini bags of assorted candies. My wife thought I went overboard; after only one hour but I had to turn off the porch lights as all the bags – Gone!  One of my neighbors really gets into the spirit.  They not only projected a movie with a PA sound system, offered free hot dogs and drinks,… and a carnival like prize wheel for kids to spin for their treats. Maybe I will buy candy on clearance right now.

Merchants do play a role why my equilibrium is off center. Two weeks ago in the middle of October; I noticed Halloween and Christmas merchandise sharing the same aisle at major chain stores.  I mean seeing a snowman and a witch across from each other is a description of a “bad trip.” The merging of holidays likely contributes to the popularity of Disney’s Nightmare Before Christmas brand. I wonder what’s next Red, White and Blue Easter eggs? Come on now (Orale).


Al "Skip" Solorzano
SKIP is a recognized expert in the field of diversity with keen ability to build strategic alliances, and successfully expand supplier diversity initiatives. He has consulted with multiple client sectors including pharmaceutical, insurance, manufacturing, health care, telecommunications, utilities nonprofit organizations, business entities and employee groups. As a facilitator and learning consultant presents unique perspectives to develop solutions; and promote qualities to successfully work with others through diversity, team-building and leadership development. Solorzano has been featured as a presenter at conferences sponsored by such entities as: AT&T, The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Social Security Administration. A former Governor appointee and member of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials; Solorzano has been recognized by United Way as Most Influential Hispanics of the Bay Area; and a recipient of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Corporate Advocate of the Year award. Skip’s career endeavors as a corporate liaison, community leader and entrepreneur, provides the unique insight to write on an array of subject matter from learning processes; diversity; with a shared humorous perspective of life.

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