Planning Ahead

Oct 18, 2011 | 0 comments

     We aren’t really big on razor clams.  On a scale of one to ten, eating them is probably a six, cooking them a five, cleaning them a one, and digging them a two or three.  But we have friends and relatives who are at ten on all the above (well, maybe not the cleaning) and so I find myself looking at the calendar carefully at this time of year.
     I want to be home on clam tide weekends on the chance that our out-of-town loved ones will want to stay with us for a couple of days.  It’s a great opportunity for lots of visiting and catching up.  And, I don’t want to plan a Christmas party on an evening when most of our friends will be out battling the elements for the almighty clam.  Because, let’s face it, when it comes to a choice between a once-a-year dress-up party at our house versus a few-and-far-between clam tide, I have little doubt what the choice would be.
     We were waffling about a Christmas party, anyway.  Years ago, our friend Gordon came up with “Let’s have our parties every other year.  I’ll go first.”  It made sense since we share many of the same friends… so, Done!
     But, the following year when we were in the mid-planning stages of our turn, his party invitation arrived.  “Oh, I decided I had to do it every year…  I have so many Christmas decorations…” and other interesting reasons.
     For our part, we’ve stuck to the every-other plan and have coordinated the party with my son’s biannual visit north.  (We go south the opposite year…).  But last year, Charlie didn’t come as expected, we had our party anyway, and now we are all screwed up plan-wise.  Especially because the very day that looks like the only party possibility for us is… of course, a clam tide!

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