Sunday, May 13, 2007
Mother’s Day 2007: The Canadian Tour - What Would Celine Do?
This was the wife’s 2nd official Mother’s Day and sadly we were unable to give it the proper celebration it rightfully deserved.
Her somewhat new crazy boss (a bizarre middle-aged, childless, workaholic woman – the kind who’s waiting for her penis to grow in…) decided that Mother’s Day would be a great day to make the wife leave for Quebec on a business trip. This was something that could have literally have been planned anytime, you know, like tomorrow or even later in the day.
I’m not saying this to be insulting, but I’m sure glad my boss isn’t a woman. Well, let me be more specific - not all woman only this breed of 'woman boss'.
This crazy lady purposely pulls this stuff all the time; it’s literally like an adult version of “Mean Girls.”
Most men bosses would never pull the kind of stuff (mind games, secret wars, calls at 10:30pm, making co-worker alliances then moving in for the kill…!) I’m not sure if I’ve just been lucky, but all of my men (and one woman) bosses throughout the years have been very accommodating, especially if it involved anything that has to do with family or holidays (like Mother’s Day.)
Anyhow, enough griping this is Mother’s Day…
Early in the morning we made a mad dash for a quick breakfast and then headed off to Air Canada’s LAX terminal where we saw about 6 police cars and 12 airport police take away a woman in handcuffs (I wondered if she was Canadian or a mother….OR a Canadian mother?)
Later, my daughter and I met my grandfather and his "lady"-friend (she’s like 70 - I can’t call her “girl”…it’s too weird) at the Huntington Library in San Marino. This was the place the wife and I had planned on visiting, so it was a little odd being there without her.
The day turned out to be perfect 78-degree weather. I haven’t been to the place since moving out of the Pasadena area around 6 years ago. They’ve built a lot in a few years and are building more – Chinese Gardens, some fancy Jungle Arboretum with LCD panels of plants and underwater remote-control fish cameras (with a “fire” button that makes them shoot “lasers”! – I wish…), new giant gallery space, and a really fancy children’s garden that my daughter absolutely went crazy for.
Oh yeah, and the price of admission nearly doubled. Although, I didn’t mind since the place is pretty nice, had more, and is definitely worth future visits.
I still don’t know why they call it a “Library”, from what I know – there is a small Library somewhere on the 120 acres but us “normal folks” can’t visit (I don’t know -- maybe the invited scholars don’t like to share?) The whole place is basically a HUGE park mixed with galleries and themed gardens, reminds me kind of like Shinjuku Gyoen park in Toyko or Disneyland.
Maybe they call it “Library” to keep the rowdy teenagers away – at least, that’s my theory for today.
And to my wife…
I really missed her today. Not only is she an incredible wife, she’s also a remarkable mother (…and she’ll be even more wonderful if she brings me back something cool from Canada -- like beaver bacon or Canadian moonshine…)
And our daughter?
She’s not even 2 yet, so she doesn’t know mommy’s crazy, mean boss made mommy go away to Canada on Mother’s Day to visit Canadians.
When I had her give my wife a card (one she colored) she yelled “Happy Birthday Mommy!!”