… “Places like this do kind of throw me off though, because they are obtainable. Even if I couldn’t get a mortgage (and I definitely couldn’t get a mortgage – when my landlord checked my credit, he said “it literally could not be worse”), I could probably beg and guilt various wealthy friends and family members and get the money together. Nice, affordable apartments actually make me sweaty and nervous, like when the married couples in your social circle maneuvers you into a cab with the only other single person in your group.”
If you don’t love the Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, you may want to check yourself for Grinchiness.
Visitors to the display, a perennial delight since 1997, will see some of their old favorites this year as well something new.
Both tall and short visitors can walk through the larger-than-life-sized caterpillar, adorned with eyeballs and antennae, set up at the Visitors’ Center on Glenallen Avenue. Meandering paths throughout the gardens showcase more than a million lights brilliantly set up to depict various scenarios, including the ever-popular (and sometimes frightening) rainstorm, complete with clouds, a rainbow and thunder. … GARDEN OF LIGHTS TURNS QUIET PARK INTO WINTER WONDERLAND
Tis the season … to mock our neighbors. The sad truth about Christmas lights, judging by the photos posted in my social media feeds by former high school classmates taking their kids on suburban lights-watching tours, is that they’re just not very interesting. As in many things, greatness requires taking risks, which means there’s a chance you could fail completely. So most people opt for the safe route, and put up perfectly fine but forgettable decorations. … THE WORST CHRISTMAS LIGHTS EVER
… “Oh, and this house has a parlor, which is a small room at the front of the house where you can visit with people you don’t like enough to invite into the main part of your house (not even joking). Keep your cat’s litter box in there, and some backless wooden barstools, and even the chattiest guest will leave after five minutes or so.”
The Best and Most Controversial Nativity Designs [The Guardian] True story: when I was growing up in a small Midwestern town, a local family put up a nativity scene with the characters from “The Flintstones,” which some people found disrespectful, and a huge controversy blew up, complete with picket signs and death threats. Try explaining that one to someone not from America. … IN OTHER NEWS …