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bartleby / December 22, 2006 10:45 AM

I hit the road to see minor league hockey.


It's fan-tastic!

jennifer / December 22, 2006 10:53 AM

A bar.

Hal / December 22, 2006 10:57 AM

At risk of sounding like Tony Snow here, I have a hard time parsing the question. But...
I usually retreat into DVDs or books. Kind of a "do" and metaphorical "go" at the same time. It's so culturally pervasive, there aren't many avenues for decompressing. Even bars have the crap around to remind you, usually.

Elena / December 22, 2006 12:21 PM

I go and have tea at a Turkish place I like. They occasionally play Turkish music in the background, and depending on the time of day, somebody may be watching soccer on the tv. But usually it's quiet in the afternoon. Other than that, I go to the library.

Come to think of it, I don't really like cafes and restaurants that play music in the background, and the fact that it's Christmas music is just an additional annoyance.

Y A J / December 22, 2006 1:06 PM

I find an unused corner at the Chicago Cultural Center and read. Honestly, it's how I escape 12 months a year.

Allan / December 22, 2006 1:55 PM

Deep inside myself under my newly formed layers of fat.

kelly / December 22, 2006 2:28 PM

I also usually get one strictly non-holiday book or DVD set to turn to when I've had enough of the programming, or music, or whatever. It's one of the "me" gifts.

spook / December 22, 2006 3:22 PM


Michael / December 22, 2006 4:08 PM

I have a long, drawn-out conversation with John Jameson.

printdude / December 22, 2006 5:39 PM

I go to the warm, comfortable video game parlor.

mew / December 22, 2006 11:39 PM

Tv sitcoms. They keep on insulting each other in sync with the laugh track like its any old day and they usually end up airing the Christmas themed shows in July anyway ...

kate / December 23, 2006 1:47 AM

Get drunk in a bar unknown to me, unknown to my friends and (perhaps most importantly) unknown to the regulars at my bar.

Steve / December 23, 2006 2:50 PM

My email inbox. Someone poured some Haterade into it.

Emerson Dameron / December 23, 2006 5:28 PM

Into a quick fit of depression.

Meems / December 24, 2006 9:43 AM

I am careful not to become overwhelmed by the holidays, basically avoiding all stores and such until absolutely necessary and then I embrace it. A good book helps too.

Brandy / December 25, 2006 11:07 PM

Lara! I agree. I was just in MN thinking, "I need 1000 waves..."

For this trip, the Me Time amongst family time was to read Casino Royal, Fleming's first Bond book. It was great to escape to that. And it didn't hurt that my sis has a great gas fireplace in the basement near the guest room to burl up by. Flip a switch and get a toasty fire. That. Is. Sweet.

fluffy / December 26, 2006 9:23 AM

I don't get all that involved int he holidays to begin with, so I don't usually need an escape from them. I do need an escape from people in general, so I stay home and watch tv & movies. My favorite thing is to sleep- I can sleep 12 hours straight.

missmolly / December 26, 2006 9:58 AM

ummm. i go to work. not a bad place to be right now!

magicbraxton / December 26, 2006 1:32 PM

i draw paisley.

Steve / December 26, 2006 3:25 PM

I pull shapes.

misst / December 27, 2006 12:13 AM

I find solitude in my vibrator. It's a fantastic, cheap, safe way to get away from it all.....

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