Tis’ The Season To Be Tapped Out!

Jim Luff
Posted on December 21, 2016

Jim Luff and Fred Nalder, president of the Los Angeles County Funeral Directors Association. (photo from Jim Luff/LCT)
Jim Luff and Fred Nalder, president of the Los Angeles County Funeral Directors Association. (photo from Jim Luff/LCT)
I love the holiday season for so many reasons. The first and most important is the time we get to spend with family. I’m really not sure why we need a holiday to get all of our family members under one roof at one time. That’s a blog for another day.

I started out my holiday season by attending my first holiday party on Thursday, Dec. 1. The hostess asked we bring an unwrapped gift for a child with a value of at least $10. That was really no big deal and the party was free! There were cookies and hot cider as far as food and beverages.

The next party had a $5 cover charge, but it was reasonable as they served pizza and salad so I felt I got value. They wanted a wrapped toy for a child with a value of $20 or more. Done!

The most elaborate party of the season was a $20 admission price with, of course, another stinkin’ toy worth $10 or more. However, this one included swanky food stations, free cocktails, fake gambling, and a deejay with plenty of dancing. Even the jolly ol’ fat man in the red velour suit took a spin on the dance floor!

I hit the Arizona Limousine Association party in Phoenix. It was the best value of the year. No charge! No toy required! No bar! We had a buffet lunch, wished each other happy holidays and I was on my way home.

Jim and Hillary Luff a with flock of grandchildren. (photo from Jim Luff/LCT)
Jim and Hillary Luff a with flock of grandchildren. (photo from Jim Luff/LCT)
There were many more including a funeral directors party where I wore an ugly sweater that matched the one worn by their association president. Yes, another toy was required here! This party cost $45 to attend and included food that was so-so from a buffet with a no-host bar. I need to mention it took me nearly four hours of driving to get to this party that ended shortly after it lifted-off.

The most expensive party of all was the GCLA party at $75 a ticket that featured a fantastic dinner, a silent auction, a green screen photo booth, and a deejay but not one single person got up to dance when I was waiting to bust a move on the dance floor. At least I was spared the obligatory child’s gift at this party so I could afford the $6 beers and a limo service to take me home at the end of the night!

So, I have spent all my money on gas, required gifts, over-priced cocktails, and admission fees that weren’t always a good value for me. I am tapped out of holiday parties for 2016. From my family to yours, Happy Holidays!

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