With Katherine working third shift Christmas Eve, I was on my own recognizance as a lone ranger. Fortunately, I had the privilege of accepting an invitation to meet Shim at his parents' home for a very Shim-Christmas.
Let me tell you, it was quite an honor. Truly, it meant a lot to me to meet Mr. and Mrs. Shim, their children, in-laws and grand children. Now, I have met Mrs Shim before, but not Mr Shim, nor the the rest of the clan. Wow! What a night.
In fact, it kinda felt like I was Richie Cunningham meeting Aurthur Fonzarelli's parents on a Happy Days Christmas special.
[Queue Happy Days theme song. As the opening credits fade out, Richie Cunningham rings the doorbell of Mr and Mrs Shim's house. Shim answers the door]
[Richie/Brady]: Gee Shim, it sure was nice of you to invite me over to your parents' home for Christmas.
[Shim sways hips and gives thumbs up as the canned audience recording erupts into clapping]
[Shim]: Brady -- I mean, Richie --
Shim rolls his eyes and looks directly at the camera, invoking the fourth wall.
[Shim]: This is stupid. Do I really have to participate in this charade for your blog?
I stand there silently, waiting patiently. After a pregnant pause Shim sighs, then composes himself once more.
[Shim] -- Ahem, uh, I'd like you to meet my parents, the Mr. and Mrs. Shim.
[Richie/Brady]. Merry Christmas Mr and Mrs Shim!
[Mr & Mrs. Shim]: Heeeey!
[Mr and Mrs S. sway hips in unison while giving the thumbs up. Queue canned clapping sounds...]
Yes, there was plenty of good cheer, food, beer, and football on the tube. Best of all, I found this gem on Mrs Shim's fridge: a photo of the toddler Shim himself. I bet you can guess which one he is.
That's all I've got. Merry Christmas all!