It being that time of year …

I find myself reminded of the Bob Hope Christmas specials. One sketch I recall (from the late 1960s or early 1970s, I think) had him and Dyan Cannon portraying an unhappily married couple. His character was a sot, and hers was a shrew.

At one point in the sketch, as he was fixing himself a drink, she asked, “Isn’t it a little early for that?” His response was, “Whaddya mean, early? It’s December, isn’t it?”

I suppose I’ve remembered that in hopes that I’d be able to use the line in something other than a reference to the sketch. I further suppose that I’d have more chance of success if I drank more. Ah, the sacrifices we make (or don’t) for our art!

UPDATE: Something went wrong with the link I had to a website about the Bob Hope Christmas specials, and it took some of the text with it. I’ve rewritten that part of the post.

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