Merry Christmas! I hope yours was Merry and Happy? Mine was, thanks for asking. It was great having our oldest daughter Nicole and her finance Chris with us; the past few years they've both been in the Navy, posted in Sicily, and not able to celebrate with us. And we ate a lot, and drank, and ate a lot more (chocolate!), and exchanged presents, and it was all very fun... and I did a ride, Rockstore, in a really fast 1:39 (for which I give credit to my new long warm jersey, not the chocolate :)... and Meg and Alex and I saw Avatar (2nd time for me) and it was great once again. What a fantastic movie!
Gerard Vanderleun takes a serious look at gifts. He describes a small wooden box with simple objects, each of which has a personal meaning. In a similar way I have evolved a metaphorical box with imagined tokens, each representing a friend. I sometimes take out the box (in my head) and examine the objects to treasure my friends. As I live my life I keep adding to my friend collection. It is the most valuable thing I own, and nobody can ever take it away. I thought about that today, while riding; what a coincidence to come back and read Gerard's post...
From Slashdot: the science of Santa. Important work!
More Pre celebration... so we're all at my mother-in-law's house yesterday night, sitting around opening presents and eating chocolate (!), and we don't have any Christmas music. Oh no! We try playing a channel on the cable box, but it's really lame Christmas muzak. What to do... wait a minute, my Palm Pre has Amazon's MP3 service... so I search for Christmas and get like 3,000 hits, and the second most popular album is Bing Crosby singing Christmas classics. All right! I buy it - tap tap - and the songs download - poof, done! - and I plug the Pre into the stereo, and off we go. Bing singing White Christmas, it doesn't get any better. Have I told you how much I love my Pre?
Looks like about 2/3 of the U.S. had a white Christmas! Cozy and fun for many, but a headache for some, especially those traveling back from "going home". Out here in L.A. it has been cold (40o, brrr!) but no sign of snow :)
It's time again for the amazing Harbin Ice Festival in China. Stunning. Someday I must go there to see it in person... Wow. The way they light up the ice from underneath is amazing.