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December 5, 2005

The Perfect Todd

This weekend was fairly productive, in that we were able to move our home office down into it's new location in the dining room. We definitely couldn't have done it without the help of Dave, Rita, Paul, and Beth, who came over to help with the heavy lifting. Afterwards (it only took about half an hour), we celebrated with some tasty paella, beer, and maybe a little too much wine. Well, except for the Mom-to-Be , who abstained on everything but the paella.

Sunday was our first really snowy day of the season. We stayed indoors and watched the ensuing winter wonderland from a safe distance. I'm sure that there will be plenty of snow to trudge through this winter, probably starting tomorrow with a potential Nor'easter.

Speaking of weather, I was really bummed out to hear that Boston's Channel 7 weather guru Todd Gross has apparently been fired after over 20 years on the job. I always liked Todd Gross. Not just a talking head, this guy has a serious passion for meteorology and seemed to enjoy shairing that with the public. He even had a special section on the WHDH website for weather geeks, supplying some of the arcane data that meorologists use to make their predictions. I don't pretend that I understood it all, but it was always fascinating to read. An actor portraying Todd appeared in the film "A Perfect Storm" , about the giant storm of 1991 that sank the Gloucester fishing boat Andrea Gail. Todd was the weather consultant on the film and was, I believe, the guy who originally labelled it a "perfect storm". There has been no explanation for Todd's apparent dismissal, and all mention of him has been completely removed from the WHDH website. I'll miss you Todd... hopefully you've just gone on to better things.

December 14, 2005

Baby, it's Cold Outside

I have a bad feeling that this is going to be a rough winter. It's already been unseasonably cold this month, even for December in New England. This morning it was the kind of cold that makes the slightest breeze feel like razors being drawn across your face. Bitter cold... and with the projected hike in heating costs this year, that bodes really ill for all sorts of aspects of my life. I'm not going to let this devolve into some kind of sob story about seasonal depression, financial stress, and whining about the cold and the dark. It is what it is, and my challenge is to come up with creative ways of handling it all. Unfortunately, hibernation is not really an option. Note to self: No Hibernation!

Things in the bookmines are just about to get crazy busy at the worst possible time of year. Everyone is using up their remaining vacation time on or around the holidays, myself included. Unfortunately, that means that I have to make sure a number of project deadlines get met in the next few weeks, despite the fact that we're going to be understaffed and our vendors will probably be slow to get us what we need to do the job. Oh well.... those books won't mine themselves, will they?

I'm looking forward to our holiday trip back to Milwaukee. It's been a couple of years since I've been back to my hometown, and I'm looking forward to seeing friends and family who I never see often enough. Unfortunately, I'll probably have to skip a visit to my old favorite watering hole, Landmark Lanes. Last time we were there, the cigarette smoke was so thick that they needed a fog horn and a light house to guide people to the bar and keep them from stumbling in front of the dart boards. There is no way I am subjecting my wife and our unborn son to that kind of toxic atmosphere, much as I miss it. Maybe in these enlightened and health conscious times, the air in the Landmark has cleared? If so, somebody please let me know.

December 23, 2005

'Tis the Seasoning

Safe and Happy Holidays, everyone! We're off to Milwaukee to celebrate in the land of beer, cheese, sausage, family, and friends.

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