13 hours…

Current Mood:tired
Einstein’s Bagels to begin, followed by the Udvar-Hazy Annex – wow; followed by a jaunt about the top edge of the Beltway with a shout out to Mighty Mouse for Boo, and a stroll through Ikea for the Upstate boys – both suitably impressed!!!

We got to DC and got out to walk about – wow, so wonderous in the night with lights and the feeling of the season… I visited the memorials, and Bennie Lee Dexter wandered into my life – I’ll remember him, he will not be forgotten.

A drive down memory lanes, and not a single fatality – w00t, to quote the Justin!!

lots of pics to sort, but wow – what a day.



um… bad?

Current Mood:anxious
so, my domain perfent.com went away yesterday, I guess. I’d think that the people I pay to host me would want me to have a domain, but they didn’t send me a note. damn them!

christy gets a ‘thanks’ for taking care of me – let’s see how long/how bad it gets to get perfent back!


holidays slide away…

Current Mood:okay
snowed today – made the world look and feel better.
stayed up chatting with dave… until 6 this morning – quite good.

Christmas eve we lasagna’d with mom – Mark, Dave and Shari, Justin and myself. Delicious food, good deserts, and enjoyable present unwrapping!
Headed home to 1 Trinity to do some beer drinking… I was up til 3 or so with some wrapping and picturing taking.
Up about 9:30 – ‘Santa Claus was here! Santa Claus was here!’ I exclaimed… shari and dave just looked at me over their coffee cups, and smiled, as if a small, special needs child had suddenly discovered his foot!

Gifts exchanged, chocolates stockpiled, I trundled off to pick up mom. Here enthusiasm was stunning. If only they didn’t park under the awning! Dinner was again delicious – Justin mashed potatoes, we had turkey AND ham! I ate carrots…
Same crew – Mark, Dave, Shari, Justin, Mom and myself. different locale

Took mom home – again, the christmas cheer was overflowing. Rolled up to the Humphreys’ Estate – Howdy Ma H, Aunt Mo, Kimmy and Thad, Matt and Amy, Amy’s folks. Cheer and a new old pup, and a gift from matt – all good things. Didn’t stay long, and rolled off to see my dad, chatting with Wendy along the way.

dad was doing well, as were his kids, Andrew the magician, Ryan the Cassanova and his wife Carol. Uncle Don from Idaho rang, and I got to chat with him for the first time ever – not too long, and then I communed with the boys in the kitchen. Why was there a half finished bowl of cranberry jelly on the table? I do not know!

All good things – such as learning my dad snowblows a path/walkway around his house – why, per chance? to assist any firefighters who might need to help – way to go dad!!! Also that he learned spanish from the Panamanian girls at the ‘Club House’ on base – not a bar, he explained, but the social hub. If the GIs didn’t pick up spanish, the girls would stop talking to them!

We spoke of his dad, and the times around the bad times with Uncle Tom. The boys had issues with the phrase “Position number one”. On the way home, a radio show “flashback” pulled up movie references and songs from 1984 – Boys of Summer from Henley, Panama from the wild boys in Van Halen. Wow. Gots to look into that year – for those songs pushed buttons on the memory machine.

I arrived back in Yorkville around 11, and started to drink LaBatts Blue. Kept drinking them till about 3, when shari and justin bailed, and as I wrote at the top, chatted with Dave until 6 am. good times. Scary, but good.

incomplete, but a start.


Current Mood:thankful
Current Music:Juicebox by the Strokes via MMJB


for the festivities to begin. Ma’s got the lasagna ‘on deck’; Shari and Dave are both out doing ‘errands’ – there’s a threat we’ll return to the Sangertown to have one last shot at Christmas nirvana! (quite saddened by the remnants of the mall – no cinemas, no arcade – can we even call it a mall?)

Had a nice gathering at The Galleria last night- it was a family Rahn thing (as we left the joint, I mentioned we were in a Rahn-voy!) – fish fry Fridays – it’s an upstate tradition!

The weather’s up to nearly 40!! Frankly, anyone can survive 37 degrees – it’s just wet. 5 degrees – that takes a survivor!!
We watched Love Actually, it actually worked for the time of year… where you tell the truth, just because it’s Christmas!

Well, here’s a few pics for perusal:
Cool corner house in whitesboro
On my walk to mom’s – cool corner house.

more after the cut:

Mom’s tree

Across the street

Up at the corner

Scott – Snow Warrior!

We put the snow over there!

Cookie tasting!

A sign in my mom’s building

A small herd

More of the small herd

Herd with penguin

Matt with his truck, be-wreathed

The other herd

Matt, kind of the pups

Just two of the pups

A new road sign near Voss’

A new road sign near Voss’

Sadness, Voss’ closed

It’s cold outside

Beautiful frosted windows

My Dad

My Mom

Matt and Amy making fudge

That’s good looking fudge

Poppy takes a nap

Buddy takes a nap

Time to make the cookies!!!

The christmas tree at The Galleria – Go Heather and Bjorn!!

It’s snowing… it was freezing rain last night…

Current Mood:happy
Current Music:sounds of snow falling
got to do some shoveling of said snow…

went walking yesterday – glad to report my ‘Upstate’ boots work as hoped/plan. the gloves work too!!! Now if I can figure out how to keep the icy cold wind from nipping at my nose…

Been having a good time here – seeing all the weather I could want!
Mom’s doing well – we strolled the supermarket yesterday, doing the ‘Bread-Milk-Toiletpaper’ run due to the impending ‘weather’. Shari and Dave are hanging well – pulled up the carpet in the living room, showing the hardwood floor. JD is chilling, almost out of school, looking to have some fun!!

So, shoveling, walking… Dino’s on the way in from Syracuse. It’s all good… just cold.


semester ends with a … wimper?

Fairly anti-climatic endings so far – as long as I push a website to my XHTML teacher by noon tomorrow, I’ve… finished. Wow.

did manage to pick up the bike lock I ‘dropped’ last night – banged up, but still works!!! yay!!!