Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Lately, I have been thinking of relatives, M and G, who are cousins but more like an aunt and uncle. They have been suffered some truly tough times recently.

I send them wishes of peace in my thoughts and prayers.


Thursday, January 06, 2011

Christmas Gifts

I haven't mentioned a lot about Christmas, but it was lovely. A nice haul of stuff as well, without concerns about how to get it on an airplane.

Again this year, someone in Africa received a gift in my name, through World Vision. This year, it was a micro-loan. Perfect, sincerely.

I've also received several gift-cards to various eating establishments. I frequent these places often, but even more now that I'm covered.

Lots of books and clothes as well. I'm currently reading one: Bill Bryson's At Home. Highly recommended and I've just started.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011


I have been in some interesting winter episodes with Herbie, the beloved Miata. With true winter tires, it was a good car, but definitely the pint-sized go-cart was not in the same weight class as Old Man Winter.

Today, Rowdy, the Honda Civic, was given a beat-down by winter, under comic circumstances. It was stuck in about 1 cm of snow. The Civic is no SUV or Subaru but certainly a step-up from the Miata: heavier, and front-wheel drive.

Alas, last night I parked in some divots in my local parking lot, and the poor car couldn't be extricated this morning (you would have to see the parking lot to understand -- imagine the front-wheels in an inverted speedbump).

Thankfully, a Salt Squad (assault squad?) scrambled to action tonight. The Honda greeted the team as liberators.

It is a concern, though. Winter has barely started, and this ain't Saint Louis, where it is 17 C / 65 F, once a week, by municipal law.

The first call to action is new tires, which is not going to be cheap or fun. The second call to action (though surely not this year?) is a new ride. There is a hot Subaru out there with my name on it. Old Man Winter would be in a fair fight.


Monday, January 03, 2011

Happy New Year

Best wishes in 2011 to everyone!

I hope the holidays were peaceful for everyone. Mine were just great. Lots of visiting with family and no air travel. The latter item cannot be overstated in terms of relaxation.

I'm looking forward to the new year. I hope to set down some goals for myself and will probably post out of a sense of accountability. 2010 was a great year in terms of career, Big Decisions, and music. Fitness was pretty rough, though I salvaged the year in November and mid-December.

Any resolutions for you, dear readers?