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Adrift in January

It’s 2012 and I have found myself in the weird position of being alone for the month of January!  What’s that, you say?  What do I mean?  Well, Larry is in NYC now and will be staying there through mid-February.  The first reason is that he went back early this month to be there for when his sister gave birth.  Happily, everything went well and Larry is now an uncle to a cute little girl named Stacy.  Welcome Stacy to your very happy family!  Also, his Strategy Farm bosses got a slew of new work and they asked him to come back for it and help.  Turns out there will be at least a month of work and so there he stays.  It’s good because the opportunities out here in LA have been very scarce, so I’m glad he can get his hands dirty and make some money again.  He can also build up his resume some more.  It does suck though to be chilling out alone.  Thank god I like video games so damn much.  And books.

Speaking of which, wow, I am reading two books right now that are incredible.  The first is Stephen King’ latest titled 11/22/63, a time-travel story that centers around the Kennedy Assassination and the conceit of “what if you could go back in time and stop Lee Harvey Oswald?”  I’m about 200 pages in and that part hasn’t even started yet.  The main character decides to test-drive the time travel rules he’s bound to by intercepting a tragedy that occurred to a friend of his back in 1958.  Of course, things don’t always work out the way you or he hopes, but in the course of the story, he runs into a few of the kids from Derry….DERRY, the city from Stephen King’s novel IT, which I coincidentally just read.  I love Stephen King.  The other book I’m reading is George R. R. Martin’s second in the Song of Fire & Ice saga, A Clash of Kings.  These books of his are so compelling and I’m utterly hooked.  I’ve been watching the HBO series via On Demand the last few nights and the producers did a masterful job bringing the first book, Game of Thrones, to life.  There’s a quote from within the book I can’t wait to see in the series, as it’s delivered from a very scheming, conniving, and powerful character to a virtuous, and ultimately foolish, opponent, concerning the way politics works/worked:  “In the game of thrones, you win or you die.”  The speaker is NOT fucking around when it’s being said.  And I bet Newt Gingrich would be happy enough to say these words to Mitt Romney.  🙂

So while I read, watch TV, and play videogames this January, I figure I should update and blog again.  When last I dropped in, it was right before I headed back to New York City for a week so that I could work and be with Larry while he visited with his sister a few weeks before giving birth.  It was wonderful going back and getting to see the tree at Rockefeller, all my team and coworkers/friends at 30 Rock and the CNBC facility at Englewood Cliffs.  I realized I miss being there a little bit, but only a little bit.  Santa Monica life is charmed.  Then for Christmas through New Year’s, we were back in LA and celebrated the holidays with Mom & Harv as well as my stister, Stacie and her family.  New Year’s was fun spending it with Wendy & Jay, and then before we knew it, it’s 2012 and back to work like nothing was amiss.

2012.  Yikes.  I read one of those books about the many different theories of what will kill us or cause the Earth’s destruction at the end of this year.  Massive solar flares.  Interstellar collisions.  Polar shifts.  Volcanic activity.  Our own tendency to self-destruct.  And hell, I’ve seen the AWESOME movie.  Yes, I said awesome.  Looks like Larry & I will have a front-row seat to California, and specifically Santa Monica & Venice, falling right into the ocean.  Totally sucks.  But if you’re going to either suffer in a post-apocalyptic world or go out early…what would you rather do?  Nuclear winter is totally overrated.

I hate when I don’t post for a while.  I feel the need to just word-vomit all over the screen.  How about I end for now, but make a pact with myself to keep at it again. I was doing good and I still haven’t lost the feeling.  I am going to look up different good and interesting blogging assignments/topics to keep myself entertained, as I really do like writing.  I swear.   Oh, and do go visit my Picasaweb site to see a slew of pictures I’ve taken in the meantime.  Here are a few to tide you over….

Larry’s Office of Clocks Project:

06-Dec-2011 16:04, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 100
06-Dec-2011 16:26, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 250
06-Dec-2011 16:27, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 400
 
06-Dec-2011 16:27, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 100
06-Dec-2011 16:28, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.5, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 100
06-Dec-2011 16:28, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.5, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 100
 
06-Dec-2011 17:02, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.2, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 100
06-Dec-2011 18:01, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 250
06-Dec-2011 20:21, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 3.5, 7.152mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 800
 
06-Dec-2011 20:22, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.5, 10.262mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 1250
06-Dec-2011 20:22, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 320
06-Dec-2011 20:22, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 320
 
06-Dec-2011 20:23, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 400
 

 Thanksgiving 2011 in Duarte:

24-Nov-2011 14:30, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 100
24-Nov-2011 14:30, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 200
24-Nov-2011 14:38, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 160
 
24-Nov-2011 14:38, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 200
24-Nov-2011 15:26, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 200
24-Nov-2011 15:26, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.01 sec, ISO 200
 
24-Nov-2011 15:26, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 400
 

A 5K through the Universal Studios Backlot:

04-Dec-2011 08:36, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 3.5, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 320
04-Dec-2011 08:41, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 320
04-Dec-2011 08:53, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
 
04-Dec-2011 09:06, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
04-Dec-2011 09:16, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 160
04-Dec-2011 09:16, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
 
04-Dec-2011 09:16, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 3.2, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 400
04-Dec-2011 09:18, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 200
04-Dec-2011 09:19, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
 
04-Dec-2011 09:25, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 5.0, 11.381mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200
04-Dec-2011 09:26, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 200
04-Dec-2011 09:26, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 5.0, 12.281001mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 200
 
04-Dec-2011 09:26, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 200
04-Dec-2011 09:27, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 320
04-Dec-2011 09:28, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
 

Back in NYC (in the last pic, you can see how big the Freedom Tower has grown:

18-Dec-2011 11:35, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 5.0, 14.998mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
18-Dec-2011 11:36, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 320
18-Dec-2011 13:29, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.04 sec, ISO 800
 
18-Dec-2011 14:43, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 800
18-Dec-2011 14:43, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 200
18-Dec-2011 14:56, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 800
 
18-Dec-2011 14:56, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 5.0, 14.316mm, 0.1 sec, ISO 1600
18-Dec-2011 14:56, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 5.0, 14.316mm, 0.1 sec, ISO 1600
18-Dec-2011 17:41, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.5, 5.174mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 400
 

Back at 30 Rock:

19-Dec-2011 07:45, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 400
19-Dec-2011 07:46, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 640
19-Dec-2011 10:05, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 320
 
19-Dec-2011 11:24, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.2, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 250
19-Dec-2011 11:36, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 250
19-Dec-2011 11:36, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 320
 

At 30 Rock for the Company Holiday Party on the SNL Stage, Studio 8H:

20-Dec-2011 09:29, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 500
20-Dec-2011 09:29, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 500
20-Dec-2011 09:29, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 500
 
20-Dec-2011 09:32, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 400
20-Dec-2011 10:05, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 800
20-Dec-2011 10:06, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 200
 
20-Dec-2011 10:07, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 800
20-Dec-2011 10:07, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 800
 

Christmas with the Folks:

25-Dec-2011 14:25, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 1600
25-Dec-2011 14:27, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 800
25-Dec-2011 14:28, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 200
 
25-Dec-2011 14:28, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 1250
25-Dec-2011 14:29, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 400
25-Dec-2011 14:30, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 800
 
25-Dec-2011 14:32, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 400
25-Dec-2011 14:55, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 800
25-Dec-2011 14:56, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 400
 
25-Dec-2011 14:56, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 640
 

Okay, So 3 in a Row Was Optimistic (MM)

Yeah, yeah, yeah.  But hey, three in one week?  That’s pretty good for me as of recently!  Thursday and Friday were a blur, to be honest, and then yesterday Larry & I spent most of they day in Brooklyn or on the subway back and forth between Manhattan and Brooklyn.  And on the way back from Brooklyn, it was also time spent being approached by recently-released psycho patients asking me “why blacks make so much noise in the subway station” in a station full of black people.  I was not about to engage this moron/psycho in any kind of conversation, so I took full advantage of the fact that my allergies were in full effect so I open my red swollen eyes, start snorting up all the snot that’s impacting me, and tell him I don’t know.  I look like the Plague, and even InsaneRacistPatient thinks so, and mutters that I look sick and he should stay away.  I confirm this, and tell him “That’s a Good Idea.”  Ah, NYC.

On to Days 3-6…..

Day 01 | Your favorite song

Day 02 | Your favorite movie

Day 03 | Your favorite television program

oooh… I do love me some TV.  I’m such a media whore that I love all the media types, especially music and movies. Ask anyone who has seen my DVD/BluRay collection and you know I am not lying.  As for my favorite TV program – wow…this is harder than I thought it would be actually.  Runner-ups?  Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The X-Files, LOST, 24, Friends, and Will & Grace.  But my favorite  television program is Ugly Betty.  I know, I know….really?  But yes, indeed, it is.  I think it lands at the top for now because not only was it insanely hilarious and had some completely unforgettable characters such as Amanda, Wilhelmina, Marc, & of course, Betty, and some fantastically written lines (“Did you just gesture at me when you said Kwanzaa?” – Wilhelmina to Daniel), but it closely and strangely paralleled my life during certain times.  Marc came out to his mom in the first season episode “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” literally a month or so before I did.  And the whole NYC theme of the show always resonated with me.  It sucks that it ended last year.  But at least some other recent shows have started making inroads on my favorite list, like Mad Men.  Seriously, how freakin’ awesome is that show?  I also have to admit that Survivor, Big Brother, and Amazing Race are very high on my can’t-miss list, but I decided to rule Reality TV out of this for now.

Day 04 | Your favorite book

Stephen King is my favorite author, so of course it’ll be one of his books.  IT and The Stand are national treasures as far as I’m concerned, but they aren’t my favorites of his.  Here’s where we now have to determine what are the rules of this little contest.  Can I choose a series?  Or do I have to pick just one book?  Because I think I can toe the line here and declare that The Dark Tower series is my all time favorite book, or story.  I think I got the first book, The Gunslinger, from a friend in middle school.  It started with the line, “The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.”  Pure wondrous story followed, and  I was hooked.  The Gunslinger, Roland, is an iconic loner type, but over the course of the next two books, he joins up with several other characters, including scrappy Eddie Dean, parapalegic and schizophrenic/divided Detta/Odetta, and young Jake.   There’s such a great story told of doors between worlds, magic, destiny, fate and inevitability, but of course the quest to get to the Dark Tower.  Unfortunately for 8th grade me, those first three books were all there were for YEARS.  About 6 years later, the fourth book, Wizard & Glass, finally came out while I was in college.  SO EXCITING!  But then another 6 years passed before Stephen King finally decided to continue writing again, and it was looking iffy there when he got hit by a car and kept writing OTHER books.  How dare he?!?!  The last 3 books came out within the span of 3 years or so, when I was a Captain in the Air Force…..about 15 years after I started the series.  Crazy.  It was a journey well worth it, but frustrating when I think about people who can just pick up Book 1 and not have to worry about if the story will ever end.  Although even that is kind of ironic, if you know how Book 7, The Dark Tower, “ends.”

Day 05 | Your favorite quote

I have a couple that always entertain me.  One is from the movie Sunset Boulevard and is spoken by the delusional fading movie star Norma Desmond:  “I am big, it’s the pictures that got small.”  It doesn’t really apply to me, but I love the sentiment in it.  From Ugly Betty, Marc tells his boyfriend Cliff:  “Beauty if pain, Cliff, and you’re hurting me bad”  Again, not too applicable to anything in particular, but hilarious nonetheless.  But my favorite quote is from one of my favorite movies, Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion:  “We’re not being conceited, we’re just being honest.”  You have to own what you’ve got, even if it could come across as arrogant…or deluded.  Screw all the haters.

Day 06 | Whatever tickles your fancy

I am really looking forward to moving back to Los Angeles.  I can’t wait to live in a place where there’s room to spread out, I can’t wait to be near the beach, I can’t wait to have a car – maybe even a convertible, and I can’t wait to be out there near friends and family with Larry.  It’s going to be an amazing experience for both of us, and the weather is just going to be the cherry on top.  I hope it all works out.   I don’t know if Day 6’s topic should have been today.  I’m spent from all the other writing to come up with something more at this time.  Plus I’m hungry and I can smell what Larry is cooking and it smells DELICIOUS.  That kind of sounds like a line from when the Rock was wrestling, doesn’t it?  OH yeah, by the way, I saw The Other Guys today with Larry.   Mostly okay, funny at points, and surprisingly political at the end when they display graphs of all the money spent and lost and swindled by Madoff, AIG, Goldman Sachs, as well as within the TARP.  WTF?

 

 

Evacuate the Dancefloor (MM)

No, I haven’t been dancing and I don’t have a correspondingly awesome tale to tell about the craziness of said adventure!  I think that needs to change though – I’d love to head back to Splash or Posh or Therapy again soon.  Those places are so much fun.  No, I’m just quoting one of my favorite recent dance songs called, appropriately, ‘Evacuate the Dancefloor’ by Cascada.  If you listen to dance music at all or pop radio, you’ve probably heard it.

Enjoy the tune, if you can hear it.  I freakin’ love this song.  Not that I’m done or over the Beatles, puhlease.  But I can’t live a 24/7 Beatles life.   But you can rest assured that during this November, I’m walking my morning NYC commute to the beat of ‘Evacuate the Dancefloor.’  And lovin’ it.

I found out, via my coworker Evan, that according to WolframAlpha, having the first name of Hobart puts me in a rare class indeed.   The name hit its peak in 1896 (!) and it’s estimated I am one of 890 people left in the world with this name.  If you have not had the pleasure of exploring the WolframAlpha search engine, you should try it.  It’s a very peculiar yet very informative way of exploring information.  Check it out at this link:

http://wolframalpha.com

Then just type your name, or use any of their suggestions for other things to search.  Very cool.

Ah yes, in 30 Rockefeller Plaza News, the Rockefeller Christmas Tree has arisen yet again!  It’s fresh off the truck though and the tree-lighting ceremony isn’t until the beginning of December, so in the meantime, it’s getting lit and prepared for the big lighting ceremony.  Alas, let the flow of FTPs commence.  Sigh…  It won’t really bother me as much as I’ll only be truly bothered by it at lunchtime – my evening commute doesn’t involve trekking across the Plaza through the unnamed hordes, so I should be good.  🙂

I am pretty much over the crappy day from yesterday.  Although I think I’ve found out that people think I’m crazy.  Like one day I’m happy, the next day I’m not.  Yeah, well, welcome to my world.  If that is a problem, well, tough.  Some days I’m good and I can deal even if you happen to be a total prick to me; other days, not so much.

I need to go to sleep now though.  It would be good to get to bed before midnight.  I can’t let myself open up Under the Dome though (Stephen King’s latest book).  I read a few chapters last night and it’s already incredibly addicting.  It’s a fairly violent and gruesome story so far.  I am fairly certain that a movie version, while inevitable, will be pretty graphic.  My imagination is already taking care of the visualizations!

Merry Christmas (T-249)

Another one done.

When you’re alone for the holidays, they pretty much suck. Didn’t go home for the holidays, and all my friends here went away. So today was sort of anticlimactic, like last year. Oh well, another thing to add to the list of things wonderful about being a flight commander and being in the military. Have I said lately that I can’t wait to get the FUCK OUT of the military?

So I have been reading Lisey’s Story (Stephen King’s latest book) – which I didn’t finish yet by the way – and there was something written that made me crack up. Basically the main character has her inner monologue and she references this: Things About Life Lisey Was Wrong About. All capitalized just like I put it there. It was hilarious, because she said that that list is quite long (maybe you have to have been there, but in the context of the story, it WAS funny!). I must say that the Things About Life Hobie Was Wrong About list is probably as long as I expect hers to have been.

I think I’ll have to make a section on the site devoted to TALHWWA (pronounced tal-whaaaa). Could be amusing to compile.

I didn’t make it to Breckenridge today. I had high hopes, but didn’t get to bed as early as I should have yesterday, and there was no way I was going to be awake enough to drive 2.5 hours out there, ski a day, then 2.5 hours back with only 3-4 hours of sleep. So I stayed home, slept in, read my book, watched Little Miss Sunshine (funny, yet sad movie), played some Final Fantasy XII, and am now here typing away, waiting for the holidays to be fucking over.

I’m trying to remember the last time I really enjoyed the Christmas time of year. It’s been a while.

Anyways, enough of my pathetic diatribe. Hope you all had a great holidays and here’s to a 2007 like no other. I plan to make it a year to remember. I think you all will too. The theme for my New Year’s Resolution has already been decided: No Regrets, No Fear. And dammit, I will embrace that mantra for better or for worse. Like I said, 2007 will be quite a ride.

Late Update: I got out my Photoshop Books and put some of the fun tricks contained within to use tonight. I have made a new page (click here) ‘showcasing’ my modifications to pictures I’ve taken. I must toot my own horn here – I like what a bit of digital manipulation can do.

Snow Day!!!!!! (T-253)

HELLS YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So last night I went to bed and sent a wish to whoever would listen that there would indeed be a snow day. Not a 2-hour delay. An actual snow day. So I woke up once, in eager anticipation, at 3:45 this morning all aglow – but remembering, through the foggy haze of being actually up at that time of day, that Cheyenne Mountain does not in fact update the Snow Line until sometime around 4-4:30 in the morning. So I went back to happy sleep, listening to the roar of the wind against my house. I drifted awake sometime around 5:30 in the morning, when I normally wake up to go to work. I reached for the cell phone; I dialed the Snow Line phone number; I held my breath….

And these words issued forth from my blue RAZR phone:

“Currently, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station is CLOSED except for mission-essential personnel….”

After that, I have no idea what was said. I did the happy dance and rejoiced. Now you may think, well, you still have to go to work tomorrow because the weather is supposed to get better, and in fact, as I look out my window, indeed the visibility is getting better and the sun actually peeked out a few minutes back. But you’d be wrong, foolio. Because tomorrow is an AFSPC Family Day (the one thing that AFSPC does that I can actually agree with…), meaning this Snow Day has inaugurated my Christmas Five-Day Weekend, and nary any of my own (very limited) leave was taken to do it! sweet…. I love snow days.

Snow Day – 21 Dec 2006

Cold, snowy, and best of all, view from HOME!Cold, snowy, and best of all, view from HOME!
Cold, snowy, and best of all, view from HOME!21-Dec-2006 10:09, Canon Canon PowerShot S410, 7.1, 7.40625mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 50
Plowed roads? not for a another day or soPlowed roads? not for a another day or so
Plowed roads? not for a another day or so21-Dec-2006 10:09, Canon Canon PowerShot S410, 11.0, 18.34375mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 50
Depending on which way your house faced, you could have huge snow drifts like this guyDepending on which way your house faced, you could have huge snow drifts like this guy
Depending on which way your house faced, you could have huge snow drifts like this guy21-Dec-2006 10:09, Canon Canon PowerShot S410, 4.9, 22.21875mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 50
 
And here's my sparsely covered drivewayAnd here's my sparsely covered driveway
And here's my sparsely covered driveway21-Dec-2006 10:10, Canon Canon PowerShot S410, 7.1, 7.40625mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 50
And here's where I am RIGHT NOW while typing this up.And here's where I am RIGHT NOW while typing this up.
And here's where I am RIGHT NOW while typing this up.21-Dec-2006 11:13, Canon Canon PowerShot S410, 2.8, 7.40625mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 50
 

So while I’m typing away, I am literally blasting the latest Beatles’ album out, entitled LOVE. If you enjoy their music, then I definitely recommend you picking this up. It’s the soundtrack to the latest Cirque du Soleil show out at The Mirage in Vegas, which is set entirely to The Beatles’ music. It’s not covers of the songs either, this is all original tracks mixed by their original producer, Sir George Martin. It’s an incredible listen, as he has reworked many of their songs into very interesting combinations. And while those combinations are what many reviewers rave about (as they are quite good), it’s just the clarity of the music that really is amazing. It literally sounds like these songs were recorded this year. And there’s nothing quite as fun as singing along to many of these tracks – for me, I absolutely love rocking out to “I Want to Hold Your Hand”, “Eleanor Rigby” (I guess I’m not quite rocking out to that song, but it’s so good), “Octopus’ Garden”, and “Revolution”. There are so many of their great songs here though, I’m sure you’ll find others you like too.

I also watched my favorite Christmas movie last night – “Elf”. Always by the end I’m full of the Christmas spirit when Santa finally gets his Clausometer pegged to the max because everyone believes again. It’s such a great movie.

Before heading to sleep, I started a new book, this one Stephen King’s latest entitled Lisey’s Story. Just a few chapters into it and I’m hooked. It’s got nothing but good reviews from people, and with the promising beginning, I’m sure I’ll be done with it before the 5-day weekend is over. I’ll report on it’s goodness at that time.

Anyways, just wanted to check in again and let you know I’m surviving through the snow. I’m not planning on going outside again till later (when hopefully the roads are a bit better), but I will need groceries soon. Very soon. 🙂

Funny, the song “Here Comes the Sun” from the LOVE album just came on. Appropriate, methinks.