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Afternoon in Snow

View from the back deck

Well, here I am, stuck inside while the snow piles up outside.  I had scheduled putting out the Christmas decorations in the yard today.  Nahgahappen.

But I have my rock salt, my ultrapasteurized milk, my snow shovel, a 46″ flat panel LCD TV with a bazillion channels of movies (Ooo! Star Trek!) and a couple of long burning crackly logs for the fireplace.  What I *don’t* have is comfort food.  Er, that would be beer, wine and bourbon.  I have one cup of pinot.  It’s good but one cup isn’t going to get me through the night.

Do I risk it and drive through the snow to the liquor store two miles away or do I sit here and continue to watch Tom Coburn on C-Span go off on a tangent about the 200+ programs the government has created to encourage students to pursue careers in math and science?  Since there aren’t any jobs in math and science anymore, he may actually have a point about government waste in that area….

I’d like to shout out to my township Post Office today.  They kept the line moving this morning.  I got almost up to the counter when I realized I left my money in my car.  I had to leave a growing line to go to the car and get it.  The line I had to rejoin moved very briskly and the Indian lady behind the counter was a model of speedy efficiency.  I was so happy I gave a waitress a 50% tip for lunch.  I guess I’m just happy that a very busy and successful year at work is behind me and I don’t have to go back to work until January.  I’m spending some deferred vacation days.  Yeah!!!

And I’m snowed in.


What are you up to?

Addendum:  Here’s a pic I took in Lahaina last August from the Mai Tai Bar on Front Street.  Guys, it doesn’t get any better than this.

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