Monthly Archives: December 2012

A much needed lunch

I’ve increased my workouts this week by 50% and had a tough one this morning after just 4 hours of sleep. After 15 minutes, I bonked so I ate a handful of dried blueberries for energy. It helped, but I ended up stopping 3 more times to rest. It took me 2 hours to do a 1-hour workout. After showering, I made myself a grilled peanut butter and strawberry jelly sandwich, poured myself a homebrew and sat down to relax and read. I feel much better.


Idiots or anti-American bigots?

The Economist:

ON DECEMBER 14th maniacs in America and China unleashed the horror in their heads on the most innocent of targets. In China’s Henan province, Min Yongjun burst into a classroom and hacked away at 23 children, severing ears and fingers. But in Newtown, Connecticut, the little ones suffered even worse. After a ten-minute rampage 20 of them were dead, as were six teachers and the killer himself. The American was armed with a semi-automatic rifle with an extended magazine and two semi-automatic handguns. Every country has its madmen, but Min was armed only with a knife, so none of his victims died.

If America is ever to confront its obsession with guns, that time is now. America’s murder rate is four times higher than Britain’s and six times higher than Germany’s. Only an idiot, or an anti-American bigot prepared to maintain that Americans are four times more murderous than Britons, could possibly pretend that no connection exists between those figures and the fact that 300m guns are “out there” in the United States, more than one for every adult.

Christmas 2012

Eva was up at 5:30a but we got her to sleep a little longer. By 7:30a the kids were all up begging to go downstairs to see what Santa delivered.

I got a nice keyboard for my iPad that I’m using to type this that also makes a great stand for reading without holding the iPad.


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Christmas Eve



Holiday dinner

Steve R, Renuka, Owen, Claire, Eric and Cindy in from NYC for dinner. Steve S arrived after work.




Happy Birthday, Eva!

Eva is 2 today.






The Wandering Goose

We finally made it here when it wasn’t filled to capacity.


Where’s Matt?

Seniors at Havana’s school wrote and recorded an original song, created a dance, got the faculty on board to teach the entire school the dance over several weeks, arranged to have their inspiration, Matt Harding, visit to teach him the dance and produced this video to document the entire thing.

The only thing my senior class ever organized was to vandalize school property with our class name.

Havana can be seen near the 1 minute mark as shown here:


Candy Cane Lane

Took the kids out to dinner at the new huge Elliot Bay Public House in Lake City and then drove around looking at Christmas lights on Candy Cane Lane and others. 2 of 3 were asleep by the time we got home. Success!




Christmas tree and train

The tree is up, decorated and with a train that Hudson loves this year – he ignored it last year:



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