In a conversation with my boss this morning, I announced my plans to take the rest of the year off from work. He fully supports this decision; as he said, you have to stick to your principles.
He left 30 minutes ahead of me!

Dreaming of a White Pre-Christmas

As of Saturday at 6:30pm, there are 19 inches of snow in my yard.
19 inches of snow.
The snow on the roof of the car is taller than me! (It’s been a long time since I couldn’t see over the roof of a car.)
Car covered with snow.
But it does look nice! (Please note that the yellow cast to the snow in the foreground is due to a street light and has nothing to do with Wylie.)
House covered with snow.
The weather forecast calls for a chance of additional snow on (or possibly before) Christmas Day.

Boom De Ah Dah

It’s been a day of discovery. Or rather, it’s been a day of Discovery.
I while back I saw the cartoon, “xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel” which at the time struck me as a little unusual, but enjoyable nonetheless.
Today I discovered the, “I Love XKCD” music video.

Reading the comments, I discovered that this was all inspired by a Discovery Channel music video, “The World Is Just Awesome.”

Boom De Ah Dah. Boom De Ah Dah.


Traffic going to and from work has been pretty bad this week. I expect it’ll be much better the next two weeks as everyone does the usual year-end “use it or lose it” vacation, but that’s next week. Today, I was sitting in four lanes of pretty much bumper-to-bumper traffic. That’s when I heard the sirens.
Sitting in traffic like that, sirens are rarely a good thing. I figured this must mean it was a fairly recent accident, and I was going to be sitting there for a while until they got things sorted out enough to direct traffic around it.
I glanced over at the passenger-side rear-view mirror and saw a group of police motorcycles and squad cars driving down the shoulder of the road. They don’t typically put motorcycles out on the highway during rush hour, and you hardly ever see them at all this time of year.
I then realized, this wasn’t an accident response, this was a motorcade! Motorcades are a dime-a-dozen in this area, but they’re far more common downtown or going between downtown and one of the airports. You never see them in my part of “Sprawlsville.” And who would put a motorcade on a major highway during rush hour?
So I watched the first officer zip by on his motorcycle, followed by another and another. The guy riding on the last motorcycle in the group stood out from the rest. It was a police motorcycle like the others, but this guy was huge and unlike the officers on the other motorcycles, he had a beard flapping in the wind and was dressed in a bright red outfit with white trim….
I had a huge grin on my face once I realized what was going on. The motorcade was for Santa!!
As I watched the motorcade continue down the highway, a bit of Christmas magic happened and traffic got a whole lot better.
It was a terrific start to the day.