Back From Blogvacation

Hi. Remember me? Well, it was the holiday season, so I kind of took a break from blogging from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. Why? I’m not quite sure. I could cite the business of the season, parenthood, school, exhaustion, or any number of so-called excuses…but who knows? Does it really matter? Anyhow, I’m back.

Christmas was fun, El Paso (as always) was beautiful and it was home. I don’t miss El Paso when I’m far from it, but being there makes me nostalgic–and I suspect the mountain gives a strange sense of security to those who grew up under its strong, steady presence. In the coldest month of the year, it was warm and sunny the day we left to come back to Dallas.

Grady was, as expected, spoiled for Christmas by Grandparents, Aunts & Uncles, Cousins, Great Grandparents, and just about everyone else. He also now has plenty of “noisy” toys that talk, honk, beep, twinkle, and play song after song incessantly. I have been assured by veteran parents that the batteries will run out by February, though.

The new U2 album (How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb) is good, but not quite as good as their last one (All That You Can’t Leave Behind). Still, I’m hoping they’ll swing through Dallas on their concert tour.

Got a new Zire 72 Palm Pilot right before Christmas–out of the five PDA’s I’ve had in the past five years, I like it the best so far–I actually like it better than the higher priced Tungsten T3 I had right before it. Maybe it’s the built in video camera that I’ve been using to record many of Grady’s “firsts.”

In the Microsoft vs. Linux war, I regret to say that Microsoft is still winning (curse them). I had some limited success with Knoppix right after Thanksgiving, but didn’t have time to pursue it further over Christmas break. Oh well. Bill Gates can win a few more battles, but Linux will still win the war (I hope).

My goal of submitting my short story, “Twelve” over Christmas didn’t exactly happen. Of course, neither did my short lived New Year’s resolution to start blogging again (on New Year’s day). I’ll cling to the mantra of “better late than never.” After all, I learned it from my freshmen…

This has been a long post, so I’ll quit while I’m behind. So if you’re still around, still blogging, still reading, drop me a comment or two–it’s good to be back…

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