Sunday, December 23, 2007

holiday wishes, etc.

It's that time again....

K's family has begun arriving from out of town, so any of us who weren't already in the Christmas spirit had better damned well get there pretty quick. On Friday, I could begin to feel the excitement -- the calendar read "December 21" (t-minus 4 days), the North Freeway was jammed well before the traditional rush hour with folks trying to get a jump start on their holiday travels, and I got a highly-coveted covered parking spot in our office parking garage at 2 in the afternoon (the 8-to-5-ers were already starting to jump ship for the long weekend). Trays of candy canes and home-baked cookies are appearing on desks throughout the office, and the kids are done with school for the year.

So, Merry Christmas (or Happy Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, or Festivus, or alternate winter solstice holiday...) and Happy New Year from the Whiskey family to yours. Hope there's something nice under the tree with your name on it. And I hope you get a chance to enjoy the company of family and friends, maybe watch some football if that's your thing, or even just one of your favorite Christmas movies.

Stay tuned in 2008 for a new blog re-capping the 18th year of my life. I'll turn 36 in January, so I thought a look back at the age of 18 (half my lifetime ago) would be appropriate. It will debut on or about January 1st.

Doing some last minute shopping?

A page from the Duluth Trading Co. catalog. One of the more interesting catalog items that crossed my desk this holiday season...

Frank Gohlke exhibit at Amon Carter

I got a chance to check out the Frank Gohlke exhibit at Fort Worth's Amon Carter Museum a few days ago. Gohlke is a landscape photographer from Wichita Falls. The exhibit features mostly black and white photography, emphasizing North America's landscape and humanity's interaction with it. Subject material includes landscapes from Wichita Falls and various other western locations, destruction caused by the volcano at Mt. St. Helens, and documentation (in color) of the Sudbury River in Massachussetts. If you live in Fort Worth or are just passing through, it's well worth a visit. But hurry, because it's almost over. The exhibit runs through January 6.

np: Hank Williams - Lovesick Blues
nr: John Steinbeck - Grapes of Wrath

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