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Monday, 02 January, 2006

OK, I think I have managed to change all of the "2005" references to "2006" on the page. We'll see, of course, if I'm right.

We had a very quiet New Year's Eve. We went for dim sum at a HUGE asian restaurant about a twenty minute drive from the condo. It was buffet style, and actually, not bad. They had a sushi bar there which looked good, so maybe I'll give that a shot next time. We picked up Sam and Charlie, our two lobsters, from Bob's Seafood, and spent the day watching movies:

Robots - Cute little animated movie with a star-studded voice cast including Mel Brooks, Ewan McGregor, Robin Williams and Halle Berry. A bit light in the plot, but entertaining. B

Christmas With The Kranks - Holiday flick starring Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis about a couple who decide to "skip" Christmas after their daughter leaves home. It was a cute movie, but not one I need to own. B

The Chronicles of Riddick - Big Sci Fi Action movie starring Vin Diesel. Judi Dench makes an appearance (literally), and the whole thing has a sort of Dune meets futuristic prison flick feel to it. Good for its genre. B+

We had broiled lobster with shrimp stuffing for dinner and opened a bottle of the Gloria Ferrer 1996 Carneros Cuvee sparkling wine that we brought back from California in November. Then we fell sleep on the couch until ten minutes before midnight and watched Dick Clark's countdown. I'm glad he was able to return to the host spot, but I hope that he feels he can make a graceful exit now. There were some fireworks from Atlantic City, but they were kind of lame so we watched the Penn's Landing fireworks on TV. Not quite the same as in person, but enjoyable.

I got Gary a bicycle trainer for the shore for Christmas, but I ended up using it twice over the weekend. Just twenty minutes is quite a good workout. We had lox and onion omelettes for brunch on New Year's Day and just lazed around before watching the Eagles self-destruct in their final game of the season. I started another one of the books I got for Christmas - "The Hedge Knight." I hadn't realized that it is a "graphic novel" - a comic book. It's the prequel to a series of novels, which are also on my list. I've not read one of these before, so I'll give it a try.

We had pastrami special sandwiches for dinner and then packed up and went home where we were greeted by an enthusiastic Miss Suki.

["Don't ever leave me again. Now pet me. Purr."]

Laurie's daughter Merryl has worked at the Knott's "Scaryfarm" Halloween Haunt for the past couple of years as a prowling monster. This year she is one of a handful of exceptional monsters to make it as a Monster Trading Card! So here she is, in all her glory:

Our little Merryl - all grown up!

[Our little Merryl, all grown up!]

We were, I believe the only office open in Philadelphia today. Gary had the day off, so I took the car and drove in. After about an hour, we decided that this is pretty lame, since there are no markets or clients to talk to, so we'll be closing at 1:00 today. I'll go home and get Gary and we'll go grocery shopping and then head home.

[I sense a little cork gluing in my future.]

Quote du jour:

"Every New Year is the direct descendant, isn't it, of a long line of proven criminals?"

Ogden Nash (1902 - 1971) US poet

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