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Sunday, 1 September, 2002

I did some Christmas shopping this morning. Yes, I know, but after next week, everything will be in fast motion and by the time I realize it, Santa will be "ho, ho ho-ing" his way down the chimmney.

[Don't worry, I'm not done yet.]

Just a miserable day weatherwise, but very fun. I called Nick in the morning to make sure the "Bug Bake" was still on - he said, "Absolutely!" I got my rental car - a kind of crummy white Chevy Cavalier, but it worked - and drove out to my boss John's house around 11:30.

John and his wife, Sue, built their house twelve years ago. They have a lovely place, with several acres of land and a terrific horse barn. Oh! And the bluestone patio along with the fieldstone retaining wall that John is building. They took me on a tour of the house and barn and I met all eight of the horses and ponies. Wow!

They were also kind enough to give me directions to Nick's house from their place - it's only a couple of miles away, but I never would have been able to find it on my own.

I got to Nick's around 12:30 and there were already about twenty people there, including a whole houseful of kids. I saw several people from dive trips throughout the years - Bob, Rob, Sal, Dude Jr from Cocos - Dude and Joanie from Galapagos - Peter, Joe and Karen from Cozumel - Alan and Sheldon from Jamaica and Socorro. Randy [we used to work together] and his family were there as well - they live about ten minutes away.

All in all, there were probably fifty people by the time the lobsters were sacrificed. It was drizzly all day, but it certainly didn't put a damper on anything. I would have loved to have stayed longer, but I had to get home and turn in the car.

Still windy, still raining - I feel sorry for anyone that chose this weekend to get away to the beach around here!

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Quote du jour:

"From a commercial point of view, if Christmas did not exist it would be necessary to invent it."

-- Katharine Whitehorn (1928 - ____) English writer, essayist

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