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Wednesday, 24 December, 2003

Happy Christmas Eve. There *is* precipitation today, but it is too warm for snow, so we're just getting a lot of soaking rain.

[I guess I'm dreaming of a sloshy Christmas.]

One of Gary's partners, Allen, hosted an engagement party for his daughter last night so we went out to Springhaven Country Club. It was very nice, and I met several of Gary's colleagues. Our friend Mark and his girlfriend Arlene were there, so it was nice to see them.

Gary is on call today and tomorrow, so I am going to make dinner and bring it down to the hospital. I'm going to bring some of the Christmas presents as well, so we'll make it as festive as it can be in an on-call room.

I have - finally - posted some new pictures of the house. Not all the close-ups are working - sorry. Anyway, they're here.

I found an appropriately Christmas-y story for today:

Reindeer Tackles NBC Reporter in Alaska

FAIRBANKS, Alaska - A reporter for the NBC television station KTUU in Anchorage, found her way into the national spotlight while taping a scene with a young reindeer named Blitzen at the Santa Claus House in North Pole.

Just as the Santa hat-clad Meghan Stapleton knelt down with the reindeer's leash in hand, a spooked Blitzen leaped at the reporter, knocking her down in a manner one witness described as a "tackle."

Stapleton was not injured and even managed to hold on to the leash to keep Blitzen from running away, though he did drag her a couple feet.

"I thought the last thing I wanted to do was let Blitzen get away, especially two days before Christmas," Stapleton said.

[You'd hate to be the one responsible for Santa's transportation woes!]

Quote du jour:

"Santa Claus has the right idea: visit people once a year."

-- Victor Borge (1909 - 2000) US pianist, comedian

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