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Friday, 30 December, 2005

As if twenty-six storms in a single year weren't enough, the National Hurricane Center today issued a Special Tropical Disturbance Advisory announcing the arrival of Tropical Storm Zeta. It's not likely to do much, roaming somewhere near the Azores, but I had to chuckle when I imagined Forecaster Franklin being called back from vacation to post another TS report.

[Hopefully the next one will be Alberto, not Eta.]

Katie and Josh came into the city last night and we went to dinner at Standard Tap. It was amazingly crowded for the Thursday night between Christmas and New Year's. We had burgers and short ribs, then went home to open Christmas-Hanukkah-Birthday gifts (Katie's birthday is the 6th). Suki played with the bows, of course. We drove them home, then drove down to the shore. No traffic, so we made it down in great time.

I had planned to commute to work and back on the train today, but discovered that the Atlantic City line train times could get me into Philly at either 6:00 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. The much more realistic 8:30 a.m. arrival time that I had at the begining of summer is apparently on hiatus. The office was closing at 1:00 this afternoon anyway so I worked from the living room table this morning, and - as I usually do when working from home - accomplished quite a bit.

So now I'm watching a Trollop favorite - "The Great Race" - and Gary is taking a nap. I brought several of my new books down, so I'll pick one to start on in a while. The condo has a little reception in the lobby every evening, so we'll probably go down for a while before heading over to Crabby's for dinner. I think that most of weekend will be along the same lines: TV, books, naps, food.

[Not a bad way to end and begin a year.]

Quote du jour:

"Be at war with your vices; at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man."

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790) US statesman, diplomat, inventor, printer

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