Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year

We're out here in Phoenix, it was a chilly sixty degrees today. Visiting family, eating too much, today we went through a box of old stuff and heard grandpa tell all the old stories about every little thing. We got a couple of bottles of champagne in case anybody can stay up late enough to shout "Happy New Year." We might make it to midnight, some of us might not.

I understand there is freezing rain back home. We left a foot and a half of melting snow to fly to Iowa, where we got another twenty inches. Yesterday the family went up to Sedona, Arizona, where it was snowing, too (but not very much). Today was beautiful clear sunshine, just what you picture when you imagine the Arizona desert in wintertime.

It will be good to get home to Maryland. We all miss people and the routine of our own home. It's been great seeing relatives and doing things but we're ready to start our new year with a nice boring routine, sleeping in our own beds, hanging out with familiar friends.

It's getting dark here and it's a couple hours later there, you're getting ready to go out, and I wanted to take the moment to tell you Happy New Year.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It will be good to get home to Maryland"

Sedona sounds great.

If it's snowing there, maybe you can glide over sliding rock instead of through it.

December 31, 2009 10:09 PM  
Anonymous Aunt Bea said...

Happy New Year!

December 31, 2009 10:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you can't get anything past this guy:

"HONOLULU (Jan. 2) -- President Barack Obama laid blame Saturday on an al-Qaida affiliate for a Christmas Day terrorist attack"

January 02, 2010 8:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

very good, Barry

that only took a week to figure out

don't be counting on getting the Nobel for physics though

January 02, 2010 8:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey, he's got an Ivy league degree!

January 02, 2010 6:02 PM  
Blogger David S. Fishback said...

Actually, President Obama has two Ivy League degrees: Columbia undergrad, as well as Harvard Law.

As for the Nobel in Physics, I am friends with a Nobel Physics laureate, a registered Republican who supports supports Obama. (In fairness, however, I am not sure that he has ever voted for a Republican for President -- at least not in the last 30 years.)

January 02, 2010 7:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, supporting Democrats is a lot like quantum physics

unfathomable to common sense

January 02, 2010 10:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to National Geographic, a new research study shows that the magnetic North Pole is changing positions at a surprisingly quick pace, sliding towards Russia at a speed of about 40 miles per year. Traditionally, the Pole has been located in Northern Canada, but these rapid shifts are causing it to jump dramatically.

Scientists believe that changes deep within the Earth's molten core are to blame for the shift, although it is difficult to measure and track those changes. Researchers have detected a disturbance on the surface of the core that is creating a "magnetic plume" which is responsible for the change in the Pole's location, but how that plume was created remains a mystery.

January 02, 2010 11:34 PM  

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