Back online after two days of vacation. I stayed home, but my wife doesn't like me to get online on Christmas Eve or Christmas. I turned off all my computers, even my network gateway (a Mac 8500 running Debian Woody PowerPC) that was starting to get a respectable uptime. The silence in the office was eerie. One of my long-term goals is to replace all my fans and disk drives with quieter ones.
Happy news: there was an email waiting in my inbox from a potential client I've been talking to for a couple months. He still wants me to work for him starting in January. Things have been pretty tight for a while and this new work should put me back on track. My wife was very relieved when I told her. It will be more embedded work!
My mom gave me a T-shirt that read Real Men Shop on December 24th. How true, or at least it used to be before I moved far away from everyone and have to ship the gifts I give.
There was a fierce storm last night (Christmas night), the wind was howling and the snow fell horizontally. I got up today to find bright sunshine and eight inches of fresh snow on the ground. The depth of the snow gave the snow plow man such trouble that he didn't get to our house until 5 pm, so I didn't get to go out to run the errands I planned to do today.
I find it really odd to live in a place where the removal of frozen water that falls from the sky is a significant economic activity.