Friday, December 25, 2009

Unusual Christmas

The picture above answers that old question you have always had in the back of your mind: How many Santa's can you get in a phone booth?  Answer: 3

What an unusual Christmas it's been this year.  We have always celebrated Christmas at my parents, my mom's side of the family gets together Christmas eve, then we spend the night with my parents and open presents Christmas morning.  My wife had to work Christmas day and I have to go in the day after Christmas so we had Christmas early this week at my parents, and it just felt empty this year.  We were missing seeing my family for Christmas eve and spending time kicked back with my parents.  Instead we were in a rush, a couple of days before Christmas, to get up to their house (they live 100 miles north of us), take them out to eat, exchange presents then rush back home because Donna had to go to work the next day.  I have missed visiting with friends and family this year.

Then Christmas eve, a storm blew in around 6:30, the rain changed to sleet and after eating with my daughter and her boyfriend, we looked outside.  Much to our shock, we had 2 inches of snow on the ground and roads. I am 51 years old and this is my third white Christmas, it just doesn't happen around here.  I had been aching from the cool rain we had received all day but the aches changed to pain as the night went on even though I was safely inside where it was warm.  The temperature dropped to 18 with the wind chill down below 0.  We had 15-20 mph winds with gusts up to 50-60 mph.  OK, I'm officially through with winter now.  What happened to our supposed global warming?  Haven't heard much about that this past year.

I got a FieldSheer dual sport jacket for Christmas.  I can't wait to get out and test it once we get some decent weather again.  It is wind and water proof, has 11 zippered pockets for everything from maps to cell phones, a removable liner, and built in pads (chest, shoulder, collar bone, back and elbow).  I weighed and then put the jacket on and reweighed ... the jacket weighs 11 pounds!  I tried it out this afternoon while shoveling the snow and ice off of the sidewalks ... with a pair of shorts and tennis shoes on.  It's ok, the neighbors know I'm crazy any way.

I hope everyone had a good Christmas and was able to enjoy it with friends and family this year.


Anonymous said...

Good, was driving me crazy about how many santas would fit in a phone booth. lol Sounds like a great jacket, hope it warms up so you can get out and ride soon.

Merry Christmas

Living It, Loving It said...

I was intrigued as to how many Santas could fit into a phone book. It could be worse. Jack Bauer could be interrogating Santa. You will have to visit my page for that one.

We are up in the midwest and we have high 40s today but high winds, thousands of people without power. I am sure that storm is heading this way.

Merry Christmas Terry.

andrew said...

Sorry the cold affected your joints so much but glad you answered that age-old question about Santa...except, are there any phone booths left out there?

tharr said...

Jim and Lana, Santa in the phone booth was just one of those weird things I ran across (I love weird crap on the internet) that I couldn't let go.

Lana, I did check Jack out, my guess is he is on the naughty list now.

We are supposed to get more snow tomorrow. We have already reached our average winter snowfall total and its only the 7th day of winter.

tharr said...

Andrew, we still have a couple in our town (smallville) but you don't see them much anymore.

The cold is just something I have learned to live with, I don't have to like it but I do have to put up with it.

Dadwithra said...

I can't get over the visual of you shoveling snow with your new coat on, in your shorts and tennis shoes...
Great post and thank you for replying to my post fellow dad with ra.

All the best,