Saturday, December 25, 2010
I'm spending the day with my sisters and all my wonderful nieces and nephews in the small and picturesque town of Port Orchard, Washington. We've decided to go giftless this year, which unloads all the excess baggage from this holiday and reduces it to its essence, so I can appreciate it for a change.
Right now my sister Chris is a few feet away in the kitchen, working like mad getting the meal ready, so I should probably go in there and see if there's anything I can do to help her.
I decided to try to beat the throng that's most likely choking the roads about now, and left the apartment before daylight this morning to catch an early sailing of the ferry M.V. Klahowya, arriving on the Kitsap Peninsula just at what passes for sunrise this time of year in Western Washington was coming up. I got here very early, so I wanted to take this opportunity to wish that everybody who's reading this has as good a Christmas as I'm having, which is to say the best Christmas ever. And let's also hope for the best in the New Year, which is shaping up to look like a voyage to the stars, with great difficulty.
Ad astra, per asperam.