Darth Tater

One of Santa’s gifts to Tom was Darth Tater…


Oh, Christmas Tree…

Engineers love to develop specs for everything. Here is one for a Christmas Tree…

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12 Days of Christmas

Earlier this morning, Jennifer and Tom were singing…and then stumbling over the lyrics…of the “12 Days of Christmas” To help you other stumblers, here is a refresher:

On the twelfth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Twelve drummers drumming,
Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree!

Afterward, Tom started mumbling something about “and a beer…in a tree”. This is a reference to a routine by Bob and Doug McKenzie. You can find the routine here, but it offers a list something like this:

12 Dozen donuts
11 donuts
10 donuts
9 donuts
8 comic books
7 packs of smokes
6 packs of two-four
5 GOLDEN Touques
4 pounds of back bacon
3 French Toast
2 turtlenecks
and a beer…in a tree.

Jennifer, of course, is not a big fan of Bob and Doug, but they would enjoy the lyrics she offered:

12 game misconducts
11 skaters skating (uh-oh, too many men!)
10 teams a-tying
9 fans a-chanting
8 grinders grinding
7 muckers mucking
6 gloves a-dropping (on no, third man in!)
5 minute major!
4 expansion teams
3 French Canadians
a 2-man advantage¬Ö
and a a chance to play with Wayne Gretsky!

(more hockey carols)


Week 27

Jen had to go into the doctor for a checkup and got a surprise sonogram. Here is what the baby looks like in week 27…


First Snow

New York City had it’s first snow of the 2005 season this morning. Jennifer was up at 3am to see it start…and by noon, much of it has turned to slush. But in the time between these extremes, there was the luster of clean fallen snow on the city…and Tom braved frostbite to capture some nice pictures of Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. The Plaza had all the holiday trimmings…visitors enjoing the lit Christmas tree, kids building snow forts and snowball fights.