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The saga of today

I've been waiting for some news all day. It never came, and so the post I had planned will have to wait for another time.

My wife works at a hospital, and her holiday time has to be shared. She got today off, but has to work tomorrow and Monday. My instructions were to entertain Otto, the dog, for a few hours so she could sleep in.

We had some degree of success with what I call poodle time. It involves him zoning out in my lap and leaving my poor wife her one day to sleep in.

I spent a little bit of time playing pumpkin ball, and since the squeaker has been tusked to death, it makes a quiet toy now. (There on the floor in the picture.)

The sun came up, but at five degrees it didn't seem to make much difference. The world was covered in pogonip. This is a Nevada/Indian word for what everyone else calls hoarfrost.

It really is beautiful, and I spotted a great horned owl in one of the trees around town. I couldn't get a shot of him without too many branches in the way, so you'll have to imagine how wonderful it was. The screens at the local baseball diamond were like thin sheets of ice twenty feet tall.

We decided to spoil Otto by taking him to the pet store. He chose a couple of squeaky bones, and a furry football. Then we stopped by Whole Foods and my wife grabbed a pair of lobsters.

Quiet night indoors for us. New Years Eve has been called amateur night by many, and it's a good time to stay off the roads.

I got a new X-Box for Christmas, and we decided to play with it tonight. Not much fun there. Umpteen jillion megabite downloads are required, and it's been pretty useless so far. I've never owned a gaming system before, so this came as a surprise. Then the controller needed an update, then each game needs an update…boring.

I managed a bit of short fiction, and that has to count as my victory today. That's only a writing victory, and the dog, the pogonip, the nice dinner with my wife are bigger victories.

Hope you are all having a nice New Year's celebration, and be careful out there.

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Amature Night

I’ve been reading all about 2014 assessments and 2015 resolutions. I never make resolutions, but I’ll blog later about my business plan. Tonight is the big night, and I’ve called it amature night for decades.

I grew up in a small Nevada town where you didn’t have to wonder if the other drivers had been drinking; of course they had. Hell, I did it myself. It was a different time, and in the 1970s, the cops used to make you drive yourself home as punishment.

New Years Eve was the one time to avoid the casinos, stay off the roads, and keep it indoors. I’ve lived by that rule for a long time now. I no longer drink and drive, and haven’t since the 1980s.

Tonight, Old What’s Her Face* and I are staying home. My first order of business was to buy so many books I’ll probably never get them all read.

I like to support indies and my writing friends. With this in mind, I downloaded:

Hats Off to Murder, by D. S. Nelson

No Good Deed, by Tim Baker

One of these is a writer friend. (With a new baby.) The other one I just met through our blogs, and he came highly recommended by another blog friend.

I’m not ready to give up conventionally published fiction. I have some favorite authors, and downloaded two of them:

Maplecroft, by Cheri Priest

Proven Guilty, book #8 of The Dresden Files, by Jim Butcher.

While the amatures are working on their headaches, losing their keys, and making bad choices, I’ll be having a quiet celebration at home. I made my bad choices years and years ago.

So if I’m not an amature, what am I? I’ll just say I’m not a tea totaller.

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Happy New Year everyone, and have a safe one. I have some reading to do.

* Not my wife’s birth name. Oh, and she is a tea totaller.

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