Boston Christmas.

My Mom and Sister came in for Christmas for five days. We pretty much did the city right.

Ate tons of good food, watched a number of movies, took in the Nutcracker, built a snowman (who looked like a bear) and of course the Freedom Trail. We did that again. I do it about once every 15 minutes it seems.

It was probably the first time in 10 years that I've got to spend that much time with some of the family. And it was really good.

I really am glad they were able to come up and have a white Christmas.


Old Man Winter.

My ride in this morning was more like the Ice Capades than a morning commute. I dressed like Mickey Mouse for the occasion.

Then I saw this, and thought it was pretty fitting.

Miller High Life — Alternative Fuels from Michael Williams on Vimeo.
It should warm up tomorrow, and then our 15" will start to wash away.


Another awesome Christmas card from AKQA

It's 17 outside. Windchill of -1. Let's warm it up.


8,000 Christmas Hits.

That's how many hits we've had in the past year and a half.

We've put most of them up ourselves, but pay no mind to that. We've still got 8,000 more than those with no blog, right?

Today has been downright wintery. Snow all last night, all day today. I think we've gotten a foot or so. We are due for a few more inches tomorrow. All that snow means that, after a brief walk to Target, we've just watched TV and the snow and done things inside. Probably some hot cocoa later. Things could get out of hand.

I also weatherized the basement a bit. All the old windows are quite drafty. So, I took some old bike inner tubes and cut them up, nailed them around the frames. Instant, recycled rubber gaskets for the windows.

Also, as I was sitting looking at the place today, in it's Christmastime goodness, I realized how far it's come since I moved in last June. Observe.


And the weather outside it frightful. Since we've no place to go.

My office closed today at 12:30. Cause we are getting walloped with snow. Something like 8 to 12 inches before it stops tomorrow morning.

Here are some pictures I took at about 3:45, which was about an hour and a half after it had started.

Looks like it is going to be a white Christmas in New England.


Let it snow. Let it snow.

See that dot of Boston? That's where the snow isn't. I'm ready for it. Bring it on.


On a side note, I'm going snowboarding tomorrow. But the desire for snow has nothing to do with that. It's more me wanting a white Christmas for Mom and Lab as they come up in a week.

And a little of the gnarly pow pow in the morning will be fine too.



I know a guy. Well, I have been working with a guy. On a new business startup. The guy happens to work with some other guys. And those guys and this guy all live in New Orleans. And this guy (not the other ones) is also a coach for the New Orleans Hornets.

Which means I scored some sweet tickets last night (along with my buddy Zach) to watch the Celtics smash them - like bugs - and move to 23-2 on the season. Which is a franchise record.

And I also got to go stand on Lucky the Leprechaun. And I was channeling Kevin Garnett as I did so.


Jack Frost had better quit.

Our noses are being nipped. Yuletide carols are getting sung by a fire. And folks are dressed like mistletoe. Or however it goes.

We got a tree, we put it up. And the next morning? Snow.

Merry Christmas. We can't wait.

Vampire Weekend.

Scored a free ticket to see these lads last night at the Orpheum. It was really good.

But they only have like 7 songs. So it was a short show.

And this video couldn't be more Wes Anderson.


Belated Thanksgiving

We went to NC for the week of Thanksgiving and got to spend time with family and friends. And we ate food. A lot of food. Not only did we have 2 Thanksgivings, but we had to hit all of our favorite NC food places which included good ole beans-and-rice mexican food and Carolina BBQ. Yum!

We needed to catch up with a lot of buddies, so we met up with a bunch of people at a new bar in Durham called The Pinhook. It was a place that opened after we had left, but it was neat to go back downtown and see how the place had changed.

Thanksgiving with my Dad's family and then Thanksgiving (again) with my Mom's family. Plaid seemed to be theme that day with us and my brother and sister (and the couch).

I also had a 10-year high school reunion while we were home. Which was...interesting. It was cool to see people I hadn't seen in a while. And it's weird to think that we've been out of school for so long. I'm old!



Someone searched my site out in Qatar. So, of course, I had to see what my site would look like in Arabic.

And what it looks like it hot.

We'll tell you about Thanksgiving at some point. All I can tell you now is that we are thankful for you all, for family, for safe travels and for our jobs.

Tonight is date night. We are headed to Hungry Mother.


How can that many smart people be that dumb?

That was my question of how 32,000 of the people who run, will run or have run our entire country - in all aspect of political and economic life - could hang out in 20 degree temperatures with windchills near zero to watch a glorified high school football game?

Whatever the answer, all those people and our ragtag group of non ivy leaguers (but some close ones, with UNC,Cornell, Wesleyan and Amherst) battled the cold the Cold THE COLD to watch the 125th playing of The Game in which Harvard shut out Yale, 10-0, to grab a share of the Ivy League title.

After five of the coldest the Coldest THE COLDEST hours I've ever experienced of college football, we came back to the house to watch Ole Miss beat those Bayou Tigers and make it into the Top 25 Rankings for the first time in five years.

Hotty Toddy! Which we had a few of to fight off the New England chill.


Something's Bruin.

And that something was points. Or lack of defense.

We made it to the Bruins game on Wednesday night (courtesy of free box seats from Arnold) and within the first six minutes of the first period there were seven points on the board. And by the end of that period, there were two fights.

Now, as far as non playoff hockey goes, that's about as fun as it gets.

So yeah, we kinda ended up bailing on date night this week, but it was worth it.

Next up, Harvard / Yale, hot toddies, and my buddy Mitchell coming in from Philly this weekend.


What the Magnolia?

I hate LSU. It's no big surprise. Their fans are tacky, colors obnoxious, and for the last 6 meetings they've beat us. Granted, 3 of those were by 3 points, and during that time they've won two national championships. Which makes me like them less.

Turns out, now we've got an official Bowl title for the game. The Magnolia Bowl. Fitting as both schools have a magnolia as the state flower. But I don't know that I'm down with it. Battle for a Golden Egg (as with Mississippi State), or Bunyan's Trophy or The Boot or whatever. But I don't know about making 20% of your regular season games bowls.

Saturday I'll be at the house, with friends, drinking hot toddies (if I can figure out what they are) and cursing the cajuns. But I don't really care who leaves with a bronze magnolia. I just want to leave with a W.


More Christ. More love. Less need. Less crap.

Advent Conspiracy Intro - 2008 from Robert Terrell on Vimeo.

We are about to start this series at church this upcoming Sunday. I think it's a message that more people need to hear around this time of year.

Yeah, our economy sucks. And people need to buy things to grow it. But that's from a capital gains standpoint.

There is more to being on this earth than 'Made in China' stamped on a sweater.

Guess who are getting fewer gifts this year?


Whip It Good

Got this in the mail from my Pops. And I laughed.


The clouds have arrived

Winter is starting to set in. Even though it's a month away. And what better time to lock oneself in a venue and watch a band called Cloud Cult?

Never. There is never a better time.

So that's where we'll be tonight. Come on and see them with us.


BIrthday Boy.

It was yesterday. No. Two days ago. I had a confetti balloon candy 'splosion on my desk when I came in. See some in the picture there.

Marianna and I went out to a birthday dinner at the Pho Republic in the South End. I had Tuna steak, she - skirt steak.

Various other thoughts, as nothing has happened around here much.
1) Bomb threats. My building has gotten three or four threats over the past week. It's interesting to think of how different our world is from a few years ago. I remember my brother getting bomb threats in high school, and thinking they seemed fun. A little exciting. Cause in 94, no one had any plans to blow anything up. Now it seems they might.
2) New President. I'm excited.
3) Technology has lowered our stands while increasing them at the same time. Prime examples: iPhone - the quality of the pictures on the blog have dropped; YouTube - we sit huddled around 2.5 inches of awful resolution to see the latest funny bits.
4) Bowling. Depending on this weekend, Ole Miss stands to go to a bowl game. If we don't get it done, there are two more games. Hopefully we can get to 6. One of the more interesting prognostications have us meeting UNC in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta. Which I think it a good trial for any marriage.
5) Cold. It's here now. Deal with it.
6) Wet shave. It was good enough for FDR, Cary Grant, John Wayne and Abraham Lincoln (every now and then). I'm trying to go old school to limit the amount of waste I put into landfills. The Mach X has too many parts and costs too much. So I bought a straight razor which I'm a little scared to use right now, but I'm getting a safety razor and going to work my way up. Marianna got me a badger hair shave brush for my birthday. Which makes our bathroom and my face smell like wet badger. We're talking old school.
7) Fame. I made it onto Boston.com.