How I Spent My Christmas Vacation…

Laura, Kyle and I spent the last two weeks of December in Michigan’s beautiful (and snowy) Upper Peninsula and, apart from several family members coming down with some sort of gastro-intestinal plague, we had what I will call a grand old time. Here’s just a sampling of the fun:

  • On the 19th of December, Brenda, the older of my sisters (Kyle calls her “Benta, Benta, Benta!”) had her tonsils and adenoids removed and her uvula reduced. This isn’t a big deal when you’re six years old, but is a significantly bigger deal when you’re approaching thirty. She’s recovering nicely, but spent several days with a very raspy voice eating only orange sherbet.
  • Carolers, honest-to-baby-Jesus carolers, came to my parents’ house. In all of my thirty-four years of yuletide celebration, never have I been caroled to in such a manner. My heart grew three sizes that day.
  • There were eighteen people living in my parents’ house over the course of the holidays, including my parents, their six children (plus three significant others) and seven grandchildren.
  • On Christmas day, the number of people in the house doubled.
  • My younger brother bought an eight-foot-tall inflatable Spongebob Squarepants, which he set up inside the house on Christmas morning.
  • Kyle made two snow angels (with my help), fell face-first into six inches of snow (all by his lonesome) and greatly enjoyed being pulled around the driveway in his new sled.
  • On the 26th, my brothers and I (along with the younger of my sisters’ significant other) went to see Alien vs. Predator: Requiem. It was a funny, ridiculously violent movie and I’m pretty sure we all enjoyed the hell out of it. Get to the chopper!
  • My parents now have DSL and a wifi router. On the 27th of December, there were eight devices (seven of them wireless, including an iPhone) with outstanding DHCP leases on the router. My mind was boggled.
  • My mother had a laptop for one day, after which it was returned to OfficeMax. The GPU was bad, causing blue screens of death before I even had a chance the screw up the laptop on my own terms.

There are photos, but I’ve not gotten around to retrieving them from the camera yet. Speaking of photos and cameras, Laura and I had a serious case of camera envy while we were in the U.P. There were a half-dozen digital cameras in the house, most of which were smaller than ours, all of which were faster than ours. I fully believe we’d take more photos if our tired old HP PhotoSmart was more compact and didn’t take 30 seconds to write each photo to the CompactFlash card.

9 thoughts on “How I Spent My Christmas Vacation…”

  1. Sounds like a good time – here’s to the swift recovery of those afflicted with the Belly Flips(tm)…

    8 DHCP leases on your parent’s wifi router? Fantastic! Hack the planet!!

    Thanks for posting; I’ve missed your curiously circumspect blogging over the month. To a bright New Year!

  2. Ah… the days of being little and falling face first into 6+ inches of snow. Happy memories of childhood winters in Michigan you bring to me. Thanks! 🙂

    From what part of Michigan do you hail? I promise not to hold it against you if it turns out that you’re a troll.

  3. That many people living in one house can be rough. Me no likey.

    It was definitely crowded, but it’s a big house and my mother came up with some very clever sleeping arrangements, so it worked out very well.

  4. Sounds like a good time – here’s to the swift recovery of those afflicted with the Belly Flips(tm)…

    8 DHCP leases on your parent’s wifi router? Fantastic! Hack the planet!!

    Thanks for posting; I’ve missed your curiously circumspect blogging over the month. To a bright New Year!

    I don’t believe anyone has ever described my blogging as “curiously circumspect” before. Hmm.

    The eight devices were: my laptop, my wife’s laptop, my brother’s laptop, my other brother’s laptop, the aforementioned iPhone, my father’s desktop, my cousin’s laptop and my mother’s temporary laptop. Considering that only two weeks prior, only the desktop could connect to the Intarwebs (and only with a 24.6kbps dial-up connection), it was pretty amazing.

    I think Kyle is recovering from those Belly Flips™, and I’ve begun re-recovering. It’s sad that I feel better on a Monday at work than I did over the weekend at home.

  5. From what part of Michigan do you hail? I promise not to hold it against you if it turns out that you’re a troll.

    That would be the Ann Arbor part. I lived there from birth to the ripe old age of seven.

  6. I am, of course, using the “well considered” definition of ‘circumspect’…

    If this isn’t the case, your writing skills intimidate me.

    As a bandwidth-addict of no small measure, I always get a kick out of the image of someone being able to bring out a laptop on my Dad’s farm or in the Australian Outback (these points being somewhat equidistant from “Civilization”), firing up a browser and downloading some Jules Verne from Project Gutenberg. As your recent experiment with the GDID (Great December Info Detox) proves, you can ignore the webernets if you want to.

    Purists who think there should be areas without bandwidth should just ignore it.

    Those of us who crave it would have it available.

    So, hearing about your parent’s place getting pitched into the sea of MAC addresses and IP’s out there renders the texture of a roaring fire in the virtual cockles of my heart.

    But then, I’m kind of odd.

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