A brand new decade has snuck (‘sneaked’ for you old timers) in, so Happy New Decade.

December 31st 2019, 10:00 PM, and Marcia and I were curled up in bed underneath a warm quilt. Here we discussed the many great New Year’s parties we’d had over the years. Everything from those with friends where we’d booked half the rooms in a motel and had hired baby sitters, to small intimate gatherings in someone’s home. Time has crept along for us all, hasn’t it?

My coffee is next to me and if I keep up this sentimental thinking these whole Ramblings will devolve into a mass of blubbering thought and little else.

Every so often it feels really good to mess with someone’s head. How about this for the father of the theory of relativity which, in part, deals a lot with the speed of light, Albert Einstein:

“What time does Grand Central Terminal arrive at the next train?” ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson

Speakeasy – Last week the Ramblings mentioned that our old vintage Speakeasy Pinball machine was in service the whole week and that by Saturday I had loaded 160 games. By the time our condo emptied it was well past the 200-games mark and by then I had lost count. I feel bad for the old woman who lives below us with the noise of the flippers, the ‘slammer’, and the bells and all. Well, no, not that bad!

Marcia’s Birthday – had one of those advanced number birthdays. That said, this one was for the memory books. With everyone here we celebrated a bit early by heading out to the newly revived Wiedemann Brewery, now a craft brew taproom with multiple rooms. Great food. Great ‘run-free-and-wild’ activities for the younger set. Flight tastings; and some wonderful boogie woogie and blues piano adjacent to our table by Ricky Nye. Nye is in the boogie woogie Hall of Fame and honored as being the 2019 town’s Blues Artist of the Year. Marcia sure had picked a winner evening.

Desert and drinks were then had back at the condo with more talk and table games. It was some evening.

Watch – Jason totally blew me away this Christmas. With the smartphone intruding everywhere many have stopped wearing a watch. Not me. I love a good watch. This year I opened his gift-box to stare at my new Casio Pro Trek watch. Solar powered, 100-meter water resistant, all sorts of time zones, altitude, compass, and barometer. I could go on, but this ‘beast’ has it all and I am thrilled!
Spring in the North Woods can’t come quick enough!

Event in White Settlement, TX – This past week some deranged individual entered a church and began shooting. In a mere few seconds the killing was stopped and the killer brought down. This event was thought about a long time ago. Read the quote and then look at the date.

“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms … disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. … Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” ~ Thomas Jefferson, quoting criminologist Cesare Beccaria, 1764

Fini – Kirstin, Derek, and Kellen all made it home safe and sound. We did a lot, wanted to do more, and missed doing a bunch. Isn’t that how it goes? Always?

Next week school will be back in swing. The local gang will start on Monday; the Austin gang starts on Wednesday. Question, why do teachers in Austin require two extra days off?

Hey, take note for all of you still running Windows 7 (me for one), January 14, 2020 Microsoft will stop supporting this version of Windows. You’ll be able to use it indefinitely, but there will be no updates and it’ll be easier and easier for the ‘nasties’ to insert malware. I had hopes of avoiding Windows 10 into infinity. Now I might have to bite that bullet. Just a heads up.

Till next week, Happy New Year and stay safe!
Dirk

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