I’m in Tampa, Florida for the next two weeks. I’ve got a mini-suite with a living room and a view of both the water and the convention center where I’ll be working (grading essays for the AP US History exam) every day.
Picnic on the South Downs on Friday. (Partly to get away from the local street party: whatever the occasion, I’m not a fan of Mandatory Public Fun.)
Same. Why I get called a miser at Christmas.
Many people in this road put up Christmas decorations. I am tempted each year to get a stark white LED string and shape it to spell BAH HUMBUG.
I wonder if you could go entirely meta with it… do a massive, elaborate decoration display about specifically not decorating.
Have “BAH HUMBUG” in multicoloured light strings, with flashing signs that say “JUST SAY NO TO DECORATING” and “CHRISTMAS IS TOO COMMERCIAL,” all while having inflatable snowpeople and reindeer everywhere on your lawn.
I’d suggest a sleigh pulled by easter bunnies.
And manned by Krampus.
My 33rd (!!!!!!) high school reunion weekend just concluded. I attended a small private boarding school in the hills of Cheshire County, New Hampshire (The Dublin School), and I try to go back whenever I can. The facilities there have improved immensely since I graduated. They even have a full fledged astronomical observatory where students are working on several NASA-coordinated programs. Keep in mind these are kids in the 15-18yo range! I’m just blown away by that. If they’d had an observatory when I attended, I’d have spent every waking hour there! Also, the school happens to be in a very pretty locale. It’s one of my favorite places on Earth.
That looks like an awesome place to go to school, hope you have fond memories.
I do! It was rough going at first, understandable since it was my first time away from home, and my parents were relocated halfway around the world (Abu Dhabi), but I was fortunate to have a lot of caring people around me. I was sad to leave by the time I graduated.
My 10-year-old niece is staying with me for about 3 weeks. I took her on a one night camping / hiking trip in the Shenandoah Mountains (about a 3 hour drive away) then to some caverns near there. We are now home and I am tired, but she had fun and put down her iPad for a few hours, which was the goal.