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the end of holidays

Christmas Day is now in it’s final minutes here in the Central Time Zone, and overall it was a good day. It’s the first Xmas I’ve been away from the Cleveland area in a long time, which is a bit weird. Even though I’m at my parent’s new house, it doesn’t quite feel like home. But it’s nice to see all of my family, including extended family, who I only get to see a few times a year now. A little snow would have been nice, but near 50 degrees and sunny is good too.

The trip has been pretty relaxing, with the exception of the flight in which was over an hour late in leaving Cleveland. We then spent 30 minutes sitting on the plan and wandering around the tarmac in St. Louis after landing, trying to find a gate to pull up to. I’ve been lucky to have good flight experiences for the most part over the years, so I guess the laws of odds say this was bound to happen. I spent a few hours on Saturday being overwhelmed by the 100+ channels at my fingertips thanks to satellite TV. At times it makes me want to get cable, but it also makes it painfully clear that it would easily become a vacuum for my free time. I managed to find a very interesting series on the Discovery Channel, entitled Everest: Beyond the Limit. The series follows a group of climbers trying to scale the toughest mountain in the world. It really sucks you in, in part because you want to see if something will go wrong, and in part because you want to see if these people can actually do it. Definitely worth checking out.

I also finally went to a St.Louis Blue hockey game. I’ve been a Blues fan since I was in college, and have been to 2 NHL games previously, in Detroit and Dallas, but this was my first time seeing the Blues in person. My brother scored some great seats and it was a great game, as the Blues won 3-2 in OT. I’m hoping to make it to my first Cardinals game in the new Busch Stadium next time I’m in town. I saw more games in the old Busch Stadium than probably most people in St. Louis.

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