There's not really an "official" competition. But, every year, it seems that some of the neighbors try to outdo the decorations they put up the previous year. At least have already put up their decorations this weekend. These are a couple I took tonight. I put my Fuji Fineplex up on a tripod, cancelled the flash and got some pretty good images.
We went over to my Mom's house today. But, instead of her cooking, my sister went out and bought a ready made Turkey dinner from a grocery chain called, "Pavillions". She brought 2 turkeys, two tubs of mashed potatoes, two tubs of stuffing, there were rolls and some cranberry sauce. Topped off by two pumpking pies. It was good. Not quite as good as homemade. Both my sisters were there, with their husbands. So was my nephew and his wife and their son and daughter. It was a really nice relaxed day. We sat around and chatted after dinner. Mostly about old times and some of the pets we had in the past. It was really nice.
Picked up the car yesterday. I took a long break from work, went down to the dealership to finalize everything. I figured it would be a 1/2 hour, an hour tops.... Remember, I have never purchased a new car. And, there was no haggling with this one. I arranged it directly through their internet fleet dealer. But, it took about 45 minutes for him to go through all the features of the car. Then, there was him going through all the service checks, the manual, etc. Then Mike and I walked over to the financing guy and signed what seemed like a million papers. We got down there at 11:30am and didn't leave till 2:30pm. But, it was all worth it. It's a nice car. And, we now have something nice and reliable for at least the next 10 years.
If everything works out okay, I will take delivery of the above on Saturday. I have been approved for the loan. I dealt with the fleet manager, of the local VW dealership, via e-mail. I told him the exact car that I wanted, and he found one at another dealership. He sent the e-mail about 2 days ago that informed me that he found the exact model I wanted. When I read that, I couldn't get to sleep that night. I guess this is because this will be my first brand new car. Now, that everything is falling into place, I have been on pins and needles. I am so nervous right now. I hesitated on wether to post this or not, because I don't want to jinx this in any way. Hopefully, on Saturday, I will be posting the real pictures. I won't believe it until those keys are in my hand.
I had this on my rental queue at Netflix. Finally, it came up in the queue. I watched it tonight. It was pretty good. A downer, but good. Especially depressing when you realize that it is based on a true story. It's based on a book of the same title, written by Susanna Kaysen. It's about her time in a mental institution during the late 60's. In the movie, Winona Ryder played her. Angela Jolie was great as a supporting actress playing a girl named Lisa. I don't know if this particular line was in the book, but it was kind of funny hearing Winona's characted say it in the movie, considering the shoplifting charges she was facing awhile ago: "Have you ever stolen something when you have the cash?"
You can find what's been happening to me these past few days here.
We walked down to the local theater and saw this one today. I really liked it. I think it got mediocre reviews, but I thought it was great. It's about an Inuit boy who is turned into a bear by the great spirits. The only thing that I found really detracted from the film, was the Phil Collins soundtrack. I don't know.... I just felt they should have gone with something else to keep with the theme. But, that's just my opinion.
Helena, our oldest daughter, left this afternoon on a flight from Los Angeles International Airport to Oklahoma City. She is visiting some friends she met over the internet. This is the first time anyone in this family has flown since 9/11. It seems kind of strange..... Things have changed quite a bit since then. The last time she flew was on September 4th, 2001. She had a round trip ticket and was supposed to take a return flight in November. But, with all that was going on at that time with security, etc., I drove to Phoenix and picked her up instead. I've been tracking her flight through the Cheap Tickets site. They have a really neat "real time" flight tracker there. I also bought the tickets through their site. They were the cheapest by far, and so far, we haven't had any problems.
Well, this looks like it has become a full blown head cold. Colds always seem to run through me the same way: First, there is the sore throat. Then, my nose starts running. Along with that, comes the pressure in my sinuses. Today, I am congested. My head hurts a little bit with the pressure. Next stage will be the pressure behind my eyes and they will start watering. Then, I will start coughing. I hate it! Argh! I am feeling kind of woozy and don't really feel like doing much. I am just going to try to take it easy and hope this thing runs through me quick. At least I can still work, even though I feel like this. I don't deal with the public and the dogs don't care about how sick I am, or how I look.