<p>Merry Christmas!</p>

<p>I had big plans; I was gonna write a long witty letter and email it to everyone.  I saved address books from my three computers and my Palm.  I was gonna merge them into one massive hyper-organized address book and distribution list.  The four saved address book files lie scattered across my Powerbook&#8217;s desktop, mocking me.  Bah.</p>

<p>It&#8217;s a busy time, this.  </p>

<p>Things don&#8217;t always go according to plan, but that&#8217;s part of life.  The good news is, I had a fantastic Christmas.  I woke up, for starters.  I also got a TiVo (<a href="http://linux.oreillynet.com/pub/a/linux/2003/11/13/linux_pvr.html">sorry</a> <a href="http://www.joestump.net">Joe!</a>, THANKS, BRENDA).  True to form, I have also read all about how to add hard drives and hack the operating system so I can access the thing from my laptop wirelessly, but I think I&#8217;ll wait till the warranty expires before I delve into that nonsense. </p>

<p>But I digress.</p>

<p>Today (well, yesterday) was a good day.  Things are not perfect, but things are good, for the most part.  I&#8217;ve heard from many friends and family.  I&#8217;m thrilled to have so many of both, and here&#8217;s a big shout-out to y&#8217;all, on this post-Christmas evening. </p>