||[Jan. 12th, 2012|12:39 am]
The following is the text of our annual holiday letter that we sent out.
It is that time of the year when we wish everyone cheerful greetings of the Season. We always hope that we will be extending them for the Christmas/Hanukkah/ Solstice/Hogswatch/New Years/Twelfth Night/Ferengi High Holy Days or whatever.
(LEGAL NOTICE: In the event that said greetings are not received by the party of the first part from the party of the second part in time for one of the aforementioned holidays, it will be understood that the greeting applies to whatever holiday is closest to the actual receipt and includes, but is not limited to, Valentines, St. Patrick’s, Flag, Arbor, Independence, Labor, Take your Dog to Work, and/or D-Day.)
From our House to Yours - Happy Holidays
The first big event of the year was finally going on our Honeymoon to the Minnesota Twins Spring Training in Florida in March (when you live in Minnesota, any place warm is a good place.) We were trying to decide whether to drive (only 1700 miles each way) or fly (luggage constraints, airport security, uncomfortable seats). Dave checked out the route and discovered that driving would take us through a couple of the ultimate Sci-Fi geek destinations, Riverside Iowa and Metropolis Illinois. (We Drove)
Riverside Iowa is the future birth place of Captain James T. Kirk of the Starship Enterprise. (It even shows up in the latest Star Trek Movie.) There is a museum, a monument, and a bar that claims to have the pool table under which Kirk was (will be?) conceived. Unfortunately the bar was closed when we got there, but we found the monument, and had a nice long chat with the museum curator. Pictures were taken, t-shirts were bought, displays were oohed and aawed over. Mary was in geek heaven.
Metropolis, Illinois is a tiny town that houses the Superman Museum and has statues, signs, and stores with Superman tie-ins. It was awesome. Once again we checked out all of the displays, played name that reference with the more obscure items, took more pictures, bought more t-shirts (and blankets, and coffee mugs, kryptonite candy and salsa, and lots of other stuff). Afterward, we went to the Dippin’ Dots store and had Superman Ice Cream (Red, Blue, and Yellow colors). Dave was in Geek Heaven.
In Florida, we stayed with Dave’s cousin Larry and his wife Rita for a few days. We went to a Twins spring training game against Toronto in Dunedin, visited the Universal Studios attraction in Orlando, and went to the Kennedy Space Center. We then went to see the Florida Keys. From there, we went to Fort Myers, where we saw the Twins play two more games. We went swimming at Sanibel Island, and Dave lost his cell phone in the Gulf of Mexico (Mary thinks it was intentional, Dave is pleading the Fifth), so now he has a fancy new smart phone. We bought even more t-shirts, etc. Mary’s favorite place was the Key Lime shop in Key Largo where we got Key Lime cookies, salsa, pepper, pie (Yum, Pie!) and pretty much anything they had found a way in which to add Key Limes.
September was a terrible month for Mary. Her dear brother, Woody, died from a blood clot/heart attack and then her beloved niece, Teresa, died from a brain tumor. The world seems so much smaller now and a whole lot colder. The one good thing was getting to spend time Woody’s family in Washington and Teresa’s in Las Vegas. They were very much loved and will be missed.
We are sad that we now have only two cats. In September, Magellan finally succumbed at the age of 21. When Magellan was born, she was the ugly duckling that nobody else wanted, so Mary chose her over the kitten that she preferred. We will miss her service as a kitty alarm clock. Gimli and Watson are still doing well.
Hope your new year is filled with love and laughter and enough silliness to keep it interesting.
Beware of Dragons and Zombies and Aliens (Oh my).
Mary and Dave