Before I say anything else (which likely won't be much tonight), I just wanted to make sure I thank all of my commenters for doing just that, commenting. Nearly every time I read a comment, I have to restrain myself from commenting back - which, to me, is a close to a cardinal sin for a blogger (self-commenting, that is). So, don't take my lack of response as a lack of caring... you're a big part of what keeps me writing and I loves you all. Now to the same-old-same-old.
Today, we rolled up to Tahoe so Sharaun's mom could get her first glimpse of falling snow. We were successful, to say the least - as we had to turn around shortly past the summit because the snow was so heavy. The roads were white and I was having flashbacks to our last stranded-in-a-blizzard experience coming home from Oregon last year. So, I pulled a dicey u-turn on a windy mountain road and headed back down - stopping shortly near a nice snowy field for the 1st-time standards of snowball fights and snowangels. And, since you're reading this, we made it back down the mountain alive and with only one loss-of-control slip-sliding event. Her folks leave tomorrow, seems like it went by so fast. Her brother, and mine, are sticking around until the end of the week. In fact, my brother and I head to the airport at the same time Friday - him returning to duty and me taking wing to Bangalore.
And, speaking of India, thanks for the all encouragement regarding my trip. I'm still not looking forward to the work bit at all, not at all. I will indeed take lots of pictures, and try to enjoy things as much as possible. But man, packing... I have to pack for both India and Oregon, since I fly in from India on the 9th, pick up my bags, check them on another airline, and then get on a plane bound for Portland. I know, I complain to much - I should think of it in terms of getting a "freeish" vacation to an exotic country and getting to spend my birthday with my folks, wife, and unborn daughter. But, if I did that, I wouldn't have any paragraphs to fill this page with... would I?
And, before I go - Tyler (Sharaun's brother) and I have been playing the Pac Man machine like it's going out of style this week. In fact, I think I've played it more this week than the entire time since I built it. Tyler was the first to do some internet research and memorize the four main level patterns that enable you to play forever if your reflexes are fast enough. Watching him destroy me every game made me also want to learn the patterns, and now we're both completely addicted to running up the high score. Tyler shattered the long-standing ~39000 score with an amazing ~100000+ effort tonight - and I just thought I'd mention that.
I really have nothing to say. Nothing. Goodnight.