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Day: December 8, 2006

my namesake show

Tonight is the annual screening on CBS of my favorite Rankin-Bass special: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

It helps, of course, that he shares my first name (phonetically, at least). And I share some of his “misfit” self-confidence: as a kid I was never part of any one group, and that’s always been my way. I was tall and awkward, never really fitting in with the athletic kids. And I wasn’t the über-academic, either. I ski raced, yet I also had some of my best friends on the debate team. In college, I was part of student government, yet also a board member of the fringe film society.

Even now, I get along with many people, but I’m seldom ever a part of a single, identifiable “gang.” I still don’t quite fit in.

And that’s okay.

And that’s why I look forward to the annual broadcast of Rudolph. He’s a kindred spirit.

remembering john

“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.” – John Winston Ono Lennon (9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980)


First snow over Florida AvenueTonight saw the first snow of the season in Washington, DC!

Granted, it was only flurries and won’t stick, but it’s SNOW!




And even better: the Blue Ridge Mountains should receive up to a foot of the flaky, cold goodness. That’s music to the ears of the local ski areas, whose snow guns have been going non-stop since the cold weather moved back into town. With a coating of white, the idea of skiing more-or-less sells itself.

So welcome, snow. Welcome, winter. You’ve been missed.

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