Tuesday, December 26, 2006

All the lights are coming on

Christmas was delightful. We went to church which is always a beautiful service full of hymns and handbells. Unfortuntely this year Ben McKenzie (of "The O.C." fame) was not there as he usually is since his parents go to our church—it always adds to the excitement and makes the teenaged girls squeal.

Then we had a wonderful family get together on Christmas Eve and then another at my aunt and uncle’s new house on Christmas day. Here was the scene.

Despite being a tad windy, the view from the deck more than made up for it.

Then we took a hike up to the always beautiful Mount Bonnell, the highest point in Austin, to take in the view.

Then I took what I was calling the “Door’s cover photo” of Johanna (Shelli's friend), Martin, Shelli and my Dad.

Then the sun started going down and I took some pics.

And one of the radio towers out west. In high school we always referred to these as the “seven towers” from the U2 lyric “I see seven towers but I only see one way out.” Michael Dell’s house is atop that knob to the right.

Then last night I went to meet one of my best friends in the whole world, Slade, for a drink. Slade and I met I guess freshman year of high school (we had come up through two different elementary/junior high systems) but really became friends sophomore year and have been ever since. He’s in Sacramento now so when we cross paths it’s always a special occasion.

Slade took it up a notch by showing up with our old friend Holden who is a hunting and fishing guide in Montana.

It's always so fun to come home. And fall into the mind of "gosh, maybe I should move back here."

Decisions, decisions.


Blogger Tania Rochelle said...

Who has friends named Slade and Holden? Those are like Falcon Crest names.

8:55 AM  
Blogger Howard said...

Not pictured were Beatrice, Constance, Willingham, Buffy and Miles. Is it not enough that we came down from the compound to spend a night with the commoners? Jeez.

11:07 AM  
Blogger minus five said...

i'm glad to be here with my family, but oklahoma city just doesn't hold a candle to the awesomeness that is austin. merry christmas.

(i often think about moving back, but then i never do.)

2:16 AM  
Blogger Tania Rochelle said...

I almost believe you about the names, Howard.

10:33 PM  
Blogger Howard said...

My other best friend's names, truthfully: Bruce, Greg, Jeremy, and Brett. Are those funny? Or Falcon-Cresty?

9:24 AM  
Blogger Tania Rochelle said...

Those are pretty normal. Howard, on the other hand, is quite retro.

3:01 PM  
Blogger Howard said...

"Howard" is hard-core retro. You ever met anyone under the age of 70 with that that name? Me either. Except that kid in first grade who stole my Dallas Cowboys jacket. Fucker.

5:53 PM  

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