Here we are, in that period of calm between the Christmas festivities and the New Year revelry. Just time for an update before the mania starts again!
Santa and his helpers were kind to us again; we must have been good peeps this year, because we all got everything we asked for, and a few surprises thrown in too. Folks have been very kind to us all.
My haul included a new trainer-kite (a 2m Ozone Imp) which was taken out for testing a couple of days ago when the wind picked up a bit. For such a small kite, it's got a lot of oomph, more than enough to lift me off the ground and scare me witless. Great stuff! Oh, and the yellow and grey colour-scheme is exactly the same as my now-defunct Wild Country Supernova tent, so that brings back good memories. I'll be taking this up a few mountains next year, I reckon it'll be fun.
I've just about finished reading a superb book by one of my all-time heroes, Gene Kranz, former Flight Director at NASA. "Failure is Not an Option" is his compelling and informative account of his involvement in America's space program. His account goes way deeper than the details reported by the media at the time, covering much more than the key events that hit the headlines. OK, so I'm biased (being a born-in-the-sixties lad), but I reckon this is a great book.
I'll not bore you any further by listing every single gift, but I'll express my gratitude for each and every one that was received, and hope that folks are happy with what they received from me.
Now, back to the blog. Stat-whores may have noticed that it went past a minor milestone earlier today...
AktoMan brought a curious little blog-ranking points-thingy to our attention. Egosurf. It's one of those things that I can't resist. I'll put a counter-badge in the sidebar in a while, so that you can see my poor score.
I finished a review of 2007 and set the post to auto-publish at the turn of the year, then went to John's blog and found that he had stolen my thunder. Undeterred, my version of events will be published as per my plan, now that I've reformatted it.
Right, that's all for now. I'll see you next year. Have a good time!