Christmas Day Dinner
December 25, 2004

Tradition is only tradition as long as it stays tradition. Until tonight, tradition dictated that we celebrate Thanksgiving at Nowell's house and Christmas at Maria's. This means that Nowell and Perry cook, spend money and create enough leftovers to feed a small military division afterward.

Until today, that is. Maria decided that Christmas dinner should be calm, uneventful and good. She moved the annual Christmas party to the Hotel del Coronado for the five of us... Jody, Perry, Maria, Diana and me. It was a good move. It probably saved her a few hundred dollars, saved Perry at least a finger, if not more, saved the carpet in the living room and provided me with a photo op that only required a 256 mb card instead of the 1 gig I usually have to use.

(As usual, click on the little picture to see the big picture.)

Perry liked my tie so I gave it to him.

He is trying to figure out how to not get stuck with it but too bad.

Perry seems to like his new tie.

Jody decided to eat shrimp until they came out of her ears. From the looks of things, she did!

"Honey, would you like me to bring you something?"

"Yeah, a stomach pump would be nice!"

A rare glimpse of Nowell in front of the camera. Perry is the only person who can use my Nikon without my worrying about it.

Perry took this sunset from the dining room window.

He took this one, too.

A fine table of friends.

The dining room with Perry in the foreground. Maria is on her way to get soup... or something.

Michael our waiter. A good guy.   

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