Being Christmas, I am fortunately back in the sticks, where I can enjoy all the comforts of home. Of course, this also means hat I am back to the pleasure of connecting to the internet through dial-up. Of course, that means the agonizingly slow wait for the even the most trivial of transactions, like means. And this was the case until, well, today. For a cool $450, there is now a fifteen foot antenna above the house and instant email. Amazingly, the miracle of wireless internet access has even made it out here. At this point, I would have even settled for a quarter of the speed. The rest of the break has been good. I am quite pleased to say that my flight down was uneventful, having avoided all the hullabaloo in Denver and Chicago. And so far, my time has been quite well spent. It's been nice seeing all of my relatives once again, and I love having a brown Christmas. Now it's time for sleep. More tomorrow.