Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Inter-Holiday Greetings!

We are poised in the tiny space between Christmas and New Years, so I thought I'd quickly dash off a brief post.  I hope everyone had a cheerful Christmas, despite the severe weather much of the country has been experiencing.  Here in the blessed realm of Northern California we've been (for the most part) lucky.  Despite heavy rains and howling winds, I haven't seen much locally in the way of flooding or overturned trees, compared to the last big storm five years ago.  December 25th was one of those eerily dark winter days.  Even at noon, with the curtains open and the Christmas lights lit up, a weird gloominess had settled in; it looked more dusk than daylight.

For anyone out there in Japan, I hope you were able to get your hands on the traditional KFC dinner.

My own Christmas celebration didn't turn out quite as planned.  My father-in-law suffered a minor heart attack on Christmas Eve, and we were told he would be undergoing "heart surgery" on Christmas.  This turned out to be not quite true.  When I spoke to his nurse on Christmas night, I learned he only had a couple stents inserted.  Anyway, Christmas dinner was scheduled to take place at my house. My wife's family wanted to delay it until later on Christmas evening, and then, on the afternoon of the 25th, asked if they could come by on the 26th instead.  As a result we ended up doing Christmas dinner twice.  Not what I was planning, but, hey, it happens.

Bubble Bobble?  On the Master System? No way, dude!

Those of you who listened to Chrontendo 35 know that our next episode will be Chronsega 6, covering summer/fall 1988.  It's going to be sort of an odd episode: heavy on ports of arcade and computer games, including a surprising number of non-Sega titles.   Yep, just as Sega is getting ready to pull the plug on the Master System in Japan, they start getting third party support.  Of course, Sega would continue to promote the console in the US, Europe, Brazil and other parts of the world.

So -- have a nice New Years. Please keep in mind the dangers of drinking and driving.  I'll post something more substantial in a few days from now.


qaylIS aka Nicolas Deußer said...

The KFC Dinner Link needs registration on the site, just FYI.
Sorry to hear about your father-in-law, the worst thing happening to me or my family was a strong cold.

Have a happy new year, I am sure I will =)

Anonymous said...

Yes. Sorry to hear about your father-in-law. Hope things get a little more relaxing moving into the new year.

Doctor Sparkle said...

Weird - I was able to read the article earlier with no registration. Very well, Financial Times: it now links to another news outlet's version.

qaylIS aka Nicolas Deußer said...

I knew the japanese are weird, but traditional KFC dinner...though I heard it is custom in some families to eat sausage and potato salad on christmas, which is also weird.
It is the time of the year to clock your arteries with poultry-grease (at least imho).

Doctor Sparkle said...

Sausage and potato salad? Sounds like what Germans would eat for Christmas!

I'm not even sure what the "traditional" Xmas dinner in the US is. Not fried chicken, obviously, but turkey, ham and lamb all seem pretty common. I went old school one year and did a goose. As far as I know there's not a "good ol' fashioned USA" Christmas menu the way there is with Thanksgiving.

elblanco said...

Hope your father-in-law is coming through a-ok!