Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Counting Down 2004

It has been on the cool side for the last few days. We celebrated Christmas by getting up for an early breakfast at Denny's, going back home to open the presents under our artificial mini-Christmas tree, bicycling to the Coffee Plantation where we hung out for a while, then back home so Janet could prepare our traditional turkey dinner (with all the fixings). Trevor came to have dinner with us, and following that we all bicycled over to Elizabeth St. to enjoy some cheer with Roger and Robert in their new (to them) apartment.

There are a lot of people in town this week, many of them tourists who've come to celebrate the holidays in a place that's supposed to be warm. For most of them, I suppose, it's warmer here than where they've come from, judging by the lack of sweaters and jackets, but for me I'm finding it just a little too chill for my tastes. You know, they say that one's blood thins in tropical weather, rendering it incapable of delivering as much warmth as "thick" blood, whatever that means. I don't know if there's any science behind that assertion. What I do know is that in New England a temperature of 56 or 58 degrees, especially at this time of year, would be considered absolutely balmy. Here, that kind of temperature drives me into long pants, a sweatshirt, and socks to wear with my sandals.

Janet is off work for the next two days, and will take care of those chores that she prefers to perform herself, principally the food shopping, while I continue to do the mundane things I do best -- washing dishes, making the bed, vacuuming and the like. She bought herself an adult-size tricycle at a yard sale two weekends ago, and has quickly grown comfortable on it, taking it to work several days this week and last.

Our next big event will be on Friday night, when we amble on over to the Green Parrot around ten for a rockin' New Years eve with Rockin' Jake and the band from New Orleans.

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