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December 7th, 2011

a few flakes and paid time off

Yesterday a few flakes of snow were on the ground--not even what one might call an accumulation, but more like a faint memory. The roads were unaffected. I was glad I wore a pullover sweater over my shirt, as my office was slightly chilly.

This week employees of the local Collin County district clerk's office, including the district clerk, got convicted of wrongdoing relating to campaigning during office hours. Apparently, the indictment alleged that they received paid time off to campaign "off the books". They were sentenced to probation but removed from office, as part of a post-conviction plea bargain. On the one hand, I ponder if this type of matter should be handled as a personnel matter rather than as a criminal matter. The prosecution gave the appearance of having some small-p politics involved in ti. On the other hand, I ponder why anyone imagined that campaigning for district clerk required the use of business hours and paid time off to accomplish. The whole thing is a puzzle, about ultimately I have lots of opinions, but no one opinion.

I've got that weariness that suggests that a spot of cold may be coming in with the cold weather. So far I've successfully been "resting it away". I hope my winning streak continues. I learned Monday evening that I do not have to fly to Cincinatti this week, which will help.

dutch harbor

Today the photo holiday cards I created with the help of flickr and snapfish came in, both at home and at work. I like this relatively new holiday ritual of making my own holiday cards with photos. I used to make them with simpler drawings, but photos work better.

I felt productive today at work. We had sauteed' pork loin for dinner. We watched "Modern Family", which had a Christmas episode, and then the old Waltons episode that is set on Pearl Harbor Day. I did not have any relatives at Pearl Harbor, but I did have an uncle who was at Dutch Harbor, in the Aleutians, in June 1942, when the Japanese bombed there.

The December cold makes the agonizing heat of last Summer a distant memory. I hope to hike in the cold this Saturday, to feel the warm energy of motion amid chill course through me.

I want to start some new on-line postal chess games. I want to organize a free-admission chess tournament in 2012. I want to attend a dog show in Arkansas in February. I want to get through the next week in good order. I want to address my holiday cards, and get my shopping started and finished.

I'm enjoying the space opera I am reading. My wife put up a lovely small "kitchen tree", to go with our larger 'real' tree. I believe in large sugar cookies and small worries.