Thursday, December 25, 2008

Thursday Arch Series (Christmas Edition)

Merry Christmas From St. Louis

Here we are, near the end of another year. Santa advises us to "wine a bit - you'll feel better," a concept endorsed by some of our CDPB colleagues (you know who you are). I must have been a good boy all year, 'cause look what was under my tree! (Below. left.) Well, actually we don't have a tree - haven't had one since the kids moved out. That's not important to us. We have each other.

I am grateful that my wife and I and our two children are all together today; that we are all healthy; that we all have jobs; that the mortgage or rent is all up to date and that there's enough left over for a couple of bottles of that stuff Santa is pushing. We don't need no stinkin' tree.

WHAT HAPPENED ON OUR QUEST FOR AN OPEN RESTAURANT LAST NIGHT: our favorite Vietnamese restaurant was closed, too. There is a stretch of South Grand Avenue with a regular United Nations of ethnic restaurants. We ended up at Mangia Italiano, happy as can be. They were busy! Two of the five lawyers in my office are Jewish so I asked their advice earlier in the day. Get Chinese carry-out and go to a movie, they both told me. Now there's a Christmas tradition.

TOMORROW: winter whirl.

There is a new Arch photo today on GATEWAY.
It's kinda
cheesy but you might like it.
Oh, and a story! Everybody loves a story.


Sharon said...

The Christmas picture of the arch and the court house is just stunning. Very nice! Merry Christmas.

Virginia said...

Let's start with the arch shot today. Well that has to be one of your absolute best right there. It is gorgeous. Somebody in St. Louis needs to be ponying up for that one.

Christmas Eve dinner at an Italian restaurant sounds great. I had a ham sandwich!

And last but not least... that fine camera. You must have been a very good boy this year! I am having some serious camera envy right now. Guess I'll have to Wine a little!

abc said...

Hi Bob, this is my first visit to your blog and I think I like it. I was up in the arch years ago during my only visit to Saint Louis and that was a great experience. I only found out you could actually go up when I arrived at the arch. It's so much bigger than you would expect when you view it from the distance. This is a great shot against the magical blue sky. Nice to see some of the other angles too. I just joined CDP and you're welcome to visit and comment.

Shutterup-Shutterbug said...

Once again, Bob. . .you did not disappoint! Happy Holidays!

Lynette said...

Happy holidays to you and yours from Mama, Duncan, Lamont, Leland, Kailey and me in Portland, Oregon, USA.


Ming the Merciless said...

Your Jewish colleagues are correct! I joined my Jewish friends for dim-sum in Chinatown on Christmas morning.

Then off I went to Brooklyn for a real Italian dinner with my friends' home.