Sunday, December 24, 2006


Merry Christmas from Chaos Manor South!

That's right, the very merriest Christmas to you and yours from the denizens of Chaos Manor South, Uncle Rod, Miss Dorothy, and Miss Beth (home for the holidays from Yankeeland).

Unfortunately it's a rainy Christmas Eve way down here in the heart of the Great Possum Swamp, so our yearly ritual of sipping eggnog fortified with you-know-what while viewing that greatest of all ornaments, M42, is likely to be stymied. I 'speck we'll just adjourn to the corner Mexican restaurant shortly for many margaritas, that being the case.

Weather be damned, it will be a wonderful Christmas for us and I hope for all y'all too. I also hope the new year brings, above all, an opportunity for me to spend more non-virtual time with you. Let me, especially, express my thanks to the many of you who have been so nice to me as I've journeyed to your star parties across the good, old USA. You made this broken down old hillbilly feel right at home from Pennsylvania on the Atlantic to Washington on the Pacific!

What do I want for Christmas? Not much. I've pretty much got it all. I'm very lucky to be living my dream, spending much of my time talking about, writing about, and playing about with SCTs and that other astro-gear we love so much, all in the company of the wonderful Miss Dorothy. But it's not and never has been just about the gee-gaws and goodies. The most marvelous part of this game for me (and I hope for you too) is still the wondering at and the sharing of the reason for all of it: the night sky. No, what could I possibly ask for that I don't have? The main thing I have being the friendship of you, my brother and sister amateurs.

Well, enough of the sentimental mush, bubbas and bubbettes. If you'll excuse me, looking out the window I see there's a possum waiting for his Christmas Eve dinner out on the deck (no, I'm not kidding). To bed with you, and dreams of Celestrons (and Meades) dance in your heads!

Uncle Rod

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