OK, sue me cause I haven't made the obligatory holiday post before the actual end of the holiday season - but better late than never. Preemptive Exclusion: the offer to sue does NOT include Herr Professor Doktor Boylan as he has the mad law skillz to do so and would most likely win.
All in all it was a great holiday here at Château Rhino. We decorated a real tree this year - the first time in many, many years. I forgot how much I love it. I won the delivery of three 9' Frazier Firs at a charity event earlier this year so we decided to just go ahead and do it. (The other 2 went to families that could use them).
Anyway, here is a shot of said proud Frazier Fir gracing the entry into my sanctum sanctorum ... otherwise known as my office.
The HLDW* and I had a very nice Christmas. We spent Christmas Eve with our "Atlanta Family" and were treated to a fabulous Feast of Seven Fishes. In addition to the amazing spread, much wine and spirits were imbibed, great cigars smoked and all around seasonal revelry was had until the wee hours of the morning. I even got to watch A Christmas Story which is an important holiday tradition.
When we got home at 0300 we decided to just go ahead and exchange gifts as it was technically Christmas morning and well, I'm pretty much a big kid about getting presents. This year it was very much about quality over quantity as I can truthfully say that I'm very fortunate and don't want for much. Besides, there wasn't much this year in the way of geek toys that I was lusting after. OK, to be honest, I was lusting after one thing and the HLDW came through in spades - and I was totally not expecting this under the tree. As everyone is aware, a very key item of kit that any action hero must have is a timepiece that is in direct proportion to his awesomeness. James Bond has his magnetic and laser watches. For everyone's favorite Action Rhino the choice was the Citizen Eco Drive Skyhawk A-T with titanium case and stainless steel band. A massive watch befitting my stature. The thing came with a mini-CD to explain all of the features. Insane!
The shot of the awesomeness that is the adorned Rhino's wrist:
I would gift one to Havock but I'm not sure he would be able to lift his arm to swing that poofy cricket bat with this baby weighing him down. Unless, of course, a dolphin was in the area to help him out. (Note to self ... look into acquiring a "kitty cat" watch as birthday gift option for H this year).
New Year's Eve was spent at the movies seeing The Fighter. Excellent flick. Then back to the Château before the drunk amateurs clogged the roadways for a quiet night ringing in of the new year. Switched over to see Dick Clark call the last minute of the year as the ball dropped in Times Square. Gotta' hand to the guy - the stroke sure as hell hasn't stopped him. Pretty cool.
Here's to all of you that I've been fortunate enough to count as friends and family this year - those that I've met in person and those that I've only met on the interwebz - may you and yours have a truly joyous and prosperous 2011.
It really is good to be the Citizen Skyhawk A-T adorned Rhino.
*Hippie Liberal Douche Wife