It was near 70 degrees here in the Metro DC area today–unusual for late December, to say the least. It was almost like we were back in Florida. I slept in until about 8:30 or so. But we still managed to get an early start on our day. First, we headed over to the Apple store to get Kelly her Christmas present, a new MacBook! (Her old PowerBook was on its dying breath.) We were in-and-out in 10 minutes. I also picked up a 1 TB external hard disk for our desktop computer (iMac) so that we can consolidate out entire iTunes media library and have it centralized in one place.
Next, we headed to the grocery store to buy food, very little of which we had in the house. We stocked up and headed home. I ran down to the concierge and picked up the two packages that were waiting for me. One package was a gift from Mom and Dad: Mario Cart for the Wii, with the steering wheel attachment included. We can’t wait to play.
The other package was my copy of mabfan ‘s first book, I Remember the Future, which he signed for me. I was very excited to get it. When I finish The Hard SF Renaissance, it will be the next book that I read, making it book #401 or 402 on my list. (Yes, I’ve read just about all of the stories already, but they are that good. I’ll have more to say on the subject when I am done re-reading them.) Humble though I am, I can’t help but mention the fact that my name appears in thebook twice. I mention this only as a point of fact: it is the first time someone has ever mentioned me in the "Afterward" of a story, and it was Michael that did me the honor. The book looks great, incidentally, and as I have said before, the stories are a perfect introduction to what science fiction is all about (for those who don’t know); and they are great examples of solid science fiction for those who do read in the genre. Buy the book!
There were some additional chores to do: cleaning out the cat litter; taking out a bunch of trash and recycling; vacuum the house (Kelly did upstairs, I did the downstairs).
Spoke to Mom and then e took a long walk in the afternoon. We didn’t need jackets; it was warm and windy.
I spent the rest of the day setting up our consolidated media library. It was a little complicated, but mostly time consuming, copying data over the wireless network. But it’s working the way I want it to work now, so all is good.