01 December 2011

Family in Town and After Thanksgiving

I hope my fellow Americans had a very Happy Thanksgiving a week ago. Mine was real nice, especially due to my brothers being in town. For the first time in quite a few years, all three--Rick, Brian, and Doug--were in St. Louis with my parents and I for Thanksgiving. They came with their significant others and kids: Rick with wife Melissa and son Alex; Brian with wife Gretchen, daughter Rowan, and son Fischer; and, Doug with girlfriend Helen. We all had a great dinner at home on Thursday (24 Nov.), and we went to lunch the next day at The Blue Owl Restaurant in Kimmswick, Missouri. My first time there and we had a great dining experience.

(The photo was taken by Doug's camera that afternoon in our back yard. Front row (from left): Gretchen holding Fischer; Dad holding Rowan, Mom with Alex, Melissa. Back row: Doug, Helen, Brian, Bob, and Rick.)

My brothers began heading back to their respective towns on Saturday. I spent a late Friday night at the Moolah Theatre in midtown St. Louis, attending a midnight screening of one of my favorite movies, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." It was my first time seeing it on a big screen (I've seen it on TV and I have the DVD which I've viewed a few times). The good sized crowd (including myself and others from the STL Screeners Meetup group) had a great time with that movie.

The rest of the holiday weekend was quite, but nice. I got my haircut Monday afternoon (28 Nov.), and started firming up my Christmas wish list and finishing up my Christmas newsletter to send to friends and family. I also got my first futsal refereeing assignments of the new season for this Saturday.

This Sunday afternoon (12 pm Pacific Time, 2 pm Central), I'll be co-hosting Writer's Block on Naturally Autistic Radio. I hope you can tune in to the show, streamed on BlogTalkRadio.com. More info at www.naturallyautistic.com/radio-show.

That's it for now. Later.

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