December 24th, 2005


Twas the night before Christmas

Christmas Eve has always been a special night for me. Usually, it centers around my family & I attending the candlelight service at church, riding to look at Christmas lights and, perhaps, opening one of our gifts from under the tree.

Tonight, I've spent my Christmas Eve with my other family -- the members of Engine 1's C-Shift. Although it's been a different experience, there's still a bit of magic... And it's certainly been a lot of fun.

We caught a couple of runs early in the day before official nap time and offical XBox time. One of communications folks brought us spaghetti. The local Subway brought us a sandwhich platter. Some nice lady brought us a tray of fresh-baked cinnamon rolls. One of our volunteers brought us another box of sweets. And I cooked my not-so-famous meat loaf. It's probably good that we haven't caught an alarm since the eating started.

Tonight, we attended church as a company, engaged the cops in a ping-pong tournament in the apparatus bay and watched UCF lose their bowl by a friggin' extra point. Now, the other two are in bed and now that I've finished writing my reports, I'll join them soon.

I hope that wherever you are tonight and whoever you are with, you're having a special night, too.

Merry Christmas to all of you... Even the ones celebrating Winter Solstice. ;-)