austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

I wish I had known

My humor blog is bookended by another couple MiSTings, and filled by a punch of Popeye cartoons from the 60s. I hope you enjoy!

For two weeks leading to Christmas 2020 we quarantined strictly, not even going to the store. The reward: our going out of town and spending several days with bunny_hugger's parents, in the most normal thing to happen after about the 15th of March, 2020. So that's our photo journey for the next couple days.


Our downstairs tree, dressed an decorated beneath. Also you can see our mantle filling with cards.


Underneath the tree. We got more packages than usual and weren't sure what was wrapped inside and what wasn't, so took the safe route for them.


Some of the downstairs ornaments, including a lovely carousel piece that uses changing light to suggest rotation.


The tree, self-illuminated.


And here's the upstairs tree in the morning sunlight.


The tree as seen from below, with icicles giving it shape.


And now I'm walking around bunny_hugger's parents' town! Here's the campus, lighting two trees in the school colors.


String of houses that decorated their fronts.


More decorations including projected lights.


An interesting intersection: this sidewalk block, alone of those I saw, has the names of the streets crossing it (East Erie and South Mingo) embedded.

Trivia: The largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century was in 1912, as the stratovolcano Novarupta in the Aleutian Island erupted for five years, spewing about three cubic miles of ash into the sky. In recorded history only the eruptions of Krakatoa and Tambora are known to be larger. Source: Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowers, Simon Winchester.

Currently Reading: Great Comics Syndicated by the Daily News-Chicago Tribune, Editor Herb Galewiz.

Tags: holidays, humor

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