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Friday, December 14, 2012

Shooting Stars

A day off from work so that I can go pick up Gavin and Krista from college.  Christmas break is upon us.  OK, politically correct, Holiday Break.

I go for a 4.5 mile run before leaving.  A great way to start the day, and I can't leave too early or will have traffic.  Well, the highway dept. decides to close the HOV lane in Nassau County which messes my first leg of the journey.

So, with about a dozen counties to go through to get to Hartick, in the town on Oneonta, it was a bit discouraging to have a traffic snag (Suffolk OK), (Nassau slow), but once in Queens, all was clean and green.

This day in history "After spending nine months on the run, former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein is captured on this day in 2003. Saddam's downfall began on March 20, 2003, when the United States led an invasion force into Iraq to topple his government, which had controlled the country for more than 20 years."

A quick stop in a rest area on the NYS Thruway for a gingerbread latte.  The remainder of the ride, very uneventful, and almost 50 miles shorter by taking the scenic route RT28 which leads all the way from Kingston to Oneonta.  As long as the roads are dry, this looks like a nice alternative, although very hilly, and curvy.

We leave Oneonta at around 2:45 and decide to make a stop at my sister Jodi in New Paltz.  My surprise visit is almost spoiled as nobody home at 5pm.  I call Jodi, and she is still working at the local bank.  Long story short, we decide to have Turkish food for dinner, and don't get back on the road till 730pm.

Gavin drives the rest of the way home, Krista takes a nap in the back.  Home around 9:45pm, just in time to bundle up and take gander at the stars.  I invite everyone out, but get no takers on this crisp cold night.  I view 4 shooting stars in about 5 minutes time and am happy to call it a night.

Photo of the day "Shooting Stars"

Magic Number 80

P.S. It is great to spend some time with my sister, and of course have everyone home for Christmas.

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