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snow in the mountains

as I mentioned in my last post, we spent Christmas in Johnson City, Tennessee, with Yvonne’s older brother Robert and his roommate Gerry. One of the best parts about spending Christmas there was that we got to experience the great snowpocalypse of 2010, or whatever they’ve been calling it up north… in Johnson City we received but a few inches of the stuff. Regardless, it was pretty fun! Here are some pictures from the long weekend:

me being excellent, as always.

Brian in the snow

a snow-covered street, and a snow-covered family truckster.

Johnson City snow

Mia making snow angels. You can tell by her expression that she is really enjoying it.

Mia making a snow angel

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Christmas in Tennessee

we’re in Johnson City, Tennessee, visiting with Yvonne’s brother Robert and his roommate Gerry. It’s a five and a half hour drive from Charleston, all of which is along Highway 26 and most of which is through the good ol’ flatlands of South Carolina; near the end, however, it becomes hilly for a drive through Asheville and ending up heading north into the northeastern corner of Tennessee.

it’s been great so far, visiting with Yvonne’s family, and Robert (who is a meteorologist for a local TV station here in Johnson City) predicts snow for Christmas day, which will be nice. The family gets very excited about snow! I’m happy with snow, though considering growing up in Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa I spent about half my life with snow on the ground, I’m not quite as excited as the Texas natives.

this evening we opened our “family and friends” presents, while tomorrow, if we’ve been nice, Santa Claus will be dropping by. I heard a rumor that Santa is going to be delivering Callum a present that will blow his little mind. His dad might also get to play with it.

so Merry Christmas to all, and Happy New Year as well! And I’ll leave you with a photo of the present Amelia made me for Christmas – a way far out coloring of James, from Thomas the Tank Engine!

James from Thomas the Tank Engine

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I like traffic lights

prepare to be amazed, my friends.

okay, so only slightly underwhelming.

this is a traffic light electronics kit I bought in Tennessee and soldered together as soldering practice for the x0xb0x I bought the other week. The x0xb0x is a Roland TB-303 synthesizer replica (the short version of the long story is that they reverse engineered a Roland TB-303, sourced all the original parts, and now sell it as a kit that you can build yourself) – it’s arguably the closest you can get to the sound of an actual TB-303. Here’s a x0xb0x in action (it’s not mine, since mine’s still in pieces).

anyway, to get some soldering practice I bought a couple of electronics kits, and the first one I’ve managed to complete is the traffic light kit you see above. It’s got a lot of parts for something so simple, but it does the trick. It says on the box you can use it for model railroads, but it seems pretty big to suit that purpose, not to mention it would be hard to put a prototypical box around it to make it look like a real stoplight, but I’m sure someone’s found a use for it somewhere. My current use for it is to put up on the mantle (where you see it now) and ooh and aah as it changes colors. Well, nobody ever said I wasn’t easily amused.

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