Well, the holiday season is officially underway, for Becky and me at least. My annual Christmas-lights ceremony was great! The music was a couple of seconds late, but the lights came on right on time, and everything looked lovely. Click below for a video of the countdown:
(Click here for photos and videos of past ceremonies, from 1995 through 2001.)
Alas, the main webcam failed at the last moment because of a faulty wire, but the audio broadcast apparently worked like a charm, and so did the indoor webcam. At least three people — my dad, Toni, and somebody else (possibly Dane??) — watched the webcast live over the Internet, according to my logs.
Six people were there in person: me, Becky, Becky’s sister Jen, Jen’s husband Soren, and Dr. and Mrs. Zak. They all seemed to enjoy it very much; for everyone except Becky and me, it was their first Brendan Loy Christmas ceremony. In addition, there were perhaps two dozen stuffed animals in attendance, and the cats and fish watched from inside the house.
Special thanks to Becky for letting me decorate her house! I’ll post photos, and another video clip from a different angle, later tonight or tomorrow.
UPDATE: My camera has a really neat feature that allows me to “stitch” multiple photos together into a panoramic picture. Check it out:
Here are some other pictures of tonight’s ceremony and the lights decorating Becky’s house:
This blog post will be the location of tonight’s LIVE audio and video webcast of Becky’s and my Christmas season kickoff ceremony. (If you’re viewing this on the homepage, just click the link below…)
NOTE: Ceremony time has been CHANGED to 8:00 PM Mountain time! (That’s 10:00 Eastern, 7:00 Pacific.)
Here, for the scrolling-challenged among you, is a link to today and tomorrow’s Trojan viewer guide. :)
The basic message for today is, root like hell for Arkansas when the Razorbacks take the field against LSU in a couple of hours. But there are a couple of other relevant games today, if LSU wins that one.
The first relevant game is starting right now, actually. It’s Nebraska vs. Colorado, and I must admit, I’m a bit torn. A Colorado win would give USC some marginal strength-of-schedule help, which they might need if LSU wins out… but a Nebraska win would greatly buoy the bowl hopes of 9-3 independent UConn, my second-favorite team. However, the Trojans must come first, so I will grudgingly root for Colorado.
Alas, this was Newington’s tenth consecutive Thanksgiving Day loss to Wethersfield. Better luck next year, boys.