Mrs. Geek and I are back from our little trip last week. Our destination was a town normally known for its arid temperatures, desert-like conditions, palm trees, and (quite naturally for a desert) multitude of golf courses. The weather was our enemy during our stay. Though usually a pleasant 75-80 degrees F there during this time of the year, it was windy and rainy with a high of 60 degrees while we were there. The snow line dropped to around three thousand feet, and we awoke on Sunday to the sight pictured above. It was all very beautiful in the morning light... even if it is snow and palm trees at the same time.
Mrs. Geek was there to attend an educator's conference for computer teachers and school technology coordinators, and I was left mostly to my own devices for the three days we were there. I didn't really do much. I read a few of Robert E. Howard's Conan tales from the new anthology The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian. I watched some TV. It would have been nice to sit by the pool, but the weather was not cooperative. Still, I needed some time to be "at loose ends." Life has been rushing by at a rather frantic pace in the last few months, and it was good to just take it easy.
One thing that caught my attention while on vacation was a McDonald's ad that mentioned shamrock shakes. That immediately elicited nostalgic memories of McDonald's ads from the 1970's -- first describing how leprechauns (I think) visited McDonald's franchises at night, turning all the shakes green, and later presenting the McDonald's shamrock shake pitch man: Uncle O'Grimacey. I hadn't heard of McDonald's selling shamrock shakes for years. It's nice to know that a few franchise operators still do it.
Of course, looking up web pages on shamrock shakes also reminded me of that other St. Patrick's Day icon: Cookie O'Puss. Ah Cookie O'Puss, we have been too long without ye.
on 2006-03-14 at 1:04 p.m.
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