Jo and I went back home to Texas. I set my mom up on a new iMac and we hooked up DSL for her. Now she can check e-mail and browse the web in style and a hell of a lot faster than dial up speeds.

We also got to hang out with Brad and Melissa, and his dog Duke. Jo went down to visit her parents for a few days and Brad, being the good friend he is, couldn’t let me leave Texas without eating at Saltgrass Steak House. We also got to See John and Dyanne before we left.

Jo has begun learning the violin. She had her first lesson today and she is very excited. I’m excited for her and proud that she would choose such a classy instrument. Her new violin is very beautiful. I’m almost a little jealous. I am sure she’ll be will be wowing us with her virtuoso performances very soon.

Well another year and a new decade. Jo and I lost a dear friend, Randy Showalter last year. We’ll remember her fondly, especially when visiting our local wineries.

For less important note worthy updates, I think I have swung back to the apathetic view of politics over this year. I seem to have a recurring ankle injury every soccer season which is very frustrating. I’d hate to take a season off from soccer but since I started running with Jo I think I am beginning to enjoy running more and more. Jo is taking on yet another self improvement phase, of which I am very excited and jealous. I’ll have some photos to post soon of this new endeavor she is taking on. Stanley is still doing well and every bit the crazy Labrador he’s ever been, even though he’s slowing down in his old age. Jo and I are now ardent Mac users. I did upgrade from the MacBook Air to a MacBook Pro. The MacBook Air is a brilliant machine but I did need the extra RAM and CPU power of the MacBook Pro.