Happy Festivus!

December 23rd is the official date for Festivus. Rather than trying to pull this off on a Monday night, the club I belong to held their second annual Festivus Party and Food Drive at our house this past Saturday night.

Nina and Buddy were properly decked out for the occasion thanks to a friend who came bearing gifts for the critters.

We had the traditional Airing of Grievances.

Matt doesn’t look very aggrieved though.

The Feats of Strength did not involve the traditional Greco-Roman wrestling. Valuing furniture and everyone’s limbs, we opted for a milder version.

This particular match was quite intense and long-lived.

The defending champion, Trick, was bested by Chris.

But victory was short-lived and the Ultimate Champion match soon set Chris back on his heels.


Lots of good food, good conversation, the best eggnog I’ve ever had, and lots of laughter all around.   Happy Festivus, everyone!


We had our company holiday party last night. Most of my photographs were pretty standard, but towards the end of the evening I slapped on my 50mm, set my ISO for 6400 and shot with no flash, which made for some fun low light photos.

I really love this one. Out of the camera:

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Sometimes lens flare is your friend.