Wherever you are reading this I hope that your year is off to a good start. I took a large part of December off to recharge the batteries after a very busy 2006. Consequently I have not posted here at all since early December. The new year for me is already off to a busy start but at least I feel somewhat rested and ready to go. Over the holiday period in the Austin area we had a mix of warm,cold and wet weather. The new year has started in much the same way. It was 75 degrees Fahrenheit here last Friday but since then it has become quite cold. Today we awoke to temperatures in the low 20's Fahrenheit with a mix of ice, freezing rain, sleet and snow. A few minutes ago we had about 30 minutes of snow but not enough for the kids to have a good snowball fight. Around here the kids don't see snow very ofter so as soon as it starts they all run outdoors . I think the last time we had any snow that settled was in 2004 and even then it only stayed on the ground for a few hours. The weather forecast I just listened to says we could see a few inches of snow before the week is over. All of the area schools are closed and most businesses are shut and I just looked at the airport website and am really glad I am not trying to fly anywhere today. This is definitely a day for not going anywhere if you can avoid it. Those who live in colder climes would be taking a day like this in their stride but this far South the place basically grinds to a halt when we get a rare day of real Winter. So while many people are enjoying an "ice day" off work - yours truly is at his desk working away as usual. I work from home a lot but one of the few downsides is that when we have a really bad weather day I can't say "sorry I can't look at that today as the office is closed". That said we have started having some power and gas outages and that could certainly slow me down a bit.
I'd like to express my best wishes to all my many friends and colleagues around the World for a safe and prosperous 2007. I hope I'll get to meet many of you during my travels in the coming months.