Well, we're off now for a couple of days. I wish everyone the best—those for whom these are high holy days as well as those who celebrate various alternate revelries more or less in keeping with the season. We'll return on the 26th with more about this wonderful hobby, shared by so many disparate people who otherwise hold every sort of belief under the sun.
I was going to leave you with a link to Chris Ramirez's magnificent photo essay A Real Santa. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to get the link to work for the past 24 hours—it keeps hanging up, sometimes on the initial title slide. Chris probably just spread the link too far and wide and it's getting too much traffic (and no wonder). Even the first time I saw it, when it worked, it took quite a while to load (probably not something you should attempt on dialup). If you have to wait until next week to actually see it, my apologies. But if you can get to it, it's a delightful show and very apropos. Good luck!
Featured Comment by Jan Luursema: "The .mov is 153MB; that might explain why it takes a long time to load. You could just use 'save target as' on this link: http://www.ramirezpix.com/Santa_1/Santa.mov . That shouldn't time out and you can keep track of the progress. I wonder why it's so big (huge) though...a photo essay can't be more than 10 MB in the proper format."