Warren is my long-time buddy/roommate from college. We lived in several different places together and have stayed in pretty close touch since I first got to know him over thirty years ago. I even went to visit him a couple of times when he lived on the island of St. Thomas in the Caribbean. We broke what has been a fairly long running family tradition when he did not spend Thanksgiving with us this year. We were all happy when he called us yesterday to tell us he would drive over from Nashville to spend Christmas with us this year to make up it. The kids call him Miss Turbone. All those of you who have read Louis Sachar’s book Dogs Don’t Tell Jokes will understand exactly what motivated them to start doing that. The big event for the visit will be our turkey stuffing cookoff. Warren is famous for his stuffing, but Grandpa Milo taught us a new way to do stuffing when he came for Thanksgiving, so we are going to have a big turkey stuffing death match. You might have noticed we are big into death matches around here. We always have lively discussions when Warren is around. We agree on most things, but I think he is strongly supports Lyle’s view of the whole football/academics thing I wrote about yesterday. We are going to see if we kind find a play to go see while he is here, but most of the time will be just hanging out, playing the guitar, cooking, walking in the neighborhood, and solving the worlds problems. If only they would listen to us.
This weekend looks like it is going to be a heavy shopping weekend. I am thinking of making everyone sit down for the reading of a few chapters of one of Dave Ramsey’s books about the importance of not spending money you don’t have so we can make it a light spending weekend, too. I ususally lose in these kinds of situations.
Update: I almost forgot. Our friend Lester helped us find a new little laser printer. It is an OKI B2400n network laser printer. It only prints black and white, but that is all we really use. We just plugged it into the ethernet hub and it worked. We can now print from all the computers (Linux, Windows, and Palm) in the house directly to the printer without going through another computer. Very cool.