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Christmas 2021

—December 21, 2021

He sees you when you’re sleeping. He knows when you’re awake.

The ultimate spyware: it sounds like an iPhone set for Bedtime. (I have tape over my iPad’s selfie camera and microphone. You better watch out.) And this, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us to Yuletide.

Time was, a kiddle might have wanted an Etch A Sketch under the tree. Use the knobs to draw on it then shake. Undo. How cool izzat? (None of that “Are you sure?” crap. Just you, with “Oops.” Or “Dang!” You better not pout.)

If a kiddle’s good for goodness sake these days, there might be an iPhone under the tree. Just open Notes, tap the pencil, draw, then shake. Undo. How cool izzat? The iPhone prompts, “Update” and it’s all on you to pick Undo or Cancel. (You better not cry.)

Some might draw in Notes with a “pixel-perfect” Apple pencil. For the less battery-inclined, Santa Claus is coming to town with a Cross pen. On one end is a rubber tip stylus to draw in the Notes app. Or flip the pen, and draw with ink on paper.

Ah, but there’s the rub. I’m tellin’you why. There’s no shaking the paper to undo: full commit. But while you’re working with paper and a writing tool with a rubber tip, there’s always a pencil: manual Undo. How cool izzat? Too bad the eraser’s no good as a stylus.

So many ways to make a list and check it twice…we made our Christmas card list, and stamped and mailed them early, yet we got a few from folks not listed. We felt naughty; we’ll be nice and fix the list…

We raised and decorated our little tree early, and it fell, unheard, in the night, near two weeks later. We shortened it for “Tree 2.0” and reinforced it with strings. We restored our little gifties down all around the Christmas tree.

Lest one more of the light strings dies, we better watch out! We see it when it’s blinking.

Happy Christmas to all. Tidings of comfort and joy.