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Sunday, December 24, 2006

2006 Christmas Blog Post

I don’t have much to brag about this year, but I feel like I worked pretty hard and had fun doing it.

First off I got pummeled at the chess tournament, with five losses and a draw. I went back to playing online, got my rating up to 1500, then quit playing under that name.

I’m still local steward, but only at my post office, as my old office elected their own new steward, with my full support. And since there are only two rural routes at my office, my workload lightened considerably. As for the job itself, I did have a new business that was filling my truck with golf clubs, but it closed.

I started writing a book on religion and politics, and completed two out of a planned ten chapters, about 80 pages worth. Since I started working on it, however, similar books have been published, and the political landscape has changed. I may decide to rework it, or shelve it indefinitely. But I did post the article Leap of Faith on this blog in October. It is the essence of the book’s message.

In the Spring I put my writing on hold to throw out a lot of old junk and give some of my possessions to charity. It was liberating, but I still have another third or so to go and I have difficulty making the tough decisions.

I put the cleaning on hold when the campaign season started to heat up. This year I served as a floor leader, petitioner, event activist, advisor, and doorknocker for the Green Party, and had a great time. Let’s face it, we got our butts kicked, but we raised a lot of great issues, many of which I have shared on this blog.

Spencer had some significant achievements this year. He worked as a dishwasher this summer for a river cruise line. His band repeated its success at the music festival in Chicago, he got confirmed at his church, and he got his driver’s permit. This month I taught him how to drive my stick shift, and he drove me from Stillwater into Wisconsin, then west across the Twin Cities to Edina and Golden Valley.

In Edina we attended a thank you party for Julie Risser, one of the local candidates I volunteered for. I got 2% when I ran for state senate in that district four years ago, and this year, with a great campaign organization, she expanded that to 14%.

Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – a Happy Holiday Season!

2005 Christmas Blog Post


At Sun Dec 24, 08:25:00 PM CST, Blogger Sheryl said...

Hey Tom,

Sounds like you were considerably more productive than I was this year. Glad to hear your work load lightened though. As long as your pay didn't lighten with it, it should leave you more energy for your hobbies and politics!!!! :-)

I didn't get my holiday cards off till a few days ago, so yours probably won't arrive till later this week.

Hey, my experiment to reproduce chicken tikka masala just now worked. :-))) Yea!!! I think I am getting better at cooking the older I get. Not that that has anything at all to do with holiday wishes or outgoing or incoming years. But it's put me in a good mood. Hugs!!!!

At Mon Dec 25, 09:37:00 AM CST, Blogger Ted Wong said...

Hi Tom,
Merry Christmas. Sounds like you've been active in many ways.
We're in town. We should plan a rendevous.

At Mon Jan 01, 06:33:00 PM CST, Blogger Renegade Eye said...

Seasons Greetings.

I heard Papa John sing on Christmas Eve day.

At Tue Jan 02, 09:25:00 AM CST, Blogger Tom Cleland said...

Hope you had a good time, Renegade.

It was good to see you Sunday, Ted.

Thanks for the card, Sheryl, hugs!

Happy New Year!


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