Sunday, December 25, 2011

Happy Christmas, and all of that.

The big day is here!  We were on Skype last night for an hour or so. It was nice to watch some relatives get together and do the presents thing, it was as if we were there, too!

Then we turned off the Skype, finished the champagne and hit the rack in a peacefully quiet house. I like technology! Keeps us away from the crowds.

Speaking of technology; I now have an RC Helicopter, a Hughes 300 model which is huge! My problem is that I am afraid to fly it because the instructions are literally in Chinese, and some technician merely used google translate from the original Mandarin to engrish and now the destructions are unreadable. Inscrutable, even. The other problem is that our other computer is a PC and it has Vista. The CD that came with the model is not supported by Vista, but can be used on machines with XP/ME/Windows 98.


But the Chinese masters do not use Mac. So my problem is trying to get the radio control unit calibrated so that I might be able to fly the helicopter and not move the wrong lever and smash our expensive model to pieces.

Peking duck is hanging in the breeze out back, drying for the past twelve hours in the gym under a fan. Around Noon I will cook said duck over charcoal and serve for Christmas Dinner. It's a tradition for us to have Peking Duck. I suppose it is from watching that great film, "A Christmas Story", where the family has to eat at a Chinese Restaurant. But first, Mimosas and smoked salmon...

Fa, rah rah, ruh rah, rah rah...

I'm hoping that everyone has a wonderful Christmas and Boxing Day, and that we all have a most pleasant New Year.


Buck said...

Ah... the Ramones for Christmas! How VERY cool.

re: your helicopter. I'm surprised about the XP thang. Given the state of Chinese industrial espionage I'm thinking the CD should only play on Win8.

Merry Christmas to you and yours, Darryl.

Ken n Cheryl said...

Love "A Christmas Story" and the scene at the Chinese restaurant .. my favorite part! Many years ago my father-in-law put together a remote controlled helicopter ... let's just say things didn't go too well with the very first (and only) flight .. be patient! LOL! Have a great New Year!