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A Long December

December 2, 2013

"I can't remember all the times I've tried to tell myself
To hold onto these moments as they pass"
-Counting Crows "A Long December"

My sister Mary Beth turned 25 yesterday. It's crazy to think it's been 25 years since she was born, since I remember the day so vividly. Though, as I've written many times on here before, the older I get the quicker time seems to move.

It's been more than 10 years since my last trip to Las Vegas, but I'm flying there on New Year's Eve for what should be a fun mini-vacation. I'm actually working the morning of 12/31, then hopefully sleeping some before flying to Charlotte and then connecting on a flight that is slated to arrive in Vegas about 10 p.m. PST. It will actually be the new year on the east coast before I get there, so I'll have the new year chasing me across a few time zones.

The circumstances leading to the trip, and me having the New Year's Day holiday off to begin with, are a bit interesting. In the TV news business you have to work odd hours, holidays, etc. Everyone who gets into the business knows that; it's not a standard 9-to-5 type job. I had hoped to be off on either the two days before or after Christmas, since fortunately WSAZ doesn't have a Christmas morning newscast. That would have allowed me to parlay a weekend along with the Christmas holiday into a trip to Nashville to be home for the holiday.

That worked out last year, but unfortunately for me, this year it wasn't a viable option. So, for the first time ever, I won't be home for Christmas. That's a downer, but again it's part of working in this business; I just happen to work far enough away from Nashville to where heading home for Christmas morning and then making it back here by 11 p.m. that night rested enough to work an overnight shift simply isn't a viable option.

But the upside of visiting Vegas is strong on a number of levels. There's a girl out there named Kristin who I've talked with for more than three years but never met who I'll finally get to hang out with in person. We met through the most improbable of ways, via the music website It's something I first found in 2009 and don't use much anymore, but for a while it was a fun way to listen to music and also find out about other worthwhile songs.

By chance, my handle was the same as the one I use on Twitter: @LouPickney. Real original, I know. But because she had it set up for her posts to go to her Twitter page at that ppont, it notified me that she had mentioned me there. That led to her sending me this message on Twitter, which required some of my advanced internet sleuthing skills to track down.

Who was in my wallpaper image at the time? Clyde. Of course.

And now here we are, three years later, finally meeting up in Las Vegas as 2013 comes to an end. It should be a fun trip.

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