The family gathered for dinner at my son Todd's house on Christmas Eve, so I spent a quiet Christmas Day at home, much of it sitting on my back porch, in shorts!
I assume the goldfish and koi can resume hibernating if and when the cold weather returns.
The year before -- 1954 -- Richard Nixon, then Eisenhower's vice president, cancelled his subscription to the Washington Post after the paper published a Herblock cartoon showing Nixon crawling out of a sewer. In 1979, Herblock received his third Pulitzer Prize for his cartoons attacking the Nixon administration during the Watergate scandal. I loved Herblock.
And, as this digression shows, I've loved my 60 years in Washington.
But getting back to our weird weather, where we started -- what I dislike most about Washington is the summertime humidity. Our strange Christmas Day high temperature (I think we hit 69 degrees) was accompanied by 95% humidity. When we celebrate the Fourth of July, I most likely won't be out on the porch, but inside with the air conditioning.
Preview of Coming Attractions
But there is much to look forward to in the coming year -- and in the years to follow -- as you can see in this photo of my housemates. It also was taken on Christmas day.