My beautiful wife drew my eye more than the parade she was positioned to watch. We also enjoyed fireworks from inside the Finagle a Bagel store which afforded us warmth, food and the entertainment of the conveyor belt bagel slicer. 

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First Night features massive backlit ice sculptures standing as iconic monuments to the end of the year.  

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Here the entire group enjoys the Stomp style percussion performance of a street musician. 

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Over the course of the evening we enjoyed Italian sausages, Philly cheese steaks, Bavarian pretzels, bagels and various warm beverages. Jeanine happily conficasted all my cash for the food purchases. Fortunately, all mass transit was free after 8PM allowing us to return to Concord without funds. 

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We walked from the North Station to the Boston Common passing the state house along the way. First night draws 1 million people and we were happy to be on foot without the encumberance of a car. 

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We were also joined by David Lishansky, Cray Novick, and Lydia Yoder, friends of Kyle, Nico and Maya rexpectively. 

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For New Year’s Eve, we joined the Gutwillig family for a train ride to Boston, where we enjoyed the First Night 2008 celebration. 

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We were treated to about 4 inches of snow on the last day of the year. I took a different route into work this morning and was rewarded with this tranquil scene. 

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Nala also participated in crash victim rescue, a service which was frequently required. 

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Maya and Sarinaugh sledding in the backyard. Recent warm temperatures and rain followed by sub-zero nights have left an ice coating on top of a 12 inch base. Perfect conditions for sledding. 

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Rose defied all odds making her way into this world and I predict will continue to amaze us all with her strength and determination. 

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Welcome my new niece Rose Calabria born on the 28th at noon weighing in at 7 pounds 5.5 ounces and measuring 20 inches long. Mark and Marie have now duplicated our parents family, 2 boys followed by 2 girls, and made me an uncle for the ninth time. Mario, Rorie, and Sophia are reportedly thrilled with their new sister and I have three kids here who all want to know when we are going to Minnesota to meet their new cousin. 

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I made a one day excursion to California today to evaluate an investment I am considering. Delays on every leg of the journey made it an arduous voyage and my itinerary left little time for sleep (2 hours in 36) let alone photography. I was able to grab this shot on final approach. 

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