Merry Christmas 2006
Merry Christmas from Snowy Boulder. We got over two feet of snow this week and it will still be mostly around for a white Christmas this year. The above picture is of my backyard from an earlier snowstorm this season, illuminated at night from the street light.
I started my travels this year with a trip to Stockholm, Sweden. I even had some time to explore the old part of town:
It was cold and wintry in late March, but I found a great pub and had some of the local fare. Other travels during the year included multiple trips to Boston and the Massachusetts area, New York, San Diego, Seattle, Portland, and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Of note this year, I received my first patent (#7,133,907) five years after filing it.
I think the highlight again this year, however, was my visit to Japan.¬† During a trip for meetings in the Shidome area of Tokyo, I found time to visit a beautiful garden (pictures) stuck in the middle of the city and take a day trip with some fellow DMTF Board members to Hakone, where I took this picture of Mt. Fuji (ÂØåÂ£´Â±±):
After the Tokyo meetings, I visited Kamakura for a day (pictures). Finally on my last day in Japan, I met someone with whom I had only corresponded previously via email. Her name is Misako (Misa), and we had a great Sushi lunch from the top of a building overlooking the Shiodome district. Here is a picture I took of her at lunch:
We had a great time and continued our correspondence after I returned home. She visited Colorado over Thanksgiving break and we have been inseparable ever since:
So here is wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in 2007 from Mark and Misa.
Saturday, December 23, 2006