xmascard 13: credits, comments, ani and bob news for
Most of the "bad words" (paralaccia) in English are 4
letter words, so "becoming a four letter word" is like putting it into that
bad word category of "swear words". Good luck, my Italian friends, at understanding this year's theme.
ObamaCare (a 5 letter name attached to a 4 letter
word), the derogatory nickname conservatives nailed on the Affordable Care
Act, seemed to be the biggest issue of the year in the USA until the NSA Big
Brother spying action took over some attention thanks to revelations made
earlier by whistleblower Edward
Snowden. Republicans hated this old style Republican private health insurance plan so
much they shut down The Government (you know, the leader of the free world
organization). Then the key step forward of the Affordable Care Act�the
grand opening of the federal health care insurance exchange website in
bungled by incompetent private contractors, delaying access to the public by
about a month. We missed the December 24 Christmas eve deadline this year for the first
time since our wedding in 1992 when we were still bogged down in thank you
Meanwhile Obama continues waging war on whistleblowers and open
government. Deports lots more immigrants. His drone warfare continues even more insidiously,
racking up more and more civilian victims and turning an increasing number
of targeted populations against the USA. And his war in Afganistan just won't go
according to plan.
The Syrian birthplaces of Ani (Damascus) and her mom Isgouhi (Aleppo) are both
embroiled in a brutal conflict between two evil groups which have no regard
for the innocent civilians caught in the middle, while the world looks on
stalemated by geopolitics of Russia, China and the USA.
Okay, we stole this Santa Obama sketch from last year (Bad Santa, Worse
Santa), but it seemed so appropriate and we
had no other ideas. And we ran out of time. Now Bad Santa is a worse Santa.
page 1: our first selfies taken after the 2013
Mendel Award Dinner 2013 dressup event.
An memorable overnight visit to Siena in July.
Predinner drinks at our Rome home with Fabrizio the day after Ferragosto.
Photo by Fabrizio.
Our first real vacation in 5 years, and we finally found the destination of
Radisson Blu Resort just 10 minutes north of Grand Case, St Martin,
hidden in its own secluded white sand beach calm water cove. Mid-October
Sunday lunch with deliciously cheap French rose wine in nearly deserted
Marigot, St Martin.
- Miscellaneous news:
The annual fight with Microsoft products
continues. The card was designed in Microsoft Expression Web, the successor
to Microsoft FrontPage, its discontinued but still useful web editing
software (which does not seem to run under Windows 8, on our home desktop,
hence we moved on to MEW). But when you try to print the page to PDF, the
spacing is all lost and each very nicely designed page spills over onto
multiple pages. I transferred the file back to my Windows 7 laptop where I
still use FP, and printed to PDF, but somehow the photos on screen looked
all choppy and filesizes were way bigger than the sum of the graphics files,
although it seemed to print okay on paper. My final idea was to copy the
page from MEW into MS Word with minimal margins, and save as PDF, which
resulted in a file so small it seemed magic (compared to the original photo
sizes). The only hitch was that in Word it is impossible for an amateur like
me to insert spaces between the photos like in my original web page. Why
can't Microsoft deliver better service for relatively simple tasks like
- More bonus photos:
For photos of our summers 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 in Italy, check out our
Facebook uploaded photos. Lots of Italian food shots! Too many food shots.You
should see bob's photo archive! Food, food, food and more food. Our talents
in the kitchen at least keep us relatively happy together.
- The color of the paper this year was orchid. As usual Fed-Ex (Ex-Kinkos) did the work. This annual enterprise was sent out to about 480 recipients all over the world with nice
Sealed with Love
(forever) stamps to the domestic crowd (46 cents),
holiday wreath ($1.10 ouch!).
the dr bob negative profit
(okay, we had a few stamps leftover)
$128.26 for 500 Kinko colored paper BW copies with Z-fold (okay, we had
twenty some left over)
$23.09 No 10 Window
241b gummed envelopes shipped from Staples.com
Total: $483.70. (okay, we
had some leftovers).
sending smiles around the world is serious
This is for later maybe...