Tom Foreman | BIO
Reporter's Note: President Obama is working today. I’m not. I mean, except for writing my daily letter to the White House.
Dear Mr. President,
Today is my birthday, just in case Biden didn’t tell you. It is my wife’s birthday, too. I think I’ve mentioned before that we share that peculiar connection in addition to having the same anniversary. To celebrate, I have taken the day off and she and I are going to hang out, get some lunch, exchange gifts. It will be nice. I mention it because I will be aggressively avoiding my cell phone so if you want to reach me you’d probably better text me an “urgent” or “911” before dialing.
I’m tending a bit to home business with the holidays looming, and trying to work in a little cool out time if only to pace myself. Speaking of which, did you see the Redskins game yesterday? I couldn’t even count all the passes they dropped. Those guys couldn’t catch a cold. But my Saints did well, so that’s nice.
I truly thought I’d have the Christmas lights up by now, but it seems as if I just can’t get started. I’ve had the energy and inspiration a couple of times, but then something else got in the way. Part of the problem is that we’ve wanted to change up our motif a bit, and we’re not sure how. You get into a rut after a while; same old lights in the same old places. We’re considering a penguin theme out front, which is kind of goofy since there are no penguins at the North Pole, but we’ll see.
The morning started with something unusual. I’ve been running a good bit more lately and decided I really needed to get in six miles today, so I tumbled out of bed in the dark shortly after six and took off. It was cold and no one was moving, so it felt a little creepy at first. But by the time I wound around through the neighborhood a bit and made it down to the Potomac River, everything was dimly visible in a bluish, pre-dawn light.
After I warmed up, it was really very nice. Wind whistling under the edges of my cap, my feet softly crunching on the dirt path, squirrels and deer skittering away. I made it home shortly before the sun actually rose (I think. It was kind of cloudy so I couldn’t tell for sure.) Let the dog out, read the newspaper for a few minutes, then roused everyone for church. Good times. That said, in church I was fairly overwhelmed by the warmth of sunlight through the windows and the after effects of all that effort. It was all I could do to stay awake. Anyway, although I am taking it easy I hope your week is off to a good start. I’m sure that jobs report late last week was tough to take. But as I thought when the cold and dark were pressing around my run, hang in there and wait for sunrise.
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