Which is not to say that I'm not happy about this year's efforts to have some departmental socialization. The experiment has been mostly successful, at least when compared to the seemingly social wasteland of previous years.
Carole and I met Atri for dinner at Cedars and amazingly were seated upon arrival. This, the second deck seating of the evening, turned out to be much more pleasant. After dinner, I was ready to slip into an Indian food induced coma; so I went home to watch the Office Christmas special, which was every bit as perfect as I'd been told to expect.