Happy Holidays

“Merry Christmas” in Dutch. My daughter gave me this card, obviously as a reminder of the good old days when Dexter’s Lab and Cartoon Network were broadcasted on Dutch television (now our cable provider has changed the menu of channels). Watching Dexter while sitting on the couch with my daughter and sipping tea with cookies was our daily routine after schooltime.

A great idea! She knows who her father’s hero’s are! (last year she bought an owl for me as a christmas tree decoration)  “What a Beautfiul Day for Science”, Dexter used to say when he woke up,  and I still use it as my morning prayer.

Christmas is also named Newtonmass by geeks.  I already wrote on that, last year. “Happy Holidays” sounds good, too. For now, I wish 2010 may be a beautiful year for Science.

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