2010-12-25 20:00:45.000 – Ryan Knapp, Staff Meteorologist
Merry Christmas from the summit crew!
Today was a beautiful day on the summit. The winds were low and the temperatures were cold but tolerable where you could go out without goggles and face masks. The three of us spent the afternoon outside playing in the snow (Mike and Brian played while I snapped photos) while our volunteers for the week went for a quick hike around the summit. A few hikers were spotted out and about but for the most part, it was only us. The day drew to a close and now we are settling in to open gifts and partake in the delicious spread our volunteers are prepping for us. Overall a great day and a Merry Christmas for the Observatory crew working up here.
Now, over the years here, I have two traditional comments I write around this time of year: a Letter to Santa (see December 10, 2010) and a “summitized” parody of a Christmas story or song. The first poem/song I parodied was “The 12 Days of Christmas” with my version titled “The 12 Days of Summit Christmas”. The following year, I put my own twist on the story of “Twas the Night Before Christmas”. Last year, I spun a twist on “Jingle Bells” with my version called “Summit Weeks”. And this year, I put my twist on “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” with my version titled “Marty the Black-Haired Maine Coon”. I had other ideas but constraints on time narrowed my choice down to this one. But the upside is I can use those other ideas in the coming years. So hopefully you enjoy it. But before I go, our crew would like to wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS and JOYFUL HOLIDAYS!Marty the Black-Haired Maine Coon You know Ryan and Brian
And Michael and Michael,
Stacey and Steven
And the interns that pass through.
But do you recall
The most famous resident of all?
Marty the black-haired Maine coon
Had a very shiny coat
And if you never shone a light on it
You’d be ask’n “where’d he go?”
All of the weather observers
Like to play and give him nicknames
Always letting Marty
Join in all their weather games
Then one cloudy Christmas Night
Santa came to say
Marty since your eyes shine clear
Won’t you watch my many reindeer?
Then all the observers loved him
For all the gifts by their lil’ tree
Marty the black-haired Maine Coon
You’re such a lil’ mystery.
Ryan Knapp, Staff Meteorologist