And the winner is . . .

Congratulations to the Earthworm Jim Family of New York on winning the Fourth Annual 2007 Christmas Quiz! Your Amazon Gift Certificate ($19.93) is on its way to you.

Here are the results (see rules for point system):

1st: The Earthworm Jim Family of New York — 29 – 4 = 25
2nd: The Emsworth Habs — 32.5 – 10 = 22.5
3rd: The Bedford Habs — 26 – 5 = 21

To avoid red faces, the Houston and Stables Habs’ scores will not be posted here. Sorry if everyone found it a little difficult. John was the only participant here in Houston, and almost had a breakdown when he got to Question D9.

And for those of you saying “who the heck is Earthworm Jim?”, he is a Director of The Pinetar Experience, my fantasy Baseball community, and, of course, one of’s most loyal readers and prolific commenters. Thank you for participating, Mr. Jim. Perhaps this will encourage more non-Habs to enter next year.

Quiz answers

Maiden voyage

I taught my first yoga class this morning; i.e. one with paying customers! Details: it was a 6 a.m. class. There were 21 students (seven men and fourteen women) and no beginners. I got them in and out of the poses and nobody left the room except for one student who had to catch a flight to Toronto. I left out the second set of Half Tortoise but was quickly corrected by the people who obviously wanted to delay Camel as long as possible. My main problems were with the lefts and the rights. I’d practiced the rights over and over, but when it came to switching them around I was stuttering a little. One line, for instance, goes: “Create pressure with your left foot sole against the right leg biceps of the thigh muscle.” It’s tough enough to remember that line without substituting rights with lefts and lefts with rights. But I muddled through and the boss seemed happy.

Beth taught yesterday’s 6 a.m. and Taz did today’s 8 a.m. We are done with our first classes. It’s a relief. Now we know we can do it. Our journey has begun.

It's a girl!

What a difference between Wendy2 (2002) and Wendy3 (2007). She may look the same to you, but she’s not. There have been some major improvements over the last five years.

Details and more pictures to follow.

BTW, Wendy3 may be named “Rose” instead. That name is coming to me every time I look at her.

The Fourth Annual Christmas Quiz

Yes! It’s that time again. Here are the rules:

This quiz is open to any household that contains a Habershon, a née Habershon, a regular commenter, or anyone who resides on the Branch Office page.

The quiz comprises 60 questions divided into different sections. One point will be awarded for each correct answer. However, this year there will be a handicapping system. One point will be deducted/added for each household with more than/fewer than four participants. For example, if there are ten participants, six points will be deducted. And if there are only two participants, two points will be added.

The team with the highest score will receive a £10 (or equivalent currency) Amazon gift voucher. If there are more than eight entries a second prize will be awarded. Correct answers and the team results will be published on the website as soon as possible after the closing date.

No looking up answers on the internet or in reference books. All answers must come straight from your heads. Submit your answers to the Webmistress (cjathearn @ no later than 11pm GMT on December 28th.

As usual, no correspondence will be entered into, and the Quizmaster’s decision is final. Only one entry per household.

And HERE’S THE QUIZ! Remember to print it before you head to your Christmas celebrations. Note: it’s in .pdf format and is four pages long. The first and last pages have been left intentionally blank to prevent anyone from seeing a question in advance.

Good luck!

Empty apartment

Our tenant left yesterday. She lived upstairs for almost two and a half years. Her company transferred her back to the Paris office. We are going to fix up the kitchen over Christmas and see if it’s feasible to move the water heater up to the attic to make more space.

Meanwhile, we’ll enjoy having the house to ourselves but will definitely miss that rent cheque.