Christmas Letter 2001
know the letter you get from the Waite family every Christmas? This year, I
asked if I could write it. My name is Monster, and I am the dog who lives with
the Waites. If youíre wondering how Iím writing this, itís simple: bark
recognition software. After all, itís tough to type with paws. I figure if I
write the letter, they will have more time to get me food.
I might as well get this out
of the way; Margie worked too much as usual. Sheís been doing better though,
with her average workday only 11.2 hours. Thatís down from her 12-hour average
year to date. Progress! Excuse me; I have to go outside now. Iím back. Wait, I
want to go out again. I wish I knew how to work that stupid doorknob. Then I
could let myself out. Or in. Or out.
We had lots of visitors this
year. My family was very popular, especially with Margieís family and friends.
I was glad to see them all. I hope they come back soon and bring me food. I
hardly get any food you know. It seems like weeks between times they feed me.
Grandma brings me a treat everyday when she brings the boys home from school. I
like her. She and Grandpa have a dog called Betsy. She stays with us sometimes.
For such a little dog, she sure barks a lot. Itís good to have someone to talk
with though. She doesnít get fed enough either. Poor thing. She doesnít
always finish her food right away, so I do it for her. No sense letting it go to
Margie went with Barry to a
conference for planning commissioners. The boys and I stayed with Grandma. I ate
pretty well that week. The family went to the
They had a big party for
Barryís 40th birthday. At least, thatís what I heard. They sent
me to Grandma and Grandpaís for the day. They said it was really fun like
their wedding, with lots of people they wanted to talk to and only a few minutes
for each one. Maybe those people will come back sometime when Iím home. The
family saw the Harry Potter movie at Graumanís Chinese Theater on opening day.
Margie even took the day off from work for the occasion! Excuse me, I have to go
bark at a dog out front. Good, it left. Of course, now thereís a squirrel in
the yard. They are so annoying.
Alex and David went to
The boys have had a great
year in school, with Alex in 4th grade and David in 2nd.
They are both very strong writers and great at science and math, a rare
combination. They want to be scientists with a lab at the cabin. Barryís
helping out at school on Fridays. Those teachers make him work. Imagine, people
having to learn at school. What is the world coming to? He taught another class
at Cal State Long Beach this year. What I really canít imagine is people
paying to hear him talk!
At the cabin, our neighbor
is a big
The family will be spending
Christmas with Margieís family in
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Thatís about it. I hope to see you soon. Bring a biscuit!