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And the “Best Wife in the World” award goes to...

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Okay, so the “Best Wife in the World” award once again goes to my wife, Sarah. We usually have 2 Christmases at our house. Everybody always gets together with their families for “real” Christmas, and so did we. But we also have a Christmas with all of our friends (which we call “UFKS Christmas”) a week or two before “real” Christmas, so that we can all get together without having to compete with other family stuff.

So at UFKS Christmas this year, my wife let me open my “big present” early. It was a new Sony PSP! My wife really knows how to spoil me! It has built-in Wi-Fi, and the latest firmware update has a pretty decent web browser. Another friend got me GTA: Libery City Stories, although I haven’t had the chance to play it yet. I’m thinking about going out today and picking up Burnout Legends and Star Wars: Battlefront II. Very cool stuff.

But what I didn’t know was that my new PSP wasn’t really my “big present”. It was just a decoy, of sorts. She hands me a wrapped DVD, which I promptly opened. Inside the DVD case, however, was a piece of paper with a riddle on it. I figured out that the riddle was another location in the house. I went there, and found another riddle. I couldn’t help but laugh, because I had done the same thing to her for her present — she just didn’t know it yet.

Anyway, I followed the clues to the back seat of her dad’s truck. I opened the door and saw a box that said “42-inch Plasma HD Widescreen”. I was completely dumbfounded. Based on the expression on my face, she thought that I was disappointed, but actually I was just trying to think of something to say. We got it all set up with the new Monster Cable that she’d gotten for it, and it was beautiful in all of it’s 42" Plasma glory.

I got the fourth season of “24” from my parents, so I spent the rest of the weekend watching 24 on my new TV with my already-owned Bose Surround Sound system. It’s like a movie theatre replacement, it’s so awesome! I felt kinda lame when she opened her new Palm T|X with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, a 1GB SD Flash memory card, and a palmOne-branded GPS locator system for her Palm. But all-in-all, it was actually better that we got to spend so much time with our friends and family over this holiday season.

I love my kids, my wife (awesome toy-buyer extraordinaire), my friends that I got to spend a good deal of time with, and those that I consider my family.

Ryan Parman

is an engineering manager with over 20 years of experience across software development, site reliability engineering, and security. He is the creator of SimplePie and AWS SDK for PHP, patented multifactor-authentication-as-a-service at WePay, defined much of the CI/CD and SRE disciplines at McGraw-Hill Education, and came up with the idea of “serverless, event-driven, responsive functions in the cloud” while at Amazon Web Services in 2010. Ryan's aptly-named blog, , is where he writes about ideas longer than . Ambivert. Curious. Not a coffee drinker.