Took the car in for its 50,000 km service at this place that usually services ambulances and therefore was open over the Christmas break. They found some minor problems that had been cusing that annoying noise. Also took it to the tyre service and got a complete new set of tyres. And paid the rego.
Brought several hundred bags and backing boards down and attempted to bag and board the collection on the shelves in Melbourne. Most were in bags they were purchased in and many of these had deteriorated over the years. Many of the older ones - dating back to the 1960s - were in magazine bags n groups of ten or twelve. Perhaps a dozen had backing boards and most of an inferior sort. Barely got half of them done before I ran out of bags. Made some effort to consolidate some collections, which are mostly Marvels from the 1970s. The Fantastic Four collection had issues 2 thru 102 on a shelf but I found other, later issues in boxes in the cupboard labelled "crap comics". It turns out that, expect for perhaps a dozen isues, the collection goes as far as issue 300. The X-Men collection was similar. The collections were consolidated together in one place. I X-Men and Thor back in boxes, to be bagged in Canberra. There's also a large collection of Jack Kirby comics, including Forever People, Jimmy Olsen, Kamandi and Devil Dinosaur. These also need cataloging. Whole thing is still a mess.
Christmas mas much less intense this year with no family gathering. Little Boo and my neices came around so I could admire her leg brace. Jenette was very pleased with her new laptop computer and Reanne even seemed to think the Oggz I gave her were kewl. Later went around to see my cousin cousin Terry and her daughters Jo and Chris, who are a hoot. Haven't yet got around to sending details of this year's trip to Jo to sort out.
Wrote a first cut of the 4,000 word mini-chapter on "Bougainville". This needs a bit more work before it is a "First Draft", but it is close. Also did an edit on "Cartwheel Gets Rolling" to reduce it from 14,000 to 12,000 words.