I'm sitting at the kitchen table downstairs at Mike's mom, Deb, and grandmother, mum-mum's, house in Linwood. I used to live in The Hook, right down the street. I'm drinking a white russian, and making merry for Christmas Eve. Got here with Mike, Claire, and Shelly. Claire isn't feeling so great, but there's deviled eggs here anyway. Gary and Danielle aren't here yet, but other assorted friends and relatives are.