We had the first real snow of the season today. It was a good day to put up a Christmas tree but the pre-lit tree was found to be only partially lit this year and wasn't repairable. It's an odd year, definitely. In the middle of a recession, Lowes had marked down all their Christmas stuff and every tree was sold except for a few with clear lights. The hands down favorite around here apparently are the multi colored ones. Across the street, I noticed the Armco (AK Steel) perpetual blue flame had been turned off, which was the first time in my lifetime that I've noticed that.