The Coyne'r'Butch Christmas Letter 2006

  Hi, Everyone! It's a Christmas letter from Coyne'r'Butch.

My Christmas Card

One might ask, "What did the card you sent in 2006 look like?" One might ask, but since I didn't actually send a card in 2006, there's nothing really to show.

But actually, the cards I would have sent in 2006 became 2007's cards, so go to that page ...

Why Coyne'r'Butch

My grandfather's name was Coyne Carl; my Dad's name is, Coyne Lenard. My name is Coyne Eugene. Growing up, to avoid confusion, my Dad and I were given nicknames: Sonny and Butch, respectively. So, to everyone at home, I am Butch—not only do I respond to the name I actually use it as well, automatically. (Such as in, "Hello, this is Butch.")

But I like the name Coyne and I wanted everyone to know that was my name. So when I left home for college, I first tried to figure out a way to introduce myself as Coyne ("but call me Butch"). The methods I tried seemed clumsy and confusing to others, so I finally settled for introducing myself simply as Coyne.

Now, of course, I was doing this letter and the question arose: Should it be "Coyne's" Christmas letter or "Butch's"? I settled for both.

So what else should I write? Hmmm....

The Job

Because I only write Christmas letters once in a blue Christmas (like a blue moon, but even more rare) I'm pretty sure I haven't written anything since I became a Software Architect at Florida Hospital. This is kind of like having a job, but with lots of fun stuff like telling everyone else how to build software instead of them telling you (at least part of the time). More accurately, a Software Architect is a person that chooses strategies for software design and direction, in order to provide a stable base for application development. (That was really clear, huh?)

Before I was a Software Architect, I was a Systems Programmer. That was in 2003 (see how rare a blue Christmas is?) and I was only in that role for about 5 months before being volunteered (literally) to this role. Not only did I not have much choice in the matter, but it was kind of nice to be volunteered for a job I actually had wanted to do since 1994.

A Picture

Self portrait taken December 8, 2006.Hmmm...oh, yeah, a picture would be good. Looks weird, doesn't it? This was a self-portrait I took December 8th using a time delay, and I look a bit...forced. That's because I would set the timer and then frantically try to get to the right place to be in the picture. The picture came out pretty well,'s me anyway. (Can you believe I used to have hair?)

This was taken in a local nature preserve, the Rock Springs Preserve. (Yes, even though the Florida state bird is the "construction crane", there are still a few things we haven't paved over.)

Christmas Surreal

I sent a second card to as many of you as I could before I ran out. It showed a flamingo surrounded by Christmas lights. I tell you, Christmas in Orlando, Florida can be really surreal if you're from up north. Other weird things I've seen:

  • Christmas lights laid out on green grass. (It only snows in Orlando once in a cerulean Christmas.)
  • A flamingo in a creche.
  • This year, everyone's doing big bubbles with snowmen inside. (Bubble-snowmen, I guess.) Some of them have blowers that throw up a spray of styrofoam balls that are supposed to look like snow. (The first time I saw one of those in a front yard, I thought it was a fountain of water. Actually, they're supposed to look like a snow globe.)
  • A local favorite: Palm trees wrapped in green lights, so they look like a—palm tree.
  • A Santa, in sleigh, towed by flamingos.

Of course, Florida isn't the only place that has surreal things at Christmas. I'm writing this from Sheridan, Wyoming, where I'm visiting for the holidays, and the winning contestant is the candy cane in a yard here. It is all lit up with lights and has on it a flashing sign, arrow shaped, that is labeled, "North Pole." It is, of course, pointing...south??!?

The Promise

Haggai 2:7: I will shake all nations, and the desired of all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory, says the Lord Almighty.

Isaiah 53:5: But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.

Isaiah 7:14: Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel.

The Gift

Luke 2:6-11: While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in clothes and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the the inn.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the the Lord appeard to them, and the glory of the Lord shown around them, and they were terrified.

But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord."

John 3:16-17: "For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

Mark 15:22-24: They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means the place of the Skull). Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. And they crucified him.

Merry Christmas
and a
Peaceful and Happy New Year.