The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is just not long enough.  There are luncheons and parties to attend.  One of the highlights for me this year was attending the Kern County Bar Association and Kern County Paralegal Association luncheon.  It was a really nice program with entertainment by the Stockdale Christian Third Grade Choir.  The Honorable Gary Friedman did the invocation.  Thanks to Presidents Amber Brewer and Brett Price for a job well done.  We also want to congratulate Barbara Haubrich-Hass.  She was the lucky winner of the Kindle Wood & Randall donated. I also want to thank my friends in Rotary for their warm reception at our Bakersfield East Rotary Club holiday luncheon.   As the president-elect for the club, it is tradition for the PE — that’s me — to emcee the event.  I had a great time at the microphone and am really looking forward to next year.  I do want to thank my staff for all their hard work this year, and especially these last few weeks.  This is a very busy time of year.   It seems everyone is trying to squeeze in that last deposition before the new year.  By Saturday, it will be quieter and it will be time for us all to enjoy our friends and families.  After 30 years in the court reporting business — yes, 30!!! — I am used to the ebb and flow.  I personally look forward to the hustle and bustle and then the slow down for those few weeks.  We will definitely take some time to enjoy our familes, but this year we are having some work done in our Bakersfield office.  It’s time for some new paint and flooring.   Our plan at Wood & Randall is to start the year in a great place. All the best and happy holidays!!!!