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Rocky Mountain Snyder Family XMAS | 16

This actually happened to me. I’m in a cab on my way to the Mirage on the strip. I see this big sign that says, “Book Tours Here.” And I think, “Oh cool. They’ve got a tour about books. I wonder what that’s all about. Man, Vegas has everything.” The car pulls forward and I see another sign … “Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours.” Oh. Continue reading

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Rocky Mountain Snyder Family XMAS | 2015

Sam likes videos and filmmaking, so this year he joined KRAM, which is a student-run video production group that makes weekly newscasts. They also made a spoof of the TV cartoon, Scooby-Doo. Sam played the villain. He wore a mask that looks like a basketball; his character was called, Slam Dunk. At the end of the video, the school’s security officer ad-libbed the line, “Come on Slam Dunk, I’m taking you to the slammer.” Continue reading

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Rocky Mountain Snyder Family XMAS 14

She looks down at the gas gauge. “Charlie, your gas light is on!?!” Ordinarily, running nearly empty is no big deal. You just get off at the next exit and gas up, but we were in the middle of 76, a highway that traverses a grand expanse of nothingness. There are civilized towns at the beginning and end and nothing in the middle. We were in the middle. We were going to run out of gas in the middle of nowhere.
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Rocky Mountain Snyder Family XMAS | 13

Eleven years ago, I went to my first Falfins Swim Team banquet and as I look back, I remember thinking, “God, how long is this going to take?” In May, my all-growed-up 18-year-old, Carli, gave her senior farewell speech. Meanwhile, I’m sure there was some age-group dad sitting in the back, complaining, “I can’t believe there’s no beer at this banquet.” Been there, thought that. Continue reading

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Rocky Mountain Snyder Family XMAS | 12

Tweet Dear Family and Friends: Merry Christmas. I hope you are well. I’m okay now, but last week I was in rough shape. Most commonly overheard phrase in the Snyder household in 2012: “Don’t use the debit card until the … Continue reading

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Rocky Mountain Snyder Family XMAS | 11

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Last night after a hard-fought baseball game, Sam and I ended up at the Overtime Sports Bar to eat. I was transported back in time to the taverns of Minnesota; the only thing missing was a meat raffle. Then Sam turns to me and says, “Dad, I like bars.” Me too, son, me too. – July 19 Continue reading

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Rocky Mountain Snyder Family XMAS | 10

Just like my trip with the girls a few years back, we left Mount Rushmore and headed for Hot Springs to spend the night. We had to stop the car to let some buffalo cross the road and then some deer. After dinner in Hot Springs, while walking to the car, I looked up and saw the sky covered in what I called “death clouds.” Imagine the most ominous clouds you’ve ever seen … these were worse. I thought, “We’re dead.” Continue reading

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