So, not as much to write about the second half of my vacation, mostly because I did more or less the same things that I also did on my previous two vacations in Albany. I played cards and pool with my grandfather, dad, Nance, and/or Betsy. I visited Charlie and we somehow finished off an entire bottle of Damrak in one night (and Charlie later told me that I was responsible for about a third of that), and he made a very thick pasta which was still quite good if one treated it as noodles. He also gave me the uncouth yet surprisingly effective idea of smoking the stub of a cigar in one's pipe.
Probably the big event was the Hamm family Christmas on Saturday. I had tried to pick out individual presents for everyone who'd be there and badly failed, so I had instead decided to buy a bunch of stuff and use a ballot to decide who got what. Certain items were more targeted to certain people, but most of them were things I would have wanted myself (I did in fact end up claiming Napoleon Dynamite for myself, as I had bought one more present than necessary). My idea was a big hit.
After the party, I saw The Good Shepherd with my mom, Vic, and Betsy. I hadn't realized before we were getting ready to leave that it was three hours long. As has been the case with a lot of complex movies that I've seen lately, I wasn't quite able to follow every single point, though I got most of it. It was very engrossing. My other complaint, though it may seem trivial, is that although the story spans 20 years or so, Matt Damon's character never changes appearance all that much, and in the later parts he seems too young.
Then it was back to Dallas, where I was glad to have a long weekend at the end of the week, as I needed another vacation after dealing with all the stuff that had piled up during my first vacation.