I am just back from a brief vacation, and will be getting back to posting on cases shortly, but in the meantime, once again, we have an original piece of artwork by Marshall artist Carol Pace as our Christmas card. This year the subject is The Christmas Train in honor of Marshall's train heritage. The actual idea came about because 2012 is the centennial of the historic Marshall Depot, so the subject just seemed a good fit this year. (Carol also did a little caboose for the back of the card, as you can see from this photo of this year's card with her prior ones).
The original watercolor, along with the runner-up, which is of the engine that's out at the Depot now, hangs out front in our firm's reception area, where's it's spotlit for visiting Wonderland of Lights passers-by along with the other artwork walls.
The location is actually traditional - for decades the Kariel family had train pictures and memorabilia in the display windows of the Hub Shoe Store (Audrey Kariel was instrumental in preserving the Depot back in the late 1980's, so her husband's store windows tended to be an interesting mix of T&P Railroad and men's shoes), so we're glad to return those to the store, uh, office windows. (I've almost given up trying to refer to this building as an office - it's "the store" that just happens to house our law offices).
In other news, visiting lawyers will be happy to hear that we beefed up our caffeination capacity on the visiting side with a new coffee station in the 111 side conference room. Just in time for the patent status conferences tomorrow morning, in fact...