On the It's-Probably-Good-if-This-Never-Happens-Again front, pallets had been set up sometime before 12-24-2011 at 0830 trackside at the warehouse in a series of inverted vees topped off by triangular folding break-down reflectors just to make sure the fouling of 1 with its well-documented results possibly doesn't happen again.
A bit further east, the yard was jammed with racks and general freight, including a quartet of boxes, one SOU and the rest NS, in case there was any doubt about the "S" part of PAS. The gon that on 12-20 had appeared to be a RIP candidate earlier was elsewhere, probably indicating quicker turnaround than has been prior practice.
An ECT was maybe due about 1100, and D-3 was trying to raise the hopefully light PW switcher, but I had responsibilities, so I was outta there. The Heywood, stub, and Dead remained car-free.
While struggling against Holiday-induced mushiness, I hope we all get even more of the positive changes -- and not just the optical ones -- that seem to have happened recently at PAR/S. After growing both up and old with repeated Red Sox cries of "wait 'til next year," it's good to see that next year actually may be here.