I went to Circuit City with dad this afternoon. We had to return an item and wanted to pick up a couple of things. When I got home I tried connecting the camcorder to my new laptop with the firewire cable we just purchased. It connected and functioned just fine. Transferring old video to digital format will probably become a comon practice in our household in the near future. Grandma was home when we returned . She came over to join us for dinner this evening. Dad made his jambalya, which was especially good. The fresh shrimp he got were a big help. A short while after dinner we opened the presents from Grandma Laughlin. She have be a biography of Richard Nixon, some camera film and a few other assorted items. Following that I folled with my laptop for a good while longer, updated this log somehwat and went to bed around 3 AM.