I was looking through my so-called archives on the old website, and this story, first posted nine years ago, is still up and alive! That guy Kent Bruyneel sure did work hard, and still does I assume.
I still like this story a whole lot. Much of the sleigh ride scene has been co-opted for a flashback in All-Day Breakfast, so read this and then when the novel comes out in March you can find the scene and beam at it admiringly. You knew the sleigh ride way back when.