Tag: Christmas

The Perfect Gag Gift

Speaking with a family member (via an actual phone call) yesterday, she expounded upon Facebook’s utility as it related to “keeping up with folks without having to exert much effort.” Hence I couldn’t think of a stocking stuffer any more meaningless …


If you got one, I feel for you.

MG signing off (pressing everyone to pick up their phone and dial their loved ones this Christmas day, instead of using Facebook)

Something Clement Clarke Moore wrote in 1823

The reindeer are fueled up …

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,
Gave a lustre of midday to objects below,
When what to my wondering eyes did appear,
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny rein-deer,
With a little old driver so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment he must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
“Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donder and Blixen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”
As leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the housetop the coursers they flew
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too –
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a pedler just opening his pack.
His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples, how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly
That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight –
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

MG signing off (wishing all a merry Christmas)


Christmas Tradition

Everyone has their holiday traditions, and the table fare is usually part of it…

Chili Cheese Dogs - A Christmas Tradition

Merry Christmas.

MG signing off (because you don’t break with tradition)

The shopping is done

As of the 17th of December, which sets a new record for your’s truly. The earliest completion prior was December 24th, 8:45pm.

Still, par for the course, there was a personal purchase too…

Abel Classic

Those Abel folks make some fine fly reels.

MG signing off (to kick back until Christmas)

Merry Christmas

Find the digital artist in you (even if the work product is fit for kindergarten).

Proof Santa Claus has his priorities straight

Sorry Sooners…Santa is a Gator fan

Merry Christmas!

Experts predict spam for Christmas – spend time with family instead, please

Experts are predicting a spam flood for Christmas, and I think “experts” are just experiencing the holiday blues and looking for some attention.

After the fall flood, most would agree than things have slowed considerably. I for one haven’t received any spam in days, and the rate has been nominal since the middle of November. Christmas is only days away.

Even spammers need a break, and I think they are taking it right now. Any thoughts?

UPDATE: An email security vendor reported a 35% jump in spam during November. Sorry I missed it.

Happy, Merry Everything, Everywhere

To Friends and Family in:

Clearwater, Jacksonville, Orlando, Gainesville, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Miami Beach, and Coral Gables, FL;
Alpharetta, GA;
Falls Church and Alexandria, VA;
Washington, DC;
Baltimore and Phoenix, MD;
Newtown, PA;
Carmel, IN;
Chicago, Hinsdale, Evanston, Highland Park, Northbrook and Wilmette, IL;
Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Steamboat Springs, CO;
Salt Lake City and Park City, UT;
San Francisco, Mill Valley, Los Angeles, and San Diego, CA;
Jackson, WY;
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico;
Sydney and Normanhurst, Australia;
Taby, Sweden;
McMurdo Bay, Antarctica;

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah (which you can actually say on the same day this year), and to the couple of Buddhists in the crew, Happy Everything!