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Old 12-23-2009, 06:27 PM   #41
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After megacorp decided to give us a 2 week vacation using our own vacation time (read forced plant closing) for the 2nd year in a row, I have finally figured out how to enjoy myself for the 2 weeks. The first year I nearly drove myself crazy doing nothing but watching TV and playing computer games.

Let's see a few days in Montreal visiting friends, dancing, drinking, and generally being a cad followed by a few days in NY visiting family and pretending to be an alter boy followed by a few more days back home taking dance lessons and attending what is expected to be a crazy NYE party where the party organizer encourages the party goers to "get rooms" at the hotel just in case, I think I have finally figured out how to enjoy Christmas. FYI: I'm not getting any rooms. I don't over estimate my sex appeal or the general libidinousness of American women.
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FYI: I'm not getting any rooms. I don't over estimate my sex appeal or the general libidinousness of American women.
Heh. I suspect the reason rooms are recommended has a lot more to do with "too drunk to find your way home" than with anything else...
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Well, since this is the second year in a row that the kids and I are sick, what we do depends on how we feel. Ideally, we host the family for dinner tomorrow night, have Christmas morning here and head to my parents' place in the afternoon. Last year we limped through Xmas eve dinner and doctored the kids (read: clean up barf) all day Xmas. Merry &(*$&%#!ing Xmas and a germy new year.
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Xmas a peaceful but lonely day here, as the closest kids are at the outlaws place this year. So we'll make up for it by leaving Sunday and visiting them for New Years week, and bring in the new year with the six of them. It was a blast last time we did that.
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C'mon now guys...we can live a little Christmas past. This is a pic of me at Christmas when I was about 11 years old. My first 'professional' drawing board.

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Like most Jews we will follow our usual tradition of chinese food and a movie.
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I'm not Jewish, but that's exactly what I plan on doing.....
Although we're going to the Masonic Lodge for roast beast at noon, we've definitely been planning on Chinese from Lin Garden for supper! Maybe somewhere within my Heinz 57 ancestry I'm actually part Jewish as well...ya just never know with our family!
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Heh. I suspect the reason rooms are recommended has a lot more to do with "too drunk to find your way home" than with anything else...
Oh, really? I was thinking that the ladies heard that the great Salsalero BunsGettingFirm is gracing the party. Strange, but I never drink when I dance. Can't imagine being not 100% when the activity demands 100% awareness.
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Once I heard a rehab councillor (a friend, not in professional context ) say that if men/boys were taught to dance in school there would be a lot less drunks around. Most of us require lubrication before being able to (or thinking we can) trip the light fantastic. Personally, I always preferred being in the band. Still got the women, didn't have to dance.
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Our Christmas plans have been a little disrupted this year. I had to come over to England as my Dad was sick and then he died before I arrived. Funeral was yesterday so I am now a lot more relaxed and looking forward to Christmas with my 2 sisters and their families plus my brother who has come over from Australia.

We had planned to have Christmas with my son and daughter in DD's 1st house that they bought earlier this year. We will have New Year with them instead as I am due to get back on the 28th.

On Boxing Day (26th) my brother has tickets for us to go see our local soccer team, Sunderland, in The Stadium of Light playing Everton in a Premier League game. I can't even remember the last time we went to a game together as I went to the USA in 1987 and he to Australia in 1994.
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Yesterday I had Christmas Chinese food at lunch with some former coworkers. Early this afternoon I'll pick up one cousin and we will go to another cousins for Christmas Eve afternoon goodies and presents for the kids. This evening I will be going to the neighbors for Christmas eve goodies. Tomorrow morning I'll be baking and in the afternoon go visiting with the baking and pig out at another cousins, again with presents for the kids time. (If we get freezing rain this will happen Saturday). Sometime I have some other kids presents to deliver. Boxing day I plan to have a nap.
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C'mon now guys...we can live a little Christmas past. This is a pic of me at Christmas when I was about 11 years old. My first 'professional' drawing board.

Got any old Christmas pics to share?
Great pic.
You inspired me to dig out some older childhood pics and digitize them.
Talk about stirring up the cobwebs.

I'm going to guess I was 10 years old, sitting on Santa's lap. So had I been a good girl that year?

The second one was taken on a day when The Bird had escaped her crib (see bars to left in pic).
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We drove all the way from Mississippi to KC, Missouri over 3 days. Started out last weekend - stopped in Memphis to take in Graceland, then on to see DH's father in Arkansas, and then the next day on to Missouri to see DH's mother and extended family. Have been hanging out here since trying not to eat and drink too much...

Today all the children/family will come over for Christmas eve dinner, and it will be a madhouse - but fun as always. This weekend we will drive back but will stop for a night in St. Louis, MO. We are going to go up in the arch and also hope to tour the Budweiser plant.
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Our Christmas plans have been a little disrupted this year. I had to come over to England as my Dad was sick and then he died before I arrived. Funeral was yesterday so I am now a lot more relaxed and looking forward to Christmas with my 2 sisters and their families plus my brother who has come over from Australia.

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On Boxing Day (26th) my brother has tickets for us to go see our local soccer team, Sunderland, in The Stadium of Light playing Everton in a Premier League game. I can't even remember the last time we went to a game together as I went to the USA in 1987 and he to Australia in 1994.
So sorry to hear the news of your father's passing, Alan. It's so difficult when things like this happen, let alone at holiday time. Of course it will make you appreciate family time even more - have a wonderful time with your brother at the soccer game.
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As for old photos, there's a great one of me getting a toy trumpet on Christmas in my underwear, but it may have been lost in a fire years ago.

So here is one from 1962 and one from 1982:

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Our Christmas plans have been a little disrupted this year. I had to come over to England as my Dad was sick and then he died before I arrived. Funeral was yesterday so I am now a lot more relaxed and looking forward to Christmas with my 2 sisters and their families plus my brother who has come over from Australia.
My condolences, Alan. This is difficult at Christmastime.

I am glad you will be able to spend some time with your sisters and brother over Christmas.
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Sorry to hear of the loss of your father Alan. However, I do hope you enjoy your time with your siblings.
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Freebird...I love your pics...especially the 'escapee' one. Dang girl, you had a lot of hair! So precious....

T Al...love your pics, especially the second one. Whew wee...you were one chick magnet and still are!
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Thanks everyone for your kind words.

I just got a text message from DW to say she and DS have arrived safely in Austin with DD for Christmas (I was just starting to get worried)
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Alan...I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Draw strength and make new, sweet memories with your family this Christmas. I will be thinking of you.
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As for old photos, there's a great one of me getting a toy trumpet on Christmas in my underwear, but it may have been lost in a fire years ago.

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Al, it appears that your wife has always been your very big fan. Way to go man.

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