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Old 12-24-2011, 11:03 AM   #9341
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Old 12-24-2011, 02:50 PM   #9342
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Wrapped gifts.

DS' car is dying so I'm searching for a replacement or I may buy myself a new rig and let him takeover my ride. Test drove a Suzuki Kizashi - nice car, may be a candidate. But Subaru Legacy looks good too. Or should I loosen the purse strings and splurge for an Audi A4 and just keep it forever? Decisions...decisions.

And watched football...good game so far. Off to BILs for Christmas Eve festivities soon.

Merry Christmas everyone!!!
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I don't know...I hear POTUS has game.
I've heard that too. I'll keep an eye on the local papers for the scores.

We headed to the party at 4:30 PM after learning that AF ONE was landing at 6:30 PM. As we headed across H-1 to the H-3 onramp, we noticed that HPD cars were already blocking other (smaller) H-3 onramps. Luckily at that time on Aloha Friday before Christmas, hardly anybody was on the road to H-3. (Pearlridge Mall was quite another story, as were Costco & Wal-Mart.) Every half-mile or so along H-3 (like at the Ko'olau tunnels) we'd see another pair of patrol cars staged for traffic control. Good place to have a breakdown since you'd get plenty of "help". Bad place to be driving under the influence or with an outstanding warrant for a different kind of "help". Our Houston-driving daughter (now known as "Leadfoot") really had to control her instincts of driving 70 MPH in the 60 MPH zones.

The security perimeter at the neighbor's street was manned by... I have no idea. They were all in civvies-- jeans & polo shirts, not local, but not obviously armed. However one guy had a clipboard, and he looked official enough standing behind the traffic barrier. He checked our IDs and let us in. We were going to offer to share some of our special fudge brownies with them but decided that generosity probably wouldn't be taken in the spirit it was intended.

Parking was great. No need to lock the car, either.

ClifP and I both felt uncomfortable drinking alcohol, although nobody could decide whether the breathalyzer would be used on the outgoing traffic as well as the incoming.

I'm not sure what time the motorcade approached, but all of a sudden people rushed out of the house to line the street. It took two ambulances, a dozen HPD vehicles, a couple SUVs, and a press bus to get the President to his destination. (The press bus was brightly lit inside, making it look suspiciously like a high-value target-- or at least like a big plastic bubble that the Secret Service could keep an eye on.) They drove by the crowd at about 15 MPH, and our NROTC daughter got a nice shaka from her CinC.

All things considered, it was a very nice party.

We saw a USCG chief petty officer leaving as we were driving up. I'll bet they have a cutter patrolling the beach all weekend.
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Today is running very smooth. Washing DW's new car secretly won't be as much of a problem as I thought. I think I have enough room to bucket wash the car in the workshop without opening the door. It's just a matter of when - probably around 6am tomorrow.

This morning I decided to get some new microfiber towels to wipe it down with after I wash it, and told DW that I was going to Menards to pick up a new bathroom faucet. She said she wanted to come with. So we got the faucet (no towels), and stopped at MIL's to pick up some stuff. Luckily MIL said nothing to give away tomorrow's surprise.

I started installing the faucet, but of course had to make an emergency trip (alone) to get plumbers putty, etc (and the towels).

DW has asked several times that I get her (old) car repainted as her Christmas gift. She asked again today how that was coming. I said I'm still waiting for a quote. I now have the final steps of the plan ready.
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Got up at 4am. Shut down outside door detection "beeps". Opened the garage door manually. Put her old car in neutral and pushed it out into the driveway. Went to my workshop and washed the new car, put on the plates and a big green bow. Then drove it into the garage and went back to bed.

DW woke up and I told her that I was getting her car (the old one) repainted as her Christmas gift, but the the repair shop was worried that they couldn't repaint over the spot on the roof. DW said "what spot? - there's no spot on my roof!" and went to the garage to inspect. She saw the bow on the car roof and said "Oh - that spot - how clever!". She didn't recognize that the bow was on the new car. Then she said "Those aren't my license plates", looked closer and screamed. I think she's happy. I know I'm happy that this is finally over.
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So glad you pulled it off successfully, Ronstar!

Merry Christmas, everyone.
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Slacker?? I just finished with my elaborate Christmas light installation!
Sure! That's symbolic of a tumbleweed, a native plant, isn't it?
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Got up at 4am. Shut down outside door detection "beeps". Opened the garage door manually. Put her old car in neutral and pushed it out into the driveway. Went to my workshop and washed the new car, put on the plates and a big green bow. Then drove it into the garage and went back to bed.

DW woke up and I told her that I was getting her car (the old one) repainted as her Christmas gift, but the the repair shop was worried that they couldn't repaint over the spot on the roof. DW said "what spot? - there's no spot on my roof!" and went to the garage to inspect. She saw the bow on the car roof and said "Oh - that spot - how clever!". She didn't recognize that the bow was on the new car. Then she said "Those aren't my license plates", looked closer and screamed. I think she's happy. I know I'm happy that this is finally over.
Well done RonSanta! You deserve more than eggnog for this one.....where is that mistletoe?
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Got up at 4am. Shut down outside door detection "beeps". Opened the garage door manually. Put her old car in neutral and pushed it out into the driveway. Went to my workshop and washed the new car, put on the plates and a big green bow. Then drove it into the garage and went back to bed.

DW woke up and I told her that I was getting her car (the old one) repainted as her Christmas gift, but the the repair shop was worried that they couldn't repaint over the spot on the roof. DW said "what spot? - there's no spot on my roof!" and went to the garage to inspect. She saw the bow on the car roof and said "Oh - that spot - how clever!". She didn't recognize that the bow was on the new car. Then she said "Those aren't my license plates", looked closer and screamed. I think she's happy. I know I'm happy that this is finally over.

Wow ! That has always been my Christmas present fantasy . Tell your wife she's a lucky woman !
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Excellent!!! Don't you love it when a plan comes together!!!
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Got up at 4am. Shut down outside door detection "beeps". Opened the garage door manually. Put her old car in neutral and pushed it out into the driveway. Went to my workshop and washed the new car, put on the plates and a big green bow. Then drove it into the garage and went back to bed.

DW woke up and I told her that I was getting her car (the old one) repainted as her Christmas gift, but the the repair shop was worried that they couldn't repaint over the spot on the roof. DW said "what spot? - there's no spot on my roof!" and went to the garage to inspect. She saw the bow on the car roof and said "Oh - that spot - how clever!". She didn't recognize that the bow was on the new car. Then she said "Those aren't my license plates", looked closer and screamed. I think she's happy. I know I'm happy that this is finally over.
Well done!

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Pulled money out of TSP after asking myself: "What am I saving this for?"
Khan, very kind of you to do this. You have made others happy and yourself as well! Good for you.
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Last Sunday had 24 family over for a pot luck Christmas dinner. We all had a good time.

Friday had pot luck lunch with a collection of former co workers and had a good time

Spent today day hosting my cousin and her son and daughter. We had a great but quiet day. Ate a lot of junk food and cooked for the kids.

Tomorrow I will have another full dinner with another cousin and visit my favourite two year old.

This has truly been a blessed Christmas. Must diet after new year.
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In keeping with the highest standards of military tradition, after a sustained superior effort far above & beyond the call of duty and with complete & utter disregard for my own personal safety while on a mission of critical importance to national security*, I think I've finally succeeded in overdosing on holiday chocolate.

We'll have to see if this dawning awareness is the first step in aversion therapy. Perhaps, just to be safe, and in the interests of scientific thoroughness, additional fiber research is called for.


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Spent the day with old and new friends, snowshoeing, eating a wonderful Christmas dinner, and playing a hilarious game of Trivial Pursuit. Life is good!
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Great day at home with DW, youngest son and his girlfriend. Plenty of presents all around, some nice walks, and played a card game till bed time. In between, a big turkey dinner and plenty of adult drinks- they stayed the night and will head back home sometime today. They talked of leaving early but I realize that for them, early is probably mid afternoon!

Nice work Ronstar, on the deception!
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In keeping with the highest standards of military tradition, after a sustained superior effort far above & beyond the call of duty and with complete & utter disregard for my own personal safety while on a mission of critical importance to national security*, I think I've finally succeeded in overdosing on holiday chocolate.

We'll have to see if this dawning awareness is the first step in aversion therapy. Perhaps, just to be safe, and in the interests of scientific thoroughness, additional fiber research is called for.


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"...NORDS has brought great credit upon himself, his unit and the entire United States Navy."

Well done Commander, forks away!
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Well done Commander, forks away!
Ah, thanks, I was too bloated busy to wedge myself back into our naval archives closet under our steps...
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