Buzzard
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December 25th, 2012 at 3:13:43 PM permalink
As a kid I was never afraid of jail. I was terrified of facing my Dad when they let me out !
Shed not for her the bitter tear Nor give the heart to vain regret Tis but the casket that lies here, The gem that filled it Sparkles yet
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December 25th, 2012 at 3:38:26 PM permalink
Let me be the last add my Christmas greetings to everyone.

I spent yesterday and last night at the casinos in Tunica. Broke even, which is fine by me. I've had enough of slot machines for a while now and probably won't go back for a couple of months.

Left at first light this morning to come home because of the bad weather that was predicted, both for the Memphis area and for my town, and was ahead of the rain all the way home, cruising at 75 with the Interstate practically to myself. Filled up at a Shell station in Hernando Mississippi where gas was $2.98/gal, and that was like hitting a small jackpot because everywhere else was charging $3.19.

I hope everyone enjoys a prosperous and healthy 2013.
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December 25th, 2012 at 3:51:42 PM permalink
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In the Stanley Kubrick Film The Shining, Danny, the son of Jack Torrance rides through the long halls of the haunted hotel on a Big Wheel.



Didn't that look like great fun though?! At least until he came to those ghastly looking twins, or the elevators full of blood.

By the way, the exterior of the Overlook is the Timberline Lodge, at the foot of Mount Hood, Oregon, which I tried to climb last year. The interior shots were at some other hotel, I think in Colorado.
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Nareed
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December 25th, 2012 at 4:44:54 PM permalink
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Pass the dunce hat, as I have never correctly assembled anything from Ikea, and to even do it wrong took me most of the day.



I've assembled some furniture bought at Office Depot, Sam's and Costco. I've never had any problem or took more than one hour (and that was a complicated three-section desk). I've always had help, or was helping someone else. But it was easy.

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It made me feel a little better when there was an episode of The Big Bang Theory when Penny was successfully assembling a piece of furntiure when the four scientists took over. If I remember correctly, it took them all day.



Not even close! Penny's putting it together, saying she can handle it, when the boys begin to redesign it. So they need more tools and materials, they want to set up a cooling system, repeaters for the remote, etc etc. The episode ends with the boys leaving the apartment to go hunting for supplies.
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EvenBob
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December 25th, 2012 at 5:08:42 PM permalink
Quote: Wizard

Didn't that look like great fun though?!



Why wouldn't your 6 year old want a Big Wheel? She
can't be sophisticated enough at 6 to worry that other
kids might disapprove, maybe she's scared of it.
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JohnnyQ
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December 25th, 2012 at 6:18:47 PM permalink
The Q's Christmas:

- We're in Orlando. The rest of the family has S
Season Passes and I upgraded my daily tickets to
one also.

- Surprisingly, it was not unbearably crowded at
Universal Studios today. Definitely crowded, just
not unbearable. I did the big roller coaster on
the "Harry Potter" side with my oldest daughter,
doing the "single" line and waiting about 10
minutes.

- We did this while Mrs Q and #2 went to see
Les Mis.

- The Spiderman ride wait was too long the
entire time we were there (at least for me)
so didn't do it this time around. Ditto for
the Harry Potter ride, which I did last year.

- The way the park is laid out, we always do a
ton of walking.

- Also did the cool "Rockit" coaster on the other
side with only a 35 minute wait later in the
afternoon.

- Long drive tomorrow to get up to see my
folks.

- WEATHER PERMITTING, we'll hit Horseshoe
Southern Indiana on the way home on Friday.
Like the castle in its corner In a medieval game; I foresee terrible trouble And I stay here just the same
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December 25th, 2012 at 6:23:33 PM permalink
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The episode ends with the boys leaving the apartment to go hunting for supplies.



Didn't Penny finish it while they were gone? I've seen most episodes 3-4 times, but this some seems to have aluded me, as I've seen it only once.

Quote: JQ

Surprisingly, it was not unbearably crowded at Universal Studios today.



I can't speak for Universal Studios in Florida, but I worked at Disneyland in 1985. Trust me -- never go there between Christmas and New Years. You'll spend the whole day standing in lines.
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RaleighCraps
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December 25th, 2012 at 6:54:51 PM permalink
Well, I got my come uppings for working on the house on Christmas.
I am residing the house, replacing all of the wood trim and window trim with PVC, and accenting with rock in various places.
I enclosed a small porch to make a walkin pantry, and was clearing out debris today. Walking past the newly finished garage, and knocked one of my new porch lanterns into outer space. $50 gone. Hope I can get another one just like this one. Karma
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December 25th, 2012 at 7:45:54 PM permalink
We were super low key. I made some minor tweaks to the traditional dinner recipe that all worked great, my daughter made the pears poached in red wine (fantastic), we had family over and drank, and laughed and smiled.
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December 25th, 2012 at 8:07:30 PM permalink
The second half of the day was better. In the afternoon my daughter took the Big Wheel out twice, although didn't ride it very far either time. At dinner I shot the campaign cork right into the chandelier, breaking one of the crystals, against my wife's suggestion. This could have easily set off the annual Christmas fight, but she restrained herself and let me off with an "I told you so."

Dinner was great. The pot roast was a little underdone, so I put it on the BBQ to finish it off. However, while I was firing off some texts, including to Nick, suddenly the dripping fat reached a critical mass, and the entire BBQ erupted in flames, besides being set on "low." So the meat was charred on the outside, and lacked the yummy juicy fat that roast beef is supposed to have, but was still edible.

Costco has had a great Malbec wine on sale, which I loaded up on. We had a bottle for dinner, which was good beyond words. To be specific, it is called "Las Acequias" (2007). I know the purchaser for Costco's wines usually does a terrible job, he this stuff is fantastic, and only about $8 a bottle. My Christmas gift to the forum -- stock up! I have about 50 bottles stockpiled, and I think I'll buy more.

After dinner we played a game of Settlers of Catan, which I didn't win, due to a shortage of ore, but still a good game, which my older daughter won.

All things considered, a better than average Wizard Christmas. I wish the entire forum a prospero nuevo año.
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