I’m A Secret Santa

The Engineering Department at ASCO has decided to adopt a needy kid from a list provided by Helping Hands through our HR Department. There were 6 kids on the list given to our company and each child had made out a wish list, plus we were provided with sizes so clothes can be purchased too. Yesterday we went to Wally World and bought a pair of sneakers and a football. Today we stopped at a bookstore and bought a half dozen mystery/educational books.

I also signed up as a Secret Santa on RoadsterChat, a place I do a lot of lurking and very little posting. I went and read up on some of the recent posts by my secret recipient and I know the place I’m going to shop, but I’m having a tough time narrowing down just which “gift” to give.

And for those of you who have been naughty and not nice this year, you will really wish you got a lump of coal in your stocking instead of this cookbook: Natural Harvest- A Collection of Semen-Based Recipes.

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Sturgeon’s Law Re-Explained

Ninety percent of everything is crap.

Derived from a quote by science fiction author Theodore Sturgeon, who once said, “Sure, 90% of everything on the SciFi Channel is crud. That’s because they are now showing wrestling and Mork & Mindy.” Oddly, when Sturgeon’s Law is cited, the final word is almost invariably changed to ‘crap’.

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Thanks, I Think?

When we got home from work tonight, we noticed that someone had raked the front yard. Didn’t clean the driveway or do the small side strip on the other side of the driveway, just the front part. It is not much because about half the yard is landscaped as a natural area, but it would take a person a half hour or so to do the job. There was a nice neat pile of the raked leaves in the street. Very strange. No other yard on either side of us was clean, nor across the street either. Did someone get that far before realizing they were at the wrong house on the wrong street? Is it like those wash your windshield shakedowns at intersections, is someone going to knock on our door tomorrow and want $20?

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William & Mary

We have been watching a British TV show called William & Mary. Cute little show that is about a widower with two kids that meets a single mom with two kids through a dating service. They have a complicated life full of mirth and pathos, partly because he is a mortician and she is a midwife, party because all the kids are teen aged and partly because, well that’s life.

Netflix has 3 discs available with 4 episodes on each which encompasses 2 seasons. They don’t call them seasons tough, kind of hard to when there are only 6 episodes for each one. They call them series. Trouble is the all that is available from Netflix is Series 1 and 2, not the third and final one, you can get it in England though. I could buy it and have it shipped here, but $30 seems a bit much to spend for something that I will have to rip to remove the region coding and rerecord to a DVD to watch it here. May still do it…

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Pelcan On A Post

Last Monday night Donna and I raked up the front yard. We usually do it on Sunday or Monday because the city comes around and picks up the yard waste the same day as the trash, which in our case is Tuesday. Judging by the leaves left on the trees we still had at least a couple more rounds of raking to go before this season was over.

On last Wednesday a line of thunderstorms passed across the southeast, which we fortunately dodged on the drive down to Florida, but unfortunately it knocked a ton of leaves off the trees in the Aiken area. When we pulled into the driveway last night I felt lucky to be able to pick it out from the rest of the yard, there was a thick blanket of fallen leaves covering everything. So today Donna and I raked the leaves up in the front yard again. The only upside to this is that the storm knocked nearly every remaining leaf off the trees, so we may not have to do this again.

At least not in the front yard… 

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{field a} Night Before {field b}

In my email today I received a politically incorrect Ghetto version of Clement Moore’s ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas. I decided to reply with a different version and a quick Googling led me to just the right one. Yesterday I had read a very legal version over on The Rambling Photos Of A Life Lived. I know somebody over on Miata.net made up a Miata themed one that I though about posting here, but I’ll probably wait until next Wednesday for that if I do it.

All this got me thinking about how it seems that just about every segment of the population has it’s own variation. Turns out a fellow named Matthew Monroe collected as many as he could find back a couple years ago and came up with 849 (and that doesn’t include the ghetto or Miata versions.) Find your favorite to pass amongst yourselves HERE.

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Sightless Gas

According to a college student I know, carbon monoxide is a dangerous gas because it displaces oxygen, is odorless, tasteless and sightless.

The gift from my Roadsterchat Secret Santa arrived today and it came all the way from Switzerland (not the one in South Carolina either.)

The gift from my Regions Bank (n?e AmSouth) Secret Santa arrived day before yesterday, the title to the Emperor.

I can imagine the tiny little gas molecules with their tiny little hands feeling their way into my lungs… 

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NUMB3RS

In the continuing quest for another TV series to start watching, this weekend we auditioned NUMB3RS. Almost. I like most of the actors in the show, separately, but for some reason not together. Did they cast the the super smart mathematician first and then start thinking about who should play his father? One of the producers said I have the perfect person, remember the movie Independence Day? Didn’t Jeff Goldblum play a math genius? Get that guy who played his dad. Did he have a father in those dinosaur movies?

I found the cases, so far, interesting, but, and I know they only have 41 minutes to do it in, the investigative procedures seem to take giant leaps only in the right direction.

And for a show that deals with math and logic why, oh why, would they number the four shows on disc one of season one: 101, 103, 104 & 105? 

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Skynet Precursor?

The engineer in the cube across from me is working on something for the company’s web site that will allow customers to specially configure the valve they want. Right now you can buy stock valves from the site, but you have to know what you want, this new way will walk you through getting the right product for the right application. Internally this thing is referred to as the configurator, I’m sure marketing will coin some fancier term for it later. He is working with an outside vendor that is doing all the programing and they are not too prompt with their updates and corrections.

This morning I heard him discussing his woes dealing with the programmers and the configurator with another engineer in NJ, when I heard him say, “It never gives you the same answer twice.” Maybe this program has a mind of its own and it gives a different answer depending on its mood. 

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Somebody Stole My Santa Claus Suit

Randy over on A Voice Wandering In The City asked what your favorite “unusual” Christmas song is and here is mine, Somebody Stole My Santa Claus Suit by the Christmas Jug Band.

Somebody stole my Santa Claus suit.
Somebody ripped off my beard, hat and boots.
Some little fatso is all dressed in red.
He even had the gall to swipe the pillow off my bed.
Now what’s my kids going to think,
If Santas a no-show, well boy, they’ll raise a stink.
But, deck the halls and what the hell,
I still got my jingle bell.
So sucker you can keep the suit,
‘Cause frankly, I don’t give hoot.

Somebody stole my Santa Claus suit.
Somebody ripped off my beard, hat and boots.
Some little fatso is all dressed in red.
He even had the gall to swipe the pillow off my bed.
Now what’s my kids going to think,
If Santas a no-show, well boy, they’ll raise a stink.
But, deck the halls and what the hell,
I still got my jingle bell.
So sucker you can keep the suit,
‘Cause frankly, I don’t give hoot.

But, where oh where is my Santa Claus suit?
That get-up set me back a bundle of loot.
The beard alone was four ninety-eight.
The box it came in was an antique orange crate.
Some body took the whole shabang.
If I find that rolly-polly mother, he’s going to hang.
But gee, I guess that’s no way to be.
He might do some good with it and all, thanks to me.
So sucker you can keep the suit,
‘Cause frankly, I don’t give hoot.

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Christmas Eve

Tuesday we went to the local Movie Gallery to rent some flicks for watching over this 4 day weekend. We picked out 5: Kabluey, In Bruges, This Christmas, Adrift in Manhattan and Bonneville. We were off early today and TNT was showing The Bourne Supremacy, the second in the trilogy, so we watched it and then instead of watching one of our 5 rentals we dug into our own collection and watched the third installment, The Bourne Ultimatum.

Tomorrow for your Christmas gift from me to you, I’ll post a picture of my right knee. Plus I still owe a post on why we stay in Bed & Breakfasts and for Friday, December 12th from our Florida trip. 

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Christmas Shopping

Donna and I headed out sort of early this morning to hit the stores and do some Christmas shopping — for next year. 

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High Colonic

I used to do it every year, but have slacked off the last couple. Lazy, I guess. But today I went ahead and did it. Formatted C: and fresh installed XP. Went fairly smoothly, but after chastising a co worker who recently reformatted C: for forgetting to save his Favorites, I remembered that, but for got the more important Firefox Bookmarks file. DOH!

I did have a copy on the laptop that was fairly recent and I’ve combined it with the older Favorites files and stirred them together, so now I’m busy deleting duplicates. To prevent this in the future I have signed up for Foxmarks, an add-on for Firefox that syncs and backs up bookmarks.

I walked to the end of the driveway and got the paper this morning and Donna walked to the end of the driveway this afternoon and got the mail, other than that we haven’t left the building.

We have finished all five movies we rented and Hancock which came in a red envelope yesterday. We only watched 2 episodes of Weeds which came yesterday too, but the disc went back in the envelope with the remaining four episodes unwatched. 

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