Today in My History
Dreaded Christmas Letter
Free Ride's Over
Caroling, Caroling, Caroling
All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth
At the Mercy of the Elements, 2
A Bunch of Rocks
The Best for Last
Pitter Patter of Little Feet
The Christmas Train
Accomplishing Absolutely Nothing
Seven Deadly Sins
The Spirit is Willing
Can You Hear Me Now?
"A Christmas Carol"
Books Read in 2017
Personal Home Page
Books Read in 2017
Books Read in 2016
Books Read in 2015
Books Read in 2014
Books Read in 2013
Books Read in 2012
Books Read in 2011
Books Read in 2010
(you know how to fix it)
Mirror Site for RSS Feed:
Some Background Links:
The Philosophy of Juice & Crackers
The story of Delicate Pooh
The story of the Piñata Group
Who IS this Gilbert person anyway?
Favorite Travel Photos
Things in My Life
7 Days of Meals
mail to Walt
mail to Bev
17 December 2017
Welcome back to
which originated on
WTIT: The Blog
authored by Bud Weiser. Here we will steal all types of questions from
every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work
hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. You may
have heard the expression, “honor among thieves”. In that age-old
tradition, we try to credit the blog that we stole it from, if possible.
We also provide a link to the victim's questions in our "Previous
Victims" widget. (It's our way of saying "Thanks!") Sometimes we edit
the original meme, to make it more relevant to our global players, to
challenge our players, to select the best questions, or simply to make
it less repetitive from recently asked questions from a previously post.
Cheers to all of us thieves!
Last week we talked
about things that bug us. This week (and maybe next), how about things that
we like about the holidays.
Apologies if you do not
celebrate Christmas, but perhaps you can change some questions to match the
winter holiday you do celebrate. I would love to hear from people
who celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanza, or Winter Solstice!
I know I posted these but as I go through them, I
realize how my ideas/excitement about Christmas has changed over the years,
especially since David and Paul died. This year we have the added
concern that we don't know if the Southern California fires, which are
moving toward Santa Barbara, are going to result in Tom and his family
having to evacuate, so that is a concern...and then, of course, our
dog died this week. So there is not a lot of cheer to motivate any of
1. What’s your
favorite thing about the holidays?
I always love any holiday that gets the family, however many of them can
make it, together.
2. Do you send out Christmas cards and if so how many do you send?
I used to send more than 100, but as postage and card costs started
skyrocketing, I went to designing a Christmas letter
web page and
sending the link to everyone, which is probably the most tacky way sending
greetings, but I love doing it. I prefer it to getting a card with a
printed name and no personal message whatsoever.
3. Be honest: holiday newsletters. Love ‘em or hate ‘em?
Since I've been writing one for more than 50 years, I love them. I
also love reading everyone else's...even people I don't know.
4. Be honest: photo cards. Love ‘em or hate ‘em?
Again, love 'em. One nice thing about Christmas is to track the growth
of everyone's family. I love the baby pictures, the dog pictures, the
growing-up kid pictures and watching our friends get old and grey, just like
us. I even like photo cards from people I've never met!
5. How soon do you start shopping?
I actually never STOP shopping. If I see something in March that would
be fun to give to someone, I'll buy it then and save it until December.
6. Real or fake tree?
Well, I really prefer a real tree, but with nobody around to see it, I went
with a tiny fake tree last year and this year upgraded to a 4' tall fake
7. When do you put up your tree?
We haven't done it yet. Maybe tomorrow.
8. When do you take down your tree?
By January 6, if not before.
9. Describe your typical tree (size, decorations, type)
When the house was full of people, we had maybe a 6' tall real tree,
decorated with a mixure of glass ornaments and the "special ones" that were
either purchased (like the USS Enterprise with Spock wishing everyone a
merry Christmas or the 49er ornaments), or made like those handprint
ornaments I thought would be fun to have --they weigh a ton! And then
there are the "necropsy ornaments," symbols of our dead dogs. This
year we'll add Lizzie's collar, which Walt picked up from the vet yesterday.
10. What do you top your tree with?
Not this year because the topper is too big, but we have a lovely
angel that I love.
11. Do you put Christmas lights outside your house?
Not any more. We used to drape lights across the bushes in front ofthe
house and called them the Nu-nu lights because it looked like it spelled out
"nu-nu." After Paul died, I just couldn't think of putting the nu-nu
lights up again.
12. Is there a wreath hanging on your door?
No. I have one. I just haven't put it out yet.
13. Do you hang up stockings?
No. Not in a very long time. But it used to be fun to do it for
14. Your favorite Christmas Movie(s)
Miracle on 34th Street, White Christmas
15. Be honest: A Christmas movie you don't like
Believe it or not, It's a Wonderful Life.
16. Favorite Christmas Song(s)
"Silver Bells," "Little Drummer Boy," and most of Bing Crosby's
17. Be honest: If I hear this/these Christmas songs again I will throw up
18. Give or Receive?
Definitely giving. I love choosing gifts for people.
19. Eggnog or Mulled Cider?
Eggnog all the way. With or without booze.
20. Ham or Turkey?
Turkey, but I may go with ham or lamb this year because time is going to be
an issue. Last year I cooked a prime rib roast, which was fabulous,
but cost a fortune.