Why can't I get into the holiday spirit?

Seasonal Affective Disorder   5 votes - 26 %
45 degrees and rainy is not Christmasy   7 votes - 36 %
kids are overdosing on Avatar DVRs and not Christmas specials   5 votes - 26 %
that whole crushing credit card debt thing   12 votes - 63 %
the whole being sent away at the last minute on travel thing   8 votes - 42 %
How can you celebrate when you can only have one drink a night?   6 votes - 31 %
bah, humbug   6 votes - 31 %
It's been six weeks since the Democrats won the election and I still haven't been invited to a smack fueled orgy   10 votes - 52 %
how can you celebrate when you don't even want to eat Roast Beef?   3 votes - 15 %
too many shoes are waiting to drop   9 votes - 47 %
WIPO   1 vote - 5 %
 
19 Total Votes
ob pollneedstobemultiselect by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #1 Tue Dec 12, 2006 at 08:06:30 AM EST
Here in DCia it's in the mid-60's during the day. Not very conducive to hearing sleigh bells in the snow.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

ob At Your Service by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #2 Tue Dec 12, 2006 at 08:14:01 AM EST
Yeah, crisp air and a blanket of white downy snow would help me reconcile the 8 hours of daylight.


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obthanks! by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #3 Tue Dec 12, 2006 at 08:17:12 AM EST
It feels weird to go out for lunch, in short sleeves, with the sun so low in the sky at noon. When the sun is that low it should be cold, blustery, and snowing, not warm enough to eat lunch outdoors!

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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and all the snow reflects what little light there by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #6 Tue Dec 12, 2006 at 08:27:42 AM EST
is, making the nighttime less dark. It's just abnormal for the frozen north.


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WIPO by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #4 Tue Dec 12, 2006 at 08:18:37 AM EST
ChrismaKwanzukkah? by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #5 Tue Dec 12, 2006 at 08:25:11 AM EST
six straight days out of the office, some of which I won't even check my work email.


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It could be worse, it could be sponge bob. by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #7 Tue Dec 12, 2006 at 08:29:22 AM EST
My kids aren't big avatar fans, but they recently watched a marathon on TV - I kind of liked it. Instead of a bumbler who accidentally saves everyone, he's a bumbler who actually loses and pays a price for it.

Good lesson for kids to learn early.

:-/


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It was an American tradition, like fathers chasing kids around with power tools.

I like Avatar and Spongebob by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #9 Tue Dec 12, 2006 at 08:33:28 AM EST
I guess I'm heading into anime fanboism.


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i doubt it by alprazolam (2.00 / 0) #11 Tue Dec 12, 2006 at 08:40:07 AM EST
as i've never even heard of avatar, and i can't stand spongebob. to be a fanboi, you got to be able to pay attention for the entire 23 minute episode.

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Avatar is Americanized kiddie anime by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #12 Tue Dec 12, 2006 at 08:47:38 AM EST
big among the Nikolodeon set.


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Not *quite* anime. by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #17 Tue Dec 12, 2006 at 10:20:29 AM EST
I mean, it's no Teen Titans. Also, the company making it seems to be American.

I did like how he basically said "screw enlightenment, my woman is in trouble!"

It was so... Luke Skywalker of him.

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It was an American tradition, like fathers chasing kids around with power tools.

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spoilers! by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #18 Tue Dec 12, 2006 at 10:40:13 AM EST
I haven't seen that episode yet.

And it is an American production, though illustrated in Korea.


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LO likes it by yankeehack (2.00 / 0) #21 Tue Dec 12, 2006 at 02:48:31 PM EST
she was begging me to watch it the other night.  I was surprised she was getting into the anime.
"...she dares to indulge in the secret sport. You can't be a MILF with the F, at least in part because the M is predicated upon it."-CBB
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The apple doesn't fall far from the geeky tree by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #24 Wed Dec 13, 2006 at 02:15:52 AM EST
huh


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Oh, as for Tolkein escapism by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #8 Tue Dec 12, 2006 at 08:31:56 AM EST
For happy reading, Leaf by Niggle etc., (What's that book, Farmer Giles of Ham and other Stories ?)

Alternately, Silmarillion. If you can remember the real world while trying to plow through the wagnerian agonies of Feanor and his Silmarils, you have a better brain than I.

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It was an American tradition, like fathers chasing kids around with power tools.

I need to be well rested to tackle the Silmarillio by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #10 Tue Dec 12, 2006 at 08:40:05 AM EST
n, though I do enjoy it. I think I've read it through 4 or 5 times.


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I believe that it is by skippy (2.00 / 0) #14 Tue Dec 12, 2006 at 09:39:12 AM EST
"Smith of Wooton Major and Farmer Giles of Ham" - both are nice little short stories.  The former has more of a wistful air, the latter is more lighthearted.

Ahh, the Silmarillion... fantastic!  I should read that again, it's been a few years.  Some of the "Book of Lost Tales" series are also good - while Christopher's analysis of JRR's writing can be a touch academic at times, it provides some additional depth and backstory to Middle Earth. 

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oh, turin turambar by alprazolam (2.00 / 0) #15 Tue Dec 12, 2006 at 09:41:21 AM EST
but on a happier note, beren and luthien.

well, sorta happier.

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What you need is more sunshine by cam (2.00 / 0) #13 Tue Dec 12, 2006 at 09:32:00 AM EST
and motorcycle riding/work time.

cam
Freedom, liberty, equity and an Australian Republic

I get to work as the sun rises by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #16 Tue Dec 12, 2006 at 09:46:24 AM EST
start home as the sun dips below the horizon. I could use an hour or two of wrenching time.


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i've read and re-read tolkien by R343L (2.00 / 0) #19 Tue Dec 12, 2006 at 11:10:22 AM EST
so much since I got copies in seventh grade that I've gone thru several copies. Or rather, I ended up switching to cheap trade paperbacks so the older copies didn't get so messed up. Unfortunately, the older copies were left with the parents and I now have no idea where they are.

Rachael

"There will be time, there will be time / To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet." -- Eliot

I tend to buy cheap trade ones at garage sales by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #20 Tue Dec 12, 2006 at 11:17:52 AM EST
since after enough rereadings, the covers start to fall off.

Sometimes I buy Pynchon at a garage sale too, if I have a convert in mind. Otherwise I leave it for kharma to pick someone.


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Hmmm, Traveller by LinDze (2.00 / 0) #22 Tue Dec 12, 2006 at 07:22:47 PM EST
I seem to recall that Mag Blast is based on TRaveller. The new version is a bit cartoony on the art, but is astounding quality. Should be pretty simple to pick up as well.

-Lin Dze
Arbeit Macht Frei
A hard Hobbit to break by anonimouse (2.00 / 0) #23 Wed Dec 13, 2006 at 01:08:29 AM EST
Anonimouse is now on his fifth set of Hobbit/ Lord of the Rings books, all upgraded courtesy of Mrs Mouse to hardback due to the tatty condition they end up in after a few years. I'm currently reading the Hobbit as a bedtime story to the MiniMice....

Girls come and go but a mortgage is for 25 years -- JtL
I somewhat agree by houser2112 (2.00 / 0) #25 Wed Dec 13, 2006 at 06:51:03 AM EST
"As a young man, playing AD&D, [...], I often thought how nice it would be to " get laid.  Couldn't really care less about a partner, or living in domestic bliss.

I agree regarding the teenage nostalgia, or even a-few-years-ago-before-I-was-married nostalgia, when I could do what I damn well pleased.

Such simpler times I had then.