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By georgeha (Mon Dec 18, 2006 at 07:03:47 AM EST) squish the fish, goth, dementia (all tags)
I mean we have the tree, but no lights, or light up reindeer, or even snow.

Plus, socializing, pedophiles or homophobes, running through the Bills, Ticket to Ride, My First Mister, and less in this spontanously composed diary.

Poll: Favorite Christmas show?



That was a good, but low key weekend, with a lot of socialization on my part. Friday afternoon our division had a gathering, so I went there for some free hors dou'vres, soda and cookies. No alcohol, of course, it's not permitted on campus because people might get a little too tipsy and make unPC remarks, like commmenting on someone's sexual attractiveness. But it was good to get away from the problem mine and chat with past co-workers and managers and such.

Saturday early afternoon five year old had a birthday party to attend at a local bowling alley, so in between buying her Ritz Bits from the vending machine I was talking to various moms and dads.

And then, Saturday afternoon I hustled off to the monthly meeting of the Rochester board gamers. I had never been before, and it was about what I expected. I couldn't stay too long, as Mrs. Ha had her mom staying with us, and I didn't get involved in any hex wargames, but I did lose my very first game of Ticket To Ride. It's a fun game, and now that I know how to play, I expect I can win, especially since my most likely gaming partners will be ten year old and five year old.

We had Mrs. Ha's mom this weekend, so it was a low key weekend. We probably don't keep her active enough or stimulated enough,  but it's hard with two young kids.

She did watch the girls decorate our tree, I think she enjoyed that. The two closest places to get a tree are run by the Church, or the Boy Scouts, so everywhere it's a question of whether I want to support the pedophiles, or the homophobes. This year the homophobes won out, we got a big Balsam that makes the house smell nice on Friday night, with decorating done Saturday evening.

We had to get MIL and bring her back this time, so in addition to the 280 miles on the Windstar (at 20 mpg) and Thruway tolls, we had the additional complication of the Bills playing in Buffalo on Sunday. This meant we had to time our arrival after the game starts, and get back before it ends, so we don't get stuck in horrendous traffic (like Mrs. Ha did two weeks ago). Plus we wanted lunch at a pancake place, so we cut it a little tight. But we managed to get home before the game let out.

Last night we did get to see a movie, for the first time in a few weeks. It was My First Mister, a quirky film (in the spirit of Harold and Maude I suppose) with Leelee Sobieski and Albert Brooks. It was good.

The weather is still unChristmas like, it's in the high 40's, with rain and drizzle, and sometimes sun. We're trying to get into the Christmas spirit, I just bought some blue LED lights to put on the house. It's odd, the kids are not into Christmas specials this year, they'd rather watch Avatar. I'm sure the poll is a repeat, but what is your favorite Christmas Show?

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WIPO: Christmas Story by ayrlander (2.00 / 0) #1 Mon Dec 18, 2006 at 07:17:22 AM EST
Though if you'd made it an option, we'd probably just shoot our eye out with it.

I always forget about that one by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon Dec 18, 2006 at 07:22:59 AM EST
edited.


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We can't forget it by ayrlander (2.00 / 0) #7 Mon Dec 18, 2006 at 07:36:51 AM EST
My father tunes the TV to TBS and it's playing at their place for most of the 24 hour marathon.  He even owns the DVD for the rest of the year.  Not that he's obsessed or anything....

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ugh by alprazolam (2.00 / 0) #13 Mon Dec 18, 2006 at 08:18:05 AM EST
i'm just slightly burned out on that movie, after seeing it approximately 600 times.

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Christmas Weather by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon Dec 18, 2006 at 07:21:19 AM EST
It's t-shirt weather in Phoenixville right now; and it looks like it's going to stay above freezing right through the end of the year.

It's just not right!

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

I know, I may need to take the bike out by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Dec 18, 2006 at 07:24:29 AM EST
this week. It's odd and unsettling.


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Phoenixville by miker2 (2.00 / 0) #5 Mon Dec 18, 2006 at 07:31:31 AM EST
Shit, dude, I work just down the road in Malvern.


Ah, sociopathy. How warm, how comforting, thy sweet embrace. - MNS
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Heh. by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #6 Mon Dec 18, 2006 at 07:33:55 AM EST
Creepy, ain't it?

You wouldn't happen to work for a big blue company, would you?

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Shared medical Systems by dev trash (2.00 / 0) #10 Mon Dec 18, 2006 at 07:48:28 AM EST
for the win.

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Do they still exist? by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #16 Mon Dec 18, 2006 at 09:17:52 AM EST
I thought they were eaten by Siemens.

Although, I hear they're still the worst IT employer in the region.


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

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Dev's right by miker2 (2.00 / 0) #21 Mon Dec 18, 2006 at 10:43:44 AM EST
They were brought out a while ago.  Been here less than a year and I LOVE IT.

IT may suck (I honestly don't know nor care) but being a developer here rocks.


Ah, sociopathy. How warm, how comforting, thy sweet embrace. - MNS
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Well, that's good to know. by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #22 Mon Dec 18, 2006 at 11:08:16 AM EST
I have a friend who is an exec there (AFAIK, it's been a few years since we touched base) - but several friends who warned me off from them.

Glad to here you're having a different experience.


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sigh. by dev trash (2.00 / 0) #26 Mon Dec 18, 2006 at 04:30:53 PM EST
2000 or 1999.  I was a part of a company  in a small town that had a GREAT thing going til they partnered up with SMS.  I blame SMS though as Siemens had to cut the dying flesh that SMS had left of the small wonderful company.  Now I hear that small company is employee owned and no longer a part of Siemens. Sad.  So Sad.

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they were. by dev trash (2.00 / 0) #25 Mon Dec 18, 2006 at 04:28:03 PM EST
And I um....well Siemens did what they had to do I guess.  Still.

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QinetiQ? by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #17 Mon Dec 18, 2006 at 09:32:14 AM EST
Or a spin off company? I had a short contract at a spin off in Malvern Science Park, but it didn't pan out. Also, it was in the original Malvern: the only town in the UK where a British car company is a major employer.

While I'm on this narcisistic nostalgia trip, I must mention I just this moment saw a TV ad for the main rival of another start up in my job history.

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hmmmm by dev trash (2.00 / 0) #8 Mon Dec 18, 2006 at 07:41:34 AM EST
Weather Underground says chance of snow for the weekend.  At least that has to be near freezing.

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Eh. Who trusts hippie weathermen, anyways? by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #9 Mon Dec 18, 2006 at 07:43:24 AM EST
But, it would sure be nice.

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amusingly by MillMan (2.00 / 0) #11 Mon Dec 18, 2006 at 07:56:35 AM EST
I've seen snow on the hills out here on a few occasions. I don't think they've had any snow at all back home in Minneapolis.

When I'm imprisoned as an enemy combatant, will you blog about it?

Weather by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #12 Mon Dec 18, 2006 at 08:09:05 AM EST
I woke up this morning and the field in front of the church across from the cul de sac was white.

Ok...it was just frost and likely vanished by 7:30, but still...
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there was still slush on my windshield by R343L (2.00 / 0) #18 Mon Dec 18, 2006 at 09:33:33 AM EST
at 10AM when I finally left the house. I was partially avoiding a major traffic jam and also didn't want to leave at 8AM when since the overnight freezing meant there would have been ice on the car and I'd have to sit in the car for 20 minutes to let it warm up.

There was also still frost on our lawn then too, which I found surprising. Clearly not snow, but if we actually were to get some overnight precip and it gets this cold, we will be having snow. And it might stick for like 20 minutes.

Rachael

(For those who live in cold climates this entire post probably seems fatuous and silly. However, this is the SF bay area, land of 65 degrees year round to hear the real estate guys talk).

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

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In truth by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #19 Mon Dec 18, 2006 at 09:38:02 AM EST
We get frost every year.
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out in marin we didn't by R343L (2.00 / 0) #20 Mon Dec 18, 2006 at 10:30:29 AM EST
So it was surprising to see it in Livermore. :)

Rachael

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

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missed football games by alprazolam (2.00 / 0) #14 Mon Dec 18, 2006 at 08:21:40 AM EST
just in case you didn't know, you can download most of the games from tenyardtorrents.com (register and log into the forums to see what games are available).

i'm not sure if they're putting the bills games up or not but they generally have most of the games up but tuesday or wednesday or sometimes thursday.

i missed the dallas game saturday night so i downloaded it last night when i got back from austin.

I don't care that much by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #15 Mon Dec 18, 2006 at 08:40:47 AM EST
and I don't really have the time, either.


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that's really good info. by garlic (2.00 / 0) #23 Mon Dec 18, 2006 at 01:49:19 PM EST
Any idea if they'll do the arena football games too?


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i seriously doubt it by alprazolam (2.00 / 0) #27 Tue Dec 19, 2006 at 05:47:08 AM EST
just college and nfl. 

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WIPO by dmg (2.00 / 0) #24 Mon Dec 18, 2006 at 01:51:39 PM EST
christmas porn - I imagine it would look something like this (NSFW!!!)
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Maggotron is gonna rock them, Maggotron has got the bomb!
Thank you very much. Thank you very much. by muchagecko (2.00 / 0) #28 Wed Dec 20, 2006 at 08:34:13 PM EST
That's the nicest thing that anyone's ever done for me.
I may sound Double-Dutch
But my delight is such
I feel as if a losing war's been won for me
And if I had a flag I'd hang my flag out
To add a sort of final victory touch
But since I left my flag at home
I'll simply have to say
Thank you very, very, very much!

My favorite holiday movie - Scrooge

I've got to get my holiday dose of "Thank You Very Much"

The only people to get even with are those that have helped you.

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