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Author: BobR    Date: 12/26/2007 13:20:14

Considering I'm still trying to readjust to Real Life after the last few days of Christmas, I thought perhaps I should ease the blog back in with a post-Christmas wrap up...

First: Some good news... Bethlehem hosts cheerful Christmas:
BETHLEHEM, West Bank - Gloom was banished from Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem for the first time in years on Monday as Christian pilgrims from all over the world flocked here to celebrate Jesus' birth in an atmosphere of renewed tranquility.

After Israeli-Palestinian fighting erupted in 2000, nearly all of the people milling around Manger Square in the center of this biblical town on Christmas had been local Palestinians. But this year, city hotels were packed with tourists.

Tiago Martins, 28, from Curitiba, Brazil, said he was visiting Jesus' traditional birthplace for the first time after new peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians reassured him he'd be safe.

There's also the obligatory Police officer delivers baby in a cab on Christmas Day story:
The holidays have a way of turning simple sadness into tragedy, chance encounters into magic, and mere good luck into a miracle. That was the case on Christmas Eve in Elmhurst, Queens, when a cab driver called 911 to report that his passenger was giving birth and he did not know the way to the nearest hospital.

One of the first people to reach the scene was Police Officer Ivy Dror, a certified emergency medical technician. Not only did Officer Dror, 23, help deliver a healthy baby girl, she handed a Polaroid camera to the cab driver and asked him to document the baby's first minutes.

Sadly, it was not all good news yesterday. Religious craziness still creates problems in the world, sometimes in the most unlikely places and from the most unlikely people. In India, Hindus attacked churches on Christmas:
NEW DELHI - Hindu extremists attacked Christians celebrating Christmas in eastern India, ransacking and burning at least six village churches, officials said Wednesday. One person was killed in the violence.

Authorities in the remote district where the churches were attacked have deployed 450 police to quell the violence, which had tapered off by Wednesday, said Bahugrahi Mahapatra, a government official.

Sometimes it seems religion is the last refuge for the crazy, so they can have an excuse for their behavior. It can also be an excuse for (or a cause of?) stupidity, such as this story:
DALLAS, Texas (CNN) -- If you turn to the Bible -- Isaiah Chapter 35, Verse 8 -- you will see a passage that in part says, "A highway shall be there, and a road, and it shall be called the Highway of Holiness."

Now, is it possible that this "highway" mentioned in Chapter 35 is actually Interstate 35 that runs through six U.S. states, from southern Texas to northern Minnesota? Some Christians have faith that is indeed the case.

It was with that interesting belief in mind that we decided to head to Texas, the southernmost state in the I-35 corridor, to do a story about a prayer campaign called "Light the Highway."

Churchgoers in all six states recently finished 35 days of praying alongside Interstate 35, but the prayers are still continuing.

Some of the faithful believe that in order to fulfill the prophecy of I-35 being the "holy" highway, it needs some intensive prayer first...

Isaiah-35, I-35... get it?

hoo-boy.

I hope you find yourself in better shape to face the return of the work than I do...

Donut - my kingdom for a donut! :coffee:

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Comment by TriSec on 12/26/2007 13:37:29




Morning, folks.



Sorry for the confusion yesterday. Even though I'm not a freemartin, I still take my Malthusian Drills very seriously. I'll open a blog on Tuesday whether or not I need to.



Snippets of TriSec's Christmas:



Javi is happy, although we had a brief meltdown at bedtime last night, as all his toys hadn't been played with yet and he wanted to touch them all.



At no point in time did any liquid not containing alcohol pass my lips yesterday.



Brother TriSec and his new lady hosted yesterday; we had a house full of screaming babies (literally) and assorted family and friends...it was nice enough to fire up the grill so we had a mountain of seared animal flesh yesterday. Considering the years of agita with his ex-wife, yesterday was remarkably trouble-free.



Even the former Mama and Papa TriSec (divorced for over 2 decades now) were civil to each other, so all is well.



The mines beckon, but I should be in and out of here all day. I have a bunch of podcasts to catch up on (I don't normally listen to whoever is babysitting for Momma). What is everyone listening to today, anyway?



Oh, and I have 500mg of Ibuprofen in me...I somehow managed to pull all the muscles on my side yesterday, whether from carrying things, wrestling with my brother's dogs, playing street hockey with Javi's cousin, or something else entirely is yet to be determined...





Comment by wickedpam on 12/26/2007 14:09:29
Morning :hug:





* stumbles into blog lounge and coffehouse *



At work but I've already braved the Target at 7freakinAM!



SOunds like Javi and eveyone had a good Christmas! I too had have very nice day. Got the very unexpected gift of a Wii and I am actually sore from playing tennis on it. Finally a video game that gets a person off there butt to go something!

Comment by TriSec on 12/26/2007 14:19:13
Not a friend of the TriSec:



http://www.oddbins.com/product_images/Detail/33622_bottle.jpg


Comment by wickedpam on 12/26/2007 14:30:21
That looks like a bottle of dessert wine. Don't think those are usually a friend to anyone.

Comment by Raine on 12/26/2007 14:47:18
:stretch: good morning!

Comment by BobR on 12/26/2007 14:47:35
Morning folks... :coffee2:



sorry for the late post - there just didn't seem to be anything interesting going on politically...

Comment by BobR on 12/26/2007 14:48:11
Quote by TriSec: Not a friend of the TriSec:



http://www.oddbins.com/product_images/Detail/33622_bottle.jpg


Isn't that licorice-flavored?... that would work as a "purgative" for me... :puke:

Comment by Raine on 12/26/2007 14:48:34
Quote by Raine: good morning!
must.... have.... more...

Comment by livingonli on 12/26/2007 14:50:29
Good morning all.



Should I gloat that I am on vacation this week. But then again, it was the only way I would have had Christmas and New Year's off.

Comment by livingonli on 12/26/2007 14:55:42
Velveeta's blogger joe gift was returned to me Monday. Velveeta, when you get a chance, PM me your info so I can re-send it out.

Comment by Raine on 12/26/2007 14:57:43
Quote by livingonli: Good morning all. Should I gloat that I am on vacation this week. But then again, it was the only way I would have had Christmas and New Year's off.
Gloat! you earned it!

Comment by Raine on 12/26/2007 14:58:58
Mala you got a Wii? WowWii! that is the only video game system that piques my interest!

Comment by Raine on 12/26/2007 15:02:14
I must say, despite my own preholidisian meltdown, my holiday was wonderful. I am listening to the repeat of Momma, listening to the news mostly.

Comment by wickedpam on 12/26/2007 15:05:06
Quote by Raine: Mala you got a Wii? WowWii! that is the only video game system that piques my interest!




Think I've loveed video game since I got my Intellivision (which I still have), I highly recommend the Wii, they sell it wit a sports game that is very addicting. When I was out this morning at target I picked up Mario/SOnic Olympics to expand on the sports.



I was very touched at how I got it. My mom had been looking and couldn't get her hands one. My aunt (the loveable grumby one not the crazy religious yet loveable one) found out that a Target near her had some, and got a teenager that was standing in line next to her so she could get one for me and one for the cousins. This all happened the weekend we had the trenchal rain that was suppose to be a nor'easter.



Comment by TriSec on 12/26/2007 15:07:17
'tis Galliano, a fine Italian Liquer made from a plethora of spices, not the least of which is star anise. I'd have to describe it as an acquired taste; it's definitely unusual to the point where I can't describe it, and it looks like nothing more than a shot glass full of piss, actually.



I've decided to delete all my podcasts; I've got Jazz from KPLU going this morning...



Kinda fitting, since I got both volumes of the Bb "Real Book from Santa yesterday!

Comment by livingonli on 12/26/2007 15:16:38
I'm still listening to Momma. Poor is stuck there rolling the best-of.

Comment by TriSec on 12/26/2007 15:18:36
Note: Do not call it "Giuliani", even in jest. Mama TriSec nearly slugged me yesterday over that one!

Comment by livingonli on 12/26/2007 15:22:13
Quote by TriSec: Note: Do not call it "Giuliani", even in jest. Mama TriSec nearly slugged me yesterday over that one!


That's why I call him "Ghouilani".

Comment by TriSec on 12/26/2007 15:29:55
One for Bob:



http://gallery.photo.net/photo/2056354-lg.jpg




Saugus, MA. Yet another stop on any visit to the TriSec's ancestral homeland.





Comment by wickedpam on 12/26/2007 15:35:38
Is Kane's Donuts to MA like Giffords is to VA/MD/DC?

Comment by Raine on 12/26/2007 15:36:51
I am looking around this house. oofa! I really wish I had a magical fairy to come clean up.

Comment by livingonli on 12/26/2007 15:40:23
Quote by Raine: I am looking around this house. oofa! I really wish I had a magical fairy to come clean up.


You and me both.

Comment by TriSec on 12/26/2007 15:42:04
"Hurricane Javi" wins by far in that regard.



Although it looks like we had a WMD go off in the house this morning.





Comment by BobR on 12/26/2007 15:43:10
oh man... I am JONESING for a donut...

Comment by livingonli on 12/26/2007 15:45:56
Vice President Big Pussy.

Comment by Raine on 12/26/2007 15:48:28
Comment by Raine on 12/26/2007 15:50:00
Quote by TriSec: "Hurricane Javi" wins by far in that regard. Although it looks like we had a WMD go off in the house this morning.
*sigh* we no hurrican Javi, and it seems we are our own WMD's... The BRaine-trust, as it were, is a terrible mess! :P

Comment by velveeta jones on 12/26/2007 15:50:47
Morning all. Late start for me as I had to deal with a few Christmas fires.......literally. I am on call this month for ARC and we always have house fires on Christmas eve/day. Had to do some follow-up from the evenings fires.



I made out well, despite our promise of "no gifts". Wife made me a beautiful necklace. And she's already regretting the Rubiks "Revolution" cube she got me! Hee Hee.........its electronic and quite loud and annoying with flashing lights. Great for playing in bed at night. Won't be long before she hides it!

Comment by wickedpam on 12/26/2007 15:51:09
MOndo on the Best Of!

Comment by livingonli on 12/26/2007 15:51:23
A classic Mondo phone call.

Comment by Raine on 12/26/2007 15:54:12
Mala, I love your grumbly aunt. That is so wonderful.

Comment by TriSec on 12/26/2007 15:55:43
Ah, speaking of the weather (were we?) was it true that I saw actual rain over the Atlanta area yesterday?



It's out of the MSM now, but I don't suppose the water situation has improved any?



Comment by wickedpam on 12/26/2007 16:10:57
Quote by Raine: Mala, I love your grumbly aunt. That is so wonderful.






She was very happy to hear she made me all teary and that I really apprciated what she did.



Comment by velveeta jones on 12/26/2007 16:14:12
Get that donut yet Bob?



BTW: Velveeta got to speak to BobR the other day..........grrrrr, sexy voice. Good thing I remembered he's got a ................"girlfriend". (Oh yeah, and that I also have one).



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We took our XMas tree down right after breakfast!! Put it all away until next year. Whew!

Comment by BobR on 12/26/2007 16:17:10
Quote by TriSec: Ah, speaking of the weather (were we?) was it true that I saw actual rain over the Atlanta area yesterday?



It's out of the MSM now, but I don't suppose the water situation has improved any?



It helps push the drop-dead date out a little further, but it's going to take a month of steady rain to make a real difference to the reserves.

Comment by livingonli on 12/26/2007 16:18:48
Quote by velveeta jones: Get that donut yet Bob?



BTW: Velveeta got to speak to BobR the other day..........grrrrr, sexy voice. Good thing I remembered he's got a ................"girlfriend". (Oh yeah, and that I also have one).



-------------




We took our XMas tree down right after breakfast!! Put it all away until next year. Whew!






That's a quick celebration. Don't forget to PM me your info so I can re-send your package (it was bounced back to me).

Comment by BobR on 12/26/2007 16:18:57
We now have a picture of our favorite Future Progressive up on the fridge... :)

Comment by TriSec on 12/26/2007 16:24:14
Quote by velveeta jones



We took our XMas tree down right after breakfast!! Put it all away until next year. Whew!




Hah.



We have to leave ours up until Balthazar, Melchior, and Gaspar make their appearance on January 6th...







Comment by velveeta jones on 12/26/2007 16:24:39
That's a quick celebration. Don't forget to PM me your info so I can re-send your package (it was bounced back to me).




Check your PM over on the MB. I mailed you the other day!!



Comment by velveeta jones on 12/26/2007 16:28:47
Quote by TriSec:
Quote by velveeta jones



We took our XMas tree down right after breakfast!! Put it all away until next year. Whew!




Hah.



We have to leave ours up until Balthazar, Melchior, and Gaspar make their appearance on January 6th...







No can do, now is the time for my wife's birthday on Jan 5. All focus must be on her birthday. (repeat 3 times in zombie-like fashion)



Comment by livingonli on 12/26/2007 16:28:57
Quote by velveeta jones:
That's a quick celebration. Don't forget to PM me your info so I can re-send your package (it was bounced back to me).




Check your PM over on the MB. I mailed you the other day!!



I didn't receive one from you. You sure you sent it to me?

Comment by Raine on 12/26/2007 16:32:34
NY town to let Seniors work to pay off taxes.... My gawd... Welcome to Indentured Servitude.

Comment by livingonli on 12/26/2007 16:36:40
Quote by Raine: NY town to let Seniors work to pay off taxes....



My gawd... Welcome to Indentured Servitude.


The Republican Party. Bringing us back to the Victorian Era. Gee, how about Progressive Income Taxes so that those who can afford it bare most of the burden.



I remember Newsday pointing out a few years ago when looking at the property taxes how middle and working class communities paid a higher percentage in property taxes than those who lived in wealthy communities.

Comment by BobR on 12/26/2007 16:47:47
Quote by livingonli:

The Republican Party. Bringing us back to the Victorian Era. Gee, how about Progressive Income Taxes so that those who can afford it bare most of the burden.



I remember Newsday pointing out a few years ago when looking at the property taxes how middle and working class communities paid a higher percentage in property taxes than those who lived in wealthy communities.


I wonder when they're going to start forcing small children to work to pay off their parents debts...



"Please sir... may I have some more?..."

Comment by Raine on 12/26/2007 16:50:40
Regarding said ... I am thinking we will be taking a walk to the extraquickiesuperfastfoodmart around the corner... they have some krispiecreams there.

Comment by livingonli on 12/26/2007 16:51:21
Quote by BobR:

I wonder when they're going to start forcing small children to work to pay off their parents debts...



"Please sir... may I have some more?..."






No, you will toil in the salt mines and the exits have been blocked so you brats can't escape.



Soon, we will all be living in a Dickens novel.

Comment by livingonli on 12/26/2007 16:52:33
I miss Krispy Kreme. The ones up here are all closed now. There is still one in Penn Station so at least I can get one in they City.

Comment by BobR on 12/26/2007 16:52:51
Quote by velveeta jones:

BTW: Velveeta got to speak to BobR the other day..........grrrrr, sexy voice.


Are you saying I sound like a lesbian? <-- yeah, I deserve that...



Comment by Raine on 12/26/2007 16:54:57
Quote by BobR:
Quote by velveeta jones: BTW: Velveeta got to speak to BobR the other day..........grrrrr, sexy voice.
Are you saying I sound like a lesbian? <-- yeah, I deserve that...
she might not, but I will! ....

Comment by BobR on 12/26/2007 16:55:14
Quote by livingonli: I miss Krispy Kreme. The ones up here are all closed now. There is still one in Penn Station so at least I can get one in they City.


They are the best glazed donuts. For crullers and filled donuts, though, I prefer Dunkin Donuts (no Tim Hortons down here). There are hardly any small chains or independent places around here.