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Archive for December, 2007

My head feels full of cotton

I am battling a real creeper of a cold.
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I want to give some money away.

I do not want to give my money to people who will use it to send me more solicitations for money.
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I’m going to go have a beer this evening with my friend Brian to celebrate the solstice. We generally get together for a pint this time of year, to note the days beginning to get longer. It’s dark early now, but getting brighter, which sounds pretty good to me.
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Every so often you read one of those stories that represents a string of very boneheaded decisions that can make you laugh, incredulously — which decisions would unhinge your world had their consequences happened to you. Hopefully, you haven’t made any such decisions, or a string of them, like this young woman did.
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Every so often when it seems the world has motorized the handbasket in which it’s being carried pell mell to hell, a story comes along that gives you a little bit of hope.
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How many people still eat a Christmas goose? A figgy pudding? I’m not even sure what a sugar plum fairy is, outside of little ballerinas in the Nutcracker. Are real plums involved?
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Once upon a time sleighs were practical conveyances in wintertime. Horse-drawn wagons were impractical on icy, snowy roads, so it was logical to take a sleigh ride if you were off to visit friends or relatives.

How many people do you know who’ve ever ridden a sleigh for practical reasons? Now sleighs exist for us mostly on Christmas cards and in corporate beer commercials, selling us that nostalgia.
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