The Watering Hole, Monday, December 23rd, 2013: Less Than 48 Hours ’til Christmas…

At this point before Christmas during most years, I’ve got everything done with just a few exceptions. This year, however, I still haven’t done any of this:
~ or this ~
~ or this ~

Wrapped Presents

Wrapped Presents

~ or this ~
Baked Cookies

Baked Cookies

Good thing I don’t have to cook Christmas dinner!

This is our daily open thread–how are your Christmas preparations going?

103 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Monday, December 23rd, 2013: Less Than 48 Hours ’til Christmas…

      • I’m guessing that San Isabel Electric could use alla my lumps of coal to generate the juice to run this computer, but our contribution to global warming is by gas furnace, not by coal stove. Oh, and of course during the warmer times I also pump out loads of CO2 by riding a bicycle, so I suppose that evens things out a little.

  1. From the Apple Didn’t Fall Far From The Tree department:

    SECOND GENERATION WORD SALAD as spoken by Bonita Mooselini’s daughter Bristol.

    Everyone needs to leave Phil Robertson alone for expressing his beliefs. I think it’s so hypocritical how the LGBT community expects every single flippen person to agree with their life style. This flies in the face of what makes America great – people can have their own beliefs and own opinions and their own ways of life.

    Everyone needs to treat others like God would, with love.

    It goes both ways. […]

    I hate how the LGBT community says it’s all about “love” and “equality.” However, if you don’t agree with their lifestyle, they spread the most hate. It is so hypocritical it makes my stomach turn. They need to learn how to respect others’ opinions and not just jump to the conclusion that everyone who doesn’t support homosexuality and gay marriage is homophobic.

    They take the easy way out every time anyone speaks out about their beliefs on the Bible.

    If I were Duck Dynasty, I would take my show to another channel.

    So much disrespect.

    As opposed to the maximized levels of “respect” embedded in the wise and sincere words of the Duck Dysentery “star” who, just as God always does, treated black people and LGBT’s “with love.” Right?

    Right. 😯

  2. Oh, it’s on, now…

    “If you read the Bible, it says that leading up to the end days things like this will happen,” said Pastor Jeremy Earnest of First Baptist Deerfield Beach warned the paper in October. “People will be against His name. Pulling Christ out of Christmas, pulling Him out of it, it confirms more and more of what He taught about 2,000 years ago.”

    And if you would bother to read YOUR Bible, Pastor, you won’t find a single mention of “Christmas.” So there is no way the Bible could have predicted that in the end times, we would pull “Christ out of Christmas.”

    • Another group of servicemen and women making ‘the ultimate sacrifice’? I hate that phrase – it implies a choice when in actual fact it is more the result of misplaced trust.

    • My son became a citizen at age 4. The ceremony was held at Barnum and Bailey’s circus. As a little child he could not bear to hear people read in unison, so he cried during the pledge. After that he can be heard (the ceremony was televised) repeatedly moaning “No american, no american”. He did change his mind later when the animals and performers marched in to start the show, he asked for his flag and started waving it for all he was worth.
      Note: In light of recent voter ID requirements, I’m glad I spent the extra time and money to readopt him in Virginia and get him a Virginia birth certificate as well as citizenship papers. I can’t imagine him trying to get ID with his birth certificate from Tecpan de Guatemala.

    • Jesus H Christ that is a tall order to avoid eternal damnation there. Can we get laminated cheat sheets to carry in our wallets?

      Like Lewis Black…… I have questions…..

      19. Flying insects with 4 legs? Really I’d like to see how many stonings there were on this one.
      38. In amongst all the ‘having sex withs’ there is that one about giving your kids to Molek, who the heck is that? And what prompted the writer of Leviticus in the middle of all those ‘don’t knob your sisters’ to go ‘And no sacrifice is to Molek’. You can almost imagine the writer’s mate walking by his desk and saying “Oh don’t forget that Molek sacrifce thing there, Levi – do it now before you forget it”
      46. Oh goddammit, already crossed that line – see above ^^^

      Generally, I remind myself that religion is primarily about societal conformity and cutting out, by invoking Godly authority, numerous prevalent anti-social behaviours. And reading that list, I am struck at just how fooked up and perverse the ancient Jews were.

  3. I don’t wrap presents, because I give gift cards. I don’t own an oven yet, so baking is not possible. I don’t decorate either. I will probably eat Christmas day at a Chinese buffet restaurant.

    • Both men have regrets but I don’t think what they invented can be considered so unique that no one would have come up the same invention. The Bomb was coming with or without Oppenheimer and guns, well, what the AK did for guns was make them more reliable and cheaper to make. Something like it was bound to happen, sadly!

  4. I hate my oil company and sent them an e-mail telling them I was very unhappy right now.

    I had some problems paying my bills and it got to the point where I was on will call AND pre-pay for my deliveries. I managed to get through this and was able to pre-pay for 1,000 gallons of oil. One of the terms of the contract is that you’ll get put on automatic delivery unless you initial a spot saying you decline to do that. I did not initial it and accepted being put on automatic delivery. Except I wasn;t.

    Out of curiosity one day, I called them to ask if I was on auto and they said that I was still on will call. I asked them to change that and to schedule me for a delivery so they could start keeping track. They delivered, but they never put me on automatic delivery. I know this because I ran out of oil today and the temporary warm spell is over. The temps are going to drop about 30 degrees tonight, and the dispatcher told me they’re not doing any more deliveries tonight. ANd I have no oil.

    So, they’re supposed to send a technician out tonight with ten gallons of oil they can put in the tank until the truck delivers tomorrow. Sorry to vent but I’m really fucking pissed right now. Why should I have to tell them over and over again to do one simple fucking thing, like put me on automatic delivery? It’s not like it;s a lot of work to do that. I told them if they didn’t want my business any more to just tell me and when my contracts expire I’ll take my business somewhere else. We’ll see if that does any good.

    • I could never live that far north. I don’t know what it is to have ‘an oil company’. When I was small we lived in a house with a butane heater. They would come to fill the tank a couple of times a winter. We also had electric heaters, and it was a small house. Having the butane was nice in case the power went out, but now it’s unusual to lose power, because the ice storms don’t take out the power lines like back then. The city keeps the tree limbs trimmed from hanging over them, so there’s much less damage to repair.

    • The scouts themselves that I met have been mostly progressive on this issue …. they look at the 12 principles of scouting and to most of them this fits in with those… the ones that dont…. well they are in the Duck Dysentery demo.

  5. On Rachel, “…millions of people tuned in, on Christmas Eve, to see what they would say, live from space.”

    IIRC, in 1968, there were only three channels, and every bleedin’ one of them carried the broadcast. So, if the TV was on, you were tuned in. Rachel is showing her youth here. She doesn’t remember TV that far back.

    • Were she alive in 1968 we’d have been watching the exact same channels!
      (she was born, 1971, in the East Bay town of Castro Valley)

  6. I don’t know if anybody else has METV, but the Twilight Zone with William Shatner seeing the creature on the plane wing is on in a minute.

    • Discovered METV (on regular tv) really enjoy watching TZ and then Perry Mason comes on right after! Life is good that way!
      TZ comes on at 11p then Perry at 11.30p way out west!

      • The other retro channel I have is Antenna TV. They show Burns and Allen at 2am, followed by Jack Benny. I have only seen a few of the Burns and Allen shows. Bea Benaderet’s laugh is the best part of those shows!

          • Speaking of San Francisco, I am watching an unbelievable reversal of fortune for the 49ers! The Falcons were on the verge of going ahead by 4, and a fluke tipped pass was returned for a touchdown by the 49ers to put the lead back to ten.

            • You’ll have to see video of the last two minutes to believe it! The Falcons pulled to within three with 2:09 to play, got a roughing the passer penalty on the touchdown, so they kicked off from the 50, then recovered the onsides kick at the 49er 30! They were inside the 10, still had all their timeouts, and the pass got tipped and returned for the 49er touchdown.

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