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Snow Biz

By: Bogon , 12:08 PM GMT on December 20, 2009

I started out this week lost in the fog.


Things haven't gotten much better since.

For Christmas I bought one of those big flat high def televisions. Alas, I'm still watching analog programming. I called Time Warner cable to come upgrade our DVR. They set and broke two appointments yesterday. I have another appointment scheduled later today, but I can't think of any reason for optimism. The person who makes appointments is not the same person who is charged with keeping them.

If the arrangement falls through today, I'm going to tell the appointment lady not to waste my time. She can advise the technician that whenever he (or she or whatever) deigns to visit my home, he can come ring my doorbell. If we're home we might let him in.

I realize there are extenuating circumstances. We're entering the home stretch of the 2009 holiday season. Everybody's rushing around trying to meet unreasonable expectations. And yesterday we woke up to find two or three inches of snow on the ground. (The local weather office forecast more, but half of the precipitation arrived in the form of sleet and/or rain.)

Bird Rink

These seasonal factors cannot have made the technician's task any easier.

Shucks, I'm in pretty much the same boat. Yesterday was my birthday, and not only did I not get my new HDTV hooked up, I spent half the day shoveling snow. Yeehah.

Oh yeah, Carolina lost to Texas, too. :o( Probably just as well that I saw the game in low def. (Except for that giant scoreboard thing in the Texas arena. What the heck is up with that?)

Oh well, I reckon I have a handful of days remaining to lose the Scrooge attitude and get my Xmas act together. Ho ho ho.

Merry Christmas!

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13. Bogon
4:57 AM GMT on December 21, 2009
Thanks for all the happy birthday and Christmas wishes. Don't worry about 'belated'. I didn't announce my birthday until today — and I didn't really celebrate it until today, either. I had a nice day. I appreciate all you who made it a little nicer.
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12. aquak9
10:25 PM GMT on December 20, 2009
Merry Christmas from the Christmas Cactus!

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11. MNTornado
8:18 PM GMT on December 20, 2009

Snow pixel art Pictures, Images and Photos
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10. Bogon
7:45 PM GMT on December 20, 2009
The third time was the charm. The new teevee is hooked up and ready to rock. I have been taking it for a spin. So far so good. :o)

In weather news the sun came out today. The temperature has risen to 40°. There are signs of thawing outside my door.

My parents had planned to come to our party last night. When they awoke Friday snow was already falling. Their route would have taken them south into the advancing storm, then across the front of it. Most likely they would have been driving in icy weather all the way, over two hundred miles. They decided not to risk it.

Now they're stuck at home without electricity. The heavy wet snow broke a lot of tree limbs in their vicinity. Mom says they got about a foot in the mountains. They still hope to get here for Christmas.
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9. masshysteria
4:43 PM GMT on December 20, 2009
:-( Computer messed up on me and duplicated previous post. Old age settin' in! LOL's!!
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8. masshysteria
4:40 PM GMT on December 20, 2009
Hi again Bogon!

You and I are in the same league! I, too, am staring down Rt 60 with a couple of miles to go as of next month. Right now, we're experiencing a mild blizzard in my region with accumulations anywhere from 4 to 8 inches. Boston, Cape Cod and the islands are really getting socked!

Everyone's out in full force snowblowing their driveways. I'm procrastinating a bit and trying to enjoy the so-called ambience. LOL's!!

Again, hope you get yourself into High-Def real soon, so hopefully, the Saints can regroup and re-energize to trounce the Colts in a Superbowl victory this year! Can't believe they lost to the Houston Texans!!!! OUCH!!!
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7. aquak9
4:24 PM GMT on December 20, 2009
Shoveling snow counts as a jig in my book. Gotta agree, though, the speeding years do not do much to lift one's spirits, esp when the birthday is near the holidays.

Happy Belated. Hang around, have a few dozen more.
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6. unclemush
4:04 PM GMT on December 20, 2009
Happy Birthday.A little late. :)
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5. Bogon
3:59 PM GMT on December 20, 2009
Reflections on birthdays — the day after

When you're a kid, birthdays are about the best thing going (next to Christmas). You get to have parties, you get to eat cake, and each one of them brings you closer to the day when you can take your place among the grownups. Finally, some respect.

Then, one day, you do. Suddenly you have bills and taxes to pay. You have to worry about things like insurance and dentists and speeding tickets. You have to get a job. It doesn't take much of that until you begin to notice hints of wear and tear. Maybe a sore toe that's slow to heal, or a chipped tooth. Maybe these birthdays are not all they're cracked up to be.

Here's a video about a young lady named Marlene who is at that delicate age when you just begin to wonder. She needs a tiny bit of reassurance.

Two years farther on, and this guy is having real issues.

I just had my fifty-eighth birthday; I'm looking forward to my fifty-eighth Christmas. Gotta say, after you sit through fifty-eight of 'em, the luster starts to wear a bit thin. Those Christmas carols are starting to sound almost as tired as Free Bird or Stairway to Heaven.

Of course this is only one man's perspective. Your mileage may vary. Do you think Methuselah danced a jig each year on his birthday? That would have been 969 jigs.

Rats, I was too busy shoveling snow yesterday. I forgot.
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4. surfmom
3:58 PM GMT on December 20, 2009
- HAPPY BIRTHDAY! A shared tiramisu & a kiss - make for a most Special B-day!
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3. shoreacres
3:06 PM GMT on December 20, 2009
Birthday greetings, indeed. Snow and tiramisu seems like a good combo to me.

So - you like that scoreboard too, huh? Jerry Jones is an idiot. It grieves me mightily that the Saints had to lose to Dallas last night. The Houston Texans may be a pathetic excuse for a football team, but at least we beat Dallas in our first franchise game. There are thousands of fans who'll warm themselves at that particular fire for at least another decade.
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2. Bogon
3:02 PM GMT on December 20, 2009
Thanks very much, Mass.

My wife and I are enjoying a very quiet and relaxing Sunday morning. She found a couple pieces of tiramisu for my birthday cake, which always hits the spot.
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1. masshysteria
12:19 PM GMT on December 20, 2009

Sorry to hear of your troubles with the cable company, but isn't it always the way these days, especially, during the holidays??!!

Nevertheless, I hope things will work out soon, so you can begin to enjoy your birthday and Christmas in grand style!!

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