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Holiday Memories: From the CR4 Archives

Posted December 06, 2017 9:03 AM by BestInShow

I'll be posting links to holiday-related CR4 blogs and threads from now through the end of the month. These are too good not to repeat! If any of you have a favorite you'd like to see her, please PM me.

Today's entry, from 2015: Holiday Lights Unlikely Source of Wi-Fi Interference

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Re: Holiday Memories: From the CR4 Archives

12/06/2017 10:20 AM

I can see that pulling down the local grid!!

I have not put up any Christmas lights since we moved into this home about 10 years ago. I am thinking (not doing yet) about actually buying a fairly large Christmas tree, decorating it in the front lawn, placing wrapped "presents" under it. I love Christmas, just never have been all that wound up in the commercialization.

Suggested presents under the outdoor trees:

  • box with carefully preserved dried dog poo, encased in pourable cured acrylic.
  • box with dried cat poo, encased in acrylic.
  • box with several lump of charcoal.
  • box with a really cheap watch in it, with two wires coming off the watch to a plastic wrapped white molding clay - sure to be the rage at any Christmas gathering.
  • box with several broken mercury thermometers, in a carefully labelled PE bottle.
  • box with a large firecracker in it, with a pull string over a fuse igniter. String attached to ground.
  • box with lots of "sparklers" in it, and an equal number of matches for the kiddies that absolutely must shake the presents.
  • box with one bottle of vinegar connected to a bottle of baking soda arranged so that upsetting the box results in a shower of fizz, or a fizz volcano.
  • box with a speck of black dust in a test tube, labelled "radiation hazard".
  • box with skull and crossbones wrapping paper for the little pirates in the crowd, having a test tube with sea sand, another labelled sea salt.

Note: none of these presents require batteries, and are all environmentally safe except the mercury thermometer ones, and maybe the firecracker one. None of them utilize smart objects that talk, although one with a taped playback of what mommy and uncle Bud did last Christmas might be interesting.

If anyone finds any of this offensive, I apologize directly in advance, and remind the reader this is all intended to be fictional, not based in truth, and no one will shoot their eye out. Furthermore, no animals were harmed in the making of this reply.

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12/06/2017 10:54 AM

Such an imagination!

Several years ago I read a book about holiday extravagance that really got to me, not that I was a fan of extravagance before I read it. One guy profiled in the book went in with some of his fellow over-the-top outdoor light display practitioners to buy a whole shipping container full of LED lights, which at the time were much more expensive. Geez.

We live up a hill from the road in our rural community, so I limit outdoor lights to wrapping the deck railings and the posts that hold up the little roof over the entryway. Mr. Best in Show got a fancy electric something-or-other that not only allows us to time the lights, we can also control them via cell phone from wherever we are. No music yet though.

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12/06/2017 11:07 AM

LOL!

Wishing the very Best In Show Christmas, to you, and all the BIS household, and the entire CR4 staff as well, thanks all for your long-suffering. It has been both.

Remember that while it is better to give than to receive, we all certainly wish that you all receive all the warmth, cheer, and blessings that Christmas affords. And good beer and wine if you choose to imbibe. Please imbibe responsibly.

Spilled beer turns to gremlins after midnight.

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12/06/2017 11:33 AM

Just a couple minutes ago, around 10:25, I went outside for a smoke, and witnessed what I thought was first snowfall of the season here in Lubbock, a light flurry of tiny snowflakes. Then I was crestfallen when I shared this is operators here, and the lead operator informed that first snowfall was witnessed yesterday at around 16:00.

Doggone it!

Apparently, these are the only known snowflakes in Lubbock at the moment.

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