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It's like Christmas.


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I think I speak for all of us here when I say, we're not hanging any tinsel on that.


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lisamarlene wrote:
I think I speak for all of us here when I say, we're not hanging any tinsel on that.

I don't particularly like tinsel anyway.


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Wow... wow...

I know you've heard me complain about Windows 10 and wireless before.

So on Impus Major's laptop, I disabled wireless and it worked fine for a while.
Today Windows 10 patched itself and re-enabled wireless. And immediately his machine reported that it could not connect to the internet...
...in spite of having a gigabit ethernet cable plugged into it.

Gods, Microsoft! You just heard Bethesda was screwing up so bad you just HAD to beat them, didn't you?


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TriOmegaZero wrote:
It's like Christmas.

Some ornament.


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I no longer hunger.


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Hey Freehold! Eleven days... have you decided how you are celebrating?

The Exchange

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Kjeldorn wrote:
Just a Mort wrote:

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Kjeldorn, I think Lyn would be able to take a break more easily if the tree and Christmas lights up..

See here Mort...

This is were this normally laid back Norse man goes full 'Bah Humbug!'
I find seasonal decorating utterly superfluous, and am scathingly critical about any attempts of making people (me or otherwise) conform to the 'Christmas-spirit' though months long, and near constant exposure to Christmas tat, glimmer and (urgh) music.

#IstandwithProfessorMembrane

(Urgh, I used a hashtag...I feel so dirty and icky)

Though I do acquiesce to the "Your home, your rules" line of thought, so others are of course free to decorate to their hearts content...
Though I would be sorely tempted to take a nutcracker to the nearest (decoration/doll) elf's kneecaps…

*Grumbles*

I'm more of a if Lyn wants to decorate, we should help, rather then comment on whether she should be decorating her house or not school. Honestly I'm not a very Christmasish sort of cat either, but if anyone wants help with deco or wants to use Christmas as an excuse to party, I'm all in!

I'm still wondering if I'll even put up Christmas deco in my home. I suppose if people expect me to, I'll hang up a stocking or two, and maybe a Santa and rudolph poster from Daiso. I wouldn't have a real Christmas tree, because firstly I feel it's unfair to the tree(you killed a tree just for a house ornament), and secondly after sometime, when Christmas trees start to rot, you get this not very nice smell.

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I don't know anyone who still purchases a natural tree every year. Everyone I know has plastic trees that just go back in their bags/boxes and into the closet/garage/attic/basement between January and November.

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Our office has a real Christmas tree. When it first came you can rub your fingers against the pine needles and get a nice smell(not now though), but the office cleaner said the roots are starting to smell weird now...

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Given my family's genetic luck, I can guarantee someone in the house would be allergic to any real tree we managed to acquire >_>


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captain yesterday wrote:
I don't remember that to be honest, but If it involves me standing steadfast in defiance of an oncoming blizzard, then yes, that's me.

It, in fact, means exactly that - plus headbanging.


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Honestly, I have reduced it to cutting a paper tree out, taping it to the wall, and putting presents by the wall. Really saves clean-up time.

Though this year we didn't have money for presents, so...not even really that.


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Orthos wrote:
Given my family's genetic luck, I can guarantee someone in the house would be allergic to any real tree we managed to acquire >_>

I'm allergic to all pine trees except fir trees, which are terrible for hanging decorations.

But I hate trying to store a fake tree the other 11 months of the year.


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We murder an 8' tree every year, because as Californians it's our duty.

But unlike Mort's company, the week after Christmas I take the SawzAll to the tree and the garbage company hauls it away for us.

I dunno, leaving it rotting in the living room seems like something you do with your grandmother, not your tree...


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NobodysHome wrote:

For the RAWyers. I'm looking at you, Mort!

I've thrown in my two coppers on a "by RAW" argument. It specifically says you know if they saved. Also says you don't get to know if they saved v. certain kinds of spells (effects, area stuff). Atonement has no save at all, so if the bluff was good, then by all means let the cleric happily believe.


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Just a Mort wrote:
Vanykrye wrote:
I hate my feet. I just fell up the stairs again.
How do you fall up the stairs?

I have fairly large feet. Size 14 US/49 EU. Standard size stairs in the US are not as deep as my feet. Every now and again I catch my toe on one of the stairs as I'm going up.

It's fine if I have at least one free hand, but if I'm really trying very hard not to drop something it gets a little dicey. My acrobatics aren't what they used to be.


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Orthos wrote:
I don't know anyone who still purchases a natural tree every year. Everyone I know has plastic trees that just go back in their bags/boxes and into the closet/garage/attic/basement between January and November.

I just went out and cut a tree with Zelda this last weekend. Douglas Fir, because all the Fraser Firs were already gone. The White Pines have too long of needles. The Blue Spruces were decent, but not quite what Zelda wanted.


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When I was a kid, we just went out on snowshoes or cross-country skis and cut a tree on our own land. As an adult, the idea of paying for a tree seems ludicrous and wrong. So right after we got engaged, we bought an artificial tree at Kmart for less than $80. Since a 6-8' tree is never less than $35-$40, we figured if we used it for at least three years, we'd be ahead. We've now used it for 20 years at a cost of less than $4 a year, and it's still holding together pretty well.
I miss having a real tree, though.


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Vanykrye wrote:
Orthos wrote:
I don't know anyone who still purchases a natural tree every year. Everyone I know has plastic trees that just go back in their bags/boxes and into the closet/garage/attic/basement between January and November.
I just went out and cut a tree with Zelda this last weekend. Douglas Fir, because all the Fraser Firs were already gone. The White Pines have too long of needles. The Blue Spruces were decent, but not quite what Zelda wanted.

Well, I'm having flashbacks.


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Is Dark Matter really good and I just don't get it?
Or is it as boring as I think it is?
I've slogged my way through the first season and into the beginning of the second because WW really likes it and keeps telling me I should watch it, but it feels like a chore.

Shadow Lodge

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I wonder if this is a regional thing - growing up in Texas and then spending my 20s in Arizona (the Phoenix valley, not the Flagstaff area where there actually are trees) does not incline one toward regularly encountering trees for the cutting. And even here in Tennessee, where almost any other piece of plantlife is for sale somewhere, I have yet to see a place selling Xmas trees.

The Vagrant Erudite wrote:
Honestly, I have reduced it to cutting a paper tree out, taping it to the wall, and putting presents by the wall. Really saves clean-up time.

When I'm no longer living with my parents, I may steal this. It just seems a lot more practical, especially for apartment living where space is already at a premium.


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lisamarlene wrote:
Hey Freehold! Eleven days... have you decided how you are celebrating?

eleven days...to what exactly? I dont understand.


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lisamarlene wrote:

Is Dark Matter really good and I just don't get it?

Or is it as boring as I think it is?
I've slogged my way through the first season and into the beginning of the second because WW really likes it and keeps telling me I should watch it, but it feels like a chore.

the episodes are highly individual and VERY dark.


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Just a Mort wrote:
lynora wrote:
Well, I was what my husband has termed clever stupid. I figured if I iced my ankle until it was numb I could get the lights up. Which technically worked. But now I can’t really put any weight on it so I can’t get the tree up yet. Still, progress! After a fashion...that involves failing several wisdom checks...

Can kiddo put up the tree? I should have paid more attention when they were putting up and decorating the office tree, but I shuffled off to do some work.

Kjeldorn, I think Lyn would be able to take a break more easily if the tree and Christmas lights up..

Kiddo can, technically speaking, but kiddo is drowning in homework this term, so hasn’t had many free minutes. He has been helping out with chores and grocery shopping and stuff so it’s not like I can complain. :)

Shadow Lodge

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Freehold DM wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:
Hey Freehold! Eleven days... have you decided how you are celebrating?
eleven days...to what exactly? I dont understand.

That's the 21st... winter solstice? Best guess on my end....


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Freehold DM wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:
Hey Freehold! Eleven days... have you decided how you are celebrating?
eleven days...to what exactly? I dont understand.

Until you qualify for AARP and the senior's discount at the movies.

Shadow Lodge

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lisamarlene wrote:

Is Dark Matter really good and I just don't get it?

Or is it as boring as I think it is?
I've slogged my way through the first season and into the beginning of the second because WW really likes it and keeps telling me I should watch it, but it feels like a chore.

I was about to go into a (admittedly very limited) scientific discussion on the merits and potential hazards associated with the theory of dark matter before I realized you were referring to a TV show of some sort....

Probably best I didn't, as that would make sure to destroy any chance of getting to bed before midnight....


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lisamarlene wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:
Hey Freehold! Eleven days... have you decided how you are celebrating?
eleven days...to what exactly? I dont understand.
Until you qualify for AARP and the senior's discount at the movies.

Zing... harsh....


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I've heard that there is a whole new field of "senior porn" in Japan.


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Just a Mort wrote:
Kjeldorn wrote:
Just a Mort wrote:

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Kjeldorn, I think Lyn would be able to take a break more easily if the tree and Christmas lights up..

See here Mort...

This is were this normally laid back Norse man goes full 'Bah Humbug!'
I find seasonal decorating utterly superfluous, and am scathingly critical about any attempts of making people (me or otherwise) conform to the 'Christmas-spirit' though months long, and near constant exposure to Christmas tat, glimmer and (urgh) music.

#IstandwithProfessorMembrane

(Urgh, I used a hashtag...I feel so dirty and icky)

Though I do acquiesce to the "Your home, your rules" line of thought, so others are of course free to decorate to their hearts content...
Though I would be sorely tempted to take a nutcracker to the nearest (decoration/doll) elf's kneecaps…

*Grumbles*

I'm more of a if Lyn wants to decorate, we should help, rather then comment on whether she should be decorating her house or not school. Honestly I'm not a very Christmasish sort of cat either, but if anyone wants help with deco or wants to use Christmas as an excuse to party, I'm all in!

I'm still wondering if I'll even put up Christmas deco in my home. I suppose if people expect me to, I'll hang up a stocking or two, and maybe a Santa and rudolph poster from Daiso. I wouldn't have a real Christmas tree, because firstly I feel it's unfair to the tree(you killed a tree just for a house ornament), and secondly after sometime, when Christmas trees start to rot, you get this not very nice smell.

We have an artificial tree. My husband is allergic to pine and also the apartment complex says no real trees because they have no agreement with the city for disposing of them. And also fire hazard. But mostly the first. Also a fake tree is lighter and therefore does less damage when the cats knock it over. When not if. I have never known a cat who could resist the urge to kill the tree because it’s so shiny. :P

I go all out with the Christmas decor. And like eighty percent of it is handmade. I make a new type of ornament every year. Last year was little felt bird ornaments that I sewed by hand. This year it’s knitted stars. It’s a lot of trouble to go to just to give my cats new things to kill! ;)
Anyhow, going all out with the decorations and the baking is what I did for my sisters. I’m not gonna do less for my kid. And it makes things cheerful and a little bit normal. Like my grandparents’ houses when I was little.


lisamarlene wrote:

Is Dark Matter really good and I just don't get it?

Or is it as boring as I think it is?
I've slogged my way through the first season and into the beginning of the second because WW really likes it and keeps telling me I should watch it, but it feels like a chore.
Freehold DM wrote:
the episodes are highly individual and VERY dark.

Seasons one and two are pretty solid, in my opinion, and it just kind of goes rather downhill from there - not because it's bad, by any stretch, but it becomes too violent and, well, dark. Makes it hard to root for anyone.

Season 3 is interesting, and has great parts, but rather brutal in several ways, and I didn't like it, even though I moooooooostly liked the first two.


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The Vagrant Erudite wrote:

Honestly, I have reduced it to cutting a paper tree out, taping it to the wall, and putting presents by the wall. Really saves clean-up time.

Though this year we didn't have money for presents, so...not even really that.

This is actually a brilliant idea! I seriously considered it after the cats killed my last tree beyond any ability to repair, but the kiddo rebelled, so I ended up buying another tree on clearance at the craft store. It was cheaper than Walmart, so I’m pretty happy with that.


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Personally, I like Dark Matter. I think it's good, but it did take me a few episodes to get as into it as Aiymi did.


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Trying to think of good holiday movies for this years movie marathon. The kiddo and I have a tradition of camping in the living room and watching all the movies.
Nightmare before Christmas (of course)
Die Hard (classic)
Miracle on 34th street (the old one because the remake is an abomination)
I like the Lion in Winter but the kiddo thinks it’s too slow.
We tried Gremlins last year, but it hasn’t aged well.
Trying to think of other not remotely sappy movies that fit the theme...
Suggestions?
I figure if I think of something now even if it’s kinda obscure I still have time to track it down


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I'm having to work at night again. So much fun.


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Zelda is a big sucker for White Christmas. It's only mildly sappy.


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lisamarlene wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:
Hey Freehold! Eleven days... have you decided how you are celebrating?
eleven days...to what exactly? I dont understand.
Until you qualify for AARP and the senior's discount at the movies.

I am in my 30s, and will be for the foreseeable future. 30s forever!


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Freehold, the only reason you shave your head is to hide the encroaching grey.

Shadow Lodge

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lynora wrote:

Trying to think of good holiday movies for this years movie marathon. The kiddo and I have a tradition of camping in the living room and watching all the movies.

Nightmare before Christmas (of course)
Die Hard (classic)
Miracle on 34th street (the old one because the remake is an abomination)
I like the Lion in Winter but the kiddo thinks it’s too slow.
We tried Gremlins last year, but it hasn’t aged well.
Trying to think of other not remotely sappy movies that fit the theme...
Suggestions?
I figure if I think of something now even if it’s kinda obscure I still have time to track it down

I have recently been informed/reminded that Batman Returns is about as much an Xmas movie as Die Hard for pretty much the exact same reasons. And it's one of the good ones from the older set of live action Batman films.

Otherwise, Muppet Christmas Carol is the holiday standard in my family. And the best of the many versions of that story, IMO.


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Orthos wrote:
lynora wrote:

Trying to think of good holiday movies for this years movie marathon. The kiddo and I have a tradition of camping in the living room and watching all the movies.

Nightmare before Christmas (of course)
Die Hard (classic)
Miracle on 34th street (the old one because the remake is an abomination)
I like the Lion in Winter but the kiddo thinks it’s too slow.
We tried Gremlins last year, but it hasn’t aged well.
Trying to think of other not remotely sappy movies that fit the theme...
Suggestions?
I figure if I think of something now even if it’s kinda obscure I still have time to track it down

I have recently been informed/reminded that Batman Returns is about as much an Xmas movie as Die Hard for pretty much the exact same reasons. And it's one of the good ones from the older set of live action Batman films.

Otherwise, Muppet Christmas Carol is the holiday standard in my family. And the best of the many versions of that story, IMO.

trading places. Watch it with my mom every year.


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Vanykrye wrote:
Freehold, the only reason you shave your head is to hide the encroaching grey.

grey hair? I dont know what you're talking about. I shave my head to increase by black manliness.


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The Lion in Winter and White Christmas, and the original Grinch.
Although there's a soft spot in my head for the Island of Misfit Toys.


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Freehold DM wrote:
Vanykrye wrote:
Freehold, the only reason you shave your head is to hide the encroaching grey.
grey hair? I dont know what you're talking about. I shave my head to increase by black manliness.

I used to use the same excuse.


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lisamarlene wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:
Hey Freehold! Eleven days... have you decided how you are celebrating?
eleven days...to what exactly? I dont understand.
Until you qualify for AARP and the senior's discount at the movies.

I'm a member!


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NobodysHome wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:
Freehold DM wrote:
lisamarlene wrote:
Hey Freehold! Eleven days... have you decided how you are celebrating?
eleven days...to what exactly? I dont understand.
Until you qualify for AARP and the senior's discount at the movies.
I'm a member!

yeah. You're old.

Not in your 30s, like me.


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Orthos wrote:
lynora wrote:

Trying to think of good holiday movies for this years movie marathon. The kiddo and I have a tradition of camping in the living room and watching all the movies.

Nightmare before Christmas (of course)
Die Hard (classic)
Miracle on 34th street (the old one because the remake is an abomination)
I like the Lion in Winter but the kiddo thinks it’s too slow.
We tried Gremlins last year, but it hasn’t aged well.
Trying to think of other not remotely sappy movies that fit the theme...
Suggestions?
I figure if I think of something now even if it’s kinda obscure I still have time to track it down

I have recently been informed/reminded that Batman Returns is about as much an Xmas movie as Die Hard for pretty much the exact same reasons. And it's one of the good ones from the older set of live action Batman films.

Otherwise, Muppet Christmas Carol is the holiday standard in my family. And the best of the many versions of that story, IMO.

Excellent suggestions!


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lisamarlene wrote:

Is Dark Matter really good and I just don't get it?

Or is it as boring as I think it is?
I've slogged my way through the first season and into the beginning of the second because WW really likes it and keeps telling me I should watch it, but it feels like a chore.

I have to admit, I'm surprised. We (Shiro, GothBard, and I) thoroughly enjoyed Dark Matter Seasons 1 and 2. Then we gave up on it as it got bad, as is fairly typical.

But then, we hated Stranger Things, so obviously our tastes are twisted.

As for Christmas movies, our "watch 'em every year" are:
The Year Without a Santa Claus
A Christmas Story
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Elf
Other than those four, our year-to-year stuff is pretty random.


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Clocking out. Good night, everyone.


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Clocked in you know the drill.

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