Friday, December 3, 2021

Santa Charity Ski, Newry, Maine

….and they’re off !

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  1. DeniseVB says:

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  3. Dora says:

    Good Morning.

    All of those Santas look delightful. Especially after knowing that the EU would like to cancel Christmas!


    EU draft pulled after Vatican complains Christmas ‘canceled

    • jadzia1971 says:

      These people are idiots. I think it’s less inclusive to call the Christmas season “THE holiday period,” a phrase that clearly indicates that there is only one holiday period, and this (which we all know but apparently can’t say is Christmas, plus Hanukkah, although that isn’t a major holiday for Jews) is it. It is perfectly possible to utter the phrase “the Christmas season” AND ALSO, at other times of the year, phrases such as “the Passover season,” the “Easter season,” the “Ramadan season,” the “High Holidays,” the “Diwali season” or whatever damn season you want to reference. Why is this so difficult to understand?

    • DeniseVB says:

      Just when the U.S. gave them $anta Biden who’s giving them everything they want while ignoring his own people. Ungrateful globalists 😦

  4. Dora says:

    Sing Along! 🙂

  5. Somebody says:

    Reporting back on my new “toy”. Boy, have they made improvements in electric race tracks and cars. The new ones fly, tragically I mean that in the literal sense too🤪 First thing we noticed while unpacking it, man these track layouts are HUGE! The smallest track layout is 4’9″ by 7’6″, recap my nifty board/table set up is 4′ by 5′. No problem, I’ll just freelance a track layout.

    So these cars go so fast you can’t pull the trigger on the controller more than about half-way, there are a few small areas where can can hit it close to 3/4, but the areas are small and you have to know what you’re doing, how long to hit it and when to back off, it’s a delicate touch. Especially the way I shortened the track it has sharp curves. I suppose constructing a simple oval might have been best, but that’s so boring.

    My grandkids were so excited, too excited in fact. I had an extra kid, my neighbors are moving today, my younger two grandkids are friends with their daughter she’s in between them in age. Her parents asked me pretty please if she could come over for a “little bit”, bus drops off at 2:20…..I walked her home at 7pm last night. I quickly agreed to babysit because I knew I had the race track all set up and I envisioned the kids would be happily entertained. I envisioned all smiles, laughter, sportsmanship, all while I adoringly looked on serving them cookies and snacks, Christmas music playing softly in the background. My vision was like a Hallmark special……reality bites🤪

    To be continued

    • DandyTIger says:

      Wow, sounds awesome!

    • Somebody says:

      It started out with glee. I carefully demonstrated to the girls how to maneuver the course, their angelic little faces beaming with broad smiles watched intently. I supervised their homework, school first! They had a snack (read I sugared them up), the 3 of them absolutely giddy, laughing and chatting so excited.

      They each select their cars and lanes, I set them up with their controllers and the Dukes of Hazard demolition derby commenced. Now, now girls calm down, you can’t pull the trigger back all the way let me show you again. Meanwhile I’m the freaking pit boss repairing cars. The springs in those cars are teeny tiny and copper, imagine crawling around on wood floors in search of them. In my mind those angelic faces began to turn to demons, my patience growing thin.

      The neighbor’s kid is a whiner, it was as if Calliou had come to visit🤯 “Whaaaat’s wrooong with my caaaar?” “Whyyyy is myyyy caaaar craaaaaashing?” I did NOT actually say this, I want to be clear, but I was thinking it. Because either you’re too stupid or belligerent to listen to what I explained to you 50 times and btw, would like a little cheese with that whine, huh, huh, would you Calliou?

      Not to be left out my youngest grandchild is growing angry her reaction is different, but no less appealing. She’s angry and pouting, she’d soon be crying. My middle grandchild gets the hang of it and is having a blast racing. She’s typically a quiet, shy child, a total bookworm, but not today. She’s thrilled to be so much better at racing than the other two and she starts trash talking and taunting them.

      Oh dear God, what have I done? What was I thinking? Where’s my Hallmark movie? At this point National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation would be an upgrade. There was crying, whining, trash talking, cars flying through the air. I’m crawling on the floor trying to find parts or at my kitchen table trying to fix cars. I’m running out of spare parts, these cars btw are not cheap they cost $35 and up, you get into specialty cars and you have to dig in your pockets.

      I’m eyeing the liquor cabinet at this point thinking it’s 5 o’clock somewhere. My husband come out to “handle” the situation.

      To be continued

      • Somebody says:

        My husband decides what is needed is for him to instruct the girls, clearly my instructions were inadequate……go on with your bad self buddy! Have at it, I think I need to walk the dogs, yes I’m sure I do.

        Hubby proceeds to show the girls the intricacies of the cars, how fragile they are. I laugh as I walk out the door. When I return I hear my husband loudly proclaim “If you crash one more car there will no more racing we’re out of parts!” At that moment Calliou careens a car off the first curve, it easily clears the track fence and flies about 10 feet crashing into the fireplace.

        My husband pronounces the races over, the kids scatter. My husband turns to me and asks if I was planning cocktail hour today and tells me he thinks that would be a good idea. He also inquires as to why Calliou is there and how long are we babysitting, is there a pick up time. By now it’s 4pm, Calliou’s older sister will be home in 15 minutes, as will my oldest grandchild. Our son will be home in 30 minutes, I assure my husband not much longer. Except Calliou’s sister didn’t come get her, she was put to work packing and my son was called into a meeting and would end up being an hour late.🤪

        The girls are all in the back bedroom crying because my husband ended the racing. I come up with an idea which in the end works, but getting there is bumpy.

        I go out to the garage and fetch our old race track. Inside the box are spare car parts and literally over a dozen cars. I decide the stock cars would be easier for the girls to handle than the Indy cars. I begin tuning up the stock cars, well some of them not MY personal one. The one I kick ass with, my bitch blue Dodge Viper. Not to worry Calliou finds my car, my husband tunes it up and let’s her race it. My old Viper held up pretty well, but Calliou finally managed to crash it into the entertainment center and tear up the front end🤬

        At this point my 22 year old has finished her college day and my oldest grandchild is home from middle school. My 22 year old I’d so excited she’s on the verge of tears, she does complain the track seems a bit small and rather boring🙄 She takes middle grandchild under her wing, those two along with middle grandchild and Calliou begin to race.

        To be continued

        • taw46 says:

          Somebody, you should write a book. You are the best storyteller evah!!!!!! You are so descriptive – I can see each character in this story. LOL

        • Somebody says:

          So my 22 year old is the “boss” of the table. Before racing, she helped us tune up cars. She instructs my oldest grandchild in the finer art of racing and as I said my middle grandchild and Calliou join in. Calliou is racing with my Viper.

          My 22 year old and two oldest grandchildren are all successfully racing and having a good time. Youngest grandchild is content to watch, Calliou is the fly in the ointment, she’s racing and crashing on every lap with my Viper. My 22 year old stops and carefully tutors Calliou. The racing resumes, Calliou handles things fine for a couple of laps and then starts the constant crashing.

          My 22 year old looks straight at Calliou and says, “You’re not that stupid, you know how to drive. I showed you and you did it no problem. You’re just ticked you can’t win so you’re being reckless or you’re jealous and you’re crashing on purpose, either way that’s just wrong. You either drive the car properly, which I know you can do, or stop racing because you’re going to tear up the car”.

          You should have seen the look on Calliou’s face when my daughter said she might be crashing on purpose, it was look of how did she know. I don’t know if it was jealousy or that she was being a sore loser, but it became apparent she was crashing on purpose or at least some of her crashes had been. Looking back that makes sense because my youngest grandchild crashed too, but with the exception of one her crashes were spin outs and her car stayed on the track or the table. I had said to my husband multiple times “Why is this happening, our kids never sent cars flying across the room”. 🤔🤔

          Calliou and my youngest decide to play a video game the middle grandchild would soon join them in. My son arrives and he’s as excited and giddy as a school girl. It did my heart good to see my own children were excited. My son was always the “master” at putting the track together and maintaining the cars. He makes a few changes to the track and begins to work on all the cars. He fixes every car, finds some of the springs we couldn’t, ah young eyesight😉

          My son also remembers that we replaced cars on our old track because the original cars were slow. For years we’ve used the original cars for parts, I thought they’d been cannibalized. He goes out to the garage and finds his maintenance box, which is where the original cars are. We’re curious as to why he has a special box of parts, but we’ll inquire later on that one. He got the original cars from the 1990’s track and was able to rehabilitate them with the parts I had. I had a stash in the old racetrack box and was smart enough to order spares with the track, plus bonus the new track came with spare car parts.

          He managed to put together 3 of the original 90’s cars and sure enough they are slower, perfect for the kids. Altogether when he and hubby were done, we have 9 Indy cars and 6 stock cars, 3 Indy cars are dogs but useful for the kids.

          Also, reading instructions is always a good idea. Turns out on the power brick there are 3 settings, who knew. They were on full blast at the “expert” level, there is a beginner setting which really slows the track down, who knew🤗 By this time it was almost 7pm and I decided packing or not it was time for Calliou to go home, hubby walked her home. I had gracious plenty left over roast and sides, so we all heated up plates and had dinner.

          My son and daughter decided we need a bigger, better track. They’ve informed me that Christmas gift opening will be in the family room this year and that some of my living room furniture will be displaced. They are going to take over my formal living room and create a massive “Frankentrack” which my daughter and grandkids think needs to loop through the Christmas tree🙄 The two of them have taken charge and have set aside time next week to construct their masterpiece.

          So all was well that ended well. It started out frustrating, my visions shattered, but it all worked out, just a few bumps along the way.

        • Somebody says:

          My 22 year old took oldest “middle school age” grandchild under her wing. Those two raced with middle, formerly shy, now trash talking middle grandchild and Calliou

          • DeniseVB says:

            “Christmas with Somebody” is going to be so much fun this year 😀

          • Mt.Laurel says:

            This was a fun read from start to finish. Perhaps you should write up a script and submit to Hallmark for a new twist on their traditional themes.

            An Electric Racetrack Christmas as told by Somebody. 🏎

      • I got a race car set one Christmas. I made the mistake of setting it up on the floor in the family room. The room had wall-to-wall carpeting. Within minutes the wheels and engines of the cars were clogged with carpet fibers.

        According to the tv ads the track pieces can easily be assembled, disassembled, and reassembled in lots of cool configurations. The ads lied. The track pieces were as fragile as an SJW snowflake’s feelings.

        My race car set didn’t even last until New Years Eve. I don’t think we ever got a single car to complete one full lap.

        Q: What do toy trains and women’s breasts have in common?
        A: They are intended for kids but it is grown men that play with them.

        • Somebody says:

          Ah Klown sorry your racetrack didn’t last. If you lived closer I’d invite you over to race on my track.

        • DeniseVB says:

          Yep, my husband’s post war Lionel trains collection for a fact 🙂 The kids were not allowed to touch them, now none of them want to inherit them. We eventually had to buy a house with an extra bedroom for his train table and mid-century pin ball machine. And like any grown up kid, he’s bored with them now. Sigh.

          • Somebody says:

            My FIL had a bunch of trains, at one point the largest of the two spare bedrooms was his train room. Eventually the trains gave way to his new hobby, computers. He boxed up the trains and put metal shelving along one wall where he stored the boxes of trains. I assume my SIL took those trains, as executor she decided she was entitled to everything🙄 They might have ended up in a dumpster though, that’s where most of my in-laws collection of first edition books landed🥺

            You have a pinball machine? That’s awesome! There is a pinball “museum” here and it’s on my to do list. It’s in a storefront In a shopping center. You pay $14.95 and that entitles you to an all day pass to play any of the pinball machines all day from open to close. I think their hours are 10-6 or 10-8. Every time we drive by there I tell my husband one day we’re going to go there and I’ll kick his butt🤣 Neither of us have touched a pinball machine since the 70’s, but we both have fond memories of playing.

        • lateblum says:

          Cute. 🤣😂🤣

  6. jadzia1971 says:

    There’s nothing like a couple of cancelled meetings on a Friday to kill your work motivation.

    • lateblum says:

      Oh well, Enjoy filling up your cabinets! or Relish your rosacea.

    • 1539days says:

      Try coming in on your last day of work.
      My resignation was effective today.

      • lyn5 says:

        Get some rest now.

      • lateblum says:

        I must’ve missed that you had made the final decision. hope it wasn’t stressful for you today and that on Monday you’ll enjoy sipping coffee at home when you’d have been knee deep in work in the past. ❣️

        • 1539days says:

          Even better. They have an outside quality audit that was pushed from 11/29 to 12/6. Normally, I usually sail through those things, but my department isn’t quite as gifted as I am in Quality systems.

          I didn’t really write about my job on this site during my notice period. But those two weeks only confirmed that I made the right decision by leaving.

          • lateblum says:

            Good news.

          • Mt.Laurel says:

            You were very careful in anything you shared but it was clear it was becoming a very difficult environment. Glad you were able to make it through the notice period without incident as I know sometimes employers are rather petulant and immature when someone has decided to leave.

          • 1539days says:

            Thanks. They’re losing a lot of people and some people, like me, didn’t even get a counter offer. It just shows how little they understood about what I did and my potential for more.

          • DeniseVB says:

            What’s next ? Keep us posted, we’re a nosy bunch 😀

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    Too soon… ? 😉

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    • Mothy67 says:

      Scratching my head. Could not this rational give weight to the argument of letting states decide the issue? Makes any decision a more direct decision by the citizenry?
      The left is twisting themselves with empty arguments while ignoring The Constitution. I discussed RvW many times with liberal attorney friends. None could honestly defend the decision. This was before everyone went nuts.
      Yesterday a blue check was going on about how men should be supporting choice because they got to not have unwanted children. Really gross. No responsibility.
      I have always viewed it as not my issue. That was until things like NY State critters giving a standing ovation to aborting up to birth, the complete lack of coverage of Gosnell, PP selling body parts.
      I almost think the left wants it overturned. I see nothing else that will bring out their rabid voters for mid terms.

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    Conservatives Win Dueling Protests With Student Socialists; ASU Refuses To Ban Rittenhouse

  15. Dora says:

    Might not be a good Christmas for Andrew. 🙂


    Andrew Cuomo under federal investigation over sexual harassment allegations

    The Justice Department is investigating the sexual harassment allegations against former New York governor Andrew M. Cuomo (D), the latest repercussion to stem from the sweeping report issued by the office of the state’s Democratic attorney general.

    • Somebody says:

      DOJ has nothing more pressing? Sexual harassment? If DOJ was investigating covid and the nursing home policy, fine. Investigating the supposed sexual harassment seems like a political hit to me. The D’s clearly want Andrew sidelined.

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  18. Mothy67 says:

    Posted this in the early am
    People with allergies up to 40% less likely to get fauXI.
    I have had a sniffle all my life, but have never had a cold or the flu. Could bodies response to allergens keep it primed to respond to viruses? Don’t know but interesting.

    • lateblum says:

      Someone tried to steal my identity via the IL dept of unemployment benefits last spring. So I had to freeze all my credit accts as well as bankcard and notify the State, etc. It made me angry that people are so evil.

  19. lateblum says:

    I’m still sniffling and coughing and relishing these symptoms now!

    • lyn5 says:

      Are you resting?

      • lateblum says:

        No. I was watching the press conference from Oxford Michigan. The coughing and sneezing, etc are from allergies. It was in reference to the article that Tim posted about allergies and possibly helping to ward off C19. Oopsie, I guess the comment didn’t nest under Tim’s post about allergies…

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    Mollie is too sweet to FJB.

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  24. Dora says:

    EXCLUSIVE… Lawrence Sellin: Evidence Indicates COVID-19 is a Designed Bioweapon with a Toxic Structure that MAY BE REPLICATED IN VACCINES
    By Joe Hoft

  25. elliesmom says:

    This song popped up in my playlist today. I think it’s probably more appropriate today then when she first recorded it.

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    America’s Nixonian press corps takes a page from the Watergate playbook to try and cover up its active role in the criminal Russiagate hoax.

  28. Mt.Laurel says:

    I had a push notice from one of the apps with weather news and thought well that is unusual so I checked :
    Rare blizzard warning in Hawaii, up to 12 inches of snow expected

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