Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Relatives were hosted, turkeys were roasted, dressing was consumed, libations swilled and copious amounts of wrapping paper were torn as gifts were exchanged.
The big ticket items:
To Me from Stacey-An iPhone (my conversion to the Dark Side is almost complete)
To Kate from Santa - a new Gateway tablet laptop. EVERYONE---Please email her at email@example.com
To Stacey from Robert - new pair of Dynastar Exclusive Carve Skis and an iPhone too!!!
To Preston - a Transformers helmet, a play toy shotgun, a Nerf sword, & a Tony Romo jersey
In Lonoke........the big shocker. Kate received a Remington model 700 SPS Youth .243 rifle with scope for deer hunting!!!!! My jaw hit the floor!!!!
We spolied each other for sure. Best of all, we were able to have a perfect 2pm Eucharist family service as it snowed to celebrate the birth of Christ.
2009 will be remembered for time with family and the Christmas Season.
Happy New Year to all!!!!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
12-23-09 Hunt @ JN Creek
Old Joke: What's the difference between in-laws and outlaws?
A: Outlaws are WANTED!
Ok, I admit, as in-laws go, I have the best.
As evidence, I submit the Hamiltons who are absolutely great people. They define what America is all about. Very close-knit family that takes care of each other.
I say this because I just took my most recent in-law on a 24 hr hunting trip. This would be my new bro-in-law, Derek Prosser. We headed out yesterday and indulged in way way way too much drinking, eating and fortunately PLENTY of shooting. The menu included a bbq rib dinner, beers-o-plenty followed by Makers Mark brown water, massive breakfast burritos and a cornbread and grilled pork chop lunch. 39 ducks and a single Canada goose fell this morning at JN Creek. Derek fit right in and I gave him my most treasured first shotgun to use: my 1995 Remington 870 Express 12 ga magnum....the most popular pump shotgun ever. He's a great match for my sister and pretty great in-law.....even if he's an attorney and Michigan fan!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
The GREATEST Christmas Movie Ever
Dateline: Wednesday, December 9 @ 9:00PM Central
TNT Network - Check your local cable or satellite provider
Yes, that's right! In under a week it begins........
My family has grown tired of my affinity for this movie but it NEVER gets old to me. TNT will air the movie next Wednesday, but beginning at 5PM Dec 24 the 24 hour loop of A Christmas Story.....a tradition that started in 1998 (or earlier). Sadly some of the main characters and the author recently passed away but their careers live on each Christmas.
If you haven't watched it from start to finiash, I dare you to try making it through the entire movie without laughing out loud.......and even better, it's a great kids movie when the rugrats won't settle down on Christmas Eve.
So here's to you Ralphie Parker and your "200 shot Range Model Red Ryder Carbine Action Air Rifle with a compass in the stock and a thing that tells time".
The infamous leg lamp
Ralphie: The Pink Nighmare, The deranged Easter Bunny
A slight breach of ettiqute. "The Triple Dog Dare You"
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Snow blankets my office window from the 49th floor of the Trammell Crow Center
By any measure of society the residents of Dallas and most of the Metroplex (excepting Ft. Worth) are.....best aptly described......well.....as DRAMA QUEENS! I can say this as I have now lived here for 15 years. It seems to me (and I am also guilty), that Dallas-ites are always whining about something....a few examples:
1. The Cowboys. This gets really old. Ok---they haven't won a Superbowl since 1996. Get over it. We all want them to win. They don't. They won't.
2. Traffic. Think we have bad traffic? See Also: Houston, NY, NJ, LA, Atlanta
3. And my favorite.....ahh, yes........ The Weather.
Yes---it will always be hot in July/August. But my favorite.......(and this is good).....are the few rare occurences LIKE TODAY when SNOW and ICE hit Dallas.
Nothing brings out the DRAMA like solid precip in Dallas. If you had just landed here from Mars and turned on the radio in Dallas today you would think Armageddon is surely upon us. Seas boiling, 7 year plague, knashing of teeth and clinching of fists, fire and brimstone, dogs and cats sleeping together........you know....The End of the World.
People drive 14 mph on the Tollway, fur coats and space heaters magically appear everywhere, schools cancel based on a 24 hr forecast, workers stay home from work and people seriously consider putting their SUV in 4WD mode when a snowflake appears.
Now, I'm not from Canada, The Yukon, Maine, Alaska, or North Dakota.....but seriously!?!? (I wonder what the Prossers of ND would think about all of this).
Reality Check please: It will probably melt this afternoon.
In the meantime, I'll sit in my igloo (see picture) and enjoy the drama queens of Dallas!