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gr -

YYYEEESSSS! And look who is FIRST! My day is made....ha, cm, gotcha!

gr -

Look, you put up a cod in a box, Alan, and you're asking for it. My sensitive soul will forgive you for pointing fingers at 'celebrity blether gutter' and 'debacle'. Sure, I own up to it, but dangit, I have a responsibility. Half, or maybe 90 percent of the people around here are into serious discourse and discussion (ie: boring). The other 50 percent, or less than 10 percent, or maybe just me and gorthos with gordo and cm sprinkled in, like blather and meaningless dialogue. It's a big tent. We all fit.

Hans -

You're right, Al, it is funny cuz I always thought Courtney Cox was more attractive then Jennifer Aniston.

cm -

Courtney might be more attractive if she put on a bit of weight. They're all so scrawny.

Alan -

Whither the 90%, Mr. Rith. Have we become complacent?

gr -

Man, I hadn't thought of it that way, Hans, you are so smart!!!! Compared to Courtney Cox, Jennifer Anniston is a styrofoam bubblehead. And look at Courtney's love life: married to that schlubby David Arquette, family and whatnot, nice and stable. And cm, I have broken bread with you, and you are quite petite, maybe size zero, just like these 2 actresses.
I don't know about you slackers, but I have more work to do, adios.
(Alan, you are a lawyer. You like politics and discussion. Many of our friends here do too. All you need is David Janes or ry to jump in RIGHT HERE about taxes, tariffs, trade imbalances, parliamentary procedure, and comments will shoot up to 100 in no time)

Alan -

I had hoped for PBS and all I get is Entertainment Tonight. Have you any idea how much I loath pop culture of the sort you guys are discussing?

Hans -

Does that mean that we'll never see "infotainment.genx40.com" sub-blog?

BR -

funny - Als post dismissing yesterdays conversation turns into the same. Thanks Hans. Sure it's drivel, but the big topics just get me into trouble at home. Last week I started going through the cupboards ridding our home of Trans Fats. Wife was puzzled at my sudden interest in ingredients (and a little put off by all the stuff I insisted had to be thrown out). And I can't tell you what the beer blog has done to my relationship - "this new hobby of yours is getting out of control" - direct quote from wife.

Alan -

At the risk of being rude, if there is any point in owning and maintaining a blog it really should reflect the interests of the person owning and maintaining the blog. There is not much I do not give a rat's ass about but the appearance of people appearing in TV reruns is one of them.<p>Surely there is something in the news that is unique and interesting to a larger group that you can each raise. Go back in the archives and notice who is no longer posting comments. These things are telling.

Gordo -

Courtney Cox is entering scarecrow territory .. Bleh .. A ribcage that you can play a tune on is NOT attractive.

Alan -

I was not aware that the above was a subtle hint.

Gordo -

The dangers of running a collaborative medium is that it spirals out of your control, Alan.

Alan -

I now am going code yellow and reserving the right to amend ET-style comments.

Gordo -

Would a promise to attempt to review a couple of Salvadorean beers make you feel better, Alan?

gr -

There are many things about myself I do not understand, and one of them is how quickly my less than nimble mind forgets important things like midterm elections and foreign policy BUT how easily I remember and discuss celebrities. How did this happen? I DON'T EVEN OWN A TV!
(that thing yesterday with Miss America was all kind of amusing, wasn't it gorthos?)

OK, Massachusetts may be the first state to outlaw trans fats http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061220/us_nm/transfat_massachusetts_dc (also reuters). Ball is in your court, I am going Christmas shopping for myself.

Gordo -

Wasn't something just passed in NYC re trans-fats in restaurants? It sounded like the trans-fat police could start wandering the streets at any time.

Alan -

Think of something new - not trans fats, not beer, not mid-terms. There must be something. Like adding mummery to the role of the Kingston Society for Playing Catch. I now leave it to you to come up with constructive novelty as I have been here far too much for a "Free For Al!" post.

cm -

All righty then, how about we prepare the necessary documentation to petition the government to:

(a) make Remembrance Day a statutory holiday nationwide

(b) reduce the standard work week to 30 hours

(c) provide for daily nap time within the aforementioned 30 hours

Mike -

So what kind of beer should one leave out for Krampus!?

Hans -

"Surely there is something in the news that is unique and interesting to a larger group that you can each raise. Go back in the archives and notice who is no longer posting comments. These things are telling."

It is interesting to consider how the "GenX40 Nation" has transformed over the years. Some of us have been around seen the murky beginnings, and yet even as recently as yesterday, we have a new player in the form of BR. Heck, I remember a time when Genx40 was just a twinkle in gr's and cm's eyes but I can't think of too many regulars who drifted away. Sure SayNay was banned, but who has left voluntarily due to a loss of interest? Am I really just too lazy to check the archives?

Alan -

Yes, Hans, yes you are.

Gordo -

Boy, turn his blgo into ET and Alan gets grumpy.

I'm with cm on the naptime initiative. It's not just good for the body, but the soul.

Alan -

Your comment<blockquote class="smalltext">"The dangers of running a collaborative medium is that it spirals out of your control"</blockquote>is noteworthy in that fails to take into account that this is not a collaborative medium so much as a responsive one. The thankfully brief appearance of the puppet known as IrC included this non-thought:<blockquote class="smalltext">What do you mean by "non-advancing"? Is a weblog debate something where one person puts up a proposition and everyone else finds reasons to agree with it?</blockquote>The ironic error of a libertarian who would standardize all to Randian pap was that I require agreeability - not noticing as a Randian would that it is content of interest that is attractive. Celebrity gossip, especially at fifth hand, is about as interesting as the thoughts of someone with a well-worn copy of <i>Atlas Shrugged</i> on the bedside table.<p>There is a quality to quality that takes a bit of effort despite what libertarians and TV would tell you.

gorthos -

One topic I am very interested in blatering on about (apart from religion) is freedom of thought and speech.

How about we discuss the release of David Irving ?

gorthos -

And before this becomes a david irving related topic of namecalling and derision, Krampus drinks Hobgoblin ale (Wytchwood breeries I believe)

Gordo -

I'm not so certain that a blog is clearly one or ther other, Alan. Especially when you declare a "Free for Al".

Quality in almost anything is worth the effort. Libertarians only remain truly such until they're wronged in a fashion that could have been prevented by a governing authority.

Alan -

Fair enough on the "Free for Al!" but that is not where the ET content showed up. My point is both general and for discussion: blogs as blogs, metablogging, <i>De Rerum Bloggera</i>.

BR -

it's not so much that pop culture interests me, it's that pop culture is me, so when someone brings up a pop topic it's pretty easy, and admittedly somewhat brainless, to chime in quickly with a thought. Sure there's more to discuss but it's not that simple composing meaningful notes that truly reflect my own beleifs. I reserve that for face-to-face discussions. Being new to this medium and specifically this blog, I will respect the hosts wishes.

gr -

Hans is indeed a very smart person, and I would like to sit down and share beers and pizza with him some day, along with most of you of course. OK, Alan, points to consider:
1) so I finish blathering here and walk out the door. The neighbor, noticing my very old ray bans wayfarers says I look like Billy Joel but with a better nose. I am able to quickly respond 'how did Billy mess up that thing with Christie Brinkley????' I mean heck, this stuff is IMPORTANT! She probably didn't like most of his music any more than me. But you never know where celebrity references may come up, and it pays to be prepared. (all true, BTW)
2)I think that those of us who have been around a bit, such as Hans mentions, should be allowed some space to mess around. We mean no harm and are having fun. Until I got into that fish thing yesterday it seemed like the net was becoming VERY DULL
3) as far as Miss USA goes, it is amusing what happened yesterday because as she became a drunk at the age of 20, who the heck was serving her? I thought the laws were rather strict? Secondly, a person rolls their eyes when Donald Trump is suddenly Mr Morals giving her a second chance.
4) As far as Irc goes, or whoever that was last week, there was a whiskey expert who visited here a couple of weeks ago and then dissappeared too. Now with my own blog I see where these people come from: some people have key words automatically searched for and sent to them every day. Maybe that is where that guy came from. (I had a Jane's Addiction visitor, and others, for these reasons) See, I learn something every day.

Alan -

One has to watch out for those with claims to expertise. A class of spam as far as I am concerned. By the way, did you know 90% of email is spam now? The CBC had a show on it last night so it must be true.

cm -

How was that show? I meant to tape it but have so many other shows waiting to be watched...I really do not understand spam. Oh, and does anyone know when that second half of the week before last's Dr Who will be airing?

Alan -

More funny than facty. They did show the man who did the first spam which was cool.

Mike -

Good question, cm. The "Impossible Planet" one with the Ood (the squidy-faced guys)? The setting is similar to a very good Tom Baker episode from '77 or '78 like "The Horror of Fang Rock" or "The Robots of Death".

Click on the 'Fear Factor' link near the bottom left of this page to get the kid judges' rating and comments for this episode.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/episodes/2006/impossibleplanet.shtml

Hans -

Someday, gr, when the techies figure out transportation as well as they have figured out communication, we'll all share pizza and beer and GenX40 HQ.

Okay, sad but true: I did some "digging through the vaults" as they used to say on MuchMusic when Steven Anthony was still a VJ. Let the record show that there weren't nearly as many comments back in the early days of GenX40 as there are now but, based on my cursory and random inspection of the archives before 2005, there were indeed some commenters who haven't been seen 'round these here parts for some time. WIthout naming names, Al, it would seem that many of the AWOL are persons you had a connection with in PEI. Are these folks out there lurking in IslandCyberSpace unwilling to comment unless you have a PEI-friendly topic? Did they stop visiting because of a turn in content away from the PEI-related? That being said, I haven't seen the Hoogervoorsts around in a while either.

Hans -

Here's something that's sure to get the tongues around here wagging AND placate Al:

from: http://www.democraticspace.com/blog/

Traffic Rankings for Canadian Political Bloggers
Thursday December 14th 2006, 8:26 pm
Filed under: Canadian Politics, Useful Facts
I’ve never really paid attention to what kind of traffic I get on a regular basis (I know that it jumps to astronomical levels during election campaigns), so I thought I would do a quick check of the ranking of some of Canadian political bloggers using Alexa.com. It’s highly random, since Alexa seems not to have some sites and many blogspot sites aren’t ranked. So if your site isn’t listed it was because it wasn’t available or I don’t know it (sorry). So, anyway, here are the rankings as of today (I got bored at 80, so stopped there; I also didn’t bother with links OK, I broke down and added the links). I’m just to have just edged out the Western Standard! :) [Note: italicized entries have been added later]

1. Paul Wells — 39,375
2. Garth Turner — 138,136
3. Progressive Bloggers — 149,605
4. Small Dead Animals — 158,382
5. My Blahg — 162,979
6. Blogs Canada — 188,206
7. Antonia Zerbisias — 193,738
8. Matthew Good — 218,400
9. Warren Kinsella — 233,312
10. Andrew Coyne — 264,183
11. Vive le Canada – 271,935
12. Rick Mercer – 276,979
13. Stageleft — 297,894
14. Blogging Tories — 310,217
15. CalgaryGrit — 330,438
16. Relapsed Catholic — 382,725
17. Stephen Taylor — 390,358
18. Steve Janke — 440,241
19. Damian Penny — 484,095
20. Gen X at 40 — 532,032
21. Daveberta – 541,088
22. La Revue Gauche — 572,256
23. Jason Cherniak — 581,561
24. Werner Patels — 689,629
25. Canadian Cerberus — 689,701
–> Liblogs.ca — 695,947
26. Bound by Gravity — 768,532
27. Nicole Martel — 770,151
28. Jay Currie — 829,529
29. democraticSPACE.com — 865,092
30. Western Standard — 871,040
31. Dust my Broom — 891,149
32. James Bowie — 988,509
33. Somena Media — 995,161
34. Conservative Life — 1,009,388
35. A BCer in TO — 1,009,965
36. James Bow — 1,100,043
37. Jordon Cooper — 1,134,637
38. Colby Cosh — 1,221,980
39. Political Staples — 1,287,957
40. Adam Daifallah — 1,288,575
41. Abandoned Stuff – 1,298,041
42. Officially Screwed — 1,415,650
43. TDH Strategies — 1,426,197
44. Dr. Roy’s Thoughts — 1,466,346
45. Iggynation — 1,760,619
46. Big Blue Wave — 1,772,925
47. John Lennard — 2,017,846
48. Clear Grit – 2,023,344
49. UW Habs — 2,049,958
50. The London Fog — 2,019,952
51. Red Tory — 2,156,918
52. Maxwell’s House — 2,279,135
53. Northern Ontario Liberal — 2,332,184
54. Girl on the Right — 2,371,370
55. Idealistic Pragmatist — 2,585,625
56. Michelle Oliel — 2,589,614
57. A View From the Left — 2,713,928
58. Big City Lib — 2,716,891
59. Murphy’s Point — 2,861,747
60. Vincent Geloso — 3,019,620
61. East-End Underground — 3,128,245
62. Blue Blogging Soapbox — 3,266,180
63. Scott’s DiaTribes — 3,327,582
64. Fuddle-Duddle — 3,328,775
65. The Vanity Press — 3,537,264
66. Gay and Right – 3,811,823
67. The Frog Lady — 4,441,261
68. The Monarchist — 4,441,287
69. Peter Loewen — 4,444,230
–> David Akin — 4,450,828
70. Urban Refugee — 4,559,956
71. WingNuterer — 4,638,171
72. Section 15 — 4,796,409
73. Liberal Catnip — 4,822,085
74. Prairie Wrangler — 4,871,265
–> Bill Doskoch — 5,307,935
75. James Laxer — 5,539,101
76. The Dan Report — 5,606,655
77. Dymaxion World – 5,828,817
78. John Murney — 6,022,657
79. Vijay Sappani — 6,024,762
80. HarperBizarro — 6,147,932

gorthos -

CM and Mike:

I have no idea when the second part of the IMpossible PLanet will be airing but boy does CBC confuse me all to hell with their broadcasting of Doc WHo. they co=produce it yet they wouldn't show it in the spring (like they did previous year) because it may conflict with hockey. DIdn't show it in the summer due to world cup I guess and now it is kind of haphazard. The xmas specials will pre-empt it now and what is really funny is they will likely broadcast the 2007 Doc Who xmas special which occurs time-line wize AFTER the series they are broadcasting now, because they are behind in schedule.. ugh..

CBC listen up. You are dopes.

gorthos -

W00t
I am ranked 1556119 by Alexa. I have no idea what it means ha ha ha!

Paul of Kingston -

This is a political blog!?! Waa!!!

I thought this was a shabbily policed front for baseball chat and irreverent Canadiana.

cm -

Thanks for the link, Mike. Now to not waste my employer's valuable time checking the rest of the episodes for fear factor recaps...

(And now back to the political.)

Paul of Kingston -

What this blog needs is a good mission statement (and not "I Hate jiffy pop"). I can't believe that I've been involved with a political blog. The RCMP will have my name now - dammit all to hell!

gr -

Like Superman in the phone booth, wearing tights, our man Paul arrives to liven up the conversation. Party planners make note: you need Paul on the invitation list, the guy is fun!
(this whole BR thing has me wondering, AGAIN, what it is about Alan's place of employment, or maybe just Kingston in general, that produces so many interesting people. They are like mice coming out of the woodwork)

Paul of Kingston -

We don't really have jobs. We just say tha tso other peopel will think we are employable.

Gordo -

The RCMP's had my name for 17 years, Paul. Welcome to the club. :-D

Paul of Kingston -

I checked out post #1 and there isn't much to go on there in terms of mission statement. Just some lamenting over being 40. Certainly no indication of a political bent.

Paul of Kingston -

What do the Gravel Road Cops do with your name once they get it anyways? Maybe they put you on the list for CBC's greatest Canadain like they did with Tommy Douglas.

gorthos -

Officially, you can find anything on Wikipedia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nose-picking

Gordo -

Beats me. I think I'll finally put in a request for the file next year. See what they say.

Greg -

<sneaks into room>
yells: HAGGIS Incoming!!

snickers and mummers himself out of the room....

Gordo -

Now, is that a warning or an announcement?

cm -

My plate is at the ready (can't help it, I kinda like haggis).

For the record, I believe I found this site by googling for Canadian political blogs. Anything I know about Canadian politics I have learned here. Make of that information what you will.

Paul of Kingston, how can you hate Jiffy Pop?

Gorthos, I believe we should start bombarding the cbc with requests to air Dr Who consistently. Hey, maybe split it into half-hour daily eps to follow Coronation Street?

Gordo -

Haggis is a wonderfully pragmatic dish. Yumm.

Maybe we'll have a Burns Supper again this year ... I'm not big on neeps, though.

Paul of Kingston -

I like Jiffy Pop - although it is a universal constant that one cannot really make it the way they did on 1970's TV (it has to burn and under "inflate").

I was refrencing the ever-renewing tag lines that run beneath the GenXat40 page header.

gorthos -

cm. excellent plan. I'll blog about it and start a revolution.

gorthos -

cm. I'd email you this instead of filling up Alan's blog with pop-culture nonsense however I don't have the addy (sorry Alan)...

Monday, January 15, 2007, 8:00 p.m.
The Satan Pit

Rose battles the murderous Ood and the Doctor finds his every belief being challenged to the core, as the Pit beckons. With the planet threatening to fall into the Black Hole, the Doctor must make the ultimate sacrifice – but can he save the entire universe from the Beast? Guest Star: Will Thorp

Warning: this episode contains full frontal nudity and sarcasm

CC

cm -

Thank you, gorthos!

And thank you, Alan, for letting us temporarily hijack the thread. Now back to our regularly scheduled programming...

gr -

GORDO GAVE ME A COLD. Can you catch a cold online?
Thanks man.
(what is it with you cm, haggis? yuckko!)

Alan -

Seeing as the RCMP has been watching me since I was 15, they are watching you now too.<p>As for being a political pundit, you people are aware of this CBC stuff, aren't you.

Paul of Kingston -

I knew there was something funny at the CBC!

But what of the mission statement?

Alan -

I never met a mission statement I did not detest.

Alan -

That being said, the meat space adjunct, the Kingston Society for the Playing of Catch might possibly have a slogan. Something like: "play ball, drink ale." I can't commit to anything more than that before I see some serious orders for the hat coming through.

gorthos -

As for being a political pundit, you people are aware of this CBC stuff, aren't you.

wow Alan. I didn't know you were on the same level of political respect as my pal Zaphod

gorthos -

Alan.. As much as I do not advocate the wearing of hats, at least by those of us blessed with full heads of hair such as you and I, I would wear a KSPC cranium warmer and pay funds to own such

Gordo -

I'm still waiting to see the final design. I certainly love the craftsmanship of the chosen supplier. Will we be having the slogan on the hat as well?

Alan -

The final design has been in for months!

gr -

Gordo is my friend. I don't blame him for my cold. I got it from a demon.

gorthos -

Well then Alan, start up an online order thingy..

Mike -

>>Warning: this episode contains full frontal nudity and sarcasm

Yeah, but it's probably just full frontal nOodity.

gorthos -

Mike: OOps. I guess I added that line by accident.
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Gordo -

I'd feel more comfortable about ordering a $44 hat if there were an actualy picture of the final design available, Alan. Rather than a concept sketch. :-) That said, due to my owning a Tilley hat, I know my exact head size.

Alan -

I think I am ordering mine in the spring. I need more time for such fun money to accumulate.

BR -

remember when 44 american dollars were worth like, a fortune in Can Money? Anyway, even at todays exchange rate ($50.77) this is far more than I have ever paid for a ball hat. Considering that we have never actually played catch at any of our meetings but instead have drunk Ale, I will be putting my 50 bucks towards um, I don't know, ALE. (Unless I see a prototype and it's super cool, then I'll buy one)

gr -

BR, are you sure you aren't one of my numerous cousins? Maybe once we were at the same crosswalk and despite the lack of traffic we waited for the light to change? Maybe you were at the bar of the Kingston Brew Pub one day, or maybe you call yourself 'Amy' and make comments on my blog? Why do I feel I have bumped into you somewhere before? You're not Tony are you?

Alan -

You have met three people who have met BR.

ry -

"Courtney might be more attractive if she put on a bit of weight. They're all so scrawny." Hear, hear! Tell it Sister CM!
I like my women athletic but not skeletal. A little softness isn't a bad thing.

ry -

"20. Gen X at 40 — 532,032"
THis is great for Al. Half a million lurkers ain't bad. BUt Lord help me if I ever cross the 48th parrallel. 'Are you ry?' "Why yes, yes I am.' (bucket of slime descends You Can't Say That On Television style). I think I'm a bit too conservative for polite company up there, no?

ry -

When are we holding our Winter Meetings? We need a slogan and what not for the upcoming baseball seaason. And what's with letting the Yankees get another pitcher out of Asia? You really have to stop Steinbrenner somehow Al. That duty came with the Lead Chair of the Glee Club.

gorthos -

BR is our CEO. Hence our never disagreeing with her.

gr -

Like rabbits out of the hat, more interesting people keep popping up out of that office, but I could swear br once said something like 'my wife says'..

gorthos -

Hey CM/Mike (sorry again, no email so I am stealing space from Alan). Best doctor who site is www.gallifreyonline.com for info on the new and old series. I got this today froma friend:

"The Sarah Jane Adventures" are a spin off from Doctor Who for children.
The pilot is being shown at 4:50 pm New Year's Day on BBC1.
It stars Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith playing who was the Doctor's companion in 1974 and has children as supporting actors.
The series will be transmitted in the spring.

<http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/news/cult/news/drwho/2006/09/14/36380.shtml>
<http://www.bbc.co.uk/sja>

BR -

gr - funny you should say, I do wait for green lights despite lack of traffic. People look at me weird when I do it too. You are correct about the wife commment. Happily married for 13 years. But we have not met and I have not posted as Amy or Tony. I do lurk your blog and I don't know why - I'm not neccessarily a big pottery fan but I like music and like you, I dream in technicolor. Oh ya, I'm a cat person, which very much fits the "opposite of Gorthos" make-up.

gr -

OK BR, I am a well known nosey bastard, which is why I have probed. You count as an old friend now. You and others should lurk at pottersblog, as I have caught many an unsuspecting person and sold them things in just that way. It is the way of commerce. Feel free to comment over there too. Me and the wife plan to vacation in Kingston early and often, no doubt our paths shall cross. The whole crosswalk thing is of course a joke, because last month as I walked down the street with Greg, Gordo, and Alan I could not convince them to step out against the red light, although it was dead quiet and empty. They insisted Canadians are like that. But no, I am not one of those Americans who tease Canadians, nope, not me.
Me and the missus married 14 years on the 24th. How 'bout that.

gorthos -

Oh ya, I'm a cat person, which very much fits the "opposite of Gorthos" make-up.

Ahem.... I own a cat mr brrr. I am a cat person thank you, and I obey traffic lights as well. So there :P

Gary: men can marry men and women can marry women here in Canada. Jusy so's you know.

gr -

Not that there's anything wrong with that! But gorthos, your credibility is, ah, well, you know, I mean you joke around a lot therefore.....

cm -

Five hours offline and I didn't miss a thing. Huh.

BR -

gorthos is just trying to mess with you gr. But the cat thing is a surprise to me gorth, can I call you gorth? I guess I just figured that you didn't like cats. sorry for assuming.

looking forward to the crossing of said paths gr.

Alan -

I will have to have a chat with quality control, cm. There is not much out there going on.

gr -

I wonder sometimes how I know so much about these Canadians. BR--Gorthos has a sweet cat who likes to follow Gorthos around on hikes and sometimes Gorthos has to make sure the cat does not get lost. Gorthos is an animal person, oh yes. Go to the Gorthos gallery on his blog somewhere and there is a picture someplace.

BR -

I deleted his site from my favs - he knows why, we remain freinds however. You should know, I too am an animal person. In the sense that I like to eat them. I realize that puts us slightly at odds but I think we can get past it.

And whats this complaint? I'm making friends here Al, don't shut that down now. It's true, look back - gr said so: "You count as an old friend now". I'll withold the friend tag until we have actually shared a meal or hoisted a pint, but will be glad to offer it up when the time comes.

cm -

Ok guys, we're almost at 100 again. Let's keep it going, shall we? I'll be passing through Kingston around 2 pm tomorrow should anyone wish to go to the Via station and wave.

ry -

Okay, fine.
(http://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2006/12/20/121705.shtml?s=rss)
China to bar fat people from adopting children. (that may be from newsmax, but it's an AP product). So, who wants to side up with the PRC on the transfat issue(okay, this wasn't funny, and I shouldn't try)?

And with that I'm offline until after Christmas. Merry Christmas to you all and may you all find joy in the next couple of days.

Alan -

Merry Christmas, ry. Have a happy one.

Jay Currie -

CC>JA

flea=boobies

Looks to me as if everyone at Alan's outstanding site is on the glide path to Christmas.

gr -

Now BR, you have me all wrong, as Gordo and others know. I eat what I wanna eat, and you are damned to hell if you aren't a vegetarian too. No, wait, that came out wrong, don't misunderstand me. I eat what I want, you eat what you want, but leave Wilbur alone. First time I met Alan, in May, I bought him a roast beef sandwich. I have happily shared a meal with half of your office. Ask Paul or Tony, did I make unkind remarks about their bar-b-q? I still suspect that BR is just Sean in disguise.

Here's controversy: new Democratic congressman from Minnesota wants to be sworn in on the Koran. Apparently some conservatives are a wee bit upset, and this is where we can all miss ry, as he could keep us going back and forth on that one for awhile, perhaps.

gorthos -

CM.. sit on north side of train and look for small black toyota

cm -

Will do. I'll wave.

cm -

But first, I'll hog the comments.

cm -

Ok, I'm done now. G'night.

Paul of Kingston -

It's true. For a veg-head he was most polite at the Dinosaur. But honestly gr; who orders an egg plant sandwich at a BBQ? That took guts man! BTW that wonderful smell of smoke and meat stayed with me and my clothes for at least three days - I kid you not. It was awesome.

BR is not Sean - although there are similarities. I'm gonna get it now.

gorthos -

Who is Sean? I never see his name on any comments..

Alan -

Hmmm...who is Sean? Let me think about that one...who indeed is Sean? Would clicking on the image below help at all?<p><center><img src="images/2006h/sean.JPG" vspace="10" border="1"></center>

gorthos -

dang. Faux anonymity blown to smithereens

gr -

I know Paul, I am brave, and you could tell that the waitress said to herself 'wow, this guy comes into a biker bbq joint and orders a vegetarian sandwich--what a rebel!'

Mike -

Christmas album: Bing or Nat?

For me growing up, it was always Bing. But Nat has bumped him off now that I'm an adult (chronologically speaking). [I'm sure there are different productions of NKC's Christmas stuff.] Nat's the King alright.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXVeDPKqhFo

One of the most beautiful songs of Nat's Christmas catalog is "A Cradle in Bethlehem"; I'm surprised it isn't a more popular song.

"Sing sweet and low, your lullaby, til the angels say Amen. A mother tonight is rocking her cradle in Bethlehem..."

http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-song-Nat-King-Cole/dp/B00000JPM5