PromoGuy's Monday Mission 3.521. So, what did you get for Christmas? I got: a new stylus for my PPC, earrings, gift certificate from amazon, James and the Giant Peach DVD, Dave Matthews Band CD (Live in Central Park), really good smelling bath and body stuff from Origins, a pretty blue sweater and a cool wine gadgets set (corkscrew, etc). An XM Radio gadget will be purchased and installed in my truck at some point in the near future.
2. Are you returning any gifts you were given for Christmas? Nope.
3. What is the best part of Christmas being over? People start to relax a little again. It seems like everyone gets so stressed out over the holidays.
4. Do you have any traditions each year for New Year's Eve? Nary a one.
5. If you could go back into 2003 and change just one thing, or get a "do over," what would you do? That's a tough one. There are a number of things I'd like to "do over" but it's not really worth it to go into it. I'd be doing it for me.
6. Is there anything you want to accomplish in 2004 that seems within reach? Start exercising regularly.
7. Is your online personality very different from what it would be like if I were meeting you in "real life?" I don't think it is. I do tend to be a little quieter at first in person, but I usually get past that pretty fast.
I'm going to Boston again. In January. I know, not much warning, but I had to finish up some work before I'd really be willing to go. And I did.
I'm flying out of Denver at 8:55 am on Sunday, Jan 11 and arrive in Boston at 2:38 pm.
I fly out of Boston at 4:43 pm on Monday, Jan 19 and arrive back in Denver at 7:20 pm.
I'll be about an hour NW of Boston until Thursday. Then I'll be staying at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel from Thursday until I head out of town. I'll be manning the registration tables at Arisia, so stop by.
Send me email if you want my cell phone number as I'm not sure how much I'll be online while I'm out of town. I will bring my shiny, new laptop though.
The Washington Post publishes an annual contest in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for various words. Here are the pick of the bunch.
1. Coffee (n.), a person who is coughed upon.
2. Flabbergasted (adj.), appalled over how much weight you have gained.
3. Abdicate (v.), to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.
4. Esplanade (v.), to attempt an explanation while drunk.
5. Willy-nilly (adj.), impotent.
6. Negligent (adj.), describes a condition in which you absent-mindedly answer the door in your nightgown.
7. Lymph (v.), to walk with a lisp.
8. Gargoyle (n.), an olive-flavoured mouthwash.
9. Flatulence (n.), the emergency vehicle that picks you up after you are run over by a steamroller.
10. Balderdash (n.), a rapidly receding hairline.
11. Testicle (n.), a humorous question on an exam.
12. Rectitude (n.), the formal, dignified demeanour assumed by a proctologist immediately before he examines you.
13. Oyster (n.), a person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddish expressions.
14. Circumvent (n.), the opening in the front of boxer shorts.
15. Frisbeetarianism (n.), the belief that, when you die, your soul goes up on the roof and gets stuck there.
16. Pokemon (n), a Jamaican proctologist.
I'd pre-ordered the Firefly episodes from amazon a while ago and it arrived in the mail one day this month. Brad and I watched the 3 episodes we'd missed and both agree that it was a great show. If you have a chance, borrow, buy or rent the DVDs and watch it. It's worth it.
This is the time of year when we think back to the very first Christmas, when the Three Wise Men; Gaspar, Balthazar and Herb, went to see the baby Jesus and, according to the Book of Matthew, "presented unto Him gifts; gold, frankincense, and myrrh."
These are simple words, but if we analyze them carefully, we discover an important, yet often overlooked, theological fact: There is no mention of wrapping paper.
If there had been wrapping paper, Matthew would have said so: "And lo, the gifts were inside 600 square cubits of paper. And the paper was festooned with pictures of Frosty the Snowman. And Joseph was going to throweth it away, but Mary saideth unto him, she saideth, 'Holdeth it! That is nice paper! Saveth it for next year!' And Joseph did rolleth his eyeballs. And the baby Jesus was more interested in the paper than the frankincense."
But these words do not appear in the Bible, which means that the very first Christmas gifts were NOT wrapped. This is because the people giving those gifts had two important characteristics:
1. They were wise. 2. They were men.