Friday, December 25, 2020

Happy Christmas...

my clan... all, and to all...

...and Karen's

...a good night...which it was with those we love gathered around shifts of course, but still...

We enjoyed good company and good food...

...and delighted in a white Christmas this year.

Hope the Jolly Old Elf himself...

hey, could happen...

...made his way to your house without any unfortunate incidents...

...and you remembered to treat him right.

Next stop...

later, mcm fans...

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Thursday, December 24, 2020

It's Christmas Eve...

 ...and tonight we're kickin' it old school...celebrating with some ASCII art from days gone by.

If you've never heard of ASCII then either  a) you're not an IT person (God bless you, every one) or  b) you were probably born after 1980.

If it's the former, count your blessings and your trivia lesson for the day is ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange.

If it's the latter, then not only did you miss out on character based computing...

...sadly, you also missed the best of America and have only been present for its steady downward slide into our current sorry estate: the socialist agenda

However, depending on what happens over the next couple of months, it's at least possible you'll be present for the rebirth and regeneration of this country's greatness.  Stay tuned.

Joan Stark, by the way...she's the one who created the Santa ASCII art.

And since Christmas is the subject of the minute, it looks like we're finally headed toward a white one...

...and while it's not a foot or more of the white stuff...'s still snow on Christmas and we'll take it...

...because as everyone knows... enjoy a happy one with those you love.

Merry Christmas Eve, y'all...

later, mcm fans...

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Monday, December 21, 2020

Astronomical Grammar...

...aka The Great Conjunction...when Jupiter and Saturn align in a way they haven't since the year 1226...and it's all happening tonight on this Winter Solstice.

And just to sweeten the deal, it's also the peak of the Ursid meteor shower.

Christians and pagans alike are giddy with what this may portend...

Is it the Star of Bethlehem seen by the Wise Men of old?

Is it a celestial tribute to Odin, a pagan god of Norse mythology?

Nah, it's just a really cool astronomical occurrence that you should take time out to see this evening.

Of course, if you're dumb enough to live where I do, the chances of clear skies on December 21st are about the same as winning the lottery, so tough bananas.

But not to worry, it should all happen again on August 24th of the year 2414.

See you then.

In keeping with a winter theme, Karen recently created a cute indoor snowman...

...currently standing guard between our window Christmas tree on the left and the mini-Grinch engaged in the theft of a more traditional tree on the right.

It's actually 3 separate little baskets turned upside down and adorned with my top hat, a scarf, some buttons and one of the cats' plastic carrot toys for his nose.

Why not a real carrot, you ask?

'nuff said.

She recently added the 3 candles so we can light him up at night, a nice holiday touch.

It's both clever and festive, but if you want genius level unhinged we must turn to the Master of Snowmannery, that Comicus Emeritus, Calvin and Hobbes:

The good news here is today is the shortest day of the year which means we’ve started the inexorable march toward longer days and then...glorious Spring.

Insert excited woo hoo here.

Happy Winter Solstice, mcm fans...

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Friday, December 18, 2020

Just 7 More Days...


...and all through the land...people clamored to know, "O, when will it end?!"

"The answer's contained in the statement, my dear,

"Just 7 more days 'til Christmas is here!"

So hurry and watch those shows on TV!
The halls all need decking, and so does the tree!

But somewhere amidst all the sparkle and shine,
The tumult and chaos that's stealing your time,

Take a moment or two for calm meditation;
Remember the Reason for this celebration.

The lights and the glitter are all well and good,
The ornaments, presents, songs and the food...

But when you consider the Grand Scheme of things,
They're really just heralds for our Newborn King.

So sing and be merry with those that you love,
But never forget God's gift from above.

With shepherds and Angels we echo it still,
"Glory to God, peace on earth and good will."

As you may have surmised, this past week we did in fact continue watching our traditional Christmas movies and shows...

...along with some of the Hallmark variety...and while those can lend new meaning to the word "obvious", they do typically deliver a consistent couple of hours of light entertainment.

With challenging problems like finding someone to play Santa in the town Santa parade or convincing 10 year old Muffy that Santa really is real - no, really!   He's real! - you're not going to achieve the 4th level of Arahant...

...but if you're not too picky you will see a couple of attractive people - who live in attractive surroundings with attractive friends, have attractive jobs and occupy attractive homes - become attracted to each other, then un-attracted to each other, then finally attracted to each other again - no, I mean for good this time - at which point they'll cue the swelling music as our attractive heroes share an attractive kiss, annnnnnnd - cut!

I dare, I ding dang diggety dong double dog dare ya...

Hey, I actually enjoy some of the Hallmark movies, especially in these depressing's nice to unplug for a couple of hours and escape.

So go ahead...take a flyer and watch a few...

In the happy news department, Mandy from The Retro Revival sent me some pics of our Philco V-handle’s reattached  V-handle, to wit:

It's the most complicated door mechanism of its era, and Mandy reported it was a real treat getting it installed again.

Thankfully they did so successfully and the re-assembly process of our baby continues.

As I'm sure you know, the big yank about these refrigerators is they open from both the left and the right side depending upon which end of the V handle you press.

And while the exact same refrigerator was marketed under a different model number with a regular handle, it's the iconic V handle that makes it the holy grail for us mid century modern enthusiasts.

Très cool, oui?

Before you race out the back door to fight the crowds at the mall...
Christmas at the mall, covid style

...and complete your Christmas shopping, we should take a leisurely stroll through the parting shots department...

enjoying the fire in some flurries

Franky in his holiday attire

basic sales 101

when hope and reality collide

why not do both?

better to have Kitty under the tree than in it I guess

For those of you who still care about the state of our constitutional republic, I have to admit things are looking grim.

Short of a miracle, it's starting to appear that a corrupt imbecile and his communist running mate - neither of whom could draw a crowd in the subway at rush hour - will have cheated their way into the highest offices in the land.

The people - and I mean all of us on both sides of the political spectrum - will henceforth have no say in who our "elected" (wink wink nudge nudge) leaders are.

Barring implementation of martial law and the Insurrection Act, we're headed for one party rule and the end of the republic as founded 244 years ago.

It was a good run, I guess.

For those who don't really care and are just glad "they won": you lost.  We all did.  That truth will become sadly, maybe even violently evident in the days ahead.  (helpful hint: start learning Mandarin.)

For those who have faith in the God of the universe, take heart: He's still in control and will still care for His people.  He always has, no matter the fiery trials He's allowed through the centuries.

There could be some of those in our not too distant future.

But for now - it’s Christmas time...

...and we should do our best to lay aside our cares and concerns and celebrate a truly Joyeux Noel!

later, mcm fans...

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