Monday, December 25, 2006

Lukery: Happy Xmas & a merry new year

bump, update. same sentiments apply.

i'm full from lunch - and planning to cook (some of) dinner.

we had to eat inside cos the weather was terrible - but we might get to eat outside tonight.

Happy Christmas Lukery to you and all the girls and boys on the Global Strike Force.
Thnx D.

and i guess this is as good a time as any to wish all of you a Happy Xmas & a merry new year - and let's turn this into a 'I love youse all' open thread.

thanks to all of you for making this little place a much better place this year - i hope that you all found a little piece of 'home' here. i certainly did. so thanks to you all.

i'm sure i've left some off the list - but here's a shoutout to ron, starroute, jen, rimone, oldschool, emptywheel, don, kathleen, kathy, LeeB, Steven A, Simon, Miguel, Damien, Noise, Uranus, , Larisa, viget, scott, prof marcus, chris, ewastud, jiminy cricket, 13 monsters, chicago dyke, romunov, teemu, p daly, calipendence, palo, kryten, uncle Scam, mizgin, tas, prissy, dan, notjonathon, desi, joe and sibel. and also to those of you I'm not sure that I'm allowed to name who send me emails, and also to the lurkerati.

on xmas day, i'll have a lunchtime seafood feast in the sunshine with my folks - scallops, prawns, mussels, cray, oysters etc - it's summertime here of course. and one of my brothers is coming to visit for a week or two on wednesday.

and on xmas eve, I'll get the best.present.evah. i'll speak to my nephews in the UK as they wake up to the glittery childrenish joys of xmas morning.

what's happening in your neck of the woods?

(and thnx again)


oldschool said...

well, I'll be heading out to Mom & Dad's either later today or tomorrow (X-Eve). My family has precisely one tradition - and that is that all of the kids MUST show up at the folks' house for Christmas. Doesn't matter how old you are, or how many kids you've got - Christmas is at Mom & Dad's. (Heck, I flew home from Paris one year to hold up my end)(not only were they not surprised, they had presents waiting - they knew I'd be there)

No complaints though. Around our house, it's a wonderful love-filled day - wouldn't miss it for the world. Especially Christmas Eve, my favorite day of the year.

Merry Christmas and much happiness to all here.

Thanks, Luke for all you do. (two words - Fake. Snow.)

LeeB said...

Merry, Merry, everybody.

The power came back on this morning (about 3 hours ago) after being out since Sunday night for the second time after the storm. After 5-1/2 more days of no power, the firewood almost gone, and icicles on my nose, I am more than ready to get warmed up without the necessity of four layers of clothing. Pray that this time they keep it going!!

And to echo Oldschool, thank you, Luke, indeed. If you hadn't volunteered already we would have had to invent you.

Now, off I go to wade through and catch up with over 250 emails . . .

XOXO ;-)

Ron Brynaert said...

Right back atcha...and ditto to everyone else who's smart enough to recognize one of the best damn stops on the internets.

heck...forget "smart enough" i think half the people on your shout out list all belong or should belong to MENSA

Ron Brynaert said...

after taking a second peek at your post, i wanna switch "most of" for "half"

pdaly said...

Merry Christmas, Lukery.

I always enjoy visiting and reading through your finds from across the internet.

Still waiting to see the documentary about Sibel. Hoping Santa brings a copy of the film to the US this year!

Larisa Alexandrovna said...

Luke, Merry Xmas and a happy new war, err, year:)

lukery said...

oldschool - happy xmas eve to you.

LeeB - welcome back. again. that whole expereince sounds miserable! - except for the 250 emails - that sounds like a luxury ;-)

Ron - you are right - everyone here is a MENSCH :-)

PDaly - thnx. i can tell yuo that the indicators re the film are all pointing strongly in the right direction...

LA - thnx babe. it's difficult to imagine a happy NY AND a new war... will yuo get off yuor butt and do something about stopping the war???????? PLEEEEEEASE! I'll owe you. big time.

rimone said...

boy am i out of it. but happy christmas to everyone who reads this, it's just after 8am in london after a longass gig and Hunter and i will be back in Bristol tonight. those of us Alabama 3 fans who are alone will meet in the chatroom to tawk shite.

i hope everyone gets what s/he wants. :-)

lukery said...

rimone - xmas love to you. hope yuo had a great trip.

Don said...

Just a quick one in the midst of the annual chaos, but best of the season to all!

noise said...

Best holiday wishes to everyone.

Word on the street is that the Flashdance DVD is the cool gift this year. :)

Re: Favorite guy movies. :)

lukery said...

noise - lol - how many copies of FD do you own?

(i'll post your berger stuff in a day or two)

i'm sooo full after lunch.... with dinner to come! arghhhh.

Mizgîn said...

I hope you had an enjoyable Christmas and that your New Year is a happy one, Lukery. You're the best.


Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

Wishing everyone a joyous Yuletide and all the very best for 2007

Simon said...

Happy Christmas to one and all who visit and post here! This place is something special now - long may it and the good work contained continue!

Luke - congratulations and many thanks for bringing us all together. Long live the GSF! Anyone for three cheers? Hip-hip...

starroute said...

Things are quiet here. Santa came through on the fire engine night before last (that's smalltown America for you), and the people across the street have the usual light-up wireframe reindeer, but in general the holiday season seems more subdued than usual.

(And I think I would have gone nuts if I'd heard one more rendition of "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" -- which seems to have been chosen as the official compromise theme song in the War on Christmas armistice talks.)

My hubby is happy because he just found a British chanteuse who does great Dylan cover versions and I promosed to order him a couple of albums. My #2 son out in Washington State is grumpy because he came through the 8-day power outage with a bad headcold and a fridge full of spoiled food. The rest of us...hanging in there and hoping for better things in the new year.

Best of holiday wishes to all of you.

LeeB said...

Starroute, I hereby nominate you for best quote, Christmas 2006:

"(And I think I would have gone nuts if I'd heard one more rendition of "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" - which seems to have been chosen as the official compromise theme song in the War on Christmas armistice talks.)" LOL!

I'm beginning to suspect your #2 son could be somewhere nearby in King County? I know exactly how he feels with the exception that so far, at least, I have avoided catching any kind of a cold.

Hi, #2 son!! (waving . . . ) :-)

lukery said...

simon - ...HOORAY... for the gsf.

Joules - much joyousness to you too.

starroute - thnx for the family update.

we're deep into 'boxing day' here - for those of you still on Monday - keep enjoyin yerselves...

rimone said...

luke: rimone - xmas love to you. hope yuo had a great trip.

thank you and christmas love right back atcha and everyone else here. had a fabaroo time in london but the unexpected FOUR trains back here, carrying Hunter and a heavy bag and freezing my ass off took a lot out of what was left of my energy.

Kathleen said...

Merry XMas all. I'm soooo glad I found you Luke and made friends with everyone here. It's my favorite place of every day.

I've been deep in wrapping paper, etc. but having fun with family and friends, tooo much food.

Made a big Italian dinner for a few friends, went to a couple of parties, had XMas Eve at my daughter's for the kiddy version of XMas, helps to keep the sparkles going.

Group hug again!!!xoxoxox

«—U®Anu§—» said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Luke and everybody. This holiday season I was totally irresponsible and ate like a pig. It was very wonderful--I couldn't have asked for more, none of that holiday-punch-the-throttle bunk.

I started to write a seasonal post which derailed as I played with the template, and I lost stride with it. The template works beautifully since I upgraded to IE7. My computer is generic and runs Windows. I'm trying to restore an HP. The next step is to figure out what it takes to unbrand it, because otherwise it goes to the dump.

Proprietary computers are like catalytic converters, they are a scourge on the world. Treat that sacred wisdom as the religious relic it is and you will be truly free.

LeeB said...

Mr. U, you are so right! :-) Way back when I was finally able to acquire my computer, the only thing I knew for sure was that I wanted to stay away from the brand-names if at all possible and ended up with a locally built machine that I've been able to maintain myself - and modify myself. When I can replace it with a faster version, I'm going the same way. Best decision I ever made in this techie world. . . . But, until this very minute, I had no idea it was a sacred wisdom religious principle. Imagine my surprise!! ;-)

lukery said...

finally we have some GSF relgio-consensus :-)

LeeB said...

LOL! :-)

«—U®Anu§—» said...

I hadn't fiddled around with proprietary computers, but my brother always preached their evils. Now I see what he was talking about. I can't lock up this HP to be secure. I can't do a clean installation. It's been instructed to get updates from HP, not Windows Update. It doesn't want to update resident spyware scan programs. It dislikes registry cleaners. It tries to route all network traffic through HP. What the hell?? I'm reminded of John Aravosis complaining about running Windows on a Sony computer. I told all of them and now I'm telling you, of course you hate Microsoft if you're trying to run a proprietary computer. If you were trying to run Sun or Linux or IBM, you'd hate them too on a proprietary computer. Buying a generic computer and the software costs a little more, but it saves your time and frustration, which in my opinion makes it cheaper. Tell your family and friends! And while I'm blubbering about that, let's talk about catalytic converters. I use a Filter Queen to microfilter the air in my home. It's 11-layer cellulose filter does that job nicely. I'm seeing a great increase lately in the amount of dirt it traps which originates in catalytic converters. It's some evil looking stuff, dark gray like cremation ashes. It used to be a fine, black particulate, which was bad enough, but this stuff is worse. Removing it from the air makes my sinuses work better.

I don't know why the manufacturers of proprietary computers and catalytic converters assume the human race has to accept the negative aspects of their products. I was never allowed such liberties on the job.