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Merry Christmas

Post by Wildcat445 on Thu Dec 24, 2015 10:02 pm

I hope you all have a happy and joyous day.

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Post by Dr. Radio on Fri Dec 25, 2015 12:51 am

Yes, you too Wildcat.

Have a safe and wonderful holiday everyone. Smile
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Post by Tony V on Fri Dec 25, 2015 2:05 am

Thanks WC. I hope you and yours have a Merry Christmas also.
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Post by jerryhawthorne on Fri Dec 25, 2015 2:28 am

Best of holidays to all of you out there!
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Post by Bill Cahill on Fri Dec 25, 2015 8:48 am

Bah, Humbug, everybody!!
Merry Christmas, and, may I become a hippy for the new year!

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Post by 75X11 on Fri Dec 25, 2015 10:45 am

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Post by ve1arn on Fri Dec 25, 2015 12:03 pm

All the best to all in the group from me as well. See you all in the new year!
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Post by Wildcat445 on Sat Dec 26, 2015 1:09 pm

The wife and I hosted the family Christmas get together this year.  Each year, a different family member hosts and features a theme for the holiday.  This year, we had a picnic theme.  I asked that each family member who participated leave their electronic devices at home.  No phones, laptops, tablets, nothing.  There were no ballgames on TV.  The only electronic device used was our old Imperial stereo, playing Christmas CD's.  We had fried chicken, ribs, potato salad, home made ice cream and cherry pie.  Everybody was dressed in shorts and sneakers.  We played Christmas bingo, and had a rousing Monopoly game.  The kids played Sorry.  Most of the kids had never heard of Sorry, or played a board game in their lives.  We really figured there would be a war not allowing any devices whatsoever.  Everybody enjoyed themselves.  Even the kids.  This may be a tradition for family gatherings in the future.  We heard the Christmas story from the book of Luke in the Bible read by my grandfather, recorded in 1964, before we opened presents.  My great-grandmother asked for the blessing on the meal, recorded in 1968.  She died in 1970.  It was the most enjoyable and peaceful Christmas I can remember in a long time.


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Post by 75X11 on Sat Dec 26, 2015 1:16 pm

That was a real change of pace and something to remember fondly. Thanks for sharing it.
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Post by Wildcat445 on Sat Dec 26, 2015 1:43 pm

I work in retail part time and get my gut full of "devices."  Every place I need to work, there is some goomer standing in my way, using a device of some kind.  Nobody talks to anybody anymore it seems.  Kids have no idea, nor interest, in tradition.  The kids in attendance were prime "technology" kids, 12 to 16 years old.  I wanted something more traditional, something without a friggin' cellphone anywhere.  I can't believe that there were no "no-shows."  My BIL did not use my stereo for a home office for a change.  One of the kids wanted to steal my old Sorry game.  It is a genuine Parker Bros that I have had since the late 1950's.  The Monopoly set we used was my MIL's, probably from the late 1930's.  It has wooden tokens that you move.  I have gotten more money for it over the years.

The Christmas story is from Luke, not Mark.

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Post by Wildcat445 on Sat Dec 26, 2015 1:53 pm

Oh, and another thing I did was to hook up an old rotary telephone so we could talk to people out of town. I could not believe that one would still work. I called Cox and asked first. The kids had never talked on a landline connected by wire. There are only two families in our group that still have a landline, period. I used an old bakelite S-C my grandparents had. The receiver weighs about ten pounds and should be registered as a lethal weapon. The kids got a kick out of dialing that old phone, remarkably.

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Post by 75X11 on Sat Dec 26, 2015 3:03 pm

That's how you hook'em on restoration. Very Happy
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Post by Wildcat445 on Sat Dec 26, 2015 3:26 pm

The kids that were here were the grandkids of my wife's cousin. The kids were visiting for the holidays. The last time I saw those kids they had their noses buried in cell phone screens. I was shocked how well-mannered and receptive to "that old stuff" that those kids were. There may be hope yet. They really got into older things they had no idea existed. I'm beginning to wonder if the cause of the technology fetish shown by younger people is that their parents have not shown them anything different. They wanted to play "vinyl" on a Magnavox, but we just didn't get around to it.

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Re: Merry Christmas

Post by Bill Cahill on Sat Dec 26, 2015 3:33 pm

More than half the old people I meet have their heads buried in either a cell phone, or, a smart phone playing games, or, texting.
What has become of this world?? One of the people who helps me is in her seventies, and, said she wouldn't have that old stuff at her house.

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Post by Wildcat445 on Sat Dec 26, 2015 5:43 pm

I feel sorry for people like that. They are letting the world go by spending all their time with an appliance. What will be next? Hugging the washing machine or dishwasher?

I was impressed watching those kids playing Sorry. You'd have thought they had a new video game or was watching Star Wars or something. Speaking of Star Wars, I have never seen any of the Star War movies. Or Jerassic Park. Or Jaws. I told the guys on ARF that I would watch the new Star Wars movie when it came out on VCR. Rolling Eyes

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Post by Wildcat445 on Sat Dec 26, 2015 5:48 pm

My brother-in-law, Mr. Technology who owns at least one of every contraption ever invented, and the latest and greatest version, will host next year's Christmas celebration. It will also be device-free! This is the guy with a GPS and Blue tooth capability on his golf cart.

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Re: Merry Christmas

Post by willy3486 on Sun Dec 27, 2015 1:49 am

Merry Christmas to everyone. Been really busy with the holidays.

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Re: Merry Christmas

Post by Doug Burskey on Sun Dec 27, 2015 5:20 am

It makes me wonder what's next all that stuff implanted in your brain?!

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Re: Merry Christmas

Post by Wildcat445 on Sun Dec 27, 2015 1:53 pm

I'm glad to hear that you survived not only the holidays, but also the weather, Willy. You guys in your neck of the woods have gotten more than your share of bad weather. Keep your head down. Shocked

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