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boxfiddler Moderator
Yup. It's that time. Keep the story going! (Hint: TR Members live in TR Village. They don't have to travel from anywhere.)


TR Village had been quiet lately. No doubt due to the vagaries of weather. It had been snowing off and on for days. Secretly, boxy was in heaven. A white Christmas was at hand. Chatting in her shop with a very few villagers, discussion turned to the Christmas party planned for the evening. TR Village Hall had been ablaze with twinkling strands of light for a week. Sherriff Cavadias had been strolling her beat with a secretive grin.

The Village bells rang out, followed by an announcement over the loudspeakers. The party was on! boxy peeked out her shop door to see shopkeepers closing up right and left, scurrying to complete preparation for the evening festivities. At that, she turned the sign to read 'Closed', gathered her cold weather gear, locked the door on her way out. She had things to do, too!

Cookies and rum cake to bake. A stop at Scummy's Yummies for a collection of holiday goodies to wrap and pass out this evening. Wine for mulling from JD's Liquor. He'd ordered something special at her request. A stop at GG's Gadgets for a quick lunch with her, TiggerTwo, and Shellbot to finalize their plans for a surprise that evening.

And of course, some cinnamon raisin bread for the local welder.

As she headed to GG's with a grin, snow began to fall. Big, wet, perfect for a snowball fight flakes. Her step brightened, she stuck out her tongue to catch the falling flakes, nostalgic with childhood Christmas memories.
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    Sonja Thompson Staff

    Party planning wasn't Sonja's expertise, but she found herself busier than ever this holiday season. Of course, the rest of the TR editorial staff were happy to help, so Sonja delegated some of her tasks, checking them off of her "To Do" list:

    "Mary and Selena are taking care of all the decorations... check."

    "Bill is getting a Santa suit.... check."

    "Toni is rummaging through her desk drawers for a little something to spike the punch... check."

    "Mark is setting up the stage for the laser light show... check."

    "And Jason is busy wrapping presents... check."

    Sonja leaned back in her ergonomic chair and decided that a quick nap wouldn't be a bad idea. After all, it was going to be a long, festive night!

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    OldER Mycroft

    The nearby Correctional Facility having served his time after being imprisoned after last year's TR Village party. Despite his most strenuous pleas of innocence, somehow these American Courts just didn't understand that being Scottish was sufficient excuse for his inordinately high blood-alcohol level when he had been arrested.

    He strode gleefully out into the snowy winter wonderland, contemplating the coming night's festivities and tried to get his bearings.

    He wondered whether he might be back in a cell before too long.

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    met OM as he left the facility. Taking his arms, they drug him into town.

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    Jacky Howe

    to the nearest Pub to quench OM's thirst.

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    OH Smeg

    in 35C + temps with 65% Humidity and wondering what all this talk of Snow as about. He's thinking of having those claiming that there will be a White Christmas this year locked away for their own good.

    But as he's on call from the 23 onward he just knew that again this year he would miss the start of the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and that by the time he got to watch what he had recorded the race would have been well and truly finished and he wouldn't be interested in watching the start. Yet again.

    But he's sending a message to Neil's Translations Service to make sure that this year he is on the mailing list for the Hidden Web Cam Streams to watch all the other TR Members get caught out doing things they will refuse to admit to.

    GG Gadget shop is Positively Tame in comparison to what he's been told Boxy gets up to.

    Col

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    Villagers were worried about him. He'd been fighting a nasty virus for too long now. boxy thought, "While I'm baking today, I'll just brew up some lovely chicken soup."

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    santeewelding

    The big, fluffy snowball, laughingly aimed, caught her from behind, knocking off her cap.

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    she whirled to see who had dared. "You, you...", she sputtered. Stooping, she gathered hands full of snow, quickly and expertly shaping her own snowball. Taking a running start, she threw it at santee all the while shouting, "Snowball fight! Snowball fight!"

    Slipping, and falling on the snow-slick ground, ROFLMAO took on new meaning.

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    OH Smeg

    She went straight to the local Police Station and swore out a complaint of Assault against Santee.

    After she was finished with the Police she went straight to her Lower and started civil proceedings against Santee for ruining her Cap by throwing a Snowball at her.

    With the sure outcome of a Multi Million $ settlement against Santee, Boxy had a Very Merry Christmas that year and ended up with OM in jail for her bad behavior while under the influence of the advice given her by the lawyer. It took the Police 3 hours to empty her pockets that where full of Gadgets from GG's store and all the while Boxy was munching on the Green Specked Cookies that the had bought at the Scummy Ones Store. She is still wondering why they are called Grass Cookies and why she needed a Prescription that the Scummy One wrote out to buy them. ;0

    Col

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    that more than chicken soup was called for. :^0

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    OH Smeg

    The correct charge was

    Assault & Battery with Intent on Grievous Bodily Harm. Being 1 Snowball used to dislodge the Cap and destroy your Dry Clean Only Piece of Attire into the Snow thus ruining it. As it was a Sneak Attack and you did not invite the Snowball you are quite within your rights to go straight to the Jugular after exhausting your supply of freely available snow. Or you could have just stamped your Foot on the remains of the Snowball and burst into tears but I'm assuming that you are aware of the case that was a year or so ago where a Complaint of Assault & Battery with Intent on Grievous Bodily Harm was sworn out against the thrower of a Snowball onto a unwilling participant who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    I believe that her attempt to gather damages in the civil proceeding after the Criminal Hearing failed because the Jury wet themselves laughing at the Evidence that she gave. :^0

    Yep I though it was a bit silly too but who can say in the land of the Brave and Free just what is right and wrong. After all the Lawyers are there to tell us aren't they? :^0 :^0

    I just couldn't resist that comment.

    But I will accept a significant sum of money from the Damages that you have so unmercifully been exposed to and had wrought upon yourself by that Dastardly Sneak Attack with the first snowball.

    Col ]:)

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    seanferd

    that <i>Charged GBH</i> was actually, in fact, a rather loud British hardcore rock band, everyone fired the lawyers and settled in for an evening of Friday Night Music: Christmas Edition. Everyone took turns spinning their own favorite tunes, and relaxed by the fire of the in the great hall of TR. Warmed also by their shared company, their favorite beverages, and some rather odd cookies from Scummy's Shop, some of the revelers wondered why the others would not prefer a little air conditioning instead. But there were other, rather more interesting mysteries to ponder...

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    OH Smeg

    Pigging out on Swiss Chocolate.

    I have made a promise to myself that every time I hear the Word Exercise that I'll wash my mouth out with large amounts of Chocolate. It's a terrible punishment and I don't want to inflict this on others.

    OH and It's My Chocolate no one's else's no matter who's name is on the pack.

    Col

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    Michael Jay

    as Santee cleared the snow from his face, he remarked nice shot MJ. MJ said, sorry about the face hit but I brought you these presents, perhaps one or the other could fill in the missing space where your avatar goes.

    Don't worry about animation with this;
    http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/pp321/michaeljay2009/swelding.gif
    it just fits.

    If you are worried try on this one it is a perfect fit;
    http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/pp321/michaeljay2009/stWelding.jpg

    Merry Christmas Santee, lets go pick up Boxie and get some food and drink.

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    santeewelding

    Has to do with a 400lb London-pattern anvil and a 12lb hand sledge.

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    Michael Jay

    his gift offerings are not what Santee wanted this year.

    MJ runs and hides.

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    santeewelding

    You give me the best of gifts. You catapult me into a new endeavor. You inveigle me into IT, digital photography, artistic composition...the whole nine yards, sir.

    And, you did it all by yourself. You are a paragon of the handmade world. Now, I prepare to do my part.

    Thank you.

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    Michael Jay

    and offers assistance with the pounding of the iron, which clearly what Santee wanted in the first place.

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    RookieTech

    ez there santee

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    AV .

    I have to bring some of my fabulicious macaroni and cheese to the celebration. It's just a real crowd pleaser and I know that everyone on TR will love it. You can't have a festive celebration without having food, glorious food. Lotsa, lotsa food.

    Of course, if you have anything with cheese, you have to have some good wine. For crowds, I like Vendange Merlot or Cabernet Savignon. I went down to JD's Liquors and got a case. I was glad he had some left. Last year, he was sold out on Vendange when I looked for it before the party. He must have stocked up this year. Good thinking on his part! We like our liquor in TR Village.

    I stopped by Scummy's Yummie's too and he had those special brownies he makes. I bought like two dozen! You get addicted to those things, ya know?

    AV

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    Tig2

    Tig the recipe again. I know I had the darned thing filed, just can't find where.

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    AV .

    She knows the more Mac & Cheese, the better.

    AV

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    Tig2

    Decided that the web cam would have to do this year. Sending their love to all was a given but the cold and snow are hard to manage. Perhaps a trip to a warmer climate would be the best thing.

    Still, we watch the story unfold and think warmly of all of our good friends.

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    Michael Jay

    but it is not the TR story, it is the story of a friends life, and the impossible feelings going through the lovely Tigs mind.

    Hope and prayers are all that MJ can muster, as he is lost to understand just what Tig is feeling.

    Lovinhugs he says.

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    Tig2

    More than I can say.

    (((hugs)))

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    Sonja Thompson Staff

    by a chorus of female voices calling out "Ho Ho Ho!"

    "My goodness," Sonja thought, "JD's here... time to get this party started!"

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    Tig2

    On her voice recognition. Not many can really place JDs castrati "tenor".

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    NickNielsen Moderator

    Explains much.

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    santeewelding

    Can't wait to hear the part about JD's castrati from JD.

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    CharlieSpencer

    Palmie looked around the party's buffet. Seeing no carrot cake, he tucked his scarf around his neck and headed for the door. Those three ghosts had shown up four years in a row, and there was no reason to think they'd skip this year.

    Christmas Present was easily distracted with lagers and pizza, and once he 'had a glow on' knew some pretty good jokes. Christmas Past was pretty cute, and he was sure the gowns she wore were getting shorter and flimsier each year. This year she ought to be down to a couple of Band-Aids and a cork. Christmas Yet to Come still worried him, though. The shades and black leather weren't that intimidating, but he was always late and only once showed before Christmas afternoon; something about the jet lag from Vancouver.

    Whistling a few bars of "Mr. Grinch", Palmie headed out in to the snow to pick up beer, pizza, coffee, and a can of Readi-Whip.

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    The Scummy One

    for the party girls -- always Be Prepared

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    AV .

    AV remembers what you did last year with Readi-Whip! :8}

    You need some self-control.

    AV

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    AV .

    You went on a Readi-Whip spree, one thing led to another and then it kinda looked like this!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AOeSrLCD-U

    I was three sheets to the wind as were most, but it was memorable just the same. Ah, Scummy, you naughty boy.

    AV :^0

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    DMambo

    "Christmas Present was easily distracted with lagers and pizza" - jck

    "Christmas Past was pretty cute, and he was sure the gowns she wore were getting shorter and flimsier each year" - GG

    "Christmas Yet to Come still worried him, though. The shades and black leather weren't that intimidating, but he was always late and only once showed before Christmas afternoon; something about the jet lag from Vancouver." - jacqui

    With a special cameo from JD as Jacob Marley wearing the chains forged during a life of sin.

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    The Scummy One

    Oh, oops, they were just singing ho, ho, ho -- not being ho's

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    Sonja Thompson Staff

    were letting everyone know that JD had arrived... so, instead of saying "JD, JD, JD!" - you get it now? Sheeesh... it isn't as funny when you have to explain it. LOL!

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    neilb@uk

    shaken from his post-weekend stupor by a timely email, set out for the shops for some Christmas food goodies.

    The first thing he found on his journey was a large, locked gate labeled "404 Error" and, after trying several routes with each one barred, he finally found a way through!

    Anyway, determined to outdo JD's infamous carrot cake, he decided to get a traditional European winter meal for the TR regulars.

    Adjusting his gas-mask he hurried towards the party venue, holding the Viking traditional fare of Little Auks wrapped in sealskin and buried until fermented at arms' length, the Hakarl humming a nice counterpoint.

    "Mmmmmm..." he said (as did the Hakarl), "I'll enjoy this. But only if *I* don't have to eat any of it."

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    Tig2

    And I mean that sincerely. Really. Honestly. You shouldn't have. No one should!

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    neilb@uk

    "It is the hereditary delicacy of Swedes and Norwegians who serve it around the holidays, in memory of their ancestors, who ate it because they were poor. Most lutefisk is not edible by normal people. It is reminiscent of the afterbirth of a dog or the world?s largest chunk of phlegm."

    :)

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    Sonja Thompson Staff

    ... still haunted by memories of having to pass it around the table during the holidays. EWWWW!!

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    JamesRL

    I read my first descriptions of this back in my alt.folklore.urban days and it was hard to determine whether someone was pulling our leg(s).

    Though to be honest, many of us consume vietnamese fish sauce without understanding that its a similar process.

    Did you just pass it around and inhale or did you consume....

    James

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    Sonja Thompson Staff

    The only thing that went in my mouth was my breath, as I passed the dish to the person sitting next to me at the table. You learn quickly, DO NOT BREATHE THROUGH YOUR NOSE!

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    OldER Mycroft

    As it originally did coming up.

    Well, no worse at least! :^0

    I know what's in Haggis AND in Black Pudding but I still eat 'em.

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    cmiller5400

    Blood Pudding is D_I_S_G_U_S_T_I_N_G!!! I can't even think about eating congealed blood {shudders}.

    Haggis, just maybe I'd give it a try. Once.

    Head Cheese. Forget about it.

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    neilb@uk

    "As part of a 'Full English' it can't be beat. A couple of fat slices, fried, to be dipped into your egg. Now, THAT is a hangover cure!"

    He pauses and then reads a random recipe for haggis.

    The recipe starts with the line 'Take the pluck of the sheep'.

    "Well", he muses, "That's everything that you can rip out of the body cavity including the nice bits like the heart, liver and kidney and all of the 'lesser' bits that we usually don't eat like the lungs, spleen and pancreas. Sounds good so far!"

    "Then you boil it and mince it and mix it with spices and oatmeal and stuff it into a stomach and boil it again, making sure to pierce a few holes in it with a pin so it doesn't explode."

    "So", he asks, "Still think that you'd like to try it?"

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    OldER Mycroft

    Standard board of fayre up here in the Highlands - Haggis & Chips - but it requires a special order.

    The Hag is microwaved to resuscitate it back to room temperature (removing the chill from the cold room), then coated in batter and deep fried for a couple of minutes. It has to be one of very few Chip Shop dishes unlikely to ever be eaten with only the fingers without occasional howls of pain.

    The Hag is as hot as the heart of the Sun once its been deep fried.

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    cmiller5400

    You just turned my stomach sour. Damn. Now I can't even eat the double cheeseburger that I bought :_|

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    neilb@uk

    was one of the things on my "Must eat before I die" list. Not something that I'll try twice but it was nice enough.

    :)

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    faces turned green at the odour of the food, and the gist of the conversation. boxy ducked quickly through the back door...

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    GSG

    I was introduced to that mess when I lived in Minnesota. If we drop that stuff on the enemy, they'll surrender in a heartbeat.

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    Tig2

    Lutefisk is some deeply disturbing stuff on a great many levels.

    Pickled herring is another matter entirely!

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    cmiller5400

    And they compared Lutefisk to fish flavored Vaseline

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    Tig2

    But doesn't really capture the odor.

    Think cross between stinky cheese and skunk. Nothing will cut it. Smelling it will embed it permanently in your brain and cause you to shudder involuntarily for the rest of your life.

    Scary stuff!

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    cmiller5400

    That it will NEVER be on my table. Just the thought of it makes me cringe and want to hack up a fur ball. I can't even watch people eat it.

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    santeewelding

    Been anywhere, anyhow, anywhat near it.

    The mention here, or somewhere, about Vaseline, did it for me.

    Forewarned, I am.

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    OH Smeg

    Is positively good in comparison.

    It's like eating in a 25 Star Restaurant eating vaseline compared to that poison.

    I would go with eating a 200 Liter Drum of vaseline rather than even run the risk of smelling that other stuff. Just the thought of typing the name makes me shudder.

    Col

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    Tig2

    That you have read the recipe or heard about it from someone who has experienced it.

    Compared to lutefisk, boiled rat would be absolutely delicious.

    I live in a place that has attracted any number of Norwegian, Danish, and Swedish transplants. Unfortunately, they brought the lutefisk with them.

    Any recipe that includes lye is nothing that should ever be consumed by humans.

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    OH Smeg

    lutefisk

    Was on the list of Banned Substances along with Biological Weapons, Torture and so on that had been outlawed by the United Nations at the end of WW11.

    Unfortunately there still seem to be some people who see this as a Deli cay and not the Threat Against Humanity that it actually is.

    Col

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    NickNielsen Moderator

    ...runs back home for a jar of the perfect vegetable complement: kimchee!

    He also digs into his service trunk for the old M13 mask he stashed away years ago. It won't block poison gas, but it does block odors...

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    JamesRL

    Thinking about who was naughty and nice.

    He mulled over the selections of rum to spike the eggnog. He'd always been partial to Captain Morgan's spiced, but the colour might tip off any suspicious tipplers.

    James checked his email from the nearby Starbucks to see if Soni and Jelli had received the sheet music for the carolling. Hopefully if the villagers had enough egg nog, they wouldn't notice the lack of rehersal.

    James

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    Jellimonsta

    Had received the music, but non-the-less decided to forgo the rehearsal and go snowboarding instead. He hoped there were no solo parts.

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    Sonja Thompson Staff

    Sonja called out to Jelli as he packed up his snowboard. "Oh, and Palmie said you can borrow this," she said, holding out a hard hat.

    Jelli fastened the Flip video to the front of the hat with some duct tape. And then he wrapped a single layer of tape around his head, going under his chin, to secure the hat in place.

    "Make sure you wipe out at least once for TROLOV!" Sonja encouraged him, smiling and waving as he trudged his way through the snow to the top of the nearby mountain.

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    AV .

    After finishing up with the Mac & Cheese, AV PM'ed Tig with the recipe. She wasn't sure if Tig planned on bringing some to the party or not, but the more the merrier. It'll be a CARB FEST! YEAH! :^0

    AV looked in the closet trying to decide what to wear. She was thinking, maybe, "little black dress", but what if everyone else was casual? That would not be good.

    She sent an email to Boxy and Tig to see what they were wearing. She sent one to maecuff, too, to see if she was incorporating her shovel into her outfit this year, like she did last year. It was a real hit last year.

    AV

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    Tig2

    He's way too skinny so homemade mac and cheese is just what is needed.

    Tig is playing with a new truffle recipe so may send some to the village- assuming that they turn out reasonably and all that.

    It isn't a party unless you have homemade chocolate!

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    AV .

    Theres nothing like homemade chocolate! Bless you!

    My homemade mac and cheese is sure to put the pounds on for the SO. It did for me. :^0

    AV

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    Sonja Thompson Staff

    Party planning wasn't Sonja's expertise, but she found herself busier than ever this holiday season. Of course, the rest of the TR editorial staff were happy to help, so Sonja delegated some of her tasks, checking them off of her "To Do" list:

    "Mary and Selena are taking care of all the decorations... check."

    "Bill is getting a Santa suit.... check."

    "Toni is rummaging through her desk drawers for a little something to spike the punch... check."

    "Mark is setting up the stage for the laser light show... check."

    "And Jason is busy wrapping presents... check."

    Sonja leaned back in her ergonomic chair and decided that a quick nap wouldn't be a bad idea. After all, it was going to be a long, festive night!

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    OldER Mycroft

    The nearby Correctional Facility having served his time after being imprisoned after last year's TR Village party. Despite his most strenuous pleas of innocence, somehow these American Courts just didn't understand that being Scottish was sufficient excuse for his inordinately high blood-alcohol level when he had been arrested.

    He strode gleefully out into the snowy winter wonderland, contemplating the coming night's festivities and tried to get his bearings.

    He wondered whether he might be back in a cell before too long.

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    met OM as he left the facility. Taking his arms, they drug him into town.

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    Jacky Howe

    to the nearest Pub to quench OM's thirst.

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    OH Smeg

    in 35C + temps with 65% Humidity and wondering what all this talk of Snow as about. He's thinking of having those claiming that there will be a White Christmas this year locked away for their own good.

    But as he's on call from the 23 onward he just knew that again this year he would miss the start of the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and that by the time he got to watch what he had recorded the race would have been well and truly finished and he wouldn't be interested in watching the start. Yet again.

    But he's sending a message to Neil's Translations Service to make sure that this year he is on the mailing list for the Hidden Web Cam Streams to watch all the other TR Members get caught out doing things they will refuse to admit to.

    GG Gadget shop is Positively Tame in comparison to what he's been told Boxy gets up to.

    Col

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    Villagers were worried about him. He'd been fighting a nasty virus for too long now. boxy thought, "While I'm baking today, I'll just brew up some lovely chicken soup."

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    santeewelding

    The big, fluffy snowball, laughingly aimed, caught her from behind, knocking off her cap.

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    she whirled to see who had dared. "You, you...", she sputtered. Stooping, she gathered hands full of snow, quickly and expertly shaping her own snowball. Taking a running start, she threw it at santee all the while shouting, "Snowball fight! Snowball fight!"

    Slipping, and falling on the snow-slick ground, ROFLMAO took on new meaning.

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    OH Smeg

    She went straight to the local Police Station and swore out a complaint of Assault against Santee.

    After she was finished with the Police she went straight to her Lower and started civil proceedings against Santee for ruining her Cap by throwing a Snowball at her.

    With the sure outcome of a Multi Million $ settlement against Santee, Boxy had a Very Merry Christmas that year and ended up with OM in jail for her bad behavior while under the influence of the advice given her by the lawyer. It took the Police 3 hours to empty her pockets that where full of Gadgets from GG's store and all the while Boxy was munching on the Green Specked Cookies that the had bought at the Scummy Ones Store. She is still wondering why they are called Grass Cookies and why she needed a Prescription that the Scummy One wrote out to buy them. ;0

    Col

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    that more than chicken soup was called for. :^0

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    OH Smeg

    The correct charge was

    Assault & Battery with Intent on Grievous Bodily Harm. Being 1 Snowball used to dislodge the Cap and destroy your Dry Clean Only Piece of Attire into the Snow thus ruining it. As it was a Sneak Attack and you did not invite the Snowball you are quite within your rights to go straight to the Jugular after exhausting your supply of freely available snow. Or you could have just stamped your Foot on the remains of the Snowball and burst into tears but I'm assuming that you are aware of the case that was a year or so ago where a Complaint of Assault & Battery with Intent on Grievous Bodily Harm was sworn out against the thrower of a Snowball onto a unwilling participant who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    I believe that her attempt to gather damages in the civil proceeding after the Criminal Hearing failed because the Jury wet themselves laughing at the Evidence that she gave. :^0

    Yep I though it was a bit silly too but who can say in the land of the Brave and Free just what is right and wrong. After all the Lawyers are there to tell us aren't they? :^0 :^0

    I just couldn't resist that comment.

    But I will accept a significant sum of money from the Damages that you have so unmercifully been exposed to and had wrought upon yourself by that Dastardly Sneak Attack with the first snowball.

    Col ]:)

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    seanferd

    that <i>Charged GBH</i> was actually, in fact, a rather loud British hardcore rock band, everyone fired the lawyers and settled in for an evening of Friday Night Music: Christmas Edition. Everyone took turns spinning their own favorite tunes, and relaxed by the fire of the in the great hall of TR. Warmed also by their shared company, their favorite beverages, and some rather odd cookies from Scummy's Shop, some of the revelers wondered why the others would not prefer a little air conditioning instead. But there were other, rather more interesting mysteries to ponder...

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    OH Smeg

    Pigging out on Swiss Chocolate.

    I have made a promise to myself that every time I hear the Word Exercise that I'll wash my mouth out with large amounts of Chocolate. It's a terrible punishment and I don't want to inflict this on others.

    OH and It's My Chocolate no one's else's no matter who's name is on the pack.

    Col

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    Michael Jay

    as Santee cleared the snow from his face, he remarked nice shot MJ. MJ said, sorry about the face hit but I brought you these presents, perhaps one or the other could fill in the missing space where your avatar goes.

    Don't worry about animation with this;
    http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/pp321/michaeljay2009/swelding.gif
    it just fits.

    If you are worried try on this one it is a perfect fit;
    http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/pp321/michaeljay2009/stWelding.jpg

    Merry Christmas Santee, lets go pick up Boxie and get some food and drink.

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    santeewelding

    Has to do with a 400lb London-pattern anvil and a 12lb hand sledge.

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    Michael Jay

    his gift offerings are not what Santee wanted this year.

    MJ runs and hides.

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    santeewelding

    You give me the best of gifts. You catapult me into a new endeavor. You inveigle me into IT, digital photography, artistic composition...the whole nine yards, sir.

    And, you did it all by yourself. You are a paragon of the handmade world. Now, I prepare to do my part.

    Thank you.

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    Michael Jay

    and offers assistance with the pounding of the iron, which clearly what Santee wanted in the first place.

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    RookieTech

    ez there santee

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    AV .

    I have to bring some of my fabulicious macaroni and cheese to the celebration. It's just a real crowd pleaser and I know that everyone on TR will love it. You can't have a festive celebration without having food, glorious food. Lotsa, lotsa food.

    Of course, if you have anything with cheese, you have to have some good wine. For crowds, I like Vendange Merlot or Cabernet Savignon. I went down to JD's Liquors and got a case. I was glad he had some left. Last year, he was sold out on Vendange when I looked for it before the party. He must have stocked up this year. Good thinking on his part! We like our liquor in TR Village.

    I stopped by Scummy's Yummie's too and he had those special brownies he makes. I bought like two dozen! You get addicted to those things, ya know?

    AV

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    Tig2

    Tig the recipe again. I know I had the darned thing filed, just can't find where.

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    AV .

    She knows the more Mac & Cheese, the better.

    AV

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    Tig2

    Decided that the web cam would have to do this year. Sending their love to all was a given but the cold and snow are hard to manage. Perhaps a trip to a warmer climate would be the best thing.

    Still, we watch the story unfold and think warmly of all of our good friends.

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    Michael Jay

    but it is not the TR story, it is the story of a friends life, and the impossible feelings going through the lovely Tigs mind.

    Hope and prayers are all that MJ can muster, as he is lost to understand just what Tig is feeling.

    Lovinhugs he says.

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    Tig2

    More than I can say.

    (((hugs)))

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    Sonja Thompson Staff

    by a chorus of female voices calling out "Ho Ho Ho!"

    "My goodness," Sonja thought, "JD's here... time to get this party started!"

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    Tig2

    On her voice recognition. Not many can really place JDs castrati "tenor".

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    NickNielsen Moderator

    Explains much.

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    santeewelding

    Can't wait to hear the part about JD's castrati from JD.

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    CharlieSpencer

    Palmie looked around the party's buffet. Seeing no carrot cake, he tucked his scarf around his neck and headed for the door. Those three ghosts had shown up four years in a row, and there was no reason to think they'd skip this year.

    Christmas Present was easily distracted with lagers and pizza, and once he 'had a glow on' knew some pretty good jokes. Christmas Past was pretty cute, and he was sure the gowns she wore were getting shorter and flimsier each year. This year she ought to be down to a couple of Band-Aids and a cork. Christmas Yet to Come still worried him, though. The shades and black leather weren't that intimidating, but he was always late and only once showed before Christmas afternoon; something about the jet lag from Vancouver.

    Whistling a few bars of "Mr. Grinch", Palmie headed out in to the snow to pick up beer, pizza, coffee, and a can of Readi-Whip.

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    The Scummy One

    for the party girls -- always Be Prepared

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    AV .

    AV remembers what you did last year with Readi-Whip! :8}

    You need some self-control.

    AV

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    AV .

    You went on a Readi-Whip spree, one thing led to another and then it kinda looked like this!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AOeSrLCD-U

    I was three sheets to the wind as were most, but it was memorable just the same. Ah, Scummy, you naughty boy.

    AV :^0

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    DMambo

    "Christmas Present was easily distracted with lagers and pizza" - jck

    "Christmas Past was pretty cute, and he was sure the gowns she wore were getting shorter and flimsier each year" - GG

    "Christmas Yet to Come still worried him, though. The shades and black leather weren't that intimidating, but he was always late and only once showed before Christmas afternoon; something about the jet lag from Vancouver." - jacqui

    With a special cameo from JD as Jacob Marley wearing the chains forged during a life of sin.

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    The Scummy One

    Oh, oops, they were just singing ho, ho, ho -- not being ho's

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    Sonja Thompson Staff

    were letting everyone know that JD had arrived... so, instead of saying "JD, JD, JD!" - you get it now? Sheeesh... it isn't as funny when you have to explain it. LOL!

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    neilb@uk

    shaken from his post-weekend stupor by a timely email, set out for the shops for some Christmas food goodies.

    The first thing he found on his journey was a large, locked gate labeled "404 Error" and, after trying several routes with each one barred, he finally found a way through!

    Anyway, determined to outdo JD's infamous carrot cake, he decided to get a traditional European winter meal for the TR regulars.

    Adjusting his gas-mask he hurried towards the party venue, holding the Viking traditional fare of Little Auks wrapped in sealskin and buried until fermented at arms' length, the Hakarl humming a nice counterpoint.

    "Mmmmmm..." he said (as did the Hakarl), "I'll enjoy this. But only if *I* don't have to eat any of it."

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    Tig2

    And I mean that sincerely. Really. Honestly. You shouldn't have. No one should!

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    neilb@uk

    "It is the hereditary delicacy of Swedes and Norwegians who serve it around the holidays, in memory of their ancestors, who ate it because they were poor. Most lutefisk is not edible by normal people. It is reminiscent of the afterbirth of a dog or the world?s largest chunk of phlegm."

    :)

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    Sonja Thompson Staff

    ... still haunted by memories of having to pass it around the table during the holidays. EWWWW!!

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    JamesRL

    I read my first descriptions of this back in my alt.folklore.urban days and it was hard to determine whether someone was pulling our leg(s).

    Though to be honest, many of us consume vietnamese fish sauce without understanding that its a similar process.

    Did you just pass it around and inhale or did you consume....

    James

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    Sonja Thompson Staff

    The only thing that went in my mouth was my breath, as I passed the dish to the person sitting next to me at the table. You learn quickly, DO NOT BREATHE THROUGH YOUR NOSE!

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    OldER Mycroft

    As it originally did coming up.

    Well, no worse at least! :^0

    I know what's in Haggis AND in Black Pudding but I still eat 'em.

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    cmiller5400

    Blood Pudding is D_I_S_G_U_S_T_I_N_G!!! I can't even think about eating congealed blood {shudders}.

    Haggis, just maybe I'd give it a try. Once.

    Head Cheese. Forget about it.

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    neilb@uk

    "As part of a 'Full English' it can't be beat. A couple of fat slices, fried, to be dipped into your egg. Now, THAT is a hangover cure!"

    He pauses and then reads a random recipe for haggis.

    The recipe starts with the line 'Take the pluck of the sheep'.

    "Well", he muses, "That's everything that you can rip out of the body cavity including the nice bits like the heart, liver and kidney and all of the 'lesser' bits that we usually don't eat like the lungs, spleen and pancreas. Sounds good so far!"

    "Then you boil it and mince it and mix it with spices and oatmeal and stuff it into a stomach and boil it again, making sure to pierce a few holes in it with a pin so it doesn't explode."

    "So", he asks, "Still think that you'd like to try it?"

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    OldER Mycroft

    Standard board of fayre up here in the Highlands - Haggis & Chips - but it requires a special order.

    The Hag is microwaved to resuscitate it back to room temperature (removing the chill from the cold room), then coated in batter and deep fried for a couple of minutes. It has to be one of very few Chip Shop dishes unlikely to ever be eaten with only the fingers without occasional howls of pain.

    The Hag is as hot as the heart of the Sun once its been deep fried.

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    cmiller5400

    You just turned my stomach sour. Damn. Now I can't even eat the double cheeseburger that I bought :_|

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    neilb@uk

    was one of the things on my "Must eat before I die" list. Not something that I'll try twice but it was nice enough.

    :)

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    faces turned green at the odour of the food, and the gist of the conversation. boxy ducked quickly through the back door...

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    GSG

    I was introduced to that mess when I lived in Minnesota. If we drop that stuff on the enemy, they'll surrender in a heartbeat.

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    Tig2

    Lutefisk is some deeply disturbing stuff on a great many levels.

    Pickled herring is another matter entirely!

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    cmiller5400

    And they compared Lutefisk to fish flavored Vaseline

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    Tig2

    But doesn't really capture the odor.

    Think cross between stinky cheese and skunk. Nothing will cut it. Smelling it will embed it permanently in your brain and cause you to shudder involuntarily for the rest of your life.

    Scary stuff!

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    cmiller5400

    That it will NEVER be on my table. Just the thought of it makes me cringe and want to hack up a fur ball. I can't even watch people eat it.

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    santeewelding

    Been anywhere, anyhow, anywhat near it.

    The mention here, or somewhere, about Vaseline, did it for me.

    Forewarned, I am.

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    OH Smeg

    Is positively good in comparison.

    It's like eating in a 25 Star Restaurant eating vaseline compared to that poison.

    I would go with eating a 200 Liter Drum of vaseline rather than even run the risk of smelling that other stuff. Just the thought of typing the name makes me shudder.

    Col

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    Tig2

    That you have read the recipe or heard about it from someone who has experienced it.

    Compared to lutefisk, boiled rat would be absolutely delicious.

    I live in a place that has attracted any number of Norwegian, Danish, and Swedish transplants. Unfortunately, they brought the lutefisk with them.

    Any recipe that includes lye is nothing that should ever be consumed by humans.

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    OH Smeg

    lutefisk

    Was on the list of Banned Substances along with Biological Weapons, Torture and so on that had been outlawed by the United Nations at the end of WW11.

    Unfortunately there still seem to be some people who see this as a Deli cay and not the Threat Against Humanity that it actually is.

    Col

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    NickNielsen Moderator

    ...runs back home for a jar of the perfect vegetable complement: kimchee!

    He also digs into his service trunk for the old M13 mask he stashed away years ago. It won't block poison gas, but it does block odors...

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    JamesRL

    Thinking about who was naughty and nice.

    He mulled over the selections of rum to spike the eggnog. He'd always been partial to Captain Morgan's spiced, but the colour might tip off any suspicious tipplers.

    James checked his email from the nearby Starbucks to see if Soni and Jelli had received the sheet music for the carolling. Hopefully if the villagers had enough egg nog, they wouldn't notice the lack of rehersal.

    James

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    Jellimonsta

    Had received the music, but non-the-less decided to forgo the rehearsal and go snowboarding instead. He hoped there were no solo parts.

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    Sonja Thompson Staff

    Sonja called out to Jelli as he packed up his snowboard. "Oh, and Palmie said you can borrow this," she said, holding out a hard hat.

    Jelli fastened the Flip video to the front of the hat with some duct tape. And then he wrapped a single layer of tape around his head, going under his chin, to secure the hat in place.

    "Make sure you wipe out at least once for TROLOV!" Sonja encouraged him, smiling and waving as he trudged his way through the snow to the top of the nearby mountain.

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    AV .

    After finishing up with the Mac & Cheese, AV PM'ed Tig with the recipe. She wasn't sure if Tig planned on bringing some to the party or not, but the more the merrier. It'll be a CARB FEST! YEAH! :^0

    AV looked in the closet trying to decide what to wear. She was thinking, maybe, "little black dress", but what if everyone else was casual? That would not be good.

    She sent an email to Boxy and Tig to see what they were wearing. She sent one to maecuff, too, to see if she was incorporating her shovel into her outfit this year, like she did last year. It was a real hit last year.

    AV

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    Tig2

    He's way too skinny so homemade mac and cheese is just what is needed.

    Tig is playing with a new truffle recipe so may send some to the village- assuming that they turn out reasonably and all that.

    It isn't a party unless you have homemade chocolate!

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    AV .

    Theres nothing like homemade chocolate! Bless you!

    My homemade mac and cheese is sure to put the pounds on for the SO. It did for me. :^0

    AV