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Old 22-12-2020, 08:37   #1
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Merry Christmas

... and Happy Holidays. A friend wrote this poem, it's pretty good:

T'was a week before Christmas, and all through the town, people wore masks, that covered their frown. The frown had begun way back in the spring, when a global pandemic changed everything. They called it corona, but unlike the beer, It didn’t bring good times, it didn’t bring cheer. Airplanes were grounded, travel was banned. Borders were closed across air, sea, and land.

As the world entered lockdown to flatten the curve, the economy halted, and folks lost their nerve. From March to July we rode the first wave, people stayed home, they tried to behave. When summer emerged the lockdown was lifted, but away from caution, many folks drifted.

Now it’s December and cases are spiking, wave two has arrived, much to our disliking. It’s true that this year has had sadness a-plenty, we’ll never forget the year 2020. And just ‘round the corner - The holiday season, but why be merry? Is there even one reason? To decorate the house and put up the tree, who will see it, no one but me.

But outside my window, the snow gently falls, and I think to myself, let’s deck the halls! So, I gather the ribbon, The garland, and bows, as I play those old carols, my happiness grows. Christmas is not canceled and neither is hope. If we lean on each other, I know we can cope...Keep it going!

Merry Christmas friends!!!!
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Old 22-12-2020, 08:40   #2
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Re: Merry Christmas

Very nice!
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Old 22-12-2020, 12:33   #3
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Yeah! Thank you and your friend, Cheechako.

Who scorns the calm has forgotten the storm.
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Old 22-12-2020, 20:10   #4
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I appreciate it - almost Dr. Seuss like
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Old 23-12-2020, 04:35   #5
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Put a grin on MY face (before the mask goes back on, that is)

Merrrry Christmas!
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Old 23-12-2020, 09:34   #6
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Merry Christmas!
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Old 23-12-2020, 10:27   #7
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Re: Merry Christmas

Good stuff, thanks for passing that along Cheechako. Merry Christmas to you too!
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Old 24-12-2020, 12:18   #8
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Re: Merry Christmas

cheechako...meouwry treesmas . i allowed bubba to say it this year..
chico standing by for dropped foods while i watch as folks stress out for no good reason.
my foods were delivered by taxista juan and pies are at neighbors awaiting my return
from a dock 6 fiesta and drinkfest gala celebration.hush hush itis a secret hahahahaha
so merry christmas to you all have fun and eat well.
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Re: Merry Christmas

And a merry Christmas to all

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Special knowledge can be a terrible disadvantage if it leads you too far along a path that you cannot explain anymore.
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Old 24-12-2020, 18:50   #10
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Re: Merry Christmas

Sailors version of Twas the Night Before Christmas -

Twas the night before Christmas, I swung on the hook. Passed out on the settee, asleep with my book.

When up on the deck I heard footsteps and stuff: I’ve been boarded! I thought, and I tried to be tough.

Then down the companionway hatch came a dude. He was dressed like a nut and I thought “I am screwed”!

But he laughed and he hummed and he surveyed my junk. So I figured he must be the resident drunk.

His eyes were lit up like a junkie on speed. But he gave me a whole bunch of stuff that I need. Like rum and cigars, new charts and a dinghy and some kind of fancy electrical thingy.

I thought it was stolen but I wasn’t telling. I hoped he was giving and wasn’t just selling.

I poured him a grog which he downed with a wink. Then I poured one for me (I sure needed a drink).

Then he staggered above to the dark tropic night. As I peaked I beheld an incredible sight.

Eight tiny dolphins and a beautiful sleigh. And the dude hopped aboard and prepared to make way. The dolphins were ready to power the sled, but the guy raised a jenny and mains’l instead.

With a burp and a chuckle he gathered the breeze and called to the dolphins now swimming with ease. “On Fatty and Foxy and old Barracuda! On Teva and Mountgay, Antigua, Barbuda! Or whatever your names you cute little fishes, here’s to every last sailor, my best Christmas wishes.”

As he sailed away leaving a wobbly wake, I hoped he had not many stops left to make. He got close to shore and he soon was aground, but the dolphins proceeded to pull him around.

And I heard him exclaim as he sailed out of sight, “Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.”
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Cute ... thanks
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