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BS: My pressie has arrived!!!

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Subject: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 24 Nov 03 - 08:01 AM

It wasn't a card from the postie to alert me to a parcel, but the parcel itself hand-delivered by my neighbour, Glenn, who shares my post office box!

Decent sized parcel (about shoe box size) - I haven't tried shaking it & I WON'T open it for a month. But I think I recognise the name of the sender.

Thankyou dear Santa.

Last year my parcel didn't arrive till 6th Feb, it walked & floated a meandering course all the way from Tennessee where Giac posted it mid Nov. It's apparent non-arrival worried us both, it did. This year I'm the first to report a pressie has arrived.

sandra (happy little vegemite)


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,Sandras in Sydney's SS
Date: 24 Nov 03 - 08:13 AM

WOW !!!!!!!It must have caught the Express on the Vladivostok to Perth leg and avoided VicRail completely!!!! i will leave it to you to decide when to open it, as different folks have diiferent Resistances to closed boxes!!!Using SS's law of prezzie keeping!!where R= K* days left to Christmas/(no of days since birthday or last prezzie) provided K is <30 my resistance <0


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 24 Nov 03 - 08:46 AM

Santa - I am mathematically dis-inclined, or is that algebraically ditto. Please don't confuse me with complicated stuff, but I do agree it was a Good Thing it caught the Express.

sandra (ta for the present pressie & previous songs)


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Allan C.
Date: 24 Nov 03 - 11:54 AM

A simpler formula is to divide the number of days between now and the holiday, birthday, etc., by your age. This will give you a more realistic waiting period. (Note: A calculation resulting in any number containing a decimal, such as 2.0, signifies that the gift should have been opened yesterday.)


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Benjamin
Date: 25 Nov 03 - 12:51 AM

Mine arrived a few days ago. The amazing thing is that I didn't even sign up for one. Of course, I'm not sure how much of a seceret it is anymore as I know who sent it. But I'll still let everyone else do some guessing for now.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 25 Nov 03 - 04:47 AM

I got my present today!! A big box arrived by courier - the Royal Mail doesn't do things like parcels any more.... and of course, being me, I opened it!

It's the most beautiful old fashioned box which will definately be saved for future use and inside there are lots of other little parcels. They're all wrapped so they will stay that way. They're going to the secret hiding place with the other presents until we get the decorations up.

Thank you so much, Secret Santa James in Virginia - still a secret because you didn't put your Mudcat name in!

Everything seems to be in one piece - no suspicious rattling sounds or sticky patches and the copious amounts of tissue will be recycled.

Thank you again, for giving me the biggest grin I've had for ages!

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,Rapaire's Secret Santa
Date: 25 Nov 03 - 05:02 AM

Sounds like all the routes are running smoothly. That's good.

HO HO HO


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Leadfingers
Date: 25 Nov 03 - 05:17 AM

Its only November,plenty of time for prezzies to arrive,even with the aftermath of the UK postal strike.But my Santee PM'd me re safe arrival a fortnight ago - and it was sent surface mail !!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,catsphiddle@work
Date: 25 Nov 03 - 06:48 AM

You all have great will power when parcels arrive on my doorstep I have to open them and liberate the item(s) within...well thats my excuse and Im sticking to it!!!....go on...someone open your pressies....Im dying to know what you all get!!!!

Secret Santa Secretary doing her normal job!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Nov 03 - 06:57 AM

you are all lucky not even a peep out of my ss


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 25 Nov 03 - 08:01 AM

Guest - I hope your Santa is just shy & gathering together good stuff for you!

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,Someone's Secret Santa
Date: 25 Nov 03 - 09:28 AM

I've posted a hint large enough to drive a Mack truck through (in the UK would that be a Mercedes lorry?). But I didn't put my own name in the box though the return address acurately reflects my alter-ego--"Santa."


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 25 Nov 03 - 07:18 PM

Well "Santa" - I've given up reading the hints thread.... would it help if I did?

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 25 Nov 03 - 09:01 PM

You weren't expecting escargots, then?

Kitty


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,Liz The Squeak's SS
Date: 25 Nov 03 - 09:25 PM

There may be more hints when you open the packages. It may be hard as I'm not anyone who stands out here so...happy guessing!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: harpgirl
Date: 25 Nov 03 - 09:42 PM

I guess I ain't gettin' anything but coal this year...boo hoo hoo...


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Amos
Date: 25 Nov 03 - 09:54 PM

Well, ya now, Harpy, sometimes we _think_ we're being good and we're really _not_. At least it seems that way, ya know woddIMean? Like we don't really know if we're really good or just explaining our actions away anyway? Ya know? So maybe....I mean, I just thought maybe ya been really good in your mind, like, but in reality you just been a real bitch, ya know....ya think maybe? Woddya think?

A


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: harpgirl
Date: 25 Nov 03 - 10:02 PM

No, I know I've been a bitch, Amos. Would you expect anything different????????? Of course it does depend on who you talk to...


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Jeri
Date: 25 Nov 03 - 10:02 PM

Amos, if being a bitch occasionally prevents us from getting presents, we're all screwed.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: harpgirl
Date: 25 Nov 03 - 10:09 PM

I don't know Jeri. It doesn't seemed to have worked for me lately!

Oh, pardon me...you meant the present part... ahem...

LOL


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,Barb'ry's SS
Date: 25 Nov 03 - 10:55 PM

The nice student-sized elf at my postal station had me sign a parchment-like paper saying I wasn't sending explosives or nasty stuff through the mail. I was a bit vague, while remaining accurate, about the contents of that package.

Only Two Weeks 'til it gets there! The reindeer have their antlers crossed hoping it arrives safely (they only deliver on December 31--the rest of the time they're bulking up and helping pack the bag of goodies!)


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Amos
Date: 26 Nov 03 - 11:37 AM

Jeri, Harpy -- Escargot in a tin for both of yez!! LOL!!


A


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Nov 03 - 02:54 PM

What kind of reindeer are those? They'd better deliver on December 24! Must be New [Year] Age reindeer.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Nov 03 - 02:54 PM

Oops! Santa brain fart alert!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Col K
Date: 27 Nov 03 - 10:34 AM

I just posted my pressie off to my recipient. Hope it gets there.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Nov 03 - 07:25 PM


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: SINSULL
Date: 29 Nov 03 - 08:14 PM

Hope my SS is patient. Won't be getting her goodies until just before Christmas, as is suitable.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Nov 03 - 03:24 AM

I refreshed this earlier to bring it back onto the screen and later realized it could be misconstrued. I haven't seen anything from my Santa for a while, and no package yet. Perhaps it is time to pull out the poem again and look for more clues. I've established that this is someone from the UK, I'm guessing around London. My geography (sans an atlas) got me that far, anyway.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,SRS' Secret Santa
Date: 30 Nov 03 - 04:56 AM

Boy is your geography out!

I'd guess an atlas for Christmas would've been a good idea. Shame I've already wrapped that package of barbeque charcoal.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Nov 03 - 12:45 PM

Oh, no! There was something about "frogs" and "tunneling" and I assumed it was slang saying the French were nearby via the tunnel.

Sigh.

I'll go get those clues and start to work. . .


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: JennyO
Date: 02 Dec 03 - 01:19 AM

Yippee!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My package arrived today. I have been sort-of semi-good. I have opened enough of the outer wrapping to know that my Santa is in the UK and I have a rough idea of where from the postcards, but there are 3 wrapped parcels which I am going to try and not open till Christmas (well maybe a few days before as I'm going off to Woodford on the 22nd). So now I'm puzzling over the few clues I have been given. Hmmmmmm.

Oooh this is fun! Now I'm feeling guilty 'cos I haven't sent my santee's present yet. Must get busy!

Jenny


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,Noreen's Secret Santa
Date: 02 Dec 03 - 08:45 PM

HO HO HO ..... my little Crumpet......your parcel is slogging it's way over hill and dale! Hopefully it will arrive before the big day!
Enjoy.....

Noreen's Secret Santa


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Lyrical Lady
Date: 02 Dec 03 - 08:54 PM

My pressie arrived two weeks ago. I haven't opened a thing but I have plenty of clues as to what to expect. No clues as to who my Santa is tho..hmmm...ok who's from Birmingham..fess up now!
I can't wait to open all my little packages!

Lyrical Lady


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: JennyO
Date: 02 Dec 03 - 09:37 PM

Been doing a bit of sleuthing, based on what my Santa said on the postcard, and on which mudcatters from that area are involved in this, and I think I have narrowed it down to three likely contenders, with one of you definitely having the front running.

So SS, is the answer in the parcels, or will I still have to do more sleuthing after I open them?

Jenny (looking at the unopened parcels, fingers feeling decidedy itchy, but determined to wait till the proper time)


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Pseudolus
Date: 02 Dec 03 - 10:12 PM

I got mine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OK, I'm not gonna open it yet, I can't decide, well I'm gonna wait until tomorrow at least and see if the will power holds out, I sorta doubt it!!!!!


Here's to tryin!!
Frank


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Dec 03 - 10:54 PM

I heard a thump out on the porch, and found a package perched on my mailbox. This is it, my Secret Santa is revealed. It took under a week from the UK to the TX. I haven't opened the box yet, we'll save that for Christmas. As to geography, I can see that if I had gotten out the atlas I could have put a name to a county closer to the channel than the city of London (but that is on the right side of the island!) I probably could have even risked the guess of Kent, because I used to be pretty good at the locations over there when I was reading more British lit. I still wouldn't have figured out who it was, because I don't know where all of our British Mudcatters live.

I love the way you spell your name--over here all of the silent consonants would have been dropped and it would look different.

Now, I wonder if the box I mailed last week has made it on its appointed rounds?

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Barb'ry
Date: 03 Dec 03 - 02:09 PM

I GOT MY PRESSIE!!!!!!!! But I am still being good and haven't opened it yet. Yet.......
Thank you secret santa!!!!
Texas huh?


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Dec 03 - 02:19 PM

Proximity is everything in this global village. Even in the virtual world of thread postings. . .


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Sorcha
Date: 03 Dec 03 - 02:26 PM

Well, my pressie to my Santee has gone out.....no word that it has arrived......


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: nutty
Date: 03 Dec 03 - 02:44 PM

THANK-YOU - I got my pressie too .... I'm saving it for Christmas Day


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Hollowfox
Date: 03 Dec 03 - 05:04 PM

Mine arrived, but my mischevious Canadian SS left no hint as to who they were? How can I gush and thank you if I don't know who you are???


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From: GUEST,Blackcatters SS
Date: 03 Dec 03 - 07:18 PM

Had a slight problem with the reindeer not fancying America at this time of year - would prefer it in the summer.

Have had to send off your pressie by Royal Males and Hairy Planes. Hopefully it should turn up in time for Yule.

Hope you are still being a good boy.

xoxoxo


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: vectis
Date: 03 Dec 03 - 07:49 PM

My pressie is sitting under my virtual Christmas tree still unopened after three weeks. I have caressed it a few times and have guessed at the contents. Only three weeks to go..........
I still haven't worked out who my luverly SS is though. Must be from USA, Colorado or California is my best guess so far. WIll I find out when I open it???
Whoever you are
Thankyou
Thankyou
Thankyou
Thankyou
Thankyou
Thankyou
I'm still bein good Santa
HONEST :-))


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: karen k
Date: 04 Dec 03 - 12:05 AM

I got mine the other day. Haven't opened it yet. Thankkkkkkkkkkkkk youuuuuuuuuuuuuu! Now I just have to get off my tail and mail mine out. No excuse if it's late and it has to go to Europe. I've had it since Oct.!!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: SussexCarole
Date: 05 Dec 03 - 04:41 PM

Yipeee.....had a card through my letterbox from Santa aka Parcelforce Worldwide today. I have a prezzie waiting for me at the Post Office...could this be from my secret Santa????


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,vectis' santus arcanus
Date: 06 Dec 03 - 04:10 PM

There you are...I thought maybe you'd fallen off...I see you've been good, but remember, now, I said it would be okay if you were just overwhelmed and couldn't wait to open it!**bg**

santus arcanus longing to reveal ALL!HeeHeeHee


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Kim C
Date: 07 Dec 03 - 09:54 AM

Mine came yesterday and I opened it! (Hey, life's too short.) I have a box of Terry's chocolates, a lovely day book with floral paintings, a desk calendar with some fabulous photographs, and a beautiful black scarf with white music notes on it. As the desk calendar was created by Beachcomber, I have reason to believe that my Santa is the same.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!

(oh gosh, this is so much fun!!!)

But now I kinda feel bad, because I didn't carefully wrap all the items in the package I sent to my Santee! As it was going overseas, I went for safety and functionality rather than colorfulness. Santee, I hope you will understand! :-)

Thanks again to Clinton for coming up with the idea.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: vectis
Date: 07 Dec 03 - 07:29 PM

AHH Santus Arcanus
If you only knew how tempted I've been but the fun of squeezing and shaking it and trying to guess at the contents. Only two and a bit weks to go........
The suspense is delicious in its way.
Tnx times umpteeen once again
Vectis


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: JenEllen
Date: 08 Dec 03 - 02:31 PM

I got mine!!!!! I was going to be good and wait, but it got opened by accident. Mine came in an envelope that was marked "League of Conservative Voters" so it very nearly went into the trash! I thought "What the hell?" when I saw the address and almost chucked it! Thank the gods for curious women!

THANK YOU HOLLOWFOX!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,Mooman's Secret Santa
Date: 09 Dec 03 - 12:14 AM

Have no fear Mooman, my friend, your present will be on the way soon. Unfortunately, you have a very slow Secret Santa. It will be mailed this week and when it is I will post here again. Hopefully I won't forget. Just to give you a hint - it is musical, wearable and from America. Hang in there. You are not forgotten.

SS


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: greg stephens
Date: 09 Dec 03 - 02:12 PM

My parcel has arrived...well I'm guessing its from a secret santa.It has very strange wrapping paper that nobody I knew would choose, and there is no address of origin on it. It is currently sitting under where the tree will be when I get round to going to the tree place. I am looking forward to it with great interest, but I shall restrain myself, till the official day and time.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: katlaughing
Date: 09 Dec 03 - 04:20 PM

Rog says he thinks my pressie has arrived, at least it looks likely. I will talk with him more this evening and get the lowdown. THANKS, Secret Santa, whoever you are!!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,karen k's SS
Date: 09 Dec 03 - 04:25 PM

Ah! Ha! There you are! All my hints about the licorice socks and all. I do hope they fit. You still don't know who I am do you! Lots of people drop into that post office that's on the post mark and the return address - ? Well anyone can make those little lables! And put any old name on them! Just because there's only one Mudcatter within hundreds of miles you needn't assume it's me!
                      Karen's SS still desperately trying to remain anonymous until Christmas.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Hollowfox
Date: 09 Dec 03 - 04:44 PM

League of Conservative Voters?!?!? Well, JenEllen, as you might have guessed, I ordered it, but I didn't ship it. Doug Elliott is a conservationist for sure, but (while we've never discussed politics) this doesn't sound like his style. It doesn't seem exactly like his sense of humor either. On the other hand, he's big on recycling....
I hope you love his writing as much as I do.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Trevor
Date: 09 Dec 03 - 06:28 PM

Sandy Claws lives in Memphis!!

Thank you, dear Kim.

Love,
Trev (munching candy, looking wistfully at piccie of boat whilst reading 'The Tennesean' and listening to CD!)


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Kim C
Date: 10 Dec 03 - 10:02 AM

(ahem, Nashville.) :-)

How d'ya like them GooGoos?!!!?!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,Sussex Carole's SS
Date: 10 Dec 03 - 11:47 AM

Well, Carole, did you go pick up the package yet???? It won't wait forever.....


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: SussexCarole
Date: 10 Dec 03 - 01:11 PM

I'm trying so hard to collect it, the Post Office is only open during the hours I work so I've got to wait til Saturday...grrrrrr I'm so impatient. Thank you so much Santa..can't wait to collect it and have a feel & guess and then wait til Christmas day to open it! Carolexx x x


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From: Pseudolus
Date: 10 Dec 03 - 01:21 PM

I typed in a very long post only to have my computer crash and it looks like it didn't get saved so let me try this again....

I admit it, I gave in and opened the gift! But my SS PM'd me and told me to! Said something about there being stuff in there to be used before Christmas....boy was SHE right!! It's awesome! JenEllen is another in a list of GREAT Secret Santas I've had the pleasure to draw my name! Wait'll ya hear this.....

Inside the box were two bear ornaments, personalized with the names Joshua and Jacob! For those of you that haven't heard they are the names of my miricale twins! Sometime in the next week, we will be putting up our tree and they will be the first ornaments hung! There were also two cassette tapes, one with some of JenEllen's favorite Christmas songs, the first of which was Bob and Doug McKenzie's Great White North twelve days of Christmas. My daughter and I listened to it on the way to her school this morning and we both laughed like idiots all the way...somehow each additional "and a beer...." is funnier than the last! The other tape is a collection of kids stories that originally came from Sorcha and JenEllen loved them so much she decided to pass a copy along to me and my family. It's the gift that keeps on giving! I can't wait to share the stories with Joshua and Jacob. Also the there was a jar of apple butter that looks like it was homemade...YUM! My father-in-law LOVES apple butter and my first thought was to share a little with him...and I thought, NO! hahahaha...

As if that isn't enough there's a wrapped present that I think I will hold off on until Christmas morning (JenEllen's suggestion). What a great year! Christmas is always a special time and this makes it that much better! thanks JenEllen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Frank


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Col K
Date: 10 Dec 03 - 05:03 PM

One card and one package have arrived,the package contains
"wooden thing" on the customs declaration form.I have resisted opening it yet,but many thanks Santa.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Mudlark
Date: 10 Dec 03 - 05:26 PM

Wheeee! Came home from a long day in town to find that Santa had arrived while I was gone (dang it) and left a large plastic bag hanging from my gate post. I got it down, opened the bag, and inside, at the bottom, was a box, a cardboard box wound round and round with festive duct tape and deeply dented. OH NO! I thot...it's been Postal-ed! I carefully pulled it out and, cringing, rattled it, and was overjoyed to hear no alarming rattles.

No sign on the outside of the box, as to SS's identity, but definitely from aX the pond. I carefully opened the box and found 3 treasures inside, plus a card. Luckily, I have a dispensation from the Father of All Santas and no will power, so opened all presents immediately. I started with the card, so now know that Firekat, and Tig and Badger, are my benefactors.

Thank you, thank you for these great gifts! First off, a nifty hair brush, much like the one my English friend Linda has which I've coveted for some time, but soooo much better, as it's been personalized with some very clever woodburned decoration on the back. Is this your work, Kat? I've never owned a brush with my name on it! Next, a wonderfully inventive twisted wire sculpture--leaping dolphins, and also personalized with my own Mudcat monicker. And last, but definitely not least, a book I've been dying to read by one of my favorite authors: Bill Bryson's "Mother Tongue." Thank you again, Firekat, Tig and Badger for such thoughtful and creative gifts.

Now with great pleasure I'm off to read my new book....

Nancy


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,Firecat's Secret Santa
Date: 10 Dec 03 - 06:09 PM

OK! It's on the way. Whew!

Hope that plane finds you OK.

I am very far away from you, and have to hope all those hands in between are gentle.

Have fun!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Firecat
Date: 10 Dec 03 - 06:20 PM

yay! Thanks for letting me know Santa!

Mudlark, you didn't find all of the pressies! If you look carefully, there is another one!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Trevor
Date: 10 Dec 03 - 07:29 PM

Soz Kim! I read the label as well - goodness why I wrote Memphis - one of my blank moments I guess.

And them thar munchies are great.

And 'cheers' is a very English expression to put on the card.

And I love your accent, on your phone message and the CD.

Tell Paul to watch out, I'm smitten!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Mudlark
Date: 10 Dec 03 - 09:20 PM

Dear Firecat...

Oh, oh, your heart must have been in your mouth when you read my message...it REALLY would be if you knew that tonight is trash night and everything is put in the bin. I don't know what made me look one more time in the box before tossing it...at least hasty stupidity was followed by native caution!

I am truly overwhelmed with this last present! How could you know that silver bangles are just about the only jewelry I wear aside from some silver rings my husband made many years ago. I adore them! I am wearing them now and doubt I will ever take them off. They are STUNNING! The designs are sheer sculpture, off as well as on, they fit perfectly and I just love them. Really enjoyed your note too...found that as well. Glad to know another reader!

Thanks all over again and 10 times over. You have made my Christmas!

Love from your appreciative, grateful and admiring Santee...

Nancy


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,Col K's SS
Date: 10 Dec 03 - 09:46 PM

Dear Col...

Thanks for letting me know that at least one sleigh shipment made it. There is another on its way, which you should receive soon if you've been a good Mudcatter, and a card as well.

Ho ho ho, Merrrrrryyyyy Christmas!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,Selby's SS
Date: 11 Dec 03 - 03:59 AM

Call me irresponsible
Call me unreliable...

...call me brainless...but at least I finally remembered to take your present to the post office. Er, that is, I'm going to take it tomorrow. And will send it posthaste. No point in anonymity once you see the postmark (that's two hints)...but I hope you like it.

--S


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 11 Dec 03 - 03:59 PM

Hell no, I didn't wait till Christmas!!!




WOW!!! I got a rock!!!

But it's really, really, really a nice rock! I love my rock!

Oh... The CD's and the guitar strings and the refrigerator magnet are cool too.

But I LOVE my rock!!!

Thanks For the Loot, Linn (Batgoddess)

Bruce

Bruce is from Florida, where there are no rocks, see. He has to make his own rocks in his pottery shop.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Amos
Date: 11 Dec 03 - 04:08 PM

I never thought Bruce was so easily amused!! They do say that on the internet, no-one knows if you're a dog, so maybe that is why? :>)

A


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 11 Dec 03 - 05:44 PM

Easily amused? Moi? Most certainly!

But even the most jaded among us would find this particular rock enthralling. It came all the way from New Hampshire. From Bat Goddess and Curmudgeon no less. Man! I'm glad they've got a composting toilet 'cause if this stuff's what the ground is made of I'd hate like hell to try to dig an outhouse hole!

I really love my rock!

Bruce


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Firecat
Date: 11 Dec 03 - 06:45 PM

Phew! Glad you like them!

And you're right, I was thinking Argh, has she found them!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Peg
Date: 12 Dec 03 - 01:06 AM

ooh, mine came in the mail today! And included a lovely handwritten card. Plus two gifties wrapped in red paper. Let's see how long I can wait before I open them!
They came from the UK...but I still have no idea who my Santa is!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,Peigín's Secretive Yule-Person
Date: 12 Dec 03 - 04:29 AM

Dear Peg,

I'm so pleased about that...one never knows how successfully the snail attached to the pigeon's leg will negotiate The Pond!

I hope that you will enjoy them...I have today sent another little thing which I hope you will also like (I think you will but am fearful that you may have it already knowing your musical tastes...in which case please feel free to pass it on to a person of your choice and I will send something else) since they are indeed rather small packages and since anything I could make you myself would be rather larger and heavier. Hopefully this will arrive by Yule or shortly thereafter.

I also have some studio time planned in the New Year and, if the results are not too embarassing, I will also send you a copy of the fruits of that particular endeavour. It will, however, not be at all in the same style...!

I posted a few more hints over in the "Goofy Hints" thread by the way!

All the very best,

Your Secretive Yule-Person


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: SussexCarole
Date: 12 Dec 03 - 12:57 PM

Well it's still 'nearly' arrived!!!! Parcelforce have been in touch with me today and apologised for making so many blunders trying to deliver my prezzie...they have promised to deliver it me on Sunday morning!!!! Fingers crossed cos I'm really excited..Thank you Santa


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Sorcha
Date: 12 Dec 03 - 01:44 PM

Mine came!! From Sarah the Flute! A booklet of Tales of Old Surrey, a booklet about customs in Modern Ireland and a 2 CD set of trad Irish music collected by Ron Kavana! Wheee!! I love it!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Amos
Date: 12 Dec 03 - 02:28 PM

Oh!! I see -- Bruce has been granite-deprived, and not feeling gneiss. Just goes to show ya shouldn't take people for granite!

OK, I'll go quietly, Ossified!

A


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Peg
Date: 12 Dec 03 - 07:15 PM

wel,l I caved...it has been a hellish week (one of my classes for next semester was cancelled and I now have to find another job) and I needed some cheering up. So I OPENED 'em! Yup, couldn't wait. Found, beneath the nice red stripey paper, a groovy pewter pentacle pendant, and a cool CD from some sexy Finnish singers! I have not listened to it yet, but as I will be painting in my apartment tomorrow I am sure it will get listened to a great deal then. I LOVE contemporary Scandinavian music! So thanks, Santa!!!!
Now I must get my own prezzies in the mail for my Santee...

Pegeen


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: MMario
Date: 12 Dec 03 - 08:42 PM

Mine arrived, and I was really really good and put it on the mantle to wait for Christmas. (And I mean REALLY good - as I wasn't expecting anything else - and hey - I still have the cadbury candy and Christmas Ale from Getaway - which thrilled me no end in the first place.)

Anticipation - and of course I have NO clue who my santa is - even though there is a return address - except that it doesn't appear to be anyone from Hull.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Sorcha
Date: 12 Dec 03 - 10:30 PM

Mario, LOL! Not from Hull...no fun at all. Do any of the Hullions participate?


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 13 Dec 03 - 04:49 AM

Sadly no Hullions participated this year....a few from Yorkshire did though!!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Micca
Date: 13 Dec 03 - 08:51 AM

NYAAAAAH, I got mine!!!!!!!!!! This mornings Post, and I now know who and where!!!!! I opened, if there had been an inner wrapping it would have stayed closed until The Day, but there wasnt, so Now I know!!


Many Thanks MMario, It is Wonderful.....Just the kind of thing I like!! I will put your name and the date inside, as I like having my books personalised/signed from the giver,and I am NOT sending it back for you to sign!!!
You are truly an Excellent SS, and many thanks,


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 13 Dec 03 - 09:57 AM

It's not just granite! It may be mostly quartz and feldspar and mica, but it's got nice blood red GARNETS scattered through it. The garnets range in size from grain of sand size to pea size. Lovely color.

I had to dig through snow to get to them, so I couldn't choose the best of what was available. Bruce got what came up in my mittened hand.

But that's the stuff we're sitting on. Fortunately there's enough dirt and leaf mold to support all the trees (and my garden). The beaches (25 miles away) are even streaked with garnet sand sometimes after a storm.

(I'm glad Bruce appreciates a fine rock when he sees one!)

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Dec 03 - 11:31 AM

Ooooh, Bat Goddess, if I send you a Texas fossil, will you send me some of your granite? It sounds lovely! I grew up in the Pacific Northwest with a much bigger mix of rocks than down here in Texas (Limestone is king through much of this area--you have to travel to a distance to find places where ancient buried mountain ranges extrude and present igneous and metamorphic rocks and minerals). Granite can be one of the most amazing rocks. I love a good pegmatite also (musch bigger chunks, with crystal definition, than is what is defined in granite).

There is a very nice tutorial on types of igneous rocks here, including granite.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Col K
Date: 13 Dec 03 - 12:40 PM

My second package has arrived today.
So two packages and a card, who is a good Santa then,many many thanks from a grateful Col.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 13 Dec 03 - 06:35 PM

DAmn,if I knew BeeDubYell wanted rocks, I could have saved him several hundred weight that I dug out of my garden..... Ah well, there's always fossilised cat poo....

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,Katlaughing's Laughing Santa-Ho-HO-HO-HEE-HE
Date: 14 Dec 03 - 03:53 AM

Hello Kat, I read you thought you had recieved a package, but have not heard back since. I have sent your gift on the early express sleigh so I hope it has arrived safely. Let me know.
Yours truely, Laughing Santa


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,Greg's SS
Date: 14 Dec 03 - 10:53 AM


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,Greg's SS (again)
Date: 14 Dec 03 - 11:01 AM

Well Gregster, if you don't reckon the wrapping perhaps you won't like the contents, Maybe you could donate it all to the local Potteries Orphanage, I'm sure they'd like the paper!!
I don't know, you work your fingers to the bone, wrapping presents, polishing sledge runners, and shovelling reindeer s**t, and the punters complain about the wrapping. SHEESH!!

Oh no! not another centrally heated house!!

Love Sanny


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,Col's Semi-Secret Santa
Date: 14 Dec 03 - 02:35 PM

Dear Col...

Very glad to know that the Atlantic Reindeer Shuttle is working so well. Thanks for letting me know everythng got there. You realize this starts you off with very high marks for NEXT year?!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 15 Dec 03 - 01:52 AM

Sorry, I never mentioned that my presents arrived from Florida. Thanks much! I especially like the embroidered Guatemalan wall hanging. (That's not a joke...it's really quite wonderful.)

Aloha,
Mark


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Micca
Date: 15 Dec 03 - 04:12 AM

Sounds like a euphemism to me Mark, An" embroidered Guatemalan wall hanging"!!!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 15 Dec 03 - 08:23 AM

*phew!* Glad You like it Micca! There is some really interesting stuff in there too!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: selby
Date: 15 Dec 03 - 01:24 PM

yipee Ive found santa and santa still thinks ive been good.I think ive got the 2 hints, its coming on a lorry.
Keith


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,Bet's Secret Santer
Date: 15 Dec 03 - 03:17 PM

Bet, please tell me that part one of your pressie has arrived. I've got the ear of the elf who says he sent it out all ready to box.

Part two of pressie is supposed to leave the SoCalPole today. Different elf in charge.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Rapparee
Date: 15 Dec 03 - 10:48 PM

Somebody out there, my SS, has sent me a present. Yes!! And it's not coal or sticks or worse.

That's because I've been goooooooooooooooooooooooooooood all year. My present came. It was in the PO Box when we picked up the mail this evening.

(sniff, sniff) I've never gotten presents before. Never. First because we were so poor that Santa thought our house was the city dump (which it was, but that's another story) and then, later, because I was One Bad Dude.

Thank you, SS. And may your horses always win, your bourbon be always strong and the branch for it always clean.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Sorcha
Date: 15 Dec 03 - 10:53 PM

Wonder if Sussex Carole won with Parceldelivery yet?? They never showed yesterday so she sent them a rather nasty email telling them to deliver it to her work office or else......


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: SussexCarole
Date: 16 Dec 03 - 03:12 AM

Guess what.....NO they didn't turn up & when I managed to get through on the phone they admitted that they had 'lost' the parcel. With the threat of me on the doorstep of the depot after work $$$$$!!!!!!****** I had a call back to say that they had located my prezzie and they have promised to deliver today (HO HUM). I'm hopeful but all set for a possible visit to Redhill tonight after work!!!!!........watch this space.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: JenEllen
Date: 16 Dec 03 - 11:53 AM

Hey, I can speak for BatGoddesses rocks---they're GREAT!! (I still have mine as the artshelf bookend--thanks, Linn)

So glad to see you opened, Frank! The butter comes from a "Mystery Apple". They only grow on two grafts of a single tree in Selah. Even the folks at the State and Ag. Dept don't know what kind of apple it is. All we know is that it's goooooooood. It doesn't have a name yet, but the farmer is leaning towards naming them for what they are: "Emmit's Pride". Merry Christmas to your growing family! ("and a beer"...of course...)


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 16 Dec 03 - 11:59 AM

JenEllen - if that apple is so good - I do hope Emmit is making sure it's being reproduced!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Mrs.Duck
Date: 16 Dec 03 - 12:12 PM

Mine arrived today and I just had to open the box but so far have resisted the temptation to open the two packages inside. Read the Calgary Herald and was pleased to find I had a coupon for $1 off the admission to the 'Everything to do with Sex' show! Always knew I should have emigrated when I had the chance!!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 16 Dec 03 - 01:34 PM

Jane....when is the @everything to do with Sex' show......would I be able to tie it in with my intended trip to the States next year??!!!! that is assuming that you are unable to make it!!!!

Glad that people are receiving there gifts and having fun!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Giac
Date: 16 Dec 03 - 01:36 PM

My package arrived yesterday (Monday 12-15-03) from Dalton, Georgia. I am trying really hard to resist opening it until Christmas. Arrrgh!

Gosh, it's heavy, too.

Thanks, Santa, I'll give a full report on Christmas.

Mary


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: selby
Date: 16 Dec 03 - 02:09 PM

Mine,s arrived all the way from across the sea. Thank you Santa, I won't tell from where or who, in case sombody else was hoping for you. My parcel now sits proudly under the tree awaiting Christmas day. :-)))))))
Keith


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Mrs.Duck
Date: 16 Dec 03 - 03:05 PM

Damnation Khatt we've missed it! It was in November and anyway Calvary is Canada!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: jaze
Date: 16 Dec 03 - 03:14 PM

Mine arrived yesterday from...San Diego. Hmmm, I can think of only one person in San Diego, but the initials aren't right. I'll have to ponder this.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 16 Dec 03 - 03:16 PM

Calvary Mrs Duck???

Giok


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 16 Dec 03 - 03:18 PM

HEY! I just realized - sorcha seems to know who my santa is!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Hollowfox
Date: 16 Dec 03 - 03:40 PM

(whimper) isn't AnyBody going to 'fess up to being my SS?


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 16 Dec 03 - 04:19 PM

well thats a buggar Mrs D......oh and note to self...brush up on geography!!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: jimmyt
Date: 16 Dec 03 - 04:53 PM

Also, a little known fact is that after the Good Friday events of the Crucifixion, everyone left Calvary hill in a rush, causing the first use of the term "Calvary Stampede", later adopted by those idea thieves up in Canada.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Joybell
Date: 16 Dec 03 - 05:44 PM

Mine came! Mine came! I did get pressies from Santa about 55 years ago but then it wasn't MY OWN SPECIAL Santa. I'm so excited. Opened the ouside packet but I'm leaving the inside wrapping on 'till Christmas morning. My dear Secret Santa, I haven't given up on trying to find out who you are - perhaps it will be revealed when I open up my CDs. Wow CDs!! I can feel that's what they are! Unless it's one more secret disguise. I'm studying the location list and every other list I can find. And there's the recycled envelope with the name half blacked out and the UK postmark! But your postcard came from New York? Are you being very, very devious my dear Santa? Do you live in West (something)wich? somewhere in the UK? New York? Does your name end in lly? I'll find you somehow, unless it's like naming someone in folklore when you mustn't because of the danger of harming them. I wouldn't want to do that. Let me know if it's like that and I'll keep the secret.
Anyway SS, Thank you!! Thank you!! I really love this idea. Joybelle full of Joy.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Sorcha
Date: 16 Dec 03 - 06:02 PM

I wasn't aware of knowing that, MMario.....I know who Big Mick's is, though......and it's not me.....


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 16 Dec 03 - 06:04 PM

Much to my surprise, a package arrived today for me, even though I didn't think I was participating this year! Thanks, Santa!
Allison


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: SussexCarole
Date: 16 Dec 03 - 06:37 PM

Still no prezzie..even had my camera ready on my desk to take a photo of Santa arriving in his Parcelforce van....


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 17 Dec 03 - 12:42 AM

Parcelforce...isn't that an opera by Wagner?

Aloha,
Mark

PS, it's easy to get confused, Joybell. I saw that my present had a return address of West Chester, PA and promptly sent Max a thank you message, to which he responded kindly but in complete confusion. I then noticed that the package was postmarked from Florida, and the sender used the Mudcat mailing address as the return address.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: katlaughing
Date: 17 Dec 03 - 05:19 AM

Dear Secret Santa HOHOHO! YES!! I did receive your package, thank you very much!! Will post more after I open it! Yippee!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,Joybell's SS
Date: 17 Dec 03 - 09:42 AM

Oh, bird in the Bush, you're anxious to know
Where on earth do I live. Don't search high and low.
New York or Old England? Which could it be?
Maybe it's neither - I'm devious, me.
But there's clues on the envelope for your inspection
Which may be of use to find the direction.
West Greenwich, West Norwich, West Sandwich, maybe
For the rest of it isn't that easy to see
But I'm not letting on if I'm colt or I'm filly
Though as for my name - it's not Sally or Willy.
Opening the CDs won't help you to guess
For there's nothing in there points to my address
If like Rumpelstiltskin my name you discover
It won't harm me at all. Have a guess. Have another.
If none of this helps you, well ain't that invidious
You have to remember that Albion's perfidious

HO! HO! HO!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,Animaterra's Alternative Aelf
Date: 17 Dec 03 - 09:53 AM

Ho-Ho-Ho-Hee-hee!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Joybell
Date: 17 Dec 03 - 04:37 PM

Oh I love puzzles. Need a bit more time. Now I know you won't go away, and neither will my wonderful present, I'll think on it. Thank you Santa. Do I hear the echo of a HO HO HO! from just down the road? Can't be! Must be an asthmatic sheep! Joybells and happiness.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Joybell
Date: 17 Dec 03 - 06:33 PM

Ah! Ha! West Bromwich? Near Birmingham? Tried the envelope again. The magnifying glass is a wonderous thing. Our atlas has several lines all meeting there! Now for the names. More time needed with the location list, the thread postings, and the atlas. Perfidious indeed! Dear Santa. Joybelle-closing-in?


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,Joybell's SS
Date: 17 Dec 03 - 07:31 PM

You think you're close. You may be right.
My hook is baited - will you bite?
The Hawthornes may be close to me,
Or are you barking up the wrong tree?
By following a Mudcat trail
You'll see me get away and wail.
And if my name you then can tell
Perhaps I'll crawl out of my shell.

HO! HO! HO!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Blackcatter
Date: 17 Dec 03 - 08:07 PM

Hello all,

I didn't even notice this thread until today. I got my present in the mail last week and opened the outer box (just in case there was food or something perishable inside. I got three pressies all wrapped up, which I will not open until Yule on the 22.

The pressies are from Tig & The Badger & Firecat (THANKS!) The funny thing is I didn't understand the card sen along with it until yesterday.

For those who can't see me holding it up to the screen - it shows to reindeer decorating an outdoor christmas tree. There are three reindeer falling from the sky. The first reindeer asks "Snow?" And the second replies: "No, just Reindeer." Scarry that it took a week for me to get it, huh?


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: jaze
Date: 17 Dec 03 - 09:51 PM

All right, I must confess. I opened my package. "I" could have waited til the 25th, you see. But my wife and daughter could not stand not knowing what was in "that box". So I now have several nice gifts but no clue as to who they're from. Should I take a wild guess? Or would my "Santa" give a little hint. I have one idea but of course could be totally wrong. Oh, and thanks so much!!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 17 Dec 03 - 10:53 PM

HallowFox...I guess...I was yours...and Yous...was mine.

Merry CHRIST-Mass....

Sincerely,
Gargoyle


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 18 Dec 03 - 06:06 AM

Wait? We're supposed to wait? Not me- I got a stocking stuffed with all kinds of goodies and a wonderful cd which brings all sorts of inspiration for the future. It was just what I needed in a dark time. Thanks, Nancy!
Allison


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,Animaterra's Alternaterra Aelf
Date: 18 Dec 03 - 09:06 AM

another package winging it's way
And for you we have to say
*Please* open it without delay

Now is not the time to wait
Nor breathlessly anticipate
Open pressies - this we state


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Snuffy
Date: 18 Dec 03 - 02:20 PM

Thankyou SS.

A package arrived today with a postmark of YO8, which, my researches tell me, is the Selby area. So that narrows it down to only a few hundred Catters.

I've opened the outer wrapping, but the inner wrapping (containing 2 books?) will be put under the tree till next Thursday.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Joybell
Date: 18 Dec 03 - 05:10 PM

Sooo Snuffy, You are in this? You are the closest to my Dear SS'S possible location. Still trying to fit in hawthorns but your picture tells me you might be a shellback of some kind if the stripey top is anything to go by. A fresh-water (or a salt-water) shellback with a yo heave a yo? Back to the threads. Joybelle-still-searching.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Joybell
Date: 18 Dec 03 - 05:48 PM

Ah! Ha! The hawthorn at Bosworth? Not far away. And the wail I found that! And Snuffy you are a Shellback! And you have a love of old Musichall songs, just like me. I found you in all sorts of interesting threads that I'd somehow missed. There was the poem on the SS thread where you signed up too! And the signature on my package, it could be V something. Snuffy if you aren't my Dear Secret Santa you are very, very much like him! Yo! Ho! Ho!
                                                      Joyous


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: artbrooks
Date: 18 Dec 03 - 06:26 PM

Not only has my pressie not arrived, my Secret Santa has never been heard from. I am beginning to think that he has been arrested for 'unlawful congress with a raindeer.' Oh well, at least I finally got mine in the mail today.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Jeri
Date: 18 Dec 03 - 06:44 PM

Beware of puns...

Anyway, I GOT MINE! And no, I have absolutely no self control at all and I really needed something to get into the spirit. Add in the fact that it said 'cookies' on the customs slip and I had to make sure they didn't go stale. (They were packaged biscuits, but I didn't know that.) Naturally, I didn't find the imperiled cookies until I opened the last package. I got a whole bunch of gorgeous beeds and beading supplies including wire, which I'm pretty sure I didn't hallucinate (see below), a picture frame with autumn leaves on it and... a jar of Marmite.

Now, the wire. I unwrapped it, admired it (I've never used it before and wanted to play with it), and set it down with the other stuff until I found those cookies. When I'd saved the poor things, I gathered everything together to move it to a better location and THE WIRE WAS GONE! I hadn't moved from the chair, I remember exactly where I set it down, and it WASN'T THERE. I've torn this area apart (read: I cleaned up piles of stuff) and I can't find it. I wonder if some mousie has dragged it off to decorate with or perhaps made a snare for a neighbor's cat. I wonder if the fairies are playing games or there's some wire-sucking black hole in here. It's weird.*

I'll let you know when I've found it.

Anyway,
THANK YOU
LIZ THE SQUEAK,
MANITAS AND LIMPIT


*My mom once was sitting in a chair doing a crossword puzzle in one of those spiral booklets. She reached to answer the phone. When she was done talking and went back to the crossword puzzle on her lap, it wasn't there. I later found it behind the bookshelves which were crammed full of books. It was about 7' wide and 7' high with stuff on top that came to about a foot below the ceiling, and 6' away from her. The book would have had to fly off her lap, travel through the air and slide through a bunch of books or go farther and higher to sail over the bookshelves. It would have had to do so without both of us hearing or seeing it OR her feeling it launching. Maybe this sort of stuff runs in the family. (Yes, I looked behind the bookcase for the wire, just in case.)


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Snuffy
Date: 18 Dec 03 - 09:35 PM

Joybell

OK Guv, it's a fair cop. You got me bang to rights. I'll have to make it harder next year. But you were out on the Hawthornes - it is the stadium of (perfidious) West Bromwich Albion FC.

I was in America in October with the Shellbacks, where I met my 2002 Santee, Jeri, at the FSGW Getaway. But I don't know if we've got an Australian tour planned!

WassaiL! V

PS. I hope the gifts turn out to be what you wanted


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 18 Dec 03 - 10:31 PM

Jeri - Are you sure the Marmite didn't eat the wire? I've heard that Marmites are very vicious creatures and will consume anything in their paths.

Bruce


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Jeri
Date: 18 Dec 03 - 10:55 PM

I don't know, Bruce, maybe. I'm starting to believe anything's possible. I'm currently terrified LtS will come in here later and say "Wire? What wire?"

I lost a pair or scissors today while wrapping packages. I had a piece of freshly-cut wrapping paper in one hand and needed to trim it further. No scissors. I turned around to go into the living room to look for them. Luckily, a brain cell sputtered and kicked in for long enough for me to realize I'd JUST cut the paper off the roll. (The scissors were under it.) I think I need a shitload of Ginko or something.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 19 Dec 03 - 05:57 AM

Oh, dear Aelf, thanks for the warning! When unexpected goddies come, I will hear and obey!

(Jeri, do you have a cat? Sounds like the culprit to me!)

Allison


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,snuffys ss
Date: 19 Dec 03 - 06:56 AM

Glad to see it's arrived


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: greg stephens
Date: 19 Dec 03 - 07:21 AM

Well, I've just seen a communication from my secret santa a few days ago. Let me just say I didnt complain about the wrapping paper, I just said it looked strange. I like strange things. Your identity is mysterious. You address me as Gregster, which is a Bobert habit, but you cant be Bobert because you sent cryptic references which quizzically suggest your name is Clancy. And Bobert name isnt Clancy.
   ANyway, i dutifully resist the temptation to open the parcel till Christmas Day, and hope there will be some more identity clues therin.(And I know a bit about resisting temptation, it is TWO MONTHS TOMORROW that I gave up smoking. So I seriously hope this parcel doesnt contain Golden Virginia.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: pixieofdoom
Date: 19 Dec 03 - 07:49 AM

Mine arrived!!! Thank you very much Santa! I'm not going to open it until Christmas day even though it looks ever so interesting. Not sure I can make them same promise for my cats though, they think it might contain tuna and kittie bics


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 19 Dec 03 - 11:32 AM

This is a message from artbrooks from your secret santa via santas secretary!!

Dear Mister artbrooks:
This is your Secret Santa. Woe is me, technical difficulties prevent
my posting to this thread and teasing you with hints and jolly
proddings.
Rest assured, your gift is now in the mail and, with luck, should
arrive before Christmas Day!

best wishes for the holiday,
your Clandestine Clau


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: artbrooks
Date: 19 Dec 03 - 04:33 PM

Ah, the relief! I cannot properly express the joy I feel at knowing that I too am among the exaulted ranks of those who do, in fact, have a Secret Santa of their very own. Can it be that he or she has been too distracted by the sordid happenings at Twillingsgate to fulfill her or his Secret Santa obligations? Heaven forfend!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: SussexCarole
Date: 19 Dec 03 - 04:39 PM

Boo hoo   mine still hasn't found me. My Santa has sent me a prezzie and the bungling elves at Parcelforce have delivered it to wrong places, lost it, found it, sent it somewhere else but still not delivered it to me!!!! Still never mind...I know that my Santa has sent me a brill prezzie & it will find me eventually xx


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Jeri
Date: 19 Dec 03 - 05:26 PM

Allison, no cat. If I had a cat, it would have automatically considered it as the culprit. I still wonder if I didn't just imagine it the wire.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Dani
Date: 19 Dec 03 - 06:27 PM

And yay again!

I also was in need of a gift: also didn't know the FedEx envelope I WAS a gift. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

And what to my wondering eyes should appear?! A lovely, personal, real-life fairy tale by our own CapriUni! It was written and illustrated by her and DEDICATED to me and our restaurant. Lovely story, lovely sentiment, and just the nicest present I think I've ever had.

I has just got home from school with my daughter who is suddenly very sick: we hope it's "only" the flu. I tucked her in, cuddled up, and read her this wonderful story and it made both of us so HAPPY!

May I steal a line from one of your own songs?:

"Just trade all your worries for dreams and bright visions.
Let all your fears fade away in the night."

Thank you so much, Ann. And CatsPhiddle for arranging all this happiness for so many people all over the GLOBE!

Dani


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Nancy King
Date: 19 Dec 03 - 06:29 PM

My package arrived yesterday (the same day as a card informing me it was on the way), and is now under the Christmas tree, waiting impatiently for THE day!

I'm pretty sure I've figured out who my Secret Santa is, but perhaps there are more clues inside the package, so I'll wait till I open it before committing myself.

THANKS, Santa!

Nancy


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 19 Dec 03 - 06:29 PM

Oh... MY... GAWD...
*sniffle- sniffle- sob*
You guys- you know who you are....
It came. At the end of a long, exhausting day. Just when I needed something warm, fluffy, made with loving hands.


Just a guess, but thanks to MAG, Leo, and Susan (if others need to get thanked, please let me know!)

(If you want to see what I got, go to the Mudcat auction while you can and click on the "knit shawl"- the photo doesn't do it justice!)


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: katlaughing
Date: 19 Dec 03 - 07:29 PM

Dear Santa,

I have found you out!! It took awhile; you were quite clever. I am sorry, I can never wait to open pressies once they've arrived, esp. from a Secret Santa! )Checking by the name on the return addy, all I could find was a piper by that name who'd passed away, so...I was wondering what might have come from the Other Side, but THEN, I read "Motherclay" and that gave you away!

I LOVE my Motherclay Santa!! And, the wild rice, honey and book are wonderful and so thoughtful. How wonderful that the rice was harvested from your friend's place and now, I can taste the local honey from your region! I love honey and rice, both, and anything by Keillor!!! AND, Rena's CD, autographed and all! I've only had a chance to listen to a couple of cuts, but I really like what I hear!!

Thank yew, thank yew, thank yew! I'll post a picture of my VERY OWN, Hand-sculptured, signed and numbered, Double Image Santa from your very own clay pit in a day or two. (The house is in a state of choas at the moment, making room for daughter and our new grandson, so things are not where they should be, such as the digital camera, etc!)**bg**

At one point I'd told CatsPHIDDLE that I was going to withdraw from the Secret Santa thing this year as it just seemed I was going to be too swamped with helping our daughter and grandson, etc. BOY, am I glad I changed my mind!!

Thanks, Santa and thanks to Khatt, too!!

luvyaveryhappywithawarmglowoffriendshipandholidayspiritkat


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Dec 03 - 09:38 PM

Has anyone else received a gift from Amos??


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 19 Dec 03 - 10:29 PM

THANK YOU!!!

Arrived yesterday.....but why FED-EX >????? At their office???????And why a picture ID?

Sincerely,
Gargoyle

Don't tell me who....I'll just dream it was kitty-galore.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Dec 03 - 11:27 PM

I figured out Amos' SS some time back--that party did receive a package. It was reported here.


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Subject: To Bet's Secret Santa
From: katlaughing
Date: 19 Dec 03 - 11:33 PM

To Bet's Secret Santa, she passed through here, today, on her way to daughter's and son's for Christmas. She's been swamped with Christmas programs at school, so missed your posting. I told her about it and she said she had indeed received part of the pressie and thank you very much. Her life will be back to what appears to be normal after the first and I am sure she'll get back on here to report. (She doesn't have access at home for the moment, either.:-)

kat


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,Greg's SS (again)
Date: 20 Dec 03 - 04:48 AM

Ah Gregory me fine chanter, sure an the Clancy thing was just a way of checking that yer ould grey matter was firing in all it's cylinders.I never was a Clancy. You'd think from my name that me father was called Kenneth, but he wasn't!

Ochone........Sanity


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: jimmyt
Date: 20 Dec 03 - 10:02 AM

Mine hasn't arrived yet either, but then again, I have been horrid all year!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 20 Dec 03 - 01:29 PM

Yesterday was quite the day.

In a fit of holiday magnanimity and on the last day of work before the company closes for two weeks over the holidays, my part time employer, Technology Business Research, "terminated" my entire office of part time surveyers (that's three of us). Merry Christmas, eh? How long have you worked here, not counting tomorrow, and can you please get your stuff out of our desks?

Ah, well.

After a conference with my co-unemployed at the local Burger King, a stop at Employment Security to file a claim, and the credit union to cash my next-to-last check (quick!), we actually found a parking place betwixt the Post Office and The Press Room and discovered packages from Mudcat Secret Santas waiting for us at the post office!

I didn't even get to see the outside of the packages (I'll let Tom post his own comments on his gifties) until after arriving home after the Friday night Press Room session.

Wow! And Tom is INSISTING on me being a good kid and NOT OPENING ANYTHING (except the really neat personalized card and the unwrapped stuff) UNTIL CHRISTMAS MORNING!!! He can't keep me from shaking and poking, though . . .

What great fun! -- 12 wrapped gifts for the 12 days of Christmas! This is too cool for words. Thank you, Partridge! (That's "seasonal" I guess. Good hints!) And the cats thank you, too, for the catnip treats! The musical note ornament is a wonderful addition to our musical tree decorations.

Can't wait til Christmas morning!

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: jaze
Date: 20 Dec 03 - 01:47 PM

OK Since I didn't get any real hints, here's what I do know... My Santa lives in San Diego... He has a sense of humor... he cares enough to send the very best(Hallmark card)Are you going to make me venture a wild guess or is there a hint in the offing? Thanks again. Jaze


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: harpgirl
Date: 20 Dec 03 - 01:51 PM

Yippee!!!! My presents arrived! I was so excited I couldn't wait til Christmas!

They are a southwestern design bandana (I love them, I have one on me whenever I camp!), a gorgeous book of painted ponies from the New Mexico project: The Trail of Painted Ponies, and an object (is it ceremonial) woven from wheat grasses that is exquisite!

I was taught to weave small baskets out of yellow pine needles by an old indian woman named Mrytle McCoy who used to have a junk shop in Marianna, Florida. Looking at these natural objects thrills me so much and this one appears to be hand held and ceremonial. I could spend days in the Indian exhibits at the Smithsoniam and I love to read about Indians. (This triggered a memory of a patient I had in the 70's in Michigan who had built Indian digs for himself in his yard where he stayed. He would come to his appointments with his bow and arrows in a quiver (all hand made) and we made him leave them at the front desk!!)

So comeon, Santa tell me what it is if you aren't going to reveal yourself!!

The painted ponies are evidently all over New Mexico as a result of this fund raising project so I will have to visit to see them.
Anyone who knows me knows I love art. These are really special Santa and I am thrilled. Thank you so much for your thoughtful pressies!

Love, harpgirl


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,Harpgirl's Secret Claws
Date: 20 Dec 03 - 04:22 PM

Well, if the stoopid elves got the right pressie into the right box, and if it didn't get bounced around too much behind the stampeding ponies, it was supposed to be a woven harp. Mrs. Claws, who is the one who made it, said that the stoopid elves were supposed to wait until she got bits of ribbon on it where the bits of string are. So-if you wouldn't mind finishing it...


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 20 Dec 03 - 04:36 PM

Linn so sorry to hear of your unwelcome Christmas gift from your employers. Look on it as an opportunity, you'll surely find a better job now. Or maybe Tom will offer to keep you at home!
John.....MC + HNN


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Firecat
Date: 20 Dec 03 - 04:46 PM

Mine's got to me! And I opened it. I couldn't wait!!

Thank you Dani!!

I got a book of Shakespeare insults (which will come in handy at work for rude people!) :-)), some beautiful star earrings, a cookie cutter shaped like a star, and some delicious peach jam!

You really brightened up my day, cos I'd had a lousy day at work. Thank you again!!

xoxoxox


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: curmudgeon
Date: 20 Dec 03 - 05:10 PM

Thanks, Alison ! Package arrived yesterday safe, sound and secure. It took some effort to figure out who sent it as these old eyes kept seeing the l and the i as a u, and the dot over the i as a dash. Will send more enthusiastic thanks after the grand opening on the 25th -- Tom


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: CapriUni
Date: 20 Dec 03 - 08:32 PM

From Dani:

. . . and just the nicest present I think I've ever had.

Aww. gee, thanks!

I has just got home from school with my daughter who is suddenly very sick: we hope it's "only" the flu. I tucked her in, cuddled up, and read her this wonderful story and it made both of us so HAPPY!

I hope your daughter is feeling better soon. I am glad I could play some small part in her healing. I am also glad that the elves at Kinkos could deliver the package in time for such an important task. Making someone feel better is so much more important than waiting for a date on a silly old calender...
~~~
Oh, and a note to my Secret Solstice Faery: I posted this news in the "goofy hints" thread, before I realized this one was here.

Your package arrived, safe and sound... but I am milking all the enjoyment of anticipation I can bear out of it, and am waiting until Solstice morning to open it...


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: SussexCarole
Date: 21 Dec 03 - 01:52 PM

At last I have managed to locate and collect my prezzie. Santa's little helpers at Parcelforce need a boot up their rear before next Christmas!! All's well that ends well and THANK YOU SORCHA (grin). I have eight lovely wrapped prezzies which will remain wrapped until Christmas day. I think the Chugwater chilli mix ( which wasn't wrapped - I haven't cheated...well not yet anyway) will be great to share with Shellback friends and will save it for our first camping festival of the season!! Carole x


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,harp
Date: 21 Dec 03 - 02:00 PM

Oh Santa, of course it is a harp! It does look ceremonial, though! I love it and I am going to encase it in glass and hang it on the wall! Mrs. Claus is so talented. I would like to meet her! love, harpgirl


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 21 Dec 03 - 05:00 PM

Jeri - you didn't dream the wire - I put it in because it was unusual and it would drive the customs officers mad!!

It will turn up - just ask Sorcha where it is - she's good at finding things for other people!

Have a merry Christmas and a happy New Year, and ....

I HAVE MORE SELF CONTROL THAN YOU!!

Mine is still wrapped and waiting.....

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,Harpgirl's Mrs. Claws
Date: 21 Dec 03 - 05:48 PM

Dear Harpgirl,

It was a rough week when that harp got woven, truth to tell, short of time even though I don't spend such an unconscionable amount of it chatting on Mudcat as the Mr. does. (Do I detect a note of Bah, humbug in myself? I do enjoy the news from the outside world that he brings me, from Mudcat, as I slave in the salt mines.) Anyway, he's right, there was meant to be bits of ribbon to cover the bits of string that hold it together, and it is meant to be a harp--the Celtic kind. And I have to find a source for better wheat.

Re the ponies, they really are beautiful and yes, some have been bought and are on display around the state as public art. There was even a shop in the mall this Christmas with other work by some of the artists--more affordable, you betcha--some lizards and turtles that appeal to me (hint to Mr. Claws). That's not what I meant to tell you. There's also been some scandal involved--I never remember detail of scandals, something to do with the Trail organizers taking too much of the credit and the profit from the event, I think. And I was going to suggest that you look for them (and at them) online--but I can't get the website, "gopaintedponies", to open right now. You could try it, though. My home page won't open, either. I think the computer has Christmas stress syndrome.

I would invite you to stay with us if you come to visit the ponies, but as you know, we live at the North Pole.

I guess now we all know why Mr. Claws doesn't let me chat very often. Merry Christmas.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Joybell
Date: 21 Dec 03 - 06:46 PM

Dear Snuffy, aka Joybell's SS. Thank you so much! I love presents. Can't wait 'till Christmas morning but I will. Don't think it was easy finding you out! Any harder and I'd never have managed it. Have a lovely Christmas Santa Snuffy. Joy-of-the-bells


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,Nicole C's SS
Date: 21 Dec 03 - 07:26 PM

A few bumps in the road (air pockets in the sky) have prevented me from mailing your treasures. It goes out tomorrow and I hope will arrive in time for Christmas. If not, Happy New Year.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,Robin2's Slowpoke Santa
Date: 21 Dec 03 - 08:41 PM

First Santa's sleigh got snowed in, then Donner partied too much and must have eaten something that disagreed with him. And Blitzen...don't ask. Anyway, everyone knows Santa does *everything* at the last minute. All that rushing around on Chrismas night is just because of Santa's poor time management skills.

I just wanted you to know that your present is on its way. When I mailed it last week, the Postal Elf told me it would definitely be there before Christmas. But Santa's sister-in-law Sue Bordenitte-Clause mailed him a package a week ago and it's still not here.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Sorcha
Date: 21 Dec 03 - 08:45 PM

Jeri, just a flash.....look for the wire behind the clothes dryer.....if not there, then some 'other' dryer......


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Robin2
Date: 21 Dec 03 - 10:16 PM

To my Santa,

Oh my Goodness! Drunk Reindeer!!!

It's cool Santa, I just put up my tree today. Goin to go chug-a-lug one more egg nog.

Robin2


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Partridge
Date: 22 Dec 03 - 03:52 AM

Hi Linn, I'm really glad the package arrived. I'd been tracking it for a while and it seemed for ages that in was getting sorted in an international hub and not moving anywhere! It was good fun getting the gifts together and I hope you enjoy them.

Sorry to hear about the job situation, I bet 2004 will bring some great opportunities for you.

Pat x


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: JennyO
Date: 22 Dec 03 - 12:10 PM

Opened the rest of my prezzie yesterday (solstice), and found a couple of interesting books about the Pendle Witches, and yum, some KENDALL MINT CAKE! Thankyou thankyou thankyou Santa. You've been doing your homework, haven't you! But no more clues as to who you are.

OK, I'm gonna guess. I'm off to Woodford tomorrow and won't be back till the 3rd Jan, so I won't know if I'm right or not, but I am guessing that you are Col K. Am I right????

Also my santee should be getting his/her present very soon, hopefully before Xmas. I suppose I'll have to wait a while to find that out, too. Oh well............

Jenny


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 22 Dec 03 - 12:37 PM

Partridge -- the licorice Flyers are GONE (what an addictive concept -- but I even let Jeri eat half of one) and Sabine ADORES the catnip cat treats. (Mortimer didn't get excited, but hey, he's Mortimer.) And I've been daydreaming over the map. (That's what maps are for, right?)

Jeri was over yesterday and we poked and prodded and shook (lightly) the 12 wrapped gifts. If it weren't for Curmudgeon, I would have opened them all (probably Friday night). Sigh. But I'll be a good kid and wait til Christmas morning.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Bardford
Date: 22 Dec 03 - 12:38 PM

My pressie has yet to arrive, but I received a PM from my SS letting me know the gift is on its way. Reading between the lines of her message, I'm fairly certain I've guessed what it is. A pony!! Yippee! Thanks, Nacy Jo!

Off to stock up on oats,
Bradford


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: CapriUni
Date: 22 Dec 03 - 04:43 PM

I opened my Secret Santa pressie today, rather than waiting for Christmas, because it was clearly marked as being from the "Solstice Faery"... Inside the big pack were several smaller packages.

One was a bag of chocolate truffles -- yummy!!

A second one, wrapped in deep purple tissue paper, contained a pair of beautiful red candles, painted with spirals and other designs -- definitely too beautiful to burn!!

A third package contained a beautiful ceramic pin (broach) with a viking-age like design of a rider on horse. It almost makes me want to get dressed up, so I can have an excuse to wear it in public.

Then, there was a cd-rom with my Santa singing four of her songs, and she has a lovely, deep voice. The note inside the jewel case promised that there is a full CD of her work coming in January. Keep your eyes peeled and your ears perked for it, I expect it will be a good one!

But the last inner package was the biggest of all: I tore off the tissue paper, and slipped it out of the bubble wrap to find a Sandman book by Neil Gaimon: "Book III: Dream Country." I'd forgotten that I'd said in my hints list that friends had threatened me with strongly recommended it...

So: Yay!! Chocolate and pretties, and music, and a new book! if that's not Yule, I don't know what is...

Oh, and she included a lovely card with a moose head on the outside, and a hint on the inside -- her Mudcat nick starts and ends with "A" and there are two blanks in the middle... That could only mean: Alba! She only just joined us in February of this year, so this may be a bit late in coming, but: WELCOME anyway!!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,Alba's Ananymous Aelf
Date: 22 Dec 03 - 05:00 PM

And that means that the circle remains unbroken, Ann luv.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Helen
Date: 22 Dec 03 - 07:40 PM

I just collected my pressie from the Post Office about an hour ago. Now I have to wait and see how long I can resist temptation before opening the parcels. I didn't resist temptation at all to open the box, so I do know who the pressie is from: Blackcatter!!

Thank you so much, Blackcatter.

You probably won't have to wait too long to find out what I think of the presents because I can guarantee I will have opened them before Christmas morning. Well, I'm going to have to put a message here, aren't I, in time for Christmas, and we are travelling on Christmas morning, so that means......I get to open them sooner! Yay!

Helen


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Morticia
Date: 22 Dec 03 - 07:58 PM

{sigh} no pressie.....no word from my Santa.....it got out that I hadn't been good, didn't it?


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Amos
Date: 22 Dec 03 - 08:02 PM

Gee, Mort .... I didn't tell a soul, and that kinda leaves you, huh? Anyone made you get tipsy lately?? :>))

A


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: NicoleC
Date: 22 Dec 03 - 09:04 PM

And I was just wondering if I were going to get forgot! I don't care if it shows up late :)


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Robin2
Date: 22 Dec 03 - 09:36 PM

WHOOIE! MY PRESSIE CAME!

Like a good lil' mudcatter, I put it under my tree.

Had some egg nog.

Looked at it.

It looked at me.

Had more egg nog.

repeat, with more egg nog.

It whispered...open me

and then.....


THANK YOU JERI!!!!

I love my necklace and earrings, just my color! Thanks for making them for me!

You've given me new enthusiasm to work on my music with "The Portland Collection". And the "ear clips" will be perfect for flipping to the next tune in the set.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!

Robin2


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: jimmyt
Date: 22 Dec 03 - 09:48 PM

I can see it all now.................."orticia, Jimmyt and NicoleC,,, this year's Santa Losers!!"   Sigh..... so much for impure thoughts!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Jeri
Date: 22 Dec 03 - 10:46 PM

The Portland Collection was a sure thing, since you said you wanted it. I LOVE that tunebook!

The jewelry was a risk, since I didn't know if the length or style of the beads would be something you liked. You said you liked periwinkle though, and that was about as periwinklish as I could find. Do you usually wear dangly earrings? The wires are nickel free, by the way.

Robin, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Robin2
Date: 22 Dec 03 - 10:55 PM

Yep, dangly earrings are what I like best. And I did notice that they were periwinkle, a color I love, and one that goes with lots of my stuff.

Thanks Jeri, and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas too!


Robin2


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: SINSULL
Date: 22 Dec 03 - 11:11 PM

sniff sniff. Add me to the naughty list too, I guess. Santa promised me a man and every morning I shower and shave my legs and wait. But nothing. Not even an anatomically correct blow up model. Maybe for New Years. I could use a date for New Years.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 22 Dec 03 - 11:17 PM

Well, I threatened to be naughty and got busted by the thought police. Y'all better watch out!

Mary (still being good)


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Partridge
Date: 23 Dec 03 - 04:04 AM

No word or pressie from my santa either............:-(


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,Jaze's Secret Santa
Date: 23 Dec 03 - 05:04 AM

Ahem, sorry, haven't been reading this thread regularly......

Hints, hm... well... er... I'm probably not one you'd think of as being a US catter if you knew me. I sing with a maritime themed group of which several members are catters and am currently spending a lot of my time at SIO.

Thing of hints is almost as hard as thinking of presents so I'll leave it at that for a moment and see if it helps.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 23 Dec 03 - 06:58 AM

Just in case it didn't get round to Morty's Secret Santa....

MORTY HAS BEEN REALLY GOOD THIS YEAR and she really deserves a present please.

Lts and Limpit


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Morticia
Date: 23 Dec 03 - 07:07 AM

Whoopeee!!!! It came, it came!!!! Thank you Big Mick, you are every bit the perfect Santa! I haven't opened the wrapped pressies but the signed record album by Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger has already blown me away....wow,is all I can say.How like you to give away something so precious, thank you seems inadequate for such a fabulous gift.

The jams and preserves look wonderful ( guess who'll be fighting her kids off on Christmas morning when they make their debut on the breakfast table?). And the toffee/chocolate apple.....how did you know they are my favourite? There will be chocolate all over my face and toffee in my ears before bedtime, I expect.

Thank you. I was feeling just a little low this morning and then got a lovely long phone call from my brother, whom I haven't heard from in many months and then your wonderful presents. I think today is going to be a very good day after all.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,sins's 'stremely secretive sandy (s)claws
Date: 23 Dec 03 - 07:42 AM

pressie left 2 weeks ago, admitedly it had a long way to go & what with the weather, the international situation, different mail services, international borders, elves, the War on Terrorism, reindeer, air traffic controllers, UFOS, Known FOs, the jet stream, the auroras, & all the other pressies flying around the world ....

maybe you'd better keep being good, at least till the pressie arrives, then you can decide what to do.

hope you appreciate the man, it was a lot of work.

& I hope it gets there before new year

your 'stremely secretive sandy (s)claws   ps. the (s) is silent


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: SINSULL
Date: 23 Dec 03 - 07:56 AM

Man??? It????? Man????? It??????
UHOH. This is beginning to sound like the story of my life. But, as Aunt Ruthie advises, "Don't prejudge. Give him a chance." Now waiting patiently and expectantly.
SINS


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 23 Dec 03 - 08:50 AM

You shave your legs EVERY day? Seems excessive, but what do I, a mere man, who only trim-shaves every 2/3 weeks, know about these shemale things!
HC......John


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Tinker
Date: 23 Dec 03 - 11:10 AM

Sins' Santa... please give me a PM... I've got some updated info to share.... He He He

tinker


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Clinton Hammond
Date: 23 Dec 03 - 12:48 PM

Is there a Beth Thompson from California here?

:-)


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Clinton Hammond
Date: 23 Dec 03 - 01:16 PM

oops... disregard... wrong MB... sorry...

:-)


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,Mary in KY's Secret Santa
Date: 23 Dec 03 - 02:28 PM

Hi Mary,

I am still hoping that your present will arrive before Christmas. I sent it on 8 December, but rain, snow, sleet, wind, hail, earthquakes, floods, droughts, tornadoes might have slowed it down somewhat in its journey. It's Christmas Eve morning here now (6.26 am) but there is almost an extra half-day before your Christmas Eve starts, so my fingers and toes are crossed.

Your Secret Santa - it's hard to chew fingernails with your fingers crossed.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 23 Dec 03 - 05:35 PM

Don't worry dear Santa. I know you're thinking of me, and that has already made my holiday bright. If you're in the time zone I think you're in -- that compounded with the fact that Kentucky is ~20 years behind most civilized commonwealths and countries -- I really wouldn't get too concerned about time and dates.

I am anxious to know who you are. It's always fun having friends around the world. Now I have someone else to pester for pictures and postcards of foreign lands. (and even Tennessee and Ohio are foreign to me)


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From: Blackcatter
Date: 23 Dec 03 - 06:01 PM

Great to see you got them Helen. Enjoy them.

Blackcatter


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From: Helen
Date: 23 Dec 03 - 06:35 PM

Well, Blackcatter, I had to open them and I am glad I did. I haven't listened to the Mrs Miller CD all the way through yet so I can't really tell what I think about her singing style, although what I have heard is definitely "different". The blue pottery cup is beautiful. I love the colour, and the little owl is beautiful too, and so are the shells and the stone. I love the notes you wrote about everything.

But, the Ceoltóirí CD, Women of Ireland .... what can I say? I thought I would never hear a music group to rival Sileas or the Poozies, but this is pure musical brilliance - not just technically brilliant, but scintillating, pure voices, pure instrumental parts, beautiful choices of songs and tunes. Wonderful!

Thank you so much. I know, after only one listen, that this is going to be one of my favourite CD's.

Helen


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,Tig's SS
Date: 23 Dec 03 - 09:23 PM

I mailed your pressis a bit ago

The elves PROMISED it would be there on time.

Did you find it under your tree?

Your worried SS


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From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 24 Dec 03 - 08:22 AM

It's 12.16 Christmas Day here & I have just opened my pressie. It was well wrapped & covered in little polystyrene or whatever squiggles.

Thankyou Micca (MA Patterson!!) author of one of my favourite songs "The Hash my Father Scored"

I am listening to my CD of the Barn at Towersey Aug 2003 - it was a hard decision whether to listen to that or Lorna Campbell. It's also hard to type with a beautiful brown bear in my left hand. I've let go the bear & forwarded to track 8 to listen to you singing Lord Franklin (Les Barker version) - I love it!!

The Lord of Misrule card will be shared wth my Morris dancing friends when I see them next.

ThankyouThankyouThankyouThankyouThankyouThankyouThankyouThankyouThankyouThankyou etc.

big hugs to you
sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 24 Dec 03 - 08:30 AM

ps. I forgot to mention the CD-Rom of Secret Santa files.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 24 Dec 03 - 09:00 AM

How good am I?

Less than 10 mins after posting her references here on the 'Cat, Morty got her pressie!

Anyone else need a referal?

Only a matter of hours to go and I will open mine.... I never knew I had such willpower!

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: jimmyt
Date: 24 Dec 03 - 09:32 AM

YES LIZ!!! ME!! i believe in liz i believe in liz i believe in liz,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,


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From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 24 Dec 03 - 09:40 AM

Oh Jimmy.... you poor thing.....


Dear Jimmy's Santa - he was very good when he visited me, he didn't do anything horrid with the napkins, he ate all his vegetables and he said he liked it even if he didn't... Please can he have his present soon?

Thank you Santa.

LTS


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From: artbrooks
Date: 24 Dec 03 - 10:04 AM

Liz, luv...could you put a good word in for me? I only have a second-hand message to even tell me my Santa exists!! I've been behaving! good! acceptable to within a limited definition.


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From: GUEST,Liz the Squeak's SS
Date: 24 Dec 03 - 10:12 AM

I am very impressed with your self control! Better than me. I only hope you'll think them worth waiting for. A very Merry Christmas to you,Liz!!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Tig
Date: 24 Dec 03 - 06:48 PM

Not yet - but it arrived in February last year so I haven't given up hope yet.

Have a great Christmas.

Lots of love and hugs,
Tig xxxxxxxxxx


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Morticia
Date: 24 Dec 03 - 07:21 PM

thank you for my references, Liz....even if they got you in trouble on the 'Better Watch Out' front.....you are a true friend.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Joybell
Date: 24 Dec 03 - 07:30 PM

Aha! found the "Christmas Day and I've opened my pressie" thread cleverly hidden in here. Well I've opened mine too and I've already been waxing lyrical over my present on a new thread about Christmas in Australia. It's worth repeating here because I have the most wonderful CDs. One of Old American rural singers from Kentucky and one of Doc Watson and Bill Munroe. Lovely old pictures on the fronts. "Treasure!" my True-love said when he woke up and found me opening the rural singers one. He used to know Gus Mead who co-produced it.
Thank you so much Secret Santa Snuffy.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: RangerSteve
Date: 24 Dec 03 - 08:35 PM

Mine was in my PO box this morning. I opened it when I got home.

Candy - old childhood favorites: sugar water in wax bottles, wax lips, candy buttons, and a candy necklace.

Two cook books: one for wild game and fish, the other is Mary Ann's Gilligans Island Cook Book. (The latter will go well with Aunt Bee's Mayberry CB, which I already have.)

Some old postcards from the 40's.

A video cassette of Mudcatters in performance. I can't wait to see what you guys look like.

A jar of Marmite. Really. I tasted it, although my roommate warned me not to. HOLY COW, DO PEOPLE REALLY EAT THAT STUFF? No wonder my secret Santa chose to remain anonymous. But I have his/her address, and I'm an officer of the law, so I can find out who it is.

But I won't. It seems that possession of Marmite with intent to distribute is not against the law. It should be, but it isn't.

Anyway, thanks, whoever you are. The rest of the presents were great, and now I can contribute to any future Marmite threads that come up.   Merry Christmas. Steve


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From: GUEST,Ranger Steve's Secret Santa
Date: 24 Dec 03 - 09:02 PM

Let's see... I gave you my address ( which is right down the road a piece) and a collection of "Getaway Video". Hmmm I wonder what type of Mudcat search might discover who I am. Somewhere in all that tape I even sent myself.....


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From: greg stephens
Date: 25 Dec 03 - 07:15 AM

Well I've opened the present, which is wonderful and highly Scottish. The CD of Jim reid suggests it might be form Jim Reid, but I cant figure out what Mudact nom-de-plume might conceal Mr reid. Thank you Jim, if you it be. I will go back to studying the various hints to work out your name so that I can write to you.


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From: jaze
Date: 25 Dec 03 - 07:35 AM

Merry Christmas.And thanks to my SS-Nicky in San Diego. I Searched with what little hint I had and may have a clue. He sent a Scripps Institute Of Oceanography Tshirt, a couple of funny Christmas Books and a really unusual chain(did you make it?) As to my guess.... Are you Guest Nick??Thanks for the great gifts. Jaze


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Big Mick
Date: 25 Dec 03 - 11:07 AM

I am floored by my wonderful gifts!! Thanks so very much to SS Sussex Carole. Your thoughtfullness is noted with enormous gratitude and warmth, m'dear. The Songs of the Hebrides collection (book) literally took my breath away. It is a very old collection originally published in the early years of the 20th century, and reissued in the 1920's. WOW!!!! I love it. And I almost swallowed my tongue laughing at the book of Bollocks from Management. Damn, but won't I use this while organizing to show that some things are universal.....hahahahahahaha. And you ....... the chocolates..... you are trying to turn me back into Fat Mick again, eh? I am going to take your advice and enjoy them and the other goodies through the holiday season, and get back to losing right after.

You are a very special person, Carole, and I am very grateful. Happy Christmas!!!!

All the best,

Mick


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From: Tinker
Date: 25 Dec 03 - 11:53 AM

Thank You Santa ( whoever you are) Now you've given me clues along with your wonderful presents.... A small zen garden to play in while the ground here is frozen. ANd a book of folktales from Surrey and the Hampshire Chronicle and spices for mulling wine... definately need to use this soon... Can I puleezze have another clue???? Thank you so much

Blessings

Tinker


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From: Bat Goddess
Date: 25 Dec 03 - 11:58 AM

Oh, Partridge! What a wonderful collection of gifts!

Now I guess I have to actually LEARN how to play the whistle (which I've been nosing around for sometime and haven't out of sheer laziness despite having played clarinet back when God was a lass). It's amazing how similar the shells are, at least to species on the south side of Cape Cod (which is the dividing line on the eastern US coast). I'll have to send you some from the beaches of New Hampshire and Maine -- northern moon snails, surf clams, blue mussels, periwinkles, slipper shells, as well as my favorite tinies. And Yorkshire tea! (Finally!)

Oh, and the Mouldy-made squid!!! (And especial thanks for making it hangable -- we have no level surface space that isn't piled high with something: books, papers, computer stuff.) It's the high point of my collection (not just rubber) of non-edible squid!

The combination of stuff was a delight! Both Tom and I had a grand time opening everything. And it definitely succeeded in making us feel closer to you and our other friends in the UK. (You also gave me some ideas of what to send to my next year's Secret Santee.)

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

Linn


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From: GUEST,Jaze's Secret Santa
Date: 25 Dec 03 - 01:16 PM

I'm glad you liked the stash. The chain is 4-in-1 european boxweave chainmail and yes, I did make it, fighured it's probably the one thing I can make (bar noise :-) ). I do have to say though, I'm not Guest Nick, I don't know if it'll help you at all but here's a clue for free, I'm female (of course, of you're really stuck, ask Amos, he'll know) :-)

Merry Christmas!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: nutty
Date: 25 Dec 03 - 01:29 PM

Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you Secret Santa

You picked up the clues perfectly and the Graham Moore CD was spot on.
What a joy to be able to listen to it as I opened the rest of my presents. I'm really glad I kept it till this morning as it was the best of the bunch (my family are not great when it comes to present buying)

But I'm puzzled ..... I feel that I should know someone from Dorset but can't bring anybody to mind ...
Can anyone else help with my SS's identity or will you reveal all ....please Santa.


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From: GUEST,Tinker's SS
Date: 25 Dec 03 - 01:36 PM

Aha, Tink, my girl.....what if I tell you that I know all about your strange addiction to a certain form of scotch-based beverage with an improbable name and your adept way with a video camera....does that help?

Have a very Merry Xmas


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Tinker
Date: 25 Dec 03 - 02:24 PM

But, But I already took the return address and carefully went over the Getaway listings !!!!!!! I really need to learn a little more about UK geography... It is not an improbable name. What else would The Gordon name a liqueur than Cock of the North ??? I've got to start dinnner now, but you've given me more questions than answers hmmmmm.....

Still pondering

Tinker


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: SussexCarole
Date: 25 Dec 03 - 03:24 PM

Hi Big Mick & Happy Christmas

I'm so pleased you liked your prezzies, it was a pleasure to have the opportunity to chose them for you. They are just a small token in comparison to all the friendship we were given on our trip to the States!

Happy New Year   xxxx


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From: Barb'ry
Date: 25 Dec 03 - 03:35 PM

To my Secret Santa....
Thank you sooo much for my presents - who does that wonderful crocheting?? and some lovely earrings and a piece of rock quartz. Thank you again - but WHO ARE YOU? HOW DO I FIND OUT AND THANK YOU PROPERLY?
Barb'ry


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: SussexCarole
Date: 25 Dec 03 - 03:39 PM

SORCHA!    THANK YOU    THANK YOU

After spending nearly a month trying to retrieve my prezzie from Parcelforce I resisted all temptation to open the beautifully wrapped parcels until tonight with all my other prezzies. Oh have I been spoilt! Sorcha you are a sweetie.......a tee shirt in my favourite colour(burgundy) printed with my name and a map of my part of England. There's a piccy been taken & it will be on its way soon. It is brilliant...thank you! And as if that wasn't enough....playing cards and keyring from Wyoming, sweeties and a reminder of what friendship is all about. When I find out what pinto beans are I will take them, 2lbs of beef and the Chugwater Chilli mix to the next festival when Shellbacks are camping and we will all share the experience. Happy Christmas Sorcha and a very Happy New Year...thank you so much!!!    xxxxxx


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: vectis
Date: 25 Dec 03 - 04:18 PM

OOOOOH Santus Arcanus...
Thank you
Thank you
Thank you
Thank you
Thank you
Thank you
Thank you a zillion times, Kat, for the pressie. I must be the luckiest shanty singer on the planet today.
I'VE GOT A COPY OF SHANTIES FROM THE SEVEN SEAS

WHOOOOOPPPPEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!

I have been looking for a copy for ages without success so several zillion thanks. You've made my Christmas.......

The knotty cards were a brilliant accompaniment. The family has spent the day trying them out with parcel string. Literally tying ourselves in knots.

I hope you've had as good a day as me - you deserve it.
Thanks again
Mary

PS Loved the card too.


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From: Sorcha
Date: 25 Dec 03 - 05:09 PM

Pinto beans are brown beans. Not at all sweet like kidney/red beans. Black beans work well too! Navy or Great Northern in a pinch....oh,yes, if you can get hominy over there it is a great addition to the chile too. Drain it first....drain the beans too.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 25 Dec 03 - 06:35 PM

nutty - I'm from Dorset but it wasn't me (but I did know Graham Moore when he was an 'umble teacher and heard the first ever performance of 'Tolpuddle Man' in public)!

Thank you to my Secret Santa - I waited and waited, and left yours until last. It's lovely, thank you! I got some marmalade and another preserve (it's downstairs and I've consumed too much chocolate to have the energy to go check what flavour it is, but it's red!), some Hersheys' little candy bars in various flavours, two books which are exactly what I would have chosen myself, and a cassette of Richmond, Va. coffee house music.

There was also the most delightful little stone cross, which is a freakish work of nature, called a fairy stone - it's so sweet and will be transformed into an earring or maybe a pendant.

Thank you James, I have yet to discover your Cat name, but one day, I will!

Thank you Khatts for organising this again, it's been great fun!

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: running.hare
Date: 25 Dec 03 - 06:45 PM

Dear santa

I Know I wasn't asleep in bed last night like all goog lttle Girls should Be, but I was doing my Duty Behind the Bar, supplying merry villagers with feastive tipples /Ringing church bells for Midnight Mass. Please Reasure me that the is a parcel n some Postal Service somewhere.........

Merry Christmass 1 & all


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From: katlaughing
Date: 25 Dec 03 - 07:21 PM

Oh Mary/vectis, good! Youa re welcome. I am so happy that you are enjoying it! I looked at copies of the original of that book and boy, they were a bit pricey. I felt really fortunate to have found out that Mystic Seaport has issued the reprint in paperback. If I'd had the dosh, it would have been one of the old hardbacks, though.**bg**

The cards were funny. I went to the local "feed" store to pick up some dog food and those just kind of leapt out at me. Somehow, it seemed the connection between sea shanties and cowboy roping knots was so Mudcat. (Plus, they come from my fmaily's ranching background, too.:-)

We have had a wonderful day, here, too. Thanks for your good wishes!

Now that the day has come and gone, I have to "out" my Santa and say

THANK YOU RUSTIC REBEL!!! Everyone is just enthralled with my "Double Image" and all the rest that you sent. Just wonderful!

luvya'llkat


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From: GUEST,Liz the Squeaks's SS
Date: 25 Dec 03 - 09:38 PM

You're very welcome,Liz! I'm so excited that you enjoyed the gifts. This is my first time doing the Secret Santa thing. I didn't know if I chose things you would like. What a great feeling . Isn't that what Christmas is really all about? Shouldn't be too awfully hard to "find" me. Merry Christmas!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Dec 03 - 11:13 PM

Well, Barb'ry, I confess, I sent your items. But I had help--that wonderful crochet shawl was made by Mmario and I bought it in an auction last year. I see he has turned out some more--an auction closed earlier this month on another beauty.

I opened my gift today from my Secret Santa--Rock Chick!!--and found a marvelous fat collection of limericks! They're tongue twisters--I stumbled through a few before the kids insisted on scanning the book and trying a few. This is a great little book and remarkably appropriate for someone from my family:

The limerick's callous and crude,
Its morals distressingly lewd;
It's not worth the reading
by persons of breeding -
It's designed for us vulgar and rude.

Thank you so much!

I've discovered that it probably wouldn't have worked to try shipping a DVD from the UK--the formats are different between the machines in the different countries (this is in reference to a note in the card tucked in with the gift.) Books work anywhere!

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 26 Dec 03 - 08:27 AM

What a coincidence! Stilly was my secret santa last year; Barb'ry myt secrett santa this year - and SRS gave Barb'ry the shawl I crocheted.

BARB'RY on the other hand , somehow discovered a book I have lusted after in my heart for years - and I now have the wonderful CASTLES to peruse and browse and dream with. PLUS the Cadbury chocolates that were shared - and the lovely selection of UK sweets in a stocking with my name sewn on it, and the card burstingly full of reindeer and the CHRISTMAS ALE!!!! (It went very well with the crown roast of pork!)


What a Christmas! Thanky you! And yes, Barb'ry - I remember that conversation out by the dumpster...


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: CapriUni
Date: 26 Dec 03 - 09:48 AM

I'm waiting on news from Alba, my Secret Santa this year... she gave me such a wonderful package, I hope she receives something equally wonderful...


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From: GUEST,Alba's Anonymous Aelf
Date: 26 Dec 03 - 10:32 AM

She did.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,Alba's Anonymous Aelf
Date: 26 Dec 03 - 10:38 AM

Or, at least, the thought was there. I haven't heard from her, and I hope it didn't get lost in the bowels of the postal system.


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From: CapriUni
Date: 26 Dec 03 - 10:39 AM

Yes, Alba's Aelf, but what is it?

I'm a curious sort... I like to know what's in other people's packages as well...


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From: GUEST,Burke -- on sister's PC
Date: 26 Dec 03 - 11:04 AM

The first installment arrived on Monday, before I left town.

Burnt sugar, No coconut ;-), delicious! I had to stop myself from eating too much & getting sick.

Thanks, Santa. I'm developing a theory.
Burke


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Dec 03 - 12:31 PM

It looks like catsPHiddle managed a ménage à trois in her Secret Santa planning this year! It is a small world.

;-D

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: katlaughing
Date: 26 Dec 03 - 01:01 PM

CU And Alba's Aelf, I spoke with Alba last night. She's been away, but is home now, so I expect you'll be hearing from her, soon.

kat


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Clinton Hammond
Date: 26 Dec 03 - 01:42 PM

*pout*

heh


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From: Rustic Rebel
Date: 26 Dec 03 - 02:50 PM

Katlaughing,
I am so happy to hear you liked your gifts. I knew I wouldn't be able to be too mysterious because I wanted to sign your piece and postmark from Minnesota I figured was a give-away. Oh well! You found me out! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a healthy, happy new year.
I haven't heard a word from my Santa yet, but I'll hang in there and hope he/she won't forget me!
Take care, Love ya too! Sue


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: artbrooks
Date: 27 Dec 03 - 03:02 PM

Wonderful!!! I do have a Secret Santa!! And what a thoughtful one she is too. Thank you, Peg, for the CD (of a group that I've never encountered before), the notebook and the chocolates...and the chestnuts and acorns give it a great regional touch. We will even find a good use for the cigar box!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Dec 03 - 12:31 AM

Ms. CatsPHiddle, are you going to spill the beans soon as to who sent to whom? Has everyone received their gifts by now?

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: mooman
Date: 28 Dec 03 - 07:44 AM

Dear Stilly and Khatt,

I suggest you hold off spilling the beans perhaps until "12th Night"! Some of of us have yet to receive our pressies which are presumably still in the TLC of the appropriate pressie authorities or their appointed agents. Who knows...I might even still receive last years present yet! I know that was posted, more or less when, where and by whom but...! (:>(

Peace

moo


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 28 Dec 03 - 08:10 AM

I agree, Moo - articles are still stuck in the mail. Oz Post opens tomorrow (monday) & I bet there will still be chrissy goodies in mail boxes. Ops, it's after midnight now, so Oz Post will open a bit later this morning.

I think my pressie was the last 2002 pressie received - it finally arrived around 6th Feb. Khatt had published a list of Santas & Santees by then but I didn't look!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: artbrooks
Date: 28 Dec 03 - 08:35 AM

I also agree-I got mine yesterday (the 27th). There are certainly some Mudcatters visiting family and friends for the holidays who won't be home to pick up their mail until after the 1st. Were I Lady Khatt, I wouldn't publish the list before the end of this week, and later may be better. Besides that gives more time for guessing!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 28 Dec 03 - 09:21 AM

I think that it should remain secret until February.
John....


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Dec 03 - 09:37 AM

That's why I asked if everyone had received theirs yet! But February--I hope stuff gets to its intended Santee well before then!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Clinton Hammond
Date: 28 Dec 03 - 01:41 PM

"Has everyone received their gifts by now?"

I have not...


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Dec 03 - 05:07 PM

Now that's a shame--wasn't it Clinton who suggested this in the beginning?


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Clinton Hammond
Date: 28 Dec 03 - 06:04 PM

It was...


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Blackcatter
Date: 28 Dec 03 - 11:16 PM

dn't listend to the Irish CD myself, but it was reccommended by a friend with excellent taste.

As for Mrs. Miller, I've been a "fan" of hers for years. I've even converted my friend who is the musical director of the local classical radio station. He occasionally plays a selection when he thinks no one is listening.

The other stuff was from a local metaphysical shop. All of it has been infused with very positive energy.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Helen
Date: 29 Dec 03 - 12:03 AM

Thanks for the info, Blackcatter. You can tell your friend that I agree about his/her excellent taste. I thought you had listened to it because in your notes you said something about "musically pure" and that is a good description because the voices and the instruments are pure and clear, in many ways, not just in sound quality.

Helen


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From: Amos
Date: 29 Dec 03 - 12:22 AM

I've not rec'd a SS gift, but I reckon it is slow post.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Partridge
Date: 29 Dec 03 - 05:00 AM

Glad you enjoyed the gifts Linn, I had a great deal of fun making up the package for you. And I must thank Mouldy for making the squid.
I still have had no clue or pressie from my santa, but I live in hope!

love

Pat x


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From: Sarah the flute
Date: 29 Dec 03 - 08:54 AM

It's arrived..... in fact it did arrive before Christmas but I've only just been able to pick it up!!!!

.... and worth the wait it was too

LOADS of stuff about the land down under
LOADS of very interesting sweeties yum yummy yummy
LOADS of very useful swannee whistles - the flying chaucers will be able to do harmony now
A calendar
A brilliant CD of early music
and some photos of Jenny O my very inventive SS

Thank you so much!

Sarah


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 29 Dec 03 - 10:14 AM

Not Tim Tams, I'll be so jealous if you got them.
John


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Peg
Date: 29 Dec 03 - 10:53 AM

I'm glad it finally arrived, art! Dave Webber and Annie Fentiman are known for their "new" traditional songs and fine harmony singing. They are real favorites among those folkies who like big sing-along type songs. I saw one of their concerts and they also relate wonderful anecdotes about English culture.
The cigar box comes from a tobacco shop in Harvard Square (one of the last of the "old" businesses still thriving); they put them out for sale when they've become empty of cigars...


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: jimmyt
Date: 29 Dec 03 - 11:26 AM

Is it just Clinton and Myself who remain presentless? If so it explains a lot about the naughty/ nice business!!!!!!!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: artbrooks
Date: 29 Dec 03 - 11:42 AM

Yes it does, Jimmy. We hold these truths to be self-evident: you are a dentist and he is a crumudgen.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Amos
Date: 29 Dec 03 - 02:17 PM

Well, I am getting used to feeling like chopped liver, but for accuracy I will offer my name to add to the list of the as yet un-gifted, if not untalented. :>)

A


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: jimmyt
Date: 29 Dec 03 - 02:38 PM

Amos, I feel honored to share the ungifted ranks with you. Thank god it was not that cantankerous old Art Brooks, who obviously shouldn't have even been considered for a gift if the naughty/ nice thing is valid. The big three,Clinton, Amos and jimmyt! ungifted but wonderful are we!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Clinton Hammond
Date: 29 Dec 03 - 02:41 PM

I need to be taken off that list... got mine today!

Thanks to Stephen Le Rich!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 29 Dec 03 - 04:45 PM

HELEN!!!!!!



Thank you so, so, so very very much! The CD (Scottish Fiddle Music) is soooooooo much me! I'm alternately dancing and crying.

I want to visit Oz and Newcastle today.

And Giok (John), eat your heart out...

I GOT SOME TIM TAMS!!!!!!!



(Jimmy and Amos, the outside of the package had a note saying it had been delayed because of aviation security practices, whatever that means...but at least they didn't get into the Tim Tams!)


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Helen
Date: 29 Dec 03 - 06:58 PM

Mary,

I'm so glad it finally arrived. I almost sent you a different CD, by a classical guitar trio called Saffire, because one of the guitarists teaches guitar to my brother-in-law, but then somehow I had the brainwave of sending you the Chris Duncan CD, because his performances at the Newcastle Folk Club years ago have always been a highlight for me.

And, serendipitously (spelling?? word??) you can now gloat about the Tim Tams to everyone else. Just don't tell Catspaw about the Vegemite!

(By the way, I forgot to tell you - a very, very thin scraping of Vegemite on hot buttered toast, with a nice cup of tea is the best way to eat it. You may hate it at first, but you could develop a taste for it. Especially in binge phases when you need a Vitamin B boost.)

And I hope you liked the festive duct tape on the parcel. :-)

Helen


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Amos
Date: 29 Dec 03 - 07:17 PM

All right!! That explains it!! Under the new powers of the FBI they have obviously routed my parcel via Botsuwana Land in order to ensure that they are doing everything possible to dampen the effects of terrorism on Christmas. Or perhaps it is the other way around -- preventing the spirit of Christmas from infecting terrorism so they can continue to benefit from the state of war.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Helen
Date: 29 Dec 03 - 07:52 PM

I think you have hit on something there, Amos - "preventing the spirit of Christmas from infecting terrorism"

Helen

P.S. Mary, I wonder if it was the biscuit tin which set off the aviation security practices alarm??


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 29 Dec 03 - 07:53 PM

I missed the marmite in the box first time through! I just tried some, and, er.............................

Concentrated Yeast Extract!



You've got to be kidding! At least the biscuits washed it down very well.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Helen
Date: 29 Dec 03 - 09:27 PM

Ahem, excuse me! Vegemite, not Marmite! Please, have a little respect for a grand old Oz tradition. ;->

Helen


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 29 Dec 03 - 09:43 PM

A thousand pardons!

Actually I noticed my mistake just after I hit the submit button...but I didn't think anyone would notice!

Also, I think I like the other biscuits better than Tim Tams. I intend to read up on the ingredients. Is is arrowroot or some kind of almond flavoring? I really like the taste.

(I didn't actually gag when I ate two bites of the hot, buttered toast with Vegemite...)


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Sorcha
Date: 29 Dec 03 - 10:36 PM

Arrowroot is only a thickening agent....like cornstarch...


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Dec 03 - 10:50 PM

I think there is an arrowroot cookie for teething babies, though, isn't there?


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Helen
Date: 29 Dec 03 - 11:18 PM

Arnott's make a yummy arrowroot biscuit, very plain, not very sweet. Yummy, as a matter of fact, with a bit of butter and Vegemite, but also on their own, or dipped in tea.

Do you mean the white "Shortbread Cream" biscuit? I'm not sure what the ingredients are, but it is possible that it has arrowroot in it. The chocolate cream one has a hint of a spice in it, which I have never quite worked out. Sometimes it seems like cinnamon or allspice. Nope, just looked up the ingredients - it's ginger.

I have to admit that Tim Tams are not my favourite - I prefer the Mint Slices, but because there have been Mudcat threads about Tim Tams I thought it might be more relevant.

Helen


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Partridge
Date: 30 Dec 03 - 07:11 AM

Amos, me and jimmyt ungifted as yet, not too worried as I know I have been particularly nice this year - what about you two! ;-)

Pat x


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: jimmyt
Date: 30 Dec 03 - 09:48 AM

Good for you, Partridge. I am sure Amos has been good, but I have been horrid all year. Probably what I deserve...........sob


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 30 Dec 03 - 11:14 AM

See Amos, you can't better last years Santa.
John


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 30 Dec 03 - 11:18 AM

I certainly hope Partridge's SS gets the lead out! I can verify she's been VERY VERY GOOD this year! (Or at least while she was selecting and planning and gathering and wrapping all the neat stuff she sent me!)

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 30 Dec 03 - 11:55 AM

I am going to leave it a while before I post who got who. I would have replied earlier to the request but I went up to Yorkshire to see my family for 3 days and have only just got back.

All those santa's who's santees have not got their pressies yet, please post to the thread to say that you have posted them. If you have had any trouble with posting etc please PM me...there maybe something I can do!!

Im glad everyone had a good Christmas.....hope you all have fun at New Years Celebrations!!

Khatt


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Kim C
Date: 30 Dec 03 - 01:24 PM

I am wearing my Santa pressie today... but I still don't know who he/she is.....................


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: running.hare
Date: 30 Dec 03 - 02:23 PM

"Is it just Clinton and Myself who remain presentless? If so it explains a lot about the naughty/ nice business!!!!!!!!!"

Add Me too the list I'm also still watching for mr Postie.

& I'm Always Good
*flutter eyelashes*
*wink*


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Alba
Date: 30 Dec 03 - 03:13 PM

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! My pressie was at the Post Office. I am sorry I haven't been on to Thank you my most wonderful Aelf, you indeed done me proud. I haven't been well for a wee while hence the lack of contact but I feel very happy today!!!
I got beautiful gifts from New Mexico but still have no idea who my Aelfin is apart from the name "Chris", well now Chris I love the Candle it smells delicious and the Scarf is lovely. As for the Tile Stand...beautiful!. The woven Corn hanging is beautiful and I would love to know what it represents so if you could let me know Id be grateful. Wow, such lovely things... Thank you so much for collecting such lovely gifts for me. You are very thoughtful and generous and as I have said before you are indeed a credit to Aelfdom. THANK YOU AGAIN I REALLY LOVE MY PRESSIES AND MY POSTCARDS:>)
Love and Blessings
Jude


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Alba
Date: 30 Dec 03 - 03:16 PM

Capri Uni....I am SO glad you like your Pressie!
I will PM you this evening.
Love
Jude


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: NicoleC
Date: 30 Dec 03 - 04:56 PM

*sniiiiiif*

No pressie yet. Lazy reindeer!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Rustic Rebel
Date: 30 Dec 03 - 05:30 PM

No present for me yet either. Yeah- lazy reindeer, that explains everything!
Rustic


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Amos
Date: 30 Dec 03 - 05:44 PM

Maybe we're all three on a blown-out circuit to the West. Maybe the reindeer handed them off to the pony express??

A


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: running.hare
Date: 30 Dec 03 - 06:06 PM

Would it be worth compiliing a list of Catters missing pressies?

Cos I know my Santa Exists They sent me a post card. (From New York)
But still no Parcel! & not a peep that it was in the post.

I'm keeping stum for the monent about who I sent things off too, apart from saying I was very pleased to read on Xmas day that the parcel had arrived in time & that I'd hit the nail on the head *grin* Happy Listening


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: NicoleC
Date: 30 Dec 03 - 06:27 PM

My Santa sez it's in transit, so I'm assuming it's just not found me yet.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST
Date: 31 Dec 03 - 08:28 PM


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: SINSULL
Date: 31 Dec 03 - 08:38 PM

No present for me either but SS says there is a man in my box so I am taking the time to shave and polish my legs, bleach my five o'clock shadow, do a few push ups, etc. onder if he likes flannel sheets or silk?


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 01 Jan 04 - 05:52 AM

Sinsull, you've just got to stop playing hard to get.
John


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,SINS's puzzled santa holding pressie RTS
Date: 01 Jan 04 - 06:22 AM

Hey, Sins

What's this about you moving house?

I sent it to 67 (something) like khatt said & it came back with a redirection label saying that forwarding to 64 (somewhere else) expired 12/16/03.

Good to know it got to your location, I was getting worried as I sent a parcel to a nearby state same day & it arrived in time.

Off to the Post Office again


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,Burke's SS
Date: 01 Jan 04 - 10:20 AM

Hae ye no received pressie part one yet?

Pressie part 2 will be goin' out in the post tomorra, wi' a bunch o' clues about ma secret identity.

I'm sorry, lass, bu' I could find neither shaped singin' nor regional recordings, sae you'll just hafta make due wi' wha' I send ye. 'Tis a benighted region I live in, it is.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: SINSULL
Date: 01 Jan 04 - 11:32 AM

Damn! I moved last year and must have forgotten to change my address. So sorry! Is he still alive and breathing?????


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: NicoleC
Date: 01 Jan 04 - 04:14 PM

My pressie is here! My pressie is here!

It was on the porch last night -- BIG box -- but I was in a hurry and had to wait until this morning to open it. It was definately worth the wait... more care package than present, and I may have to redecorate the living room so this pretty afghan matches.

Thanks Sinsull!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,Jimmyt's Sandy Claws
Date: 01 Jan 04 - 06:18 PM

So, jimmyt, you give me, like, two lines of hints then get yerself all aeriated when your pressie's a bit late? Sheesh!

Oh ye of little faith! I posted your parcel towards the end of November (OK - so I was a bit late. I was waiting for a last little piece ...)

But having said that, who knows if you'll get it or not???!!! I see that the U.S. Post has put an embargo on all parcels with any kind of edibles in them ... and I ignored Liz's warning and put in some sweets. Worse - I even put in a (itsy witsy bitsy) jar of marmite. Lord - what'll the sniffers make of that?????

So - the spirit is/was there, steps have been taken, but it's all in the hands of the U.S. Customs now.

Let us pray.

sandy


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Helen
Date: 01 Jan 04 - 06:56 PM

Jimmyt's Sandy Claws,

My Secret Santa present to Mary in KY was delayed while the sniffer dogs sniffed the Tim Tams (biscuits) and Vegemite (Vegemite beats Marmite!) but she eventually got it.

Helen


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 01 Jan 04 - 07:47 PM

And it was well worth it!

But about that Marmite...would you want some Vegemite too? Just kidding, Helen! Well, almost.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Helen
Date: 01 Jan 04 - 09:06 PM

My advice, Mary, is to wait until you need a Vitamin B boost, try it again then, and see whether you like it. It's used on an "as needed" basis here. Sometimes I can just ignore it, sometimes I need it and can't get enough, and then I go off it again for a while.

Helen


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Giac
Date: 01 Jan 04 - 09:29 PM

Well, jimmyt!! What a nice collection of presents! I couldn't post sooner about the actual gifts but that doesn't mean I'm not thrilled! The best was the CD of your group, and what a handsome bunch you are, too, as well as very entertaining.

I've tried the tea and the hot chocolate mix (in one of the "Ugly Coffee Cups") and they are wonderful. Haven't tried the coffee yet, but it sure smells good.

I know it seems a bit odd that I'd want one of your local newspapers, but I got a real kick out of it. I was born into a small-town newspaper and print shop and spent the next 40 years doing various aspects of journalism, so I really do enjoy seeing different papers. A bonus was the sports cartoon featuring an Arkansas Razorback hog and the Missouri mascot facing off. Great choice of issue as I am a native Arkansan and a loyal Razorback fan. Thanks a lot.

I have a couple of other comments that I'll send in a PM.

Thanks again for making my Christmas special.

Mary


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: mooman
Date: 02 Jan 04 - 08:40 AM

Our next door neighbours called around this morning with my pressie! Apparently we were out when the postman called and so he left it in their garage and they were away for a couple of days.

Thank you so very much! The musical wearable matches my hair colour pretty well and will be a very fine substitute (and worn with pride) for the two equivalent wearables stolen by my 16-year old daughter!

The listenable is truly excellent and you could have hardly chosen me a better collection! I love the recordings and really feel the love and care that has gone into them!

From the postmark and presents I now have a pretty good idea who my SS is and will be most interested to see if I am right.

Once again...

Thank you very much indeed!

A very pleased and appreciative Moo


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 03 Jan 04 - 06:04 AM

Yep Giac I too love old newspapers, and smoothed out and read the wrapping paper on my lovely presents from Colorado.[Thanks again Santa] Lovely little snippets about who's visiting who, and who went to the big city last week. Our local rag is similar, and will publish almost any letters readers send in.
John


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,Amos' Extremely Tardy Santa
Date: 03 Jan 04 - 12:48 PM

Oh Amos, Amos do not fear
I know you have been good all year
I tried my best to catch a flight
And get it there by Christmas night
But alas by sea it had to go
And that is why it is so slow
So watch the waves as they roll in
And then unwrapping can begin

Who ever heard of an air chest anyway!!!!
your apologetic Santa


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Amos
Date: 03 Jan 04 - 01:31 PM

My thanks, oh, Santa, kind and hidden
I will do, Sir, as you have bidden!
And bide my time while being patient
Enjoying deep anticipation!!
And, so you do not think me rude,
I send you future gratitude!!

A


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: sian, west wales
Date: 03 Jan 04 - 02:58 PM

Well - mine hasn't arrived yet either, but I'm not worried. I reckon it will drop onto the mat just when the post-Christmas blues begin to set in ... and be my New Year Tonic! Anyway, in Wales we're supposed to be able to celebrate Christmas until Candlemas, so it's valid for weeks yet!

sian


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: alison
Date: 04 Jan 04 - 05:55 AM

Oh Liz... can you put in a word for me too.....

I know I'm a long way away... and I have been off enjoying myself at a festival... but I hoped there'd be a nice surprise waiting for me when I got back...... my santa exists... I got 2 postcards a while back



sniff

alison


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: running.hare
Date: 04 Jan 04 - 11:23 AM

ohh What happend to my post!

My parcel Arived Just in time for new year, So I posted a bg Thank you as soon as I could, but it seemes it didn't post :(

Oh Wellllll

THANK YOU THANK YOU THNK YOU ohhh Secretive NY Santa


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,Sian's Wale of a secret Santa....
Date: 04 Jan 04 - 12:51 PM

Darn!!!!   I tried to get your package out earlier but I still thought that December 8th would have worked! Oh well, please, please, please keep me posted cause if it somehow got lost, I will regroup, repackage and resend!

SS


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: sian, west wales
Date: 04 Jan 04 - 03:06 PM

Dear Wale, I'se not a bitty-bit concerned. My trust in you is complete ... and I will love whatever it is, whenever it comes!

sian


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: jimmyt
Date: 04 Jan 04 - 09:34 PM

I am waiting by the post box patiently   Damn Customs anyway................ Have been away to Arizona for a few days   Thanks Sandy!!!!!!!!!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Tig
Date: 05 Jan 04 - 10:16 AM

The Santa Elves around you must still be working on the OLD calender Robin since my pressies arrived today - Old Christmas Eve!

Thank you for the book, which I will snuggle up with as soon as FC has finished her burpcake, and the lovely dragons.

Hope you have a better year this year.

Lots of love and hugs,
Tig.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 05 Jan 04 - 10:53 AM

Twelth Night! (don't have to mess with new or old Christmas - Twelth night was as traditional to give gifts!)


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Jan 04 - 01:25 PM

It's nice to see that the last few are gradually dribbling in!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,PageOfCups SS
Date: 05 Jan 04 - 04:26 PM

Anything land on you yet?

Actually, has anyone heard from PageOfCups lately?

I searched by user name, and found 2 posts in December, and before that, PoCs last post was in October


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Burke
Date: 05 Jan 04 - 06:09 PM

Santa,
I think you missed my 'Guest' message of Dec. 26.

All my fillings have fallen out & now my teeth are going, but the candy is soooooo good! I live alone so I don't even have to share it with anyone.

Thanks so much!!
Burke


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Bardford
Date: 06 Jan 04 - 12:17 AM

Well, I thought I was going to get a pony, but apparantly the little fella was turned back at the border because of the whole BSE deal. My santa did manage to sneak some Buffalo jerky across, though. Oddly enough, it wasn't made in Buffalo at all, but in Lindsborg, Kansas. And it doesn't taste like Buffalo wings, neither.

Also, a nifty Kansas guidebook, which I recommend for anyone who is planning to attend that state. Or even if you aren't planning to. "Kansas Curiosities- Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff" by Pam Grout.

A random sample - " Every fall, Elk Falls hosts a tour of its outhouses, many of which are decorated."   

This book is a book with a message, and the message is "ROAD TRIP!" Who wants to go?

Many thanks santa nancyjo!
Bardford


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Edain
Date: 06 Jan 04 - 12:41 AM

My pressie has not yet arrived :-(


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: sian, west wales
Date: 06 Jan 04 - 02:00 PM

Yep - those Elves are DEFINITELY on the Old Calendar! Christmas Day and I come home to find my pressie from my Psecret Psanta Pseudolus! O joy! O rapture! Three different glasses "depending on what your beverage of choice is at the time!" according to my Wale of a Psanta! And a book about Delaware (which opens with a quote from that famous Welshman, Thomas Jefferson!) and a CD which he's made me from a live performance of his at Knappucinno's which I'm listening to now. (Who's the weird laughing person in the audience?)

I'm trying to decide which glass to tip to my Psanta tonight.

Anyway, love it love it love it! Thank you Psanta. Hope you and the family had a superior Christmas and will enjoy a superior 2004!

sian

PS: That Pumpkin Hurling near Millsboro looks like a particularly Mudcatish pastime. You'd better organize a 'meet' during the next one ...

st


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,Edain`s Secret Santa
Date: 06 Jan 04 - 03:03 PM

Do not despair, your patience WILL be rewarded. Been waiting for a particular item to become available. Final pieces in place tonight with luck. Hope you think its worth the wait, sorry for the delay:-)


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Pseudolus
Date: 06 Jan 04 - 03:19 PM

Alright!!!!!!! Well, now I know how early I need to mail things next year!! I'm really glad you got it!! There are actually two weird laughs in the audience, one is my friend Chris and his is the high pitched chuckle that I think you're referring to, and the other is the creator of Knappucinnos herself, Jill Knapp. The website has pictures and things of the night I sang and created the CD...the site is here Knappuccinos
in case you want to put a face to the songs. In fact, somewhere on that site you can find pictures of Chris and Jill, the laughers!!!

I hope you enjoy the CD!!!!

Frank


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Edain
Date: 06 Jan 04 - 04:55 PM

Ahh! Thats fine, just thought I'd post as everyone else seems to have been

I was planning on blaming it on the USPS (they've screwed up enough things for me already and I've only been here a few months...)


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: sian, west wales
Date: 06 Jan 04 - 05:07 PM

Yeh - they could laugh for the next Olympic USA laughing team! And they've got you and the 'new dad' thing sussed! ("Did we mention the twins???" LOL!)

Lovely - thanks again. I'm gonna have a little port in my ... ummm ... long skinny glass, I think! Elegant! (What did Dela-ware, boys?)

sian


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 07 Jan 04 - 06:57 AM

Sian I'd rather you didn't mention alchohol, as I've forsworn the demon drink pro tem. Just wait till the Loughstock weekend though, when I let myself off the leash!
John


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: SINSULL
Date: 09 Jan 04 - 03:19 PM

My pressie arrived. And what a special pressie it is. In 1974, with the money from a small inheritance, I took off to Australia much to my family's distress.
My pressie is full of memories of that trip. I actually stayed at the King's Cross Hotel, walked Victoria Street, road the Manly ferry and best of all flew over Sydney Harbour in a single engine Cessna - I picked up the pilot on a flight to Brisbane.
Sandra - I am thrilled. The wrapping paper aerial view will be framed. Thanks you for the wonderful tour and for the witch too. And the calendar.
"Mars is moving away from Earth." "What a good idea."


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 10 Jan 04 - 09:54 AM

glad you liked it - but you didn't comment on the blokes! Didn't you like them? Weren't there enough to chose from?

The Kings Cross Hotel is one of my favourite buildings - I've been keeping an eye on it for years since they closed the upper floors & let it run down. As a cynic with almost 28 years experience living in the Cross I was waiting for a modern building to fill the site. But it hasn't happened, yet. The ground floor is a bar catering to backpackers - they show English TV shows (including Oz classics like Neighbours that pommy backpackers miss so severely), sell jugs of beer & have Miss Backpacker competitions!

Leunig is a wonderful cartoonist - he invented the innocent bystander (all his characters are innocent) & I love his work. My favourite cartoon shows a father & son watching a beautiful sunset on TV, behind their backs the same sunset is outside their window.

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: greg stephens
Date: 10 Jan 04 - 07:05 PM

Still havent a clue who sent me my nice Scottish presents: or to be a bit more accurate I've been given a few clues but I havent solved them.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: alison
Date: 10 Jan 04 - 08:44 PM

sniff sniff... Santa doesn't love me......

haven't given up hope yet though....

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: SINSULL
Date: 10 Jan 04 - 09:07 PM

Actually, Sandra, one of my adventures in Sydney involved a New Zealander with his front teeth missing. The lobby of the King's Cross was an elegant affair in 1974 with plush couches and bar service. He accosted me in the lobby and followed me everywhere. The center guy with the hat bears an uncanny resemblance. Quite attractive!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: JennyO
Date: 10 Jan 04 - 09:08 PM

Well, I've been munching on my Kendall Mint Cake and enjoying the little books and postcards, but I still haven't had any confirmation as to who my SS is.

So in case you missed my guess before - Col K, is it you?

Jenny (curious Santee)


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Edain
Date: 11 Jan 04 - 12:55 AM

Hmmmmmm.... Kendal Mint Cake *drools*


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Partridge
Date: 12 Jan 04 - 05:00 AM

My santa doesn't love me either..........not a word, no pressie...............sniff

But I'm still hoping

Pat x


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 12 Jan 04 - 06:46 AM

Sins, the front bar of the Kings Cross Hotel could no longer be called elegant. I wouldn't be game to go there to take some current pics for you - when I visit a pub these days it's for a singing session. Pubs full of noisy drinkers & drunks are not my thing, & I was never really keen on 'em.

Charlie & Judy met John Dengate who drew the card on their first trip here when he was performing at a folk club they visited. This trip he was going to be away performing when they were in Sydney, however they ran into him when he was busking. If you look at the pics they posted in Dec 2001 you can see a picture of him, if you feel so inclned.

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: SINSULL
Date: 12 Jan 04 - 09:33 AM

The card is posted up on my bulletin board. Scary question: Is this what you are offering as my choices for a man? Reminds me of the old Alaskan saying - "The odds are good but the goods are odd."


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 12 Jan 04 - 12:14 PM

Ah Sins what you may not know is that one of them is very big "Down Under"
John


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,Greg's Secret [in] Sanity
Date: 12 Jan 04 - 01:02 PM

Ah Greg I must admit I led you astray in earlier days, but I assure you the man you want is Kenneth's son.

Will ye no' come back again.

Happy Hogmanay too.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: greg stephens
Date: 12 Jan 04 - 02:23 PM

OK Kenneth's son, I'm going to work out who you are. You can run, but you can't hide.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: jimmyt
Date: 12 Jan 04 - 05:48 PM

I GOT IT!!! I GOT IT!!! Sian West Wales, my old Hockey fan buddy from Ontario who is now gracing the Welsh countryside with her wit and beauty was my SS. Wonderful teeshirt, a CD that I have not played yet as I am so excited I had to post right away. jellys, coins, marmite, a few beautiful crocheted christmasy thingies, and a crazy little sugar mouse. Thank you so much!!! I am really touched by everything   I will send you a photo of myself in the Cymru Chyrt! jimmyt


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Col K
Date: 12 Jan 04 - 06:00 PM

OK ,OK , I admit it , fair cop, it was me guv,
Glad you enjoyed the Kendal mint cake
I was JennyO 's SS


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: SINSULL
Date: 12 Jan 04 - 08:41 PM

Open mouth, insert foot? Have I done it again, John? Which one and why?


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: JennyO
Date: 13 Jan 04 - 01:30 AM

Yay, I know who my Santa is! Thanks again Col K.

I just wish I could have a steady supply of Kendal Mint cake. There's nothing like that in Oz at all.

I'll definitely be doing this again next time!

Jenny (happy Santee)


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Subject: Kendal Mint Cake recipe
From: Helen
Date: 13 Jan 04 - 02:30 AM

I found a recipe in some pages I took from an Oz magazine back in 1980 for Kendal Mint Cake. I haven't made it myself, but it looks easy. This recipe is very similar except that instead of using a candy thermometer it gives the old fashioned instructions to "2. Bring to the boiling point until a little will form a soft ball when dropped into cold water".

HELEN'S* BRITISH COOKING SITE

[* no connection to me]

Kendal Mint Cake Kendal Mint Cake
http://www.hwatson.force9.co.uk/cookbook/recipes/confect/kendalmintcake.htm

According to legend, a Kendal confectioner, intending to make glacier mints, took his eye off the cooking pan for a minute and then, resuming his task, noticed that the mixture had started to 'grain' and become cloudy, instead of clear. When poured out, the result was Mint Cake.

Makes 16 squares

Granulated sugar - 450g (1 lb)
Milk - 150 ml (5 fl oz)
Peppermint essence - 1 tsp

METHOD

   1. Butter an 18 cm (7 inch) square shallow baking tin. Place the sugar and milk in a saucepan. Bring very, very slowly to the boil over a very low heat, shaking and swirling the pan occasionally until the sugar is dissolved.
   2. Place a thermometer in the pan and boil rapidly until the mixture reaches 140 ºC / 275 ºF. Remove from the heat and add the essence, beating well until smooth and cooled slightly.
   3. Pour into the prepared tin and as it cools, mark out squares with a knife. Once cold cut into 16 squares.

Maybe I should start a new thread for this, but the main discussion about it seems to have been in the Secret Santa threads.

Helen


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: sian, west wales
Date: 13 Jan 04 - 09:34 AM

Glad it's arrived, jimmyt, and that I don't have to work out how to log-off-and-on anymore as sandy claws! I'm looking forward to the photo!

(She shoots! She scores! The crowd goes wild!)

sian


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: greg stephens
Date: 13 Jan 04 - 10:44 AM

Well I am still no nearer finding out the identity of my Secret Santa. I need more clues. You claim "kenneth's son" will lead to your identity. Well I've painstakingly written out the Mudcat names of all identifiable Secret Santa's, and compared them with any famous kenneths I can think of(More, Horne,Tynan, Branagh, Macalpin and various other kings of Scotland). Nothing rings a bell. I tend to think you are Scottish, from the origin of the presents.(But this may be a red herring, I've alraeday had you claiming to be Irish and then revealing you arent).
    I've perused various recent Scottish threads to see if I can spot your style. To no avail.
Gissanotha clue mister


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,Gregs nemesis Santa
Date: 13 Jan 04 - 01:08 PM

Well Greg what you need is a Gael, and an explanation of the derivation of Scottish surnames.
Whisky son???


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: alison
Date: 13 Jan 04 - 06:35 PM

YAY...... Santa does love me!!

mine arrived yesterday.... thank you very much Noreen,... the postcards from the US really threw me off the scent... so when a parcel arrived from the UK I thought, what have I ordered off ebay this time? *grin*

I love the CDs and beer mats and the kids have been playing with the streamers......


thanks again

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Partridge
Date: 14 Jan 04 - 04:09 AM

still hoping.......................


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: greg stephens
Date: 14 Jan 04 - 03:19 PM

Well thanks for the hint, Santa..not!!
As far as I know, gaelic for "son" is Mac. There are no "Mac" among the list of Santas published by the helpful Catsphiddle.Not many Scottish looking names either: there is an Alba, but that isnt you. Whiaky on is obviously a clever clue, but it's too clever for me.
   Sorry, I need more clues.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: greg stephens
Date: 14 Jan 04 - 03:26 PM

Whisky son?? I keep wondering about this one.
Whiskymac? But there isnt a Santa called that, or Mac on its own. The present contained Glenfiddich (a very small bottle, but there's Scotsmen for you).. That comes from Dufftown. Macduff?? It's all very confusing.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Jan 04 - 03:31 PM

? whisky is water of life. Waterson?


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: greg stephens
Date: 14 Jan 04 - 06:45 PM

thanks GUEST for entering into the spirit(sic) of things. This secretive santa claims to be (or sound like) a gaelic son of Kenneth, as well as a whisky's son. Waterson sounds a bit too English, and also none of the relevant Mudcatters are called Waterson.(Unless he's referring to his real name, which would be a bit of a cheat as how could I know that?).
   Come on Secret santa, I'm still flummoxed, and trying reeeeeeeeally reeeeeeally hard.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Jan 04 - 12:58 AM

Well, Greg, it's terribly obvious to everyone else who it is!

wink wink


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Helen
Date: 15 Jan 04 - 03:05 AM

Perhaps, Greg, it is the Secret Santa whose surname begins with "Mac"?

Helen


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: greg stephens
Date: 15 Jan 04 - 03:30 AM

Well the thing is I've been through the entire list of Secret Santas and there isnt a Mac among them. John MacKenzie formerly known as Glok contributes to this thread, but he isnt a Secret Santa.Otherwise would unhesitatingly plump for him.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: greg stephens
Date: 15 Jan 04 - 03:36 AM

OK OK OK
I have been blind and stupid. John MacKenzie has changed his name, and is called Glok on the original list of Secret Santas that I was working from.
    John McKenzie you are my Secret Santa and I thank you for your wholesome and healthy presents, particularly the Tablet.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: katlaughing
Date: 15 Jan 04 - 03:40 AM

Greg, you may have stumbled on it. John MacKenzie formerly known as Giok IS a Secret Santa; at least he was a Santee, for sure that I know of!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Jan 04 - 11:00 AM

My santee hasn't posted yet. I hope it is not because they hated the pressie :-(


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 15 Jan 04 - 11:11 AM

Bingo!!!!
John


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Partridge
Date: 26 Jan 04 - 06:58 AM

Thanks for the postcard and CD. I still have no idea of who you are?
I know you are from LA and play the fiddle and your first name is Peter.
Thank you santa Peter

Pat x


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: sian, west wales
Date: 26 Jan 04 - 02:30 PM

So ... who's left to 'declare'?

sian


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Clinton Hammond
Date: 26 Jan 04 - 02:55 PM

Still no word from Page Of Cups.....


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Clinton Hammond
Date: 27 Jan 04 - 02:48 PM

I suppose not....


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Partridge
Date: 28 Jan 04 - 04:47 AM

When do we find out who were our santas?

Pat x


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Noreen
Date: 28 Jan 04 - 12:09 PM

My wonderful parcel arrived in the midst of me moving house and moving to another part of the country. I picked it up from the sorting office, opening little bits of it while I was being driven into town to buy new bedding.

Lots of individually wrapped pressies with messages on, home made blackberry jelly which we've just finished, a little tin of salmon paté, and all sorts of Christmas goodies. The photos and fridge magnet went straight up on my fridge so I am constantly reminded of the thoughtful presents and my lovely Santa!

Sorry for the delay in this post, but I've only just got online in my new house.

Thank you so much, Lyrical Lady- the thought and time you put into my present are priceless, and couldn't have come at a better time for me.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Jan 04 - 12:39 PM

Didn't you just move within the last year or two, Noreen? Is this an annual pilgrimage?


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Amos
Date: 28 Jan 04 - 01:16 PM

My patience is boundless.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Noreen
Date: 28 Jan 04 - 01:32 PM

3 yrs ago, SRS, then 2yrs ago, and probably again in about a year's time... when put like that it does seem extreme! At least this move is making me sort out stuff that I've been hanging onto for ages, as there's no room to swing a cat...


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Amos
Date: 29 Jan 04 - 07:05 PM

It's HERE!! It's HERE!! OBOYOBOY!!! YIPPEEEE!!! A PACKAGE FROM A DUCK!!! Yeehawww!!



With a note inside that says, "Got any duck food??"


Just kidding.

Thank YOU, Geoff & Jane. AND Ducklings, too!! I am about to start exploring but I was TOO excited to wait!!


Loverly loverly loverly!!

Yip, yip!!!!

A


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