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MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003

Stilly River Sage 03 Dec 03 - 03:08 PM
Rapparee 03 Dec 03 - 03:25 PM
Geoff the Duck 03 Dec 03 - 03:29 PM
Geoff the Duck 03 Dec 03 - 03:30 PM
GUEST,MMario 03 Dec 03 - 03:41 PM
Catherine Jayne 03 Dec 03 - 03:58 PM
Stilly River Sage 03 Dec 03 - 03:59 PM
GUEST,Kim C no cookie 03 Dec 03 - 04:49 PM
Stilly River Sage 03 Dec 03 - 05:44 PM
Rapparee 03 Dec 03 - 06:22 PM
GUEST,Santa Cruz & Elf Dude 03 Dec 03 - 06:55 PM
GUEST,Stilly River Sage 03 Dec 03 - 07:33 PM
Noreen 03 Dec 03 - 07:46 PM
Liz the Squeak 03 Dec 03 - 07:52 PM
Tweed 03 Dec 03 - 07:58 PM
Peg 03 Dec 03 - 08:00 PM
Amos 03 Dec 03 - 08:52 PM
GUEST,Tony minus cookie 03 Dec 03 - 09:10 PM
GUEST,Stilly River Sage 03 Dec 03 - 09:31 PM
Rustic Rebel 03 Dec 03 - 09:59 PM
open mike 03 Dec 03 - 10:09 PM
Rapparee 03 Dec 03 - 10:13 PM
GUEST 03 Dec 03 - 10:28 PM
GUEST,MAG at work 03 Dec 03 - 10:31 PM
Rapparee 03 Dec 03 - 10:34 PM
GUEST,freds 03 Dec 03 - 10:42 PM
Lonesome EJ 03 Dec 03 - 10:56 PM
Lonesome EJ 03 Dec 03 - 10:58 PM
GUEST,Stilly River Sage 04 Dec 03 - 12:50 AM
GUEST,Stilly River Sage 04 Dec 03 - 12:52 AM
open mike 04 Dec 03 - 02:34 AM
Roger the Skiffler 04 Dec 03 - 03:48 AM
Dave Bryant 04 Dec 03 - 07:00 AM
InOBU 04 Dec 03 - 07:29 AM
GUEST,catsphiddle! 04 Dec 03 - 07:36 AM
The Fooles Troupe 04 Dec 03 - 07:50 AM
GUEST,MMario 04 Dec 03 - 08:25 AM
InOBU 04 Dec 03 - 09:47 AM
Roger the Skiffler 04 Dec 03 - 10:07 AM
Stilly River Sage 04 Dec 03 - 10:09 AM
Peg 04 Dec 03 - 10:14 AM
Stilly River Sage 04 Dec 03 - 10:20 AM
GUEST,MMario 04 Dec 03 - 10:30 AM
Peg 04 Dec 03 - 10:30 AM
Alaska Mike 04 Dec 03 - 10:31 AM
GUEST,MMario 04 Dec 03 - 10:34 AM
Stilly River Sage 04 Dec 03 - 10:38 AM
GUEST,MMario 04 Dec 03 - 10:51 AM
Dave Bryant 04 Dec 03 - 10:52 AM
Peg 04 Dec 03 - 11:33 AM
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Subject: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Dec 03 - 03:08 PM

A pickup truck crunches into the gravel drive and parking lot in front of a smallish solid log building. A warm glow eminates from the windows on the front and those in view on the side. Smoke curls from the chimney and occasional puffs of smoke come from behind the building.

"Ah! It looks like MMario is stoking up the smoker for the auroch already!" A small noise in the doorway attracts your attention to the small tidy cat, every hair in place in a fluffy winter coat. The cats have stayed cleaner this autumn, ever since the jello pit was filled in and that spot was plumbed and wired for a large 16-seater hot tub. The cats like to walk around the outer rim and bump their heads into the heads of the occasional patrons who take time for a hot soak.

Sage heads to the back of her pickup truck and pulls out a heavy cooler filled with salmon destined for the smoker and lugs it into the tavern and leaves it beside the door into the kitchen, then heads back out to retreive the box of Norwegian breads and cookies.

The front room is looking good, and a freshly cut tree is propped in the corner next to a tree stand. Someone has been busy getting ready for the holiday bash. The washrooms are tidy and empty of occupants, and there is no duct tape extant anywhere in the building, save the lone large roll tucked under the bar.

A warm breeze blows in from that southern door that sits ajar. This is where the Oz contingent have been known to enter, while there is a sharp cold draft and a snowy aspect through the glass in the top of the closed northern door. The folks from the north end of the northern hemisphere usually track snow in through this portal. Funny, but you can't see these doors when you're out in the drive or the parking lot. All in all, it has been nicely cleaned up and put to rights after last year.

Anybody here?

There's a thump and rustling sounds come from the kitchen. . .


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: Rapparee
Date: 03 Dec 03 - 03:25 PM

And with a squeal of brakes two overloaded trucks, each pulling a double trailer, pull into the parking lot.

"Where do ya want 'em?" asks one driver. "They's a gift from the Idaho Catters. Spuds and lentils. Got 28 tons of each, and if you don't have a place for 'em we're gonna dump 'em right here. We got schedules to keep." And he spit a wad of tobacco juice onto the gravel.


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 03 Dec 03 - 03:29 PM

A cough echoes from the left hand alcove. A voice intones " Thank Christ someone is here at last. I was beginnning to think it might be just me and the bar staff..."


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 03 Dec 03 - 03:30 PM

Pull up a stool and I'll get some in before the rush!


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 03 Dec 03 - 03:41 PM

Is the kitchen ready? I've got a brand new copy of 'Cooking the mythological Beast in Modern Times - I thought perhaps this year we could try some wyvern. I'm not sure Aurochs is going to satisfy everyone.

Did the potatoes and lentils for the stew arrive?


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 03 Dec 03 - 03:58 PM

Well these bloody crutches are a real inconvenience but I've made it here at last!!!!

Pour me a large whiskey and pass the nibbles!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Dec 03 - 03:59 PM

I'll just pop out to the truck for the industrial sized jar of bay leaves and a box of onions I picked from the garden.

Geoff t. Duck, were you humming to yourself or strumming an instrument when I first came in? I thought I heard a radio playing, but perhaps it was you?


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: GUEST,Kim C no cookie
Date: 03 Dec 03 - 04:49 PM

Howsabout a Christmas belly dance?


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Dec 03 - 05:44 PM

Is that credit card still around here that people charged the booze on for the last couple of years? It's time to check the credit limit and break out a few bottles!


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: Rapparee
Date: 03 Dec 03 - 06:22 PM

Isn't that on the table in the back, the card that has "George W. Bush" as the cardholder?


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: GUEST,Santa Cruz & Elf Dude
Date: 03 Dec 03 - 06:55 PM

Yo! Mudcattin' dudes and dudettes! What's the haps? Jus' wanted to let you 'Catters know that Santa Cruz and Elf Dude have been bustin' ass makin' really cool stuff fer you guys. Lotsa guitars and mandolins and pennywhistles and such. Like, we're ready and waitin' fer yer cards an' letters to start rollin' in, so don't be draggin' ass and waitin' 'til the last minute, okay?. We don't do stress real well, you know. We been layin' off th' magic dust so, like, we can read 'em without makin' so many mistakes. Man! We're really sorry about all the screwups last year. Like whoever it was wanted a new banjo and got a Care Bear doll instead. Hey, if it means anything to ya, the little girl that was supposed to get the Care Bear's playin' a really mean-assed "Clinch Mountain Backstep". And we promise to remember that guitars don't bounce so, like, just throwin' 'em from the sleigh's not such a good idea, huh?   

We'll be checkin' back in with you guys later. Have fun at yer party. Don't get too wasted.

Ho, ho, ho and all that shit.

Santa Cruz an' Elf Dude


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: GUEST,Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Dec 03 - 07:33 PM

No no no! I wouldn't let Dubya pay for my drinks! No, this was left behind a couple of years ago by a regular Mudcatter. And it seems to automatically pay for itself.


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: Noreen
Date: 03 Dec 03 - 07:46 PM

Yes, Bert's Gold Card behind the bar is still current- the expiry date magically moves on every year!

ermm.... folks.... (in a shy voice)
Can I introduce my friend? We've brought our own mistletoe... and he makes a really hot chilli...

err, no, I don't think his chilli recipe calls for lentils...


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 03 Dec 03 - 07:52 PM

Yeah, well, thank f*%$ for that..... had a fairly shitty week so far and it's only Wednesday, so lie me under the barrel and let me forget for a while.

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: Tweed
Date: 03 Dec 03 - 07:58 PM

"Scoot over Liz" eggsclamed pore Tweed,"Are ye nekkid? I hab chocolate reighndeers in my pocket!"


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: Peg
Date: 03 Dec 03 - 08:00 PM

aw, Liz..cheer up! I have brought homemade truffles!   They just need to "set up" for another hour or so...

(Peg darts into the kitchen to find a nice cool corner to set them in)

Okay, I'll have a nice single malt Irish whiskey...
and does anyone mind if I build up the fire a bit? it's COLD out there!

Kat, how's the knee? I can see you're soon to be feeling no pain!

I have had a crap week so far too, but am ready to forget my troubles...


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: Amos
Date: 03 Dec 03 - 08:52 PM

Peg, lemme pull up alongside and raise a glass of single malt and ask you for a sweet song for releasing crappy weeks and worldly troubles. I am (in 3D) just leaving to tear through the midnight desert to Arizona to sit in on the last few minutes of BBW's Dad, a grim duty but one honorable to do and well deserved. Don't mind, then, as I slip out the back as soon as your song is done!

Love this crew, and you, truly.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: GUEST,Tony minus cookie
Date: 03 Dec 03 - 09:10 PM

Tony the ex-patriot Yorkshireman wanders in through the Southern door and notes the replacement of the Jello pit with a hot tub with approval. He sadly informs the other cats that poor old Kishi aka Camo passed on last June so won't be along to share the fun this year, then shouts steak tartare and baileys all round for them. Now, how much room have we got for dancing - Kat looks a bit of a lost cause this year but Liz and the belly dancer might be worth asking after a gin or two. What can the band play - come to that do we have a band yet?


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: GUEST,Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Dec 03 - 09:31 PM

Since Bert's card is still good, see if there's a nice cabernet savignon back there. I have been swamped all week myself and could stand a glass before contemplating the entertainment possibilities. I studied belly dancing myself MANY years ago, and have, after two children, cultivated a bit of a belly for it (while still managing to fit into a US size 8).

Hmm, I didn't bring any apparel for the hot tub--would anyone mind if I climbed in in my underwear? (Victoria's Secret, of course!)


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: Rustic Rebel
Date: 03 Dec 03 - 09:59 PM

I walk in through the northern door shaking off the cold and snow. I had a hell of a time getting here tonight, the roads are slicker than snot out there.

Hey all! Happy Christmas!
I thought I would turn you all on to my pumpkin pie drink this year. A little something I created awhile back. I brought enough fixings to put an auroch on his knees. I forgot to add this to the 'Whiskey before breakfast' cookbook, but all I do is mix up pumpkin, spices, cream and rum and blend it with ice, top it with whipped cream and here's to you.

I'll start blending some up and passing out some shots if I have any takers.

I see we have felines in the bar again this year. Please kitty stay away from me. After last year and the cat attack to my boobs I'm still leaking. (where do you think I got the cream for the drinks?!)

MMario- Is there a blender in the kitchen?...


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: open mike
Date: 03 Dec 03 - 10:09 PM

clothing optional tub would be the best way..
and hopefully all who want are able to get in.
should we have a ramp or a diving board for entree!

no splashing on the instruments, though.

here is a yule log to put on the fire...
to bring warmth and cheer to all.

did you say bailey's? yes, please!


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: Rapparee
Date: 03 Dec 03 - 10:13 PM

And at the door stands a raggy man, begrimed, bewhiskered, and benighted, the very picture of poverty.

"Wouldst help a poor, yet educated, fellow who just bought a house and is now amongst the downtrodden of the Earth?" he asks, tentatively holding out a ten-gallon mug. "I've just moved from the Effete East to the Wild West, and this is the smallest drinking vessel that fit. Just fill it up with that Johnny Walker Blue for a starter, like a good human being."

There is some whispering, as the Raggy Man is dressed in angora chaps, thigh-high riding boots, and a swept-hilted rapier. And, except for his glasses, nothing else.

He suddenly realizes that his costume leaves something to be desired and in embarassment rushes out the door. Within a micromoment he is back, dressed as before, but now wearing a black 10X Stetson with a PRCA crease and roll and sporting a rattlesnake hatband.

"Gentlemen ALWAYS wear the correct headgear," he says, taking a sip from his mighty mug.


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Dec 03 - 10:28 PM


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: GUEST,MAG at work
Date: 03 Dec 03 - 10:31 PM

Aha, for the season we need a very very large wooden bowl -- like the one under my arm -- filled with mulled cider -- like in this jug -- and in true wassail fashion throw in whatever you got -- in my case, a pint of Hennessey.

Band? pick-up band? well, I just happen to have my band book, my guitar cum pickup, and my new peavey solo amp (this season's present to myself) with. Angelina Baker anybody? Who's calling?


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: Rapparee
Date: 03 Dec 03 - 10:34 PM

"A peavey?" asks the Raggy Man. "Wait one, I think I've got one in my truck."

A minute later he returns, instrument in hand.

"Sorry," he says, "no peavey. Will this cant hook work instead?"


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: GUEST,freds
Date: 03 Dec 03 - 10:42 PM

Merry Joyous Season, Good Friends!

We have come to make merry with you, and to observe another of your festive celebrations.

Do you mind if we drink some of these lentils?

Thank you. If you wish, we play a mean escolutane and would be happy to perform, if you have a 1711.67 volt DC outlet for the pramplifire.


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 03 Dec 03 - 10:56 PM

LEJ enters, unloops the long muffler from around his throat, knocks the snow off his top hat, removes his wool mittens and rubs his hands in the warmth of the fire. Greeting the crowd in the Tavern, he pours himself a mug of mulled wine, lights two candles on a shelf behind the bar, and ties a rather dingy apron around his middle Aye, not a fit night out for man, beast, nor Mudcatter. On such a night, how fine it is to feel the warmth of the fire, hear the music of the harp and dulcimer, drink deep of the spirit of the season pauses here to tip up his mug and enjoy the company of convivial friends. A Merry Christmas to all of ye!


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 03 Dec 03 - 10:58 PM

and taking a seat behind the bar, he rubs his head in consternation and studies a book called Common Mistakes in HTML and How to Fix Them


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: GUEST,Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Dec 03 - 12:50 AM

    I thought perhaps this year we could try some wyvern. I'm not sure Aurochs is going to satisfy everyone.

MMario, are you talking about some of this? Does it taste like chicken? Should I see if there is some soy sauce or Worchester sauce out in the back of the pickup?


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: GUEST,Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Dec 03 - 12:52 AM

Wor-chester-shire. Maybe it would be easier just to get some A-1. :)


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: open mike
Date: 04 Dec 03 - 02:34 AM

Sorcha has a great recipe for home made "W"
sauce (Wor-ches-ter-shire, not Wyvern)
perhaps she would like to snuggle up in
a big chair with a blankie by the fire
and relax and sit a spell & if she is feeling
like eating we can serve her up some munchies
and she won't have to cook or clean, just relax.

hey look the grey hound bus just pulled up

and here comes maid marion fiddle in hand
and guitar too. vegetarian food only please.

though smoked salmon might be considered o.k.!!
i brought some hickory, alder and apple weood for the smoker

is that what the puffs of smoke out back
are coming from or is there something else
goin on out there??


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 04 Dec 03 - 03:48 AM

Are you sure the cats are gone? I just stepped in something just outside the door. I think it's shinola.
You know me I can't tell....
I've finished my last bottle of 3-star Metaxas at home so I've come here for a small drop, before I start on the seven-star and the Cypriot brandy. Herself wanted to use it in the Xmas puddings, but I checked the fire insurance and it's an excluded risk.
How do we get a space in the hot tub? Is it by lots, or first come first served. (Waddya mean no-one is to "come" in the hot tub?? Keep it clean, it is Xmas.)

RtS


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: Dave Bryant
Date: 04 Dec 03 - 07:00 AM

Liz & Kat - stop hogging those barrels and let me see what real ale we've got on this year.

This looks interesting, we seem to have Jockstrap's "Santa's Old Bollocks" (7.3% abv) and "Full Frontal Lobotomy" (8.8% abv) from the Nissed Pewt Brewery company. Well there's no point in drinking the weak stuff, so I'll fill my quart tankard with the FFL.

What's that funny smell ? - oh Liz, are drinking the Jockstrap's ? - someone should have warned you about the flatulence problem with their beers. According to the CAMRA magazine, the brewery chairman is a great supporter of alternative energy sources and developed his ales accordingly. All the brewery vehicles (including the directors' Rolls Royces) are methane powered. Can anyone find an suitable "No Naked Lights" sign to stick on the LtS derriere ?


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: InOBU
Date: 04 Dec 03 - 07:29 AM

Well, it is Carabou and Yorkshire Pud from Genie and me, glazed with Dejon mustard, splash of cream sherry spikes of garlic, and hopefully Kev McGraw will show up and accompany me and me ould Uilleann Pipes to play Engine 33 to remember Friends not here, and then some Xmas music... Genie offers bathing suits to those in the clothing optional hot tub... Mmmmm time to pour the pudding into the hot drippings....
Cheers
Larry


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: GUEST,catsphiddle!
Date: 04 Dec 03 - 07:36 AM

Just coz Im on sticks doesn't mean I can't dance!!!

Sorry Dave for hogging the barrel.....are you sure you want it now I've had my mouth round the tap??!!!!!!!...well it was worth a try to keep it all to myself!!

mmmmmm chilli sounds good!!


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 04 Dec 03 - 07:50 AM

A strange looking person, wearing the front half of a Panto horse, shambles in and starts to pester people to by tickets for The Mudcat Christmas Panto 2003 ...


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 04 Dec 03 - 08:25 AM

I was thinking something - maybe Tandoori Wyvern? Yes - tastes a lot like chicken - but the Wyvern I got was a "free-flight" wyvern - so the meat tends to be darker - just a touch of gamyness - maybe it takes more like quail then chicken?


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: InOBU
Date: 04 Dec 03 - 09:47 AM

I read my post to Genie, before she left for work, have to tell you all her reaction... contented grin as she puttered about saying, yes yes yes, forgetfull mudcatters... forgot their bathing suits, lets see, big shoping bag of bathing suits for all...
Cheers Larry


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 04 Dec 03 - 10:07 AM

Shame about the jello pit. It got three stars in last year's Festive Season issue of Female Nude Mudwrestler's Monthly (I buy it for the crossword). Now look at all the notices above the hot tub: "No nudity, no drinking, no farting, no cavorting." No fun. Just let me get the liquid paper and cover up all those nos

RtS


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Dec 03 - 10:09 AM

Larry, you call that little eye patch and dixie cups on a string a bathing suit? Where did Genie do her shopping?!

I noticed the small print on the side of the tub--it said "suggested seating--16 really really big adults--may hold up to 24 of the more standard size adults". And cannonballs are forbidden!

catsPHiddle, did you notice the trapeze harness hanging from the ceiling? If you look up into the rafters (since we have a nice cathedral ceiling in here) you'll see a couple of pipes and a pully system. Just fasten yourself into the harness and adjust the tension on the line so it keeps you upright and you can walk around the room without the stick. Just don't get tangled in the tree, and for god's sake, no one push that little red button beside the bar while she's wearing it! I hate to think of what could happen. . .


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: Peg
Date: 04 Dec 03 - 10:14 AM

well, the truffles got scarfed (shame on you catters, eating your sweets before your savories!) so I'm off to the kitchen to help those that are rustling up some grub.
Erm, I think I'll just finish off this whiskey so it doesn't, ah, gather dust...thank ye Amos. Must think of another song while I'm in the kitchen..maybe the Wexford Carol with those spiffy new lyrics from Renbourne...one for the quiet moments 'round the fire later.

Wow. The kitchen is remarkably clean considering there's some hot necking going on in the pantry, and several people at the counter, scratching their heads standing round an old copy of Martha Stewart's Living and several boxes of confectioner's sugar, a bag of gumdrops, and a jar of silver candy balls...wait, is that a gingerbread house you're bulding?!?

Okay, good luck, you guys.

How about (a few of my specialties):
Cream of mushroom soup with champagne and tarragon?
Venison medallions, soaked in a Guinness-Worcestershire marinade and fried in butter?
Broiled salmon steaks, drizzled with a honey-lemon-garlic-cumin-red pepper glaze?
Red potatoes done with butter and fresh parsley?
and for dessert...spicy, clovy gingerbread, still warm from the oven, with real whipped cream.

Oh, and later, I can make some real hot chocolate with Peppermint Schnapps...mmm...

all this dairy wreaks havoc with the singing voice! But what the hell, it's the holidays.


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Dec 03 - 10:20 AM

Sounds great, Peg! I heard tell of that gingerbread house, a super-duper two-storey one. But make the openings small or the cats will try to visit the inside.

Honk honk

Oh oh. Sounds like Canadian geese. Or were those distant calls Trumpeter Swans? Did someone leave that north door open? Birds that big could really take up an awful lot of room in the tub. Better shut the door, someone. . .


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 04 Dec 03 - 10:30 AM

Peg - can I apprentice to you?

Sorry about the Living magazine - it was supposed to go back behind the bushes for the 'possum.

Can a 1/25 reproduction of Mont St. Michel qualify as a gingerbread house? We were thinking of doing Schloss Stolzenfels but decided that would be a bit much.


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: Peg
Date: 04 Dec 03 - 10:30 AM

hmm, I know the geese HERE are saying "Wha happen?" with this sudden drop in temperature. Some winters it's so warm they have plenty to eat; some years (like last year and perhaps this one) they face lots of snow and cold. Confusing for them, and many stay in Boston year round because of milder winters in recent years.

Let's put some corn and bread and cranberries out for them, shall we?
Maybe we could even get some of those lazy gits by the faire to make cranberry-popcorn strings for the trees outside? Easy enough   to do even after a half-barrel of ale...


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: Alaska Mike
Date: 04 Dec 03 - 10:31 AM

Alaska Mike appears at the door in sandals, bermuda shorts and his brightest Aloha shirt. "Hi gang. It sure is nice to travel south where its warm. Can I leave this door open?" He places the large platter of smoked salmon on the serving table, taps the keg of homebrewed Porter and quickly wishes all Mudcatters the happiest of holidays.


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 04 Dec 03 - 10:34 AM

They like Calypso in Alaska, right? I think there is a steel drum band in one of the back rooms. They were practicing 'Little Drummer Boy last I knew...steel drum and glockenspeil.


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Dec 03 - 10:38 AM

Flutter Flap Swoop



Er, Mike, you left that door open. Now look what has happened--I believe that's a mute swan and it headed straight for the tub. Better get those popcorn strings going if you're going to lure that big guy back out of there.


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: GUEST,MMario
Date: 04 Dec 03 - 10:51 AM

Welcome, Prince of Lir! Have you come to share our feast?


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: Dave Bryant
Date: 04 Dec 03 - 10:52 AM

I don't think it's a swan from the Thames, so I suggest we catch it, wring it's neck, pluck it, and give it to MMario to cook. Hold on - I said P-L-U-C-K it - wait until the Welsh and Antipodean contingents arrive - I'm sure they'll bring some sheep.


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Subject: RE: BS: MUDCAT Christmas Tavern 2003
From: Peg
Date: 04 Dec 03 - 11:33 AM

Oh Dave, those geese never did anything to you! I prefer to eat critters raised for slaughter or hunted by locals...but heck, any way to cut down the population is okay, I guess. That venison did not wander in from the farm, that's for sure...
maybe some late arrivals will bring in some roadkill, a pheasant or two, maybe a wild turkey?

I have always thought yam was a better name for an animal than a tuber..


MMario, nice architecture on that gingerbread! But how many times must I tell you, Crisco really does make the best mortar for the chimney...save that fois gras for the hors d'oeuvres!


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