OT - Twas the Day Before Christmas: Were you Naughty or Nice?
Like a good Jewish boy I'm gonna get some Chinese food and check out a new flick
We are 1/2 Jewish so we'll be halfway with you - eating Chinese but doing some last-minute gift wrapping.
and I'm a good jewish boy who was born on Christmas
Worst present I ever got was some towels when I was 10 years old... towels
Best present obviously the N64 with Mario Kart
You know you're a 90s kid when...
Call me unorthodox (get it, Jewish? Ha ha), but I actually prefer Double Dash on the gamecube, if for no other reason than that there's another layer of complexity (the pervasity of powersliding/blue boosting), so it's more of a challenge. I'm really terrible at picking up and using items, so a system that puts more emphasis on awesome driving is the thing I excell at.
I honestly can't think of a bad Christmas gift I've gotten. My family, being exceptionally frugal, never really did a lot of gifts, so anything was nice. Best Christmas gift? Probably a then-expensive system to control my model trains (Any MGoModelRailroaders on the board?). The best gift I'm giving this year is definitely an ultrabook. Weaseled my way out of paying for it, but I'm doing the customization and setupd and the whole nine yards. I think it'll go over quite well.
Thanks for the Legos, Dad!
Well, I went into my dad's drawers and found the greatest shirt ever... it's mine now.
Slippery Rock State Football... i think it's a 30 year old shirt. Glorious
My wife and I tend to keep the gifts for us to a short, simple list, which means that the approximately 2,000 gifts that each of the kids seem to have will have maximal space under the tree. That being said, I got my wife some jewelry with the birthstones of each of the kids in it, and I might even get a couple items off the list I gave her, which admittedly rivaled the kids' lists for length. I'll take the Michigan gear and the DVD organizer - those are "must haves", in my mind.
I am not sure if this is the absolute worst gift, but certainly the strangest and most out-of-context gift I ever got was a VHS tape of some kids show called "The Butter Cream Gang". I suppose if I was in early elementary school, it would be cool enough, but the three major problems with it were that I was 27 at the time, I no longer had a VHS player at that point, and I had never heard of this show in the first place. My aunt Jean is very well-meaning, but in her mind, I am forever 6 years old, I believe.
Butter Cream gang? I had that too! It was awful in retrospect, you didn't miss out. Stay 6 my friend, stay 6.
(Of course this thread would be negged. Merry Christmas to you too. I hope you get a stocking full of coal. Oh, and by the way, moderators can see who voted up and down on threads so, you know, just saying.)
Everyone (over 100) can see who upvotes and downvotes the threads, just not individual posts.
Well slap my ass and call me "Sally." I'm always the last to figure things out.
Actually, everybody can see who voted on threads. Who peed in this guy's wheaties? (link)
profitgoblue; the "bigtenfootball" douchebag down votes every thread. (check a few threads) Maybe it's time for a free trip to Bolivia for Christmas? .
There's at least one jackass in every crowd.
Just for you.
It's obvious that I've been naughty this year...
I'm at work. We got a company email last week that if we weren't billable we had to take mandatory vacation today. Since I've got plenty to do and little vacation, I'm the only one here.
Chrismas list - FREITAG bag.
Special gift - Rocking chair for pregnant wife.
Worst gift I received- Rogaine
My Mom, said it was Brian Griese's, but she passed away and nobody has ever verified that. It doesn't matter to me though. It's mine all mine!
Being serious here, life has been very good to us in terms of materiial things. The biggest joy this holiday season, as it has been for many years, is spending time with our sons, both Michigan men in every sense of the word, and our new grandson, whose first piece of clothing on this earh was blue with a large maize block M.
Happy holidays to my fellow Mgobloggers.
great Christmas - got her lots of great stuff as she is amazing and deserves everything I can find for her. As for me - I probably do not deserve much but my wife will buy me something nice as she always does. Best gift this Christmas is........a co-worker who is a die hard Notre Lame fan went to the MDEN website and bought us some coffee mugs. The best part is that for the next 20 years he will be receiving the MDEN catalog in in the mail which will drive him crazy - AWESOME
Merry Christmas everyone! GO BLUE
Did Michigan lose or win?
my christmas eve ROCKZ
I think the worst gift Iever got was a slinky...............when I was 28! I went to my wifes family's house and apparently they felt the need to give me a gift and didn't ahave one there so they ran to the local drug store and picked up a slinky! The thought was sincere but it was just funny becasue how do you react to opening a slinky when you are 28 yrs old. And no, it wasn't a prank gift either!
the wife is getting all sorts of running gear from me, and pj's and robes from the kids. Hopefully our kids are like the N64 kids above, as they're both getting laptops (no more FB jacking!).
Merry Christmas all.
Can't wait to see us poke the SEC balloon.
I hope your wife is into running. Otherwise, those are some seriously insensitive gifts!
Yeah - don't want to be the guy who buys his post-pregnancy wife a treadmill, or another time a fly rod, or...
wait that WAS me.
But this is legit.
Not Jewish just too lazy to cook and we will reenact Christmas Story (with duck) ,lol . All day will just enjoy spending time with my family with no interruptions. Got a retro game of Risk. Perhaps a late night game of global domination will cap off a great family day :)
Happy holidays to all MGobloggers!!
Have you ever played a board game called Axis and Allies? Pretty damn good one. Haven't played in forever but its kind of like risk but with little tanks and airplanes to move around.
it's tough finding anybody nerdy enough to play it with.
yeah that's a good one too. When I was younger I was into Avalon Hill games too. Between that and Strat O Matic baseball entire weeks would go by with epic compettions. Ah the good old days...
When I was 11 or 12 my grandma gave me the book "How to Whistle Like a Pro," that came with a plastic record that had tunes to practice on it...
Looking forward to giving my mom her Kindle Fire HD this year...happy holidays, crew!
I got smart this year and bought a weekend of snowboarding/skiing for my family. Best idea ever. I shopped exactly zero minutes this holiday season.
...on Christmas day. It's a great day to travel...for us Hanukkah-celebrating folks. Very quiet at the airports. My wife, otherwise known as 1991 UM Grad, and I focus our gift giving on 2023 UM Grad and 2026 UM Grad. My parents gave each of them a $100 bill, so that was probably this year's highlight for them.
Oddly, while I can't remember a specific gift, my parents - both Jewish - always left presents for me on Christmas morning. We did light a menorah but I never received daily gifts on Chanukah.
Best: Two way tie between a reel to reel tape recorder I got when I was about 10 or so and a dart hunting rifle set. For some reason the sound of my farts was absolutely hilarious to me then (kinda is now too i guess) so would spend many a happy day recording my farts so I could play them for my horrified mother when she least expected it. That tied with a Bengal Tiger hunting set I got that had a wind up Bengal Tiger and a dart pistol and rifle I'd shoot it with. Yes - toys were different back in the 60's.....
Worst: Easy - a complete set of Encylopedias circa 1970 when I was 11.from my Aunt Dorothy. I remember being so unhappy when I got those damn things cause the box was huge, heavy and I was SURE it was something beyond cool. Talk about mismatched expectations. Come to think of it my Aunt Dorothy also gave me my worst birthday present as when I was about 13 I got a book suitable for 8 year olds. Nice aunt but consistently off on kids presents.
In regards to toys being different in your day, they were also probably better. I wouldn't know, I'm in my twenties but I'm a realist and the toys then sure as hell beat the majority of toys of these days i.e. VIDEO GAMES i.e. NOT TOYS. G.I Joes, Ninja Turtles, Legos, that sort of toy that still exists aside, I'd have to say that the toys back "in the day" were better as kids actually had to get off their asses to utilize them. My two cents.
With the team leaving early, yesterday morning, everything is kind of spread out and done early. Wife wants to clean this week, which ugh. Best gift so far is probably Apple TV. Michigan wise got some socks, and a fleece. Oh, and this kinda neat reprints of New York Times Michigan articles. Actually got practical things wife asked for rather than fun things so hopefully she'll be happy.
If you actually did just get your wife practical things she asked for you would do yourself a HUGE favor by running out now and picking up something impractical and romantic that she didnt ask for and putting it under the tree.
Take it from somebody who made that mistake once - what women say and what they really want are miles apart.
She'd be happier with a gift card than jewelry. Her wish list was a skin care thing, pillow cases, a pressure cooker, etc. Friends got her all these beautiful clothes and the ones she can't return she's already thinking about regifting. I'm tired of necklaces she won't wear, or clothes that never get put on because they're "too fancy." Went with what she wants, and threw in a gift card since we get those for female friends, so she has one too. She'll probably buy pots or something. Or a juicer that has never come out of the box. Sigh.
What do you do for a living, M-W? I don't think I know anything about you at all (if you care to share).
I'm an administrator in research at the U-M Health System, primarily. So it's generally not my job that jerks around holiday plans.
And you can blame Six Zero for stopping his member profiles. When he started I figured I was good for one around 2012. But that was when he was doing it every month (or was it more?) and I figured we'd have knocked out like 36 profiles and he'd be getting desperate after 3 years.
Come to think of it, I've never really contributed much more than snark and funny pictures...no graphs or charts...maybe in the off-season I should volunteer to take that over. He's busy with the comic strip, and I could just steal all his questions so he's done all the tough work already. I did enjoy them, and it's to your point.
I think we're at least a few away from being desperate, with some good choices still around. I have no idea how they feel about doing it, but I'd love to see jmblue or Zone Left profiles. DG Destroys and aquaman2342 would definitely be good reads as well, and jhackney could easily be the best of all time if anyone can find him to do it.
I'd like to see LSAClassof2000 profiled.
Yeah, that was just pulling a few guys from the top of the "users by mgopoints" list. Going down a little further, MaizeAndBlueWahoo, joeyb and PurpleStuff would be good reads.
BlueDragon would also be a really interesting read, mainly because everyone on the board would need to find a way to look up at least some stuff. Dude makes some crazy obscure references at times.
I think certain members of MGoBoard are way more obsessed with my supposed obsession with Herm than I am. I can't have made a ~Herm reference more than a handful of times; Oyster just picked up with that one and ran with it.
Also, interviewing Herm would kill him, basically because we all know he's not actually 70 year old guy. Interviewing Herm is like interviewing Santa Claus.
Alsoalso, I'd like to second BlueDragon, and also suggest Owl, simply because I think he's cool.
just think the joke is pretty funny and go along with it for a laugh.
I just meant at his original pace of one a week or even one a month if they had been continuously done we'd have gone through a lot by now. Since they got sidetracked, and had so many new members there's a lot of gold out there still I think. Beyond those mentioned I remember CRex being on board with bring profiled, but it never came to fruition.
I think they're humanizing. Say what you will, but who wouldn't read one about Section 1, or His Dudeness? And not to make anyone toot their own horn, but we've had mods come (and go) who certainly deserve profiling.
but Section 1 was the first thought I had. Good call on Dudeness too. As far as new guys, stephenrjking would be interesting.
I call dibs on yours, by the way. That could be a cool way to kick off the official offseason and segue into you taking over the franchise, provided Six Zero is fine with all that.
Not that I don't think I could just ask simple questions cribbed from Six Zero, but it might be...awkward. And he might be less willing to do it.
I'm sure he'd be more than pleased to answer my questions. I might be the only one around who could make it more awkward than you.
And I say that as a compliment.
This is the nicest thing anyone has ever said about me on MGoBlog
I'll try and get an answer from Six Zero, then email you and we can go from there. Assuming this is something you actually have an interest in doing, of course. I don't want to get carried away.
Merry Christmas by the way.
Then I'm not for it at all. Would only do it with a wholesale endorsement. If it's something he wants to pick back up when he has more time I can wait.
But I'd do it; he's done all the heavy lifting already.maybe try one a month during basketball season, then just see how fast we can whip them out in the real dead time.
And to all a good night.
Best gift? Nintendo and my first real bike.. That was in 90? Awesome christmas
Worst? A breakup on xmas eve.. She was a skank anyway but very real when you were 24 haha
Proposing to my girl tomorrow so hopefully thats the special moment.. If not my bottle of moonshine will cuddle me to sleep... Its a lock but life is funny...
Im too tired for this post but Merry Christmas blue family!
...and congrats in advance!
Good luck and early congratulations! How can a girl say no on Christmas???
It's only a lock if TomVH says it is, or if BKFinest says it isn't. Have you talked to either of them?
No, but I think confirmed it with THE PARTY ROOM
No idea what I'm getting, but every gift I'm giving this year is awesome, so my family better get excited.
What some consider naughty, others consider necessary...
I would like to read poem written by somene from the Michigan Recruiting HQ facebook page:
Not a recruit was stirring, not even Mary Sue Coleman's blouse;
The letters of intent were hung in Brady Hoke's office with care,
In hopes that Derrick Green soon would be there;
The GBW mods were nestled all snug in their beds,
... While visions of Derrick Green danc'd in their heads,
And RoJo's Mama in her 'kerchief, and Treadwell's dad in his cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long soap-opera that was whack,
When out on Tom Beaver's postings there arose such a clatter,
The Recruiting HQ went on their computers to see what was the matter.
Away to his I-Phone, Steven Brown flew like a flash,
Tore through the Rivals message board, and threw up all over his rash.
The moon on the breast gave Mike Farrell in the know,
Gave the lustre of swearing to Ty Issac below;
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear?
But a Derrick Green verbal commitment to Michigan! and along came the HQ members celebrating with a beer!
She asked for a chainsaw, but really wanted something else? I thought it might also make a nice centerpiece.
I'll never forget the Flintstones Shooting Gallery I got one year. Best ever.
In the immortal words that Trey just tweeted:
Being on the naughty list means you had way too much fun the other 364 days of the year and need to spend Christmas Day as punishment to balance it out.
I received a dream catcher from the gas station from my wife's parents one year. It was wrapped in a Shell bag with the $.99 sticker still on it. I am not any part American Indian. Nor had I ever mentioned anything about dream catchers. My wife and I bought them a new flat screen for Christmas that year. I remember watching them open it and tell us that we shouldn't have. Then I got the dream catcher and they all watched me open it like they thought I would love it. The other son in law got a surround sound speaker set.
That. Is. Frackin'. Hilarious. My condolences, but that got a nice laugh out of me. It got so much better when the other son-in-law recieved a nice surround sound system!
My Uncle gave me a Sparty T-shirt. I was polite and said thanks, but it was regifted to a friend later that week.
Gave me an OSU skully cap. I think they gave me a Michigan polo too so I'm pretty sure it was a gag and not mean spirited or dumb. But I still use it to this day. It's the perfect size to hold the extra double sized roll of toilet paper in the bathroom.
I've given and received many cool presents, but this is the present that got away:
If the link doesn't work (it's an expired ebay listing) it was a 1923 vintage belt buckle of the uofm crest. I was going to give it to my bro-in-law and refit/give it a new leather belt strap. But I got outbid at the last second--probably by one of you buggers.
Instead, I went to that vintage Michigan sports store on liberty in Ann Arbor and got him a 1981 media guide (year he was born) with Anthony carter on the cover.
naughty. At the beginning of the football season, I told my wife I'd glady trade an ND and OSU loss for an MSU win. The gods listened.
Although, looking back - if we wouldn't lost 5 in a row I don't know if I would have been able to take it.
Shooting 3s like a champ!
I mostly asked for some new stuff for my road bike and some winter cycling gear.
The worst gifts I've ever gotten were probably some South Pole t shirts from my grandparents that didn't exactly understand that brand's demographics. They tried and I appreciate that, but they missed the mark a bit there.
Not to be Scrooge, but I must say that I'm enjoying the monetary savings and reduction of gift giving stress that being single around the holidays brings this year.