Christmas: T Minus Thirteen Days

This very well may be the last Christmas for this blog so for the next two weeks I’m going to highlight Christmases past as swell as Christmas present via photos.

Friday And Saturday Night Going Out
I met up with some friends for a few beers at Benchwarmers before we drove up to Pho Da Loi #2 on Buford Highway where I ate a very delicious bowl of pho.

On Saturday night I convinced myself to drive up to Little 5 Points to attend the The Whiskey Gentry show at the newly-renovated Variety Playhouse. The show was fantastic and I was home by midnight. Between 2:00am-3:00am I woke up feeling meh, almost as if I were drunk. It was strange given that I had stopped drinking many hours earlier.

ITP Flickr Pic From The Archives
2006: “Merry Vortex Christmas” (Atlanta, Georgia, United States)
Merry Vortex Christmas
Hard to believe that I took this photo of the Little 5 Points Vortex ten years ago, back in the days when they hoisted a Santa hat onto their iconic doorway during the holidays.

ITP Flickr Pic
2016: “Christkindl Market Tree” (Atlanta, Georgia, United States)
Christkindl Market Tree
On Friday afternoon I made it over to the Christkindl Market at Atlantic Station. The weather was really cold, and the market was really small, so I didn’t stay long. At least some of the booths sounded as if they were staffed by actual Germans.

Bonus ITP Flickr Pics
Here are a couple more photos for today. They are here because they are time-dependent. All of these games will be donated to Goodwill on Wednesday. If you have a desire to own any, or all, of these games and you can guarantee to take possession of them by the beginning of the new year I will save them for you, first come, first served in the comments.

Games On The Chopping Block

Here are the games that are in the box to the left.
Games On The Chopping Block

The games like Password, The Match Game, and Chit Chat are from the 1950s-1960s and tickle me. However these games have sat in the basement unused for over a decade.

Stay At Home Sunday
I saw that the temperature was not going to much higher than freezing by 9am so I backed out of playing street hockey. As the morning marched on my desire to hang outside at the Black Sheep Hash also waned, so I stayed home all day instead.

I used the day to gather the games pictured above, watch a little football, write this blog, make some food, and do a little Swift development.

I Am Not Allowed In A Grocery Store For Awhile
My cupboards are filled, very filled, my refrigerator is well-stocked, and my freezer has food that needs to need to be eaten. Until such time as I’ve made a significant dent in the food that I have in the ITP Estate I am not allowed to go into a grocery store unless it’s to buy milk, bread, or eggs. I will attempt to limit my visits to restaurants as well, though I won’t be turning down offers to have a little Christmas fun…

Make it a great Monday friends.

Christmas Cheers,
Paulie [eatl/ga]

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12 Responses to Christmas: T Minus Thirteen Days

  1. Barb says:

    Masterpiece – I had that game & played it a lot growing up, though I have no idea how to play it anymore.

    We figured out Yahtzee worked well as a roadtrip game on time many years ago – throw the dice in the box. It was a pretty funny roadtrip. Even driver got to play, as they could throw dice into the box, and hope the person in the passenger seat played fair.

    Now I want to play a board game.

    Weekend was average – painted Saturday morning, ran a couple errands, addressed Christmas cards, went to a Parrothead Christmas party.

    Sunday morning Allan took his LT test – they get their score right away, but they have no idea where they are in the rankings for maybe a week. But -thru asking everyone around what their score was, he did pretty well, so I think he will be fine.
    I finished the majority of the Christmas cards Sunday – so they are in the mail today. Also baked some cookies, not sure why, as I really don’t need to eat a bunch of cookies. But – they are tasty.
    Skyline Chili for dinner – since Allan was celebrating being able to not have to study anymore.

  2. steve says:

    Weekend not quite as planned. After some morning chores Saturday, I took off on my CX bike for what turned out to be 27. I managed to scare up two pheasants (non-native, but seeded for hunting) and a new dog who liked to run in front of my bike!

    I was going to take a quick nap and still make it to a friends Christmas party, only I woke up at 9:30PM!! Debbie was no better, right next to me. She did get up to make us sandwiches, but we had crashed again until morning.

    Yesterday was more chores and some lumberjacking. Such fun pushing over small trees with the tractor! Oh but for the bolldozer, I could get some real work done. Debbie has laid out what she’d like as some new controlled space for the horses, so I get to push over a bunch more small stuff! Yippee!


  3. steve says:

    And congratulations Lieutenant Grove!!

  4. From my forty-year-old memories of Masterpiece it has something to do with bidding on classic paintings. I have no idea how one wins, however.

    I think that all my Christmas cards are in the mail, I walked the final batch up to the post office on Saturday. You know, on Saturday I realized that when I moved into East Atlanta I was (only) 34 years old. Wow. I feel as if a lifetime has passed, because perhaps it has.

  5. Fun times, Steve. Fun times. 😉

    And can someone explain to me why ABC isn’t offering “The Great American Baking Show” on iTunes? Seriously, I want to give them money for this show, but they are refusing to allow me to do so. No wonder people steal content…

  6. Barb says:

    Are the instructions still in Masterpiece? I think I want to play. (I’m sure I could find them online – but………
    I remember the paintings – but that’s all I remember.

    oh yeah – next part (& last) part of the basement project is figuring out the stairwell. I think we decided to paint a darker green over that god awful orangish color, but first we need to KILZ everything & paint the ceiling. Then the very last part, the hardest part, figuring how to get that carpet off the stairs, and what to do with them.

    Sunday 12/18 may be a “Use the fryer because we have oil that cost too much to use only once” day. Gregg & Deb are going to be here from VA for a party Saturday night, and the weather might be pleasant enough to sit outside on the deck. Or, if it isn’t, maybe we will set up a table in the basement, or maybe just a fire pit with a roaring fire next to the fryer. If we do it, feel free to bring something to fry, wings, egg rolls, french fries, tater tots, cheese sticks, etc. (we already have cheese curds in the freezer)

  7. Barb says:

    Wouldn’t that TV show be on the ABC app or ABC website? (for free?)

  8. I haven’t opened the box, but I would guess that the instructions are inside — or online somewhere if I really want to know.

    ABC’s website does have the show but I had much difficulty trying to watch the first episode. The website wanted me to log onto a service provider, I’m a cord cutter. I noticed that AT&T U-Verse was an option and since I pay them a ridiculous amount of money a month for internet service I tried logging in using my credentials with them; that was tougher than imagined. Then because I run some ad-blocking, tracking-blocking extensions in my browsers the video wouldn’t immediately play back. It’s much easier for me to pay them for the season and download it; I’d also be able to watch it anywhere without an internet connection then. Oh well, if they don’t want my money they won’t get it.

    While you are frying all the goodness think good thoughts for me as I attempt to win $2000 playing bingo that night! 😀

  9. Barb says:

    You can always come to my house & watch it on demand (we don’t even have to be there) – I have no idea how to do all those things you do, I just watch it on my TV.

  10. Barb says:

    So this friend of Kat’s (& Terri – Star Whore) named Laura who is “our age” had a stroke, brain aneurysm or something Thursday afternoon. I’ve met her a few times at parties. There seems to be no ryhme or reason for why it happened.
    She is being taken off life support today. This is just a reminder – life is way too short. I’m just in shock & sad.

  11. steve says:

    Wow.. I saw that post and wondered.

    Life is indeed short.

  12. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Very sad, but another reminder…

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