Well, it's Christmas morning; time for some
eggnog and that toxic stuff your uncle always brings
over. I'd like to throw you a slide show of
all the happenings in the last few weeks, but it's
not going to happen this morning, this is a morning
for iPods and other such sacrifices... Nothing
long-winded to say, just a simple and clear message;
peace, enjoy, be happy... Merry Christmas
from all of us at the Abattoir, do your bestest
to everyone you don't know (...that's our way of
saying, Smile...) Have a great weekend.
happy Chanukah to all our Jewish readers...
I admit, I really don't know squat about Chanukah
other than what I've learned by asking questions
on the Abattoir.BBs of our Jewish patrons and from
Adam Sandler songs -- not wanting to look as misinformed
as our Prime Minister (...who went to light the
second candle on the menorah and made front page...)
I decided to check out some of the customs myself...
Since I was getting no Google Points with my attempted
spelling of Chanukah, I decided to just type "Jewish"
into Google and pray I didn't end up on some government
list; the result yielded tons of info, oddly much
of it about jewelry, but I did find "The
only free Jewish encyclopedia on the Internet"
-- I held on to this link, figured there's a good
chance I'd need it. Next I stumbled onto OU.ORG
(Orthodox Union) which contained everything you
need to know about being Jewish, and then some...
I don't know how the Jews do it really, the rules
are endless! Here's a page on just Chanukah
(...also includes handy Chanukah Burn & Scald
Prevention instructions...) Every detail is covered,
right down to what kind of material is kosher for
lighting the menorah. Did you place your menorah
at the correct height!? Here's an excerpt:
"Ideally, the Chanukah lights are not to be
placed at a lower height than three 'tefachim' (handbreadths),
about eighteen inches, from the ground, nor at a
greater height than ten 'tefachim' above the ground;
that is, they should be placed between a height
of approximately eighteen inches and about five
feet." I admire you if you can even remember
half of the "rules", but I digress...
Happy Chanukah my friends, enjoy the festival, and
now I know that Chanukah is not "the Jewish
Christmas", learned today. I have a lot
of reading to do -- is there a Cole's Jew publication?
more quick Thank-You to all the BTM45 patrons for
your generosity with our "Frag4Food" drive,
The Daily Bread Food Bank recently received the
Abattoir Payload (...SPAM free...) of goodness you
all made happen and they we're rather surprised
when they heard how many were involved in raising
it; I say we have an Abattoir.Net PokerNite -- Bring
your cans... "I see your Beans&Pork
and raise you two Chunky Steak&Potato, let's
see if you've got any Honey&Nuts."
We're getting a lot of "when's the date then?"
emails from anxious LAN junkies curious about the
date for BTM46, we were throwing around the idea
of a New Years BTM, but there would be way too many
casualties, me thinks... No date's been locked
down, but we're probably throwing our grenades into
the second or so week in the new year (...which
of course, means our first 2005 BTM...) Join
the Abattoir.BBs Forums and make your voice heard.
took today off to do my Christmas shopping...
Yes, a day off to shop -- last week I popped over
to Canadian Tire on a Saturday morning to grab a
power distribution network (...it's a heavy-duty
extension cord with sockets located every 8 feet;
It's still an extension cord, but as a "power
distribution network" I don't mind paying $69,
I mean, it's not like I'm buying an "extension
cord"...) but as I stood in the line-up to
purchase my new wire, I lost 20 minutes of my life...
I don't even want to know what the malls are like
on a Saturday afternoon, so I decided to make a
weekday my dedicated shopping day. The chosen
day started with a flat tire on the rear passenger
side; I was almost riding the rim before I noticed
it (...there was a lot of pull this time when I
tried to bring it up on two wheels down Mississauga
Road...) A stop at a Petro Canada for tire
air and I made it to the mall nice and early to
nail prime parking, right at the gate. The
easy part for me was the fact that I was shopping
for only one person, Isis... She has 'taken
care of Christmas' again for me, and I don't know
how to thank her -- Oops, here's the Bill!
Remember, Folks... It's not about the gift,
it's about the thought. Please don't overspend
or excerpt yourself this year, give something from
the heart... (aka: Isis is getting screwed
again this year)
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