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China celebrates the start of the Year of the Pig in February. But Chinese scientists have gotten an early start by successfully breeding partially green fluorescent pigs which they hope will boost stem cell research, Xinhua news agency said.
Once again I have written a “ghoul pool.” This one is different from many, where everyone makes their picks and puts their money into a pot. Mine is just for fun and I try to create a humorous entry about each one. All of my 2006 entries are still alive. I’m only making a few changes in this year’s pool, “Hopin’ for Heaven in 2007.”
Paul and Lori Friday, of Dormont, check their bags as they return some Christmas gifts at Ross Park Mall last night. The Fridays waited until late in the day to head to the mall, trying to avoid the traditional day-after shopping rush.
Imagine it. You own a 3600-square-foot luxury home in Newport Beach, California, south of Los Angeles. But, truth be told, you can't bear to have the neighbors over for dinner, because the place really looks like a dump compared to the other homes in the neighborhood. So you remodel. Finally, your house is a home!
It's now an established fact. Avian Flu, also known as Bird Flu or Deadly Bird Flu, has reached the pandemic phase. An Egyptian woman as died of the disease. Cynics like me can now rest at ease, knowing that money has been well spent in the US and elsewhere, where governments are publishing critical information about when to panic and how to develop your personal strategy for hoarding water and toilet paper.
Welcome to the Christmas edition of getting to know your friends. Okay, here's what you're supposed to do, and try not to be a SCROOGE!!! Just copy this entire post and paste into your own blog. Change all the answers so that they apply to you. 'Tis the Season to be NICE!
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper.
2. Real tree or artificial? Real. You did say “tree,” right?
3. When do you put up the tree? Trra-dition!!! Christmas Eve.
4. When do you take the tree down? Sometime in January. It’s something of a family tradition to wait until most of the needles fall onto the floor. The rest can be easily dislodged and deposited onto the floor when taking the ex-tree out of the house.
5. Do you like eggnog? Hic! I’m gonna get me smor gnog. Wuntsum?
6. Favorite gift received as a child? Although I'm not really big on money for gifts, there were 2 Christmases where I saved my Christmas and birthday money to get a bike and a running suit.
7. Do you have a nativity scene? Several. We never know which one will turn up in any given year, though.
8. Hardest person to buy for? The person whose name I draw in the extended family gift exchange drawing!
9. Easiest person to buy for? My wife.
10. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? A wooden trivet that required assembly.
11. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail. Judging by the lack of responses, I’m never sure who actually reads my emails.
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Original "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" with the voice of Boris Karloff as the Grinch.
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Customarily (other than this year, which required that I begin shopping December 18), I do all of my shopping (wife, a goodly number of the kids’ presents, parents, nieces and nephews, family grab-bag and family adult gift exchange) in a one-day marathon shopping session which is generally December 22 or 23.
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? I have recycled presents for other occasions, but I don’t recall having done so for Christmas.
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Russian Teacakes.
16. Clear lights or colored on the tree? This is a trick question. Assuming that “clear” means white or uncolored, my answer is colored, although we have both frosted and clear colored lights.
17. Favorite Christmas song? One I seldom hear: Angels From the Realms of Glory.
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Go to church Chistmas morning, then go home and stay there.
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeers? Of course. And in fact now I know them better because their names are in a song called Christmas Chopstix that I sang in a Barbershop quartet this year!
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? We had 2 paper angels, one that my wife made, and one with an icon of an angel. But last year we got a funky topper that looks a little like a Russian onion dome. So, currently…neither!
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Stockings Christmas morning before church. Everything else after church.
22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? Daily news reports about whether this year’s retail shopping results are on track to be a record.
A Hindu wedding ceremony of 18 dogs has been called off in India on the grounds of mockery to religion and cruelty to animals.
It's happened to everyone. You've been out for a night on the town, you're out walking around, and then, all of a sudden, you really have to go! What's a guy to do? Trees are few and far between. There's really no place to go.
You've probably heard of the Dirty Brown Towel. It's dirty. It's brown. It's ugly. It's from Cleveland. OK, you have the picture. Cleveland Browns fans are supposed to wave the things when the Browns do something special, like not fumble.
The strongest winds and waves come in winter, just before Lake Erie freezes. Waves up to 10 feet have been surfed, but the largest swells are usually chest-high. Surfers learn to avoid ice chunks the size of bowling balls. Some wear goggles to surf through freezing rain, which can sting their eyes like needles. This can be a bad idea, though, because the goggles freeze to the surfers' faces.
Surfers watch their friends for signs of hypothermia, urging them to leave the water when their eyes glaze over and their words slur. Ear infections are a common affliction.
“Surfing Lake Erie is basically disgusting,” said Bill Weeber, known as Mongo, 44. “But then I catch that wave and I forget about it, and I feel high all day.”
Scott Ditzenberger hoped to experience the same feeling when he heard that the first blizzard of the winter was pounding across the Midwest.
“I was so excited I could barely sleep last night,” said Mr. Ditzenberger, 35, who quit his job as a lawyer in August to spend more time surfing and to film a documentary about Cleveland’s surf community.The most popular surf spot is Edgewater State Park. It is nicknamed Sewer Pipe because, after heavy rains, a nearby water treatment plant regularly discharges untreated waste into Lake Erie.
Welcome to the 2006 Holiday Edition of Getting to Know Your Friends!
Highlight, copy, and paste (not forward or reply) and change my answers to your answers, make sure you send it back to the person who sent it to you Enjoy!! Everyone has time for a few moments of fun!
Don't be a scrooge!!!
Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Egg Nog. Light on the egg. Bring on the nog. Enough so that I don't care about the 3 million calories.
Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? "Sit them under the tree?" Since it is impossible to "sit them under the tree" I'm left with little choice - He wraps 'em!
Colored or white lights on tree/house? Colored lights on the tree, some of which must be blinkers. Putting lights on the house involves ladders, cold fingers, and potential ambulance lights.
Do you hang mistletoe? I never required that excuse.
When do you put your decorations up? Trrra-Dition! Up on Christmas Eve.
What is your favorite holiday dish? Russian Teacakes.
Favorite Holiday memory as a child: Getting finger puppets and little flashlights and doing the Bill Cosby "Noah" skit with them in the dark.
When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? When I became the one who ate his cookies.
Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? Open a gift!!?? I don't even get them wrapped by Christmas Eve!
How do you decorate your Christmas Tree? Bring in the tree. Put the tree in the stand. Fill the stand with water. Move the tree into place. Add water to replace the spillage. Rotate the tree to hide the holey spots. Wish we had gotten a tree with fewer holey spots. Straighten the tree. Wish we had gotten a straighter tree. Vacuum. Lay out all the ornaments. Pull out the tree. Put the lights on. Push the tree back into place. Vacuum again. Assess the current age of the cats and kids to see how high we need to put the delicate ornaments. Put on the delicate ornaments according to said assessment. Kids put on the rest. Determine which homemade angel will top the tree. Oh, wait, I think we got some other funky tree topper on sale at Wal-Mart last year.
Snow! Love it or Dread it? Snow. Lots of Snow. Not to worry - we're stocked up on toilet paper, water, and other holiday potables.
Can you ice skate? Yes, very smoothly. Most people don't do it on their butts like me, though.
Do you remember your favorite gift? None are standing out in my memory. Although I'm not really big on money for gifts, there were 2 Christmases where I saved my Christmas and birthday money to get a bike and a running suit.
What's the most important thing about the Holidays for you? I certainly like making time to visit with our families, but we attend all the church services to make sure we don't lose sight of the real meaning of Christmas.
What is your favorite Holiday Dessert? The aforementioned Russian Teacakes. Even though they're called Teacakes, I have them with coffee.
What is your favorite holiday tradition? Using the To: and From: on gift tags to provide obscure, sometimes extremely obscure, hints about the gifts. My wife and kids have now started this as well.
What tops your tree? We had 2 paper angels, one that my wife made and one with an icon of an angel. But last year we got a funky topper that looks a little like a Russian onion dome.
What is your favorite Christmas song? One I seldom hear: Angels From the Realms of Glory.
Candy Canes? Who knows. They don't last long enough on the tree for me to get any.
Fave Christmas Movie? Original "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" with the voice of Boris Karloff as the Grinch.
In Curious George books you have 2 main characters - Curious George and The Man in the Yellow Hat. In Pittsburgh, we had, or had, The Man in the Orange Polka Dot Tie, aka Robert Kelly, who until yesterday was CEO of Mellon Financial. In less then one short year, Kelly took the 137-year-old Mellon, one of Pittsburgh's most revered financial institutions, and sold it to the Bank of New York.
Way back in April, Scott's Spot called on Mellon Financial's King of the Money Bags Robert Kelly to outsource his job to India for the sake of Mellon's shareholders.
The Pittsburgh suburb of Avalon has a cat problem. There are too many loose and feral cats. So many that there have been numerous complaints from residents about the feral cats, as well as about pet owners who allow their cats to roam and damage property. These are wild, delinquent beasts, and something must be done about them.
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