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Ho! Ho! Ho! I am in the spirit! - TEN GIFTLY THINGS

Quick Note: I'm taking Saturday off from blogging for wrapping and other assorted Christmas type stuff... I will return with my "Blessing" on Sunday though... and will reply to comments and whatnot... just no big post for Saturday.

Before Starting This Post: There's Now Only Two! One bus has sold on eBay... but we need help for one of the others or VERY shortly or it will be scrapped... and we're still hoping for our own One Old Green Bus. Click here and read about the buses... and if you can help in ANY way, please consider it... Thanks...

Via The Hot Dog Truck with thanks to The Wall Street Journal...

I love the above "cartoon" for a number of reasons... not the least of which is that in Canada, anyone who charges for any sort of "psychical" business (no matter what it is,) MUST make it expressly clear that they are For Entertainment Purposes Only. Granted, I believe this is proper and right, but I still find that and the above funny. I know it's "stand alone" funny... but my own mind adds a bit to it with the psychical stuff. :)

Anyway, although many people did this for their Thursday Thirteen list, mine this week was a rant (scroll down to see it,) so I did not list my perfect dream Christmas gifts...

So, allow me to do this now... My Dream Christmas Gifts... plus what I honestly think my chances of seeing them on December 25th...

Gift Number One: Our One Old Green Bus
Estimated Chances of Seeing it on December 25th: 1%

Although I'll keep trying, I don't think this is The Christmas of the Bus... We will keep going, but honestly, I figure we have about a 1% chance of getting good news about our bus. It's a dream... it may come true... but reality says only "maybe".

Gift Number Two: Barton Transport #512
Estimated Chances of Seeing it on December 25th: 2%

This is the bus we're hoping to save... but it doesn't have to be "ours"... it could be anyone who saves her from the scrappers... I believe that after the end of the month, it will be a fait accompli that it will be scrapped... Hopefully, someone with $2,200.00 will save her... and YEAH, of course we'd LOVE her as a personal project... which is why she's so high on my list. Click here for details on this bus... Another long shot... and getting her would allow me to kinda prove to the kids that kooky dreams CAN come true... but like I said, it WOULD be a gift to hear she's been saved from the scrapyard.

Gift Number Three: Trip for Two To England - Min. 15 days...
Estimated Chances of Seeing it on December 25th: 1%

To say Sue and I are chomping at the bit to visit is a ridiculous understatement. I do believe the chances of this trip in the next couple of years is 100%... but for Christmas, it's not as likely. (...and yes, I know I said "England" and then used an image of Tower Bridge which is a London icon... but we would do a little bit of everyplace and London, as tourists, would be a likely "launchpad"!)

Gift Number Four: A bigger home.
Estimated Chances of Seeing it on December 25th: 0%

Well, credit for honesty! Chances of us moving to a bigger home within the next three years, 100%.

Gift Number Five: One Baker Rifle (with Bayonet)
Estimated Chances of Seeing it on December 25th: 1%

The musket I used to use for re-enacting... and had to sell in a "fire sale" to make up rent. I will get another... and never let it go. I miss being in the field... and I miss looking after it as it was a black-powder antique replica. *Sigh*.

Out of all the things I had to give up during the hard times, this was the most difficult.

Gift Number Six: Some Goodly Books!
Estimated Chances of Seeing it on December 25th: 80%

"The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read." - Abraham Lincoln

Titles aren't all that important... as long as I enjoy them!

Gift Number Seven: A (or some) Comfy Sweater(s)
Estimated Chances of Seeing it on December 25th: 10%

DON'T LAUGH! (...and don't think ill of Sue...) The reason I won't get them is because I admit I'm VERY fussy... so although it's unlikely I got any sweaters under the tree, I'm certain I will have some after the boxing day sales. :)

Gift Number Eight: A (or some) Time Off from Work (Guilt Free)
Estimated Chances of Seeing it on December 25th: 0%

Sadly, I have a better chance of inhaling a Chevy Malibu through a straw then I do of having my office say, Go on! Take a week or two off! We'll be fine and don't need you! This is a good thing as I'm very secure in my position... but I'm awfully tired as the only time I've had off was when I was "unwell". :(

Gift Number Nine: A peaceful and relaxing evening
Estimated Chances of Seeing it on December 25th: 25%

The puppies and whanot will probably thwart that to a degree, but I know we'll try...

The Most Important Two Gifts...

Gift Number Ten "A": A hug from my steplings...
Estimated Chances of Seeing it on December 25th: 0%

Sadly, they'll all be with their dad... so I miss out... but there's always the next time they visit to retrieve their gifts... so don't feel TOO bad for me over this... my hugs WILL come... just later... and no doubt, Sue and I will have a loving and romantic Christmas. :)

Gift Number Ten "B": Hugs, Kisses, Loving, and Warmth from My Sue
Estimated Chances of Seeing it on December 25th: 100%

...and that, my friends, is why no matter what, it will be a GREAT Christmas!

Well, there's the dream Christmas list... and provided "Ten A" and "Ten B" come true, like I said, it will be a GREAT Christmas at Chez Didier/Darroch!



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Comment from: MsDemmie [Visitor] Email ·
Shame that joke is so true ................

Hoping some of your wishes come true this Christmas XXXXXXXX
PermalinkPermalink 12/21/07 @ 17:32
Comment from: Admin [Member] Email ·
Thanks very much, MsDemmie... Pretty sure the last one will come true! (It better!!!)
PermalinkPermalink 12/21/07 @ 21:03

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At the time we started this, your humble author was unemployed and going through the usual crisis situations that arise from being jobless.

We (my wife, stepdaughter, and I,) used to "amuse" ourselves (read: Take our minds off our troubles) by more-or-less fantasizing as a family about what we'd do when things "turned around". Along this route, we discussed going to England on a vacation... and in that, alighted on "double-decker buses".

We kind of adopted one bus... Regent Low Height 3... as Our Bus... and we used to talk about what we'd do with "our bus" if we got it... from fixing it up to the trips we'd take on it.

Along the way, we became students of the history of this bus which HONESTLY seemd it was truly for us... trouble was, we couldn't afford the bus and weren't in a position to work towards the bus... so we had a couple of options...

Since the bus' position was sketchy (there's a chance she might be sold for scrap or "carved up" in other ways,) we could forget about her and pretend she didn't exist...

...or we could TRY... ask for help... put our dream of owning and saving "One Old Green Bus" into the universe and see what happens...

As of February, 2008, we knew that there was a perspective buyer for the bus (not us, obviously,) and made some difficult decisions... The first was that we wouldn't "beg" for help anymore and give the little money we received to a few different charities both online and off... and the second was simply hope that either we find a corporate sponsor (for an "ad" idea we have, click here to about read that,) or even a patron who see's the value in a silly family's dream...

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