Tag Archive | 2006

Lego Advent Calendars For 1998, 2006 & 2020 Completed.

by Anura Guruge

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The 1998 (very 1st Lego advent) to the left & 2006 (year ‘she’ was born) to the right.

The 1998  now on the right & 2020 on the LEFT.

You can see how they have evolved.

The very 1st, in 1998, was CLASSIC lego (of the time), CUTE & simple. They didn’t have many ‘shapes’/’models’. There were at least 5 planes.

By 2006 they had got more sophisticated. Of the three, that is probably the best.

2020 is just cheap & tacky.

We have 6 others too! Smile.

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Lego Advent Calendars Have NOT Got Better For The Years.

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Got 3 this year: 1998 (very 1st Lego advent), 2006 (year ‘she’ was born) & 2020 (this year).

Older ones … 2 are Advent ornaments, HUNG on tree.


Having 3 side-by-side sure gave us a chance to compare how Lego advent calendars have evolved since they introduced the first one in 1998.

And the answer is NOT very well.

The 2020 is cheap & chintzy with very little appeal.

The 1998 is CUTE but you can see how dated it is.

Lego basically has been cutting costs.

Yes, the new ones come with a MAT. Even in 2006 there was NO mat.

But, another sign of the times. C’est la vie.


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2020 Advent Calendars — 4 In Total; 1 Wood, 3 Lego & For The 1st Time Ever, NO Chocolate!

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Well, COVID has prevented us from doing most things we do around the holidays — NO eating out & saddest of all, NO ‘Revels’. So, I kind of opted to go go all out on the Advent calendar front — albeit, for the 1st time in memory with NO chocolate calendars. Typically, somebody, who we will not name gets two chocolate calendars. This year none.

Instead, I got her the wooden heirloom one. It matches her room quite nicely. She likes it. I had to get ANOTHER jewelry advent calendar and use its contents to fill the drawers. So, I guess I got 5 calendars — actually 6 if I include one I got for a 6-year old relative.

Getting this year’s Lego advent was NOT easy. Amazon would ONLY offer delivery after Christmas. So, I had to make a trip to the local Kohl’s to get one.

I got the 2006 & 1998 on eBay. The 1998 one, the very 1st, is cool. Looks so different to the ones we are now used to.

She had 6 Lego Advent calendars prior to this. Now she has 9. SMILE.

Merry Christmas.

The 2019 Advent Calendars.

The prior 6.
Two are decorations that went up
on the tree.

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2017 Christmas On A Monday — First Time In 11-Years; Last In 2006.

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Leap Years marked in grey.

Last time we had Christmas, i.e., December 25th, on a Monday was in 2006 — 11-years ago.

That is unusual, but not extraordinary. We get a 11-year gap, every 4th time around. The cycle as to when the same date falls on a given day (e.g., Monday) goes in 1 6-5-6-11 cycle. You can see that in the last image above — as to when Christmas has fallen on a Monday. So, it was 1989, 1995, 2000, 2006 …. and then 2017.

This 6-5-6-11 cycle has all to do with leap years. You can see that in the 2nd figure above.

After 1995 it was but 5-years because we had TWO leap years, i.e., 1996 & 2000. In each case we LEAPT over a day (which is why we call it a Leap Year, i.e., because we leap over a day, in the calendar). Because of the two leap years, the gap was only 5-days. Then, between 2000 and 2006 there was only ONE leap year. So we only leapt over one-day. The gap was thus 6.

Now look at what happened in 2012, which was a leap year. That should have been the Monday, but we skipped over that. Hence, the 11-year gap. Neato. This 6-5-6-11 cycle is inescapable and applies to all calendar events, birthdays, holidays, whatever.

Some of you may claim “but, didn’t we have Christmas on a Monday last year (2016), in 2011 and in 2005?” NO, you didn’t! Christmas, on those years, fell on Sunday. So, Monday was made a holiday. Big difference. OK?

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(Re)Watch ‘Bobby’, The 2006 Movie, 48-Years And All That Seems To Have Changed Was Obama!

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The FULL MOVIE is on YouTube!

I had seen it in 2006 — when it first came on. It was on DISH this last weekend and I DVRed it and watched it a couple of nights ago.

Wow. Wow. WOW!

It was like a TIME WARP. It could so easily have been June of 2016.

We are still talking about the SAME ISSUES: the DIVIDES — racial, wealth, hispanics-blacks, voter suppression, ‘right to work’, vote-rigging and voting machines.

Scary. IF you are into politics you really should watch this (again).

Makes you THINK — which is always a good thing.

Where would we be, where would the World be, IF just one of the Kennedy brothers had been spared?

The ONLY thing that this movie did not presage was that there would be an Obama exactly 40 years later.

Great movie.

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Best Jaguar XJ8 For Sale In Craigslist New England In Mid-March 2016.

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Click to ENLARGE and goggle here. You can find it on NH Craigslist (ID=5459544867).

Nope, nope, nope. I am NOT in the market for another Jaguar (of any sort). More than happy with the two I have. But I do like, every once in awhile, to check what is available — just in case I need another one. Happened to see this.

78,000 miles. Hhhmmm. That is 10,000 more than on my 2002 XJ8. And I paid less. SMILE. But I do not have Navigation. Not for me, BUT if you are in the market for a XJ8 this might be worth looking at — for around $9,400 (not a penny more). SMILE.

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Blinking Beautiful 2006 Cadillac XLR (62K) For Sale In Alton, NH — Reduced To A Giveaway At $27,900.

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No, no, NO — yet again. I would like to own this but it is WAY outside my ‘pay grade’. Next to British cars I am very partial to Caddies and Vettes — and have owned both, with pride. Had two Cadillacs a black (rocketship) STS and a beige (not as fast) STL. Loved them both. IF I ever get another sedan that is not a Jaguar it will be a Cadillac.

This XLR is divine. Yes, I would like it. Will I swap my XJS for it? Doubt it.

Anywho … This beauty belongs to my admirable insurance agent. I have coveted it ever since she got it. It was parked outside their offices in Alton. I had my camera, so I took some pictures because I told her that I will help her sell it.

This is a steal. Just picture yourself, 4th of July weekend, in THIS.

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