Wow. I guess it was inevitable. With all that has been going on, I had not thought of them in particular. Must be quite a few other shows too — not to mention Broadway.
I have, however, been worrying about Christmas ‘Revels’. My daughter keeps on reassuring me that it is a longs ways out!
Poor ‘Cirque du Soleil‘. Who would have thought.
I am sure they will come roaring back. Hear that they already have some folks talking of a buyback.
We have seen 3 (if not 4 (or more)) of their shows.
Christmas Has Come & Gone, And Garmin Still Hasn’t Sold All 100, $10,000 MARQ 5-Watch, ‘Signature Sets’.
I can’t say I am surprised. This is an outlandish extravaganza — though there are a lot of folks out there who could easily afford it. But, to be honest I don’t see why it would be compelling and that comes from a man who traded in his MARQ Expedition for a second Garmin Fenix 6, albeit the second in Titanium.
Would love to know how many Garmin has really sold. Garmin made it very clear that they were targeting it for Christmas. Well, Christmas has come and gone.
Well, I guess they still have two other opportunities: Chinese New Year and, of course, Valentine’s. Hence, I will keep on checking over the next couple of weeks and keep you posted. Would be a hoot if they do sell all 100 by Valentine’s.
Keep fingers crossed. SMILE.
I do keep track of my Activity Trackers.
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Yes, it is a fairly large kitchen (though I have been in others that are muh, much, much larger) and given that it was built in 2006 (when they were generous on this matter) it has 6 dual socket power outlets — as well as a phone jack and a 220V outlet for the stove.
Yes, I guess we have a few electronics between us, THOUGH I don’t charge many things in the kitchen. We basically have USB charging ports (maybe even stations) in every room — and, of course, on either side of the bed.
I though 5 was enough. I was overruled so right after Christmas I had to order the latest ‘outlet’ (the one shown on the left) with 4 USB ports. I think we will be OK for awhile. I won’t even mention how many charging ports/cables we carry in EACH car. You would think we were dependent on USB. SMILE.
I am a great believer (and early adopter) of ultrasonic electric toothbrushes. We have been using them for at least the last 6 – 7 years. However, every other Christmas, if not every Christmas, I get us a new one — as a family Christmas present. Technology keeps on improving (I hope) and I am sure the ‘innards’ (and thus the ability to vibrate) wear out over a year.
For the last 4 to 5 months I kept on seeing Ads (many of my Facebook timeline) for these triple-headed toothbrushes. I could see the logic behind them. Brush all three surfaces in one go without having to do each side separately. So, I got one (shown above) for Christmas.
We charged it on Christmas day and started using it the next.
It sure works. The head goes all the way around your teeth. No question about that. So, it does what it promises.
But, the heads, by necessity, are BIG. Big to the point of being uncomfortable and unweidly. The latter was what bothered me the most. It was real tricky to move the head around your mouth. I would keep on knocking the hard plastic against my front teeth. That did not make me happy. I like to take real good care of my (old) teeth and banging a vibrating brush on them did not fit in with my regime of looking after my teeth.
Plus, I noticed I was doing something CRAZY. Despite us having an electric toothbrush we both keep an old-fashioned, straight, non-electrical one (i.e., manual) handy as well. Well, I was using the manual one after EACH use of the triple-head just to feel that I had done a complete cleaning. That was crazy. I was brushing my teeth TWICE — each time. Not good.
So, I ‘got rid’ of the Triple-Head with 48-hours. SMILE. Can’t tell you how. SMILE.
But, bottom line. We didn’t like it. Not to say it doesn’t work. It works, or at least appears to. Just BIG and not for us. Sorry.
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Last Christmas Lego
— ‘Ship in a Bottle’ —
Recent Christmas Legos
from just the last 5 years.
There are built Lego sets all over the house.
Of course I thought about getting one just to keep the tradition alive. But, last year, Teischan (13) was quite emphatic that she was ONLY building the Lego — a very cute ‘Ship in a Bottle’ — to please I. So, I was NOT going to push my luck and get another set for her this year. I can be quite considerate when I try.
Yes, of course, I could have got one for myself. And therein lies another problem. I did that a few years ago … bought this kit (below) … for quite a pretty penny and I still haven’t built it. And NO I will not sell it or give it away. I do NOT make New Year’s resolutions BUT this coming year I am going to build this puppy. You wait and see. It will be FUN. I have a problem. It is big. Over 2′. I have no place to display it. The problems I have in life.
So, end of 27-years.
Yes, 4 kids, all of whom, at one time or another were into Lego — yes, of course, aided and abetted by I. There were stages when they genuinely loved Lego, independent of Dad, and asked for Lego. Well, they have all got older.
Yes, I thought about getting Lego for other kids and of course I have done that. But, not the same as having Lego under your own tree or in our case, trees.
Well, life goes on. In the scheme of things this is not major. Just an end of a tradition.
P.S., I still got Lego this year — the Lego
Ship in a Bottle
. She still wants that, and has already told me that I better get her the 2020 too. So, all is NOT lost.
I Created ‘Boxing Day’ & ‘Christmas’ Challenge Badges For My ‘Mates’ At ‘Garmin’ Since Some Were Having Withdrawal.
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Posted on the Facebook ‘Garmin Connect Users’ Group
— where I lurk about, more than I should.
Garmin is supposed to automatically provide such ‘challenge’ badges for going out and doing some activity on a holiday. People are accustomed to it and look forward to earning them. So, for example, they did one for ‘Thanksgiving‘.
Well, it appears, that Garmin forgot to do one for Christmas 2019. Wow. So many folks were bummed. Beside themselves. So, I created one for them and told them that only those that were on Santa’s GOOD LIST (as I was) could get the badge. Folks appreciated my efforts.
We had fun.
Enjoy. Happy Boxing Day.
I am off to watch the highlights of TWO Boxing Day Test matches. Lucky I.
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Yes, between us we have quite a few pictures, BUT this is about all I am going to publish. SMILE. That privacy thing. The kids don’t like ALL of their life up on the Web. I get grief on this, justifiably, often. So, especially at Christmas I give them a break. SMILE.
So, this is all. Just so that you know we had a Christmas. All the best.
The BBC of The Queen’s Christmas 2019 Broadcast
— on YouTube.
The Queen, at 93, still looks GREAT. I am so HAPPY.
The Broadcast, per the tradition, was delivered on British TV at 3pm GMT (10 am Eastern).
As ever it was ELEGANT, pertinent, informative,
and inspirational — with the trademark touches of humor.
My Christmas is not complete until I see the Queen’s Speech.
ENJOY. SAVOR. RELISH.
The FULL Text of the Queen’s 2019 Christmas Broadcast.
“As a child, I never imagined that one day a man would walk on the moon. Yet this year we marked the 50th anniversary of the famous Apollo 11 mission.
‘As those historic pictures were beamed back to Earth, millions of us sat transfixed to our television screens, as we watched Neil Armstrong taking a small step for man and a giant leap for mankind – and, indeed, for womankind. It’s a reminder for us all that giant leaps often start with small steps.
‘This year we marked another important anniversary: D-Day. On 6th June 1944, some 156,000 British, Canadian and American forces landed in northern France. It was the largest ever seabourne invasion and was delayed due to bad weather.
‘I well remember the look of concern on my father’s face. He knew the secret D-Day plans but could of course share that burden with no one.
‘For the 75th anniversary of that decisive battle, in a true spirit of reconciliation, those who had formally been sworn enemies came together in friendly commemorations either side of the Channel, putting past differences behind them.
‘Such reconciliation seldom happens overnight. It takes patience and time to rebuild trust, and progress often comes through small steps.
‘Since the end of the Second World War, many charities, groups and organisations have worked to promote peace and unity around the world, bringing together those who have been on opposing sides.
‘By being willing to put past differences behind us and move forward together, we honour the freedom and democracy once won for us at so great a cost.
‘The challenges many people face today may be different to those once faced by my generation, but I have been struck by how new generations have brought a similar sense of purpose to issues such as protecting our environment and our climate.
‘My family and I are also inspired by the men and women of our emergency services and armed forces; and at Christmas we remember all those on duty at home and abroad, who are helping those in need and keeping us and our families safe and secure.
‘Two hundred years on from the birth of my great, great grandmother, Queen Victoria, Prince Philip and I have been delighted to welcome our eighth great grandchild into our family.
‘Of course, at the heart of the Christmas story lies the birth of a child: a seemingly small and insignificant step overlooked by many in Bethlehem.
‘But in time, through his teaching and by his example, Jesus Christ would show the world how small steps taken in faith and in hope can overcome long-held differences and deep-seated divisions to bring harmony and understanding.
‘Many of us already try to follow in his footsteps. The path, of course, is not always smooth, and may at times this year have felt quite bumpy, but small steps can make a world of difference.
‘As Christmas dawned, church congregations around the world joined in singing It Came Upon The Midnight Clear. Like many timeless carols, it speaks not just of the coming of Jesus Christ into a divided world, many years ago, but also of the relevance, even today, of the angel’s message of peace and goodwill.
‘It’s a timely reminder of what positive things can be achieved when people set aside past differences and come together in the spirit of friendship and reconciliation. And, as we all look forward to the start of a new decade, it’s worth remembering that it is often the small steps, not the giant leaps, that bring about the most lasting change.
‘And so, I wish you all a very happy Christmas.”
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