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Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmas 2016




Outside of the town and the developments on the lake, there isn't any cable here. The only way you can get television is through the satellite services, Direct TV or Dish.  Most people in the rural parts of the county don't have either of those because of expense or terrain masking. But people do have scanners.

So, every Christmas, the Sheriff's Department puts on a little thing for the kids. First a Deputy calls in and reports an unidentified flying object over the county. Then they ring sleigh bells ,  then the dispatcher says it's Santa Claus.  It's a tradition here and for whatever reason I always listen to it. I'm sure kids all over the county do.

Nothing in town will be open today. Not even the gas stations or grocery stores.  It's the only holiday of the year when everything shuts down.

My kids should be on their way South now.  Depending on when they leave up there it will take about eight hours to get here if nothing goes wrong.

We got our tree finished up last night. We were waiting to decorate it until the last minute because the cats tear it up.  I sprayed it with cat repellent and they still got up and broke a few ornaments but it looks pretty good today. Wouldn't bother if my grown children weren't coming. They are big into Christmas.

At Christmas time, I like to look back over the year, at difficult situations that transpired, and reflect on how I could have handled certain instances better.  Like that run in with the four "black youths" in Chattanooga. I saw the movie "War Dogs", and the blacks in this scene remind me very much of those young men. I see now I should have been more sensitive to their culture and values. This would have been a much better way to resolve the issue, in retrospect.

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Of course, if my ferrets had been with me, things might have gotten out of hand.  They are not as even tempered and tolerant as I am.  Oh, well. Water under the bridge.


It's not easy being Santa Claus!






Merry Christmas from the Blue Ridge Mountains



33 comments:

  1. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    That scene from 'War Dog's' made my day. I just busted up laughing. That's what it takes to get respect from a group of gargoyles with a stolen Glock. 'Pull out an 'HK' MP5K.

    'That's one of the reason's why Trump won. Normal people are sick of all the crap going on. Since the election we have been on the offensive. I cite the recent garbage with that MTV video and how that video was taken down by MTV. 'Everyone on youtube has been making fun of it. One good 'satirical review' of that MTV video was done by H3H3 Productions on YouTube. That review by H3H3 has a few offensive words in it but it describes the video as 'dividing' people in our culture, and offensive to normal Americans.

    'Buzzfeed' is YouTube channel that is part of the problem. They frequently do video's promoting political correctness and other liberal unrealistic causes. They recently did a video attacking men. I wont mention what the video was about but its easy to find on youtube. The video and the 'Buzzfeed' channel has been under a 'bombardment of criticism' now in the past weeks also.
    A great many parody and satirical video's have been made about 'Buzzfeed's' video that's critical of men.

    We got less than a month to go and it will be payback for eight years of suffering. A slow cultural shift to the right is happening. The latest attacks in Germany may 'topple' the 'Sorceress of Berlin' Merkel. Le Pen in Germany is gaining strength and popularity. The revolution started with 'Britexit, Trump, Italy. Next a few other countries God willing.





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    1. I know I'm sick of having to grit my teeth and bite my tongue. I think the environment will be changing in this country shortly and that will no longer be necessary.

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  2. Hope your day is a good one, Harry.

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    1. It was ok. The kids called and will be a day late getting here. I half way was glad because now they can get here before dark tomorrow, and will be driving with a good night's sleep behind them.

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  3. Merry Christmas, Harry, to you and your family. I hope you have a blessed one!

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    1. And you also, Hobo. We're all due a few tranquil days and Christmas is our best shot.

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  4. Merry Christmas to you and your whole household, sir..

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    1. Rob,I see you folks are having a white Christmas. If my kids weren't traveling I would be wishing for one as well.

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  5. Merry Christmas from Texas. Have a wonderful time with your family. Jana

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    1. Jana, thanks for thinking of us. I hope that Christmas in Texas is going well for you and yours.

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  6. Harry,

    Let the spirit of Christmas warm your home with love, joy and peace.

    Merry Christmas!!!

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    1. I'd settle for a little quiet, but all that sounds good. I hope you and Bull Dog Man had a good Christmas.

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    1. Hey Senior. Best Wishes to you and all your family over there in South Carolina.

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  8. No cable here either. That is so cute about the scanner thing.

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    1. I tried getting rid of satellite tv when my wife retired, but she missed the shopping shows and I missed the news.. :-(

      Yeah, it's gotten to be a tradition for me to listen, although I have no kids at home anymore.

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  9. That poor girl on the left. She's got a hairy octopus on her neck and nobody will tell her.
    - Charlie

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    1. They are a bit different. They sing Celtic and Appalachian music, and they really do it well, though.

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    2. Yeah, I like the old-time singing, but dreadlocks are quite another thing altogether...

      I was listening to bluegrass-style music on the radio one time, and was surprised when the DJ was a guest DJ - a girl from Scotland. She wasn't playing bluegrass, she was playing old Scottish and Irish folk music from the late 1600s and early 1700s.

      Seems these people came to America, took their music up into Appalachia, and nobody really heard from them until the early 1900s, when radio was invented. You know how it used to be there - nobody went into Appalachia and nobody came out for a long, long time. Sort of like bayou country Louisiana.

      Anyway, that music is what we know as bluegrass today. I still hear it in the pubs there.

      - Charlie

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    3. Christmas Eve, there was a program from the Fox Theater on Appalachian, Scottish and Irish music and the ties between the three. There was some beautiful music on it.

      You're right about how isolated these mountains used to be. When I came here in 1986, there were lots of people who lived up "possum trails" and did not have interior plumbing or electricity. Mostly, they were old people who were perfectly content with life and wanted to be left alone.

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    4. You don't see that so much anymore, since the car took over after WW2.
      In small town South Louisiana you used to hear the old-timers speaking Cajun French. That's what they learned as a child and some didn't really speak English so good. Those folks are pretty much all gone now.
      They also had their own music, left over from the French trappers who came down from Canada in the 1700s. Fiddles and accordians. Pretty much had it to themselves up until radio.

      - Charlie

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  10. Hey Harry,

    Hope you and your family had a Merry Christmas. Yea its been a heck of year... We even get treated to a second dose of "vikings" so i guess its ending on a good note..

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    1. Vikings has been kind of depressing this season. Kind of shows the seamy side. I was appalled when Ragnar murdered his own crew....

      The kids got in last night, finally, we were up til three a.m. waiting for them. They are sleeping in this morning. I think we will have a good visit.

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  11. Belated Merry Christmas, Harry!

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    1. Thanks, Dr. Jim. It's been good so far....

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  12. Emery Christmas harry! Sounds a great tradition on the scanner. I'd love for mine to listen to that!

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    1. Hope all went well over there and you and your family had a good Christmas together Kev.

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    2. read
      'oldnfo.org'

      article about marine and navy aviation

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    3. I have seen his blog but I'm not a frequent reader. Will have to take a look at that.

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  13. Happy new year to you and your family Harry.

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    1. It was busy, but it was good all being together again. Thanks for the kind thoughts, Yael.

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  14. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. This season sure was busy this time around for sure. The busiest ever.

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    1. Ours was that way too. Kind of glad it's over and the dust is settling.

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