Sunday, January 04, 2009

Holidays Over

Holidays are over. The city picked up our discarded Christmas tree on Friday. We tucked the last of our decorations away in the attic for another year on Friday as well. Time to take stock of what I got.

I'm hoping to be able to watch Them soon, a French horror movie DVD given to my for Christmas by my son Scott. Got a couple shirts, a laptop cooler, a bottle of Buttershot Schnapps and this---check out the picture.

Yes, a hoodie in my favorite maize 'n blue that celebrates my success in fantasy football. Well, kinda anyway. But a legend in my own mind? Perhaps. More likely my fantasy football smacktalk rankled my nephew too much (I finished fourth; he finished ninth in our ten-team family fantasy football league this year, which is where I think he finished last year too).

To be sure, I would have toned down my rhetoric on the bulletin board had I known my nephew Vic had drawn my name in the family gift exchange. And he probably still remembers the University of Michigan sweatshirt I got for his youngest daughter when she was one (Vic's a big fan of rival Michigan State). He thanked me for the "poop rag" and said his daughter was free to spit up anytime she wore it. Sheesh. Why are State fans like that?

During our family Christmas gathering this year, I made sure everyone saw the stein I was drinking from. The message on the stein said, "Careful or you'll end up on my blog." So here's a picture of my nephew Vic, the one that gave me the hoodie. Handsome fellow, isn't he? Runs in the family.

I could have put a nice picture of his pretty wife Melissa on my blog too, but after I took a picture of her looking snappy in her short skirt, she grabbed my digital camera and BANG, the image was gone. I didn't know you could delete a picture so fast. Well, I shot another picture of her I don't think she knew about, so I'll post that one.

I did tell Melissa that I wasn't going to do a blog on our Christmas party. But she didn't tell me that she was going to delete her picture from my camera when she took it. So I figure we're even.

Now the holiday season is over, as is the fantasy football season. Vic will have to wait for redemption until next season. For me, I finished second in another fantasy football league, this one a "money league." Ha! So I'm even more deserving of that hoodie I got. I haven't got my payout yet, but I trust the league managers, some strangers from North Dakota who opened up their league to the public.

I thought I would have got my payout by now, but I'm not worried. If you can't trust strangers you encounter on-line, whom can you trust? And if they balk, I'll just e-mail them a picture of my stein . . .


Blogger Nankin said...

In our house it's OU. OU mugs, OU shirts, OU sweatshirts, OU wind breakers and on...and on...

Not me, I hate football. I'm talking about Jimbob.

7:12 PM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

We are Texas Aggie fans now, Bonnie starts school there in about two weeks. She got accepted into the engineering school and she can hardly wait. I bought her all Aggie gifts for Christmas, she loves her new sweatshirts.

TF and I are baseball fans, so we are waiting for spring training to start in a couple of months.

Nice new hoodie, I hope you enjoy it.

5:49 AM  
Blogger Lynilu said...

I agree, you and that fresh kid are even now. Have you talked with her about personal space, 'cause she certainly invaded it in grabbing the camera? If not, you need to do so! tsk, tsk.


8:59 AM  
Blogger Carine said...

love the hoodie Dave! I myself am a true "Titan"-Go Fullerton. In lieu of my personal alma mater-I do tend to watch things that have to do with the "Anteaters"-hard not too w/ not one but two graduates of UCI living under our roof.
As for who ends up on my blog-I'm never sure until I sit down to write. I'm betting that Casino Arizona hasn't googled their name yet or they'd be calling, like they originally promised...

12:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bleed burnt orange, meaning I'm a huge Texas Longhorn fan. Hubby, on the other hand, has made the unforgivable mistake of being a Texas A&M fan.


3:43 PM  
Blogger OldHorsetailSnake said...

You mean a comeback with "Well you got second place, didn't you? What else do you want?"

Those Dakota folks are swift on the uptake, especially those that pack rodneys.

4:06 PM  
Anonymous enforcer said...

What a beautiful tree!!
You know, the mail is a little slower in S.D.

5:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm proud to have made the blog. It means you're thinking about me. I like getting inside your head.

Mark my words, I will have ten wins next year and a championship trophy.

5:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see that you only consider my lower body pretty since the first picture,which you are accusing me of deleting,did not have my face. Is my face not pretty enough for the blog?

5:40 AM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

NANKIN--OU is Oklahoma, I assume, so Jimbob still has someone to root for this week. Alas, my U of M didn't even survive to the bowl season.

LUCY--Aggie is Texas A&M, I believe. Good for her, engineering is a good field to go into. I think I remember your saying that you're Houston Astro fans come baseball season.

DEB--The Longhorns had a big victory yesterday, I hear. At that Christmas party where I took this picture, we had one eye on the TV too because Michigan State was playing Texas in basketball. I think MSU won that one.

HOSS--I've got a brother who lives in South Dakota. He won our fantasy league last year, so I know what you mean. They're a sneaky lot.

ENFORCER--Isn't that a nice picture of your tree? I took it with available light so its natural luminescence would come through.

ANONYMOUS (Vic)--You've made my blog before, but I picked on your brother (and his dog)last time so it was your turn again.

Oh I think you'll get ten wins next season, if you count the wins you got this season and last season. Let's wager on your championship though. I've found that fantasy football is more fun when I get money too.

ANONYMOUS (Melissa I believe)--True, I took more of an 'artist's' shot rather than a traditional photograph. But look at all those headless sculptures that reside in the world's prominent museums. Are you saying they're not pretty?

LYNILU--She could probably make a case that I was invading her personal space by taking the picture. It's like the Amish. You're not supposed to take pictures of them either.

9:18 AM  
Anonymous Geri said...

Yes, this is often the problem with blogs, someone does something and it ends up as a headline on a blog. Then again, for the readers, it's usually a blast and makes for the best story.

10:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see you got Vic's good side

1:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see you got Vic's good side

2:00 PM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Dave, Texas A & M it is.....And we are absolutely Astro fans. We are hoping that the management made some good changes in the off season this year.

Tell the Enforcer that I like his tree too.

2:20 AM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

GERI--You walk a thin line sometimes. You don't want to embarrass somebody in the family, but the story is great blog fodder.

ANONYMOUS (Gabe I think)--I really liked the picture of the tree. I had better pictures of Vic I could have posted.

LUCY--With better than a foot of snow on the ground after yesterday, baseball and spring seem so far away *sigh*

6:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always know I can come here for a chuckle.
Love the saying on your stein.
Poor Melissa. (but you're right, she IS very pretty) Is it illegal for family members to sue each other for invasion of privacy on blogs?

1:24 PM  
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