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How good are you at wrapping presents?

Asked at Checkers, 2300 La. on December 8, 2005

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“Not very good. I have trouble folding the ends and making it neat. Cutting the paper the right size is difficult, too.”

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“I’m fair. I get the job done. Cutting the paper to be the right size is the bottom line.”

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“I’m pretty good at it. I’ve had a lot of practice because I have a big family and I buy a lot of presents.”

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“Oh, I’m pretty good at it. I get all the creases straight. I usually just start at one end and work my way around the box.”

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audvisartist 12 years, 5 months ago

I'm the WORST at wrapping gifts. Anyone want to do it for me this year?

Hong_Kong_Phooey 12 years, 5 months ago

Here's my impression of ku_law:

First! I'm first! Nah, nah, nah, nah! I'm first and you're not! Losers!

I rock at wrapping presents.

Hong_Kong_Phooey 12 years, 5 months ago

Doh! audvisartist...darn you for foiling my impression... :-S

Grundoon Luna 12 years, 5 months ago

I do pretty well. I like shiny paper (I think I was a crow in another life) and get creative with the bows and ribbons.

sweatpeagj 12 years, 5 months ago

I have never been able to wrap presents. I always try to use the gift wrapping services that some stores provide. My kids do a better job than I do. It was great as each one questioned Santa then I could have them help.

beatrice 12 years, 5 months ago

I'm great at it. I frequently wrap things so they appear to be something else. For instance, if giving a book, I might make it look like a Hawaiin shirt. Or I'll wrap a box, and put wheels on it so it looks like a car. I also like using the Sunday comics to wrap gifts in, as well as the glossy store flyers from the store I purchased the gift. I don't do it on everything of course, but a few things here and there make for an interesting look under the Christmas tree, or at a birthday party. I wrapped something to look like a tank once -- for a baby shower. I thought it very clever, since the father was in the military, but the other guests were a little horrified since the tank had a real presence among the pink and blue frilly presents. Oh well, you can't please all the people all of the time.

Now, did the question get posted later than usual today, or did the beating being dished out to the early-birds have an effect? If we berate ku-law enough, can he sue us? or LJWorld for allowing it to happen? If he did, would that be an online "first?"

Manson 12 years, 5 months ago

Lets talk about the Real story.......the crazy idiot on the plane yelling bomb then getting killed for it.

I feel bad for him and his family but he put himself in that position and suffered the consequences.

Daniel Speicher 12 years, 5 months ago

I don't wrap presents well at all... It looks like a six year old wrapped the thing when I get done with it. But, at least you know it's a gift from me that's sitting under the tree... "Oh, how nice, Danny thoughtfully wrapped my present... Obviously with an entire roll of scotch tape."

Needless to say... This is, sadly, not my expertise.

--Danny Speicher

neopolss 12 years, 5 months ago

Dude, he was bipolar and was wigging out. If the story is as they say, perhaps they should have listened to the woman running behind yelling these things to them. They're supposed to be such crackshots, why not shoot a leg or something? It all really sounds like lack of common sense. Everyone simply freaked with visions of 9/11 in their heads. I hate the attitude our country has now - I hate that people will justify the action. The possibility of attack is the price we pay for the freedoms we have. I'm willing to live with that risk, and stop being fearful of whatever is next going to attack - bird flu, SARS, killer bees, giant locusts. Enough already.

I only wrap gifts with newspaper and duct tape.

Manson 12 years, 5 months ago

Dude. Bipolar patients are instructed NOT to fly by their Doctors.

Dude the Air Marshall dosn't know that the woman isn't part of the plan to help blow up the plane.

Dude he didn't take his medicine.

Dude they asked him to pull his hands out of his bag and drop the bag and he didn't. Oh and I forgot that he was screaming I have a bomb! I have a bomb!

Dude over 3000 people died as a result of planes being used as bombs.

Oh did I forget to mention that he Was screaming arms flailing yelling I have a bomb! I have a Bomb! running toward the cockpit?

Dude you're an idiot.

beatrice 12 years, 5 months ago

Sorry, neopolss, but "why not shoot a leg or something?" If someone actually has a bomb, and you shoot them in the leg, then they can still detinate the device. If you shoot, you must aim to kill -- as ugly as that sounds. I'm liberal on most issues, but when it comes to crime and punishment, I often side with the kooky konservatives -- if you say you have a bomb at an airport, and don't stop when told to by people who carry weapons that will stop you, then what happened will be the result. I'm sorry the family didn't have better control of Mr. Alpizar, or that he wasn't on the proper meds, but if he is so wacked out that he starts yelling things about bombs, should he have been flying in the first place? Without knowing all the details, at first glance I feel the marshal was justified in his actions. Enjoying freedoms doesn't mean we should not protect ourselves from people who claim to have bombs and want to do us harm. (My oh my, this makes for much better conversation than the gift-wrapping question.)

beatrice 12 years, 5 months ago

Oh, but I don't agree with Manson's name-calling. That is just poor form.

Manson 12 years, 5 months ago

" I'm sorry the family didn't have better control of Mr. Alpizar, or that he wasn't on the proper meds...."Beatrice

He didn't even take the meds. It's not that they were or were not propper he straight up didn't take them.

Goop post B I agree. It is a sad situation and my first thought was....I sure do feel bad for his family. However this sends a clear and effectife message to all who fly in the US. I hope that those who plan to blow up or use our planes as weapons are paying attention.

italianprincess 12 years, 5 months ago

Well good morning everyone on this very snowy and cold day. I hope everyone drives carefully to work today.......meaning take your time people. Your life is more important then a job.

Growing up my mom and aunt would always wrap their gifts so fancy. Beautiful paper, ribbons and bows every year. It hasn't changed much for Christmas through the years, their gifts are still fancy dancy.

My kids wrap their gifts with just paper and a tag. Its to cute to see my youngest son's wrapping. Hes eight and he does a great job. A bit to much tape, but he gets the job done. I like both wrapping paper and bags. Bags can be good for the little things.

My mom works at Target on the weekends, she runs the demo team over there. She told me last night that employees at Target are not allowed to say " Merry Christmas " and have to say " Happy Holidays ". Christmas has changed so much, its so weird. I saw on the news this morning a lady has written a book and I think I will go and buy it. Its called " Have You Seen Christmas ? ".

I realize and know that its all a church related issue now, but geez. I will say Merry Christmas to all of you and wish you the best in 2006.

Have a great day and stay warm.

justathought 12 years, 5 months ago

Oh did I forget to mention that he Was screaming arms flailing yelling I have a bomb! I have a Bomb! running toward the cockpit?

no if you read the article he wasn't even on the plane anymore when they shot him...

I can't wrap gifts well at all. I make my husband do it.

Manson 12 years, 5 months ago

Actually Justathought, He WAS on the plane Screaming I have a bomb running toward the cockpit. The marshall ordered him off the plane and he complied. Once off the plane he still posed a risk since he would not take his hands out of his bag and would not lay down as instucted. Then he was shot.

Witnesses on the plane will tell you he was screaming and arms flailing thats when his wife was trying to explain his condition.

enochville 12 years, 5 months ago

I can wrap presents good enough. I mean it is not as if someone from the gift wrapping section of a department store did it.

I think it was right to shoot the man dead. They did it in defense of themselves and all who were around. The situation was urgent. CNN reported that the Air Marshalls gave him two warnings. He would not obey orders. You cannot expect the air marshalls to take it easy and ask questions while the guy is running and yelling he has a bomb. If it were a bomb everyone would be dead before the answers to the questions were given. They did try to slow things down by ordering him to take his hand out of the bag, but the guy would not listen. You have to evaluate their behavior based on what they knew at the time, not in hindsight.

Aiko 12 years, 5 months ago

I am the best at wrapping. Thats right, the best! Hey Anthony!

staff04 12 years, 5 months ago

I would just like to take this opportunity to thank the LJW staff for first, taking down one of my posts from tuesday about ten hours after I posted it...I suspect someone from the LJW made my list...

Secondly, thank you for having the presence of mind to throw a softball today. There are plenty of places to get in a fight on a message board today...

Last, I rock at wrapping gifts.

Manson 12 years, 5 months ago

hey gootsie this board has a long history of avoiding the topic. get used to it.

sunflower_sue 12 years, 5 months ago

Aiko, Wrong you are! I am the best! You wanna fight about it? I wrap like Martha Stewart trying to win a Christmas decorating contest in prison. Oh, wait, she didn't win that contest. OK, Aiko, you are the best. :)

Linda Aikins 12 years, 5 months ago

Yeppers, Manson, it sure does. And I am used to it, and in fact thrive on it. I'm a better person today because of the avoidance of topics on this board. I know it's a matter of time before the Today Show wants to talk to me about my betterment because of avoidance of topics. Thank you so much for pushing me in that direction.

You are da man (?).

trinity 12 years, 5 months ago

e_m, what on earth did you say about wrapping presents that earned you a "post removed by staff"??

i just lurve this place, lmao...

oh and btw-i happen to be the grand goddess of gift wrapping, so nanny nanny boo-boo! :p

Linda Endicott 12 years, 5 months ago

I love wrapping presents, and I'm good at it...I used to think this was a totally useless talent, until all those people started coming out of the woodwork asking me to wrap presents for them...could be a career in there somewhere, if we had more holidays in a year!

I used to do the Martha Stewart gift wrapping thing, before I got a cat...a cat can destroy a wrapping work of art in about 5 seconds...

But I've decided to keep

Linda Endicott 12 years, 5 months ago

Oh, yeah...who comes up with the topics for this section? Some of them are pretty lame, huh?

beatrice 12 years, 5 months ago

Any of you ever wrap a gift with chain and a lock, and then give the person clues to the combination? Well I have, so obviously I am the best!

wolfmn58: That is correct, I write off topic. If you can't keep up, then step aside. Oh, and I color outside of the lines too! I'm your worst nightmare!! A rebel without a clue!!!

wichita_reader 12 years, 5 months ago

I'm quite the perfectionist when it comes to wrapping. I get the job done, but it takes time.

Anyone else save wrapping paper from previous Christmases, er, holiday seasons, iron it, and reuse it? I guess I'm a miser when it comes to wrapping paper. Also, newspaper, ribbon and a bow makes for a quite festive wrap job.

It's unfortunate to see a mentally ill man killed as a result of his illness. I'm sure the Marshalls were following orders, but I think law enforcement should address every threat on an individual basis rather than shooting to kill every time. I wonder how much the fact that the flight was coming from Columbia played into the Marshalls' thinking.

On a lighter note, here's a story from about an alleged woman seeking advice from a Hays Daily News columnist about her godson's interest in looking for "camel toads" at the local pool. Funny stuff.

Charla Welch 12 years, 5 months ago

This year I bought my husband a computer game and a new skillet. I'm putting a picture of the skillet in the box from the game and wrapping those in a bigger box. That will be much easier than trying to wrap a skillet and taking the heavy thing to my in-laws' with us. My family always gave me their gifts to wrap. I'm a bit of a wrapping perfectionist. I don't get very fancy, but my creases are wonderful and I never leave the extra paper sticking out and looking ugly.

bankboy119 12 years, 5 months ago

I can't wrap, that's why I had to find a girl who could. Otherwise everyone would be getting bags with tissue paper.

sunflower_sue 12 years, 5 months ago

Santa brings the gifts to this house and Santa doesn't wrap a thing! He just doesn't have the time! Elf labor costs too much since all those laws were put into effect. Santa also downsizes every year. Overhead costs too much also and isn't very Christmas-like.

Linda Aikins 12 years, 5 months ago

This comment was removed by the site staff for violation of the usage agreement.

Linda Aikins 12 years, 5 months ago

I don't understand the censoring system here! Name calling is allowed, but offering to cleanse someone's hands with soap for offensive language is not. Go figure.

Anyway, I like gift bags too! And I love the padlock idea, as well as the scavenger hunt angle.

italianprincess 12 years, 5 months ago

Sun Sue...........I laughed so hard when reading your post. You just made my day.

beatrice 12 years, 5 months ago

I can't believe it is the 25th anniversary of the murder of John Lennon. That was probably the saddest I have ever been when one person I didn't know personally was killed.

badger 12 years, 5 months ago

I wrap presents like a Shaolin monk. My wrap fu is best.

On the other topic, it is tragic that this man died. I am sad for that. However, if I'm on a plane and there's a potential threat, I don't want the Air Marshal to be questioning whether or not to stop that threat. There is a procedure. I would imagine that it says that if someone says he has a bomb, you work on the premise that that is true, whatever else you may be told, and that you attempt to subdue the person, but if you think he's going for a trigger, you shoot to kill. I am comfortable with that, though it makes me sad that it has to be that way.

I would much rather, today, be saddened over the death of one man than grieving an entire planeload of people because the Air Marshal hesitated.

Lib_ee12 12 years, 5 months ago

I am the Christmas present wrapper at retail store. Therefore I am the best wrapper on this board! Bwaahahaha!

badger 12 years, 5 months ago

Smitty, if thinking means it takes them one second longer to pull that trigger, I would rather they not.

There are a number of household chemicals that can be combined to be incredibly dangerous that could be gotten past security.

The Air Marshals are another tier of security, there precisely because someone ingenious enough will get a weapon of some sort past the checkpoints. I've (accidentally) taken a knife on a plane post 9/11, and no one caught it.

I want them expecting that people will be able to foil the checkpoints somehow, even if they can't explain how they could have.

thunderbuns 12 years, 5 months ago


badger 12 years, 5 months ago

A friend called me a little while ago to say that her brother, who had caused ripples at Thanksgiving by announcing he'd moved in with a woman he'd only been exclusively dating for a few months, had caused further uproar by clarifying that the reason for the cohabitation had been born in October, and he'd been afraid to mention it (friend and I think they were waiting for the results of the paternity test...).

My first thought was, "Yeah, how would you put this into a Christmas letter? 'And in other news, we found out this week that our first grandchild is a month and a half old! We very much look forward to meeting the child (and the mother, for that matter) for the first time this Holiday season! Please join us in wishing our son two smacks in the head and a thorough shaking for failing to mention this until now!' "

I'm always amused that my father and stepmother's Christmas letter spends two or three paragraphs on each of her children, even when they're unemployed and living at home, and my sister and I usually get a single compound sentence (even when they had gone to visit my sister and her husband overseas, and during the years when my nephews were born). The rest of my Dad's family is only sporadically mentioned. I'm not sure Dad actually reads his Christmas letter; she signs for both of them and he just reads his book and says, "Ok, yeah, Christmas letter, go right ahead, whatever you say."

Overall, though, I cannot stand them. Even worse, I've begun to get Christmas letter e-mails, and my mother will forward them to me so I get two copies 'just in case I missed it.'

neopolss 12 years, 5 months ago

Dude. Bipolar patients are instructed NOT to fly by their Doctors.

======================================== Agreed. Most of us rarely follow doctors orders to the T. ========================================

Dude the Air Marshall dosn't know that the woman isn't part of the plan to help blow up the plane.

======================================== Common sense mostly. Use descretion. It's a human life we are talking about. Just as valuable as 3000 of them. ========================================

Dude he didn't take his medicine.

======================================== I agree. Not a reason to be shot. ========================================

Dude they asked him to pull his hands out of his bag and drop the bag and he didn't. Oh and I forgot that he was screaming I have a bomb! I have a bomb!

======================================== Again, the state of fear and paranoia that is sweeping everyone made them act hastily and shoot. ========================================

Dude over 3000 people died as a result of planes being used as bombs.

======================================== This does not relate. He was not taking over a plane, he was not flying it into a building, and most importantly, he ran OFF of the plane. ========================================

Oh did I forget to mention that he Was screaming arms flailing yelling I have a bomb! I have a Bomb! running toward the cockpit?

======================================== Wrong. He was not on the plane when he was shot. He had just ran off of the plane. ========================================

Dude you're an idiot.

======================================== Completely uncalled for and degrades your entire argument into a second grade insult. If you cannot speak like a repectful adult, please do not address me. My comments do reflect that of many people. I do not buy into this state of fear, I do not support the boatloads of extra security. Simply for the very reason that if somone wants to attack you - they will. It does not matter how well we protect our borders, limit our freedoms, and broaden the search and seizure powers of government, someone WILL get by it. As I said before, the freedoms we have, we pay for in our vulnerability. I wouldn't trade it for anything.

"They that give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." -- Benjamin Franklin ========================================

GreenEyedBlues 12 years, 5 months ago

I had three sibilings and my parents shopped for 3/5 of the sets of great/grandparents we had. Needless to say there were packages abound that needed wrapping.

I'll never forget the Christmas season of 1994, I was at home sick from school. My mom usually wrapped while everyone was in class, so to keep me entertained, she sat me down and showed me how to wrap gifts. I wasn't very good at first; my ten-year old fingers weren't as nimble, and a case of ADHD didn't help so much, either. After awhile, though, I came to love creating crisp folds and creating such tidy, uniform edges. For me, it was like origami. I've helped her wrap every year since and now we adorn the boxes with fancy ribbon arrangements and we color-code the packages according to recipient. =)

There's my heartwearming Christmas tale. Fruitcake, anyone?

Mari Aubuchon 12 years, 5 months ago

Since when are bipolar patients instructed not to fly?

beatrice 12 years, 5 months ago

neo: "As I said before, the freedoms we have, we pay for in our vulnerability." We have freedom of speech, but aren't allowed to yell "fire" in a crowded theater if there isn't one. I consider not being allowed to make jokes about bombs at the checkpoint, or to yell that you have a bomb after passing the checkpoint, would fall under the same "fire" rule. It doesn't actually infringe on our true freedoms enjoyed in this country. However, I do think it sad that Mr. Alpizar was killed.

thunderb: Thank you so much for your imput today. The level of maturity, insight and respect you show others on a regular basis around here adds so much to our daily conversations. Without your imput, I'm afraid our chats would just wither up to nothing like it were a weekend board. Really, you are truly the brightest person to ever post here. And I almost forgot, the funniest too. Um, really.

enochville 12 years, 5 months ago

neopolss said:

"Simply for the very reason that if somone wants to attack you - they will. It does not matter how well we protect our borders, limit our freedoms, and broaden the search and seizure powers of government, someone WILL get by it."

Of course there are ways to get around security measures. The key is the balance you strike between vulnerability and ease of movement. Very, very few people want the extreme in security (i.e., a military state in which we sacrifice all freedoms just to be safe), because quality of life suffers and as you say determined people will break through all the defenses of a Machivellian kingdom. But, I feel that you are leaning too far in the other direction in which people are so free to do whatever they want, we will be in constant danger of anyone easily harming or killing else and causing mass destruction with a single blow.

Although determined people can get through security defenses, the harder we make it, the more we prevent the easy injuries. There are a large number of poor, idiots that can shoplift from a Walmart, but it takes money, smarts, organization, and difficult-to-acquire equipment to steal from Fort Knox. By Fort Knox's greater security, they prevent countless attempts to steal that they would not have prevented if those security measures were not in place. So, now they concentrate on stopping the few would be theives that have the resources to pose a threat rather than constantly swatting a thousands of "shoplifters".

Our increased security, police, FBI, CIA, etc. have broken up many attempts. They are working. Now occasionally some terrorists will get through, but it is the differences between having one massive attack a year in the Western world rather than hundreds of massive attacks a year. I, obviously made those numbers up, but you get my point.

So, I think the answer lies in finding a balance between freedom of movement/vulnerability and restriction of movement/security. It does not lie in either extreme. We will have some growing pains in trying to find the balance. It is a great experiment where human lives are at stake. I will agree with you that the Bush administration has played the fear card too much and has over-stepped the bounds of human rights in the camps and prisons for "criminal combtants".

But, I still hold that it was right to kill the man who was threatening people with a bomb.

Manson 12 years, 5 months ago

Wrong Wrong Wrong. He did 2 things. He was on the plane yelling running toward the cock pit. Witnesses have testified. This is the momment when his wife started yelling her expnation of his condition. Witnessess have testified that he was running arms flailing toward the cockpit. This is when the Marshall ordered him off the plane. He got off the plane. Refused to remove his hands from the bag or get on the ground.

The marshall MUST assume that what the crazed Irresponsible Lunatic says is true. Why ? Because if it was real and there was an actual bomb 1 second of hesitation would kill everyone on that plane or near it. YOU have the luxury of after the fact review.

I never said he was on the plane when shot. I know it happened outside of the plane. Yelling I have a bomb was ON THE PLANE.

You're refusal to accept the facts makes you an ignorant fool. That is not an insult it is a fact.

Dude over 3000 people died as a result of planes being used as bombs.

======================================== This does not relate. He was not taking over a plane, he was not flying it into a building, and most importantly, he ran OFF of the plane. ==================================== Yeah he ran off only after he was told to do so at gun point AFTER HE YELLED I HAVE A BOMB

It does relate. He WAS RUNNING TOWARD THE COCKPIT. Was ordered off the plane then Shot. Got it? That is the sequence of events. The Marshall was in the front of the plane far away from the Crazed man's wife. He could not hear her giving the explaination over "I have a Bomb! I have a Bomb!" Or the other passengers screaming for their lives because they thought he HAD A BOMB! With a device that can be activated in less than a second the Marshalls had no time to think about the situation, ask the man if he really had a bomb or not, what his favorite color is, or any other line of questions.

You insist to over simplify the situation. Lets assume the guy did have a bomb....since that IS THE MARSHALL'S JOB.

Hong_Kong_Phooey 12 years, 5 months ago

I can't remember exactly who it was that said the air marshals should have shot the guy in the leg. Whoever it was - you've been watching too many movies. In fact, that seems to be the case with almost anything the police do. To many people have been watching 'CSI' and think that every single crime can be solved in a half hour with a blacklight and Q-tip. Anyway, back to my original point...

As I have mentioned before, I have friends that are cops. We have talked about shootings before and they told me some pretty interesting stuff. For example, when you get into a situation like the one on/off the plane (You were both right - the guy started running for the front of the plane, an air marshal intercepted and ordered him to the ground, he refused and made his way off the plane where the first marshal was joined by a second. They ordered him to the ground and he didn't do it. He started reaching into his bag. They ordered him twice to remove his hand and get on the ground but he didn't so...) so back to enlightening ya'll... when in a situation where ones adrenaline starts going bonkers, fine muscle movements become extremely difficult, if not impossible. That is one reason why cops are taught to shoot for the "center mass" of the target. The other is - if they have to shoot someone then it's going to be in defense of their life OR someone else's.

Hong_Kong_Phooey 12 years, 5 months ago

I meant to add "so why would they aim for an arm or a leg in that LIFE THREATENING situation?"

Linda Aikins 12 years, 5 months ago

E_M - good job segueing this tyrade into the OTS question! You are goooood!!

ladysilk 12 years, 5 months ago

I hate to post something off topic (I know we try not to do that here) but I know a lot of people read this all over lawrence. My dog ran away this afternoon, she is a collie mix with a black muzzle. Her name is Jazz and she has a collar and tags on. She got out in the area of 23rd and Kasold. If you see her please call the number on her tags. Thank you all very much.

adky 12 years, 5 months ago

Just another example of out of control law enforcement personel. Slowly the story may come out. It was the same in London after their terrorist attacks. Some guy was shot on the tube by gun weilding police. The public was told he was an Arab guy with a huge coat and wires hanging from his sleeves, who jumped a ticket turnstile. Truth was he was a Brazilian, had a normal jacket, had no wires and didn't jump a gate or even run. He was just walking onto the train with everyone else. That he didn't have blonde hair and blue eyes seems to have been his only crime. Sound similar?

Manson 12 years, 5 months ago

Was he screaming I have a bomb on an airplane?

Sound similar? WTF?

stinkfist 12 years, 5 months ago

As long as there's enough tape....every wrapping is perfect.

badger 12 years, 5 months ago

You know, if a crazy man was running around screaming, "I have a bomb! I have a bomb!" I can't say that I'd wait to find out what color his eyes were before treating him as if he had a bomb.

I suppose anything can become an incident of ethnic oppression if you try hard enough. You know, they don't say anything about the ethnicity of the Air Marshals involved. Have you just assumed that they're all white conservative guys?

lunacydetector 12 years, 5 months ago

does today's question pertain to wrapping 'Christmas' presents or the secular 'Holiday' presents? since 85% of the U.S. population is Christian, i assume it pertains to Christmas presents.

i don't wrap my presents. i have the stores do it for me....but there was a time i wrapped presents and i was good.

sunflower_sue 12 years, 5 months ago

I can't believe Gootsie got zapped for offering to wash someone's hands. What's up with that? Lemme tell ya, when I was a youngin, my mouth got washed out with soap quite a few times...momma wasn't kiddin' about it! If you so much as said "shoot dang" were doing a taste test for Procter & Gambil (sp?). That's a taste you don't ever forget! YUCK! gagging and spitting noises here

badger 12 years, 5 months ago

Wow, E_M. You're something like 3 for 7 in removals today.

You're all about pushing the envelope!

You get on with your bad self!

sings protest songs in support of even_money's struggles with censorship from The Man

bearded_gnome 12 years, 5 months ago

Wow, Even_Money is getting zapped!

I'm okay at wrapping presents.

if my mother send a present in the mail, it is immediately obviously hers [gift], as she often seems to use more tape than paper!

once, she literally mailed a taped up metal coffee can. I still don't know how that one made it through!

I'm glad your mother's keeping that Bearded Gnome warm. the only question I have about it is, what took her so long to get one? we're so lovable! I hope she enjoys having him around. she should consider some creative indoor uses for him: christmas tree topper; table centerpiece; etc.

Ceallach et al: Mrs. Gnome and I were downtown from just after 1pm until nearly 8pm--whew!--I'm so tired from walking downton in the snow...and with Mrs. Gnome's purchases in my backpack! got most of what we were after.

announcement: nobody identified me so not given away free cup coffee/tea/cocoa. 1 will be enjoyed with Sunnyside_sue and Ceallach indeed.

one question and then gotta run: here in Lawrence we ban indoor smoking, for health issues.
*which is more unhealthy: eating a piece of fruitcake or smoking a stogie? ban fruitcakes!

E_M for mayor, pope, or the host of the Daily Show, or all three!!!!

oh man its cold!

beatrice 12 years, 5 months ago

b_g: I don't know which is unhealthier, fruitcake or cigars -- so to be on the safe side, from now on everyone must eat their fruitcake outdoors. And I know what you mean about it being cold out -- here in Phoenix the high was only around 65 today --- burrrr! Tonight, we are dipping to around 30!

I'll keep thinking warm thoughts for everyone in Lawrence.

oldfashiongirl 12 years, 5 months ago

Hi y'all,

Tried buying all the ingredients for Ms-D's Pudding Cake but couldn't find any currants, so I bought some Craisins and thought I would chop them finely. Can't wait to make it.

B. Gnome, why do you want to ban fruitcake? Because of the snow and cold you are sending our way here in Western Kentucky, I went shopping at 6:30AM and saw they only had 3 of the Claxton fruit cakes on hand, so I bought another. First I cut a small 1/4" slice and made a pot of tea. Wouldn't you know the tea lasted longer than that little piece of f.c. so I cut off a 1/2" slice and the tea ran out, so I poured another cup and then that piece was gone and still half a cup of tea left, so you get the point, I had to cut another piece. Glad I live alone and no one to monitor my actions.

Than started wrapping some presents and kept going back to the fruit cake. God, I love that stuff. Christmas is still 17 days away-wonder how many I'll have to buy to keep me in stock. Filled my tank and gas was up 15 cents overnight.

Gnome, I think you would make a good city commissioner so why not give it a try?

sunflower_sue 12 years, 5 months ago

Huh, Huh...he said package. Nudist, when in the rain, wear a raincoat!

sweatpeagj 12 years, 5 months ago

They just ran the news on the man that got killed. Even his brother was not aware that he had any medical conditions. I understand why they shot ecspecially with the knowledge that he was acting erratic. I think it is sad and wish that we had a better way of securing the safety of the travelers. Here is another news story related to Miami Internalional Airport.. two masked men robbed a warehouse at the airport. They walked away with over 7 million dollars. This money was being transported from another country and stored in the warehouse to be counted and sent along its way. Two very public displays at the airport in as many days. Just thought I would share some disturbing news for Miami Interanational. To whomever posted about the Merry Christmas change at Target I agree. I am so confused on the politically correct way of wishing love and laughter for the holiday seasons. The general feelings seem to change with every Christmas season.

beatrice 12 years, 5 months ago

now, now sweatp, the way of wishing someone happiness doesn't really change. People likely will know your true feelings on the topic, whether it is Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, or whatever. Just be yourself, and if you aren't sure of someone else's form of celebration, go generic -- it doesn't trivialize Christianity at all, it is just nice. Peace and warmth this season. bea

Ceallach 12 years, 5 months ago

beatrice: Thanks for the Phoenix weather update!!!! Between your reports and my mother reminding me how warm it is on her desk in the Rio Grande Valley I am even colder :) We need to ask ms_canada to close the back door before the Alberta Clipper blows Kansas away!!

Package wrapping? My package wrapping skills are legend. Having accomplished such acclaim I am now free to relax and make use of those handy-dandy gift bags and colorful tissue paper, and I do:) I readily admit, I love those bags. They are a fast, festive and ooooh soooo easy way to cover a package.

All y'all have a good night.


bearded_gnome 12 years, 5 months ago

Ladysilk: please update us on search for Jazz. having a dog loose is a dreadful experience.
I sincerely hope she's back to you soon.

I believe God created dogs to show us some of the characteristics of His angels. just my belief.

bearded_gnome 12 years, 5 months ago

Oldfashionedgirl: yes, we 'must' ban fruitcakes. yours is a case which illustrates the terrible effects of fruitcake addiction "nobody here to monitor my actions."
first, its just a little fruitcake. then it is up to eating 'only fruitcake' and dreaming of it, working just to earn money to buy fruitcake. secret actions to procure only ends in heartbreak and a lot of pounds. the user, strung out on sugary brandy-fruit unable to do anything productive and yet craving only fruitcake!
stop it now, fruitcake, its worse than cigarettes. "friends don't let friends get hooked on fruitcake!"

"this, this is your brain on fruitcake"

okay, OFG, enough humor?

thanks for the compliment, but the chances of me being elected to anything in lawrence are about equal to the chances of this city commission doing something rational about growth, sidewalks and sewers!

bearded_gnome 12 years, 5 months ago



Bea, I have no simpathy for your weather!
it's below -4F here now! whaaa!!!!

gnomedog is rather good at making "that yellow snow!" "don't you eat that yellow snow!"

if you wondered Bea, [RE Zappa lyrics], I am the "central scrutinizer."

since school's canceled friday, shall we make it topless day on the board again to celebrate the elements?

night all and remember, there is a roundabout under that pile of snow from the plow!

katie 12 years, 5 months ago

about the man who was shot on the plane. you know that no one would complaining if really had a bomb. but whos to know? honestly!

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