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December 16, 2006

Hey! Whattaya want for Christmas?

Getting them indoctrinated early!

This is a Denizen Post, so Denizens can put their answers in here, not just the comments. I think I'm going to leave it up top for a few days. Maybe even *through* to Christmas, just to give people who only check in once a week or so a chance.

Boquisucio sent this email to plant the seed:

Hello Boss,

With 12 days 'til X-Mass, I wonder what the denizens out there would like for Christmas.

I for one would say: Oh Santa - for Christmas, I wanna' Sig Sauer .40 S&W
Two-Tone SP-2022 with SIGLITE® Night Sights, please-please-pleeeease!

BOQ

This seems like an *excellent* idea! Come one, come all, and play! Readers and lurkers are encouraged to submit *their* wishes in the comments. You can be funny, you can serious. Just be nice. Naughty is okay, just be nice. If all ya got is Grinchy Scrooginess in you this holiday season, go take it out on someone else! To avoid the thing degenerating into argument - leave the politics at the door.

Okay. Me? I want one of these! A Vickers belt-filling machine. That would about complete the Vickers collection (not to mention just about double it's value...) Hey - I'll be happy to pay shipping!

If that's too pricey for you, this would be kewl, too.

What's on *your* list?
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What does gollum want for Xmas? He wants a lot.

10) A library of either the hard copy or saved to cd books necessary to make THE career change---you know, you have to cite stuff and can't just make chit up on a whim like Paul Krugman and the AP photo service.
9) The nice piece of sheepskin that would make people believe I know what I'm doing in new discipline (or the money to pursue it).
8) My Internet BB to spend 99% of the coming year happier and less grumpy than the last, 'ya grump.
7) Bill and Sanger to write more often. We miss you chuckleheads, and the wisdom you impart on us younglings that you don't even realize you are bestowing.
6) My committee to make up its mind whether to toss me or approve me so I can get on with my life---you heartless, soul-less wanks----or a lifetime supply of Coke so I can bash my head against a wall in perpetuity to make them happy.
5) The Wife to get passed her experimental road blocks so she can get finished on her PhD.
4) Un-insane in-laws. Not just the parents of The Wife, but the whole lot of them. They're almost all crazy.(You down with me on this one AFSis?)
3) A puppy. Happiness is a warm puppy. Schultz said so.
2) All the Boys and Girls wearing The Colors to come home in one piece, and of sound mind and spirit.
1) My buddy James to get home from Iraq in time for his daughter's second Christmas since he missed her first one. It'll take an act of Congress or someone in the Corps looking the other way for that to happen. But I'm still hoping.
ry
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Comments on Hey! Whattaya want for Christmas?
Marvin briefed on December 15, 2006 08:07 AM

if all ya got is Grinchy Scrooginess in you this holiday season, go take it out on someone else!

I knew you never really wanted me around. I'll just be over in the corner... rusting.

John of Argghhh! briefed on December 15, 2006 08:08 AM

Marvin! Good to see ya, dude!

MajMike briefed on December 15, 2006 09:00 AM

can't have 'em, you'll shoot your eye out!

Damian briefed on December 15, 2006 09:02 AM

It would undoubtedly be wasted in my comparatively unsteady hands, but one of these would be fun, wouldn't it?

Btw, that's the PGW Defence Technologies Timberwolf Tactical, and it's what the CF gives their snipers to work with these days (delivery started August 2005).

John of Argghhh! briefed on December 15, 2006 09:18 AM

Will not. The Vickers can't shoot. All I could do is pinch a finger, mebbe.

John of Argghhh! briefed on December 15, 2006 09:19 AM

Damian... my comparatively unsteady hands... that's what the bipod is for! Just need to learn to breathe.

Pogue briefed on December 15, 2006 09:19 AM

Woo-Hoo! Either a Browning M2 HB or an M134 mini gun! (Hey, this is a Class 3 state!)

FbL briefed on December 15, 2006 09:35 AM

I'll join Marvin over in the corner. I'd wish for a job for Christmas, but I don't think that'd work any better than actively searching for one.

John of Argghhh! briefed on December 15, 2006 09:41 AM

Awp! No melancholia, Marvin excepted!

BloodSpite briefed on December 15, 2006 09:57 AM

A Stevens Savage Model 200 in .30-06 or 7mm Mag. Wood Grain prefered, I recognize the usefulness of the synthetic stocks, but I don't like'em in a hunting/long rifle. Just don't look pretty anymore. *shrug* Add a Bushnell 3-9x50MM Scope along with a sling and hard case and we're in business.

Yea I know Leupold's better, but thats sort like putting a Cadillac on retread tire's. The scope is worth more than the rifle, and I'm looking for hunting equipment here. Of the Deer variety.

bad cat robot briefed on December 15, 2006 10:06 AM

I wanna submarine. This one will do nicely (it even has its own mini-sub!)

BloodSpite briefed on December 15, 2006 10:22 AM

*ahem* with or without the sea-men?

*runs like hades from the PG-13 Enforcer*

*Thwack!*

Marvin briefed on December 15, 2006 10:28 AM

I would ask for new diodes for my left side. But I've tried it. It never works.

Nate briefed on December 15, 2006 10:44 AM

A Taurus PT1911 in blue steel would make me very happy this year. I don't see it happening though. A shooting bench to go under my varmit rifle would be nice and is much more likely.

AFSister briefed on December 15, 2006 11:06 AM

I want a Transporter Unit, like the ones on Star Trek.
They do exist... don't they? I mean, surely Spock and Scottie wouldn't lie to a girl, would they?

Heartless Libertarian briefed on December 15, 2006 12:51 PM

I want an FN SCAR-H, with both CQB and SDM barrels, plus a double basic load of mags.

Of course, I'm not allowed to have one of those in WA, but I'd settle for a semi-only version.

A pallet of 7.62x51 to go with it would be nice, too.

Actually, what I really want right now is to have my power back on.

J.M. Heinrichs briefed on December 15, 2006 01:18 PM

Something with a 120mm SB gun and an MTU turbo-diesel would put a smile on my face for a few days ...

Cheers

AFSister briefed on December 15, 2006 01:59 PM

Un-insane inlaws! Yes... I am down with that, Ry!

Toluca Nole briefed on December 15, 2006 07:19 PM

Chimay Grand Reserve and a nice hunk of cheese.

1sg keith briefed on December 15, 2006 07:35 PM

What do I want for Christmas?
How about sitting on the couch with the love of my life in my arms, all of the lights out except the twinkling of the Christmas tree, 'Silent Night' playing on the stereo? What could be better....?

Sean Quigley briefed on December 15, 2006 09:31 PM

Hey John what do ya get for X-mas when ya combine Ward Brewer and a 36,500 dollar loan from Jeremy Byers for a destroyer? NOTHING e-mail me for THE REST OF THE STORY as Paul Harvey would say. I think the vets who read your blog would be VERY interested .

AFSister briefed on December 15, 2006 11:16 PM

*sigh*.... just... sigh.

Justthisguy briefed on December 16, 2006 02:03 AM

1. Optimally, a civilly-certified Lockheed Hercules (they do exist) with a guaranteed 40-year supply of fuel, spares, maintenance etc. and a paid staff of three pilots, two flight engineers and one business manager, with their employment guaranteed through retirement.


This would be so much more way cool than some kinda effete G5.
Can you jump from a G5? No.
Can you put your truck and your boat trailer in a G5? No.
Can you bolt some lawn chairs to the ramp of the G5 and fly along with the ramp open, tossing empty beer cans out the back? No.

2. More realistically, a nice not-shot-much Savage 99 in .250-3000 with the rotary magazine.

3. My two front teeth. (the ones with the failed root-canal jobs, which are crumbling away)

Carrie briefed on December 16, 2006 07:40 AM

All I want for Christmas?
I want to make sure everyone knows just how much I appreciate ALL the support for Operation Santa/Bethesda and Walter Reed. We not only met our modest goal of $3000 but have exceeded it by a good measure. THANK YOU SOOOOOOO MUCH!!!

I want FbL to find a paying job in the troop support sector.

I want Cassandra to have an extra three hours a day just for her.

I want Watt (aka Stubby) to feel better.

I want Grim to have whatever it is he is wishing for.

I want Deb to have a merry Christmas with her boy home from Iraq.

That's not so much, is it?

HomefrontSix briefed on December 16, 2006 08:44 PM

I would like a better answer to my daughter's comment that she misses her daddy besides "me too, baby. Me too." *sigh*


A winning lottery ticket would be nice. I'm not greedy - 5 zeros would be acceptable. A fast forward button on life? That would be kind of nice. Just to get us to July-ish.


I'd like to not be a single parent for a little while. I'd like to sleep the sleep that you sleep when you're not the ONLY adult in the house, responsible for the health, welfare, and spiritual guidance of 2 children who depend on you wholeheartedly. I'd like to have someone to sit with on the couch at the end of the day and just BE with. I'd like to have someone here to help me put up Christmas decorations.


Honestly, though, I do not want for much. My family is safe (relatively speaking) and healthy (well, physically at least!). We have a good church family here and good friends throughout the world that love us and pray for us like we love them and pray for them. We have a roof over our heads, food on the table, and the freedom to do as we please. That pretty much covers it.

Though snow would be nice ;~) Gosh, I miss snow!!!


Mele Kalikimaka!

Curtis briefed on December 17, 2006 06:16 AM

Dear Santa! I heard something kinda like this on Bob and Tom this morning! Lets see what I can do...

Dear Santa, my names Bob in west Virginia. I want a Remington 700 with 20x scope, synthetic stock, custom barrel, and a laser range finder. I also a big boat, and a plane so I can go hunting when I want, where I want!

Dear Santa, My names Private Billy in Iraq. I want a stick. So I can thump Achmed in the head when hes trying to kill me. Because the US government won't let me shoot these Terrorist SOBs with this M-16 they gave me.

Merry Christmas ya'll

Murray briefed on December 17, 2006 04:18 PM

A drop saw.

Cricket briefed on December 17, 2006 04:19 PM

Well...I know what I want, but since that isn't possible until the Almighty sees fit, I will say that I want to be aware of my blessings, grateful for them and the wisdom to live in the moment so we can finish raising our family.

That and some snow.

*grabs an artillery piece to lob a snowball in HFS's direction*

AFSister briefed on December 17, 2006 05:28 PM

Cricket & HF6 get the prize.
I can't help but to want to sing "I'll be home for Christmas... if only in my dreams...." just for you two.

somebody pass me a box of tissues, please. it's raining inside my house right now, or something.

(((hugs)))

Barb briefed on December 18, 2006 10:42 AM

I'd like the power to be turned back on at home ;-)
But I'm glad that my house wasn't thumped by falling trees and my neighborhood was relatively untouched. Lotsa folks here in the outer regions around Seattle are still without power still, and may be for a couple days longer.

Karla (Threadbndr) briefed on December 18, 2006 05:44 PM

Hummm, a retired Marine 'Nam era will do nicely, Santa - LOL.

Seriously, though. I'm good! The Marine!Goth is home on predeployment leave. My mom/his grandma is gradually recovering from the stroke that made me do my first ever Red Cross notification (yes, it was that scary at first and I 'bout gave the MG a heart attack. Having the Top pull you in from the field and tell you "See the Chaplain, you've had a Red Cross call" is a NOT good thing). The job is good, the car is running. There's a little money in the bank, a little rum in the punch and really, everything is as it should be in my neck of the woods.

Everybody have a safe and happy holiday!!!

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