Christmas Eve

By Shamus Posted Monday Dec 24, 2007

Filed under: Personal 41 comments

I got to spend Sunday afternoon with an old friend. We grew up together, were inseperable after high school for a few years, and then parted ways as jobs and marriage took us in different directions. I’ve seen him twice in the last fifteen years. That’s a shame. He and his family are good company. (And if he manages to make it here: “Hi Jim!”)

The holidays are off to a great start. Lots of fun, impractical gifts so far. It’s nice to be 36 and still get toys for Christmas.

I have some thoughts on STALKER, but I don’t feel like writing about gunfights in a nuclear wasteland on Christmas Eve.


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41 thoughts on “Christmas Eve

  1. gottasing says:

    Merry Christmas Shamus, and thanks for all the entertainment throughout the year.

  2. Adam says:

    Merry Christmas and hope you and yours have a fun fun time

  3. Adam says:

    hehe.. looks like the comments are about to sing “O come all ye faithful”

  4. Snook says:

    Merry Christmas! Thanks for the going through all this trouble for the internet hordes!

  5. Tango says:

    Merry met and well be!

  6. Lynx says:

    Wondered what my Wavatar is going to be like…

    Spending time with close friends is usually nice, just ate till we bloated last Sunday as a get-together. The festive seasons’ really just an excuse, friends should get together more often.

  7. Adam says:

    Merry Christmas, Shamus! Thank for DMotR, CB, Free Radical and 20 Sided!

    You’ve wasted plenty of my company’s money this year!

  8. Scott says:

    Merry Christmas!

  9. AngiePen says:

    Merry Christmas, hon! Have a great holiday, and I hope you get lots of cool loot. :D


  10. Nazgul says:

    Merry Christmas, Shamus. I’m looking forward to reading about your new, impractical toys, (this from a guy that has a new “sonic screwdriver” lol.)

    I almost didn’t post again because I don’t like my new wavatar thingy, but hey, it’s Christmas!

  11. ChattyDm says:

    Merry x-mas Shamus… Health and happiness for your whole family and an extra helping of endless geeky fun for you.

  12. Du Jurk says:

    Merry Christmas to you and yours, Shamus. Thank you for keeping me entertained throughout this past year.


  13. lebkin says:

    Merry Christmas, Shamus. Merry Christmas to all the rest of you commentators as well. You all make this a wonderful site to visit. Hopefully everyone has a good holiday and a wonderful year to come.

  14. empty_other says:

    Merry x-mas to you all! And a happy new year. And thank you for entertaining us, Shamus.

  15. Maddyanne says:

    Merry Christmas to you and all your family. Discovering your site this year has been a very great pleasure.

  16. Zukhramm says:

    Merry Christmas everyone, Shamus and other readers!

  17. Bogan the Mighty says:

    Merry Christmas! You better have some fun toys that I can play with too when I get back from my sister’s place.

  18. Neil the Ork Barbarian says:

    Merry Christmas!

  19. DGM says:

    “I have some thoughts on STALKER, but I don't feel like writing about gunfights in a nuclear wasteland on Christmas Eve.”

    Why am I suddenly reminded of Weird Al Yankovic’s “Christmas at Ground Zero?”

  20. Gothmog says:

    Merry Christmas, Shamus!

  21. Telas says:

    Let me raise my (virtual) voice in the chorus of “Merry Christmas, Shamus!”

    I got myself the Orange Box for a Christmas gift after reading the comments here. Thanks for the joy you’ve brought after DMotR ended, and extra special thanks for DMotR.

    Merry Christmas to all…


  22. Ian says:

    Merry Christmas, Shamus, and all you other Twenty Sided readers. ;)

  23. Peter says:

    Merry Christmas!

  24. Hawkehunt says:

    Have a great Christmas everyone, I’m off to our annual family feast and festivities!

  25. Rich says:

    Merry Christmas y’all. And Happy and Healthy Multicultural Holidays to everyone.

  26. McNutcase says:

    Merry Christmas, everyone!

    And those who don’t celebrate Christmas, well then just substitute any occasion you DO celebrate around this time of year. I want everyone to have as good a time as they can, now the nights are getting shorter again, for those of us North of the Equator.

    Io, Saturnalia!

  27. Matis says:

    Feliz navidad

  28. Rich G. says:

    Merry Christmas everybody! :)

  29. Davesnot says:

    Yup.. we’re still here.. always.. even Christmas eve.. here we are.. Merry Christmas and thanks for the mental stimulation.. may the new year keep you invigorated .. thus allowing us more of the same.



  30. Chris Arndt says:

    Merry Christmas, my idol.

    I saw the inventor of the CAPTCHA on Wired Science on PBS… your article on how unnecessary the complex CAPTCHA was made me realize how much I truly have a guy to hate in this guy. He proud of something so simple yet too complex. What good is a security thing if it foils ME?

    So in my rhetoric the inventor of CAPTCHA has now been bundled with Mitt Romney.

    So while we’re here your bit about the impractical gifts and toys for Christmas… my mother is insistent on my making me grow up and refuse to give me toys, like my brother will. So how can I make her stop? I’m great with my sister supplying me with tools and such that make more more sophisticated and dapper than my fellow midwesterner but we all know that 26-year-old boys just wish to luxuriate when the work is done.

    As for the (best) friends’ long-unseen… I know exactly what you mean.

  31. C David Dent says:

    What a strange coincidence! I too got a call from a very close friend from high-school who I see only vary rarely since he moved to China. He called out of the blue on Friday and I was able to coordinate a get together with him and a third of our inseparable trio.

    It was the first time in nearly 8 years (as best as we can recon) that we’ve all been together at the same time. It was a lot of fun to be around people with whom you have no pretense or position. People who, unlike most of your friend, that you trust implicitly like family.

    It made me feel inexplicably …happy. Like some unseen holiday spirit had infused me. Jolly.

  32. Blurr says:

    Merry Christmas!

  33. Smyth says:

    Merry Fishmas Shamus, and to all an R’lyeh night!

  34. Bizarre says:

    Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Crazy Kwanzaa, a tip-top Tết and a solemn, dignified Ramadan!

  35. RibbitRibbit says:

    Merry Christmas all!

  36. Browncoat says:

    Happy Festivus.

    As this is not my blog, I’ll forego the airing of the grievances.

  37. Vallejo says:

    Merry Christmas, Shamus (and everyone else)!

  38. ryanlb says:

    Merry Christmas, Shamus!

    Thanks for all the laughs, and interesting discussions.

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