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  1. SubscriberKewpie
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    11 Dec '12 01:21
    They're where you take all that leftover food, leftover wrappings, dead Xmas trees and unwanted presents .... 🙂
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    11 Dec '12 01:24
    Originally posted by Kewpie
    They're where you take all that leftover food, leftover wrappings, dead Xmas trees and unwanted presents .... 🙂
    No. You take unwanted xmas pressies back to the shop.

    Make sure you have the receipt to change the pressie.

    Everything else you take to the tip.
  3. SubscriberKewpie
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    11 Dec '12 01:29
    Originally posted by johnnylongwoody
    No. You take unwanted xmas pressies back to the shop.

    Make sure you have the receipt to change the pressie.

    Everything else you take to the tip.
    If I tried that, I'd get sprung in the changeover queue. 🙁
  4. Standard memberGrampy Bobby
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    11 Dec '12 01:39
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    You know...

    http://www.google.com/search?q=mistletoe&hl=en&tbo=u&rlz=1T4AURU_enUS499US499&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ei=yo3GUImAFcuv0AHajIDICw&ved=0CEgQsAQ&biw=1257&bih=630

    What time's your party?
  5. Standard memberapathist
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    11 Dec '12 02:18
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    No. Christmas is cool, but my kids are grown so stop shoving it. Jesus the Savior is myth. Leave it for the adolescents. They will figure it out later.

    We all like presents.
  6. Standard memberGrampy Bobby
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    11 Dec '12 02:47
    Originally posted by apathist
    No. Christmas is cool, but my kids are grown so stop shoving it. Jesus the Savior is myth. Leave it for the adolescents. They will figure it out later.

    We all like presents.
    Harsh, with respect to the traditional family emphasis of this festive yearend hoilday. Thanksgiving a bummer for you and yours also?
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    11 Dec '12 03:46
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    Budget and stick to it.
  8. Standard memberusmc7257
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    11 Dec '12 03:51
    Don't wear mistletoe on your belt buckle, it doesn't work. 😞
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    11 Dec '12 03:59
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    The Untied Way

    quote:

    The sleigh bells are tinkling, if you happen to live in a heavily sleighed area, and the snow is falling (according to reliable rumors), and avatars of Santa Claus are coming to town, indeed have already arrived in town, as the gift-giving giant SanClauInc (formerly Santa Claus' Elf Factory) works out its naughty-nice ratios adjusted for morality deflation.

    (skip, look at the link to see)

    Here's how it works. This is the age of ATMs, so the ATM is the centerpiece of the Untied Way. Go to your ATM and take out some money. How much money is entirely your business, but the sum should be sufficient for you to notice its absence. It shouldn't hurt, but maybe it should pinch a little.

    Take your money to an area of town where there are people who seek funds from passing strangers. Coincidentally, BART serves many of these areas, the result of an unprecedented BART-Untied Way collaboration, of which BART is unaware. Then you take your fistful of $20 bills and stroll down the avenue. When someone asks you for money, you give him $20. You repeat this until you are out of $20 bills. You are now an official Untied Way volunteer and are entitled to all the rights and privileges adhering thereto, including perhaps a no-host ride on a monorail back to your home.

    You might expect gratitude from your clients, but you may not get it. Some of your clients may not process the denomination of the contribution, and therefore your special virtue will go unremarked. Sometimes, alas, your clients will say insulting or incomprehensible things to you. Other times, they may be overly grateful, and follow you down the street asking in stentorian tones for God to bless you. The Untied Way is not a particularly comfortable charity.

    Sometimes people ask: Won't the Untied Way clients use their money foolishly? Won't they buy drugs or cheap booze or unsavory companionship? And the answer is: Yes, they might. Have you ever spent your money foolishly? Have you ever behaved unwisely? Untied Way clients are human beings like you.

    Sometimes people ask: Are the Untied Way clients worthy of these donations? What does "worthy" mean? How much suffering would you want them to have? How much virtue do you feel is appropriate? It's like this: You can spend your time determining the eligibility of clients, asking them to fill out questionnaires and describe what other kinds of financial assistance they are receiving, or you can give them money and move on. The second way is more efficient.

    It is the assumption of the Untied Way that people on the streets who ask for money need the money. It is not an occupation that people aspire to. The people on the streets are not middle managers seeking to supplement their incomes. They need money, and you have money. Maybe they are reduced to asking for money because they made foolish choices, but again: There but for the grace of God go you.
    Here is a way to help the underserved in your community and get a heart-healthy walk at the same time. If your community does not have underserved people, other communities will lend you theirs.

    unquote

    http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/carroll/article/JON-CARROLL-2544018.php
  10. Subscriberrookie54
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    11 Dec '12 04:07
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    i admit to being greedy,
    but all i want is just this thing...
    it's true there's only one in this world,
    but if i get it i promise to sing...

    http://lumberjocks.com/projects/75326
  11. Standard membersumydid
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    11 Dec '12 05:07
    I generally tip 20-25% -- I guess I might go up to 30% if the waitress were to dress up in a sexy Miss Santa outfit.
  12. Standard memberChessPraxis
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    11 Dec '12 06:00
    https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/68601_434344133288151_1759319322_n.jpg
  13. Standard memberapathist
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    11 Dec '12 07:26
    Originally posted by Grampy Bobby
    Harsh, with respect to the traditional family emphasis of this festive yearend hoilday. Thanksgiving a bummer for you and yours also?
    -
    I like festive year-end holidays. The Christians stole the pagan mid-winter festival, at point of sword and flame of pyre. I'm okay with taking it back.

    Thanksgiving is another matter. What are we celebrating? Successful harvest? Befriending the natives we're about ready to rape pillage and plunder? Force of habit?

    You're right, Grampy, I am not a fountain of joy when culture pushes me around.
  14. Standard memberGrampy Bobby
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    15 Dec '12 11:57
    Originally posted by apathist
    I like festive year-end holidays. The Christians stole the pagan mid-winter festival, at point of sword and flame of pyre. I'm okay with taking it back.

    Thanksgiving is another matter. What are we celebrating? Successful harvest? Befriending the natives we're about ready to rape pillage and plunder? Force of habit?

    You're right, Grampy, I am not a fountain of joy when culture pushes me around.
    Interesting in depth point of view, to say the least.
  15. Standard membercadwah
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    15 Dec '12 12:22
    When doing all of your Christmas shopping on Christmas eve, plan your route to make sure you get the most important gifts first, shoppers annoyance and impromptu pub visits can lead to early abandonment of gift shopping.
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