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#21 Posted on 27.12.04 1921.16
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    Originally posted by GrubbyLongJohns
    Other awesome gifts included the Franz Ferdinand 2-disc special edition set, Seasons 1 & 2 of South Park, a Eugene action figure, and a 2005 KROQ calendar (I like to keep a calendar up in my room all the time). Those were just gifts from my one sister and brother-in-law!

Hey, if you think it's too much, I could always take some of it back!

SantaWife blessed me with the following:
-GTA:SA
-Return of the King: Extended Edition
-Star Trek TOS Season 2
-Season 1 of South Park
-Season 4 of The Simpsons
-A zip-up sweater, a track jacket, and a spiff striped shirt, all from The Gap

I spoiled her as well with a Gap coat, Season 1 of CSI, the double disc version of Morrissey's "You Are the Quarry", a coffee maker, the interactive Edna Mode doll, a Phantom Planet DVD, an iTunes gift card, and tickets to see Scissor Sisters in January.

Haul from family and friends included both seasons of The Office, a vase from the NY Metropolitan Museum of Art (the gift shop, that is), A Star Wars book, Patron tequila, and gift cards from Target, Old Navy, Best Buy, and Restoration Hardware.

How I got on the "Nice" List, I'll never know.
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#22 Posted on 27.12.04 1935.09
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    Originally posted by GrubbyLongJohns
    Though I guess i'm really starting to mature. This year, I wasn't as excited about receiving gifts (even though I totally flipped out after getting them), but was looking forward more to people opening my gifts. I guess I was just in the giving spirit this year, and that's all I could think about leading up to Christmas day.


Yeah, it was towards the end of my teen years that I really stopped giving a shit what I got but cared more and more whether the gifts *I* was giving were up to task. I've always been dirt poor and very conservative with what money I do have, but all bets are off in December.

I also got the iPod, although I made sure not to shriek like a girl. I knew it was coming ahead of time though, so perhaps that's why. It's a pretty cool and slick little toy and I'm kinda embarrassed it took me this long to get ahold of one.
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#23 Posted on 27.12.04 2054.38
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    Originally posted by GrubbyLongJohns
    ...This year, I wasn't as excited about receiving gifts (even though I totally flipped out after getting them), but was looking forward more to people opening my gifts. ...


Definitely agree, although my "maturity" marker is that I'm getting more excited about the toothbrush, deodorant, contact solution, etc., in my stocking that mean I don't have to spend money on any of that stuff for awhile! My brother just recently passed the last of his firefighting essentials. He had a picture taken of him in dress uniform in the same pose as my father's dad, also a fireman, who passed away before we were born. Then he had them framed in a silver hinged frame. It made my dad cry, which was probably the best part of Christmas morning because we knew how much that meant to him. In turn, I bought my brother his first 4 legal shots (2 apiece) of Wild Turkey the next day.

I finally got the Care Bear I've been waiting 21 years for - an original 1983 Tenderheart (the brown one with the big heart on his tummy). It was the only one of the original Bears that I never had when I was little. If only they hadn't gone to Old Toy Heaven when we moved, I'd have the complete set. There's also some jewelry (bracelet, earrings, ring), clothing, books, PS2 games (I aim for the 'Y7' or 'E' titles so I have a shot at actually winning), and money for new shoes.
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#24 Posted on 27.12.04 2152.13
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There will be much wrestling watching in my house this week.
- Hardknocks The Chris Benoit Story DVD
- Rise and Fall of ECW DVD
- Stealing Life Cheating Death DVD
- Predator Special Edition
- Angel Season 2
- G. I. Joe Season 1
- Pirates! Live the Life
- Danny Wuerffel's Tales from the Gator Swamp: Reflections of Faith and Football (book)
- About 100 Sportsclix
- 3 CDs ("Arriving" by Chris Tomlin, "Hymns Ancient & Modern" by Passion, and "I See Things Upside Down" by Derek Webb)
- Lots of Action Figures - Magneto, Wolverine, Gambit, Rogue, Beast (Marvel Legends Set), Chris Benoit and Matt Hardy (one of the Ruthless Aggressions sets), Aragorn, Gandalf the White, Twilight Ringwraith, Treebeard (From the LOTR set obviously) Mike Piazza, Nomar Garciaparra, Albert Pujols, Alfonso Soriano, Ken Griffey Jr, Torii Hunter, Curt Schilling, Pedro Martinez, Kerry Wood, and Jason Giambi (McFarlane Figures)
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#25 Posted on 27.12.04 2230.16
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DVD: The Shield 1st Season; Clint Eastwood "Man With No Name" set; Rickson Gracie "Choke"; American History X, Secret Window, Rounders (new edition with a bunch of extras on poker)

CD: Transplants, self-titled

Books about the Can-Am racing series and Ducati motorcycles

Old Navy & FYE gift cards

A bit of cash

Small Leatherman tool

20Q - this is really neat. It's a little ball with buttons and an LCD display. You play 20 questions with it. Think of something, it asks you 20 questions and guesses what you're thinking of. Kinda freaks you out when it correctly figures out stuff like seahorse, sunshine and all sorts of other stuff. I'm afraid it'll go all HAL 9000 and start killing people next.
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#26 Posted on 27.12.04 2351.35
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    Originally posted by Teppan-Yaki
      Originally posted by drjayphd
      I think this is the year people are telling me I stink and should wash my hair.


    Um, are you saying that it's a inconsequential intervention, or do you just not wash your hair?


I wash on a daily basis! I'm writing this off to the "what exactly DO I get him?" factor.
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#27 Posted on 28.12.04 0042.15
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This thread makes me miss the first day after Christmas Break, back in elementary school... the day when you'd run around to all your buddies and check each other's "score cards". Crap, I don't think I've done such a thing since fifth grade. Nifty.

Anyways, I'm still amazed at the stuff I ended up with. The highlights:
-Autographed baseball with all 3 Alou brothers on it.
-Complete audio tape collection of the old Superman radio serials
-A JVC DVD/VHS recorder
-Basket of cookie mix
-Cheech & Chong's "Up in Smoke" on DVD
-"Spider-man, the '67 Collection" DVD
-Avengers #1, 3, 5 & 6. The original 1964 series. Wow. I had given a list to my old man a couple years ago and said "any issues you can get would be awesome". He went nuts on eBay. He threw in some Metal Men and Groo comics (his old favorites) for good measure. Plus two old Batman issues with solo stories of Ace.
-1972 Pittsburgh Pirates card set
-Madden 2005 (how the hell do you run in this game? I always get stuffed, even with the SPRINT and DIVE commands. As a result, Jake Plummer's passed for 350+ yards in each of my first 3 games)

And..shocker of the decade. My MOM, the 57 year old home ec teacher, on a whim, picked up an old Anthrax CD for me. I didn't even ask for it. I had lost my original copy when I traded in my old car (left it in the glovebox). But she got me the new/enhanced/extended version. Amazing.
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#28 Posted on 28.12.04 0747.12
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    Originally posted by estragand
    how the hell do you run in this game? I always get stuffed, even with the SPRINT and DIVE commands. As a result, Jake Plummer's passed for 350+ yards in each of my first 3 games


It's not enough to run the pattern. You also need to wait for your linemen to set the blocks, so sometimes it's best to NOT hit the turbo button immediately. Figure out where your B-gap is on a certain play (in other words, where else can you run to if where the play is SUPPOSED to go is covered). Also, if you have a good blocking back, he's your best friend. Just like the linemen, wait for him to set up his lead block.

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#29 Posted on 28.12.04 1802.13
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    Originally posted by Blanket Jackson
    It's not enough to run the pattern. You also need to wait for your linemen to set the blocks, so sometimes it's best to NOT hit the turbo button immediately. Figure out where your B-gap is on a certain play (in other words, where else can you run to if where the play is SUPPOSED to go is covered). Also, if you have a good blocking back, he's your best friend. Just like the linemen, wait for him to set up his lead block.



Well golly.... that makes so much sense, it's scary. I tried that and you are indeed correct, sir. I'd grown accustomed to the older Madden/NCAA method of "pick the play and you'll automatically burst through the line by pressing SPRINT". In the older versions I have, you hand your RB the ball 16 times in a game and he'll be well over 100 yards. Relying on your blockers and fullback is much more realistic. This game has just gained 12 more Cool Points from me. Now if there's a way to get rid of that frickin' New Found Glory song...
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#30 Posted on 29.12.04 1223.48
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A bunch of Family Guy stuff.
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#31 Posted on 29.12.04 1619.17
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I got one of those Brookstone massage heeating pad dealies from my mother, and a solemn vow from my father that he's going to help me pick out a high end office chair for my "home office".

Practical, Unexciting. Cheaper than back surgery.

Aaaand...

America, The Book
Ramones T-Shirt (both from my beloved)
DVDs
- The Critic
- Homicide Life on the Street (Season 5)
- Dial M for Murder
- North By Northwest
- Casablanca
- And that new Bill Hicks one
A Jimmy Breslin book about the Mets (I'm a *Yanks* fan, dad...)
A day by day calendar of dumb things Bush has said (from older brother)
Warcraft III Battle Chest (from younger brother)

Then, while traveling from Syracuse NY (Mom and brothers) to Worcester MA (Girlfriend and father), in the Albany bus station last night, I treated myself to a $1.99 copy of "If They Only Knew" by Chyna.

And it was the best Christmas ever.

Except for the back problems. And the fighting with mom. And the depressing visit to the nursing home where grandma is. And the fact that the doctor has banned me from booze for at least another month and little brother is a bartender par excellance.

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#32 Posted on 29.12.04 1739.09
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Simpsons season 5
Seinfeld, both volumes
Rise and fall of ECW
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#33 Posted on 29.12.04 1800.24
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    Originally posted by DJ Ran
    Ramones T-Shirt
    - Homicide Life on the Street (Season 5)


Who could ask for anything more than those two items?
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#34 Posted on 4.1.05 0901.54
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For the first time in nearly 6 years - SantaWife gave me a Lewinsky!
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#35 Posted on 4.1.05 1054.51
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DVD's:
- LOTR Box set of the extended editions (promptly watched over the next 3 days)
- Looney Tunes Volume 2 ("Unhand her, Dan Backslide!")
- Ohio State Classics Vol 1-4
- Futurama Vol. 1 (only season 3 to go!)

VeggieTales Nativity Set - if anyone has seen this, the cow made from Jimmy and Jerry Gourd is the best!
Grinch T-Shirt
Socks
VCR Tapes
Lemon Crisp Candle
SI Daily Sports Calendar

It was definitely a lot of fun watching others get their gifts this year. My wife and I got her family a new set of phones 'cause theirs were in such bad shape. They *loved* them, and that was really neat to see.
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