Christmas at Our House
9am carpool from Joan'sContact: Dee
December 11Christmas Party6:30pmSally's HouseRSVP: Sally
Birthdays2nd Phil Martinez
3rd Sean Nevoli (Happy 20th!)
8th Bud Butler
11th Eddie Butler(Happy 22nd!)
17th Steve Grady
20th Alicia Martinez (Happy 19th!)
21st Jennifer Butler (Happy 20th!)
26th Jared Katz (Happy 17th!)
28th Sharon Simmons
December Meeting/Christmas Party
When: December 11, 6:30pm
Where: Sally's House
What: Our Annual Christmas Party
Bring a personal item valued at $15-$20. RSVP Sally as to what you are
to bring for the potluck.
Christmas at Our House TourIt starts at
10:00, and says to allow a minimum of 4 hours to tour. There are maps on
each ticket. A complimentary Tea is included, but we may want to have some
snacks in the cars to tide us over. We'll meet at 9:00 at Joan's to carpool
We need some drivers who are adept at parallel parking - we'll probably have
to. It's hard to tell if the houses are within walking distance. Dee will
NOT be driving - please let her know if you are willing and how many ladies
you can take. This should be a lot of fun.
P.S. We will be required to remove our shoes while touring the homes, so
come prepared - no holes in your socks :) Seriously, it says "you may wear
socks, nylons, or booties will be provided"
Saturday Coffee Clatches ContinueMeet your Las
Madres friends for some coffee and conversation at the Starbuck's at White and
Aborn on Saturday mornings at 9am. Every third Saturday is a "field
e-MAIL TIDBIT Reindeer Games - A Letter from Santa
One of the saddest stories at Christmas is how Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer,
wasn't allowed to join in all the reindeer games. Rudolph became a hero, but we
never actually found out what sort of games are reindeer games. What kinds of
games are they?PeterDear Peter,
Well, Peter, there are reindeer games, and then there are The Reindeer Games.
It's the difference between playing softball in the park with your buddies, and
participating in the Olympics. Anyone can play reindeer games any time they want
(even if you're not really a reindeer). But it takes a special sort of deer to
have the drive to be in the Reindeer Games.
Again like the Olympics, there are a number of categories in the Reindeer Games,
but here are some of the most popular:
* LONG JUMP - Since our reindeer can actually fly, you can imagine the distances
we get on this one.
* 100 COUNTRY DASH - Each year, our computers randomly generate a list of 100
countries, and the reindeer see who can get to all of them first. This year's
list of countries included Micronesia, Gabon, Luxembourg and Fort McMurdo in
Antarctica (not technically a country, but thrown in for the challenge). I
personally like this event, because the reindeer often come back with souvineers
* SLEIGH PULLS - This one, of course, makes good sense, since that's what the
reindeer are actually going to be doing, come Christmas Eve. This is a team
event, with 2-deer, 4-deer, and the standard 8-deer setup.
* SWIMSUIT COMPETITION - Ha! Santa's just pulling your leg with this one.
However, we DO have:
* TALENT SHOW - Believe me, you haven't lived until you see an all-reindeer
version of "King Lear." It just chokes me up every time.
* CHIMNEY SLALOM - One of the biggest problems we have on Christmas is zipping
between all those brick chimneys out there. Each year, we set up a new,
randomized course, and the deer flit through it. It's breathtaking. We also ruin
a lot of perfectly good chimneys.
* FIGURE SKATING - Reindeer. Ice Skates. You wouldn't think that it'd work. But
* LONG-DISTANCE PACKAGE DELIVERY - This is a mixed event, with reindeer and
elves. The elf gets in a single-deer sleigh filled with toys, and the idea is to
see how many toys they can hurl down a chimney from the highest possible
altitude. This takes delicate coordination between the elf and the deer: the
elf's got have dead-on aim, and the deer has to keep the sleigh high and steady.
The highest compliment that you can get in this game is when you get a toy
straight down the chimney without hitting the brick: "Nothin' But Log."
* SANTA "COMPLIMENTING" - The idea here is to make fun of Santa while making it
sound like you're actually complimenting him. I don't know how this one got
* KARAOKE - The only problem here is that the only thing the reindeer want to
sing is ABBA.
Well, that's it, Peter. You now know all about The Reindeer Games. Keep being a
good boy and I will visit your home on Christmas eve after you have gone to bed. Santa
President & Treasurer - Vicki Rasmussen
Newsletter & Webmaster - Ginny Gomez Coffee Co-Coordinators - Robin Nevoli & Tina Cuneo
Executive Committee - Randi Heinrichsen, Joan Wilson and Sally Brooks-Schulke