Nixon's Memoirs: December 2005

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Family drama/ A break for a bowl game.

Well, I should have known it was too good to be true. A wonderful trip to Oklahoma, with the Brother-In-Law (BIL) in tow. We took him to see several old friends of his he hadn't seen in a while, we put him up in a nice hotel, we got him nice presents, we fed him good food. We laughed, we joked, we actually enjoyed his company for a while.

And then Tuesday night he pilfered our ATM card in the middle of the night and ran up $300 in "Psychic Hot Line" and/or Phone sex charges. He also snagged his own ATM card (we handle his money, long story there)and overdrew his own account.

I've been warding off violent fantasies ever since, and he is now ETERNALLY banned from our household.

On a much brighter note, the MIL is visiting, and has helped us with the BIL situation temporarily, will full expectation that he will pay her back. AND HE WILL.

I'm taking off work tonight so I can enjoy the Oklahoma-Oregon matchup at the Holiday Bowl in its entirety. I'm so glad my own supervisor is on-call this week, because as long as we find our own coverage, he doesn't ask any questions about why we want off. Other supervisors always act suspicious and want to know specifically why we want off, and what we're doing, and why what we're doing is so much more important. One time, while in Oklahoma for a funeral (my step-dad's mother) I called and arranged coverage with a co-worker, then called the on-call supervisor to let him know of the switch. He asked why, and I told him that I was going to help my parents sort through my grandmother's things. His response? "Why? She's dead, her stuff isn't going anywhere." I slammed the phone in his ear.

I feel that as long as I've found my own coverage, I should be able to take off with no questions asked. If that same supervisor ever asks me "Why" again, I'll most likely respond with the following:

"Well,sir, I'm taking a bus to Ecuador to pick up a three-legged goat I won on eBay that can sing Phantom of the Opera. I would have had it sent, but the shipping on that sucker was off the chain! Say, you want me to bring you back some Cubans? You want me to put you down for a reserve copy of my goat's upcoming album?"

I think he'd stop asking me after that.

Please pray for my sanity.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Merry Christmas!

Here I am blogging from the lobby of the Hampton Inn of Edmond,OK. This will be short as their space bar is sticking.

The wife and I really enjoyed the family Christmas party, minus some cousins. Everyone please keep my cousin (France Journey) in your thoughts and prayers as she is undergoing some surgery this week.

The family dirty santa always has a higher caliber gift selection, and this year was no exception. My wife ended up with a Wal-Mart gift card, and I got a gourmet selection of chocolate covered nuts. One of my Aunts threatened to "steal my nuts" in one of the most hilarious and akward moments of the day, but in the end, they were saved, and I'm taking them home.

The most fun I had was playing with the children of the cousins that did make it. I'm the only cousin (save the 11 year old) without kids. *sigh* We can all hope that I beat her to it!

We're off to Tulsa tomorrow, and Middle_America/Busy Busy Mommy, we're going to be in your neck of the woods as well, so if you're going to be around, let me know via e-mail, I'll check it tomorrow before we leave.

I gave all my family the address to this blog, so hopefully my readership will increase, and you guys can read all the wonderful things my family might say about me. (Some of it could even be true!)

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas!

Signing off from the Sooner State!

Friday, December 23, 2005

Christmas comes early!

Since we're heading out to Oklahoma in the morning, the Casablanca household decided to hold Christmas a little early this year. The stockings have been raided, the tree had been evacuated of gifts, and here is how Nixon faired:

Tokyo (Yomiuri) Giants baseball cap! (Something I've wanted for five years)
CD: Celtic Woman
CD: Yaz: Upstairs at Eric's
CD: Carrie Underwood: Some Hearts
A blue Hawaiian shirt
George Foreman socks
A 2006 Batman Calendar
Grantville Gazette by Eric Flint.

Not bad at all!

Mrs. Casablanca got a collection of Narnia merchandise from her wish list.

The brother-in-law received some PS2 games and a book he's been wanting.

Thank goodness for the Amazon wish list!

We're off to Oklahoma tomorrow right about noon, and should be checked in to the hotel and at my mom's place around 7pm. I'm so excited!

Christmas day, we go to OKC to my aunt's house for the family Christmas. The day after Christmas, we head to Tulsa to see some of my wife's family and friends. Tuesday, we return to Little Rock in time to meet my mother-in-law, who'll be visiting for a week or so.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Holiday festivities

I'm quite aware I haven't posted in... 10 days? Dang, I think that is a record for me. My excuse is a common one, that being I've really had nothing much to talk about.

Today was the Christmas party in our Sunday school class, where we served cookies, cupcakes, candy canes, and the traditional holiday favorite: cheese dip!

We also talked to the kids about angels, and as a gag, I wore my Anaheim Angels hat pictured on this blog. The wife and I often do these Sunday school lessons in an impromptu manner, and this was no exception. We had read the material beforehand, but had discussed very little how we would present it as a team.

One hilarious moment came when my wife was reading to the kids about the angels coming to the shepherds to tell them of Jesus' birth. She said "Do not be afraid, for I bring you good news..."

And yes, I said it: "...I just saved a bunch of money on my car insurance by switching to Geico!"

The kids rolled in laughter, and my wife just gave me this priceless look that was a combination of mirth, confusion, and rage.

We were invited to a friend's company Christmas party at her home a few days ago, and participated in a "Dirty Santa" exchange. This was the first of three such exchanges I will endure this Christmas season. This one was unexpected however, and our contribution was actually provided by our hostess, so anything we got was a pure bonus. My wife ended up with some Gingko Boloba and a Tony Roma's gift certificate, and I scored some golf coasters and KC and the Sunshine Band's Greatest Hits. That's the way (uh huh uh huh) I like it!

The next Dirty Santa will occur this Wednesday morning at my place of employment, and the third will be at my family's Christmas party on Christmas day.

Thankfully, the weather has held up, I made it safely after my last post (obviously) and I'm hoping for good weather throughout the season. If I end up in one more ice storm, I'm really going to push for an eventual move to Arizona, or at least look for a job that doesn't require me to come in during a blizzard.

I wish all my loyal readers a MERRY CHRISTMAS! (Hopefully, I'll actually post before then, but that's just in case.)

Update: Did I say three? I meant FOUR Dirty Santa exchanges. The second one occured this evening at my church small group meeting. My wife brought to the exchange four of the books in the "Left Behind" Series. I contributed two books that I cherished, but had not yet got around to reading, which were the Biography of Humphrey Bogart, and the novelization of Casablanca called "As Time Goes By."

In return, through the dirty santa game, I recieved a fruit cake, and my wife got a Hemingray glass insulator with a B-B hole in it. Now, in mint condition these tend to sell for around $30. Did I mention the hole?

News on the work exchange on Wednesday!

Thursday, December 08, 2005

I dislike snow, sleet, freezing drizzle et al.

Thanks to the vagueness and unpredictability of weather forecasts, I went in to work two hours early last night to avoid was was projected to be as bad as 4 inches of snow. I had light flurries about five minutes from work. The real snow/sleet didn't even start until around 2am, and it wasn't even enough to close down Little Rock schools. (Much to the dismay of our patients.)

I had gone prepared, with blankets, pillow, C-PAP, hygiene products, emergency rations, etc.

Oh well, better overprepared that unprepared I guess.

My only fear is tonight it is supposed to get well below freezing once more (16 F) and if the roads aren't dry when it happens, it'll be Nixon on Ice going into work. There are many many things I'd rather be doing that driving on ice. Like, oh, I dunno, rolling around naked in fiberglass for instance. (Another story for another time.)

Pray for extreme dryness.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

The winner and STILL Middleweight Champion...


Another festive evening in the Casablanca household as we had most of the gang from my birthday party back last night for Taylor-Hopkins II

The undercard was quite good this time, and I predicted the correct outcome of each of the opening fights as Ike "Bazooka" Quartey easily defeated Carlos Bojorquez in a bloody encounter, and a brilliant young Israel “Magnifico” Vazquez won his fight.

The main event did not dissapoint either. I had the fight scored 116-112, and Jermain won in a unanimous decision 115-113.

Hopkins did his best after the fight to continue promoting Jermain's "Crybaby" Hopkins doll(Pre-fight leather S&M mask sold seperately!) by complaining once again that he was "robbed."

Speaking of that mask, oooooh, that was creepy. Basically, Hopkins came out to the ring in an "Executioners" mask that looks like he bought it from some kinky internet site. He wore the thing through the introduction, even though it was obvious he was having trouble breathing in it. There is nothing quite so pathetic as a 40-year-old man playing dress-up. This is boxing, Bernard, not the WWE.

We were all somewhat distracted by the fact that fellow-church members, and Governor and First Lady of Arkansas Mike and Janet Huckabee were in the second row, right in front of promoter Oscar De La Hoya. Fun!

Word of Arkansans pouring into the streets of Little Rock last night,not to mention the 4000 Arkansans in attendance in Las Vegas! Jermain is good for Arkansas, good for boxing, and good for sport!

Thank you, Champ!

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Baby Penguins

Congratulations to D. Penguin of Penguins Ponderings on the birth of her new baby boy!

Not only is she my "Blogmother" (The person who introduced me to the world of blogging) but for you OLD OLD schoolers out there, she was the first ever Sysop to give me Co-Sysop access to her BBS. (Yes, we go WAAAAAAAAY back.)

Man, I'd love to play me some Trade Wars 2002 or L.O.R.D. right now. (Ahh, memories.)

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