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Naw, not the movie.

 

Every year, as I do with the Thanksgiving joke, I post an amusing story involving Christmas.

 

It could be the time me, my brother and Grandmother "stole" the Christmas tree from St. Michael's Episcipol, or the time our dog toppled the tree on top of me, but it'll be the one about what happened when my ex wife's sister, who taught Sunday school( still does) had this happen...

 

It was a Christmastime like this one, when the holiday fell so close to Sunday that she knew the kids would be too ramped up to pay attention to any Bible lesson, so she got a huge ream of paper and a bucket of crayons, then told them all to draw a picture that had something to do with Christmas.

 

When they all finished, she asked them to bring them up to her so she could have a look at them. There were several drawings of trees, and even though it was Sunday school, several drawings of Santa. Still, there were some who attempted to draw the nativity. While going over one of these with one little boy, she made comment. "Who are these?" she would ask.( Her name is Karen)

boy: "Those are the three wise men"

Karen: "Oh, so THESE must be Mary and Joseph?"

boy: "Yep"

Karen: "And this is the baby Jesus, right?"

boy: "Uh huh"

Karen: "Well this is a nice drawing. But what is THIS supposed to be? It looks like a GORILLA floating in mid air?"

boy: ( looking at her with a confused face) "That's no GORILLA! That's MARK, the HAIRY ANGEL!"

 

Cracks me up every time!

 

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Ok. You asked for it..

 

My aunt and uncle were driving through the Pennsylvania farmland last holiday season, when they spotted a manger set-up at the drive entrance to a farmhouse. This was at night, and it was illuminated with individual spot lights - very beautiful, they remarked. Aunt Billie said there were also three figures dressed as firemen standing to the side paying homage to the manger.

 

Curious, they drove up the drive to the farmhouse and knocked on the front door. A man opened the door and said good evening. My Uncle told him how much they admired their display and wondered out loud as to why there were three firemen with it. The man told him "Well, that's the whole birth of Jesus thing: Mary and Joseph, the animals, baby Jesus and three wise men from afire."

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Maybe not what you are looking for in this thread, but undoubtedly true:

 

When my son Jake was about 5 (Christmas '96), my husband, the technogeek, had just signed up for one of the early versions of AOL. That year at Christmas, my husband asked him if he wanted to write a letter to Santa and he said, "Sure. What's his email?" Obviously, Jake was destined to be a technogeek like his dad...

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>When my son Jake was about 5 (Christmas '96),

 

Yes, I remember those ancient times. A friend in another state tried to talk me into buying a computer back then, and I told him I already had a Radio Shack Model III.

 

He told me I could send him emails with a new computer. I told him I would just mail him letters. They would get to him in about five days from my small town to his small town. 8 days at the most. :)

 

He told me I could talk to strangers on the Internet, and I asked him why in the heck would I want to talk to strangers?

 

I guess your 5 year old kid was way out ahead of me.

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Funny you mention Radio Shack since I just saw one of their ads on TV. Not selling many radios these days. So while watching the ad I was think how long will they continue to use radio in their name.

 

BUT the brand Radio Shack goes back a long way so I can see why the owners would stick with that name even if radios don't have much to do with what they sell.

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Gosh, I can remember when you could buy all the components to build your own speakers at Radio Shack. Woofer cones, mid-range and tweeter, crossover connections and wire. Everything but the cabinet! No more. Now mostly what they sell are cell phones and contract programs.

 

Back in 1989, I augmented my income for a short spell playing Santa at Detroit's Trapper's Alley in the Greektown section of the city( now the Greektown Casino).

 

It was a weird and amusing gig. One night, within 10 minutes of each other, there were two children that showed me the breadth of extremes the holiday had taken. The first, a kid about four or five, gave me his "hand written" list of what he wanted for Christmas. Of course, at that age, the "writing" was a series of hieroglyphs that made no sense to anyone but him. The second kid however, handed me a long sheet of that old green and white striped computer paper with a well organized list printed out on his Dad's computer! Man, the changes old Santa had to deal with.

 

But my favorite kid, whom I'll NEVER forget, sat on my lap, and when I asked him what he wanted for Christmas, proceeded to tell me what his SISTER wanted. When I told him I had her covered, and asked again what HE wanted, he told me what his younger brother wished for. Again I told him that kid was taken care of, and pressed him about what HE wanted. He just shrugged his shoulders and said, "Oh, I don't care. Whatever YOU think I deserve."

 

I don't know whatever became of that boy, but I'm willing to bet he grew to be one HELL of a MAN!

 

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> When my son Jake was about 5 (Christmas '96),

 

I've got a nephew who would also have been 5 at Christmas '96, but I think the story involving him might be from a year earlier. His parents (my sister and her husband) taught him to be gracious when opening his Christmas gifts. That year, somebody in the family bought him some battery-operated toy, except that whoever got him that present wrapped the batteries separately and put that small package on top of the box with the toy in it. So the nephew takes the little package and unwraps the batteries.

 

At this point, he holds the batteries up so everybody in the room can see them, and says, "Just what I *ALWAYS WANTED* !" Poor kid couldn't figure out why everybody was laughing so hard.

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jamesjazzguitar wrote:

<< BUT the brand Radio Shack goes back a long way so I can see why the owners would stick with that name even if radios don't have much to do with what they sell. >>

 

The term Radio Shack was originally coined by William Halligan (the founder of Hallicrafters) and was the employee of Deutschemann Brothers (who sold electronic parts), suggested the name, because it was a term for the room that housed a ship's radio equipment.

 

There were names associated with it, Allied Radio, Allied - Knight and then Allied - Radio Shack. A company Tandy (they tanned leather ?!? LOL) bought Radio Shack in 1963 but kept its name.

 

I believe Radio Shack days are numbered, many stores have closed.

 

Long gone are the days when electronics was FUN!

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Edited by: hamradio on Dec 24, 2013 7:06 PM

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