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gravel

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PostSubject: Re: Secret Santa 2012   Mon Dec 24, 2012 7:29 pm

Great selection there!
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Kyle Weiss

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PostSubject: Re: Secret Santa 2012   Tue Dec 25, 2012 4:46 am

Well, Santa sent me an email confirming he at least left a note on someone's door...hope the good kid's box gets to him Wednesday! Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Secret Santa 2012   Tue Dec 25, 2012 5:25 am

Carlos -

Having assisted with numerous events like this one I can attest to the amount of effort that goes into a successful outcome. I imagine 90 percent takes care of itself and the other 10 percent sucks up untold hours of emailing, and checking lists and following up with various players. But even at those times that someone needs to be strangled (in the true spirit of Christmas) you kept your cool and did things in a way that resulted in everyone looking back on it and feeling good both about the event and themselves.

It literally could not have been hosted by a nicer guy, or one who was more effective in his leadership. Kudos.

Anyway, out here on the left coast it's Christmas by about an hour - so I wanted to extend a sincere! 'thank you' for a job well done and the effort that resulted so many positive connections between brothers. I know all of us share in this appreciation.

So take a little time this Christmas, if you can, to sit back and reflect that while there are many things wrong with the world it is made just a bit better by a guy like you that's willing to stand up and make something good happen. And for the cool stuff we got, for being able to give something to one of our brothers and even just being a part of something special and accepted openly by our brothers here...thanks bro! You did an awesome job. Merry Christmas.

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PostSubject: Re: Secret Santa 2012   Tue Dec 25, 2012 10:18 am

Santa's got a few more deliveries to make yet. But we are close. Merry Christmas everyone! santa

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PostSubject: Re: Secret Santa 2012   Tue Dec 25, 2012 10:50 am

Thanks for putting this together Carlos!

Merry Christmas!
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PostSubject: Re: Secret Santa 2012   Tue Dec 25, 2012 11:23 am

Well said BlackHorse. Thanks Carlos! Great job making this a lot of fun.
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SPUD 15

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PostSubject: Re: Secret Santa 2012   Tue Dec 25, 2012 11:28 am

Thank you CARLOS for a great job well done. MIKE
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PostSubject: Re: Secret Santa 2012   Tue Dec 25, 2012 11:56 am

Yes, Carlos. Thank you very much and to all my brothers and sisters; Happy Ho Ho!!!!
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the rev

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PostSubject: Re: Secret Santa 2012   Tue Dec 25, 2012 11:57 am

you rock Carlos, thanks heaps brother

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PostSubject: Re: Secret Santa 2012   Tue Dec 25, 2012 11:58 am

Your a man among men Carlos, thank you very much, I an over joyed to take part. Merry Christmas.
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DrT999

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PostSubject: Re: Secret Santa 2012   Tue Dec 25, 2012 12:05 pm

SPUD 15 wrote:
Thank you CARLOS for a great job well done. MIKE

Yes, thank you, Carlos; overall things seemed to go well this year, largely thanks to you
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PostSubject: Re: Secret Santa 2012   Tue Dec 25, 2012 1:27 pm

You rock Carlos! This has been a blast. Thanks for going through all the trouble!
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PostSubject: Re: Secret Santa 2012   Tue Dec 25, 2012 7:36 pm

Thank you, Carlos. It was a lot of fun indeed... my first Secret Santa, most definitely not my last, Lord willing. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Secret Santa 2012   Tue Dec 25, 2012 9:01 pm

Many thanks Carlos. A job well done and much appreciated Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Secret Santa 2012   Wed Dec 26, 2012 11:52 am

I love this event every year. Carlos has done yet another outstanding job. Thanks so much man!

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PostSubject: Re: Secret Santa 2012   Wed Dec 26, 2012 11:55 am

I also got a chance to smoke my new pipe, twice no less. It smokes like a dream and that Magnum Opus was some good stuff. I'm hit or miss with English blends but that one really rocks! I'll be smoking that first tine exclusively until it's gone.

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PostSubject: Re: Secret Santa 2012   Wed Dec 26, 2012 5:49 pm

First and foremost, as others have said: Carlos rocks so, so hard. This was my first secret santa, and I've really been blown away by the collective thoughtfulness and generosity on display here. It's something quite special, to see such a universally decent group of fellows making the holidays even merrier. Jolly well done, one and all!

Now, on to the carnage--my Santa's package hit me well ahead of Christmas Day, but my apartment complex office, where all boxes are automatically delivered, has been closed for the better part of a week, so I wasn't able to retrieve it until today. Worth the wait, to say the least, and heck, I shouldn't begrudge the apartment managers for not wanting to come in over the holidays--everyone deserves some time off this time of year, says I, and my family's been traveling while I tend the homefires, so there hasn't been a proper X-mas at Chez Grossbart yet, anyway... But yeah, enough blather, on to the loot!

This fellow was girding the exterior of the package, leaving little doubt as to the sender!


Now, to give you an idea of scale, here's the full, coffee table-high stack of awesome:


And here is the treasure face out:



As you can see, there are the following goodies:
1 Imco Austrian windproof petrol lighter
1 Disposable butane lighter from The Love Ranch
1 Book of matches from the same establishment, featuring the likeness of a young lady whom I can only presume is Mrs Claus
2 Tins of Penzance
2 Tins of Marlin Flake
1 Tin of Black Mallory
1 Tin of Vintage Syrian
1 Tin of Best Brown Flake
1 Tin of Navy Flake
1 Tin of Robert McConnell Scottish Flake
1 Tin of Picadilly
1 Pouch of Sir Walter Raleigh
And finally, 1 "Keep Reno Awkward" bumpersticker, which, given discussions of their pipe night meetings here on the BoB, seems rather apropos, and a healthy tonic to the generic Keep ___ Weird slogan. I tend to be both weird and awkward myself, so am (un?)comfortable anywhere...maybe even the Love Ranch!

So there you have it: my secret Santa knocked it out of the park, and was far more generous with his gift-giving than a shifty villain such as myself deserves. Can't thank Santa (and Carlos, and everyone else on here) enough, and can't wait to age those I'm familiar with to see how they mature, and crack into the new blends, of which there are several. Now, if only it would get above the low twenties so I can pop out for a puff...

Merry Boxing Day, everyone, and many thanks again, Santa!!!
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Kyle Weiss

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PostSubject: Re: Secret Santa 2012   Wed Dec 26, 2012 6:06 pm

Considering I don't live in a major metropolis and the post origins would be easily discovered, might as well "hide" in plain sight. *sigh* Glad you're happy with it, and it made it to ya finally, GG. On my way to a Boxing Day event myself. cheers Kind of a post-holiday decompression of sorts. Lord knows I need it.

Enjoy it all good health, dude. cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Secret Santa 2012   Wed Dec 26, 2012 6:29 pm

Damn kyle good game. Making me proud to be a BOBer. bom
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George Kaplan

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PostSubject: Re: Secret Santa 2012   Wed Dec 26, 2012 6:58 pm

GrampaGrossbart wrote:
1 Disposable butane lighter from The Love Ranch
1 Book of matches from the same establishment, featuring the likeness of a young lady whom I can only presume is Mrs Claus
lol! I imagine Mrs. Claus would get rather lonely this time of year. Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Secret Santa 2012   Wed Dec 26, 2012 8:19 pm

Way to go Santa! Santa also says that there is just a bit more to fall from the skies. Looks like Friday and Saturday I suspect. Then we can pretty much wrap this up for this year. So, just a little bit of patience please. I know my Postal Lady got dumped on pretty good today and probably tomorrow as well. Lots of packages still in the pipeline.

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PostSubject: Re: Secret Santa 2012   Wed Dec 26, 2012 8:59 pm

Not at the Love Ranch she wouldn't!

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Kyle Weiss

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PostSubject: Re: Secret Santa 2012   Thu Dec 27, 2012 4:36 pm

She dances on a North Pole, so... I love you ...she gots all the warmth Santa needs. Twisted Evil

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PostSubject: Re: Secret Santa 2012   Fri Dec 28, 2012 3:19 pm

This is always such a great event. Thanks a lot for making this such a great time, Carlos!
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Kyle Weiss

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PostSubject: Re: Secret Santa 2012   Fri Dec 28, 2012 3:22 pm

Indeed, Carlos. As if you weren't already thanked enough--a great job as always. You got this Santa thing down to a practiced science!

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