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    Greetings! Merry Christmas to every one on the Vine, your families and loved ones!




    Pentatonix ~ Mary, Did You Know?




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    Merry Christmas all and a Happy New Year.

    I will be working in Memphis for the Holidays. Need that $$$$$. I get paid to drive up and back 16 hrs each way.

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    Merry Christmas as well. I'll have the day off. Friday, too, I'm sure.
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    Merry Christmas to one and all.

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    Merry Christmas!

    We technically have Christmas Eve off in addition to Christmas day. But the local one call centers are open for normal work Christmas Eve. In addition the day after Christmas is also a work day. So all the tickets than come in Monday must be done before 7AM Friday. If we do not get them all done before end of day Tuesday we must come back in Christmas Eve or Christmas day and finish those tickets. I usually end up covering oncall for one of the supervisors that have a family of their own.

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    Merry Christmas to all!! Actually took some time off this year here!!

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    It's not Christmas until Thursday. Quit jumping the gun.
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    A fellow humbugger? Glad to know there's other like minded folks around here. I agree with JC. Time to get your Grinch on.

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    Me, I volunteer to work to cover areas so others can take off. I hate the holidays. I will go out of town and make the $$$.

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    some good blues bars and a lot bbq places in memphis.

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    I had the privilege of working up there for 11 months before I made it back to Florida. I like to go up there to cover as Memphis gets 20-30 hrs a week of call out. and 40 hrs reg.

    I need the money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jayc View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by daman1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jayc View Post
    It's not Christmas until Thursday. Quit jumping the gun.
    A fellow humbugger? Glad to know there's other like minded folks around here. I agree with JC. Time to get your Grinch on.

    Greetings Grinchers! Here is the REAL Santa's Workshop:


    We all know the toys in the McDonald's Happy Meals are made by Chinese children in slave labor conditions. It is remarkable that 95% of all toys made for Christmas worldwide are made in China under the same type of conditions.

    The Chinese toy manufacturing labor force in the big cities is 90% women from outlying poorer chinese provinces. Work days start at 6:30 a.m. and end at midnight; seven days a week. Overtime is available; midnight to 4 a.m. Wages are on piece rate. Slow workers make 300 Yuan per month ($48 USD) and fast workers with OT up to 800 Yuan per month ($128 USD).

    Watching this video and learning the facts about the real Santa's Workshop is kinda/sorta a buzz-kill for Christmas. Maybe the Grinch was right.............. just sayin'.

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    The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
    I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
    My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
    My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.

    Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
    Transforming the yard to a winter delight.
    The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
    Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.

    My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
    Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
    In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
    So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

    The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
    But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
    Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know,
    Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.

    My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
    And I crept to the door just to see who was near.
    Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
    A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.

    A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
    Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
    Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
    Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.

    "What are you doing?" I asked without fear,
    "Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!
    Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
    You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"

    For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
    Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts.
    To the window that danced with a warm fire's light
    Then he sighed and he said "Itís really all right,
    I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night."

    "It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
    That separates you from the darkest of times.
    No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
    I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.
    My Gramps died at ' Pearl on a day in December,"
    Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers."
    My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ' Nam ',
    And now it is my turn and so, here I am.
    I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
    But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.

    Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
    The red, white, and blue... an American flag.
    I can live through the cold and the being alone,
    Away from my family, my house and my home.

    I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
    I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.
    I can carry the weight of killing another,
    Or lay down my life with my sister and brother.
    Who stand at the front against any and all,
    To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall."
    "So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright,
    Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."

    "But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
    "Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?
    It seems all too little for all that you've done,
    For being away from your wife and your son."

    Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
    "Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
    To fight for our rights back home while we're gone,
    To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
    For when we come home, either standing or dead,
    To know you remember we fought and we bled.
    Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
    That we mattered to you as you mattered to us."

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    What will a homeless man do with $100?


    A California man wanted to see what a homeless person would do with a cash donation of $100. No one is more surprised than he at what eventually transpired.

    YouTube personality Josh Paler Lin - who has become somewhat known for his viral video pranks - uploaded a video that starts with him handing a street beggar in Los Angeles the cash, then followed the man with a camera to see what he does.

    When the man, known only as Thomas, walks straight into a nearby Liquor Mart, Paler Lin believes he got the result he had assumed at the beginning.

    However, Thomas actually bought food, and goes to a park where other homeless people gather to hand out the offerings.


    Not expecting this result, Paler Lin later had dinner with the man and paid his hotel stay for the night.

    He also gave him an extra $100 cash.

    Paler Lin also set a fundraising page on Indiegogo for Thomas, hoping to raise $10,000 for him. It has already received over $35,000 in donations.

    Some have questioned whether the scene was staged. However Paler Lin has maintained it all developed naturally.

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