Friday, December 21, 2007







DEN said...

Christmas greetings from the animal kingdom!

carey said...

What a joyous way to start the day! Kitty stuff, Christmas stuff.

This the get away day for so many. Off to Christmas and familylands.

The kickoff has landed.

carey said...

Christmas kickoff, that is.

Alan said...

List of top 10 most memorable quotes of the year

micki said...

Alan's list:

10. "I think as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history." — Former President Jimmy Carter, referring to the Bush administration.

Happy holiday reminder from Jimmy Carter!

Alan said...

DANGER ROOM's 2007 Holiday Gift Guide

The Pentagon is burning billions, to equip the soldier of the future. You can spend thousands, to get pretty much the same gear, today -- and protect yourself and your family from the creeping dangers of our post-9/11 world. That's the idea behind DANGER ROOM's first annual holiday gift guide.

micki said...

Carey's holiday spirit and enthusiasm is contagious!

I've caught the bug. Finally.

David B. Benson said...

What tribe(s) lived near Green Bay, Wisconsin, in the 1880s?

David B. Benson said...

Holiday book gift suggestions:

Brief Climate Book Reviews

Alan said...

The Green Bay area also was home to many tribes who camped there seasonally, but was, and continues to be, especially revered by the Ho-Chunk who hold the area as their place of origin.

Ho-Chunk? I've nevah heard of them.

Green Bay: Online Resources
Explore the following Web sites for more insight into Green Bay's history.

Gerald said...

Now is the acceptable time for patriotic Americans to secede from Nazi America. Let us follow the Lakota Indians' way!!!

Gerald said...

Unless our soldiers are home from Iraq and Afghanistan, Christmas will not be a joyous one in our family. There will be no laughter and a sense of humor. Happiness in our household is no wars that put our soldiers and all of God's children in harm's way.

Gerald said...

Why not resign?

Carey said...


Was it after you got all ready for your trip and everything. You could finally relax?

I was waiting. You were being polite.


Carey said...

It's interesting. The Indian gaming conglomerate has caught on nationwide. They're heavily involved in politics everywhere.

You remember, the one the felled Jack Abramoff (sp?) and The Hammer?

Carey said...

My sister finally stopped worrying about getting the perfect gift for everyone and started to enjoy the process of Christmas.

She actually sat back, took a deep breath, you know, zen-ed herself, and began enjoying the little touches of Christmas.

It is all about love. The gifts are just tokens.

micki said...

The Crees, which are members of the Algonquin people, lived near Green Bay, WI.

My mother was born in Menominee, MI, and my father in Marinette, WI. Both families had their summer cottages on Green Bay. (Back then, it wasn't only wealthy people who had summer places -- ordinary folk did, too.)

The Menominee tribe lived near Green Bay, too.

micki said...

Carey. Oh, I'm never stressed about the holidays. All in stride. Other stuff. Ya know, s**t happens.

micki said...

The Wild Rice Men.

micki said...

Oh...and of, course, the Menominee River flows into Green Bay. The Wild Rice Men grew their grain by that river.

Carey said...

We all wondered what it might be like, being in the midst of a heated political campaign during the busiest time of the year. And the season of love.

It's weird. I mean, walking into a room and the TV blaring campaign news right up through Christmas!

It's kinda weird, isn't it?

Fascinating information, Micki. Wisconsin? That state produces more interesting things. My father lived there as a child, in Oskosh, after they came over from Scotland.

So you're definitely exotic, young Irish girl. What a combo!

Carey said...

One thing I must relate. Brandon's been extremely overloaded with homework all year. It is seventh grade. But I've never seen anything like this. We live in La Jolla, and, as you know, that's a well-to-do community. So the schools are heavily funded and scholastically focused on college.

Still.....I predict burnout and I'm worried about it. This last week before Christmas was a nightmare and didn' let up till the end of last night.

If I didn't co-parent with my sister and bro-in-law, I'd be up shit creek.

David B. Benson said...

Ok, off in the Gouchy branch of my ancestors, I'm part French-Canadian (Mr. Gouchy) and part either

Cree, or

He and his Indian bride moved to Bellingham (before it was named that) with the coming of the railroad.

Carey said...

Wow, this is so cool. My maternal grandparents were both orphans so I have some cutoff branches. But I do know my maternal grandfather was part German, part FRENCH CANADIAN!!

Basically, I'm your average Northern European mutt.

I think it's so neat, all the Indian and French Canadian blood dwelling here.

That is soooo ultra American history.

Carey said...

From my big sister in Connectiut:

Two priests decided to go to Hawaii on vacation. They were
> determined to make this a real vacation by not wearing anything that
> would identify them as clergy.
> As soon as the plane landed, they headed for a store and
> bought some really outrageous shorts, shirts, sandals,
> sunglasses,etc.
> The next morning they went to the beach dressed in
> their 'tourist' garb.
> They were sitting on beach chairs, enjoying a drink,
> the sunshine and the scenery when a 'drop dead gorgeous' topless blonde
> in a thong bikini came walking straight towards them.
> They couldn't help but stare. As the blonde passed
> them, she smiled and said, 'Good Morning, Father. Good Morning,
> Father, 'nodding and addressing each of them individually, when
> she passed on by.
> They were both stunned. How in the world did she know they were
> priests?
> So, the next day, they went back to the store and
> bought even more outrageous outfits.
> These were so loud you could hear them before you even
> saw them.
> Once again, in their new attire, they settled on the
> beach in their chairs to enjoy the sunshine. After a while,
> the same gorgeous topless blonde, wearing a string bikini bottom, taking
> her sweet time, came walking toward them.
> Again, she nodded at each of them, said 'Good Morning,
> Father, Good Morning, Father,' and started to walk away.
> One of the Priests couldn't stand it any longer and
> said, 'Just a minute young lady.'
> 'Yes, Father' she said.
> 'We are Priests and proud of it, but I have to know,
> how in the world did you know we are Priests, dressed as we are?
> 'Father, it's me..............Sister Katherine.' she replied.

Carey said...

Oh Den! Just got your forwarded email from Erling. That's so odd. When the discussion turned to family lines, I'm Norweigan and had just thought of Erling. So good to hear from him.

Carey said...

Excuse me, Norwegian.

David B. Benson said...

I'm half Norwegian.

My father's side.

Hmmm. So it could be that very far back I'm more Norse than that, due to Norsemen in England and Normandy.

DEN said...

Funny stuff Carey!

Carey said...

Romney's done for you guys. The whopper about his dad marching with Martin Luther King, Jr?

Oh, Jesus that's a big one. This isn't going to go away folks.

Romney's out, I just know it. This is just tooooo big for him to crawl out from under. Too many other instances coming up now of the same type of fib-telling.

David B. Benson said...


Carey said...

Other fibs? Another huge one is that the NRA endorsed Romney, a claim he made on Meet the Press. No, the NRA said, they had not endorsed him.

Too numerous to mention. It'll be all over the news. Already is.

He's not out yet. But he will be. It's too much, he looks really stupid. Really.

Speaking of which, I suddenly have a problem with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. I can't watch them anymore. Cuz of Romney and his candidacy, I now know just how weird the religion is.

I didn't know before. People have said certain things, but I hadn't picked up on the fact that they are a controversial and downright strange religion. I thought it had something to do with the not drinking coffee or alcohol, etc.

With a Mormon 'mini-tabernacle' temple in my sister's view, loudly so, one that's recently gone up and all the bad press on Mormons, I couldn't watch a beloved PBS special anymore.

Then I realized I wasn't all that into the choir in the first place.

micki said...

Dr. B -- So, are you saying that your ancestor, Mr. Gouchy, lived near or at Green Bay? I believe there are some de Gouche folks in the area.

Whatcom = "noisy waters" according to the language of the Nooksacks and the Lummis.

The early towns of Whatcom, Sehome, Fairhaven, and Bellingham consolidated in the early 1900s to become BELLINGHAM. (Which you probably already know.)

micki said...

I'm mostly Irish - which some refer to as "shipwrecked Norwegians."

micki said...

Looks like Romney must have eaten too much corn in Iowa.

He's taking a KERNEL of truth and turning it into outright LIES.

What a goofball! He's talking himself into a hole! Stop digging, Mitt!

He's a goner.

David B. Benson said...

Micky --- I believe so. In any case he married in Green Bay and later he and his wife moved to Whatcom. Once west of the Rockies, the name seems to have degenerated to Gouchy.

micki said...

Are you a native Washingtonian?

Lots of Norsemen in Whatcom County!

Hajji said...


I'm pleased to announce our big "Gift" came today.

Jayden Forrest Norris...(I know,I know...)

10lbs 1oz, 22 inches.

He was delivered in the traditional non-surgical manner after a whopping 36 hours of labor in Bloomington, IN.

He gave us plenty of scares, but this son of (former, thank the gods)Sgt. Karl and his bride, Heidi was determined to enter the world doing "the backstroke" and staring at the heavens, head down and looking back at his mom.

Cigars, cognac, champers and diapers for EVERYBODY! Non-smokers and non-drinkers'd youse guys get in here, anyway!?


David B. Benson said...

Yes. Seattlite by birth.

Swedish Hospital.

I suppose my mother chose that one just to prove she wasn't prejudiced.


DEN said...

Hajji, mom deserves a medal for 36 hours of labor, WOW!

Big kid musta had something to do with that, 10 pounds?

Keep the cigars, but i might taste the cognac just to make sure it is safe to drink.

David B. Benson said...

Hajji --- What Den just said!

micki said...

Hey, Grandpa -- Congrats! Ten pounds! Mom should have had the cognac!

Good tidings to all.

micki said...

Are you a Native Ballardian?

David B. Benson said...

No. Near Roosevelt HS.

My father was a native Ballardite.

Carol said...

TEN POUNDS! Ouch! Frankly, I'm surprised they allowed her to have it w/o a C-section. Sections are the norm these days.

Congratulations to your family, Hajji.

micki said...


I didn't think Ballardian was correct.

micki said...

C-sections means more dough and more convenience for the doctors.