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December 11, 2006


papa dale

I do soooooo love a good work of fiction by a budding young writer, Grandma Mary still has a total memory lapse as to the content of the recent delivery from Gadgets and Gizmos, so I am hesitant to print this blog for her to share, it might jog her memory and spoil Christmas Day when Santa staggers in. Keep on keepin' on, that's 'burned out hippie' for Merry Christmas, and enjoy the Season.


For all of you out in the blogosphere, I ordered Grandma Mary an authentic reproduction of the Leg Lamp from the classic holiday film, "A Christmas Story" for her Christmas gift. She told me, during our recent visit, that she would like one to put in her window. I asked her if she was serious. She assured me that she was. She forgot the entire conversation and has no idea what is headed her way on Christmas morning. I wish I could be there... Please take a picture Papa Dale!


I am SO going to write a letter like this to send with my Christmas cards. Thanks for the inspiration!

Uncle Carni

Don't worry about Grandma not remembering you came out. Each time I see her I tell her about how I moved out to Colorado. She is always amazed. I moved here a year and a half ago. It seems these days, visiting Grandma is more for us than her, but she enjoys the visits while you're there, then will go to sleep and forget all about it.



I can't wait to read yours!


Uncle Carni-

Thanks for the words about Grandma. I know that she appreciates my visit, despite not remembering it and I want my kids to remember her and know who she was. Now at least I have photographs of them with her so that they will have a point of reference when I do talk about her.


I think you've got your family problems licked if you send out a card like that! If only they had a red wine with a Dolly Parton-shaped bottle for your perfect souvenier. It'd probably hold more than 500ml would be my guess.



You know, Pigeon Forge is a dry city, except from the one and only Pigeon Forge Winery. It resembles a gas station/cheezy souvenir stand but they do offer free tastes. It's the only place in the world where you can get a gospel CD, a rebel flag, a statue of a pit bull on a Harley, and a free sample of Chablis! I think you may have just combined the two best things about Pigeon Vegas: delicious, Tennessee-brewed (is that the right term) wine and Dolly Parton. You should seriously consider marketing your product.


I find it funny how every one has the birth of my daughter in their christmas letter. My great grandma, a few of my aunts, even a good family friend. I think a few of them have cured cancer and at least three people have won the nobil prize. Thank you so much for telling the truth and not sugar coating it. It is about time!!!



It was so nice of you to provide the content of the rest of your family's Christmas letter! I guess your daughter was pretty newsworthy eh? That's funny, not even the family members that Uncle Carni and I have in common (famous for their exaggeration) have claimed to have won a Nobel prize or cured cancer. Your relatives must be something else :)

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