Well here it is again nearly Christmas, and with it comes that most memorable of events, the Christmas Auction. Whats that? What Auction? Ahhh… then you don’t know Derek!
I can’t speak to the particulars of family relationships, I just know Derek’s mom was raised by someone “affectionately” only known to me through Derek as “The Battleaxe”. To say he disliked her back in those days was an understatement. And any gifts received from her were to be immediately disposed of. Thus began the Christmas Auction.
One of our Christmas traditions back home was the showing of gifts, where’d you’d display all your things and who you got them from. Some of us more intrepid souls (Eric and I) would visit Derek on Christmas Day and bid on such quality items as wool socks and T-Shirts. Us winners would claim our purchase, and then proceed to, in all likelihood, play cards and drink with the whole family.
Ah Christmas Day memories, laughter and silliness among friends, that’s what its all about.
PS: I’ll have to write someday soon about the lovely t-shirt Derek received one Christmas.
- Rolling on the beachIts not the Adele song, its the caplin spawn! About this time of year we start to see caplin coming ashore on the beaches to spawn. Back when I was younger they’d come further up the sound than now, and we’d see tons of them up in Apsey Brook. Didn’t …
- The FairThe fair back home means only one thing, Thomas Amusements. When I was younger I’m pretty sure there was a second one too; maybe Kavanaugh, Kincaid? I forget for sure. In any event, for many, less so me, it was a highlight, or two depending on how often they came …
- Tastes of OldNowadays we have foods we never heard of (and likely would have been wary to taste) when we were young kids. I mean in the early 70’s who had heard of butter chicken? Or Shrimp Pad Thai? We get foods and flavours from all over the world now, and we …
If you follow the tech scene at all, and likely even if not, you’ve probably heard a lot of buzz about Mastodon lately. I’m actually perhaps a little late to the scene, but I joined the bandwagon this past weekend, and thought I’d share my thoughts and tips. Sorry for any incoherence. And I’ll update […]
Was watching (or trying at least) to watch some sports last night. Harkening back to my love of curling, there’s a tournament in Toronto, and I was expecting coverage. Apparently they aren’t deeming to until Thursday, so be it. But for the love of god, between them TSN and SportsNet have 10 different feeds. Last […]
I can’t say I watch wrestling much anymore, but when I was younger I remember going to some bar or another to watch almost all the major events. I have a memory of this one motel bar out by what used to be the beginning of the divided highway, which was nearly into Kenmount road […]
The NHL announced today it won’t be participating in the next olympics. I get some of the reasons, but I really think it’s short sighted. Yeah it’s in the middle of the season, yeah some of the players could get injured. But they could get injured walking to the rink too. To me the the olympics […]
I’m currently watching the men’s world curling championships. I know a lot of people laugh at the game and can’t seem to follow it, but to me it’s probably my favorite thing to watch. It sounds simple, get your rock as close to the center as you can, and prevent the other team from doing […]