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It’s actually been incredibly mild for the past two months, with daytime highs hovering around the freezing mark, or even above. We even had the tail end of a thunderstorm last night, which ripped shingles off the neighbours’ house and right into the window, which got all scratched up. Punched a small hole in some vinyl stripping, too. Shingles!

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On 12/19/2020 at 9:21 AM, ClassicGMR said:

* The pièce de résistance - a New England Patriots totem pole! So freakin sweet!! 😊

 

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Just want you all to be aware that praying to this totem makes Billy B spend money in free agency. My SS gift really works! :)

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I've been away for a while and I realized I never did my reveal, so in case he was still wondering...

 

On 12/25/2020 at 6:39 PM, frankodragon said:

I must of been good this year so thanks so much AA Secret Santa!  

 

You're welcome!  Hope you enjoyed (and still are)!

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It seems we have reached the mid-way point.  I better start shopping😁

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So when should we kick off Secret Santa 2021 this year? Should we do early October again (only a couple of months away!), or should we start a little later?

 

Also, I think CaptainBreakout and I can team up on this again this year, if that works for everyone.

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Starting early was fun. It doesn't seem as necessary this year since I believe most of the shipping problems seem to improved.

 

Anyone want to weigh in?  I'm fine with starting early- having cheer in the atmosphere for longer seems like a good thing. Deadlines don't need to be quite as early.

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The time frame was ok but I'd still suggest announcing it earlier. Maybe even bribe Al to put it on the front page? 👼 :D

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I like the idea of announcing it earlier... BUT I don't think putting it on the front page would work out... I think that would increase our visibility to opportunistic freeloaders.

 

I think keeping it subtle in the forums seems to work out well for the "in the know" long time AA members and/or true enthusiasts.  Seems to have worked out well so far.

 

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Well I have a ton of stuff all ready to go. 😇

 

I can also volunteer for a Rescue Reindeer though I hope we don't need it this year.

 

EDIT: And since we're talking about it!

 

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(Tosses hat into ring)  I'll participate again this year.  I think the time line started a little early last year but for overseas shipments.  Shipping seems to be a little better now.  I have been getting more reliable shipments at work for the past 5 or 6 months so hopefully that will continue.

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43 minutes ago, ClassicGMR said:

Well I have a ton of stuff all ready to go. 😇

 

I can also volunteer for a Rescue Reindeer though I hope we don't need it this year.

Groovy!  And, yes I agree.

 

I believe chicgamer and I are planning on hosting again.  We are starting to talk about it again.  It's looking like that seems to be fine with everyone.  😊

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If one needs to order some special gifts for your recipient, starting early doesn't hurt.

 

Also we don't know what the shipping situation will look like in November. Right now things are going in the right direction but things might change quickly.

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I'm already getting excited! I'm so glad to see so many people who made this a success last year showing interest in participating again this year!

 

So, maybe we start making some announcements via status updates leading to opening up Secret Santa 2021 in early October?

 

I think everyone will probably have to make their best estimate on shipping times. In my mind, it doesn't hurt if items arrive early, though not opening presents early when you receive them isn't easy. 😁

 

Hopefully, we won't need Rescue Reindeer this year. We only had one person who didn't follow through last year (and I don't think that person has been on AtariAge since).

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Speaking of mail, I just heard on radio about stories regarding mail delays. Someone had sent a Christmas card and the recipient called to thank him but said it had been enough if you sent me one Christmas greeting, not two. This made the sender curious and begun investigating. It turned out the post office had misplaced an entire sack of Christmas post one year, and found it in the warehouse the next year when they determined to deliver it...

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7 hours ago, carlsson said:

Speaking of mail, I just heard on radio about stories regarding mail delays. Someone had sent a Christmas card and the recipient called to thank him but said it had been enough if you sent me one Christmas greeting, not two. This made the sender curious and begun investigating. It turned out the post office had misplaced an entire sack of Christmas post one year, and found it in the warehouse the next year when they determined to deliver it...

Good. Then there’s still hope my outgoing package will arrive eventually….

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Getting excited for Secret Santa 2021! I was super stoked to draw good old Willie's name and very pleased that he took the time to post a video opening it!! (starts about 23:55)

 

 

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10 hours ago, CyranoJ said:

I mean the big question is did @Dr Moocowz track down a Jaguar and play Rebooteroids? :D

I still haven't. They're $300-$400 USD currently (basically the same as buying a new, modern system) and read they likely need to have work done to get new capacitors and that kind of thing (not a skill I have). Just haven't built up my wallet enough to pull the trigger to make all that happen to play that cartridge that taunts me as it sits on the shelf 😆

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If we want to see Dr Moocowz go crazy, his Secret Santa this year might want to consider sending him a Jaguar Rotary controller. 🤭

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3 hours ago, CaptainBreakout said:

If we want to see Dr Moocowz go crazy, his Secret Santa this year might want to consider sending him a Jaguar Rotary controller. 🤭

Or Last Strike :)

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