Alarming News: I like Morgan Freeberg. A lot.
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler: We were following a trackback and thinking "hmmm... this is a bloody excellent post!", and then we realized that it was just part III of, well, three...Damn. I wish I'd written those.
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler: ...I just remembered that I found a new blog a short while ago, House of Eratosthenes, that I really like. I like his common sense approach and his curiosity when it comes to why people believe what they believe rather than just what they believe.
Brutally Honest: Morgan Freeberg is an intriguing guy...[he] asks great questions and answers others with style, flair, reason and wit. On the blogroll he goes. Make him a part of your regular blogospheric reading. I certainly will.
Brutally Honest: Morgan Freeberg is brilliant.
Common Sense Junction: Misha @ Anti-Idiotarian never ceases to amaze me. He keeps finding other good blogs. I went over to A.I. this morning for my daily Misha fix and he had found this guy named Morgan Freeberg in Fair Oaks, California, that has a blog, House of Eratosthenes. Freeberg says its "The Blog That Nobody Reads" but it may now become the blog that everybody reads.
Jaded Haven: Good God, Morgan, you cover a topic from front to back with a screwy thoroughness I find mind boggling. I'm in awe of your thought proccesses, my friend, you're an exceptional talent. You start by throwing in the kitchen sink, tie in someone's syphilitic uncle, bend around a rip tide of brilliance and bring it all home in a neat, diamond dripping package of an exceptionally readable moment of damn fine wordsmithing. I love reading you.
Mein Blogovault: Make "the Blog that No One Reads" one of your daily reads.
Philmon: When Morgan meanders, stick with him - he's got a point and it'll be worth it in the end. He's not a hit-and-run snarky quip kind of guy. The pieces all fall into place like tumblers in a lock and bang! He's opened a cognative door for you.
Rightlinx: Morgan at House of Eratosthenes is one of the best writers out there. I read him nearly every day because he manages to provide an interesting perspective, even though I don't always agree.
Poetic Justice: Cletus! Ah gots a laiv one fer yew...
1. Wrapping or gift bags?
Prefer wrapping, since a manly man knows how to do stuff normally left to the women, like folding laundry and sewing. Wrapping presents is no exception. But once the gift is ready to slide under the tree…yeah, you can tell a man wrapped it. You can tell that pretty easily.
2. Real or artificial tree?
Real. A manly man always goes out and saws down the tree with his own two hands. Which takes less than thirty seconds, but it’s still manual labor and makes a 364-day computer jockey feel like a big tough man. Hmmm, I’m starting to detect a pattern here.
3. When do you put up the tree?
Within a week after Thanksgiving. Usually on Black Friday, occasionally the following weekend.
4. When do you take the tree down?
About the time we start shopping for Easter supplies. No, just kidding. January 4 or 5 at the very latest. If the tree isn’t drinking water like I want it to, it goes out no later than 12/26.
5. Do you like eggnog?
Love it, but prefer it virgin because otherwise I end up sucking down more brandy or rum than I think I’m sucking down, and I’m more of a beer-and-wine guy. My G-rated eggnogs are always half skim milk.
6. Favorite gift received as a child?
I’m going to have to go with that scale plastic model of the original Enterprise NCC-1701. The original show was still on the air in its third season when I got it. In ’71 or ’72, my brother smashed it with a suitcase.
7. Do you have a nativity scene?
My girlfriend has one, but I think it’s staying in the box because there isn’t room on the platform over the fireplace.
8. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
Now, that’s not a nice question is it. Well, Grandma’s dead, so it’s probably okay to say the ten plastic coathangers. It was the one gift we were allowed to open before church services on Christmas Eve. I honestly don’t know what in the world she was thinking.
9. Mail or e-mail Christmas cards?
I hate to see traditions die, but I’m going to have to go with e-mail. Otherwise, it’s so awkward, here it is 12/21 or 12/22 and a card rolls in from someone who wasn’t on your list…no good way to handle that.
10. Favorite Christmas movie?
Scrooge (1970) with Albert Finney. It’s a family tradition. And it’s actually a british production. All the others are substandard. Which is a real shame, because aside from my family it seems very few people have actually seen this. It’s a musical, but kids are more likely to sit all the way through it than they are likely to watch a non-musical version. Even today.
11. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
I have not done any substantial Christmas shopping before Dec. 22, since about 1980. I expect that should narrow it down as much as anybody wants.
12. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
My Mom took them all to the grave with her. Norwegian cookies with sliced cherries and a granola/almond paste dough, something called “Oslo Cremla” which even Google doesn’t seem to understand, Yule Log confection, Fattigman, Lefse with the sugar-cinnamon-butter spread. None of this stuff even got put together before 12/23.
As you might have gathered, up until the last couple days or so Christmas was pretty much just going through the advent calendar, whatever had something to do with the tree, and spraying holiday-scented room freshener. The really cool stuff was on the home stretch.
13. Clear lights or colored on the tree?
Red and green, of course.
14. Favorite Christmas song?
Messiah. I suppose I should narrow that down. “For Unto Us a Child is Born.”
Paying it forward, I tag:
1. Link to the person that tagged you, and post the rules on your blog.
2. Share Christmas facts about yourself.
3. Tag random people at the end of your post, and include links to their blogs.
4. Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
Best wishes for a joyous holiday season, good health to you & all close to you, and long life to everybody who loves it and respects it in others.
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