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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Seasonal Snapshots and Rudolph's Special Problem

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We've no shortage of festive sights in Chico, CA.




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For the sake of sillyness, I've resurrected an oldie inspired by Jenny Matlock. Her Saturday Centus exercise involves writing a piece within 100 words. The prompt is bolded below.

Rudolph's Special Problem, 12/10
      Times are tough. Rudolph's lost his charge. The poor deer's tried everything: LED bulbs, performance enhancing pills, Emotional Freeing Techniques...to no avail.
       Meanwhile, Santa patronizes Starbucks. Gulping a grande chai-nog, he ponders Plan B. Do I pick the Tom Tom, Garmin, or Magellan? Shall I shop Best Buy, Costco, eBay or Amazon? Farklempt,* Santa skypes the elves for a consult.
       Vixen and Prancer strut by, giggling about Rudolph's special problem.
       Eyeing Santa's laptop, Vixen sneers, "What was he thinking? OMG! Elves are soooo 2009..."
       "Totally," adds Prancer. "Hasn't he heard of outsourcing?"
        Santa flashes the deers a gesture inappropriate for the season.
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*Farklempt = Yiddish for utterly flustered and discouraged.
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Catch your breath, as we approach mid-December, 2013's finish line.


Have a safe, peaceful, warm-loving Sunday and new week!

36 comments:

  1. I guess farklempt pretty much describes me.

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  2. I got a mental picture of Santa's inappropriate gesture and laughed. Tonight while wrestling big boxes and wrapping paper, I could certainly sympathize with old Saint Nick.

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  3. So 2009. That sounds like years ago. Crap, it almost is!
    Some festive light there, Robyn. Here you would've posed next to the Santa on the John Deer tractor.

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  4. This Christmas season seems like a blur thus far doesn't it??

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  5. Call me a bad ape, but I'd like to deflate Santa's beard. His rocket may remain pumped up. Would I be right in thinking your winter evening's are mild (in a climatic sense), Robyn?

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  6. Poor Rudolph-- let's hope he's not out sourced -- haha!
    Great pics!
    Enjoy your week!
    :-)
    Traci

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  7. We are trying to get into the spirit of Christmas and the weather is cooperating.

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  8. Wow that is quite the display with many lights at play.

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  9. I had to look up farklempt but that totally describes me. I'm VERY emotional!! lol

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  10. An image in my head of santa's inappropriate gesture will keep me giggling all day. Thanks for sharing the fun photos. Looks colder than I remembered Northern CA to be.

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  11. Chico is certainly flush with Holiday spirit. Take care.

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  12. Poor Rudolf. It happens to all males eventually.

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  13. It's always sad when a reindeer can't glow it up.

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  14. Thank you, silly peeps.

    Rhonda, I've found little clumps of snow close to home. It's pretty darn cold for CA.

    Touche, Deb and Spunk. Thanks for the laughs.

    Get and/or stay warm and safe, everyone.

    xoRobyn

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  15. Poor Rudolph. Does that mean the other reindeer are going to go back to laughing and calling him names???

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  16. Oh dear (deer?)--poor Rudolph!

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  17. Very cute Xmas scenes, but those bullying reindeer need a time out. And I agree with Optimistic Existentialist - this holiday season is going by in a blur. Every time I think I'm caught up, I realize I totally forgot something and the deadline's passed. Blerg.

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  18. You'd think that Prancer would be a little more understanding. Very cute Robyn!

    Julie

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  19. LOL! I'd really like some ChaiNog to tide me through this season.

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  20. I love the image of surly, Yiddish Santa you painted with that story. But hey, if I had the same job for hundreds of years I might get pretty grumpy as well.

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  21. The Grinch in the last picture looks like he's about to take you and Santa out.

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  22. Poor Rudolph aint gonna be a favorite anymore without that special charge. Sounds like Santa has a little bit of grinch in him after all too!

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  23. Santa flashed the peace sign? No, huh?

    Your pictures are so much fun!

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  24. I love the Grinch peering out over top of your head-- just made me laugh.

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  25. Hahaha...inappropriate gesture, huh? Someone's going to be on the naughty list for sure.

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  26. Hi Robyn,

    Oh no, I go to comment and all those lovely photos vanish.

    Still, I did get a glimpse of Chico's festive lights. Very festive, indeed.

    What the elf did I just read? With that, I just fly back to my blog....

    Gary :) x

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  27. Farkempt! hahaha I had a teacher in high school who used that word a lot. It always made us giggle. Oh and bad Santa!!!

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  28. You definitely seem to be in the Christmas spirit! Enjoyed the 100-word story. Never thought about how many options Rudolph has. LOL

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  29. Are those performance enhancing pills covered by Obamacare?

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  30. LD, yes they are. But the religious right is a tad skeptical.

    Keep a smile, everyone.
    xoRobyn

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  31. Maybe some of the other deer should have been given a chance. They might have had more staying power.
    Nice one!

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  32. Love the picture of you and the man of the season.

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  33. Poor rudolph....hopefully next year Santa will be more up on the times.

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