Rik's Ramblings

Thursday, December 24, 2009

'Twas the night before christmas...

Just finished the traditional reading of " 'Twas the night before Christmas ". Now Ben is tucked-up in bed ( so is Mrs Sagar :-/ ). I just have to wait a few hours for Santa to arrive.

The mince-pies were made this afternoon and are out by the fireplace with a glass of milk. For the reindeer, there are two carrots and a bowl of water on the front lawn (next to the "Santa Stop Here" sign).

We're all ready for Christmas. Hopefully Ben won't wake-up TOO early.

Merry Christmas!


by Clement Clarke Moore
or Henry Livingston

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,

In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,

While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;

And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,

Had just settled down for a long winter's nap,

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,

I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash,

Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow

Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,

But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,

I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.

More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,

And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!

On, Comet! on Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!

To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!

Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,

When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,

So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,

With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof

The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.

As I drew in my head, and was turning around,

Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,

And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;

A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,

And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

His eyes -- how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!

His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!

His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,

And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,

And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;

He had a broad face and a little round belly,

That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,

And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;

A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,

Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,

And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,

And laying his finger aside of his nose,

And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,

And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.

But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,

"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night."

I think it's out of copyright. Text copied from: http://www.christmas-tree.com/stories/nightbeforechristmas.html

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Naturalization Test

Took my test yesterday.  History, Civics and English.  History and Civics were no problem, but I almost flunked the English test ... Had to think twice whether 'speech' was spelled 'ee' or 'ea'.  Ah how funny would that have been if they'd kicked me out and sent me back to England because I couldn't speak the lingo.

All being well I should get my swearing in ceremony within the next two months.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Apple buying Lala

Here's another bad idea.

I suspect this means Lala won't be writing a client for Windows Mobile or webOS.

Apple preserving its monopoly in the portable music player market.

Time to close my lala account.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Comcast buying NBC

Can't be a good idea.

NBC ownes 1/3 of Hulu.

Hulu is a great alternative to cable TV.

Comcast is a cable operator.

I think we all know where this is going.