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Strider

Trad climber
one of god's mountain temples.... ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 6, 2010 - 03:07pm PT
Howdy Supertopo!

Supertopo Secret Santa Gift Exchange 2010
Supertopo Secret Santa Gift Exchange 2010
Credit: Strider

I will be periodically bumping this thread, please don't hate me.

Last year I did a Secret Santa Gift Exchange at the last minute and had more than a few people interested and happy with the result so I am organizing it again this year! Here is the link to last years...

http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/1022277/Supertopo-Secret-Santa-Gift-Exchange-2009

This year I am more on the ball and am getting this organized quicker. Same rules as last year, but with some date changes...

Supertopo Secret Santa Gift Exchange 2010 Rules
 You must be a registered forum user of Supertopo.com BEFORE 3:00PM 11/6/2010. Sorry to you lurkers who want to participate but this is to insure that we don't get any opportunists who want free stuff without reciprocation.
 Having said that, if you do agree to participate you also acknowledge the fact that you may receive NOTHING back if your Secret Santa is a douchebag. We will of course mercilessly torment them on the forum but otherwise there is nothing to be done.
 And having said that, DON'T BE A JERK! Do not sign up if you are not FULLY COMMITTED to FULL PARTICIPATION.
 After the gift has been mailed I ask that the sender emails me verification of having sent the gift and the recipient emails me verification of receiving the gift.
 The gift should cost around $20. Homemade gifts are encouraged, there is no price put on care, creativity and thoughtfulness. Also factor in for shipping, so your overall cost should be around $30 depending on what you bought and how expensive it is to ship.
 Gifts MUST NOT BE NSFW!!! (NSFW= not safe for work) No porn, rubber appendages, lingerie, etc...! EVERYONE should plan on sending and receiving something clean and fun!
 Everyone is encouraged to post of pics of their gift, sharing the joy with the rest of us!
 For those of you asking who the hell I am and why should you trust me...my name is Nick Simon, I have been an active member of this forum for several years, though I do not post terribly too much. I am also confident that should anyone question my authenticity or trust-worthy-ness, there are at least a dozen well known and well respected members/climbers here who can verify my identity and character.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE THIS IS HOW IT WORKS:
 EMAIL ME BY TUESDAY 11/30/2010 if you wish to participate
 email me at supertoposanta (at) gmail (dot) com
 give me your supertopo name, real name, shipping address and any other special considerations like gender/allergies/crazy phobias/etc... =)
 Secret Santa Name Distribution emails will go out on Thursday (12/2/2010). In this email will be the name and address of who you need to send your gift to. Also, at the same time, someone else is getting your name and address so they can send you a gift!
 You now have 2 weeks to purchase or finish creating your gifts
 Have your package in the mail by Thursday (12/16/2010). This gives 9 days for shipping (hopefully enough to ensure timely delivery during the Holiday Rush)
 I HIGHLY recommend USPS flat rate boxes for your gifts. The flat rate boxes are Priority Mail so they normally take 2-3 days for delivery. Also, the flat rate boxes come in various sizes with proportionate fixed shipping costs regardless of weight. Small box is ~$6, Medium Box is ~$10, I don't know about the large box.
 You do NOT have to respond to this post to participate. Maybe you are Royal or Jim or Chris or etc... and wish to remain anonymous. Fine. However you MUST send an email to me supertoposanta (at) gmail (dot) com but otherwise participation is 100% anonymous unless you choose to divulge your identity to your recipient yourself.

Happy Holidaze!

-nick
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Nov 6, 2010 - 10:04pm PT

Bump!
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Nov 6, 2010 - 10:42pm PT
Vouch post for the Strider.

Strider

Trad climber
one of god's mountain temples.... ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 6, 2010 - 11:08pm PT
Oh, that reminds me Munge...

-n
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Nov 7, 2010 - 12:19am PT
My favorite time of the year!

I have been waiting to see Strider's post for about a month now. I was in last year and got some nice schwag so you know I am in for this.

come on EVERYONE! let's make this years SS a huge event!

damage

Social climber
olympia, wa
Nov 7, 2010 - 01:35am PT
I'm in, this will be fun.
FWIW, I make very nice organic/vegan bath & body care products --> great smelling, body cleansing, functional things.

Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Nov 7, 2010 - 06:30am PT
Yippee! This was a blast last year. Happy to see it back. Thanks Strider!
Strider

Trad climber
one of god's mountain temples.... ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 7, 2010 - 05:40pm PT
Currently all people who have emailed me should have received a confirmation email. If you have not received a confirmation email yet then you are not signed up!

Great to see so much interest again this year.

For you Supertopo Gringes out there, you have plenty of time to sign up! Come on and have some fun with your fellow Supertopians and sign up so you can send someone a wacky gift! I hear rubber chickens and barbed wire are selling out fast!

-Nick
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 7, 2010 - 06:11pm PT
I did pretty well by this last year, guess I better get in on the supply side....
eKat

Trad climber
http://www.ecokath.com/
Nov 7, 2010 - 06:13pm PT
Yay, YAY. . . AND MORE YAY!

:-)

eKat
H

Mountain climber
there and back again
Nov 7, 2010 - 09:12pm PT
Hey Strider,
I think the idea is great. I'll be sending you my email address right after this. What a cool way to participate in a totally diverse community.

Bump for the SuperTaco Santa
Strider

Trad climber
one of god's mountain temples.... ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 8, 2010 - 12:02pm PT
So Jaybro and Ekat...You guys going to be joining us in the fun?

-n
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Nov 8, 2010 - 12:07pm PT
I'm in this year!

How thoughtful Supertopo Santa is to ask us about our allergies. Otherwise, somebody might think about sending me a lobster roll or a shrimp cocktail - and that would be bad... very bad.
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Nov 8, 2010 - 12:09pm PT
Bah Humbug!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111666



The evil one
Strider

Trad climber
one of god's mountain temples.... ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 8, 2010 - 12:15pm PT
Aww c'mon Fatty. Even crusty ex-LEO love to get wacky gifts in the mail and I am sure you could come up with something fun to send.

-n
Gene

Social climber
Nov 8, 2010 - 12:18pm PT
How much extra does it cost to be Fattrad's SecretSanta?
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Nov 8, 2010 - 12:21pm PT
I'm in, email later. Remember, my packages get screened by the Mossad.


The evil one
Strider

Trad climber
one of god's mountain temples.... ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 8, 2010 - 04:57pm PT
Don't mind me, I am just looking for something around here....shuffle, shuffle...Oh here it is!

bump =)

-n
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 8, 2010 - 05:09pm PT
I think you meant "Shuffle, shuffle, pivot"
MisterE

Social climber
Bouncy Tiggerville
Nov 8, 2010 - 05:15pm PT
I'm skeerd of Supertopo Santa!
Strider

Trad climber
one of god's mountain temples.... ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 8, 2010 - 05:20pm PT
Oh MisterE, I confirm that as of right now it is only softies and sweethearts who are signed up. And if a big bad meanie does sign up, he won't be sending you your gift. Promise.

Deal?

-n
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Nov 8, 2010 - 07:19pm PT
hey there say, strider, i will let you know by friday, i hope that is okay... i am not too well off, so i need to think and pray about if i can find something nice enough, or make something nice enough to offer...


:)

but--i think i can... :)
and i love being creative, too, if i get the chance...
this looks like a nice chance... :)
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Nov 8, 2010 - 07:40pm PT
neebee... I have always told my kids, I don't care if you just paint "I Love You Daddy" on a rock and wrap it in an old map. It will mean the world to me. The kids are older (16-28) and I still tell them the same thing.

Don't worry about where you are financially with this thing. Be creative and someone will love what you have to offer.
Flashy P

climber
Sparks, NV
Nov 8, 2010 - 07:49pm PT
If anybody gets me I would like a case of Creatine shake mix, banana flavors.
Strider

Trad climber
one of god's mountain temples.... ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 8, 2010 - 07:49pm PT
Simon has it right. It is not about money (although some of us are too un-creative to think of anything to make- like myself) it is about sharing a moment with someone you probably don't even really know.

Regardless neebee, you have until the end of the month to sign up, so it is early still to make a decision to participate.

-n
eKat

Trad climber
http://www.ecokath.com/
Nov 8, 2010 - 07:51pm PT
I like your style Flashy P!

:-)

eKat
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 8, 2010 - 07:55pm PT
I'm in! This was a blast last year!

neebee; jump in the pool. What that other guy said, a rock and a note is cool.
OlympicMtnBoy

climber
Seattle
Nov 8, 2010 - 09:03pm PT
I missed this last year, but I'm in this time! Woohoo!

Email sent.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 12, 2010 - 06:35pm PT
ba da bump
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Nov 12, 2010 - 07:10pm PT
Another bumpalicious. :)
The Lisa

Trad climber
Da Bronx, NY
Nov 12, 2010 - 07:57pm PT
I think this is a wonderful idea. I am a new poster here, jumping into the pool but I can come up with something nice, clean and fun for whoever I get.

Neebee, I would be THRILLED if you were my Secret Santa and I received something you made. Creative, homemade, imaginative gifts are wonderful.
My mother has kept every card my brothers and I ever made for her, and pulls them out to our embarrassment every so often.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Nov 13, 2010 - 12:56am PT
hey there say, strider... say, thanks for the encourement, all, as to trying the ol' pool-waters here... i been thinking bout his all week, and asking some buddies around here....

and okay, you all, i am stepping in, then...

will email you soon, strider... i got lots of kids over here this weekend...

:)


Credit: neebee


Credit: neebee



:)
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 13, 2010 - 07:25am PT
Yay neebeester!

Splash!
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Nov 13, 2010 - 08:38am PT
I'm in.

Crimpie got me a kick ass gift last year. Thanks Callie!

Simon, glad you liked your stuff.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Nov 13, 2010 - 08:51am PT
I so loved what I sent you Bluering - glad you like it as much. Salad Fingers is hilarious. What will the recipient get this year???? Hmmmmm.... :)

And I got a most excellent gift as well. Thanks still to Johntp for the delicious bottle of wine. I am certain it was behind the rapid and easy healing of my busted foot at the time!
nature

climber
Tuscon Again! India! India! Hawaii! LA?!?!
Nov 13, 2010 - 08:58am PT
I'm not sure how I missed this last year but i'll play this year.

PM sent, nick.

neebee, I also sent you a PM.
sempervirens

Trad climber
Trinity County
Nov 13, 2010 - 10:05am PT
We used have Christmas in July every summer at Tuollumne Lodge. One year at the party everyone had gotten their present and the beer was about gone. I hadn't gotten my present and sat there like a bummed out little kid. So Nita sees me sitting there like a lump and, sweetly, she somehow finds one more present with no name on it, and says, "hey Mike, this must be yours". I can't even remember what it was, but it wasn't really mine, and I thought it was lame. So, like a disappointed dumb ass, I figured somebody just blew it off and didn't bother. A couple days later this one guy, I forget his name but he seemed like an OK dude, comes up to me and gives me my wrapped present, "sorry Mike, I was down in the valley drunk and in jail for a couple nights and missed the party". It was a locking 'biner. Hope for humanity, eh.

ha, ha, Mike Friend
ps. Hi Nita, Hi Andy.
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Nov 13, 2010 - 10:11am PT
Nita is a gift to humanity. She really is a sweet gal. Andy is a lucky man.
nita

Social climber
chica from chico.. I shall call you..mini moo.
Nov 13, 2010 - 12:39pm PT
Thank you Bluey...but.. You, Mike and Andy.. know- i can be a big brat too.(-;

Mike Friend!! Hey- Mr Redwood, Seatter just visited Chico last week and we were wondering where you were...Sweet to hear from you, hope all is swell...

Andy says HI...
Strider

Trad climber
one of god's mountain temples.... ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 15, 2010 - 02:35pm PT
As of this post, everyone who has signed up should have received an email from me either confirming your participation or requesting a bit more information before I can confirm you. Big thank you to all who have signed up! We are going to have a much larger group this year!

For those of you who have not signed up and are on the fence...DO IT! I can tell you right now that there is a very diverse group of people signed up and the gifts will be pretty interesting this year.

To join in: Send an email to supertoposanta (at) gmail (dot) com with these three details: Your supertopo name, you real name and your shipping address. Thats it. If you have any special concerns or considerations regarding gift giving please note them as well (death allergies, shipping limitations, etc...)

As of today you have 16 days left to sign up!

Cheers
-n
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Nov 15, 2010 - 02:48pm PT
What, no email for Scrooge???? Bah Humbug, I signed up.




The evil one
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 15, 2010 - 03:02pm PT






http://www.comedycentral.com/videos/index.jhtml?title=stopping-robot-santa&videoId=147749
Strider

Trad climber
one of god's mountain temples.... ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 15, 2010 - 04:16pm PT
fattrad: My Outlook says I replied to your email on 11/8/2010 @3:00PM exactly. Maybe check your spam folder. Regardless you are signed up.

If anyone else has not received my emails, please add the supertoposanta email address to your safe recipients list. We need to make sure everyone gets the next email I send out on Dec. 2nd with your Secret Santa name and address...

Thanks
-n
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Nov 15, 2010 - 06:19pm PT
Can't wait!!!
The Lisa

Trad climber
Da Bronx, NY
Nov 15, 2010 - 07:34pm PT
I got my confirmation email and am making a list, checking it twice....
socialclimber

Mountain climber
CA
Nov 15, 2010 - 07:54pm PT
Bump for throwing my hat in the pool and jumping in after it...

Charles
Strider

Trad climber
one of god's mountain temples.... ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 17, 2010 - 01:03pm PT
HEYO...any more takers?

-n
Strider

Trad climber
one of god's mountain temples.... ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 20, 2010 - 03:24pm PT
Still have people signing up, a few every few days...

-n
eKat

climber
http://www.ecokath.com/
Nov 20, 2010 - 03:59pm PT
Lolli. . . sign up!

eKat
Strider

Trad climber
one of god's mountain temples.... ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 20, 2010 - 05:13pm PT
Lolli,

I just want to add that while I can not 100% guarantee the non-weirdness of all participants, I can say pretty confidently that the current group is safe. About half are known to me personally to some extent (via climbing partnerships, Facelift participation, Bay Area OW crew, etc...) and the other half I have gone through and checked their Supertopo names and posts to verify that at least publicly on this forum, they are cool. We all may not agree on politics, religion, ethics or style but we are all good and decent humans from as far as I can tell. If you decide to join, only two people will ever know your address: me and your Secret Santa. This is also the second year I am doing this and the first year went off without a hitch and everyone had fun.

You are not the only person who has concerns over privacy and safety and I have had multiple conversations about this exact subject. However, everyone so far as chosen to participate. But I must admit that it saddens me that we live in times that people fear to play a fun holiday game such as this. I understand and empathize but it still makes me sad....

Regardless of your decision either way, I wish you happy holidays. =)

-Nick
murcy

climber
sanfrancisco
Nov 20, 2010 - 05:20pm PT
I'm in after realizing that "Nick" is very likely SANTA HIMSELF.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 20, 2010 - 05:38pm PT
Come on lolli! Jump in the pool! You know you want to....

It's just us kids having fun (well, except for crimpie; ya gotta keep an eye on her, after all she came from St. Louis).
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 20, 2010 - 07:08pm PT
lolli-

Sweet. You will knott regret it.

Here is a splash at you. Welcome to the pool!
JOEY.F

Social climber
sebastopol
Nov 20, 2010 - 07:26pm PT
I'm in.
Reciepient(sp????), it will be of the home spun variety.
Thanks, SantaStrider.
Strider

Trad climber
one of god's mountain temples.... ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 20, 2010 - 08:29pm PT
Ho, Ho, Ho

-n
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Nov 21, 2010 - 11:41am PT
Hey! Those five years in St. Louis were some sort of punishment for doing something awful (really awful) in a previous life. There is no other explanation.

I'm actually from Texas... I promise not to send any Texas-oriented political items as my gift. This is a promise.

:)
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Nov 21, 2010 - 11:43am PT
BTW, Santa Strider - do you put your name in too? I hope so.

Strider

Trad climber
one of god's mountain temples.... ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 21, 2010 - 12:39pm PT
Callie,

Yeah I have you signed up. Did you not receive the confirmation email?

-n
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Nov 21, 2010 - 12:41pm PT
Can I sign up? I want to send klimmer and his unlovely friends a missile, inside an ark, with a contrail. I'm sure they'll get a real bang out of it.
Strider

Trad climber
one of god's mountain temples.... ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 21, 2010 - 12:52pm PT
Of course you can join Anders! All you need to do is:
 email me at supertoposanta (at) gmail (dot) com
 Tell me your Supertopo name and address.

Thats it!

Cheers
-n
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 21, 2010 - 01:05pm PT
Crimpie-

Texas? St. Louis? You must have done many evil deeds in your past life.

Guess you made up for it being that you now reside in such a wonderfull place.
Strider

Trad climber
one of god's mountain temples.... ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 21, 2010 - 04:14pm PT
Ah. Now I get it Crimpie. A little slow today...

No, I didn't participate last year and don't intend to this year. Since I am the one organizing it and I am the one assigning Santas, it doesn't really seem right for me to send someone my name and address when they know, that I know, that they know, that I know.... You get it...

I am participating in a few other Santa games, so it's not like I am not having my own fun... =)

-n
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Nov 21, 2010 - 05:56pm PT
Don't forget Washington DC Johntp.

I must have been really, really, REALLY bad in my past life. :)
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 21, 2010 - 06:21pm PT
Man! The worst I had to do was live in Illinois for fifteen ears....
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Nov 21, 2010 - 08:27pm PT
hey there say, lolli.... say, glad you stepped in here... say, not to worry if you are far-off, either....

all will work out in good time...
it is the heart and thought that count, as we all know...

and heartfelt thoughts, last a whole year, even IF it would take THAT long
for the gift exchange of yours, to arrive... :)


:) *hhhmn, oh my... and it may, at that, if we count the new year "year' change, as to dates... :))


good to have you take a try... just like me, i dared to take a try, too...

god bless... keep that smile...
:)
LuckyPink

climber
the last bivy
Nov 21, 2010 - 08:31pm PT
Jay .. that was the FOUNDATION of your solid stand up values driven into you in Illinois!! I know I'm from Michigan.. note the "from"

the Secret Santa is a hoot! Encouraging everyone!
Aya K

Trad climber
New York
Nov 21, 2010 - 09:46pm PT
I'm in!!!!!
Strider

Trad climber
one of god's mountain temples.... ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 22, 2010 - 01:04am PT
Sounds like we are getting some more enthusiasm for this game!

So who would you guys like to see sign up and how can we convince them?
I would love to see what Werner would think of his gift and what he would send.
Chris Mac is also another hold-out, I am betting a copy of a guidebook or maybe a swanky t-shirt?
I really need some hangers, can someone convince Greg to join up?


Random statistics:

 Somewhere over half of the people who have signed up, have not posted in this thread.
 By some strange coincidence, currently ~63% of all participants have the words "I'm in" in the subject of the email they sent me.
 Roughly equal ratio male:female
 Currently 10 states in the USA are represented (with California the majority)
 3 countries are also represented

Still plenty of time to sign up!

And to help convince you to sign up, here is a bunny with a pancake on his head...

bunny pancake
bunny pancake
Credit: Strider

-n
Strider

Trad climber
one of god's mountain temples.... ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 22, 2010 - 10:25am PT
It's a bunny with a pancake on its head!

-n
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Nov 22, 2010 - 10:31am PT
Needs syrup!!!!!!!1111666



Hmmmmm, I'd love to buy a gift for Dr. F, Norton, Crowley, Jingy, Uncle Doug, HDDJ.

I saw some real deals on Limbaugh, O'Reily, Palin books over the weekend. Of course I'd also send a lump of coal.


The evil one
eKat

climber
http://www.ecokath.com/
Nov 22, 2010 - 10:45am PT
And to help convince you to sign up, here is a bunny with a pancake on his head...

HiFrikkenLarEeeUs!

:-)

eKat

P.S. STEALIN' IT!
Jingy

climber
Somewhere out there
Nov 23, 2010 - 08:07am PT
Faat - "Hmmmmm, I'd love to buy a gift for Dr. F, Norton, Crowley, Jingy, Uncle Doug, HDDJ.

I saw some real deals on Limbaugh, O'Reily, Palin books over the weekend. Of course I'd also send a lump of coal."

 Nice Sentiment - Shows real character.


Lucky for you it's the thought that counts.

I wasn't thinking of send you a thing
eKat

climber
http://www.ecokath.com/
Nov 23, 2010 - 08:12am PT
OK, StriderStNick, you little cutie pie, I'll see your BunnyWithAPancakeOnItsHead and raise ya one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmvPRFN9IYQ

:-)

TOO COOL FOR SKOOL!

ox

eKat
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Nov 23, 2010 - 08:22am PT
jingy, jingy, jingy,

You should know that I was kidding about the books/coal, those folks are not serious thinkers.


The evil one
Jingy

climber
Somewhere out there
Nov 23, 2010 - 01:03pm PT
Rumblings from a vegatative state:
"jingy, jingy, jingy,

You should know that I was kidding about the books/coal, those folks are not serious thinkers.


The evil one"


 isn't it just like a repuke to spout anything they want to the world....

...then turn around and say "just joking"...

I'll take you however you present yourself.

BTW - How's your other BFF LEB? Has she (she could be you) recovered from the foot in the mouth? Or is she (again, she could be you) still reaching out for pity?

Let us know


Second Thought Edit:
"those folks are not serious thinkers."

 pretty much the only thing you and I can possably agree on.

Good day sir

Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Nov 23, 2010 - 01:09pm PT
don't ask me for sh#t,
Barbarian

Trad climber
The great white north, eh?
Nov 23, 2010 - 01:36pm PT
A bunny with a pancake on it's head?
Well shoot! That does it for me!
I'm in!
Strider, I will email tonight.

Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Nov 23, 2010 - 02:23pm PT
I do believe we have actual statistical analysis of a SecretSanta project. What is the world coming to?


•Somewhere over half of the people who have signed up, have not posted in this thread.
•By some strange coincidence, currently ~63% of all participants have the words "I'm in" in the subject of the email they sent me.
•Roughly equal ratio male:female
•Currently 10 states in the USA are represented (with California the majority)
•3 countries are also represented

But the big questions remain unanswered:
What is the ethnic mix?
Percentage of Republicans?
Jews v. Christians?
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Nov 23, 2010 - 02:40pm PT
I'll take anything as long as it's not a T-shirt from you know who.



The evil one
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Nov 23, 2010 - 03:07pm PT
In yer dreams Fattrad... in yer dreams...
Strider

Trad climber
one of god's mountain temples.... ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 23, 2010 - 04:00pm PT
haha

You guys crack me up

-n
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Nov 23, 2010 - 06:29pm PT
IHP,

Just kidding, you make some awesome shirts.




The evil one
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Nov 24, 2010 - 02:58pm PT
My favorite time of year..... telling little kids that Santa isn't real after they visit him at the mall.



The evil one
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Nov 24, 2010 - 03:54pm PT
Bah humbug.



The evil one
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 28, 2010 - 04:36pm PT
just a bumpy. still time to jump in the pool.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Nov 28, 2010 - 05:18pm PT
hey there say, strider.... man oh man.... my friend in calif, since we were kids, well, she loves bunnies (i do too, but i can't own one right now, not with all my critters and too little a place here) and well,
if SHE were here:

to see that-there CUTE little bunny with the pill-box-hat,
ooops, i MEAN PANCAKE-HAT, she would surely sign up, and fast, too!...

hmmm... not sure if the bunny-bit will work on others though...
hmmm... some folks really like teddy-bears far-better, you see...
and--they don't have to feed them... ;)

well, carry on.... :)
Strider

Trad climber
one of god's mountain temples.... ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 29, 2010 - 04:42pm PT
Only a few more days left to sign-up....

-n
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Nov 29, 2010 - 05:00pm PT
Credit: Ihateplastic
Strider

Trad climber
one of god's mountain temples.... ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 30, 2010 - 11:43am PT
Last day to sign up!

Sign-ups accepted until 11:59:59 PM tonight.

Jump on the bandwagon you wussies!

-n
Strider

Trad climber
one of god's mountain temples.... ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 30, 2010 - 06:00pm PT
Gotten a couple more people so far today...

How about a few more?

Any takers?
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Nov 30, 2010 - 06:44pm PT
Bah Humbug.



The evil one
pocoloco1

Social climber
The Chihuahua Desert
Nov 30, 2010 - 07:14pm PT
Santa, i will fill out the form later. Count me in.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 30, 2010 - 07:33pm PT
Strider-

Thanks for doing this. It is a lot of fun.
Strider

Trad climber
one of god's mountain temples.... ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 30, 2010 - 08:47pm PT
Pocoloco - glad to hear you want to participate but the deadline to sign up is in ~3.5 hours. I hope you email me soon...

Thanks to everyone who has signed up so far.

-n
blackbird

Trad climber
the flat water trails...
Nov 30, 2010 - 08:51pm PT
Sneakin' in by the skin of my teeth... I think. Maybe. We'll see if I actually made it...

I missed this last year for various reasons; glad to be a part of it this year!

Thanks, Nick, for taking the time to organize this!!

bb
Strider

Trad climber
one of god's mountain temples.... ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 30, 2010 - 11:01pm PT
As of right now, everyone who has asked to sign up should have received a confirmation email back from me with basic details about the game.

I have NOT yet emailed anyone their Secret Santa's yet. That email will arrive on Sunday, Dec. 2nd, 2010.

If you have not received a confirmation email yet please let me know.

Any more takers?? 1 hour, 10 minutes left to sign up!

-n
MisterE

Social climber
Bouncy Tiggerville
Nov 30, 2010 - 11:06pm PT
All right - even though I am skeerd, I will sign up.

Who wants fresh fish, book rate?

;^P
nature

climber
Tuscon Again! India! India! Hawaii! LA?!?!
Nov 30, 2010 - 11:16pm PT
that's how I get my fish delivered.
Strider

Trad climber
one of god's mountain temples.... ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 30, 2010 - 11:21pm PT
Come one, come all!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Send me the email MisterE as soon as you can...

Anyone else??

Last minute sign-up!!
Daphne

Trad climber
Mill Valley, CA
Nov 30, 2010 - 11:25pm PT
OK, I am IN!
Strider

Trad climber
one of god's mountain temples.... ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 30, 2010 - 11:44pm PT
Last 30 minutes to sign up!
Strider

Trad climber
one of god's mountain temples.... ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 2, 2010 - 01:15pm PT
I guess you learn something new everyday...

Apparently, if you try to send too many messages too quickly through gmail, then google turns your account off...

Anyway, about half the emails were sent from the supertoposanta email address and the other half came from my personal email address since the supertoposanta address got turned off by google. Pain in the butt...

At any rate, as of about 5 minutes ago, EVERYONE should have an email with their Supertopo Santa gift recipient.

If you have NOT received the email please contact me asap. Remember to check your Spam/Junk inboxes as well.

At this point, my job should be done. To everyone who is participating, thank you so much.

Let the gifts start rolling out!

-Nick

fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Dec 2, 2010 - 01:23pm PT
Bah Humbug !!!!!!!!111666



The evil one
eKat

climber
http://www.ecokath.com/
Dec 2, 2010 - 01:23pm PT
You ROOL, SaintNick!

oxoxo

eKat
Aya K

Trad climber
New York
Dec 5, 2010 - 11:11am PT
I'm so excited!! I'm going out shopping for my supplies right now!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 8, 2010 - 10:01am PT
My secret Santa gift has been carefully selected, wrapped and is on its merry way. Happy Holidays!!
nature

climber
Tuscon Again! India! India! Hawaii! LA?!?!
Dec 8, 2010 - 10:09am PT
i never got an email.
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Dec 8, 2010 - 10:11am PT
nature,

Ever watch the Charlie Brown Christmas, Bwahahahahahaha



The evil one
Fogarty

climber
BITD
Dec 8, 2010 - 10:12am PT
Your Santa is thinking hard about this one?
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Dec 8, 2010 - 10:26am PT
Picked, packed and awaiting shipping!
Aya K

Trad climber
New York
Dec 8, 2010 - 05:43pm PT
I made my gifts, now I just need to get to the PO!
MisterE

Social climber
Bouncy Tiggerville
Dec 8, 2010 - 05:46pm PT
I never got an e-mail either - I sent two. :(
nature

climber
Tuscon Again! India! India! Hawaii! LA?!?!
Dec 8, 2010 - 05:48pm PT
MisterE want a prana chalk bag for xmas? ;-)
MisterE

Social climber
Bouncy Tiggerville
Dec 8, 2010 - 06:21pm PT
I just lost mine at Stoney Point a month ago!

I gotta have something around here you would like...lemme check and get back to you.

Not-so-secret-Santa?

;)
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Dec 8, 2010 - 06:30pm PT
Bah Humbug!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111666




The evil one
Strider

Trad climber
one of god's mountain temples.... ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 8, 2010 - 06:30pm PT
nature and Mister E-

ummm...check your spam boxes? I sent each of you emails at multiple email addresses about whats going on...

I will try again right now...

-n
MisterE

Social climber
Bouncy Tiggerville
Dec 8, 2010 - 06:32pm PT
Hey, now! We got a good thing going here!

As long as I don't get a "sheep-dip" chalkbag, I will be psyched! ;)
nature

climber
Tuscon Again! India! India! Hawaii! LA?!?!
Dec 8, 2010 - 06:35pm PT
you do didn't lose it silly - you left it in my truck!


nope, nothing Nick. not in gmail spam box or Mail.app spam box

i sent you an email, Nick. did you get that?
MisterE

Social climber
Bouncy Tiggerville
Dec 8, 2010 - 06:42pm PT
Let's see here...I got some Smothers Brothers...


Huh? What?

;)

Me neither, Nick.
nature

climber
Tuscon Again! India! India! Hawaii! LA?!?!
Dec 8, 2010 - 06:46pm PT
oh well...

enjoy the secret santa's
Strider

Trad climber
one of god's mountain temples.... ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 8, 2010 - 06:47pm PT
Doug, I just sent an email to your @g... address.

Mister E.... buddy, pal... I sent you a couple emails too. You tried to sign up a day after the deadline...wasn't much I could do. =(

You and nature can be Unsecret Santas though...

Sorry to screw up the holiday cheers for you guys...

-n
nature

climber
Tuscon Again! India! India! Hawaii! LA?!?!
Dec 8, 2010 - 06:51pm PT
not a big deal. but that st@ email did end up in spam. maybe other ones did as well.

truth be told I am a bit of a scrooge when it comes to this time of the year anyway. maybe Donini has room for me in his haul bag?

thanks for the effort though - it's really awesome of you to do this!

Edit: ok, meand MisterE got it worked out. I'm sending him a box of coals - he's sending me a 12-pack of toilet paper!
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Dec 10, 2010 - 10:03am PT
Damn it's expensive to ship a six pack of Cobra's.



The evil one
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Dec 10, 2010 - 10:31am PT
Nature, Just FYI, I sent you an email thru supertopo a month or so ago (with an Indian Creek question), and never got a reply so I'm wondering if a lot of stuff is ending up in your spam.
I take absolutely no offense at the no reply, but just thought you'd like to know, in case it's a general phenomenon..
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Dec 10, 2010 - 10:34am PT
I'm sending nature a toupe
nature

climber
Tuscon Again! India! India! Hawaii! LA?!?!
Dec 10, 2010 - 10:40am PT
why for whatever for?



i'll check my spam boxes. sorta hard to sift through the gmail spam box - I get about 30K emails filtered out every month.
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Dec 10, 2010 - 11:11am PT
Bwahahahahaaha, I have more hair than nature, Bwahahahahahahaha.



The evil one
MisterE

Social climber
Bouncy Tiggerville
Dec 10, 2010 - 11:16am PT
Extra-rough single-ply reclaimed cardboard TP on it's way! ;)
Aya K

Trad climber
New York
Dec 11, 2010 - 06:25pm PT
My stuff is going out on Monday.

Do we have to wait until xmas to open?????
Aya K

Trad climber
New York
Dec 11, 2010 - 06:25pm PT
Ohhh and also am I supposed to stay secret forever, like use an alias as my return address? or is it no longer secret after I send it???!!
murcy

climber
sanfrancisco
Dec 11, 2010 - 06:33pm PT
I vote for opening and posting thanks on this thread on xmas day if possible.
Strider

Trad climber
one of god's mountain temples.... ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 11, 2010 - 07:04pm PT
I supposed to stay secret forever, like use an alias as my return address? or is it no longer secret after I send it???!!

That is up to you. I have everyone's name and address in case there is any funny business, but if you want to reveal your true name or Supertopo name or nothing to your recipient is up to you.

When to open gifts is again, also up to you.

Just make sure that whatever you do get, you come here and post up and show us!

-n
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 11, 2010 - 07:58pm PT
Thanks nick for the effort to make this happen. Happy holidays to you!
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Dec 11, 2010 - 08:35pm PT
Bah Humbug.... lumps of coal for all of you.

What good is money if you can't use it to oppress your fellow man.



The evil one
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 11, 2010 - 10:14pm PT
I'm waiting until Xmas to open mine! :)
blackbird

Trad climber
the flat water trails...
Dec 13, 2010 - 03:19pm PT
YAY!!!

Mine's packed and mailed as of today!! Thanks, Nick, for organizing this effort!!

:)
eKat

climber
http://www.ecokath.com/
Dec 13, 2010 - 03:23pm PT
I opened mine today!

:-)

IT'S REALLY RAD and I'm REALLY BAD!

Thanks SecretSanta - mine and Nick!

ox

eKat
Strider

Trad climber
one of god's mountain temples.... ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 13, 2010 - 04:02pm PT
Glad to hear gifts are starting to roll in...

Ho Ho Ho

=)
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Dec 13, 2010 - 04:21pm PT
I had a lot of fun selecting what I hope will be a good gift for my recipient! And even more fun wrapping them up!
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Dec 13, 2010 - 05:16pm PT
Bah Humbug, let's cancel this.



The evil one
locker

Social climber
Dec 13, 2010 - 05:20pm PT


Everyone KNOWS what my SECRET gift "WUD" have been had I joined in on the fun...


;-)
Strider

Trad climber
one of god's mountain temples.... ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 13, 2010 - 05:21pm PT
The picture of Woody's crotch with the words "YOURE GUNNA DIE" on it?? Cuz thats what I would want...

=)

-n
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Dec 13, 2010 - 07:38pm PT

I put mine in the mail today!!!!
Aya K

Trad climber
New York
Dec 13, 2010 - 08:51pm PT
oh darn, I haven't had a chance to go buy paper to pack in the box so I haven't mailed it yet.... sorry!!
blackbird

Trad climber
the flat water trails...
Dec 13, 2010 - 08:53pm PT
Aya - since I recently found this out I'm gonna assume others have yet to make the same discovery...: the UPS store will pack it for you with either paper or packing peanuts (your choice!) so no paper buying necessary. YAY!!

bb
Captain...or Skully

Big Wall climber
leading the away team, but not in a red shirt!
Dec 13, 2010 - 08:57pm PT
My old roommate always insisted that "packing peanuts" were called "spagmums".
Hey, I dunno.
Have fun with yer ol' gifty selves, eh?
Zander

Trad climber
Berkeley
Dec 14, 2010 - 07:36am PT
Mischief managed.

I received an unmarked box from 57701. Looking forward to opening it later.

Z
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Dec 14, 2010 - 09:09am PT
Well, some fat guy in a red suit just dropped off a box. It's too heavy for coal, must be rocks or bricks. Isn't Lake Forest where that Santa's Village is located, on the way to Big Bear????????????



The evil one
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 14, 2010 - 10:42am PT
haha, lolli... how funny... the good lord will send back mu in return...

say, check your email...

please, i needed your address for to send a christmas card...
:)


it is always fun, knowing folks, overseas...
god bless... :)
Aya K

Trad climber
New York
Dec 14, 2010 - 11:51am PT
I put mine in a flat rate priority mail box because I thought it might be a little heavy....

I am just so bogged down studying... I am going to drop it off at the PO today though!!!
locker

Social climber
Dec 14, 2010 - 11:55am PT


" It's too heavy for coal, must be rocks or bricks."...



Lead filled DOUGHNUTS???...
nature

climber
Tuscon Again! India! India! Hawaii! LA?!?!
Dec 14, 2010 - 12:10pm PT
i'm sending locker coffee













again... this year.








shipping advice. go with Priority Flat Rate. Go to the post office in the middle of the night and use their machines. Avoid the lines. Avoid going postal (and I don't mean postal service ;-).
locker

Social climber
Dec 14, 2010 - 12:13pm PT


I'll have a straw waiting!!!...

Nothing like a "GUD" cup of warm diarrhea...

;-/
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Dec 15, 2010 - 10:59am PT
So, any more packages arrive???? Can't wait to open my box of rocks.


The evil one
Aya K

Trad climber
New York
Dec 15, 2010 - 11:46am PT
I just sent mine.
I didn't put my name on it, but on the other hand the only thing I had to pack it with was crumpled up paper from my recycling basket - the majority of which was my old scribbled notes which are kind of a giveaway if you know what I'm doing with my life right now.

In retrospect, I think I padded it poorly and should have crumpled up paper on the underside of the present in the box, so I hope it's in one piece when it arrives... I am sick, and stressed from 5 exams tomorrow, and rushing... and now I'm all anxious about it :/
Strider

Trad climber
one of god's mountain temples.... ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 15, 2010 - 01:01pm PT
Have faith Aya....Santa takes care of his own...

=)

-n
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Dec 15, 2010 - 05:45pm PT
I got mine and opened it thinking it was a gift from my Aunt J.

I'll explain later. I didn't see the "taco Santa" until later after I was puzzled.

I think I know who sent my most awesome gifts. A couple are priceless, and the others refelect some deep understanding of me and are very well received. That is why I think I know who sent them.

Wow! Merry Christmas everybody!

Tony, I hope you like your gift. I don't know you so well, but I cruised some of your post and thought you'd like what I sent.

Super Taco kicks ass, again!!!!!


Tony, if my gift was inappropriate, I'll pay for return shipping and score you something even better. But what I sent you is a classic.....
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Dec 15, 2010 - 05:54pm PT
Bah Humbug




The evil one
Strider

Trad climber
one of god's mountain temples.... ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 15, 2010 - 06:18pm PT
Bluey...your comment made me look up Santa's Spreadsheet to see who it was....interesting...

=)

-n
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Dec 15, 2010 - 06:24pm PT
You do a good, and worthy, job Stider!!!!

It is appreciatted by far more that will comment. Good times, Nick!!!

Wait...are actually St. Nick?

Weird......

Merry Christmas, Nick. I hope you feel better after your medical condition. I look forward to seeing you for more adventures, Facelift related or not.

You're a good guy. I know this. Have a good Christmas holiday.


Kick AsssSS$$$SSss!!!!!
Mtnmun

Trad climber
Top of the Mountain Mun
Dec 15, 2010 - 06:37pm PT
Mine went out to Georgia today. It was something that meant a lot to me. I hope they love it. I find it very cool in itself in mailing to an unknown recipient who you can bring joy to and hopefully share a rope with some day, or not.
Strider

Trad climber
one of god's mountain temples.... ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 15, 2010 - 07:18pm PT
Thanks Steve. That means a lot and I appreciate it. Merry Christmas to you and yours. And hopefully we will get a chance to rope up in the new year...

I am actually moving back to Yosemite in January so...

-n
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 15, 2010 - 08:55pm PT
fattrad-

my guess it is lumps of coal. shake it and see if there is spontaneous combustion.
Aya K

Trad climber
New York
Dec 15, 2010 - 10:11pm PT
Awww, I just realized that I should have put a "good for a free night at the bivy" card in my box so if my recipient ever finds him/herself in my neck of the woods climbing they'd have a place to stay. booo!!
blackbird

Trad climber
the flat water trails...
Dec 16, 2010 - 08:31am PT
Aya, I wouldn't worry a bit about not including a card stating such. As much shyte as is given and received here, I would guess that that sentiment - at least the offer of sincere local tips/info and/or a belay - is echoed by the majority of us out here in TacoLand.

Merry Holidays to all!

bb
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Dec 16, 2010 - 08:33am PT
Funny, my box has started some kind of clicking noise.



The evil one
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Dec 16, 2010 - 02:43pm PT
Here is a photo of the excellent gift sent by my Secret Santa, an intriguing looking bottle of homemade wine.

Supertopo booty posing proudly by the tree
Supertopo booty posing proudly by the tree
Credit: phylp

I posed it in front of the Christmas tree, but now it's going to go get cozy (well, as cozy as you can get at 50 degrees) with some wine siblings. Santa told me to wait to open it until the Spring!

Happy Holidays everyone!
damage

Social climber
olympia, wa
Dec 16, 2010 - 04:55pm PT
Shipped mine out today :) and I think I got mine in the mail yesterday, a mysterious package from amazon, haven't opened it yet 'cause i'm 60 miles and 1 week away from it :(.
murcy

climber
sanfrancisco
Dec 16, 2010 - 05:04pm PT
Mine's been here for days. I hope it's not a pony...
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 16, 2010 - 09:54pm PT
hey there all... wow, say, this is so sweet to enjoy all this, the picture make it special too... )

bluering, what a funny story, as to wondering about your aunt,
etc... :))

ooo, and early OPENERS here, i see! )

wow, johntp... what an extra special share, to have your gift with family! wow, sometimes things work out even better than expected, for all involved! :)

edit: say, murcy... oh my... i just saw the:
"mine's been here for days... i hope it's not a pony"
:))

oh my... well:
my box just came here today, but i am trying to be good and wait.. either for when i get into the new house (IF before christmas) or, i will either open it after babysitting the grandkids on the day they go to their other families christmas party (sun)... or, on christmas eve...

... oops, i know, i know, i can make things complicated at times--i like to think on "best ways" to do stuff... :))

BUT i will send out a say thank you NOW, for the box's arrival, and then thank you later, too! i don't get many gifts, so this will be really special... so--thank you so very kindly, supertopo-person! :)

well,
i am mailing mine out late tomorrow, i reckon... so it won't get mailed til saturday... hope no one will be let down...

at least, i BEST not open mine, 'til i send one! :)

god bless to you all!...

i am very glad that i stepped in to try this out, this year...
:)
socialclimber

Mountain climber
CA
Dec 16, 2010 - 10:21pm PT
Was in such a rush with kids and work I didn't wrap, hopefully will get there in time, only going from cen cal to another part of cal! Thanks again Nick, if you ever come through Monterey Bay we can rope up, if you haven't been to the Pinns it's a treat. Cheers everyone, happy holidays!

Charles
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 16, 2010 - 10:23pm PT
It's getting more and more difficult to wait. Too many more days until Xmas!?!?
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 16, 2010 - 11:25pm PT
Mine is comimng special delivery from Santa. I can wait. (sitting on needles and pins). Whoo Hooo and merry xmas!
Strider

Trad climber
one of god's mountain temples.... ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 16, 2010 - 11:25pm PT
Thanks for the offer socialclimber. I love the Pinns (I guess I am a masochist) and my first true trad leads almost 10 years ago were Swallow and Portent. And my first trad bail was Rat Race. haha

Finally went back to finish off Rat Race earlier this year. Piece 'o cake... =)

-n
Aya K

Trad climber
New York
Dec 17, 2010 - 04:49am PT
My family is all getting together Sunday this year, since my brother's wife is levaing Monday and my mom and sister are leaving Wednesday to various tropical vacations, which means that hopefull I'll have a ST gift waiting for me at my house when I get back and I can open it on 12/25!!
The Lisa

Trad climber
Da Bronx, NY
Dec 17, 2010 - 06:31am PT
I am still waiting for the gift to come to me so I can wrap and send. It will be there in time for Xmas. Only one week to go!

Update: It arrived today so I have wrapped it and shipped it out :)
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Dec 17, 2010 - 09:01am PT
My box is still making that clicking noise, Hmmmmmmmmmmmm.



The evil one
Fogarty

climber
BITD
Dec 17, 2010 - 01:34pm PT
I just sent my package out, it will make it in time.

Credit: Fogarty
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 17, 2010 - 02:03pm PT
Wow - I didn't know that one could buy moomintrolls!

Or perhaps it's a hippotamus: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7xjjlUbpJ4
Strider

Trad climber
one of god's mountain temples.... ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 17, 2010 - 02:23pm PT
Lolli - I was the one who shipped the gift from your Santa (since the lucky bastard went on a climbing trip) and when I asked the lady how long it would take to get there she said, "Good Luck". I am not exactly sure what she meant by that... But I assume it will make it...eventually. =(

-n
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 17, 2010 - 08:21pm PT
Uh oh. I got a box today. I opened it. It wasn't wrapped. Uh oh.

But thanks my secret santa! Lots of happy critters in the house now. I'll get some photos and post on Xmas. At least the rest of you have to wait! :)

Merry Christmukkah!

;)
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 18, 2010 - 06:30am PT
hey there say,lolli... say, that is really something about the swedish smorgasborg... never knew the start-up behind it all...

say, in england, they have 'boxing' day, after the holiday food...

i really hope you enjoy the older folks, and family...
and that all the other travelers, in supertopo lan, get to stay and enjoy their folks, too!

say, johntp, hope you get to stay in texas and see your folks for awhile... long trip... i know, i used to go from texas back up to calif, quite often...

only did it ONCE during christmas though:
it was the year that they had the HUGE freeze in south texas, and lost almost all the citrus there...

happy safe travels, to you all...
and wow, we learn so MUCH here at supertopo!!!


oh, and the grandchild is here with me now, this early morn...
and she says to say:

signing off now, and to all, a good night!
(course, we will let that greeting work, for later TONIGHT, when the ol'
sun goes down)...

god bless...
see you all later, and will enjoy the fun christmas stuff here, too...
:)

fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Dec 18, 2010 - 10:51am PT
bumping this to the top for some Holiday goodwill.


Better than the schlong pics on the Reid thread.


The evil one
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 18, 2010 - 05:04pm PT
hey there say, lolli... am getting you a birthday card ready...

wow, i never sent a card to sweden before... :)
something new and different for the new year! well--for a tad before...
:))
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 18, 2010 - 05:10pm PT
lolli and neebee-

Thanks for jumping in the pool!

Happy holidays at ya...
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 18, 2010 - 05:14pm PT
hey there all... say, here is my gift FROM my secret santa, still waiting, and tempting me, 'tis true...

say, but after 50+ years, i have developed more than 'older middle-age body-signs' ... i have developed PATIENCE.... heee heee, oh my!


though inside, i will truly enjoy, to open it... :)



Credit: neebee



:)
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 18, 2010 - 05:21pm PT
hey there say, johntp.... hope you get in a good visit with your folks... will you be there long... i remember me and my ex, and kids, we all ACTUALLY drove from texas to calif, one year, in winter to see my folks, and we got to stay about two whole weeks!!!!

*course, it was really ODD---we actually went to calif that year, and it was the famous ICE STORM that froze up all the citris that year!!!...

we came back to 'loofa' sponges (that i had been growing) and they were all froze up solid... all the prickely pear cactus, that i used for food, were "melted" looking... :O :O :O

but you know---the brocolli, which usually would not have really grown, was doing great... :O

and--the visit with my folks, finally, for the first christmas since before i was married, had been a real treasure...

so i hope you will be there long enough to REALLY enjoy them... and not be a 'rushed business man'.... hahaaa.... :)


take care... may the good lord bless your travels...
*up here, winter storms can stall many a trips... but i dont think i know any folks traveling around here, this year.... :)
just me, trying to move into the other house... :))
*dont need a plane, for that... :))
H

Mountain climber
there and back again
Dec 19, 2010 - 01:33pm PT
Hey Brad,
Did you get your package yet? I sent it out about a week ago. Hope you like it.
the museum

Trad climber
Rapid City
Dec 19, 2010 - 01:46pm PT
Umm, got a package from Double HH, but didn't open it yet. Patience learned from neebee, apparently!

the museum
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Dec 19, 2010 - 01:47pm PT
My box is still clicking away, thinking about taking accross the street to the Walnut Creek PD, they have a bomb disposal unit.



The evil one
H

Mountain climber
there and back again
Dec 19, 2010 - 02:08pm PT
Glad it made it safely Brad. Hope you like it. PM if you already have one and I'll see what I can do.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Dec 19, 2010 - 03:02pm PT
Everyday I stand near my mailbox...
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 19, 2010 - 03:35pm PT
....click....

.....click.....
Fogarty

climber
BITD
Dec 19, 2010 - 03:52pm PT
Ho Ho Ho!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 19, 2010 - 04:21pm PT
I just used my gift again. Hee hee.
pocoloco1

Social climber
The Chihuahua Desert
Dec 19, 2010 - 04:42pm PT
^^^^
"I just used my gift again. Hee hee."


What did you get?

a.slingshot
b.can opener
c.bong
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 19, 2010 - 04:43pm PT
:) You'll have to wait for Christmas to find out! :)
pocoloco1

Social climber
The Chihuahua Desert
Dec 19, 2010 - 04:44pm PT
what a jip
pocoloco1

Social climber
The Chihuahua Desert
Dec 19, 2010 - 04:55pm PT
jip = disappointment
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 19, 2010 - 04:57pm PT
You crack me up!
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Dec 19, 2010 - 05:55pm PT
are most people waiting until the 25th to open?
are most people keeping their identity a secret?
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Dec 20, 2010 - 07:15am PT
When, oh when will Santa come?
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 20, 2010 - 08:12am PT
I'll be revealing my SS. I wanted to wait to open the gift until the 25th, but that didn't happen. I opened the shipping box and there they were - gifts (no wrapping). So, I'm holding back until the 25th so I don't crush the hopes of others out there hoping they got the SS I got. :)
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Dec 20, 2010 - 08:27am PT
Bah Humbug!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111666





The evil one
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Dec 20, 2010 - 09:24am PT
The Evil One must have swiped my gift to keep Christmas from coming! Grinch.
Gene

Social climber
Dec 20, 2010 - 09:30am PT
I feel your pain, Seamstress. I'm still waiting for my lump of coal....
pocoloco1

Social climber
The Chihuahua Desert
Dec 20, 2010 - 12:43pm PT
a package arrived today
plane brown wrapper,no forwarding address
CONTRABAND!!!!
gotta dig it
Aya K

Trad climber
New York
Dec 20, 2010 - 01:04pm PT
I haven't been home for a month and won't be until wednesday... so I don't know if I have a surprise waiting for me... I hope so!!!
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Dec 20, 2010 - 01:06pm PT
WCPD had their dog sniff my package, no reaction, but it still keeps clicking.



The evil one
Gene

Social climber
Dec 20, 2010 - 01:38pm PT
Thank you so much, my still secret Secret Santa. Happy Holidays to you and yours.

Gene
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Dec 20, 2010 - 01:53pm PT
Zip, I didn't wait to open because I wasn't sure if my gift would be perishable or not. I didn't want to be possibly eating 2 week old cookies!

But Santa's elves told me your gift is safe to save until Christmas.
OlympicMtnBoy

climber
Seattle
Dec 20, 2010 - 03:42pm PT
Glad my gift made it, now I have to wait till the 27th when I get home to find mine though, hopefully it's not coal. Or air. ;-) I can't wait!
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Dec 20, 2010 - 04:39pm PT
Hey Neebee, I just got your card today. Thanks! And God bless you, you sweetheart!

Merry Christmas from the Pratico's!!!
H

Mountain climber
there and back again
Dec 20, 2010 - 06:16pm PT
Hey Socialclimber,
I think your my Secret Santa. Not being the most patient guy (unless I am on belay) so I am tempted to open the package! Christ five days. How will I make it?

Thanks in advance Bro. Man this is fun Strider. Thanks for putting all this together. Do the rules include having to wait until Xmas?????????
blackbird

Trad climber
the flat water trails...
Dec 20, 2010 - 06:20pm PT
When, oh when will Santa come?


Yup, still waiting for my lump of coal as well... Oh well!! At least we have the means to GIVE gifts this year, and personally, I count that alone as a HUGE gift!!!

Sincere wishes for a beautiful holiday to all of you!

bb

edit:
1) see above
2) I'm gonna guess that the postmark alone would serve as a hint as to my identity...
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Dec 20, 2010 - 07:57pm PT
phylp,

thx
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 20, 2010 - 08:02pm PT
hey there say, bluering, thanks for sharing, and letting me know you got it...

:)

Strider

Trad climber
one of god's mountain temples.... ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 20, 2010 - 09:18pm PT
Thanks in advance Bro. Man this is fun Strider. Thanks for putting all this together. Do the rules include having to wait until Xmas?????????

There are no "rules" to when you should open your gift. The only real "rule", so to speak, is to share with us what you got.

Ho ho ho
-n
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Dec 20, 2010 - 09:21pm PT
Mine is still clicking, tomorrow it gets xrayed.



The evil one
JOEY.F

Social climber
sebastopol
Dec 20, 2010 - 09:51pm PT
Package today! I believe I am on to my Secret Santa.
So fun, thanks St. Nick.
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Dec 20, 2010 - 10:32pm PT
It's the cat burglar, Moonlight.
It's the cat burglar, Moonlight.
Credit: Seamstress
Fogarty

climber
BITD
Dec 20, 2010 - 11:20pm PT
My Secret Santa Gift arrived today, I'm stoked. FYI my gift should hit thursday, hint I sent it East from my home.
LuckyPink

climber
the last bivy
Dec 20, 2010 - 11:48pm PT
WooHOO got home to mine also .. opened first thing in the am still in bed, cuz I cannot wait patiently. will post pics asap TY to my secret santa

sent one too today to a close location
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Dec 21, 2010 - 09:25am PT
Bah Humbug!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111666


the evil one
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 21, 2010 - 09:27am PT
FatTrad is hoping to get a real bang out of his Hannukah present.
damage

Social climber
olympia, wa
Dec 21, 2010 - 01:52pm PT
According to my uber tracking skills, the package I sent has been delivered. Now get thee back home to it.
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Dec 21, 2010 - 04:48pm PT
Hey Neebee, when is your new address going to be good? I'm sending you some perishables. If there is a better address right now, email me. I can the the goods to you by Christmas if you reply tonight. Cheers!
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Dec 21, 2010 - 05:05pm PT
My secret Santa sent me some good stuff!!!!
My secret Santa sent me some good stuff!!!!
Credit: bluering

Not included in the pic is the packing material...usable diapers for John, my son. Genius and creative!!!!

Thanks secret Santa! I still have no idea who it was. Anybody???

Notice the Bugaboo pin and the Leeper hook, sweet! Thanks. And Merry Christmas, Taco-heads!
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
New York, NY
Dec 21, 2010 - 05:10pm PT
Yay for the secret santas! I wish I could have been in this year, but with no mailing address(except for abusing BAllen's place as a mail drop) it wasn't in the cards. Maybe next year!

Happy holidays to everyone!
Gene

Social climber
Dec 21, 2010 - 05:14pm PT
And to you too, HappieLass!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 21, 2010 - 05:18pm PT
Are those Metolius Brass Knuckles? :)
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Dec 21, 2010 - 05:19pm PT
Yeah, it's always nice to see the HappieNewYorker show up at Facelift all the time. I only mention NY because you have such a great NY twang that is rarely heard on this left coast.

Merry Christmas, Happiegirl. See you soon, I hope. Take care of yourself and Teddy.

EDIT: You want a demo, Callie??? Nah. it's grip training gear.
Daphne

Trad climber
Mill Valley, CA
Dec 21, 2010 - 06:05pm PT
Thanks eKat for my book on the how's of wall climbing and my pure iceland spar calcite crystal. The book will be great reading for around the campfire and the crystal is on my altar right now. Merry Christmas!
Credit: Daphne
eKat

climber
http://www.ecokath.com/
Dec 21, 2010 - 06:20pm PT
YAY, Daph!

YAY!

GOOGLE pure Iceland Spar calcite and read about its healing properties. . . I think you'll be amazed!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

oxox

eKat
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 21, 2010 - 06:28pm PT
hey there say, bluering and all..
i WILL be in the new house, as of tomorrow night (meaning it will be my first night there)... :)
critters and all, though i will sill go back and forth to CLEAN and get any extra hard to move-stuff... :)


so YES, I WILL BE IN THE HOUSE...
and good news, is--i will and can EASILY CHECK the mail at my old house, too... (will do, cause patty ann maried HAS to see her mail-lady)!

i will officaially change the address, for the jan, though...

my poor ol' efforts at secret santa sure slowed up, upstream at the ol' logs, though... due to needing to babysit a boy, sudenly, and THEN by that early 7:00 "getup" i lost all my night time hours for working on it...

then, it slowed up, cause the move was suddenly starting as well...

wow, talk about a challenge... :) kind of like a climb gone tough, due to weather vastly shifting... :)

well, i am hitting the dealine, like a horse to the ol' finish line--a horse, being a pro runner at that..

so, by the grace of god, and some money help from a friend, mine is being done, and sent, and on its way at the last minute...

wow, WHAT AN ADVENTURE! I love it! :)

hard hike, lovely mt view, and meadow to bask in the light of a chore chalked up for success (i hope the gift hits the bull-eye, too, though)...

:))
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 21, 2010 - 06:32pm PT
hey there say, seamstress.... oh my... i love that cat picture and the tree... he/she, looks a lot like my harper tyler mercy...

thanks for the fun share...
:)
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Dec 21, 2010 - 06:53pm PT
I recieved mine, though I won't disclose until xmas.


I'm not sure if I will know if my giftee got word of their gift, as it wounded kick in until a bit later (it is someone who has checked in)
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Dec 21, 2010 - 07:33pm PT
Another lonely day by the mailbox...

Credit: Ihateplastic
Fogarty

climber
BITD
Dec 21, 2010 - 07:38pm PT
To my Santa, should I open my gift now or wait?
Aya K

Trad climber
New York
Dec 21, 2010 - 08:46pm PT
I was just informed by my boyfriend that a package did indeed arrive for me... and that it must be from my "other, internet boyfriend" ha ha.
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Dec 21, 2010 - 09:46pm PT
IHATEPLASTIC,

Santa's Elves have confirmed your package has departed Portland OR, on 12/21 @ 9:09 pm en route to Lake Areola, OR.

Box may be opened immediately, as all gifts are individually wrapped.

Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Dec 21, 2010 - 10:35pm PT
Santa brought me a present!!! Moonlight won't let me open it until Christmas.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Dec 22, 2010 - 01:16pm PT
Somebody loves me!

The amount of gifts under the tree just doubled. Thank ye my Secret Santa!

Credit: Ihateplastic

fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Dec 22, 2010 - 02:02pm PT
Mine is still clicking, I'm walking it accross the street again to the Walnut Creek PD.



The evil one
Aya K

Trad climber
New York
Dec 22, 2010 - 04:01pm PT
My present is here!!! I opened the outside box and it's a nice little ;box inside that smells all lavendery..... I can't wait to open it!!!
Daphne

Trad climber
Mill Valley, CA
Dec 22, 2010 - 04:06pm PT
Hey eKat! Totally cool! I have felt so clear today, and have seen through illusions that have hampered me a lot lately. It has definitely been a day of healing and I have you to thank for that. What a wonderful gift you gave me. Thank you again!
JOEY.F

Social climber
sebastopol
Dec 22, 2010 - 08:31pm PT
I admit, I opened mine while ducking in and out of the eclipse/solstice celestial event. Seemed like a good time. Pics to follow. Thank You Secret Santa!
eKat

climber
http://www.ecokath.com/
Dec 22, 2010 - 08:35pm PT
Hey eKat! Totally cool! I have felt so clear today, and have seen through illusions that have hampered me a lot lately. It has definitely been a day of healing and I have you to thank for that. What a wonderful gift you gave me. Thank you again!

BEST NEWS, EVER!

I don't know what to say. . . other than. . . it was such a stoker when Nick sent me your name. . . I knew EXACTLY what I had to do. . . find, unpack and repack my calcite and SEND IT!

YAY.

KEEP THE MAGIC ALIVE, Daph!

OXOXO

eKat
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Dec 22, 2010 - 08:54pm PT
Santa's Book Club
Santa's Book Club
Credit: Seamstress

At home alone - opportunity to peek, just like my sister and I did as kids. The Secret Santa gift was speaking to me, calling me more loudly than the half batch of Christmas cookies I haven't decorated yet. There's only half a batch because I ate all the others trying to resist the bright red package under the tree. Without children about, making me set an example, I became a child and answered the call.

What a coincidence. I love the book. Perfect entertainment for the upcoming holiday trip. We teach skiing, and are staying close to the mountain to make the work over the holiday less work and more fun. So the book will entertain me while the 18 year old and kid # 2, aka the 53 year old, are watching some sci-fi thriller.

We had the book, Spirit of the Age. I scored RR signature when he came to do a fundraiser for our local climbing organization. I gave that book reverently to my husband as a birthday gift that year. He actually read the book and loaned it to a friend. Alas, he never got it back. This is MY book, and no loaning will happen. All sharing will be done in our guest room for the climber friends who visit.

Thank-you Gene, Santa's star helper!!
blackbird

Trad climber
the flat water trails...
Dec 22, 2010 - 09:12pm PT
SWEEEEEET!!!

The FedExElves visited while I was playing "Retail Associate" at my moonlight job!!

A box within a box; I'm gonna be good and wait 'til Christmas.

I think.

Maybe.

I dunno...


eKat

climber
http://www.ecokath.com/
Dec 22, 2010 - 09:15pm PT
"Retail Associate"

That CRACKS ME UP!

:-)

eKat
nature

climber
Tuscon Again! India! India! Hawaii! LA?!?!
Dec 22, 2010 - 09:20pm PT
Santa flipped me the bird this year.


But I did get something really cool for Tina.

I timed it just right - went to the Apple store around 7:30 PM and it was not packed. I was in and out in FIVE minutes.


Then I went over to the book store and got my sister some books on Mexican cooking. She's in Atlanta so I sorta figure finding a good supply of Mexican food items for cooking (variety of chillies, etc.) will be tough so off to, of all places, Food City (thank Jefe!) for some supplies.

For you Mexican food freaks out there what ingredients (dry, non-perishable) can you just not live without? Type's of Chillies?

Mom got a stainless steal bbq. Dad got a box of fish and lobster from one of my suppliers.


Me.... a box of coals.... again! Actually... that's not true.... so far it's just a column of warm Tucson air.
socialclimber

Mountain climber
CA
Dec 23, 2010 - 01:56pm PT
Whoever my santa is kicks ass! Just told my wife the other day how much respect I had for Glen Denny and in the mail today I got a Glen Denny poster... I am assuming it is from my santa, so cheers, will raise a glass of my buddies home brew belgian winter ale to you tonight... given the gift I think it might be Simon...

Charles
Aya K

Trad climber
New York
Dec 23, 2010 - 04:33pm PT
I wish I knew if my SS got their present yet...???!
Aya K

Trad climber
New York
Dec 23, 2010 - 04:35pm PT
Nature - chiles, sure, all sorts - arbol, chipotle, ancho, etc etc etc I mean they ALL have their place... but also... epazote and huitlacoche!!!! I would LOVE it if someone got those for me!
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Dec 23, 2010 - 05:30pm PT
Bah Humbug!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111666


My package is still clicking, xray showed inconclusive and WCPD did not want to open it up. I'm going to put it out on the hillside tonight.



The evil one
eKat

climber
http://www.ecokath.com/
Dec 23, 2010 - 05:46pm PT
I want to make sure my BITCHEN pemmie (that's eKat for present) gets in this thread, too!

SO. . . here it is. . . from seamstress. . . and I LOVE THEM!

Killer sandstone coasters from Timberline Lodge! <br/>
 <br/>
Big volcano with...
Killer sandstone coasters from Timberline Lodge!

Big volcano with BIG DOGGIE!
Credit: eKat

SO RAD!
SO RAD!
Credit: eKat

THIS WAS THE VERY BEST!

I love seeing us all so enthused!

oxoxo

eKat
nature

climber
Tuscon Again! India! India! Hawaii! LA?!?!
Dec 23, 2010 - 05:51pm PT
Aya..... many blessings!

thank you so much for that list. I don't know what half of it is by my sis' is gonna be STOKED!
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Dec 23, 2010 - 05:56pm PT
Those are pretty cool, Kath!

Who was my Secret Santa. I'm really curious now....
eKat

climber
http://www.ecokath.com/
Dec 23, 2010 - 06:16pm PT
Those are pretty cool, Kath!

They really are. . . I mean. . . I love big volcanos (I've even climbed that one), I love skeezin. . . and you know how much I love BIG DOGGIES!

GOOD ONE!

:-)

eKat
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Dec 23, 2010 - 08:29pm PT
Well, I got my gift from my, anonymous, Santa. I could come up with some important reason why I opened it early, but, well, I did!
Credit: Jaybro
Home crafted, Chai, Paprika Almonds, spiced salt (with herbs from 'Santa's' garden!), and a dipping crunch for bread with oil.

I'm running a cup of Chai right now, The salt has found it's way into all kinds of things, and the almonds,
Credit: Jaybro
are unbelievably good! It's going to be hard to make them last until my daughter gets here, Christmas day!

Haven't tasted the dipping bits, but I have SF sourdough and extra virgin Olive Oyl lined up for it as a possible mid xmas day treat.

Santa's packing material was useful as well. From reading it I was able to do some self diagnoses; at first I thought I had multiple organ failure, but now I think it's just Bovine uterus prolapse!

Thanks Santa! and good luck in your studies in the frozen East!

I wonder if My, giftee has received word?

SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Dec 23, 2010 - 09:53pm PT

Jaybro, that sounds pretty serious. . .

You better send the rest of that stuff to me so you won't
get any sicker!!!!
Aya K

Trad climber
New York
Dec 24, 2010 - 06:14am PT
I'm pretty sure you need to have a uterus to get a uterine prolapse, just sayin.........!

I'm glad they didn't break, I was worried!


oh p.s. we did our xmas early and one of the things we had was squash soup with te dukka mixed in... mmmmm! Awesome. And we had venison tenderloin and I crusted one of them in it before searing. It's good on EVERYHTING, assuming you like cumin.
eKat

climber
http://www.ecokath.com/
Dec 24, 2010 - 06:18am PT
JayBro SCORES!

Those look FABULOUS!

YAY!

eKat
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 24, 2010 - 08:22am PT
One more days and photos will fly!! Santas will be revealed!! Can't wait!
pocoloco1

Social climber
The Chihuahua Desert
Dec 24, 2010 - 02:13pm PT

No forwarding address.
Secret Santa is core,remains true to the cause ...Underground.



Secret Santa gets bonus points for style. SS chose the “ Mars Revealed” insert from a National Geographic magazine for the wrap/ astronomy lesson.


I scored!

Thank you Secret Santa! What a cool gift. I will do my best to see that my gift is well traveled.
Merry Christmas
Strider

Trad climber
one of god's mountain temples.... ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 24, 2010 - 02:35pm PT
HAHA. Great to see lots of good stuff and I can't wait until the next few days to see what every one else got.

If you still have not received your gift by the end of the day please shoot me a message and I will try to find out whats going on.

Merry Christmas Eve!

-n
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Dec 24, 2010 - 02:36pm PT
Bah Humbug!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111666



The evil one
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Dec 24, 2010 - 02:50pm PT

I got mine today. . .

but no photo until tomorrow when I open it!!!!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 24, 2010 - 03:09pm PT
Okay. I've demonstrated more discipline than I thought possible. I took photos and I'm posting them dangit!

My Secret Santa was Fattrad. I feared as I opened the box that it would have a Bush, Rove, and Palin biography. Happily, there is a Santa and that is NOT what the box had inside. :)

Instead, there were two thoughtful gifts:


This is no ordinary parrot treat - it is the EXTREME version of parrot treat.

And:


A parrot toy.

The birds were immediately curious, though wary of the toy. Grace was interested enough to walk away from a fresh cherry (see her chin?) to check it out.

Gabbie approached it slowly, but then started preening it. I had to preen it first with my mouth so he'd see it was okay. After he saw it didn't attack me, he was all over it.







I then showed Henri the food and he didn't hesitate:



They all wanted in on this action.


Gabbie



Grace



Ferne and Clover



More Gabbie.

(My photos of Henri were blurry).

Thanks Secret Santa. Lots of quiet birds downstairs right now!
JOEY.F

Social climber
sebastopol
Dec 24, 2010 - 03:15pm PT
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Credit: JOEY.F

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Ho Ho Ho Ho Joe, I have TWO of these and they go with me every time I go out climbing. I hope you enjoy yours as much as I do mine, If not, then I hope whom ever is the recipient of a "re-gift" does!! Warm wishes from Tacoland

Not a chance, Secret Santa. Love it and Thank You!!!
Thanks again St. Nick.
And warmest wishes to Tacoland, too.
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Dec 24, 2010 - 03:34pm PT
Callie, that's f*#king priceless!!!!! Nice to see happy birds!

Joey, you seem a bit happy too!


Merry Christmas, dudes and dudettes. ST.Nick strikes again!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 24, 2010 - 03:37pm PT
Thanks Bluering - lots of happy souls in the house in part due to Fattrad!
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 24, 2010 - 03:43pm PT
Callie, are those calling birds? Or Callie's birds? Anyway, there seem to be at least four of them, and they're not French hens.

Those of Nordic ancestry may open their loot this evening. Those of orthodox descent may have to wait until January 6th.
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Dec 24, 2010 - 03:46pm PT
Crimpie,

Just so you know, I had to restrain my evil self at the pet store. Every other toy had a bell on it and I was envisioning you and Dave sleep deprived for six months, Mwahahahahahahahaha.


The evil one
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 24, 2010 - 03:56pm PT
Ha! Momma bird removes bells so they don't ingest the ringers. You evil plan would have been thwarted. :) There are five here - Henri (age 32), Ferne, Clover, Grace and Gabbie. A very happy flock. Thanks much Fattrad and thanks to St. Nick!
JOEY.F

Social climber
sebastopol
Dec 24, 2010 - 04:21pm PT
Looks like Crimpie and I had a "push the upload trigger" at the same time. Those pictures of the birds are really great! Thanks, Blu, yep, good times. Fattrad, not so evil, is your package still ticking?
Big fun, family over any minute, Peace.
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Dec 24, 2010 - 04:23pm PT
It's outside, I'll bring it in before the rain hits tomorrow. Still clicking last time I checked yesterday.


The evil one
JOEY.F

Social climber
sebastopol
Dec 24, 2010 - 04:25pm PT
Prolly a countdown to Facelift clock.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Dec 24, 2010 - 04:39pm PT

Good to see my buddie, Henri, there, Callie!
blackbird

Trad climber
the flat water trails...
Dec 24, 2010 - 05:45pm PT
YAY!!!!

Glad you like it, Joey! I swear, I L.O.V.E. mine. The GSI's are the best I've found, and believe me, I've put several brands to the test over the years.

I'm waiting 'til tomorrow to open mine...

Peaceful, restful, warm and merry Holidays to you, and to everyone!!

bb
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Dec 24, 2010 - 07:04pm PT
hoh man! just hit the Dukka, it's soooo good!
the museum

Trad climber
Rapid City
Dec 24, 2010 - 09:46pm PT
Double H Thanks! Awesome gift exchange score!

the museum

1976 edition of Chris Jones "Climbing in North America".
1976 edition of Chris Jones "Climbing in North America".
Credit: the museum
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Dec 24, 2010 - 10:20pm PT
I was so baaad - I finished reading my book before Christmas arrived. Thanks again!!!
murcy

climber
sanfrancisco
Dec 24, 2010 - 10:37pm PT
Big Stoke here in fogtown!

Look at this completely awesome craft-paper card:

Credit: murcy
Credit: murcy

That would have totally been beyond expectations, but crimpergirl sent as well some prescient gifts

Credit: murcy

which will be used in the very first climbing trip I take in the new year. These are my favorite sizes of stoppers, too, and it will be great to have them protecting my life.

I had the privilege to chat and climb with my Secret Santa during a Facelift a few years back, and she is one of my favorite people.

Thank you and Merry Christmas!!!

Aya K

Trad climber
New York
Dec 25, 2010 - 06:19am PT
Well, I opened my present today. Inside the ackage was a nice box, wrapped with pretty black handmade looking paper, but SOMEONE chewed it when I wasn't looking.

Dumpling says "Who, me?"
Dumpling says "Who, me?"
Credit: Aya K

Yup, Dumpling, my brother's dog whom I am dogsitting.
He swears it wasn't him, but I know better.
I didn't do it!
I didn't do it!
Credit: Aya K

Inside the box (still safe from the little monster) were some totally delicious looking vegan soaps (Lavender and lavender chamomile) and... some facewash!! I don't know how my secret santa knew, but I'm kind of obsessed with facewashes, seriously. Love it!!

Yippee!
Yippee!
Credit: Aya K

I used it this morning and now I smell all lavender-y and it's sure to help me stay calm on the steep ice today! And I'll definitely be clean when I go to my friends' for dinner today... I actually just ran out of soap and was looking at having to use my boyfriend's Zest, ick. Yahoo!!!!!
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Dec 25, 2010 - 07:23am PT
sitting at the airport right now, and my gift is at home, still wrapped. i guess i have something to look forward to when i get home.

i'm sure it will be something nice.

hope my recipient likes his shwag.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 25, 2010 - 07:26am PT
Yay! I was stoked when I was awarded Murcy as my Secret Santa Recipient. We met at my first facelift, climbed a bit and I got to visit with him again when I was recently in SF.

You too are a favorite of mine. and I'm so happy you like the goodies. They were absolutely chosen with you in mind. It makes my day to know you like them. :)

SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Dec 25, 2010 - 08:02am PT

Thanks, Secret Santa!!!!!
I'll be reading this today!!!!

bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Dec 25, 2010 - 08:54am PT
Merry Christmas, Taco!!!!

My son is stoked on all his gifts except for the Christmas cookie that my dog robbed from his stocking. WTF???

Cheers!
nature

climber
Tuscon Again! India! India! Hawaii! LA?!?!
Dec 25, 2010 - 08:59am PT
ok... well... it looks like Santa pulled a fast one on me.


Instead of a box of coals Santa got me a fishing trip for 4-6....


on this boat!


Credit: nature

mercury anyone?
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Dec 25, 2010 - 09:11am PT
That kicks asssss, Doug!

Mercury, shmercury....fresh sushi!!!!
nature

climber
Tuscon Again! India! India! Hawaii! LA?!?!
Dec 25, 2010 - 09:23am PT
it's like... uh... only... uh... the BEST fishing boat on the Big Island. The owner is a good friend of my dad.
blackbird

Trad climber
the flat water trails...
Dec 25, 2010 - 09:40am PT
If I didn't know any better, I'd SWEAR my Secret Santa and one of my dear (local) friends teamed up this year (not possible, but ya still gotta wonder...!)

My SS got me a kickAZZ travel mug that I can literally toss in my bag and go, and my local friend gifted me with a Keurig!! What a fantastic combination!! My new mug fits under the spout PERFECTLY, and both have been put to use this morning multiple times!!

Pictures to follow soon...

It's actually a white Christmas here for the first time in a bajillion years, so I'm gonna fill up my amazing mug one more time, chuck it in my pack and take my four-legged shadow for a hike in the snow!

THANK YOU, Secret Santa!!

Merry Christmas, all!!

Samantha
damage

Social climber
olympia, wa
Dec 25, 2010 - 10:19am PT
Awesome Secret Santa gift, 'cause I'm already reading it and had to break away to post up about it.

Unwrapped. Amazon includes a spoiler alert gift return envelope.
Unwrapped. Amazon includes a spoiler alert gift return envelope.
Credit: damage
Unwrapped. Gripping, lovely, great paced book. "Enduring Patagonia"
Unwrapped. Gripping, lovely, great paced book. "Enduring Patagonia"
Credit: damage

I cracked the wrapping on this at about 1:30am. Then couldn't hardly put it down.

Thanks secret santa! Super great idea, this.
TYeary

Social climber
State of decay
Dec 25, 2010 - 10:28am PT
Gene,
I am hoping it's not something you already had in your collection? Hope you and everyone have a great Christmas!
Hump, still waiting.................
TY
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Dec 25, 2010 - 10:32am PT
Tony, I'm yer Santa....hopefully it arrives soon.
Fogarty

climber
BITD
Dec 25, 2010 - 11:12am PT
I love my gift, thans to you SANTA?

Question: who is my Secret Santa?
Zander

Trad climber
Berkeley
Dec 25, 2010 - 11:47am PT
Merry Christmas All!
I do believe my Secret Santa is Brad Solon because I recieved two CDs of supercool fiddle music played by him. Thanks Brad!
Credit: Zander

We are listening to these great tunes right now. Wendy and our son Peter are making bread in the kitchen while my other son, Forrest, and his Fiance, Laine are checking out their loot. A lot of books this year. I received the Stephen Hawking book so now maybe I can contribute to that thread, ha ha.
All is well.
Zander
fattrad

Mountain climber
GOP Convention
Dec 25, 2010 - 12:20pm PT
Well, it wasn't a bomb, it is THE BOMB










What a great gift, the new Jim Thornburg book. Fantastic pictures and wonderful writing, what a thoughtful SS I have. I've forgotten who lives in Lake Forest, fess up Secret Santa.



The evil one
the museum

Trad climber
Rapid City
Dec 25, 2010 - 01:05pm PT
Have fun Zander!

the museum
nature

climber
Tuscon Again! India! India! Hawaii! LA?!?!
Dec 25, 2010 - 01:05pm PT
It wasn't me, fatty.
Playing with my xmas gifts to myself...
Playing with my xmas gifts to myself...
Credit: nature
JOEY.F

Social climber
sebastopol
Dec 25, 2010 - 01:07pm PT
Thanks again BlackBird!
Mike, that would be me, glad you like it!
Aya K

Trad climber
New York
Dec 25, 2010 - 03:42pm PT
Who was my santa?
I just used the wayward lavendar soap, ooowee it was great! Not drying like normal soap, and it smells so good!
damage

Social climber
olympia, wa
Dec 25, 2010 - 08:14pm PT
Hey Aya,
I was your secret santa. I'm glad you like your soap!
Shea butter makes everything better :).
LuckyPink

climber
the last bivy
Dec 25, 2010 - 08:17pm PT
Chilo's Chili !!!
Chilo's Chili !!!
Credit: LuckyPink




Thank YOU POCOLOCO for one kick ass homemade chili salsa which was instantly devoured the first day I opened the package, on some huevo rancheros that I made that morning! The bowl , also hand thrown, is perfect in every way! Notice there is one jar missing in the photo..DeeeVoured.; the next jar is on it's way GONE. There is no way I could, would, or might have waited for Christmas to open this gift. It had a great buzz of energy in it.

Merry Holly Days and Sun Coming Back!
LP
Daphne

Trad climber
Mill Valley, CA
Dec 25, 2010 - 08:59pm PT
Another vote for Pocoloco's awesome salsa! It is truly the best out there.
nita

Social climber
chica from chico..waiting on spring days..
Dec 25, 2010 - 09:10pm PT
Whoa, I always wondered who made that salsa....

Damn....PocoL, Thanks so much for providing the Salsa to the Facelift... One year- nature made breakfast every morning using your delicious salsa... Next time..maybe show up in person with the Salsa... (-;
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 26, 2010 - 07:37am PT
hey there say, secret santa.... i will post what you sent... with a picture...i have only now, just had a break from the moving... still got more last left misc stuff to get, and then cleaning to do...

finally got most stuff unpacked, and sorted... but my leg hurt so bad from itall, and THEN went HIIKING in the snow, for see the grandkids sledding... up hill,and down hill... not too good on the leg :)

BUT--- you and your wonderful kindness, are NOT forgotten...
will post soon tonight or tommorrow...

:)

god bless to you and your family... sounds like you had a wonderful time, the smell of bread sure does warm the house...

*hee hee.... my little hint to you all,who he was...
secrets dont stay too secret among grateful "family memebers" or among greatful "climber tribe" memebers... :))
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Dec 26, 2010 - 09:25am PT
hope to make it home tonight and check out my gift.

kinda wondering if my recipient opened theirs yet?
Gene

Social climber
Dec 26, 2010 - 03:26pm PT
Gene,
I am hoping it's not something you already had in your collection? Hope you and everyone have a great Christmas!

Thanks, TY!!!

Hope you had a good Christmas. We had three of my four sisters and my Dad at dinner last night.
Credit: Gene

My wife, daughters and Mother-in-Law are going mall crawling tomorrow. I will be in my favorite chair with my favorite beer watching the DVD.

Thanks again,
Gene
TYeary

Social climber
State of decay
Dec 26, 2010 - 04:00pm PT
This was fun. And you are most welcome Gene. Merry Christmas to you and yours, and Happy New Year.
TY
pocoloco1

Social climber
The Chihuahua Desert
Dec 26, 2010 - 04:16pm PT
Hello LuckyPink:

It’s great to hear that you liked the goods. I will pass along your sentiments to Janice as soon as I make it back to town. I know she will appreciate your response. I know I did.

Daphne and nita, thanks for the positive, it made me smile. I look forward to seeing you at Facelift 2011.

Strider, well-done!

SS,thank you.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 26, 2010 - 04:21pm PT
Oh man! I received the best stuff ever. Too tired to post pics now, but my secret santa sent me a WONDERFULL quilt and a dream catcher that is unbelievably beautiful, along with STARS! Thank you my SS! I don't know how to thank you for these gifts from your heart. Other than to say thank you and your packaage is well appreciated.
blackbird

Trad climber
the flat water trails...
Dec 26, 2010 - 08:02pm PT
OK, I"m having techincal issues getting my camera and my computer to synch, but here's what my Secret Santa gifted me with:
Credit: blackbird
It is one kick A$$ coffee mug!! One of my customers (at my moonlight job) tried to buy it today. Unfortunately for him, our store doesn't sell these babies; fortunately for me, my SS knew how many directions I get pulled in at both my jobs. Now I actually have the opportunity to enjoy my coffee HOT despite how long it takes me to finish the entire cup!!

YAY!!

THANK YOU, SS, Whomever you are!!

bb
The Lisa

Trad climber
Da Bronx, NY
Dec 27, 2010 - 05:01am PT
I am sending belated holiday wishes to everyone on the Taco. It looks like everyone's gifts are wonderful! I am glad my giftee got his book (oops!).
I am stuck in Ireland for a few more days due to East Coast storms. Looks like I will have a second Christmas Day when I do get home.
OlympicMtnBoy

climber
Seattle
Dec 27, 2010 - 10:15pm PT
Hmm. Got home today from the holidays and got my belated mail and packages but none of them were from Santa. Maybe it's stuck in the mail? Or my girlfriends mother was my Secret Santa?
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Dec 27, 2010 - 10:31pm PT
maybe it's a subscription to Mtn Gazette that they didn't send a card for....
socialclimber

Mountain climber
CA
Dec 27, 2010 - 10:32pm PT
Anybody get an Organic Cotton Tee and carabiner... mainly want to make sure it showed up...

Charles
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Dec 28, 2010 - 05:20am PT
still haven't gotten home to open mine yet.
OlympicMtnBoy

climber
Seattle
Dec 28, 2010 - 10:43am PT
I will keep hoping something good comes along in the mail then! :-)
- Stewart Matthiesen - Seattle, WA 98103
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 28, 2010 - 08:04pm PT
hey there say, all... i still want to share a picture... but things are very "piled high" around here tonight... though the previous "piled hight" was all put away, and i was ready to do the picture...

oooops... brought the clothes over now, to put aways... (as newer house)....

i will try again, soon...

*ps... love it so much, i keep wearing it...ohmy... it's due to be WASHED!!!

:O
Mtnmun

Trad climber
Top of the Mountain Mun
Dec 28, 2010 - 08:06pm PT
Thanks Lucky Pink for my cool new tripod gismo. No more trying to balance the camera on rocks to get a group photo.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 28, 2010 - 08:12pm PT
Well, I wasn't a secret Santa or anything. But a few years ago, a SuperTopian (please confess!) very kindly sent me copies he had of "A Climber's Guide to the Coastal Ranges of British Columbia" (Dick Culbert, 1965) and of "Cloudwalkers" (Paddy Sherman, mid-1960s). He didn't need them, and thought to reduce clutter. Anyway, I had copies of both, and so now have given the duplicates to my brother.

The original gift was in mid-summer, but now it's been passed on.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 29, 2010 - 06:16pm PT
hey there say, all....here is the picture of my WONDERFUL FUN and very thoughtfull gift...i really LOVED that supertopo supertaco shirt... never did i dream that i'd get to OWN one!!! :O

:) :) :) :) and onward the smile, go...

:)


and--i also recieved a hand-made cutting board...stained,for cutting use...

thank you and your family,so very dearly!!...

god bless!...
:)

i have some very special memories of this end year, to carry me forth into the new year, and new move to this home... :)

the cat loves it too!
the cat loves it too!
Credit: neebee
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 29, 2010 - 06:52pm PT
Did your SS make the handmade cutting board? Very pretty. Glad the cat has the sense not to lounge on the cutting board - things could get bad very quickly. No cat tacos!
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Dec 29, 2010 - 06:56pm PT

Hey Strider--just a big thank you for organizing this.
What fun!!!!
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 29, 2010 - 07:48pm PT
One of my many gifts from my Secret Santa. Sweet!

Sweet Gift From Santa
Sweet Gift From Santa
Credit: johntp

Thank you Santa. You had a lot to deal with over the holidays. To find the time to do so much is amazing!
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 30, 2010 - 07:11am PT
hey there say,johntp...wow,my! a dreamcatcher... :)

say,i hope you got to play some "games" while there with your family,
:) we always enjoyed christmas time this way... one of my brothers, still tries to keep that fun spirit up,too....

hope the whole trip went well,too...
:)


thanks for the share everyone... and to strider for the fun...

say--crimper, yes,cutting board was hand made...
funny, in the picture,it looks like it is PART of the shirt, :))
The Lisa

Trad climber
Da Bronx, NY
Dec 30, 2010 - 04:15pm PT
I am finally home, three days later than intended, and have eagerly opened my gift. Mike, thank you for the awesome gear. Thin IS always in ;)
I will bring the camera home tomorrow and post up photos. We all love climbing gear pr0n, right?
Plus I am so jet lagged I will be using the gift card for coffee to kick start my day.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 30, 2010 - 05:31pm PT
My santa also gave me some marbles. Was it that apparent that I've lost mine?

Whew!
Whew!
Credit: johntp
eKat

climber
http://www.ecokath.com/
Dec 30, 2010 - 05:32pm PT
My santa also gave me some marbles. Was it that apparent that I've lost mine?

WOOT!

eKat
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 30, 2010 - 05:37pm PT
hey there say.... well, johntp, you know what they always say...

childhood is fleeting... marbles are one way to keep it fresh in heart, i'd reckon...

now, you just need some competition, and you'll never grow old... ;)

:))
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 30, 2010 - 05:41pm PT
I do love marbles - especially the see-through ones. Not sure what it is, but they are so pleasing. CooL!
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 30, 2010 - 06:02pm PT
And most splendid is this quilt. I had a few tears in my eyes when I opened this up. Thank you santa!

Credit: johntp
eKat

climber
http://www.ecokath.com/
Dec 30, 2010 - 06:03pm PT
DOUBLE WOOT!

:-)

eKat
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 30, 2010 - 06:10pm PT
Wow. Johntp - beautiful. :)
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Dec 30, 2010 - 06:17pm PT
That is a nice quilt, John!

I'm pretty pissed off. I ordered Tony's gift on Dec. 13th and it hasn't arrived yet. WTF???

I'm in contact with the supllier and Tony about it, but the thrill is gone... Sorry, Tony. I WILL get you your gift, but it pisses me off a bit that that the clowns haven't delivered the goods.

I will make it up to you, dude. Due to the nature of the gift I intended to send you, there may be some flakiness from the sender I suspect.

johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 30, 2010 - 06:18pm PT
Yup, Strider hooked me up with the best santa ever! Yay for Strider for getting this!
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 30, 2010 - 07:01pm PT
hey there say, the lisa.... ooops, had forgot to welcome you home... glad your trip went well... :)


also, crimpie... wow, i love marbles, too... sometimes the cats' EYES remind me of them, as they glow in the dark...

also, bluering... sometimes, too, even a late gift, can work to be perfect timing... so hang in there, on not feeling bad... if you can...

i wanted to do something for our "other neighborhodd" mail lady, as patty ann marie, really loves waiting for her... but i had no time...

nearly had no time, here too, barely hit the "finish line",
so "chin up"---perhaps it will turn out to be the "most perfect time" of all for tony... (though i really understand about the fun, for the "kick over the goal post" at proper time, too...


three cheers, for doing your best... ... :)
The Lisa

Trad climber
Da Bronx, NY
Dec 31, 2010 - 03:34am PT
That is a beeyootifull quilt, Johntp!
Neebee your kitty is adorable :) thanks for the welcome home. It is nice to be back, so I can go skiing and enjoy the snow that fell while I was away.
I am still fondling my gift. Thin is in, thin is in.....
TYeary

Social climber
State of decay
Dec 31, 2010 - 08:56am PT
No worries, Bluering.
Shite happens.
Going to Rubidoo today. A bit cold, but I need to climb on the last day of the year. I don't have a New Years resolution, but I do have a New Years wish: I don't want to bury any friends this coming year. I buried enough this year.
Cheers to all and Happy New Year!
TY
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 31, 2010 - 09:02am PT
Yes The Lisa, it is a most wonderfull quilt.

Welcome home!
H

Mountain climber
there and back again
Dec 31, 2010 - 02:41pm PT
Charles AKA Social Climber,
I received a cotton tee with a climbing gym logo and a locking biner. If that was you, I got it thanks. Have a great new year,
H
adam d

climber
Los Osos, CA
Dec 31, 2010 - 04:40pm PT
Finally got home to a package from Daphne...thanks!

Secret Santa gift
Secret Santa gift
Credit: adam d

wine/beer opener, gift card for a bottle and a nice card.


Blackbird...'round my house we call this "Muji Time!" Glad you liked it!

Muji Time!
Muji Time!
Credit: adam d

Adam
eKat

climber
http://www.ecokath.com/
Dec 31, 2010 - 04:49pm PT
I just gotta say this again. . . .

WE ROOL!

I LOVE THIS!

StNickROCKS!

oxoxo

eKat
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Jan 3, 2011 - 05:27am PT
still haven't opened mine yet. hope i have Sunday off.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Jan 3, 2011 - 07:35am PT
Been too busy to snap an "opened" pic, but I ended up with quite a nice (and useful) haul:

• Petzl headlamp (!!)
• Magnetic climbing people
• Cashmere (!!) gloves
• Space blanket
• A big double-ended 'biner for hanging bikes in the garage
• A keychain
• And even a nice card.

My wife was impressed. (She took the headlamp claiming I already had one.)

Thanks SS!

Man, I wish Christmas came every month...
damage

Social climber
olympia, wa
Jan 3, 2011 - 07:11pm PT
Don't know who my secret santa was, but "Enduring Patagonia" was a beautiful read. Thanks for a great gift.

This swap thing is awesome.
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Jan 3, 2011 - 09:23pm PT
IHATEPLASTIC,

sounds like you scored pretty good.

too bad your SS didn't include a Santa hat, and freeze dried dessert.

that would have made it real special.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Jan 3, 2011 - 10:04pm PT
Nice catch Zip! Yes, there was a SANTA HAT and some FREEZE DRIED DESSERT. Whoopsee on me for forgetting that!

There was just too many cool things in there and you know me, I don't like brag...

Thanks so VERY MUCH!!!!!!

Strider

Trad climber
ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 3, 2011 - 10:29pm PT
Wow, so many great gifts were exchanged this year!

A HUGE thanks to everyone who participated this year. It seems we pulled it off again this year. Thanks again to everyone for being such a great community that we can trust each other with a game of this sort (where money and private/personal information is at stake). Well Done.

If ANYONE has NOT received their gift (and has not heard from their Santa as to why) PLEASE let me know. In a few weeks (to allow enough time to make sure everything has come out right) I am going to be deleting my spreadsheets with everyone's name, address and Santa matches. So if you don't speak up now...then I won't be able to do anything for you...

And I personally need to give a few thanks out...

Zander - Thank you so much for the 'Taco tshirt. When you mentioned a Supertopo t-shirt to send to me I thought it might be the weird-multi-colored-climber shirt (which I think is HORRID) but instead it was the AWESOME taco-stuffed-with-climbing-gear shirt. Perfect!

neebee - Thank you for the lovely Christmas card. My family was curious and then surprised when I told them where it came from (more or less a complete stranger). It touched us all on Christmas day and I thank you.

Pocoloco - Thank you for the super tasty salsa! All three jars are already gone (and have been for a few weeks!)! Everyone (friends and family) thought it tasted great. When are you going to start distributing?!? =)

Good luck to everyone in the New Year and Santa will see you again next November for sign-ups!!!

-n

BTW: I am no longer checking the supertoposanta@ email address so if you wish to contact me privately, please send me a message through Supertopo and I will be happy to respond through my normal email address.
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Jan 4, 2011 - 05:04am PT
IHP,

glad you liked.

wouldn't mind seeing big biner in action.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Jan 4, 2011 - 08:05am PT
Zip... I converted my garage to a bedroom years ago but I shall find a suitable use for the Big 'Biner and post it.
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Jan 16, 2011 - 10:04am PT
Well, i finally got a day off, got to come home, and what did i find under my non tree....?
Credit: zip
oh, what could it be? My Secret Santa has three wrapped packages for me.
Credit: zip
a custom bag filled filled with wrapped goodies for me.
Credit: zip
Credit: zip
munchies, with lots of sugar, oh boy, YIPPEE!
Credit: zip
Credit: zip
custom cards, with a custom card!
Credit: zip
Credit: zip
and a book on relationships, that will definitely get read, but not sure it will help.

It is very obvious that my SS put a lot of time, energy, care, and thought in to these wonderful gifts.
I am touched.
Thank you Phyllis.

Blair
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Jan 16, 2011 - 10:11am PT

Nick
I just want to thank you again for doing all the work on
this. We all should be sending you gifts for your time
and effort. Thanks!!!!!
OlympicMtnBoy

climber
Seattle
Jan 19, 2011 - 06:19pm PT
Thanks Jaybro! My gift subscription finally arrived! I've never read it before but there's a story about skiing naked in this one so I'm pretty sure I'll be entertained. :-)

Credit: OlympicMtnBoy

Happy Santa Everyone!
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jan 19, 2011 - 07:23pm PT
hey there strider... say, i think part of the joy, was for us all to come up with neat things to do, make, or hunt for to buy, that would be treasures, to someone... etc, for all year round...

thank you for doing this...

i am still enjoying my treasured gift...
:)



say, lolli, did you ever learn if your gift arrived safe?

hope so... :)

say, how is winter, out your way?
god bless...

:)
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Jan 20, 2011 - 09:06pm PT
Here is the home made bag that my marbles came in. My santa knew that since I've lost my previous marbles I needed something to keep my new ones in so I do knott lose them again. Thanks again SS and hope you are well!

Hoping this will help me keep my new marbles...
Hoping this will help me keep my new marbles...
Credit: johntp
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jan 21, 2011 - 01:09am PT
Naked skiing is always a crowd pleaser!
Glad that cam hrough, I was gettin' skeered!
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