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Strider

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Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 1, 2011 - 04:04pm PT
Howdy again Supertopo-ians,

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

It's that time of year again. This year will be the third annual Supertopo Secret Santa Gift Exchange. The previous 2 years have been a pretty fun success so hopefully we can get even more people involved this year. For reference:

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

http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/1311158/Supertopo-Secret-Santa-Gift-Exchange-2010

Supertopo Secret Santa Gift Exchange 2011 Rules
 You must be a registered forum user of Supertopo.com BEFORE 11/1/2011. 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.
 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 11/30/2011 if you wish to participate
 email me at supertoposanta (at) gmail (dot) com
 IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU ADD THE ABOVE EMAIL TO YOUR SPAM FILTER. Last year we had problems with my emails getting filtered through spam. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, when you email me to join ADD THE EMAIL TO YOUR SAFE SENDERS LIST
 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 12/2/2011. 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 will now have 2 weeks to purchase or finish creating your gifts
 Have your package in the mail by 12/16/2011. 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!

-n
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Nov 1, 2011 - 04:05pm PT
i'm down with ST SS.

this was one of the many thoughtful gifts i got last year, and it has really helped to improve my life.

Credit: zip

eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Nov 1, 2011 - 04:09pm PT
YAY, SAINT NICK!

I'm IN!

THANK YOU SO MUCH!

oxox

Kath
murcy

Gym climber
sanfrancisco
Nov 1, 2011 - 04:15pm PT
Thanks, Nick.

But only use flat rate boxes for packages over 2 pounds. Otherwise just pay the lower priority mail rate for the weighed package.
Strider

Trad climber
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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 1, 2011 - 04:19pm PT
But only use flat rate boxes for packages over 2 pounds. Otherwise just pay the lower priority mail rate for the weighed package.

This depends on the dimensions of the package. Anything over 12" in any dimension length x width x height can get pricey depending on the weight. Thanks for pointing this out though since most of the gifts are usually small enough to not have to worry about.

Also note, you can ship by a cheaper method called Parcel Post but it MAY NOT arrive on time. Parcel Post can take up to two weeks to deliver depending on the distance involved. Parcel Post is usually strapped to the back of a donkey and you know how slow donkeys walk...

-n
strangeday

Trad climber
Brea ca.
Nov 1, 2011 - 05:30pm PT
Sounds like fun!!
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Nov 1, 2011 - 06:01pm PT
I just re-read last year's thread. . . MAN. . . it's the gift that just keeps giving. We all had SO MUCH FUN last year.

YAY!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Trad climber
Will know soon
Nov 1, 2011 - 06:17pm PT
Some avatars make it difficult to know if they are male or female...and age would perhaps make a difference. How much info do you give to participants? Cheers, Lynne
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Nov 1, 2011 - 06:45pm PT
Lynne is female, and turns 30 this year.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Nov 1, 2011 - 06:46pm PT
zip is male, and turns 13 this year. :-)
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Nov 1, 2011 - 06:58pm PT
I'm in...

Thanks for your efforts in coordinating this annual event, Nick!

You're almost like...a saint...who's named Nick....hehe...
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Nov 1, 2011 - 07:12pm PT
Gee thx, Anders.
Happy Holidays to you.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Nov 1, 2011 - 07:13pm PT

Whoo hoo--I'm in too.

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SO MUCH, Strider!!!!!
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Nov 1, 2011 - 07:24pm PT
I was thinking about this just the other day!

You know I am in for the third year running!

For those who may not have played before... Do it! You get cool stuff and you do not need to break the bank on your end... give what you can afford!
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Nov 1, 2011 - 07:33pm PT
Yay!
I'm in again this year. I'll send you an email soon Strider.
I got a bottle of homemade Rhubarb wine last year. I just drank it last month and it was very tasty!
Phyl
Gal

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Nov 1, 2011 - 08:03pm PT
I will play this reindeer game. I shall send an email soon with info.
pocoloco1

Social climber
The Chihuahua Desert
Nov 1, 2011 - 08:11pm PT
Iím in. I think we should collect a little coin on the rail and make sure Secret Strider getís a little something in his stocking.
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Nov 1, 2011 - 08:12pm PT
+1 poco. . . keep me in the loop!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Nov 1, 2011 - 08:19pm PT
Great idea - I want to participate Poco. Keep me in the loop too.

And I'm in for the third of three years. It's such fun! Thanks Strider for this - it's really fuN!
pocoloco1

Social climber
The Chihuahua Desert
Nov 1, 2011 - 08:20pm PT
Right on eKat,we need to nominate a Minister of Finance and move forward.
edit: right on Crimp
Lynne Leichtfuss

Trad climber
Will know soon
Nov 1, 2011 - 08:35pm PT
This is such a Grate idea. Only reason I haven't participated in the past is I'm not to great in the original idea department and the b of l is a little lite.

Sooo, I'm gonna throw my hat in the ring but it would help if someone could give me some gift ideas.

Or maybe we could develope a Christmas wish list for participants. I know it's not necessary but it would help the clueless....mainly me.

Peace on Earth, Good will to All. :D
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Nov 1, 2011 - 08:37pm PT
I haven't participated in these before, not being at all religious, nor much of a consumer. Plus I wasn't sure how well it would work cross-border. It's not hard to send (most) things back and forth, but adds to the cost and time required. But if Lolli is going to participate, I'll think about it.
Norwegian

Trad climber
Placerville, California
Nov 1, 2011 - 08:43pm PT
edit,
im withdrawing early.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Trad climber
Will know soon
Nov 1, 2011 - 08:44pm PT
Just emailed Santa. I'm in as an elf. Yeah!
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 1, 2011 - 08:56pm PT
Lynne- thanks for jumping in the pool.

I'm in.
Studly

Trad climber
WA
Nov 1, 2011 - 10:56pm PT
Sounds fun. I'm in.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Nov 1, 2011 - 11:17pm PT
hey there say, nick...

i am here, and now in, too...

will send email sometime this next few days...
:)


god bless, and bless you for your taking on this kindly-season chore,
:)

very speical... :)
Zander

climber
Nov 2, 2011 - 12:08am PT
Oh yeah baby, I'm in.
Z
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 2, 2011 - 12:33am PT
neebs has the most bestest gifts.
Strider

Trad climber
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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 2, 2011 - 01:47pm PT
Wow, this year we are off to a quick start. I already have about 20 people signed up which is a much quicker pace than last year!

I will be sending out confirmation emails later today. PLEASE PLEASE make sure you get this email. Check your SPAM filters, do whatever it takes but we need to make sure everyone can receive my emails.

Lets keep them rolling in!

hohoho
-n
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Nov 2, 2011 - 01:55pm PT
I just realised it's the 2nd of December. You write your dates in the wrong order!! :-D
2/12/2011 is how we would write it.

I always knew you were ahead of us in time, but I didn't realize you were a month ahead!

DMT
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Nov 2, 2011 - 03:00pm PT
Most of the world abbreviates dates by date/month/year.

However, on 11/11/11 everyone will have the same date.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Trad climber
Will know soon
Nov 2, 2011 - 04:21pm PT
To bad Norwegian withdrew. He's the only one I had a gift idea for. Racking my brain here for ideas......if you have spares, they are welcome.
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Nov 2, 2011 - 07:31pm PT
I had fun coming up with an idea. It made me focus a bit on the person behind the avatar. It made the people more human for me.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Nov 2, 2011 - 08:14pm PT
Agreed Seamstress.

It was nice to take some time to focus on the two names I've received. I was able to spend some time thinking about something that would make them smile and that got beyond the words on the screen.

Equally cool are the gifts I received. It was clear they put in thought and fit the gifts to me. Really thoughtful stuff that brought a big smile to my face.

The whole affair captures the real holiday spirit. Can't wait to get my name so I can skulk around and find something perfect!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Nov 3, 2011 - 09:16am PT
Bump!
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Nov 3, 2011 - 01:38pm PT
Jeff. . . please stop doing that. PLEASE. Why are you trying to wreck something that is so amazingly cool?

PLEASE?
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Nov 3, 2011 - 01:43pm PT
OK. . . we all get it. . . now how about being a little more positive?

?

THANKS.

Kath
LuckyPink

climber
the last bivy
Nov 3, 2011 - 01:44pm PT
wooHoo! LOVE the Santa thing! I'm in this year too. Thanks for making this happen again!
LP

ps: Poco was my secret santa last year .. whole family enjoyed that salsa!! nummmy! ty
Strider

Trad climber
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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 3, 2011 - 03:50pm PT
Just a quick update, life got in the way last night and I did not have time to send confirmation emails. I will work on that later tonight so look for them tonight or tomorrow morning. No need to respond to confirmation emails, they just let you know that I got your email and a quick timeline of what will be next.

-n
kc

Trad climber
sj, ca
Nov 3, 2011 - 03:54pm PT
Almost missed this! Good thing I read Chris Mac's monthly Supertopo climbing news!

I'm in! Thanks!
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Nov 3, 2011 - 05:49pm PT
Sign me up.
crustie

climber
SF, CA
Nov 3, 2011 - 06:04pm PT
yay! What a great idea!! I'm in!
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Nov 3, 2011 - 06:56pm PT
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xADw6aSmaYE
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Nov 3, 2011 - 07:09pm PT
i have sent e mails to everyone participating, soliciting donations for Strider's gift.
if you feel like contributing, please respond.
check your spam.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Nov 3, 2011 - 08:01pm PT
Where's Brick?

:)
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Nov 3, 2011 - 08:33pm PT
yep, it was a great idea, but credit for that goes to pocoloco.
TYeary

Social climber
State of decay
Nov 3, 2011 - 08:53pm PT
I'm in again this year!!!!!!!!!!!
TY
kc

Trad climber
sj, ca
Nov 4, 2011 - 12:31am PT
zip--got your email. Then I got a second one that said you couldn't open my response attachment--only I didn't respond. ?? Did one of us get hacked?
Strider

Trad climber
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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 4, 2011 - 12:36am PT
As of this time, 9:29pm PST, everyone who signed up has gotten a confirmation response. So if you signed up, MAKE SURE YOU GOT THIS EMAIL. This serves to ensure that my emails are not SPAM filtered and that you should receive the most important email I will send on Dec. 2nd 2011 which will contain the name and mailing address of your recipient.

Two people who tried to sign up are NOT currently signed up. You need to email me back with your mailing address.

Thanks again everyone and lets keep the names rolling in! As more names keep rolling in I will send out more confirmation emails.

-n
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 4, 2011 - 04:16am PT
Strider-

Non-Confirmation email received.
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Nov 4, 2011 - 01:21pm PT
Now Zip gets to add "Minister of Finance" to his resume!
Strider

Trad climber
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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 6, 2011 - 02:00am PT
Update!

As of this time, 11:58pm PST, everyone who has signed up should have received a confirmation email.

Lets keep this ball rolling folks! The more the merrier!

-n
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 6, 2011 - 03:25am PT
I had fun coming up with an idea. It made me focus a bit on the person behind the avatar. It made the people more human for me.

Exactly!

Come on Anders; jump in the pool.

Bump!
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Nov 6, 2011 - 08:28am PT
Okay - one of the elves here convinced me to play! I thought being on the road would be a problem, but realized that my Santa can send my gift to the post office general delivery in Joshua Tree, and I can pick it up there.

I was in the 2009 Secret Santa Exchange and it was one of the highlights of my holiday season. Loved choosing a gift and sending it out, and of course receiving one - hahah. And the bonus was following the thread and seeing what was going on with everyone else and their Santas!
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Nov 6, 2011 - 08:29am PT
YAY, Hap!

YAY!

zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Nov 6, 2011 - 06:11pm PT
I have received commitment from 14 people to send money, and received money from 7, for Strider's gift.

i am thinking of doing a 12 days of Christmas thing, with 12 individually wrapped gifts. what do you think?

please give me gift ideas offsite.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Nov 6, 2011 - 10:32pm PT
hey there say, zip... that sounds nice...
kind of fun and differnt for him, too....
:)
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 8, 2011 - 11:10pm PT
bumppppppppp
Strider

Trad climber
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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 9, 2011 - 02:05am PT
To those of you pitching in for a gift for Santa, thank you guys so much. I am a little embarrassed to be honest and I don't really feel I am all that deserving so please don't go to too much trouble. But do know that I really do appreciate all your kind thoughts and the effort made on my behalf.

Lots of people signed up, and we can always use more! Let's keep the names rolling in folks!

Happy Holidays
-n
OlympicMtnBoy

climber
Seattle
Nov 10, 2011 - 01:21pm PT
While I've been super busy this year reading my subscription to Mountain Gazette, AND I'm moving next week, I suppose I can still find time to find a gift. /jk Who know's maybe you'll get something from little Bavaria. ;-)

Count me IN!
pocoloco1

Social climber
The Chihuahua Desert
Nov 10, 2011 - 04:50pm PT
25-In
2- On the fence
1-Scratched
Lynne Leichtfuss

Trad climber
Will know soon
Nov 10, 2011 - 05:29pm PT
kinda suprised, of all the people that post here only #25 ?! Well, this is my first year. I don't know why I signed up, cause figuring out a gift is always a challenge for me.

Strider, maybe more would sign up if we made it a little more user friendly. Like folks here providing some inexpensive gift ideas etc.

Bubble envelope mailers are generally pretty inexpensive to ship things in. If we have no idea who the person is we are sending a gift to how/who can we ask to get ideas @ their interests? lynne
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Nov 10, 2011 - 06:08pm PT
25-In
2- On the fence
1-Scratched

There is a joke there but as this is a(n) Holiday thread I will leave it untouched.

Credit: Ihateplastic

For anyone sitting n the fence... this is the third year I have participate and for each of the previous years I have received WONDERFUL presents! Last year's Secret Santa box was quite unreal... lots of GREAT, USEABLE, NOT-CHEAP FUN STUFF!!

Come on! Do it! You will not regret it!

Strider

Trad climber
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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 10, 2011 - 09:52pm PT
25-In
2- On the fence
1-Scratched

Not even close to the actual numbers. Remember, you do not have to post ON THIS THREAD to participate, you must only be a member of Supertopo before I announced the exchange and send me an email. In fact, there are a couple on this thread who say they have signed up but not have. No problem with speculating though... But IF we stay on track with sign-ups, this year will blow previous years away. LETS KEEP IT GOING FOLKS!!! The more the merrier!

Strider, maybe more would sign up if we made it a little more user friendly. Like folks here providing some inexpensive gift ideas etc.

That is kinda the point of this thread, a discussion about the Secret Santa Gift Exchange. I am personally a pretty low expectations kinda guy and I like to get and give eclectic gifts in situations like this. Overall this is a LOW pressure kind of deal though so just relax and take some time to look around as you go about your normal routine the next few weeks and see what interesting things you see. A general list of things that would probably be appreciated and generally in-expensive under ~$20(in my opinion):
 climbing dvd's
 coffee mugs and maybe some coffee from where you live
 reusable water bottles (again from where you live)
 t-shirts (I think we all know a guy who sells climbing t-shirts)
 books, mag subscriptions, etc... Used books stores can often be a wealth of great, out of print books for cheap. Ebay is a good source as well, just have the seller ship direct to your santa recipient to avoid double shipping charges and delay
 pocket knife with ability to clip to harness
 if you sew you could make a chalk bag
 it's winter soon so knit gloves, wool caps, etc... are always nice
 I think finding something unique to the area you live and sending that is always special. Coffee, tea, wine, local brews, modest arts and crafts, etc...
 Climbing tape and chalk, you can never have enough
 a Ferrari

If we have no idea who the person is we are sending a gift to how/who can we ask to get ideas @ their interests? lynne

This one is a little bit more tricky. First, please remember that after names are released, you still have two weeks to buy, make, find and finish your gifts which hopefully is ample time. Second, I am hesitant to start giving names out too early because then the random selection process is no longer random. The early adopters are paired with early adopters and the late comers are paired with late comers, i.e. not very random.

Also, to those of you with privacy concerns who are thinking about signing up... this has been brought up in years past with a few people (this year included as a matter of fact) and I am more than happy to work with you. Just let me know your concerns and we can chat about it.

AGAIN, to sign up, just email me your username and address to
superoposanta (@) gmail (dot) com

Happy Holidays
-n
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Nov 10, 2011 - 10:09pm PT
check your spam.

i've e mailed everyone on this thread who has signed up.
stich

Trad climber
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Nov 10, 2011 - 10:25pm PT
Some gift ideas in Papa Noel's bag.
Some gift ideas in Papa Noel's bag.
Credit: stich
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Nov 10, 2011 - 10:28pm PT
Perhaps the 'gift' to 'Santa' should be say $5/participant, with the total donated to some worthy cause?
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 10, 2011 - 10:36pm PT
Lynne-

Read their posts to help you understand who they are. It is my opinion that by participating in this gift exchange, you will find the most giving people on this forum. Maybe it is OT and not hard core, but it is people that are taking the time and effort to let fellow taco DADZ know that we are a family.

Hope that makes some sense.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Trad climber
Will know soon
Nov 10, 2011 - 11:05pm PT
Thanks Strider,

Great response to the questions as well as gift ideas. If I win any kind of lottery my person will get the new Valley Climbers Book, Vertical Revolution by Stonemasters.

Edit: and Thanks johntp, what a great idea and wonderful input. Thanks also for your great comments on some other threads recently, really appreciate, Dude. :D
Strider

Trad climber
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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 12, 2011 - 02:46pm PT
Yesterday (and so far today) are the first days so far that no one additional signed up.

I am disappoint.

=(

-n
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Nov 12, 2011 - 02:54pm PT
The best part about last year was seeing someone liked your gift. I hadn't seen so much excitement since my son was 2 and proclaimed that "Santa is sure a nice guy!" It's all about giving a little joy.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Trad climber
Will know soon
Nov 12, 2011 - 02:58pm PT
You know strider, the holidays are almost upon us and many people, for a variety of reasons, get depressed. Plus, there are still a lot of people out of work or working for wages that barely (or not) make ends meet.

Maybe we could somehow encourage both groups. The later one could know it's ok to send used gifts, like a favorite book from your library or something. Just thinking out loud, lynne
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Nov 12, 2011 - 03:49pm PT
BrassNuts wants to play, but not sure he's found a moment to send an email to you Strider.

He's out being blown around in gale force winds in Eldo today (yikes). Sign him up with my address and all. :)

If he draws my name, be sure to add a note that the gift should involves gems. Haha! :)
Strider

Trad climber
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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 12, 2011 - 04:04pm PT
Crimpie,

If you would like to sign him up, can you send me another email? I am solely keeping track of participants through the email and it would help make sure there is no confusion.

Thanks
-n
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Nov 12, 2011 - 04:13pm PT
You bet. :)
cass

Gym climber
palm harbor, florida
Nov 13, 2011 - 07:21pm PT
I'm In, Thanks Strider
Fogarty

climber
BITD
Nov 13, 2011 - 08:38pm PT
3rd year, thanks Strider this a blast every Christmas day!
cass

Gym climber
palm harbor, florida
Nov 14, 2011 - 11:11am PT
You know Lynne I agree, lightly used or homemade gifts are in a way more thoughtful and they donít eat up your money. Im a student so money is tight.
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Nov 14, 2011 - 02:03pm PT
It's fun to read your recipient's ST posts to try to figure out a good gift for them - like a detective! For example, it would take only a very cursory reading of my posts and trip reports to figure out that I like a little wine now and then.

But the best part of getting a supertopo gift is the fun of the surprise! What is the worst thing that can happen if they don't like your gift? They'll just put it on the re-gifting shelf and still remember you warmly for the effort!
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Nov 14, 2011 - 02:36pm PT
oh, i could never re gift what i was given.
Mtnmun

Trad climber
Top of the Mountain Mun
Nov 14, 2011 - 03:40pm PT
I'm all in! Last year Lucky Pink got me a cool tripod for my camera. It is magnetic and sticks to the hood of my car.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Nov 14, 2011 - 08:36pm PT
hey there say, zip....

i'm one, not to regift, too...
there is always some way to use stuff in some way, when it is given to you...

even if you have an exact item, already, you can still use it in other ways... or turn it into something creative...

etc...

it's a special keepsake momento, but then, that's how i feel, as i am a tad on the sentimental side, :)

BUT:
*not meaning bad, as to the other folks,that do so, as:

...perhaps they had been hoping for something "like what they got" just to give to another beloved relative, DUE to a special need or something... :)
Lynne Leichtfuss

Trad climber
Will know soon
Nov 14, 2011 - 10:41pm PT
Cass, I'm in the same kayak....need to be frugal but want my chosen one to have a great gift. It will work out. Cheers, lynne
The Lisa

Trad climber
Da Bronx, NY
Nov 14, 2011 - 10:47pm PT
How did I miss this before now? I am in! I did this last year and loved the giving and receiving.
Thank you for organizing this again!
Fogarty

climber
BITD
Nov 14, 2011 - 10:51pm PT
I sure wish my two elfs would get to work!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fMlqv8BgVM

Love Santa
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Nov 16, 2011 - 06:26pm PT
Bump!!!!

Hooray for Strider, our SUPER Santa!!!!!
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Nov 17, 2011 - 03:37am PT
hey there say, .... bump....


see, bumps work, :))

the lisa had not seen it 'til now...

will bump again for the week-end... :)
Strider

Trad climber
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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 18, 2011 - 12:24am PT
Another handful of sign-ups in the past few days. At this point all people who have signed up have been sent a confirmation email.

PLEASE make sure you have received this email and that you have the supertoposanta email address added to your safe senders list.

Thanks to everyone joining in the fun!

-n
Strider

Trad climber
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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 22, 2011 - 03:04pm PT
Only 8 days left to sign up!

Which also means, only 9 days until everyone receives their Secret Santa match!

-n
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Nov 23, 2011 - 12:11am PT
hey there say, nick.... check your regular taco email...
or email me, i need to ask you something, really quick...

:)


thanks! :) so very much... :)
Abend

Social climber
Nov 23, 2011 - 03:05pm PT
bump
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Nov 23, 2011 - 03:10pm PT
Whoever gets my name, I want a Bugatti...

Credit: Ihateplastic
Strider

Trad climber
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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 23, 2011 - 05:56pm PT
Sh#t, if someone is gifting cars I might join in this year...

-n
The Lisa

Trad climber
Da Bronx, NY
Nov 23, 2011 - 08:32pm PT
And I want a pony!
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Nov 23, 2011 - 09:06pm PT
"Bugatti Veyron Super Sports $2,400,000. This is by far the most expensive street legal car available on the market today..."

Simon, that's just an insane car. It's astoundingly beautiful and kind of appalling at the same time. Here in the SF Bay area, we see all kinds of super expensive cars on the road all the time because of all the tech millionaires, but I've never seen that one.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Nov 24, 2011 - 12:15am PT
phylp... Here's the story with me and that car.

I grew up in Los Gatos in the Bay Area WAY before it became so trendy and hip and full of billionaires. If you know the town then you might be familiar with Los Gatos Ferrari (or whatever they call it today).

A couple of years ago I was there with my wife and daughter. I told them they MUST check this place out. Both were fully impressed but my daughter gravitated toward a luscious car sitting in the showroom away from the flotsam and jetsam of Maserati's, Ferraris, Porsches and other dreck.

Daughter: "I want this one."

Dad: "Okay, keep modeling and saving your pennies."

Before walking out, I ask the kind gentleman the price tag. $2.5 MILLION!

We gracefully walked back, pockets bulging with Benjamins and posed next to the car we will never have.

You think the outside is nice... you should see (and smell) the interior! Not to mention the engine!
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 24, 2011 - 12:27am PT
Bugatti's? pytui, bear dung! real men drive Spykers!

http://www.spykercars.nl/?pag=1

Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Nov 24, 2011 - 12:31am PT
**Jaybro...*

Not a big fan of that air intake on the roof (see website), but still a nice piece! It would look nice in my rearview mirror!
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 24, 2011 - 12:39am PT
Crap! I was just hoping for a Porsche. Guess I don't have high enough standards. On the other hand, one of neebee's dream catchers or happie's chalk bags with a note would be more important to me than a freaking over priced car.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Nov 24, 2011 - 01:43am PT
Would this be a good time to mention that the cheerful folk at Adbusters, those loveable "culture jammers", have decided that Occupy Xmas starts on November 25th? http://www.adbusters.org/blogs/adbusters-blog/occupyxmas-kicks-nov-2526.html

They seem to think we shouldn't buy anything.
H

Mountain climber
there and back again
Nov 24, 2011 - 01:20pm PT
Strider,
Thanks for doing this fun event.
I signed up again this year just in time. Only 4 more days to get in on the fun!
H

Mountain climber
there and back again
Nov 25, 2011 - 12:43am PT
Here is a little post T-Day dinner Santa exchange motivation:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddVZOK_9UUI

Sign up now while there is still time!

Thanks again Strider
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Nov 25, 2011 - 12:55am PT
Bump for presents!

Credit: Ihateplastic
Strider

Trad climber
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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 26, 2011 - 06:03pm PT
Only 4 days left!

-n
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 26, 2011 - 08:49pm PT
"in my rear view mirror" - Too funny, Plastic!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Trad climber
Will know soon
Nov 26, 2011 - 09:41pm PT
I wonder if more people don't sign up cause they don't know what they could gift if they received a person they never heard of. That's why I didn't sign on the past couple years. What could we do to allay any fears of gift finding or sending....????

Just a thought, lynne

Edit: And Oh by the way, Santa, I'd like a 1990 Toyota Tacoma with a full tank of gas. :D Silver Grey if possible. Oh yeah, and a camper shell....
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Nov 26, 2011 - 10:27pm PT
I will second what Lynne said.

In the past I have received a name and address but nothing beyond that. It would help the whole process if people told Santa things like:

FICTITIOUS PERSON'S PROFILE
I am a 46 year old man.
I am in good shape.
I do not drink wine.
I love blue shirts but would never wear an orange shirt.
I have a dozen kids.
Someday I hope to travel to Iceland.
I do not listen to music but I read lots of books on history, science and medicine.
I love movies.
I am married.

With that sort of info it would be so much easier to send a targeted gift.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 26, 2011 - 11:18pm PT
Ya'll overthink this. Just give from the heart.

EDIT- returning orange shirt....
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 26, 2011 - 11:56pm PT
Gifts from the heart are the best, because, surprisingly, they end up revealing more about the recipient than than the giver. a kind of rohrsatch thing...
Though, 55 yr old divorced vegiterian non drinkers, have some perameters...
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Nov 27, 2011 - 02:16am PT
hey there say, lynne...

it is a kind of "step or leap" of faith...

*but some folks do send a list of a few "no no's"
as to allergies, etc...

but on the whole, it is just a way to say, bless you,
at this season, and a way for folks to see things
that they receive, IN A NEW LIGHT:

AS, like jaybro said, a chance to see what another
fellow-climber is like, in creative giving areas...

:)


you can do it... i really believe that you can...
>:D<
Strider

Trad climber
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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 27, 2011 - 04:40pm PT
With that sort of info it would be so much easier to send a targeted gift.

And...


 Give me your supertopo name, real name, shipping address and any other special considerations like gender/allergies/crazy phobias/etc... =)

I pass along all the information I am given. I know no more about your recipient than you do.

I would also like to echo the sentiment that maybe you guys are over-thinking this a little bit and placing way too many expectations on yourselves and possibly others.

If this little event causes you stress, sleepless nights and worry then the whole point is lost. In my opinion, the idea is to share something, with someone else, that shows a little bit of you, and also some lightheartedness, joy and fun. A book, a funky t-shirt, a coffee mug, a beautiful photo you took and framed, a flask, a bottle of wine from a local winery; these are all simple things that show some love and don't really require too much money or foreknowledge of the recipient, but still get the point across of sharing something with someone else in the holiday spirit.

Oh, and a Bugatti works too. =)

Cheers
-n
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 27, 2011 - 05:22pm PT
jaybro-

Cancelling the order from Ohio Steaks. Tough crowd.

It's all just for fun; that is the point. Don't take it so seriously. My past gifts made my day. Not for what the gift(s) were, but just that they took the time to think about me and we now have some connection.

Edit: One idea is to take one of your favorite mountain/climbing photos and frame it.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Trad climber
Will know soon
Nov 27, 2011 - 09:53pm PT
Neebee, "creative giving areas"....lol, that does not describe this gal. You on the other hand are gifted in this area. So.....Strider, johntp I am not losing any sleep other this at all. I have bigger fish to lose real sleep over :D I'll come up with something....guess I'm over thinking this. Cheers, lynnie
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 27, 2011 - 10:20pm PT
This is just friends who may have never met telling each other we have a common bond and are glad they are in this world. At least that is my take on it.
Melissa

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
Nov 28, 2011 - 11:59am PT
I hope I'm not too late to play. Strider, sending you a note...
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Nov 28, 2011 - 01:27pm PT
I wonder if more people don't sign up cause they don't know what they could gift if they received a person they never heard of. That's why I didn't sign on the past couple years. What could we do to allay any fears of gift finding or sending....????

I think if I get that stumped I'll just give a donation in their name to my favorite charity or Access Fund or something like that. Just kidding....kind of...sorta...could happen.

Susan
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Nov 28, 2011 - 01:48pm PT
Fattrad... when did Supertopo become a "climbing website"?
Strider

Trad climber
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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 28, 2011 - 06:48pm PT
As of this moment, everyone who has signed up has been sent a confirmation email. Please make sure you have received this email.

Only two days left to sign up!

-n
locker

Social climber
CO
Nov 28, 2011 - 06:50pm PT


"I wonder if more people don't sign up cause they don't know what they could gift if they received a person they never heard of."...

The reason I don't sign up is because everyone already KNOWS what I would send them...

;-)

Tami

Social climber
Canada
Nov 28, 2011 - 07:14pm PT
Awwwww, heck, I'll sign up. Whaddoo I need to do ? Send me a PM. Havn't done this kinda shizz before.........


neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Nov 28, 2011 - 07:57pm PT
hey there say, tami!!!

yeah... nice you did this.... good little holiday advenure in giving...
:)
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Nov 28, 2011 - 10:45pm PT
I have sent everyone who has signed up here an e mail to see if they might be interested in donating money to buy Strider a gift.

I have had quite a few responses, and some very generous donations.

So far, the TacoBelles have contributed more than the TacoDudes.

Anyone else gonna step up to the plate?

Please contact me off site if interested in contributing.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Trad climber
Will know soon
Nov 28, 2011 - 11:27pm PT
Yea!!!Tami!!!
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Nov 29, 2011 - 01:58pm PT
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVUqgruEtwM

bump

the clock is ticking
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Nov 29, 2011 - 05:16pm PT
Bah humbug indeed Fatty....I suspect if you were organizing it you would only be sending out YOUR name to all the unsuspecting players! Yes evil indeed.

I hope I get your name....ummmm...could I have fun!

Susan


Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Nov 29, 2011 - 05:17pm PT
Imagine the cost of shipping all that coal to PhatTrad. Plus it'd have to be in time for Hannukah, wouldn't it?
Strider

Trad climber
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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 29, 2011 - 08:39pm PT
Bah humbug indeed Fatty....I suspect if you were organizing it you would only be sending out YOUR name to all the unsuspecting players! Yes evil indeed.

Ha... for half a second I thought about this. I mean, sure, everyone would hate me and I could never show my face again but I would probably get a lot of cool stuff. haha. Of course, it would never happen...

As of right now, everyone who has signed up has been sent a confirmation email.


PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make sure you got this email. Emails go out pretty soon and I need to make sure everyone who has signed up can get my emails. I have 1 person already who says they did not get a confirm email, which I confirmed was already sent. It must have gotten blocked somehow by SPAM filtering. Please add:
supertoposanta (at) gmail (dot) com
to your safe sender's list in whatever email program you use.

Thanks
-n
pocoloco1

Social climber
The Chihuahua Desert
Nov 29, 2011 - 09:57pm PT
Only 24 hours left to register.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Procrastination

If you would like to contribute to the Secret Strider fund, contact the Minister of Finance. aka Zip.

Strider

Trad climber
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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 30, 2011 - 06:58pm PT
8 hours left to sign up!

-n
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Nov 30, 2011 - 08:54pm PT
hey there all, say, just a bump... as the hours tick along...

:)
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 30, 2011 - 10:51pm PT
neebee gives the coolest gifts. if you are on her list you are lucky indeed.
Strider

Trad climber
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Topic Author's Reply - Dec 1, 2011 - 01:06am PT
I am leaving town tomorrow until Saturday so I am doing Secret Santa Emails RIGHT NOW.

If you still want to sign up you must do it NOW. Once all the emails are sent in the next hour or so the Secret Santa sign-up is over.

Keep an eye on your Email Inbox as your match will be arriving tonight.

BTW, you can thank www.random.org for the random number sequence that determined your match (except for the few that had special requirements).

Cheers
-n
strangeday

Trad climber
Brea ca.
Dec 1, 2011 - 01:43am PT
Just got my email....can't wait!!
Strider

Trad climber
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Topic Author's Reply - Dec 1, 2011 - 02:20am PT
All emails have been sent!
Check to make sure you got it!

I will be checking emails tomorrow (Thursday) morning to see if anyone has had a problem.

Then I am out of town until Saturday night, when I will respond to any problems then.

Get to shopping and shipping now folks!

-n
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 1, 2011 - 02:32am PT
hey there say, awww, shucks, johntp... thanks just 'cause i don't have any money to buy things, ... would sure make even better stuff, if could, :))
but you are MOST kind to give that boost to my heart, as i almost never signed up, due to all that...

and to any others, if you're a mite short, i have confidence in the resources of a climber's inspired heart: you will all do well, :) in your gifts... :)


say:
*got my email just now, strider... :)


well, all, got to go do some more chores,for holiday cards:
so:
happy shopping-adventure and craft-adventure to you all...

and may this creative-idea from NICK here, continue to unite the hearts of climbers and us lovers of the greatoutdoors that god so-inspires us with, as we are given the new year, soon to come--and given this holiday season of christmas and new year, to share fellowship in...

>:D<


happy trip, too, nick...
god bless...
perswig

climber
Dec 1, 2011 - 09:40am PT
It's on.
Like Donkeykong.
(not even sure what that means)

Whoohoo.
Dale
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Dec 1, 2011 - 10:23am PT
How'd i get stuck with Locker?
I didn't even know he was participating.
He'll be easy to buy a gift for though.
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 1, 2011 - 11:42am PT
How come I got Fat Trad? I think that's suspicious



Susan
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 1, 2011 - 11:44am PT

How'd i get stuck with Locker?
I didn't even know he was participating.
He'll be easy to buy a gift for though.


Get him a foot pump....it'll be easier on the lungs


Susan

locker

Social climber
CO
Dec 1, 2011 - 11:51am PT


"How'd i get stuck with Locker?
I didn't even know he was participating.
He'll be easy to buy a gift for though."
...




I'll take two turtle doves...

three french hens...



















































and a "Blue Butt Plug" in a peartree...

Tami

Social climber
Canada
Dec 1, 2011 - 12:48pm PT
I'm not sayin' who I got.............. :-)




Why not get locker a red plug to go with the blue one? And in size "retention" rather then the "trainer" he presently sports.
Strider

Trad climber
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Topic Author's Reply - Dec 1, 2011 - 03:43pm PT
Couple hiccups I am working on ironing out. But otherwise it seems the mass email went out without a hitch.

I am taking my laptop with me the next few days so I will try to get things ironed out as quick as can be.

Cheers
-n
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Dec 1, 2011 - 04:23pm PT
I got an interesting one too.... Have to channel the real Santa to find out what this nice person would like for a gift!
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 1, 2011 - 04:25pm PT
How many participants are there? Given that some must by definition have been naughty, what should they get in their stockings?
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Dec 1, 2011 - 04:32pm PT
A quick search on ST reveals that my recipient is a person of few words but they do have young children. Now, what will I find for them...
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 1, 2011 - 04:36pm PT
Gift certificate for babysitting! (Maybe your daughter could be persuaded to help...)
AlexCobbs

Trad climber
Santa Fe, NM
Dec 1, 2011 - 04:55pm PT
Strider, Awesome job putting this together.
Looking forward to spreading some holiday cheer.
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 1, 2011 - 05:07pm PT
I don't really know much about my giftee, but the first half of my gift was acquired today.

This is pretty fun.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 1, 2011 - 05:16pm PT
hey there say, all...

i am always glad we get a few weeks before mailing, 'cause for the most part, i need to make stuff :)... and so, on occasions, mine may be later-mailed, if not finished in time, but: will still be there for christmas...

:)

but thanks to the good lord, i have a bit more resources to use to create things, :)
so this year will be a better job...
and:
i am not MOVING this time, whewwwwwwwww....
so no other 'serious' chores will take away my time...


well, got to get started:

here i go-oooooooooooooooooooo.....
:)


*ooops, edit:
trouble is, confessing that i have to make stuff, than folks will know it might be me, as there is only a handful? of craft person, :))

i should tack on:
unless i come into funds and buy something, neat, :))
JohnRoe

Trad climber
State College, PA
Dec 1, 2011 - 06:46pm PT
got my instructions!
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Dec 1, 2011 - 07:23pm PT
Got mine too. An area local....and I have a good idea already.
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 1, 2011 - 07:33pm PT
How about a Blue Butt Plug in a Pear Tree


Boring...how about stainless steele after refrigeration?
Gal

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Dec 1, 2011 - 09:37pm PT
I'm excited, yay. Got my email.
Melissa

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
Dec 1, 2011 - 09:56pm PT
I got a great draw! Someone I'm really happy to give a gift.

Strider, how many people participated? Just curious.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 1, 2011 - 10:15pm PT
I am giving to a good one.

Thanks Strider for managing this.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 1, 2011 - 10:23pm PT
To neebee-

You went way overboard last xmas. Just give one gift. Your dream catchers are awesome.

John

splash...:) heehee
hucklebear

Trad climber
NY
Dec 1, 2011 - 10:36pm PT
Got my name, and sent gift today. Was very excited to have impetus to hand- make something. Can't wait for my own goodie in the mail...
Strider

Trad climber
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Topic Author's Reply - Dec 1, 2011 - 11:16pm PT
All righty, all kinks should have been ironed out by now... all emails sent and received as far as I have been told. I imagine in the next few days I might get a few more wrinkle to work out but no problem.

Total participants this year was.... 52. The most so far I believe.

-n
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Dec 4, 2011 - 08:44am PT
Great job with all the logistics, Santa. Now the real fun begins!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 4, 2011 - 10:38am PT
Bought my super secret gift. Mailing it this week. :) Happily, my secret giftee has been Veeeeerrrrryyyy good this year. :)
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 4, 2011 - 12:12pm PT
I received a package yesterday from an address that is unfamiliar to me. It wasn't ticking. I can only guess that it's my gift. Being a man of patience I'll wait until Christmas to open it.

From the return address I have an educated guess as to who the gifter is...;)

BTW, that was fast getting the gift out, you're making me look bad!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 4, 2011 - 12:17pm PT
We need photo verification of the received gift! :) This stuff is so fun.
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Dec 4, 2011 - 12:19pm PT
My recipient should be getting a UPS package next week. . . and. . . I agree, PHOTOS of all pemmies (that's eKat for presents) would be really fun!

YAY.

SecretSantaROCKS!

ox

eK@
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 4, 2011 - 12:38pm PT


Link is confused as to what is happening.
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Dec 4, 2011 - 12:51pm PT
HohMahn. . . Bran wins the SundayMorningPhotoAward. . .

PEMMY AND DOGGIE!

YAY!

That handwriting looks familiar to me!

hmmmmmmmmmmmmm. . . .
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 4, 2011 - 01:10pm PT
Wow! Someone sent you a black Lab? That's awesome!

ps What's in the box? Dog food?
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 4, 2011 - 01:12pm PT
I sure hope so, I don't know how to take care of those things. Hopefully a dog guidebook too.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 4, 2011 - 01:17pm PT
Haha! You must win the prize for the first gift received. The pressure is ON!
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Dec 4, 2011 - 07:34pm PT
My gift hasta go 1/3rd the way around the planet; 8 time zones, all of this continent and an ocean beyond....... so I expect the one I send to be the LAST received.


Solly Lorri.......errrrrm..........SORRY LOLLI !!!!!! :-D
pocoloco1

Social climber
The Chihuahua Desert
Dec 4, 2011 - 08:09pm PT
The gift i ordered was backordered... aaaaaah! I will wait until the 7th and then make a decision.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 4, 2011 - 08:23pm PT
And I have the honour of being double top secret birthday Santa for Tami. Heh heh.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Dec 4, 2011 - 09:37pm PT
Boxed and ready for the post in the AM... According to Google Maps mine is traveling 1,377 road miles.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Trad climber
Will know soon
Dec 4, 2011 - 10:23pm PT
Curious as to how the names are picked for each of us.....jes wonderin'. lynne
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Dec 5, 2011 - 12:07am PT
it's still not too late to contribute money to buy Strider a gift.
we have enough to buy him a Yugo, but was really hoping for a Hyundai.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 5, 2011 - 12:59am PT
Lynne - he used a random selector program. Likely assigned each name a number then used it. It's all random.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Dec 5, 2011 - 05:57pm PT
IN THE POST !!!!! ( one to two weeks version of that )

7700km fer it to travel !!! :-)
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 5, 2011 - 09:57pm PT
Bumping for Strider. Thanks for the effort. This is a lot of fun to particpate in and I'm sure a lot of work for you.

Thanks man.
strangeday

Trad climber
Brea ca.
Dec 5, 2011 - 10:38pm PT
I absolutely love the heads up letter I got, with the awesome artwork....

Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 6, 2011 - 01:09pm PT
So, my recipients zip code seems a little off. Twelve numbers with two hyphens thrown in for good measure. I sent an email to strider to resolve this, but damn, I'd like to get the package in the mail today.

Additionally, that cardboard box is calling my name. What's in it? I may not make it till Christmas before I open it.

I'm pretty stoked on the gifts I'm giving, a little slice of NH.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 6, 2011 - 01:10pm PT
Is it a rule that recipients can't open their packages before December 24th, or at least midwinter day?
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 6, 2011 - 01:12pm PT
It's my self-imposed rule, though I may break it.
Melissa

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
Dec 6, 2011 - 01:41pm PT
strangeguy...what a lovely gift just the wrap is!
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Dec 6, 2011 - 03:00pm PT
I absolutely love the heads up letter I got, with the awesome artwork....

YAY, INDEED!

:-)
Strider

Trad climber
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Topic Author's Reply - Dec 6, 2011 - 08:00pm PT
Hey guys, sorry for being lazy to check up on things, I left work for 3 days for a trip to SF and I have a lot of catching up to do for work. And a lot of catching up to do here as well...

Curious as to how the names are picked for each of us.....jes wonderin'. lynne

Everyone who signed up was entered into an Excel spreadsheet and therefore had a number assigned to them according to the row/order they were in, e.g. the first person who signed up was #1, second #2, etc... Then I used this website: www.random.org to give me a random sequence of numbers from 1-52. Then I used that sequence to assign your giftee. Same method I have used for both previous Secret Santa Exchanges. I then make a couple adjustments based on special requests. Please realize, no one is allowed to ask for anyone specific, but some people have privacy concerns that I do my best to accommodate and I will leave it at that.

Is it a rule that recipients can't open their packages before December 24th, or at least midwinter day?

There are no hard and fast rules except that you post up a picture or comment about your gift, however when you open is up to you. A lot of people have a lot of things going on in their lives, and some people are simply too excited to wait. I just want this to be fun, who likes rules?!?!

Cheers to the season!

-n
Gene

climber
Dec 6, 2011 - 08:26pm PT
Spam Alert!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Dec 7, 2011 - 04:43pm PT
I'm looking for suggestions on what to buy Strider.

I've already purchased a few items from suggestions of the people who donated, but i still got money left.

The stuff i've sent so far is top of the line stuff, which i hope he'll dig, but it might be nice to get some input from someone who knows him too.

Locker, thanks for the suggestion of the membership to The Hair Club For Men. Was that a joke, or do you really think that might be something he would like?
Abend

Social climber
Dec 7, 2011 - 08:45pm PT
If I have managed to stump my secret Santa, a donation to ASCA would make a great gift!
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Dec 7, 2011 - 09:00pm PT
Abend,

you didn't stump me.
i got you a Ferret.
should arrive in a day or two.






















































not really.
Gene

climber
Dec 7, 2011 - 09:02pm PT
For the hard-to-shop-for.....

http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/1684840/Pat-Aments-Music

g
Abend

Social climber
Dec 7, 2011 - 09:22pm PT
Credit: Abend

Zip....Y u do that to me? Now I want a ferret!
strangeday

Trad climber
Brea ca.
Dec 7, 2011 - 10:51pm PT
My gift will be shipping on Friday... Hopefully a certain pacific northwest climber will receive it middle of next week!!
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Dec 7, 2011 - 10:57pm PT
Abend,

cute little feller.

i had 4 in CO, but sadly, they are illegal in CA.
Studly

Trad climber
WA
Dec 7, 2011 - 11:00pm PT
I said that I would participate earlier in the thread but haven't recieved a email regarding this. Am I signed up or whats up? How do I proceed?
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 7, 2011 - 11:06pm PT
I hate ferrets. My college roomate had one he would let run around the house. Little bastard bit me more times than than I care to remember. Give me a dog or a cat anytime.
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Dec 7, 2011 - 11:09pm PT
Studly,

contact strider off site.
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 8, 2011 - 11:37am PT
My gift went in the mail today.

2900 miles.
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 8, 2011 - 02:04pm PT
I absolutely love the heads up letter I got, with the awesome artwork....

Ohhh...that is indeed lovely.

Ferret folks: Google "Ferretlegger" and read all about Reg Mellior. Wonderful story. Not that I am bias even if STopian Ferretlegger is my partner.

PS: I'm waiting for my gift-to-give to arrive so I can send it to my giftee. About 3000 miles away...which is interesting since just last week I was within spittin' distance of where I will be mailing it.

Susan
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Dec 8, 2011 - 03:18pm PT
+1 for Reg Mellior. If I recall correctly, OUTSIDE rag did a piece on him BITD and it was illustrated by Ralph Steadman. Unforgettable.

I think one quote from the piece went along these lines "Ah've 'ad the buggers 'angin' from me tool fer hours" ( Get your Yorks accent on real broad....... )
scuffy b

climber
dissected alluvial deposits, late Pleistocene
Dec 8, 2011 - 04:20pm PT
and another, something like "If yer askin can I still poke 'em, I can damn
well still poke 'em. Arrrr."
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 8, 2011 - 07:59pm PT
hey there, susan, as to this quote:

PS: I'm waiting for my gift-to-give to arrive so I can send it to my giftee. About 3000 miles away...which is interesting since just last week I was within spittin' distance of where I will be mailing it.

that's funny, ;))

fun share, :) thanks for the fun, :)
Gal

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Dec 8, 2011 - 09:12pm PT
I wanted to bump because this thread is funnnnn. My gift goes out Saturday or Monday!!! YAY Excited. I have a backorder sich, and getting everything put together & ready to go. Happy Holidays you all.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 8, 2011 - 09:17pm PT
dirtineye posthumously contributes: http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=598878&msg=598878
hollyclimber

Big Wall climber
Yosemite, CA
Dec 10, 2011 - 12:54am PT
My gift is ready but goes out Wed as I won't make it to Post Office tomorrow I think. Looking forward to sending it off! I am definitely opening whatever I get when it arrives. My family practiced "all out of town gifts can be opened on arrival" when we were kids, so I still do that!

Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Dec 11, 2011 - 11:03pm PT
Hope to see some "gifts received" posting this week!

Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 12, 2011 - 12:50pm PT
Happy Hanukkah, PhatTrad!! And Happy Nowruz, while we're at it.
Abend

Social climber
Dec 12, 2011 - 03:43pm PT
Gift is in the mail. It is traveling only 52.1 miles to a location just 4 short blocks from my first apartment out of college. Random indeed.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Dec 12, 2011 - 04:26pm PT
Poor Anders. He got the Walrus. HOpe he sent a generous package. Snicker hee hee ha ha ho ho ho.
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Dec 12, 2011 - 05:12pm PT
A friend on ST told me that she'd been trying to have something delivered to phylp, but that she was away. Apparently someone needs to sign for the package. Does anyone know when she'll be back, and I can pass on the information to the anonymous giver?

Phylp??
hollyclimber

Big Wall climber
Yosemite, CA
Dec 12, 2011 - 05:21pm PT
What if you received the name "MTucker" as your recipient. Would you send a gift? What would you send??
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Dec 12, 2011 - 05:45pm PT
Clever, Anders!

Done.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Dec 12, 2011 - 06:21pm PT

Mine's in the mail!!!!

bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Dec 12, 2011 - 07:26pm PT
Got mine today!

neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 12, 2011 - 09:45pm PT
hey there all, say, i got to mail mine, just a few hours ago!!!
:) ...

last year was fun, but a hard time, as i was moving...
never thought i'd get done in time, :))

this year, things are a tad better, and i had time, at least, to do something to send, :)

oh my!, the very first year, i thought i was too 'poor' to join in, but many encouraged me to do so, anyways, thanks for encouraging me to do so...
i enjoy being part of the little holday festivity as to all the share, here, on things exchanged... makes it a bit like family, :)
SO:
i'll just 'chalk that first time up' as to my "study year"...
i took a study-on-all-the-doings-here, and saw that i can still fit in here fine, :)



well, happy good supertopo eve to you all...

got to go finish the last of my cards, :)
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Dec 12, 2011 - 10:07pm PT
Bluey, i'm still on the east coast, getting back Wed. Nt. But my husband got back last night so I'll tell him to keep an eye out for the delivery slip to sign. Thanks!
strangeday

Trad climber
Brea ca.
Dec 12, 2011 - 10:26pm PT
Mailed mine out today...
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 13, 2011 - 01:04am PT
Well, it's outside the usual secret Santa thing, but here's someone who received something from someone on SuperTopo.
Credit: Mighty Hiker
She has instructions not to open it before December 19th, for a special reason, and there are agents to ensure that curiousity doesn't get the better of her.

I'm merely the courier, and bearer of suspense.
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Dec 13, 2011 - 06:56am PT
Thanks, Secret Santa. My gift arrived yesterday. They tried to deliver it three times while I was travelling, but my husband managed to sign for it last night!
Phyl
The Wolf

Trad climber
Martinez, CA
Dec 13, 2011 - 12:30pm PT
Have not received mine yet, and I don't even care. It was a blast to SEND one and surprise someone I don't even know. My first time participating but not my last.
kc

Trad climber
the cats
Dec 13, 2011 - 02:01pm PT
Mine went out today!

Agreed, it is neat just to participate and be part of this little community. :)

Happy Holidays to all, and let's hope for a good, safe new year for everyone!
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Dec 13, 2011 - 02:04pm PT
Happygrrl better check the post office byt the end of the week lest it get raided by the Grinch.....
pocoloco1

Social climber
The Chihuahua Desert
Dec 13, 2011 - 02:05pm PT
Is it better to reveal your identity as Secret Santa,or remain anonymous?
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Dec 13, 2011 - 02:17pm PT
personal preference.

i like to know who sent me the gift, and vice versa.
Strider

Trad climber
ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 13, 2011 - 05:12pm PT
Couple email responded too, a few late comers have been matched, looks like things are moving along smoothly.

Yay.

-n
TKingsbury

Trad climber
MT
Dec 13, 2011 - 06:41pm PT
Dropped it in the mail today...

headed somewhere warm(er than here)
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 13, 2011 - 06:44pm PT
Sources tell me that it's butt-ass cold in MT right now, with no snow.

Here's to either precip or warmer days, TKings.

Happy Holidays.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 13, 2011 - 06:56pm PT
hey there say, pocoloco1 ....


as to this quote of your:
Is it better to reveal your identity as Secret Santa,or remain anonymous?

sooner or later, it may get out, as to who the secret santa is--due to mail stamps, country, state, etc, or, if folks know each other's return of address.... (which many times is safer to make sure is on package, as, things can go wrong and it may need be send back--better safe than sorry)...


and like lolli said, she can't very well stay secret, :))


so it is kind of an UP IN THE AIR type thing, as it floats and lands, in many a place, :))



:) sure is nice thoughtful and a good adventure in friendships, though, even if the secret gets out... :)


so, it is up to you, later, how you want it to go,
:)
TKingsbury

Trad climber
MT
Dec 13, 2011 - 07:00pm PT
Brandon, temps are all over the charts here, but yeah not much for snow...got out and bouldered this weekend...hopefully again tomorrow...35 and sunny!

Cheers!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 13, 2011 - 07:45pm PT
I really look forward to this every year. It's fun to send a gift I hope they like. It's fun to go back and review their posts to get a feel for just the right gift. It's really such a great event. Thanks again Secret Santa Strider!
pocoloco1

Social climber
The Chihuahua Desert
Dec 13, 2011 - 09:37pm PT
Hello neebee:
Well, Iím not Sherlock Holmes. Last year I received a really cool FISH chalk bag from a Taco in Colorado. To this day i have no idea who was my benefactor.
The mystery adds to the fun.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 13, 2011 - 10:27pm PT
My present is running a wee bit late due to a problem with delivery. Guess I'll have to send the main thing in the new year.

Thanks Strider.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 13, 2011 - 11:03pm PT
hey there say, pocoloco! yep, it sure does, say, thanks for sharing about the neat chalk bag...

oh my, as to colorado, one would sure need a "sherlock" on that trail, for colorado givers, too:

so many many climbing folks live there, :))



*edit:
say, johntp... i think one or two, have been late, so don't worry...
some folks send "on the way notes" or else they let strider send an email...


i had to do that, last year, remember :)
mine was nearly late but it all worked out perfect, at the last minutes...
:)


sullly

Trad climber
Dec 14, 2011 - 12:23am PT
How cool to finally see a picture of the hilarious Tami a few pages back. Thanks Anders.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 14, 2011 - 02:11am PT
Here's a better one.

Credit: Mighty Hiker

ps If you need me, holler - I'll likely be in the car. And I didn't even take the photo. A certain "Dodo" did - could be symbolic.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Dec 14, 2011 - 02:25am PT
Funny that the car is now all locked up . With Anders in the trunk. Guffaw.


Dodo? Snicker.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 14, 2011 - 04:46am PT
hey there say, tami... is that hand-signal for sign language... what is going on, on that shirt? can't see the whole thing...

folks ARE starting to get more used to seeing sign language on shirts, etc...

was just curious, :)


say, as to the picture, was that your good side, ;)
or, was the OTHER one, ;)

nice to see you having fun, from the little that i know, you are ONE VERY HARD worker... :)
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 14, 2011 - 01:02pm PT
Tami has been instructed to post a photo of herself when she opens her package on Monday. She should like it, but doesn't (yet) know what it is, or the identity of the giver.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Dec 14, 2011 - 02:44pm PT
neebster - The orange shirt is from a Cake concert. I stole it from my husband. He's a big fan of Cake. :-) I , on the other hand, like their music but LOVE real cake. I really do. Cake is my favorite part of birthdays.


Fatty you can now replace Anders in the trunk. What's that you say? No air in there to breath? Suck it up Fat One. Guffaw.
strangeday

Trad climber
Brea ca.
Dec 14, 2011 - 03:55pm PT
I was going to wait to open it, but my father got to it before me (same name/mailing address)... Oh well, it's good to see you supertopo people are indeed consistent.... Thanks eKat!! I've been meaning to replace my manky old nalgeene for awhile now...

Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 14, 2011 - 04:09pm PT
That's awesome.
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Dec 14, 2011 - 04:13pm PT
Thanks eKat!! I've been meaning to replace my manky old nalgeene for awhile now...

BITCHEN KITCHEN!

You're welcome!

I'm SO GLAD you like it!

YAY!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

ox

eKat
Gene

climber
Dec 14, 2011 - 04:14pm PT
Another great reason to quit Siggs.

Cool gift, eKat!

g
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Dec 14, 2011 - 04:18pm PT
Cool gift, eKat!

Thanks, Gene. . . I'll give ALL the credit to Hap, though. She's got some of the COOLEST stuff on her site! When I saw these bottles with "YER GONNA DIE". . . I just knew strangeday had to have one!

:-)

YAY!

Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 14, 2011 - 04:25pm PT
And here I am, not having opened my package or looked at Happies website.

I almost broke down and opened it the other day.
strangeday

Trad climber
Brea ca.
Dec 14, 2011 - 04:46pm PT
It's perfect, and it means I can still look up happie in jtree, and get me a new chalkbag soon!!
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Dec 14, 2011 - 04:55pm PT
It's perfect, and it means I can still look up happie in jtree, and get me a new chalkbag soon!!

That's a WIN/WIN fer sher!

:-)
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 14, 2011 - 04:56pm PT
Ha! What did your dad think when he opened a gift telling him he was gonna die? Bet there's a funny story there!
strangeday

Trad climber
Brea ca.
Dec 14, 2011 - 05:03pm PT
We work together, he thought it was a joke gift from one of our vendors, especially since he's the "old man" around here.. (even though my dad is 74, and runs circles around us young'uns) I'm glad I intercepted it, or it may have gone in the company gift exchange... That could have been interesting!!
perswig

climber
Dec 14, 2011 - 05:21pm PT
That's excellent, strangeday! Nice work, Kath!

This is getting fun (even BEFORE Tami's imitation [or is that intimation?] of Bill the Cat :)).

Dale
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Dec 14, 2011 - 05:29pm PT

I'm gonna just get a framed copy of Tami!!!!!

hee hee hee. . .
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Dec 14, 2011 - 07:22pm PT
That's excellent, strangeday! Nice work, Kath!

It fully CRACKS ME UP!

It SMACKS of theTacoStand!

I mean. . . think about it. . . if you ran into somebody with a water bottle that said "YER GONNA DIE" on it, wouldn't you immediately know that person was one of your TacoBrethren?

Gotta love that!

:-)
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Dec 14, 2011 - 07:25pm PT
That IS funny, Kath!!! Awesome gift.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 14, 2011 - 07:48pm PT
Yes, very cool gift and it comes with a bonus story. Good work!
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Dec 15, 2011 - 01:23am PT
Yes!! A book for the looooong plane ride to see my kids, Deep Play by Paul Pritchard, a Boardman-Tasker award winner. An interesting looking DVD, too, The Lost People of Mountain Village. Thanks, John!
JohnRoe

Trad climber
State College, PA
Dec 15, 2011 - 07:24am PT
^^^^
You're welcome!

I'm looking at an interesting box right now with return address "Secret Santa, Yosemite CA".
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 15, 2011 - 09:06am PT
The Lost People of Mountain Village.


Hahahahah! A most excellent movie! I even made a trip with BN to see it in person. Have fun with that.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 15, 2011 - 12:11pm PT
Mailman hasn't come today. I feel like a little girl anxiously waiting for my package to arrive. :)
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 15, 2011 - 12:22pm PT
USPS tracking says mine is arriving in Indian Wells today.
OlympicMtnBoy

climber
Seattle
Dec 15, 2011 - 03:48pm PT
In the mail finally! Fortunately it doesn't have to go very far.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Dec 15, 2011 - 04:00pm PT
Mine is here! Thanks so much to my home-town Secret Santa!!!

Small... efficient... useful! I love it.

Pics to come when I find a few batteries.

P.S. Can we do this every month?
JohnRoe

Trad climber
State College, PA
Dec 15, 2011 - 06:40pm PT
Everyone seemed to be opening theirs so I thought "why wait".

I'm glad I didn't because it needs to go straight to the freezer! Thanks, SS!
AlexCobbs

Trad climber
Santa Fe, NM
Dec 15, 2011 - 06:50pm PT
Package is being loaded in Santa's sleigh as we speak. Told him it's high priority.
I'll be posting a pic of my package soon. As my girls we're hasty in opening it before I even got home from work.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 15, 2011 - 06:53pm PT
I accidentally opened mine this afternoon! I thought it was a delivery of texts books or a post-hospital get well gift. Or something. It didn't occur to me to actually look at the label and then I would've known it was my Secret Santa gift. BN is going to be miffed I didn't wait for him.

I am heading out the door shortly for an emergency margarita with Ms Tarbuster and Ms Prod but will post up photos later.

Thanks Secret Santa! It's a very cool, and useful gift. :)
Fogarty

climber
BITD
Dec 15, 2011 - 09:37pm PT
My Santa gift hit today, can't wait to open it christmas day, thanks santa.
Strider

Trad climber
ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 15, 2011 - 10:39pm PT
Santa got a gift in the mail yesterday! Yay! Haven't opened it, going to wait until Christmas or as long as I can.

A big thank you to everyone!

-n
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Dec 15, 2011 - 10:57pm PT
Have a Merry Christmas, NIck!!!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 15, 2011 - 11:51pm PT
OPEN OPEN OPEN OPEN!!!!

So, back from emergency margarita night (though not a single margarita was had) and took a photo of my excellent secret santa gift. Unlike the rest of you, I have no discipline and it is a source of pride. :)

Pente the nosy cat gets in the middle of my secret santa surprise.
Pente the nosy cat gets in the middle of my secret santa surprise.
Credit: Crimpergirl

A big thanks to Kristin Moore of CA who is my secret santa. Embarrassed to say I don't know her taco name. :/ When our paths cross, we'll share some wine in the glasses. :)

edit: wow, scary arse photo. My eyes are still blown out from the exciting hospital procedure earlier this week. It was rough!
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 15, 2011 - 11:55pm PT
Ha...I was just thinking how good you look for all you've just been through!

Good to see that lovely smile.

Rest and enjoy

Susan
Fogarty

climber
BITD
Dec 16, 2011 - 01:24am PT
I have a BIG BOX!
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Dec 16, 2011 - 02:11am PT
Thank you Secret Santa from my hometown!

Now I can get some reading done at the next bivi!

Credit: Ihateplastic
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 16, 2011 - 02:48am PT
hey there say, wow, nice to see the bits of early-gift fun! ...

callie, after all you been through, it is wonderful to see you so happy!!!

say, ihateplastic, wow, what nifty gift, say, for reading, you say?
:)) you can order one of my short story, or novels, and read that, while on your resting nights, :)


;) *oh my, an author's got to do what an author's got to do,
as to dropping a few advertisement, :))


love seeing all the nice surprises, thanks again, for
sharing... :)
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Dec 16, 2011 - 09:30am PT
Here's something for FatTrad:

http://www.hulu.com/watch/197592/mr-magoos-christmas-carol

:-)

eK@
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 16, 2011 - 09:35am PT
Fun stuff. A fun project that just gets funner! Love seeing the gifts. More photos!! Let's see that big box. :)
Frozenwaterfalls

Ice climber
California
Dec 16, 2011 - 10:35am PT
I got my package in the mail and was stoked that it was still in the mail! Forgot to put a hold on the mail while I was out of town and the mail box was stuffed. Being good and waiting to open it :). But wait, I celebrate Hanukkah so I only have to wait until Tue night...Maybe I will bring it and head to the Bay Area Pity Party for the first time. And I am heading to the post office today no matter what to ship out my package. It has been sitting neatly on my desk at work waiting for a chance to get mailed, but I got a last minute consult with the surgeon yesterday so had to haul down to the hospital. Would rather have headed over to the post office. So TKingsbury...it will be on it's way today! I promise! You have not been Scrooged!
Melissa

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
Dec 16, 2011 - 11:21am PT
I'm going to mail my gift today. I guess I'm last minute. I haven't gotten one yet, but I'm opening it as soon as I do. :-)

I did get a nice card from the always thoughtful NeeBee yesterday though. I love getting Christmas cards. One of these years I hope I can be organized enough to spread the love too.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Dec 16, 2011 - 02:12pm PT
Hahahahahahaa Fine blue gloves and toque from ZIP !!! THANKYOU!!!!!



And I can't believe someone send Callie a CAT !!!!


GO TEAM TABBY !!!!!!!!!

Credit: Tami
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 16, 2011 - 02:25pm PT
Ha! They should have sent me a Calico. :)

Hey, meant to offer a welcome to Frozenwaterfalls. She has been a long time lurker but has come on out into the light!

Nice to see you here!!!
Gal

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Dec 16, 2011 - 02:33pm PT
Gift has been put on the sleigh and sent out-YAY!!!!

zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Dec 16, 2011 - 02:34pm PT
Tami,

YW, that's real wool ya know.

gonna post a pic of you modeling them?
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 16, 2011 - 03:50pm PT
hey there say, welcome to frozenwaterfalls, too!!!


happy supertopo to you!


Credit: neebee

:)
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Dec 16, 2011 - 04:14pm PT
mmmm....Santa knows ALL! I luv chocolate!
mmmm....Santa knows ALL! I luv chocolate!
Credit: happiegrrrl

My Secret Santa gift was waiting for me at the post office today! I had been going in ever since a few days after names went out, wanting to make sure the package wouldn't get sent back if I hadn't picked it up in a set timeframe. It did not occur to me to ask how long they hold general Delivery for until....the moment I typed that last sentence.

THANK YOU Santa Seemstress!


In case one cannot see the details, these chocolates are: a crescent moon wrapped in silver foil, a bag of chocolate stars, each in gold foil and a sweet little box of ornamentally designed pieces, which the box says are: Milk Chocolate Gift, Bittersweet Christmas Tree, Eggnog Snowman and Candy Cane Truffle! The gift card is a very pretty piece itself!

And to have a multi-sensory post, I can tell you that - Oh...mmmm....ahhhhh .ooooh...yessss. VERY good chocolate indeed(that was one of the starts that did that too me.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 16, 2011 - 04:16pm PT
Sort of on topic, my cousin Vaughn from England (he came from Saskatoon) recently reminded me of something I gave him in 1966, when he was one, and I wasn't much older. Apparently a favourite treasure of his. Here it is:
Credit: Mighty Hiker
Credit: Mighty Hiker
The writing is my father's, and I somehow suspect he did most of the work. Maybe I kept him company in the shop, and helped paint.
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Dec 16, 2011 - 04:17pm PT
^^^^^^^^^

sweets for a sweet?

2 posts up
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Dec 16, 2011 - 04:21pm PT
Anders... brilliant!
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Dec 16, 2011 - 04:21pm PT
Hap. . . that seamstress sure sends nice things! She was mine last year. . . and my gift was FABULOUS!

I LOVE THIS!

oxox

eK@
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Dec 16, 2011 - 05:39pm PT
i got nothing today, but two people got what i sent.
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 16, 2011 - 05:49pm PT
I wish Fogarty would open the box, the gifts are wrapped, and there's a card.

Also, it'd be cool if he posted a picture of the box, as it is quasi decorated.

Hint Hint.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 16, 2011 - 06:01pm PT
Yes, pictures people, pictures!!!

Anders, those are real treasures. I don't like owning much,but I have a few childhood treasures that are so meaningful. Thanks for sharing!
John Butler

Social climber
SLC, Utah
Dec 16, 2011 - 07:05pm PT
From Florida comes this beautiful painting...

Thank you and Happy Holidays

:-)

photo not found
Missing photo ID#229789
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 16, 2011 - 07:33pm PT
Serves you right.
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Dec 16, 2011 - 07:34pm PT
Glad to see that the chocolate wasn't consumed by the fabled mouse that was not stirring. I have longingly looked at Moonstruck Chocolates, and husband doesn't seem to pick up on the hint for the exquisite chocolate. He is of the opinion that all chocolate is alike. Gentlemen, take note - your lady will know the difference between bargain and best...

Will post picture and report of DVD viewing later.

I love seeing so many folks with absolutely no self control about opening Christmas gifts early. I am not alone!
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Dec 16, 2011 - 07:41pm PT
To encourage more peaker peekers, I received a lovely gift one year and stashed it under the tree. A couple days later, the house was quite smelly. My boss at the time was of Polish descent. He had given us a fine, authentic kielbasi. Alas, it could not be consumed as it had spoiled under the tree. So the moral of the story is "Open It".
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 16, 2011 - 07:45pm PT
No self control? No way! It is a benefit of being a grown up. We can have pizza for breakfast, pancakes for dinner, and open gifts when they arrive. :)
pocoloco1

Social climber
The Chihuahua Desert
Dec 16, 2011 - 07:48pm PT
Letís demonstrate a little self control, OK
Santa will know if you peeked
Melissa

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
Dec 16, 2011 - 07:53pm PT
Whoa, John...you scored! I love seeing everyone's gifts.
Fogarty

climber
BITD
Dec 16, 2011 - 08:08pm PT
Brando-

And this is just the box can I wait to open this?
My secret santa gift
My secret santa gift
Credit: Fogarty
Fogarty

climber
BITD
Dec 16, 2011 - 08:14pm PT
gal, I'm your SANTA, packed that sled big time, I put some real thought in this one LOL!
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 16, 2011 - 08:23pm PT
Paging Tami...

Edit; Sweet watch Fogarty.
Fogarty

climber
BITD
Dec 16, 2011 - 08:54pm PT
Brandon, sweet box! can't wait ' this is my third year and it has made my Christmas every year , oh what fun, thanks STRIDER! and all my friends and santas.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 16, 2011 - 09:16pm PT
I really like these gifts.

I would have waited, but it wasn't wrapped.  Thank you Secret Santa!  ...
I would have waited, but it wasn't wrapped. Thank you Secret Santa! Bishop rocks!
Credit: johntp
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Dec 16, 2011 - 11:38pm PT

Callie can't have my 'cali'. . .

Gal

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Dec 16, 2011 - 11:43pm PT
Ahhh Fogarty, I'm excited!!!!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 17, 2011 - 12:36am PT
Sweet Kitty SteveW. Did someone send that to you. :) Heh heh.

Nice stuff rolling in. This is the best, no? :)
perswig

climber
Dec 17, 2011 - 07:19am PT
There was a hint of anxiety in Sara's voice when I called on the way home yesterday. "You got a package. It's from California. No name on the return address. I put it by the tree. It's creeping me out a little."

Um, Cali.
That can't be good.

When I got home, there it sat.
With the other presents, but ... apart, somehow.



Something was off. The dogs ignored it. The cats gave it a very wide berth. Very unusual.
When you got close, whiffs of portent ... even malice, maybe?
I don't know.

I had resolved to open all presents on Christmas day, but Sara was right. This was troubling. Best nip it in the bud.
A couple passes of a knife, and with some trepidation I pried the top off.

Bright flash of light, clap of thunder.
Acrid plumes of brimstone, clouds of smoke, cries of tortured souls leapt forth.



"Jeezum crow! What the devil have I brought into my home?", I cried.




Why, it's a Christmas gift...



... from a Supertopian ...



... who for all his Bah Humbugging (not to be confused with sheepbuggery) picked out an excellent gift. Conveniently enough, the ice tools and I are planning on taking a walk Sunday, and this little bit of kit will be tagging along. Just have to decide how to christen it.



Many thanks, Jeff, and Merry (*) Christmas! Good stuff!
Dale

(*secular, of course; peaceful Festival of Lights to you this coming week)









kc

Trad climber
the cats
Dec 17, 2011 - 09:37am PT
So much for the Bah Humbug! An excellent gift!
perswig

climber
Dec 17, 2011 - 09:46am PT
^^
Right, huh?
Oh, and what's with all the people getting cats?

Nice stuff all 'round. John Butler, that's a great painting (print?)!

Dale
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 17, 2011 - 10:28am PT
hey there say, all.... very fun presentation, perswig... :)

love that wooden horse, there, too...




ahhhh, cats, did someone say, ;)


somehow they just showed up for supper:  could have SWORN they SLEEPIN...
somehow they just showed up for supper: could have SWORN they SLEEPING! ;))
Credit: neebee



wow, i rarely use meat in my cooking, but if i DO,
THIS crowd sure groups-and-hovers within seconds! :O


had to eat fast, :))


(love the cat fun, here)

Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 17, 2011 - 12:21pm PT
Post pictures, Lolli.

And, Happy Holidays from NH!
John Butler

Social climber
SLC, Utah
Dec 17, 2011 - 02:38pm PT
John Butler, that's a great painting (print?)!

It is a painting... and the aroma of fresh linseed oil (I think) is taking me back to climbing days at Joshua Tree back in the late 60s... my Grandmother painting while my Grandpa taught me how to climb. And my Grandma yelling at my Grandpa, saying he was going to get me killed if he didn't use a rope (hated ropes... only used them as a last resort... it was a growing up in the Tetons in his teens thing)
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Dec 17, 2011 - 02:57pm PT
Secret Santa Kicks Ass$$1!!
Secret Santa Kicks Ass$$1!!
Credit: bluering

I opened mine a few days ago. It wasn't wrapped when I opened the 'unknown package'.

I got some Dope Miller 'Dope Grip', which is a lotion-based alternavive to chalk. I have yet to check this out.

Got a sweet Pika nut-cleaning tool that has a tiny hammer on one end to funk-out awnry placements.

Got a purple Pika??? Dog collar? Not sure what that is.

And a T-shirt with a unique lightning bolt on it. On the back of the shirt it says, "Fear is temporary...Regret is forever".

Thanks Santa!!!!
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Dec 17, 2011 - 04:33pm PT
WOW. . . this whole page is full of wonderful stuff!

YAY!

TFPU, everybody!
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Dec 17, 2011 - 05:02pm PT
Tami's beavers are really cool.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 17, 2011 - 05:46pm PT
Just wait until Tami opens her present on Monday!
perswig

climber
Dec 17, 2011 - 05:49pm PT
Tami's beavers are really cool.
^^
(takethehighroad, takethehighroad, takethehighroad)

Beauty, Tami.

Bluering, sweet tee, now ya gotta send the route.

Dale
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 17, 2011 - 05:54pm PT
/Take the low road take the low road/

Tamis got more than one beaver?
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Dec 17, 2011 - 06:05pm PT
If I told you I'd have to kill you.

About beeeeeverz thattiz.


Oh, uhhhh, and sending cats ? Isn't that so some of these idjits will GET A LITTLE PUSSY?


:-D
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Dec 17, 2011 - 06:08pm PT
Bluering, sweet tee, now ya gotta send the route.

Dale


I know...I've never even stood in it's midst. It would be a definite onsight.

But it appears to be slightly out of my league. Some day soon I'll give it a go.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 17, 2011 - 06:24pm PT
Delivery from the Yule troll.
Credit: Mighty Hiker
Only two days to go, before she's allowed to open it.

Odd, I didn't sign up for the program, but seem to be involved anyway. But over the years I've received several generous gifts/donations from SuperTopians, not necessarily at Yuletide, so it works out.
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 17, 2011 - 06:28pm PT
BTW, thanks again Strider for putting this together.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 17, 2011 - 07:02pm PT
tick tock

Do the initials SA mean anything?
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Dec 17, 2011 - 07:12pm PT
South Africa?
South America?
Sender Around?
Sentral America?
Sawn Arm?
Sewing Arrangement?
Sickening Awfulness?
S'truth Arrrrgh?
Swimming Apples?
Streaming Angels?
Simply Appalling?
Said Already?


:-)
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 17, 2011 - 07:15pm PT
Donini...
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 17, 2011 - 07:53pm PT
Not even close Tami...

Although I like the swimming apples idea.

tick tock
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 17, 2011 - 09:49pm PT
Stunningly Amazing!
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 17, 2011 - 11:32pm PT
I nominate Jeff for sugar plum fairy. He'd look good in a pink(o) outfit.
cass

Gym climber
palm harbor, florida
Dec 18, 2011 - 10:45am PT
John,
ďIt is a painting... and the aroma of fresh linseed oil (I think) is taking me back to climbing days at Joshua Tree back in the late 60s... ď
What a wonderful memory.
(Yup itís oil).
:)
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Dec 18, 2011 - 10:50am PT
That painting is beautiful, cass!

:-)

eK@
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 18, 2011 - 11:58am PT
Only one day to go for Tami. I wonder if she's excited? Have husband and daughter had to hide her mystery present, or physically restrain her? The tension must be just unbearable.
cass

Gym climber
palm harbor, florida
Dec 18, 2011 - 01:11pm PT
Thanks ekat
adatesman

climber
philadelphia, pa
Dec 18, 2011 - 03:05pm PT
I don't know what's worse.... Wondering what SS sent me or waiting for the recipient of what I sent to post up. What's worse is that USPS says it was delivered yesterday, so I might be in for a wait!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 18, 2011 - 03:07pm PT
True. We are both wondering if our recipients received their packages. We think they should have arrived.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 18, 2011 - 04:19pm PT
See photo of Yuletide troll about 15 posts back, with happy recipient.

Yuletide troll = when Canada Post just can't manage. For rates, write yuletidetroll@hohoho.ca
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 18, 2011 - 06:59pm PT
tick tock
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Dec 18, 2011 - 07:00pm PT
Well. . . I ain't got nuttin'!
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 18, 2011 - 07:02pm PT
kat- you got the love of the taco
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Dec 18, 2011 - 07:08pm PT
Remember - there IS a contingent who isn't opening til xmas day. And apparently at least one or two people got the boxes and didn't make the SE connection until opened....

I know it can be frustrating wondering, especially since the longer it goes, if the mail DID go awry, the more difficult to correct. I guess the only thing one can do is to believe the gift is on the way or has arrived, and that the joy is in the giving(no matter HOW great getting does feel...!).


If you hear nothing after the holidays, you could ask Stryder to make a discreet inquiry on your behalf. At least then you would know if it arrived.

Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 18, 2011 - 07:11pm PT
A request to those - take a photo of your box with you and post it! Then another when you open it. There can't be too many photos! :)
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 18, 2011 - 08:43pm PT
hey there say, crimper, good idea...

i like to see boxes, too, :)



well, all:
say, mine did not come yet, so no one will have to wonder...

i'd let you know--so not to worry...
:)
hollyclimber

Big Wall climber
Yosemite, CA
Dec 18, 2011 - 08:43pm PT
I got mine!! And I did open it -
I got.........

A BD pecker and a nutrino. Now why would my Santa think I could use such items??? :)

Oh yeah, and I got cinnamon-y lotion too. Nice size for the pack or purse.

Thanks Secret Santa!!

Planning to hang them on the tree for the picture. I don't see too many other pictures up yet, so I am off the hook (I mean beak) for awhile.

HB
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 18, 2011 - 09:27pm PT
Mine hasn't come yet and what I sent hasn't been delivered yet according to tracking. When mine comes I'll be happy to post. And I definitely am not one to wait until Christmas Day. I am away from home a lot while we are at the boat so maybe it's there and I won't know until tomorrow.

Can't wait. Can't wait.....



Susan

Crimp...love your idea....will do.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 18, 2011 - 09:37pm PT
Goodie! Can't wait to see everyone's goodies! :)
LuckyPink

climber
the last bivy
Dec 18, 2011 - 09:46pm PT
lol sounds like anxious kids.. there is still a whole week before christmas you sillies.
JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Dec 18, 2011 - 11:25pm PT
Hey Blu,
It'll go.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnsNfJwBZQI&feature=player_embedded
dang it wish we were young......
and 10pct as talented lol
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 19, 2011 - 02:34am PT
Goodie! Can't wait to see everyone's goodies! :)

Hope locker doesn't see that....
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 19, 2011 - 12:45pm PT
hey there say, ... ohmy... after a loud rap at the DOOR:

i had a box from buddies in montana, AND:

A LARGE BOX FROM SWEDEN! :o

OHHHHHHHHHHHHH my!

i never got a package from sweden, before... lovely stamps, too...




so then, yes, i know who my secret santa is now...
the grandkids here want me to open it... and customs DOES say that you MUST say what is IN it... *nice picture on the box, hand-drawn, too...

__but--the GRANDKIDS will be here 'til friday, so i don't HAVE to open it
'cause we STILL have time, so they can have with this too....__
sooooo... i can wait, if lolli can wait for me
to be so very happy to see it!!!!

or, i can be so very happy to see it, now, as the holiday approaches,
but:
i was thinking CHRISTMAS EVE is nice, but the kids won't be here... so,
i could open it friday... or open it alone, christmas eve...

oh my.... what to doooooooooo....

*the girls did ALREADY have fun opening a box, already from montana, of neat little knick-knacks, unwrapped and that was just for holiday pre-fun...

well, folks, HERE IT IS!!!!
here is the pic of the BOX FROM SWEDEN:


thank you so very much! secret santa!!!
thank you so very much! secret santa!!!
Credit: neebee



THANK YOU SO VERYY MUCH, lolli...
and god bless...
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 19, 2011 - 01:04pm PT
hey there say, lolli! wow, glad you are around, as i know it is later, over there, in the day... :) or eve...

say, i will wait for the other letter, as, i can't afford to buy things, i have just what i need to pay the heat, and then have to wait for jan, 'til i have rent, and whatever is left, etc...

the girls can practice 'self control' :)) it is good for them, :))


but, wow, it looks so very special... thanks so kindly..
:)


hmmm, so THIS is the 'electric trouble' or something?? that you had on the post the other night, :))

:))


will let the girls know to expect another envelope,
god bless your eve and happy supertopo to you, this eve, in top of that... :)
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Dec 19, 2011 - 01:26pm PT
Wolf, thanks for the gifts!!! Merry Christmas, bro.

And thanks for clarifying what the purple rope-hook was. Sweet!
The Lisa

Trad climber
Da Bronx, NY
Dec 19, 2011 - 01:32pm PT
I am waiting for the item I ordered to arrive and then I will send it to my giftee priority, so it will get there.
Lovely to see all the good cheer here on the Taco :)
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Dec 19, 2011 - 02:16pm PT
I got a delivery!

Credit: zip
Credit: zip
Credit: zip

Pretty sure my SS is a female.

Could be lynne.

No wonder she was asking so many questions about who gets stuck with who.

Thanks SS.

I'm waiting until the 25th to open.
cass

Gym climber
palm harbor, florida
Dec 19, 2011 - 02:44pm PT
I got mine and I opened it too!!

All the way from CA, I got... a Sport towel, Chalk block, utility knife and lotion, Also a very nice hand written letter. Iíll be sure to let my secret Santa know when I'm in CA again so we can climb together!!
Thank you so much Stacey. Merry Christmas from Florida.
Credit: cass
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 19, 2011 - 03:38pm PT
FR: I got a lump of coal. Bah Humbug.

So use your superpowers to compress it into diamond, already.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Dec 19, 2011 - 03:44pm PT
I know what I shipped arrived by now... wondering...
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Dec 19, 2011 - 03:46pm PT
Yay, cass! RAD pemmie! (that's eKat for present!)

:-)

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY!
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Dec 19, 2011 - 03:46pm PT
kat- you got the love of the taco

Ahhhhhhhhhh. . . how sweet!

:-)

oxoxo

eK@
Melissa

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
Dec 19, 2011 - 06:13pm PT
I received my package, and since I'll be traveling for the holiday, I opened it!

Voila, mesdames et messieurs, my articulated wooden climbing dood with the worlds smallest pro and ATC from a Secret Santa who chose to stay Secret:

Credit: Melissa
Credit: Melissa
Credit: Melissa
Credit: Melissa
Credit: Melissa

He has sticky rubber hands and feet, and a ton of care was made in creating each of the little bits of his kit. The little nuts are actually swaged. I don't know if the nuts and ATC were poured into a mold or done with something malleable. They look like the usual unit only smaller. Very cool!

I got the sense that my Secret Santa did not part with him easily. I hope (s)he'll let me know if (s)he'd like to have him back. He came with a Flat Stanley assignment, but I don't know if I'll be any good at making that happen. For now he has a place of honor on top of my bookshelf next to an old church-key soda can that I found by Through Bein' Cool that had never been opened.

Thank you, Secret Santa!
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 19, 2011 - 06:24pm PT
Wow.

Being a carpenter, I toyed with the thought of a home made gift, but that one takes the proverbial cake.

What an honor to have received that.
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Dec 19, 2011 - 06:33pm PT
That's one awesome pemmie.

:-)

Yes it is, indeed!
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 19, 2011 - 06:35pm PT
Maple is a powerful timber.

At least it looks like maple, an amazing medium for creativity.
strangeday

Trad climber
Brea ca.
Dec 19, 2011 - 06:42pm PT
I hope my gift arrived safely, I mailed it a week ago, and it only had to go two states from me....

Keep the pics and awesomeness coming!!
perswig

climber
Dec 19, 2011 - 07:21pm PT
Too cool! Big kudos to Melissa's Secret Santa.
(Although that dude's got tiny nuts)

Dale
Zander

climber
Dec 19, 2011 - 07:37pm PT
First present under the tree!

Credit: Zander
kc

Trad climber
the cats
Dec 20, 2011 - 01:04am PT
Got mine! Thanks, STSS! I will post a pic of the box and the subsequent unveiling, whenever the mood strikes. But I think it will be soon! :)
Captain...or Skully

climber
Asgard or bust
Dec 20, 2011 - 01:08am PT
Ya'll are havin' way too much fun. Carry on!
;-)
LuckyPink

climber
the last bivy
Dec 20, 2011 - 01:13am PT
oh that is cool, Melissa! what a crafting!




the package I sent out last week is due to arrive on the 21st! It had a ways to go!


this is fun...

and...























Yer NOT Gonna DIE
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Dec 20, 2011 - 01:30am PT
Secret Santa Gifts
Secret Santa Gifts
Credit: Seamstress

The DVD was amusing, and I won't spoil the plot for anyone.

I'm saving the book for the plane ride to see my 30 year old babies.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 20, 2011 - 03:02am PT
hey there zip, lollie, and all, say....


just got the grandkids to bed, and went to sleep... got a call from my mom on west coast, and got up for a bit...


so, from earlier noted things here:
i wanted to share, what a neat colored-on box, there zip!
very pretty... i wanted to decorate my outside-box, but i was in a hurry to send it out, due to a few things going on those few days...


also, say, lolli...
take a look at the box, and lets hope this is not damaged...
there is two spots on the box, where it was 'marred'...
i am hoping it is only surface damage... :O

forgot to share that with you, earlier...
look at one of the stamps... and then, look on the very outter left rim
of box...

i sure love seeing the box under the tree-it makes it so homey here...
this IS the first year, here, after all... and a good time to celebrate, as i moved in to sleep the first night here, on christmas eve...

i remember, just before i came in, i was at the grandkids, and just about that time, i had a small crying-break-down at leaving the other house behind... it was very odd... like a baby bird breaking out a its tiny nest to go and NEST in the bigger world... this yard... :))

they used to live here and do christmas here...
last year, i was here unpacking...
this year, they are here, decorating, and now of course, enjoying the tree and pre-christmas fun here, that i had USED to see by
just babysitting here, :))


well, happy secret santa thread to you all, and may many new and
special memories be added to your holiday home time, from this
sharing of joined climbers here...

god bless... got to run...
kids will wake up early... :)


edit:
ps:
me and the grandkids enjoyed seeing the 'mini' climber, :)
very intriqued they were with all the equipment, intricate it all
was... :)
adatesman

climber
philadelphia, pa
Dec 20, 2011 - 08:41am PT
Melissa said:
from a Secret Santa who chose to stay Secret

Actually, it's more that I didn't know whether people outted themselves or kept secret so took the conservative route. Very glad you like it and I hope you find it as amusing as I have the past couple years. :-)

Short version of his story (which was included in the card)... I won him as a door prize at the local Art League a couple years back and ended up gluing pieces of rubber band to the hands/feet so he could work roof problems on the fireplace mantel. Figured other climber types might find him as amusing as I do, so gussied him up with a helmet, harness and rudimentary trad rack and replaced the rubber bands with sticky rubber. I'm hoping Melissa gets a chance sometime to take him out climbing and posts a TR or two, as he really likes climbing outdoors. I also thought it would be amusing if he eventually getting passed around for others to take him climbing elsewhere, but at this point I think I'll make another one for that.

And yup, all the hardware is swaged with the nuts being made from beading crimp tubes (which I sometime use for fixing cam triggers). The ATC was carved out of a piece of aluminum I had laying around and is sized for 1.75-2mm ropes. Was quite fun to make and glad you like it.

Oh, and here's a copy of the pic that was sent with him...


-aric.


LATE EDIT- Here's a better view of climber dood's belay device. I can't describe how much this thing amuses me, and for reference the wire loop is about a quarter inch of 0.027" diameter 7x19 stainless and swaged into the body of the device.

Melissa

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
Dec 20, 2011 - 10:52am PT
Thanks for outing yourself, Aric. It's great to put a name to my Santa and fellow Pennsylvanian. I've enjoyed seeing your homemade cams/cam contest over the years, so it's fun to have some of your micro handiwork. I should have guessed!
adatesman

climber
philadelphia, pa
Dec 20, 2011 - 10:59am PT
I'm just happy you like it, Melissa. :-)
pocoloco1

Social climber
The Chihuahua Desert
Dec 20, 2011 - 11:40am PT
My Secret Santa package has arrived. The contents of the envelope give off a nice metallic ring when shaken. Thanks Secret Santa from Goleta California.
hollyclimber

Big Wall climber
Yosemite, CA
Dec 20, 2011 - 12:30pm PT
Climbing man is SO AWESOME. Wow.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 20, 2011 - 12:31pm PT
Perhaps climbing man and Gertrude should team up sometime.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 20, 2011 - 12:44pm PT
Super cool Aric! Wow - great stuff...
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 20, 2011 - 03:01pm PT
hey there say, lolli...whewwwwwwwwww...
good to know of the air-side, :)

:)


*envelope did not come today, most likely, tomorrow, that will make two days, :)


awwwww, patience is a virtue... good to wait, too...

:)
Gal

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Dec 20, 2011 - 03:34pm PT
My Secret Santa gift arrived.

I told myself I would wait. So one hour later I opened.

Yay-Thanks so much Michael F.-awesome!!

The J-tree guide will be useful-especially if I make it to the Todd Gordon festivities in April. And the photo will be nice to have when it's 115degrees this summer-it will be nice to imagine being in a scene like that.

Have happy holidays!

Thank You-Catherine :-)

ps. the timing couldn't be better, as I start my drive to Colorado today.


Yay!
Yay!
Credit: Gal
My dog Asia investigated and determined she liked the gifts too!!!
My dog Asia investigated and determined she liked the gifts too!!!
Credit: Gal
cass

Gym climber
palm harbor, florida
Dec 20, 2011 - 04:34pm PT
Wow little climbing man is so cool. Nice work Aric!
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Dec 20, 2011 - 04:41pm PT
WOW. . . everything is SO BEAUTIFUL!

YAY, EVERYBODY!

ox

eK@
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Dec 20, 2011 - 04:54pm PT
Who lives in Valley Center, CA?
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 20, 2011 - 05:11pm PT
Who lives in Valley Center, CA?

The woman of your dreams, L(squared)


Susan
hucklebear

Trad climber
NY
Dec 20, 2011 - 05:14pm PT
Hey all-
I'd planned to wait until the 25th, but saw this thread update, got all excited, and figured the first day of Hannukah was close enough :) Gifts & goodwill no matter how you slice it.

My Santa stayed a mystery, but I suspect she is a fellow girl due to the understanding that girl climbers *never* have enough hair ties. I've actually used climbing tape in desperate moments.

AND (s)he has kinfolk in the same small, flat, midwestern town as my parents, where I am marooned without climbable rock for the next week. Look forward to using the excellent gift next week when I am headed to eastern granite!

Thanks, Strider for being awesome & holiday cherish and getting it all rolling. This truly brought me many smiles through the season.

Safe climbing and happy happy holidays to everyone!
Thought I could hold off...
Thought I could hold off...
Credit: hucklebear


The goods!!
The goods!!
Credit: hucklebear
crustie

climber
SF, CA
Dec 20, 2011 - 05:16pm PT
Weee!!! Got my gift in the mail and took about zero seconds to decide to open it immediately! But whoa, it wasn't one but 3 gifts!?! Thanks Strangeday!!!

The first gift was a vhs video of cliffhanger. Now perhaps many would think, who watches vhs anymore? But not if you just bought a new VAN with a tv/vcr in it! woohoo! that was the perfect gift!!!!!! I can't wait to go on my next road trip now!! (like i needed MORE inspiration!)

but wait, there's more...
I got what appears to be a home-knit hat, so pretty and fits perfectly!

and...
a french climbing shop shirt. it doesn't fit me, but my it fits my partner who has yet to buy a new shirt since I've known him (just over 5 years now, is there still hope?), so it's great!

Thanks again! Sorry no photos, I'm generally internet retarded.

I love secret santas!
Wonder if mine got hers? Hope she likes it. it's my best attempt at a homemade climbing gift.

Christie (crustie from Seattle WA)
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Dec 20, 2011 - 05:18pm PT
Susan,

yep, kinda figured that, but she's not speaking to me right now.
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 20, 2011 - 05:20pm PT
I like that there is a high percentage of lurkers participating in this.

Happy Holidays!
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Dec 20, 2011 - 05:23pm PT
I like that there is a high percentage of lurkers participating in this.

I was just thinking the same thing!

:-)
strangeday

Trad climber
Brea ca.
Dec 20, 2011 - 05:24pm PT
Awesome!! More than a few people I told said "nobody has VHS anymore", but I tossed It in anyway, I'm glad you can actually use it. My wife made the hat...

Here's a pic I took before mailing... Glad you liked it crustie!!

Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 20, 2011 - 05:30pm PT
Secret's out! I'm your Secret Santa Hucklebear! Hope you like it all. :)

Though you are not a prolific poster, I studied your photos to see you have a pony tail so I hoped the pony tail holders would be useful. I too have used tape in moments of desperation. (I kept the other half of the package. :))

And the stalking, er, studying of your contributions showed you trad climbing so I got you the colorful biners - can't have enough of them.

And the Cliffblocks - yum. Who wouldn't like those?

I do have family where your parents are. Be cool if somehow they all knew each other.

Happy holidays!

Hee hee! Such fun!
Frozenwaterfalls

Ice climber
California
Dec 20, 2011 - 06:27pm PT
Yup - lots of we lurkers :). I too could not wait until sundown to open my package. I got the awesome book "All That Glitters" by Margo Talbot from John Butler (same alias and name - yeah!) Thanks so much for the book! I actually met Margo up in Canada when we both ended up helping mutual friends paint their deck (trying to keep said friends from killing each other) and I have seen her fairly regularly when I am up there since so it is pretty darn cool to get the book. One of those "have been meaning to buy it" items but now, there it is ready to be read. THANKS!!!! And no photos from me either since as another lurker, that is beyond my posting skills :).
surfstar

climber
Santa Barbara, CA
Dec 20, 2011 - 06:37pm PT
My Secret Santa package has arrived. The contents of the envelope give off a nice metallic ring when shaken. Thanks Secret Santa from Goleta California.

pocoloco1 - I think I was there when your gift was bought. I didn't even know that person was a Taco lurker until they said what it was for! Small climbing world.
pocoloco1

Social climber
The Chihuahua Desert
Dec 20, 2011 - 09:26pm PT
^^^^^
well, what did i get? NoNoNo... don't tell me.
hucklebear

Trad climber
NY
Dec 20, 2011 - 09:39pm PT
Wow, Crimpergirl, you did your research on me ;)
I don't mean to lurk, but have only been climbing for a few years, so I use the site as a tremendous resource and have been shy to post up.

I love the Shot Blocks; those or Stingers are always in my pack. And every climber in the whole world needs more wire gates.

I hope my giftee posts up; I went the handmade route and was psyched with the result.
Merry Christmas to you!
Captain...or Skully

climber
Asgard or bust
Dec 20, 2011 - 09:39pm PT
I bet a bunch of the lurkers(like me) are just groovin' on the groove ya'll have found.
I dig it, in a big way.
I even got a package, though it was in a different vein, it's the same giving spirit.
I sent our prospective ropemate Treez a magazine a while back. He responded with great Lavishness. Sent me a great package of appreciation. Wow! Blew me away, it did.
Just singin' yer praises, bro. You're an enthusiastic gent, that's sure. I like that. We'll get together, I'm sure.
Woot!
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Dec 20, 2011 - 09:42pm PT
Ya, Cappy! Treez is a rad dad, for sure! He was all kinds of help to me during the planning of my Alaska Solo. He even set me up with his sister who ran a beautiful B&B in Haines. I really enjoyed my time with her.

YAY!

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYBODY!

oxoxo

eK@
The Lisa

Trad climber
Da Bronx, NY
Dec 20, 2011 - 10:07pm PT
My gift arrived, so excited but will wait until Xmas Day to open it :)
TYeary

Social climber
State of decay
Dec 20, 2011 - 10:19pm PT
My gift arrived and I opened it. Glad I did!
Thanks, Harrison! Ummmmmm!
TY

Edit; I will post a pic, as soon as my camera co-operates!
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Dec 20, 2011 - 10:30pm PT

I GOT MINE!!!!!!!!



But I'm gonna show some self discipline for a change. I'll prolly wait 'till the solstice to open it!!!!

Thanks Michael Watson!!!!!

(what's your signon)?
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 20, 2011 - 10:39pm PT
OPEN IT STEVE!!!!
Captain...or Skully

climber
Asgard or bust
Dec 20, 2011 - 10:43pm PT
The Lisa....She's got disipline.
I like that. Respect, sista.


skully edit:I can dig it, John.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Dec 20, 2011 - 11:23pm PT
Me? I had no ability to restrain myself & opened up a fab gift from zip.


Lovely toque & gloves !!! Did I say this already? Ohhh, too bad !!!


:-D YEY !!!
mwatsonphoto

Trad climber
los angeles, ca
Dec 20, 2011 - 11:29pm PT
HA! Glad it made it to you Steve! Hope you like it!!

Weld_it

Trad climber
Chatsworth
Dec 20, 2011 - 11:33pm PT
FACT: RADNESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS_BRASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!! I'M WAITINING TO OPEN THE RADNESS!!!

SECRETE SANTA RADNESS!!!
SECRETE SANTA RADNESS!!!
Credit: Weld_it
Captain...or Skully

climber
Asgard or bust
Dec 20, 2011 - 11:39pm PT
Even though WEld_it is imaginary, he can wait.
Good discipline, imaginary dude.
Cheers.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 21, 2011 - 12:07am PT
It has nothing to do with waiting, it has to do with extending. Why celebrate one day when you can extend it and celebrate for one or two weeks. :) Treat yourselves! You deserve it.
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 21, 2011 - 12:10am PT
I'm still waiting till Christmas.
Captain...or Skully

climber
Asgard or bust
Dec 21, 2011 - 12:12am PT
Each to their own, babe. It's their way.
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Dec 21, 2011 - 12:14am PT
I do hope everybody takes a really close look at the shipping label on Weld_it's package.

HohMahn!

FAK!
Captain...or Skully

climber
Asgard or bust
Dec 21, 2011 - 12:15am PT
From the netherworld? What the Fak?
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Dec 21, 2011 - 12:16am PT
Read the whole thing. . . return address, especially!

:-)
strangeday

Trad climber
Brea ca.
Dec 21, 2011 - 12:22am PT
Now I REALLY wanna see what weld_it got!!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Trad climber
Will know soon
Dec 21, 2011 - 12:42am PT
Zip, for heavens sake, why would you say I'm not speaking to you? I speak to everyone. Life is too short not to spread the joy. Especially at this time of year. Cheers, lynne
Captain...or Skully

climber
Asgard or bust
Dec 21, 2011 - 12:50am PT
Some folk assume, Lynne. You're all good, you do not.
Sweeeeeeeeeet. THat's the way, Lady. You know.
Yeah.
H

Mountain climber
there and back again
Dec 21, 2011 - 12:52am PT
Tony, I was hoping you were not a vegetarian.

Happy holidaze Bro,
H
Lynne Leichtfuss

Trad climber
Will know soon
Dec 21, 2011 - 12:55am PT
Hey Skully, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Hope someday to meet you in the real. Til then, my best wishes for an especially blessed New Year. Peace and Joy, lynne
pocoloco1

Social climber
The Chihuahua Desert
Dec 21, 2011 - 01:01am PT
Merry Christmas Lynne. Ask Skully about the Telluride rumor.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Trad climber
Will know soon
Dec 21, 2011 - 01:05am PT
Hi pocoloco :D Merry Christmas. Are you the Dude that gives us the salsa for Facelift? If so you + salsa are fabulous. If not YOU are still fabulous.

So Skully ..... Whasssup??? Tell us the Story. :DD pleaz.
Captain...or Skully

climber
Asgard or bust
Dec 21, 2011 - 01:13am PT
What story would that be, exactly?
You know we're gonna climb rocks. Oh, yes.
That will be.













pocoloco1

Social climber
The Chihuahua Desert
Dec 21, 2011 - 01:16am PT
Climb rocks & Blue Grass...what else?
Lynne, i noticed you like chile
Captain...or Skully

climber
Asgard or bust
Dec 21, 2011 - 01:28am PT
Lynne should go to Telluride.....I'll drive.
Meet me in Idaho, or nearby. I'll be your chariot.
Seriously.
OlympicMtnBoy

climber
Seattle
Dec 21, 2011 - 01:54am PT
My gift got delivered after 3 stops in two states to travel halfway across one. Hopefully it's not dripping.

Still waiting for Santa to bring me something though. :-)
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 21, 2011 - 05:48am PT
hey there say, Olympicmtboy, yours is not the only late arrival...
mine (to the name i got, for sending) is a mite slow to get delivered somewhere, too...
course, it had to go regular mail, though...


it should get there in time, though...
:)
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Dec 21, 2011 - 08:39am PT
Lynne,

No assuming here. The facts speak for themselves, or maybe I have the wrong # and e mail address.?
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Dec 21, 2011 - 12:01pm PT
When I got back from the east coast, my husband told me he had opened the box that was delivered for me so that he could put my gift into the wine cooler.

I ran to get the box out of the recycling bin to see if I could guess who my Secret Santa is, but the sneaky sender had it shipped directly from a winery, so I was thwarted in my detection.

I held off looking at my gift until this morning, since I'm headed out of town for a few days and just couldn't wait until after Christmas.

Wow! I was blown away by the very generous and wonderful gift my Santa sent me! Here's a photo:

Two wonderful bottles of wine!
Two wonderful bottles of wine!
Credit: phylp

This is a perfect gift for me. Two of my favorite varietals. I would love to know who sent me this great gift. Santa, if you don't mind unmasking yourself, send me a message!

This annual gift exchange is such a great part of the Forum. My own giftee has never posted here, (I don't love the term "lurker" - how about "Silent Partner"), but I hope that his participation in Secret Santa encourages him to post something, sometime.

Best Wishes, everyone! Phyl
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 21, 2011 - 05:18pm PT
Oh it came it came....yeah....


Oh it's a book, yes it's a book, I wonder if it is a climbing guide to somewhere, no maybe it's an arty book with astoundingly beautiful pictures of the outdoors... oh oh oh it's wrapped so well, where is that special cutter I have to open really hard to open stuff...the one I once pinched my boob in (story for another time)....oh wait, it's from someone that lives in Berkeley....oh this is going to be soooo cooooool and radikal..

My polar bear with the rat's face is all excited.

It's here it's here, my bomb sniffing polar bear with a rat's face say...
It's here it's here, my bomb sniffing polar bear with a rat's face says "go fer it...you're not gonna die"
Credit: SCseagoat


From Berkeley, from Zander...a book? I should think not.... but instead a beautiful, hand made work of art. It is so lovely with a wonderful card and Holiday sentiment. What makes it even better is that I love to turn wood and last year I was on blood thinners and the Dr. suggested I stay away from sharp tools and flying bowls (ok so I'm not that good of a wood turner)... just seeing this beautiful piece of wood work has me dusting off my wood lathe.

Thank you so much Zander...Hopefully we can meet up in person one of these days. Our boat is just across the Estuary and perhaps we can take you out for a sail one of these days!

A beautiful board, a lovely picture.
A beautiful board, a lovely picture.
Credit: SCseagoat


A lovely sentiment

A lovely note from a New Age Sensitive Berkeley climber.
A lovely note from a New Age Sensitive Berkeley climber.
Credit: SCseagoat




Susan





neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 21, 2011 - 06:56pm PT
hey there say, all...

oh my... i was waiting for the rest of lolli's gift to arrive, and INSTEAD
another box came. :O

seems it was a huge surprise, didn't expect it...
so i'd reckon it is to answer a small prayer of mine:

wishing to smell the wonders of pine-branches in my house, :)


oh, i just LOVE it!:
after a bit of wondering, i finally checked the box really good, and found out WHO IT WAS FROM by the order-label, as it came from a gift-company...

kind of like having an EXTRA "almost secret santa", :))
won't put the person on the spot, unless they want to
chip in here, as, it is a person full of good deeds to other folks,
so i want to be polite, just in case, i'd be out of line "flashig the ol' flashlight" at the giver, :))



here is the gift and NOW MY ONE-YEAR HERE, IS CHIRSTENED WITH PINE!
i love real pine, you all... wow... smells so good..
i will light the candles on christmas eve...
*the grandkids were here too, and enjoy setting it up!!!


well, after this, i got to go nap a bit, been up too early, for them to come over... i am typing much of this backwards and etc, ...and then refixing, and it is hard on the ol' brain and eyes, ... i think i ma raedy to flaa alseep, :O

i am NOT going to fix any more sentences (except this one) :))


THANK you so very kindly, extra gift-giver... :)
i really do appreciate this:


the GIFT is the PINE arrangment and the THREE RED candles on top... it...
the GIFT is the PINE arrangment and the THREE RED candles on top... it fit NICE up on the shelf, so the critter can not get it... will light it for a bit, on christmas eve... thank you, to the giver.. :)
Credit: neebee


:)


say, lolli... the PIECE did not come today...
most likely it will come tomorrow... :)



eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Dec 21, 2011 - 07:00pm PT
SUSAN!!!!!!!!111146

LuckySuckerFish!

That cutting board is BEAUTIFUL!

And. . . YES, Zander. . . the woods go together perfectly!

:-)

YAY!
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Dec 21, 2011 - 07:03pm PT
Nice pine and candle arrangement, neebs!

HOW COOL IS THAT!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

oxoxoxoxoxox

eK@
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 21, 2011 - 07:05pm PT
More beautiful stuff! Love the photos and thoughts. It's the most holiday-y thing going on!
TKingsbury

Trad climber
MT
Dec 21, 2011 - 07:27pm PT
Thank you Frozenwaterfalls!

I received a wonderful array of loose tea(along with a tea ball) and some Clif wine.

We dug into the tea (which is great!) and hopefully we'll be trying out the wine soon enough :D

Credit: TKingsbury

Thanks again and merry Christmas!



Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Dec 21, 2011 - 07:49pm PT
Sure hoping mine made it... I have seen neither a package pic nor a contents pic...
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Dec 21, 2011 - 08:07pm PT
Phylp, I am your Secret Santa. I knew you like good reds from your posts so I scored a good one. I hope the Zin is tasty, that's what I bought.

The wonderful wife of Black Goose Wines owner sent me the e-mails indicating that they were having problems delivering it for a couple of days. In those e-mails she indicated that she also enclosed a free bottle of their Chardonnay for tasting.

I have to give a shout-out to the personal attention that this fine (family-owned) winery gives to it's customers. I hope the wine is as good as their service. (I did a bit of research and the Zin should be pretty good).
H

Mountain climber
there and back again
Dec 21, 2011 - 08:19pm PT
I got my package today! Yeha. I am not the most patient guy (just ask Luckypink)so I opened it up early

What a nice assortment of cool things with a beautiful card too. GAL or Catherine thank for doing your homework. Your much better at it than I am because I could not find you on the stand.

Thanks for the nice words and cool gifts. I could tell your a class act when I saw the zebra striped duct tape!

Happy holidaze to you and you all.
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 21, 2011 - 08:32pm PT
I got a lump of coal


Sit on it for awhile...it'll turn into a diamond, so I hear.


Susan
kc

Trad climber
the cats
Dec 21, 2011 - 08:40pm PT
Yippee! I couldn't wait any longer; today seemed like a great day to see what my STSS sent!

THANK YOU Mtnmun--what a beautiful cat! And being from the town of cats (ahem, IHP!) as well as a cat lover, it a perfect gift!

See for yourself:

Gorgeous! :&#41;
Gorgeous! :)
Credit: kc


Nice, nice, nice. Happy Holidays to you and to all!

Lynne Leichtfuss

Trad climber
Will know soon
Dec 22, 2011 - 12:08am PT
This may be my ST Secret Santa gift???!!! Just arrived today. The prin...
This may be my ST Secret Santa gift???!!! Just arrived today. The print too light for camera to capture but return address is from Melissa in Bezerkeley. I don't know this address so just thinking this may be my secret Santa. I'm opening it tonight:DDD It
Credit: Lynne Leichtfuss


It's pretty light. Difficult to guess what it is. Box is a medium flat rate USPS. When I shake it there are no sounds....Any guesses from the pnut gallery???

FELIZ NAVIDAD :DD lynnie
Lynne Leichtfuss

Trad climber
Will know soon
Dec 22, 2011 - 12:14am PT
H Dude....where are your pictures??? What exactly did you receive??? The Curious Public of the Republic of Taco wants to know....as well as inquiring minds :D lynnie
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Dec 22, 2011 - 12:23am PT
My SS package arrived today...
Credit: BrassNuts
A very creative box of goodies from the one and only Neebee:
Credit: BrassNuts
Inside were two handmade items and a nice mug. Here's a custom personalized throw with actual Brass Nuts on it!
Credit: BrassNuts
Also, a very arty dreamcatcher, which has found a nice home on our wall:
Credit: BrassNuts
And here's a nice holiday mug that will be used in the morning for tea:
Credit: BrassNuts
Thank you very much for all the thoughtful and personalized gifts! Have a great holiday Neebee!!!
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Dec 22, 2011 - 12:25am PT
Hey Hollyclimber - I hope you enjoy the very small selection of big wally gear I sent your way. From the looks of your pics, you will likely make good use of it as soon as conditions allow - enjoy! Who knows, maybe I will get motivated to get up on the Captain again and see you there. Cheers, Dave.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Trad climber
Will know soon
Dec 22, 2011 - 12:55am PT
Zip, I can never tell if yo pulling my leg or WHAT....you have all my info. (I am smiling as I write this.) I will (hopefully) never be a drama queen, just lynne. We are friends, lets climb with cosmic next time he is out here. Cheers!

Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo....I am opening my gift.




Gal

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Dec 22, 2011 - 03:36am PT
Yay H-glad you got your assortment-enjoy :-) Yes, I thought the zebra duct tape was a nice touch. This was the second application I have found for zebra duct tape... I'm always very pleased when it is able to make an appearance.

Have great holidays, H, and everyone!!! Love checkin' out this thread.

Everyone is getting really cool gifts-I'm liking them all-cool miniature climber, cat pics, dreamcatchers, climbing gear, wine, etc. My winter scene photo is looking perfect above the fireplace-thanks again, Fogarty!

I too am curious about what Weld-It got... guess this Weld-It person(a) has self discipline to wait til xmas, eh? And a very curious return address...
hucklebear

Trad climber
NY
Dec 22, 2011 - 04:18am PT
Me predicts a plethora of photo-laden postings portraying plunderous pillaging of presents, after this protracted period of premeditation; patience for the proper day being penultimate point!

Pitons...power cord...Petzl products...Pinot Noir...

Santa whispered this into my ear, last time i was on his lap. Perv must have a BA in English Lit.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 22, 2011 - 06:00am PT
hey there say, brass nuts.... ooooooooooooooopppps, you
NEED TO PULL DOWN the two tassles that are
STUCK ON THE ON THE OL'
DREAM CATCHER, :o

it will LOOK a whole LOT BETTER in the picture, :))
AND on the ol' wall, ;)

okay, now, let's see it without the "bad hair day"
from being boxed up, :))


uh, ur,, well, i mean without the "bad feather day"
:))


three feather tassles, :&#41;&#41; and more brass nuts, :&#41;
three feather tassles, :)) and more brass nuts, :)
Credit: neebee


i so hoped you'd enjoy the brass nuts affect! :))
:)

ps:
the throw is a "fray-edge-quilt" so if it does need to
get washed--the washing and "must have" dryer CAUSE IT
FRAY MORE, for the "fraying affect"...

this was the first time i tackled one so the fraying
did NOT seem to work too good...
my friend DID let me borrow her dryer,
to help the fraying...
(SAID all this, so you won't be afraid that it is
breaking apart, without the finished seams), :))
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 22, 2011 - 10:41am PT
Neebee - thanks for the head's up! We are dreamcatcher rookies. :/

Here is a photo of it in all it's glory!


Credit: Crimpergirl
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Dec 22, 2011 - 12:26pm PT
Bluering, I'm so happy to find out that you are my Santa! It's especially fun because we both live here on the Peninsula and have yet to meet. Let's remedy that early in 2012 with a climbing party at PG Sunnyvale. I'm sure we can get Sullly and a few other folks to join us. I'll be in touch!
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 22, 2011 - 12:33pm PT
hey there say, callie.... there you go, >:D<
now it's got it "hair combed" :))


well, i am so glad dave looks so happy, i was hoping for
something in the sentimental-christmas-gift-realm, :)


brass nuts, code name, seemed a good way to go..
:)
Strider

Trad climber
ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 22, 2011 - 03:49pm PT
Wow, a big thanks to all of you for participating this year. It seems that everyone is giving and receiving very thoughtful and fun stuff.

Also a big thank you to everyone who ponied up to get me a thank you gift. I have a large-ish box, a smaller box and a UPS envelope to open on Christmas day thanks to you folks. It means a lot and again, thank you. Once I open them I will post up and let you guys know.

And just to check in, is there anyone who still has not received yet? I know of a couple people who are still awaiting packages (since their senders had to get addresses from me not too long ago) but at this point I think just about everyone should be good to go. Any problems, let me know...

Merry Christmas!
-n
Melissa

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
Dec 22, 2011 - 08:35pm PT
So did you open it, Lynne?

It was kind of a new thing for me, but I hope you like it.
mwatsonphoto

Trad climber
los angeles, ca
Dec 22, 2011 - 08:35pm PT
All sorts of goodies in here...  made my wife's day to unwrap all of t...
All sorts of goodies in here... made my wife's day to unwrap all of them!



Credit: mwatsonphoto

Post unwrapping!
Post unwrapping!
Credit: mwatsonphoto

Thank you Abend! Very thoughtful (and delicious) gifts! That 3d puzzle game is way addictive! This really made my day!

Hope you have a wonderful New Year!!

-m.watson
Lynne Leichtfuss

Trad climber
Will know soon
Dec 23, 2011 - 12:09am PT
Melissa, I opened it and I LOVE it. Wish I were as talented. I took pictures but am having technical difficulties with the posting. I just have an older lap top and it only works when it feels like it. I'll keep trying. But in the meantime, MEGA thanks, Melissa and Feliz Navidad.

PS, colors and fit are great :D lynnie
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 23, 2011 - 03:25am PT
hey there strider and all....

say, i am still waiting for lolli's second envelope/pack...
i am sure it should get here, but i am hoping it will be today/fri,
as the grandkids are really wanting to be with me, when i open it,

:)


course, if so, this means i will open it on pre-christmas eve, then...
that way i won't be alone when i DO open it, :)


such a wonderful package, waiting for so much appreciation from me!!!

we ARE getting there, lolli...
ready to jump in!!!
:)
crustie

climber
SF, CA
Dec 23, 2011 - 10:52am PT
still haven't heard from my secret santa receiver...hope she liked my gift, or at least received it to regift it??

anna pollock, you out there??

btw anna, i had to make your gift early b/c i was having surgery on my wrist on dec 1, and wasn't sure how long the recovery would be and wanted to make sure it got to my ss on time (the surgeon said he'd know once he opened me up, but not before...and i already signed up for s santa when i found out i had to have surgery...). anyways, it's not as personalized as i would have liked but it was still homemade. hope you like it.

the gifts on this forum are amazing! you guys all rock!!

christie
(crustie)
Zander

climber
Dec 23, 2011 - 11:14am PT
Hey Susan,
I'm glad you like the board. Must be a good present if it passed the Polar Bear with the rat's face sniff test! It would be fun to get together sometime, sailing on the bay, that would be great.

Happy Holiday Y'all!
Z
OlympicMtnBoy

climber
Seattle
Dec 23, 2011 - 12:03pm PT
C'mon Mr. Postman, bring me a present!

I hope mine arrived intact too.
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 23, 2011 - 12:47pm PT
BTW, the lump of coal is allmost a diamond, it's been up my ahole.

Yeah...does that mean another Facelift wedding? You rock Evil One!


Susan
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Dec 23, 2011 - 01:06pm PT
jeffrey E. , you do know ..?....he's the handsome...
http://www.supertopo.com/inc/view_profile.php?dcid=OzIyPD03OiQ,

Fun thread...Loving all the gift pictures and replies.

Wish all you Santa lurkers.. would post up your pictures on the ..Who in hell are you people ..thread..
http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/345899/Who-the-hell-are-you-people-Supertopoan-Pictures
adatesman

climber
philadelphia, pa
Dec 23, 2011 - 03:11pm PT
Been celebrating "Sickmas" and generally feeling like crap all week (sinus/respiratory infection plus coming down with the flu), so I can't describe how uplifting it was to see a box from my Secret Santa arrive! (admittedly this was the other day, but said illness kept me off the computer to post pics).

I'll pass on a pic of the box itself, as the label was WAY cooler!


My wife convinced me that being sick means I get to open it early, so inside we found...


A variety pack of hot sauce from Marie Sharps! Looks like Secret Santa was following the Hot Sauce thread a while back, where I made mention of Marie Sharps being a lot of fun due to it having a carrot base (for the regular and hot, at least). We got hooked on it years ago while in Belize (where it's made) and at the time it wasn't available in the US. Best uses are on eggs and potatoes, but we found a new one the night we opened the box... Vegetarian stuffed peppers! Specifically, veg stuffed peppers using a recipe my wife pulled from Veg Times a while back that stuffs them with quinoa, black beans and shredded carrots. OMG, was that a good combination. Had I not been sick I would have opened all of the bottles to try them. Yum!

Thanks so much Susan/SCSeagoat! It really jogged some memories of a really great vacation! Oh, the homemade cinnamon rolls at the hole in the wall joint in Cay Caulker... Mmmm...

-aric.

(btw, can pass along the recipe if anyone's interested... It's really good, and that's coming from a devout meat-eater)
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Dec 23, 2011 - 03:14pm PT
Rad, Aric!

Sorry you're sick, though.

Would love to see your recipes, too!

MEERY CHRISTMAS. . . GET WELL SOON!

:-)

eK@
Gene

climber
Dec 23, 2011 - 04:25pm PT
RyanB,

You ROCK!!! Thanks.

g
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Dec 23, 2011 - 04:34pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#230699

STOKE!

Just got back from the P.O. and . . . . MY SECRET SANTA HAD BEEN THERE!

HOW COOL IS THIS!

And from a fellow Montanan, at that! (What's your TacoStand name?)

I am a FREAK for bitchen little purse units like this. . . YAY. And. . . you can always use a BITCHEN LOCKER and some PURPLE cord!

THANK YOU SO VERY, VERY MUCH!

OXOXOXO

eK@TheLuckiestGalInTheWorld!
John Butler

Social climber
SLC, Utah
Dec 23, 2011 - 04:52pm PT
cordelette nothing... that's a purcell prusik!

:-)
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 23, 2011 - 04:57pm PT
I can't wait to see what Weld_it got, and what PhatRad sent to his giftee.

Maybe - just maybe - Phatso is sending something to Weld_it. Ooooh!
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Dec 23, 2011 - 05:02pm PT
cordelette nothing... that's a purcell prusik!

Well. . the way it's tied there. . .

:-)

It's BITCHEN. . . slinky and wonderful. . . I LOVE IT whatever it's called!

HA!

I pulled a GOOG on Purcell Prusik. . . LOVE IT. . . learn something new every 20 minutes around these parts!

THANKS, AGAIN SECRET SANTA!
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Dec 23, 2011 - 05:21pm PT
perswig

climber
Dec 23, 2011 - 05:39pm PT
Digging the gift pics (dreamcatchers, hot sauce, some doodad for bailing Kath's ass out of a crevasse! whoohoo!) but also getting a bit worried.

Hopefully someone's got a middlin'-sized box from a larger-than-middlin'-sized New England state sitting under the tree for the last week or two. If so, kudos for your patience and hope it's worth the wait.

Dale
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Dec 23, 2011 - 05:59pm PT
some doodad for bailing Kath's ass out of a crevasse! whoohoo!

YeahBaby. . . with all the power outages down here, I should carry that, and more, for self rescue off the lifts.

:-)

eK@
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 23, 2011 - 06:01pm PT
Not to mention self-rescue from closets...
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Dec 23, 2011 - 06:03pm PT
GOOD ONE, Mighty!

FAK.

Whoa. . . I coulda gone the rest of my life not knowing what THAT felt like.

HA!
adatesman

climber
philadelphia, pa
Dec 23, 2011 - 06:26pm PT
eKat says:
Would love to see your recipes, too!

Huh. Tossed "stuffed pepper quinoa black beans" into the Google and what pops up as the first result? A link to the exact page of the exact issue of Vegetarian Times that my wife clipped the recipe out of! Guess I don't need to wait for her to tell me where she hid the paper copy...

Anyway, here's the link: Quinoa-Stuffed Pepper Recipe

And a pic:


In case it isn't obvious, what made Marie Sharps a particularly excellent hot sauce for this is that both it and the stuffing have a lot of carrot, so there was no clashing of flavors.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 23, 2011 - 06:29pm PT
I see a Pepper-Fest in our future. :) Those look delicious!
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Dec 23, 2011 - 06:36pm PT
Agreed! Stuffed peppers are soooo good.

The camping cooking variation - cube the peppers and parboil to soften just a bit.

Cook the stuffing mixture on stovetop, add peppers, top with shredded cheese, cover and let the heat melt cheese.

EEEEEAAAATTT!!!!

mmmmm

I have used couscous instead of rice also, for camp cooking. Much quicker(less fuel use).
eKat

Trad climber
BITD3
Dec 23, 2011 - 07:17pm PT
OH, YUM!

TFPU!
LuckyPink

climber
the last bivy
Dec 23, 2011 - 08:25pm PT
sad news no package yet.. but! there's one day left for delivery..
OlympicMtnBoy

climber
Seattle
Dec 23, 2011 - 08:27pm PT
Me neither, guess my Santa is late. I'll be out of town tomorrow through Tuesday so he has a few days to catch up. Hopefully I'll get a late surprise. :-)
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 23, 2011 - 08:32pm PT
zander-

Heard from Santa today. He said one package has been delivered but he found another one in the warehouse. Due to his current backlog he will have to deliver it next year.

Don't use your fireplace the second week of January or you may end Christmas forever...
Abend

Social climber
Dec 23, 2011 - 08:47pm PT
I think my santa knows that I have no self control, and the only hope of a Christmas day gift opening would be if my gift arrived on the 24th.


m.watson-
This really made my day!

Me too! I also find it hard to put the puzzle down. Glad you enjoyed it!
pocoloco1

Social climber
The Chihuahua Desert
Dec 23, 2011 - 09:20pm PT
LP, i hope your secret santa/UPS/FEDX /elf dosenít make youtube tonight.
Happy Holidays from the Chihuahau Desert.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 23, 2011 - 10:51pm PT
So what did Weld_it get? He's a decent young fellow, but somehow I can't see him resisting the temptation of opening his box before time.

Susan's bomb-sniffing polar bear is quite cool.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Dec 23, 2011 - 11:28pm PT
Mine was mailed back on the 13th (if I remember correctly) and was only going a few states away yet I see no mention of a package received that sounds like mine. Little worried...

Credit: Ihateplastic
not my photo . I did not take this. whine, whine, whine...
Zander

climber
Dec 23, 2011 - 11:51pm PT
johntp,
No problem,
I'll only use my fireplace on the first and third weeks in January!
Meanwhile, I haven't opened the box I do have yet. The cat was checking it out pretty closely though.
Credit: Zander

Cheers,
Z
Lynne Leichtfuss

Trad climber
Will know soon
Dec 24, 2011 - 01:02am PT
Melissa, still trying to upload the pic's to ST......Want everyone to see the beautiful colors of my sweet handmade gift. Thanks again special friend. OBTW, few hats fit me and yours is perfect. Cheers to you. lynnie
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Dec 24, 2011 - 01:09am PT
my giftee should hear from santa presently.

Which is better than I'll do, as I'm a thousand miles away from where I thought I would be at Ch