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adatesman

climber
philadelphia, pa
Nov 1, 2012 - 04:55pm PT
Woo-hoo! I can't wait!!!
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 1, 2012 - 04:56pm PT
WOOT!

I got the vibes it was time to stop in the sunroom and check TheTaco.

YAY!

I'm FULLY in!

THANK YOU SO MUCH, SaintNick!

oxoxoxoxoxoxoxox
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Nov 1, 2012 - 06:08pm PT
I'm down with this.
My gift got stolen last year by The Grinch.
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
the crowd MUST BE MOCKED...Mocked I tell you.
Nov 1, 2012 - 06:11pm PT
Strider Returns!!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
moving thru
Nov 1, 2012 - 06:37pm PT
Strider, like e kat, I was just thinking about you and the gift exchange yesterday. I'm definetly in.

Zip, how could the grinch steal your gift? It wasn't that much, I know, it was from yo. :D
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Nov 1, 2012 - 06:48pm PT
I'm in!! I still feel bad that my Santa last year never self-identified. I felt like I did not thank them appropriately. So again - thanks 2011 Secret Santa!!
Edge

Trad climber
New Durham, NH
Nov 1, 2012 - 06:53pm PT
Ooh, count me in!!!

I somehow missed the last three years, but I'm in a giving mood and can't wait to share some holiday Taco love! Hand crafted? You betcha!
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Nov 1, 2012 - 07:45pm PT
I'm in again. It helps me "connect" and feel less like a lurker.
Strider

Trad climber
ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 1, 2012 - 08:03pm PT
Excited to see so many already in!

I forgot to mention, I will be out of town for the next week, until Thursday, and have limited access to internet. So if you have any questions or concerns it may take me a little while to get back to you.

Texas, here I come!

-n
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Nov 1, 2012 - 08:03pm PT
Yup




Susan
Norwegian

Trad climber
Placerville, California
Nov 1, 2012 - 08:14pm PT
strider would
it be 'ceptable
to demolish the statue of
liverty and re-acquaint
it in lucifer's kitchen?

she kooks well
of the earth's sprouts.
the petrified limestone
framing our's kingdom
might be better
spent in
oyster soup?

contrary to popular atmoshpheric
reports,
the rainbow is really concave;
a dungeon of psycedelic circumstance,
where the colors never swirl and play.

instead they just exist, predictably.
Norwegian

Trad climber
Placerville, California
Nov 1, 2012 - 08:17pm PT
when the craft goes astray,
just rip apart the controls
and let destiny matstrabate.
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 1, 2012 - 08:20pm PT
I'm in a giving mood and can't wait to share some holiday Taco love! Hand crafted? You betcha!

I WANT EDGE!

I WANT EDGE!

:-)

ox

P.S. Actually, I think I want Edge to get me. . . that's how it works.
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Nov 1, 2012 - 08:24pm PT
I'm in - this is a lot of fun!
nutjob

Gym climber
Berkeley, CA
Nov 1, 2012 - 08:35pm PT
Alright, count me in! I'll have to put my thinking cap on.
Andy Fielding

Trad climber
UK
Nov 1, 2012 - 08:43pm PT
I'm in if Santa doesn't mind having a trip across the Atlantic.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Nov 1, 2012 - 09:51pm PT
Can we make it non-sectarian, and call it a Yuletide Gift Exchange, or even a Midwinter Gift Exchange?

Someone needs to sign up Audrey's daughter, Camilla. In fact, maybe we need a system for all those under six... Baby bluering. Baby Aristides. And so on. But they only get - they don't have to give.
Melissa

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
Nov 1, 2012 - 09:56pm PT
I'm in! (Unless it morphs into a non-sectrarian opportunity to buy gifts for someone's kids.)
Gal

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Nov 1, 2012 - 09:57pm PT
Yep, I'm in. Loved meeting Fogarty and Harrision last year!
Captain...or Skully

climber
Nov 1, 2012 - 10:00pm PT
Hey. Check check check it out. I wanna play, too.
Put me down.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
moving thru
Nov 1, 2012 - 10:15pm PT
I'm with Melissa. I just looked up sectarian to be sure.....

Meaning: characteristic of a sect or limited in character or scope: parochial.

Santa, especially the secret one, doesn't qualify under those definitions.
So I guess we're good to go with the Secret Santa Gift Exchange. Smiles, lynne (love yo Anders)
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 1, 2012 - 10:17pm PT
Yay! I'm in. Thanks santa! Email will be sent.

I've been looking forward to this. Thanks for your efforts to make this happen.

Edit: screw political correctness, this is just fun. Who cares why? It is the taco connecting. Frick politics and social BS.
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Nov 1, 2012 - 10:20pm PT

OHMYGOD Cap'n....What's next..cell phones.....
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Nov 1, 2012 - 10:30pm PT
Lynne,

I was starting a remodel in my kitchen when I had my accident last year.
I had everything delivered to my place. When I determined that I was going to be incapacitated for quite awhile, I had all the cabinets and appliances put in storage. I received your box, but it disappeared when the contractors moved everything. Your gift was either stolen, or accidentally thrown away.

I thought it might have been you who was my SS, but when I emailed you, and sent you a PM, I never got a response.

Sorry I never gave you a proper thank you.

Hope all is well with you. I returned to work last Wednesday.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Nov 1, 2012 - 11:20pm PT

Mee toooooo!!!!

I want in!!!!
Thanks again, Strider!
Michelle

Trad climber
Toshi's Station, picking up power converters.
Nov 2, 2012 - 12:12am PT
I've been out of touch and never saw this in previous years! Count me in and hand crafted rocks!! Yay, a good reason to look forward to this holiday!
Captain...or Skully

climber
Nov 2, 2012 - 12:14am PT
You'd best sit down, Nita.







I may actually get a cell phone.










ARRRggHhH!
Zander

climber
Nov 2, 2012 - 12:18am PT
I'm in!

Strider rocks!

Actually, how is the climbing at the North Pole?

Z
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Nov 2, 2012 - 12:56am PT
Andy, Supertopo secret santa has no borders! Welcome to the pool.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
moving thru
Nov 2, 2012 - 01:46am PT
Don't think hand crafted should be a prerequisite. There are those of us that don't do that well. ( I suck at it ) So may we just give from the Santa heart? :D

zip, sorry you've been thru so much :( Hope all is going well now. It was one of those climbing girl calenders and a couple other things. Never need a proper thanks. I'll always be grateful for the climbs in J. Tree. Peace, lynnie
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Nov 2, 2012 - 07:23am PT
hey there say, strider....

i'm in... :)

i've been able to do this, when at first i thought i'd lack, as i didn't
understand that we could make stuff, too, or buy....

ever since then, i have confidence here, to do someone good, :)


be encouraged, thus--those who have not tried to join in the share:
you're creative side, will shine in your deeds... :)




zip!
wow, i am so glad you are back to work...
god bless...
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 2, 2012 - 08:54am PT
Can we make it non-sectarian, and call it a Yuletide Gift Exchange, or even a Midwinter Gift Exchange?

Oh, HELL no!
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 2, 2012 - 08:35pm PT
It's still

SECRET SANTA, isn't it?

Gene

climber
Nov 2, 2012 - 08:49pm PT
In.

g
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Nov 6, 2012 - 11:00pm PT
I'm in, bro!

This is always cool.
adatesman

climber
philadelphia, pa
Nov 6, 2012 - 11:19pm PT
Said I was in, got all sorts of cool ideas while the hurricane had me offline, and now realized it's best to let life happen and tailor the gift to the recipient.

Email sent, and now feeling humble.

-a.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 6, 2012 - 11:32pm PT
No need to feel humble. This is just fun and a time to say screw it and play nice and relate to each other as real people.

Jump in the pool, you will have some fun.
adatesman

climber
philadelphia, pa
Nov 6, 2012 - 11:46pm PT
No, no... Humble in a realizing "I'm going to make my gift better than last year" way isn't the right perspective. There's research to be done and tailoring the gift to the recipient. Missed that last time around due to time constraints with a little one (how is she 2 already???), and looking forward to personalizing it much better this time.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 6, 2012 - 11:52pm PT
Don't over think it. This is a lark; just have fun. Crap, send them a whoopie cushion. If that doesn't bring a smile to their face they are a pucker butt.























































































Locker edit-











































































just don't send a blue butt plug.

































































I hear a red one is okay.
Fogarty

climber
BITD
Nov 7, 2012 - 12:07am PT
Strider, I'm in for year four, I love the secret Santa time,

Cheers to all!
strangeday

Trad climber
Brea ca.
Nov 7, 2012 - 12:33am PT
I had a great time with this last year... I'm in again.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 7, 2012 - 01:07am PT
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 7, 2012 - 01:08am PT
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 7, 2012 - 01:08am PT
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 7, 2012 - 01:09am PT
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 7, 2012 - 01:09am PT
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 7, 2012 - 01:10am PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#272724
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 7, 2012 - 01:11am PT
Credit: mouse from merced

Bah! Humbug!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 7, 2012 - 01:37am PT
Credit: mouse from merced
I think this is from the twenty-fifth anniversary Tyrolean Travese set up on the Lost Larry. I don't know these bozos, but I'll bet Foley was there.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 7, 2012 - 04:16am PT
Excuss me, Grinchola! I love to do this SS gig when I can, yust can't afford any extras from now on, I pretty much sent my Xmas goodies yesterday, and there's a funeral.

I can't see spreading some oohs and aahs is much of a disturbance. It's been therapeutic for me, too.

X my Xmas if you think that way.
I just don't know what else to say.
Guess I'll go up and see Ray
Cuz there's only one thing Ray will say..."She's a sour pickle, just wanna ride my motorsickle."

"This is a lark; just have fun. Crap..."--johntp

So please don't go there.
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 7, 2012 - 09:00am PT
TAKE THE BARE BOOBS OFF THIS THREAD!
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 7, 2012 - 10:12am PT
That's not really very funny, John. . . please don't let this guy defile this thread!

MFM, start a thread just for bare boobs. . . and delete them from here!
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 7, 2012 - 10:14am PT

agree with eKat.

Thanks!

ox
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 7, 2012 - 10:34am PT
I'm in email to be sent momentarily.
I remember when your birthday is Lolli, I ga"leened that info under the guise of "oh let
Me see what a Swedish drivers lic looks like."

I never got to thank my SS from last year. Due to moving complications I got my gift five months late, though it had arrived right on time.

You know who you are. thanks tom I appreciated it, sincerely
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 7, 2012 - 12:33pm PT
Joining in with the other woman...could you please take the Christmas Carole picture down...thanks.

Hear! Hear!

Thanks, nita!

oxoxo
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Nov 7, 2012 - 12:57pm PT
Credit: zBrown


Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Nov 7, 2012 - 01:01pm PT
I'm in again, though I never heard anything from my giftee last year.

Tami

Social climber
Canada
Nov 7, 2012 - 01:23pm PT
Joining in with Kath, nita & Lolli asking you , MFM , to take the boobs off the other page.

Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
moving thru
Nov 7, 2012 - 01:35pm PT
Yeah, Mouse, thread contamination. I have other eyes looking here sometimes, escpecially when it comes to Cmas.

I won't even get into a rant on the dignity of women etc......we aren't objects, we are people. :D (just my opinion.)

Cheers for the upcoming Holidays. Lynne
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Nov 7, 2012 - 01:38pm PT




eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 7, 2012 - 02:01pm PT
"My advice is to not let the boys in"

WhatAreYaKiddinMe?

I love boys. . . it's the lack of sensitivity, refinement, and intelligence that bothers me!
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Nov 7, 2012 - 02:05pm PT
A VC you say? No VC ever called me a moron

muttering small talk at the wall
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 7, 2012 - 02:20pm PT
"...it's the lack of sensitivity, refinement, and intelligence that bothers me!"--eKat

I saw your email. You said Please. I went to sleep late, got up late. I would have taken this down as soon as I saw email as nice as you sent. She did say Please, ladies. I took it off, like Miss Carole, but the nice Xmas fantasy must have been just a dream of Xmas past with Liz in my mind. My late lady loved Xmas. She was as bawdy as they bawds with large bods ever seem to get, since it's sterotyping, insulting, demeaning, talking about large breasts in general to some VCs (I'm not calling ANYONE here that dreaded label, except zBrown) I'll stop.

I then saw your tempest-in-a-teapot blather and that last remark stung badly. Not sensitive? I fvcking cried I laughed so hard. Not fvcking refined? Malarkey! Un-intelligent? What?

So you think you pegged me, or just my actions. I certainly hope it was the latter. It's a rhetorical question. The answer shall remain a secret.

CHEESES OF NAZARETH,
long-time advertiser in Summit Magazine, has announced that they are cancelling their advertising with the periodical in response to widespread criticism of a photograph in the latest 1973 Summit Calendar Issue.
the photograph was accompanied by an advertising logo for a climbing ropes manufacturer.
"Apparently Christmas is becoming too commercialized for some Valley Christians," commented Royal Robbins, editor of the magazine. "It is not my place to condemn anyone for their actions. I am holier than that, anyway. I learned that lesson years ago."

I do apologize to anyone with hurt feelings. I sh#t wherever I go.

Pray, if you must, to the god on high.

I will celebrate mine.

Else where.

Maybe I'll just go to Tierra del Fuego to live or Ellesmere Island and crack stupid penguin jokes. Or to Petulant Place, where my ex lives.

So there.
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 7, 2012 - 02:55pm PT
the lack of sensitivity, refinement, and intelligence

It's the definition of CRASS!
frank wyman

Mountain climber
helena montana
Nov 7, 2012 - 03:09pm PT
As long as my "Giftee" does not mind receiving 70's Yosemite climbing stuff and engraved Ahwahnee silverware I'm in...
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Nov 7, 2012 - 05:17pm PT
Thanks for removing the photo, Mouse.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Nov 7, 2012 - 05:33pm PT
hey there say, all... i was stuck off line, odd computer password glitch cause netzero somehow 'broke' and had to start all over on my computer. :O

well, i just got on, and i am glad i missed seeing that 'picture'....

i love the nice simple sweet christmas fun that we have had here...
family friendly, etc... :)


its the one thread where we can all relax and just appreciate each other, without our usual 'fanfair'... we have the whole taco, for all of that,
:)


thanks for settling the dust on the ol' path here... :)
hope the thread stays nice again... a calm path for the end of the day, :)
to all you folks, :)
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Nov 7, 2012 - 05:49pm PT
Thx Mouse.
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 7, 2012 - 05:56pm PT
I copy, girlz!

THANKS!

Especially:

i love the nice simple sweet christmas fun that we have had here...
family friendly, etc... :)
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Nov 7, 2012 - 05:59pm PT
I'm IN!!!!

nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Nov 7, 2012 - 07:26pm PT
Just got home.......Thank you... mouse.....
and Happy Thanksgiving ....

bah humbug....(-;

edit: Steve W, we think alike.. often.....

Hey Cosmic, do you still have the Christmas garage door going up- with scene? i stole it from you long ago...but my garage door no longer goes up....

LilaBiene

Trad climber
Nov 7, 2012 - 07:30pm PT
Anders really REALLY wants a neon pink rope like Ed's. :D
Tobia

Social climber
Denial
Nov 7, 2012 - 07:33pm PT
mouse, are you stirring up trouble again?
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Nov 7, 2012 - 08:55pm PT
HAhaha, Cosmic - that's a great one. Is it new? I love your parrots pulling the Dwain's window washing truck!
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Nov 7, 2012 - 08:56pm PT
No Phylp, just resurrected.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Nov 7, 2012 - 08:57pm PT

Nita, you're sounding like me!!!!

Of course, xmas decorations are in the stores already.
PLEASE, PLEASE DON'T START THE XMAS CAROLS FOR A FEW MORE WEEKS!!!!
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 8, 2012 - 08:58pm PT
OT posts deleted.

Bump
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Nov 10, 2012 - 01:47am PT
I almost missed this! Count me in for my fourth year!

This is a GREAT event!!!
Strider

Trad climber
ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 12, 2012 - 10:21pm PT
Hey all,

Finally back now. I spent a week in Texas and then had a few days to catch up with work before I had time to come back to the Secret Santa project.

Over the next few days I will be responding to everyone's sign-up with a confirmation email. Give me a day or two to catch up and if you do not receive a confirmation email, please let me know.

Again, if you wish to sign up, email me:
supertoposanta (at) gmail (dot) com
Supertopo name
Real Name
Shipping Address
Special considerations like allergies, no alcohol, international shipping, etc...

This was an interesting thread to go back over and it seems I missed a lot. Here's a few comments:

Hand Crafted Items:
Hand crafted? You betcha
Count me in and hand crafted rocks!!
i've been able to do this, when at first i thought i'd lack, as i didn't understand that we could make stuff, too, or buy
This is always the best part of the Secret Santa, all the hand crafted and thoughtful items that make their way to people. We have seen some amazing and beautiful gifts in the past few years and any/all effort for hand crafted inspiration is appreciated!

Anonymous Santa's:
I'm in!! I still feel bad that my Santa last year never self-identified
I try to encourage anyone and everyone to participate either publicly or anonymously. You might be surprised how many people have concerns over their privacy and have messaged me before they committed. I do my best to verify as a Supertopo user but there are no guarantees. And yet, to my knowledge, we have not yet had a thief just a few mis-deliveries and late arrivals.

International Secret Santa:
I'm in if Santa doesn't mind having a trip across the Atlantic.
Supertopo secret santa has no borders! Welcome to the pool.
Every year we have had a few international users and I have not yet turned anyone down. Everyone is welcome to play and I can always find someone willing to ship internationally. So come on and join in!

Happy Holidays!
-n
Strider

Trad climber
ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 13, 2012 - 08:29pm PT
bumpity bump
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Nov 13, 2012 - 08:43pm PT
hey there say, strider... glad you are back...

happy to see the bump...
:)
Strider

Trad climber
ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 14, 2012 - 03:12pm PT
Ho ho ho
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Nov 14, 2012 - 04:38pm PT
Havn't received confirmation.......
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Nov 14, 2012 - 05:12pm PT

I didn't know you were Catholic, Tami. . .



GUFFAW!!!!!
Strider

Trad climber
ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 14, 2012 - 06:56pm PT
Havn't received confirmation

I only got as far as creating the template and logging a few emails before work caught up with me again. I am sorry for the delay with confirmation emails. I am hoping to finish the bulk of them tonight.

When I am caught up with confirmation emails I will post here to let everyone know.

-n
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 15, 2012 - 11:33pm PT
Strider, I don't know how you put up with this, but I thank you.
Strider

Trad climber
ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 17, 2012 - 07:01pm PT
I got part way through the list sending confirmation emails. Once I get off work tonight I will finish up with the rest.

Still plenty of time to sign up!

-n
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Nov 17, 2012 - 09:51pm PT
I didn't know you were Catholic, Tami. . .



GUFFAW!!!!!



I'm NOT !!! SNORT !!!! AND GUFFAW !!!!!!
Strider

Trad climber
ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 18, 2012 - 01:55am PT
Every time this gets bumped, a few more people join.

Sign-ups end Nov 30th (13 days from the moment of this post). Still plenty of time to join! Here's how to join:

email: supertoposanta (@) gmail (dot) com
Supertopo Name:
Real Name:
Shipping address:
Special Considerations (allergies, etc...):

If you wish to remain anonymous please say so. I still need to know your user name so I can try to verify you as a Supertopo user. If you have any special concerns or shipping restriction, just let me know because I can probably accommodate! This is an amazingly friendly group of people!

Starting to worki on the last confirmation emails now.

Cheers and enjoy this successful squirrel:

Credit: Strider

-n

Strider

Trad climber
ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 18, 2012 - 01:57am PT
Every time this gets bumped a few more people join, sorry for the interruption...

Sign-ups end Nov 30th (13 days from the moment of this post). Still plenty of time to join! Here's how to join:

email: supertoposanta (@) gmail (dot) com
Supertopo Name:
Real Name:
Shipping address:
Special Considerations (allergies, etc...):

If you wish to remain anonymous please say so. I still need to know your user name so I can try to verify you as a Supertopo user. If you have any special concerns or shipping restriction, just let me know because I can probably accommodate! This is an amazingly friendly group of people!

Starting to work on the last confirmation emails now.

Cheers and enjoy this successful squirrel:

Credit: Strider

-n
Strider

Trad climber
ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 18, 2012 - 03:57am PT
Up to this point, everyone who has signed up should have received a confirmation email. If you have not, let me know.

For those of you who sign up after this, you should receive a confirmation email within 4 or 5 days.

Happy Holidays!

-n
Captain...or Skully

climber
Nov 18, 2012 - 09:34am PT
That squirrel is stoked.
Oh and bump, tooooooooo. ;-)
Captain...or Skully

climber
Nov 18, 2012 - 11:41am PT
Nice rhythm, Lolli! I think there may be a drum circle hippie deep within you. ;-)
H

Mountain climber
there and back again
Nov 18, 2012 - 12:26pm PT
Strider, I just want to publicly thank you for this wonderful exchange we get to share. Its a huge effort I am sure. Your a good man!

It was fun figuring out what to get my recipient and totally enjoyed Gals gifts too. Really looking forward to this years exchange.
GLee

Social climber
Missoula MT
Nov 18, 2012 - 05:54pm PT
Add another (i.e. ME, or is that GLEE)!!!!

The elves are working on it as I type.......
saa

climber
not much of a
Nov 18, 2012 - 06:15pm PT
I exchange one Aladean Skywalker Dark wizard for two Alex H's, One Huber and one Honold.
Not sure if any of the three is worth 20 dollars though....
kc

Trad climber
the cats
Nov 19, 2012 - 09:47am PT
time to bump this back to the front page for Monday morning!
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 19, 2012 - 09:45pm PT
bump....

I've received my warning. Err, I mean confirmation.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Nov 19, 2012 - 10:13pm PT
I"m syked for this. Last year I had Lolli to send some mischief to. YEY!!!!!!

Thanks again St. Nick . Got my confirmation. Wooo hoo !

:-)
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Nov 19, 2012 - 10:32pm PT

So now you are Catholic, Tami??????



hee hee hee. . .


(Still wanna see you in that teddy)!
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Nov 19, 2012 - 10:42pm PT
I have for once signed up, but wish to emphasize the non-sectarian, non-religious nature of my participation. It is purely a "secret Yuletide gift exchange", managed by a benevolent elf. Naturally whatever I send will be timed so as to arrive on midwinter's day, the start of the traditional seasonal festival of northern peoples, before it was corrupted by all the religious/commercial crap. It may be delivered by reindeer, and hang in a fir tree - all are politically correct. It will not be accompanied by a corpulent person, an inebriated ungulate, grating carols, fatuous homilies, or other nonsense. However, simple, plain good wishes will surely be part of the package.

And thanks to the elf, for organizing this for the fourth or more year in a row!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
moving thru
Nov 19, 2012 - 10:58pm PT
I hope MH gets my name.....he has this gig figured out. :D miles of smiles, lynnie
Gal

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Nov 20, 2012 - 12:48am PT
I got my confirmation--psyched! ooooh, did I mention part of my job is at a climbing shop, eff yes, it's true!!!!!!
nutjob

Gym climber
Berkeley, CA
Nov 20, 2012 - 02:35am PT
I so hope I get Mighty Hiker so I can send him a dancing Santa Claus ;)
Jennie

Trad climber
Elk Creek, Idaho
Nov 20, 2012 - 04:58am PT
Send Anders a Santa sock puppet to distract opposing counsel.

But be careful…he sent back the Judge Mental and the Well Hung Jury’s Christmas Album Lois mailed and the 1000 Romneys dancing on the head of a pin I sent last year… :-)
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 20, 2012 - 09:44am PT
So now you are Catholic, Tami??????



hee hee hee. . .


(Still wanna see you in that teddy)!

I've got a pic of her wearing a t-shirt for shortz and standing on her head if that will work....

$450,000. Give or take a decimal point (comes with a reservation for nine nights in JT).
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Nov 20, 2012 - 04:54pm PT
Perhaps I'll get a (US$4.50) teddy bear!
Michelle

Trad climber
Toshi's Station, picking up power converters.
Nov 20, 2012 - 06:01pm PT
Uh oh, no confirmation yet!
adatesman

climber
philadelphia, pa
Nov 20, 2012 - 06:28pm PT
No offense, but is MH this year's Fatty? :-)

Lots of us ignostic/atheist-oriented folks here from what I can tell, so imho no need to be so on the nose about your particular stance. Got a bone to pick, kindly start a new thread and not kill the vibe in this one.

Just my $0.02, and really, no offense intended. Happy you're joining in! :-)

(Fatty trolling the thread last year was a downer, IMO)
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Nov 20, 2012 - 06:40pm PT
I have signed up, I am participating, I'm having a little fun at my own expense, and maybe taking a few digs at the way in which the midwinter spirit has been distorted by commercialism, en route.
adatesman

climber
philadelphia, pa
Nov 20, 2012 - 07:29pm PT
No worries, MH. Kindly take it as a shot across the bow to stave off the negative vibes Fatty contributed last year, and my sincere apologies for nor not clueing in that you were playing nicely. :-)

Frankly I agree with you; it's just that the FattyGrinch kinda gave the thread a sour tone last year and it bugged me. That said I'm mostly a lurker, do take it as my overly-inflated $0.02.

:-)
Mtnmun

Trad climber
Top of the Mountain Mun
Nov 20, 2012 - 08:59pm PT
Oh Yea, I'm in, this is a lot of fun.
Captain...or Skully

climber
Nov 20, 2012 - 09:26pm PT
I'm not Xmassy at all, And I'm in. It's just another chance to make a monkey's day. That sh#t rules.
MoosE!
photo not found
Missing photo ID#274798
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Nov 21, 2012 - 01:16am PT
hey there say, all...


bump....
:)
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Nov 21, 2012 - 08:49am PT
Last year quite few people gave money to buy Strider a gift.
Some people sent a little, and some a lot. We collected quite a bit, and I believe we gave him a rope, one or two books, and a Dream Catcher.
The gift suggestions and money were sent to me, and then I ordered the stuff, and sent it to Strider.
I would like to do this again this year.
Please contact me off site if interested.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Nov 21, 2012 - 07:58pm PT
I was curious about the logistics, o illustrious elf! When you match givers and receivers, do you pair them, or is it some more complicated system? That is, do simply match A+B, C+D, and so on, with A giving to B and B giving to A? Or is it A gives to C, C gives to D, D gives to A, etc etc?

bump
H

Mountain climber
there and back again
Nov 21, 2012 - 08:28pm PT
Keep it simple Brother Anders. I don't know what the system is; but my gift person, Tony Yeary, could not could not have been more coincidental. And Gals gifts were great.

Just going to have to go with the flow Bro.
Strider

Trad climber
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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 25, 2012 - 11:06pm PT
Hello Again Everyone.

To be honest, this year I have been slacking. Ostensibly I will whine about work and how busy I am but I really should have stayed on top of confirmations and answering questions. Sorry about that.

As of this moment, everyone who has signed up should have a confirmation email sent to them.

The number of sign ups is down this year so I encourage everyone who hasn't signed up to get on it! There are only 5 days left to sign up!!!!

I was curious about the logistics, o illustrious elf! When you match givers and receivers, do you pair them, or is it some more complicated system? That is, do simply match A+B, C+D, and so on, with A giving to B and B giving to A? Or is it A gives to C, C gives to D, D gives to A, etc etc?

You nailed it with your second guess of: A gives to C, C gives to D, D gives to A, etc etc?

I assign everyone a # based on when they signed up. Then those numbers I enter into a random number generator to do the matching. I then massage it a little bit to accommodate special requests for privacy, security, international shipping, etc... I NEVER allow someone to choose their recipient for example but they can tell me who they do not want to be matched with because of privacy concerns.
pocoloco1

Social climber
The Chihuahua Desert
Nov 25, 2012 - 11:08pm PT
Saint Nick...HOHOHO... Bump
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
moving thru
Nov 25, 2012 - 11:25pm PT
Am so waiting to see who I am giving too!!! Want to make their holidays special, if possible. cheers, lynne
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Nov 26, 2012 - 12:44am PT
hey there say, t*r... i was looking for this to bump it up...
computer was too slow, and then i got bumped myself, but not up:
off, :))

glad you found it and bumped it...
and glad you joined up...

happy soon to be, holiday time...
:)
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 26, 2012 - 08:10am PT
t*r-

Welcome to the pool!
Strider

Trad climber
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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 26, 2012 - 02:30pm PT
bump
Strider

Trad climber
ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 26, 2012 - 04:25pm PT
This year we are at about 30 participants. Last year we were in the mid 50's if I recall correctly.

4 days left to sign up. Get to it!
10b4me

Boulder climber
member since 2002
Nov 26, 2012 - 04:31pm PT
Got my confirmation
Michelle

Trad climber
Toshi's Station, picking up power converters.
Nov 26, 2012 - 04:49pm PT
Nope, no confirmation!
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Nov 26, 2012 - 06:59pm PT

Hooray for Strider!!!!
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Nov 26, 2012 - 07:09pm PT
hey there, say... i think last year, we got it bumped more, too...

glad to see more bumps here....


:)
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Nov 26, 2012 - 07:10pm PT
hey there say, michelle... most likely you did this, but:

did you check your spam... ?

resend to strider, then...
Gal

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Nov 26, 2012 - 09:18pm PT
Bump for the last minute peeps!
Edge

Trad climber
New Durham, NH
Nov 26, 2012 - 09:33pm PT
Confirmed, and excited for giving and spreading holiday cheer.

As for receiving, I want a Yosemite hammer, an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle, and a pony.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 26, 2012 - 09:57pm PT
and a pony.

If you get Locker, you may need to settle for a sheep or a butt plug...

Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Nov 27, 2012 - 04:20pm PT
I'm not in, but if anyone is interested - here's my American-Canadian Christmas gift plan.

This is what I have to give:

 Lynn Hill. Ma Vie a la Verticale, Editions Guerin. Awesome photos, much better than in the original English version. Fine condition.

 Patrick Edlinger and Gerard Kosicki. Rock Games. Escalades Aux USA. Arthaud. Very good/Very good+ condition.

 "Multe"-berry jam, best Norwegian quality, Nora hjemmlaget multesyltetøy.

 One freely chosen CD with Norwegian or Swedish music.

If you are interested - send me an e-mail no later than Friday 30.11. I will not answer the e-mail unless you are one of the winners in which case I will need your name and address. I will draw randomly. Everybody has got a chance.
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Nov 27, 2012 - 07:05pm PT
Sign up - it is a great way to connect and send some Christmas cheer. How many of our own relatives have no idea what we would really find as a fun gift? Its fun to look at the posts from your person and try to figure out what to give.....
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 27, 2012 - 09:11pm PT
I'm not in,

Why knott? Jump in the pool and have some fun.
LilaBiene

Trad climber
Nov 27, 2012 - 09:22pm PT
The muppet and I just jumped into the pool. :D Yay! This is going to be FUN!!!
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 27, 2012 - 09:24pm PT
Welcome to the pool! It really is a lot of fun.

























Wait for it.............




































Locker edit..............

















Splash!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 27, 2012 - 11:20pm PT
Last year was my first year to participate. I recommend it highly.

My suggestion is to Focus on the Forum and the people who share our common interest in climbing which is what we love.

It's a crazy world out there during the holidays. Days that should be filled with peace and joy are overloaded with stress and tension. Plus the corporate buck $ shouts so loud to buy and spend we lose the Wonderfulness of the Season. Regain that fun and joy in the ST gift exchange cause here it's not about the gift.....it's about giving love and receiving it.

Ho, Ho, Ho, and Love, lynnie
Strider

Trad climber
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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 27, 2012 - 11:40pm PT
Another round of confirmations has been sent!

I has come to my attention that I may not be receiving all of my sign up emails. I checked my SPAM folder in my email client as well as the SPAM folder for my Gmail account. And low and behold I found a few that got accidentally filtered.

So hopefully now everyone has been confirmed.

Only three days left to sign up so get on it!

-n
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Nov 27, 2012 - 11:50pm PT
Sign up, Scrooges!!!!

If I can do it, y'all can.
Strider

Trad climber
ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 28, 2012 - 02:07pm PT
Not too late to signup! Still 2 days left. Help spread some Holiday cheer and get a little back as well.

Ho ho ho

-n
Michelle

Trad climber
Toshi's Station, picking up power converters.
Nov 28, 2012 - 02:14pm PT
Got it!
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Nov 28, 2012 - 04:25pm PT
hey there say, lolli....

just thinking of you as i see this post...
(actually i think of you all year, being that:
the candles sit in the squard-hall area, near the bathroom where
every as to pass,from rooms to room...

we've used it all year, in the eve, as it is so soft-lovely a light...

the--kept it off for nov, so i could 'light it a'new'
for dec first, into the month...

don't have a window for i though, except perhaps the bathroom one...
might look nice into the backyard... :)

NOW--thanks to you, when i see them in windows, i know.
what the mean/are...


thank you so much, once again...
also:
YEP--my friend in england mentions the cut-off dates, each year...

happy gift planning, to all...
:)
strangeday

Trad climber
Brea ca.
Nov 28, 2012 - 05:21pm PT
Unfortunately I have to withdraw from the gift exchange this year. I sent an email letting Topo Santa know as well. Sorry for the last Minuit notice, but some unforeseen problems with work came up, and it just isn't in the cards this year.

Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday, and I look forward to participating again one day.

John.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 28, 2012 - 07:40pm PT
I'm sorry strangeday. Guess somethings up and I pray for you and wish you well. You could just make something or re gift a book you have or something. It's not the greatness of the gift we are looking for here, just the connection of one Taco person to another. Draw a picture.....write a poem. Just be involved. When life challenges ( if it is....i don't even know that it is for you.) don't pull away. Keep pulling the oars up stream. We're here on the Taco to cheer you on.....once again, I don't know you need cheering on. Just guessing from your post. Ciao, lynne
micronut

Trad climber
Nov 28, 2012 - 08:16pm PT
Ok, I'm thinking about this but am not sure how it works. And I may not be on the Taco for a few days. I'm in if somebody can send me an email explaining it pretty clearly and letting me know what I have to do by when. Sounds fun.

Scott

Micronut and Macronut on Eichorn a few years ago
Micronut and Macronut on Eichorn a few years ago
Credit: some stranger on top of Cathedral
strangeday

Trad climber
Brea ca.
Nov 28, 2012 - 08:56pm PT
Thanks for the kind works Lynne... It means a lot right now.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Nov 28, 2012 - 09:03pm PT
hey there, say, i will 'second' what lynnie said...


god bless to you...
no matter how things look, either, in the world, or job-wise...
you are still YOU and friends are here to help cheer you on, not only
in this way... but other ways as well...

if you got a buddy here, email him and have a good share, or share phone numbers, etc...

good anchors are needed in life...

holiday cheer, in form of friendship, helps make a good anchor too...
:)
Captain...or Skully

climber
Nov 28, 2012 - 09:07pm PT
And I'll third it. Sing out if you need a hand or something, strangeday.
We're all in this together.

Micronut, You should get froggy & jump. Easy Peasy.
strangeday

Trad climber
Brea ca.
Nov 28, 2012 - 10:09pm PT
Thanks again for all the kind words... I knew I liked this place for a reason. I'll be just fine, and I'm still in a better position than most of the people in this world. The holidays are always kind of a rough time for me, and I guess this year is no different.

I would like to take this time to thank all of you for the gifts you have given me, although most of you wouldn't know it. As someone who rarely posts here, and is pretty much a serial lurker, I feel like I've gotten to know some of you through your posts, and have been able to learn from what each of you has to offer. It's heartening to see such a wide range of people come together and share in their common joy and passion. I came to the climbing game quite late, but one of the things that drew me too it wasn't so much a passion for the sport itself, but for the ability to be around people who are passionate about life. In all my travels, real life, or the Internet, climbers in general, and especially the group here, are as good a group as I've ever met or encountered. You all deserve a pat on the back.

May you and your loved ones have a wonderful and safe holiday!! Keep being awesome.

John.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 28, 2012 - 10:43pm PT
Strange-

PM sent.

People take this too seriously. It is a lark and just fun. The value of the gift does not matter; it is just for fun and an opportunity to connect. Don't over think it. Hell, send a pebble from somewhere you have climbed.

Strider is doing a good thing here; jump in the pool. You will not regret it.

John



JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Nov 29, 2012 - 12:14am PT
A little late on the bus here, as usual...email sent
Strange day wrote,
I came to the climbing game quite late, but one of the things that drew me too it wasn't so much a passion for the sport itself, but for the ability to be around people who are passionate about life.
Me too! Hope all goes well with you.
Thanks Santa for keeping this rolling again.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 29, 2012 - 09:03am PT
Bumpers for Santa.
10b4me

Boulder climber
member since 2002
Nov 29, 2012 - 11:55am PT
Micronut, I think Strider explains how it works up thread, or just email him.
Strider

Trad climber
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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 29, 2012 - 02:09pm PT
I am caught up on confirmations. So everyone up to now should have a confirmation email for their participation. Please please please make sure you have received this email.

Today is the last day to sign up (give or take). So if you have been on the fence, get off the fence and email me! Signups have shot up the past few days and we have almost as many as we did last year. Let's beat last years record!

Happy Holidays.

-n
Gal

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Nov 29, 2012 - 06:37pm PT
aaaaaaand bump.
Strider

Trad climber
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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 29, 2012 - 11:18pm PT
bumpity
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 29, 2012 - 11:26pm PT
I can't wait to see who my assignment is.....elf fuss.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 29, 2012 - 11:28pm PT
Splash! Jump in the pool.
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Nov 29, 2012 - 11:41pm PT
Lynne,

hopefully you get someone better than last year.
Norwegian

Trad climber
Placerville, California
Nov 30, 2012 - 09:27am PT
i have not received any email confirmation yet
i checked and double checked my email / spam

strider?
please advise how do i proceed?
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 30, 2012 - 11:24am PT
Zip, missed you at Big Rock! lynne
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Nov 30, 2012 - 12:26pm PT
Lynne,

Yep. Thanks.
Wish I could have been there.
Sonic

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Nov 30, 2012 - 12:37pm PT
Bump!

Doing it this year!
Captain...or Skully

climber
Nov 30, 2012 - 04:06pm PT
Weej bump.
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Nov 30, 2012 - 11:56pm PT
Double Weege bump
He must be in the pool!
Andy Fielding

Trad climber
UK
Dec 1, 2012 - 09:07am PT
Is today the day we find out?
Abend

Social climber
Dec 1, 2012 - 11:51am PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#276457

Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Dec 1, 2012 - 09:28pm PT
I know WHAT I am giving but I do not know to WHOM I am giving!

Credit: Ihateplastic
Strider

Trad climber
ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 2, 2012 - 12:24am PT
Hey folks!

Sorry for having been out of it. That storm that hit us in California two nights ago was a big one. A single lightning/thunder, louder than I have ever heard in my whole life, zapped the property here and fried numerous electronics. At last count we lost 5 network switches, 2 computers, 2 power supplies and two network cards. And our whole phone system is fried. You know those little green posts on the side of the road that the phone company's equipment is under? We found ours blown off the equipment, about 20 feet down the road. I have spent the past 36 hours fixing things as best I could before I could even check my own email. Yee Haw!

Having said that, the latest round of confirmations is done. So if you have not received one, let me now ASAP.

Norwegian, I have not received a signup email from you. I checked SPAM and all. If you want to sign up please email me again and double check that you have the email address correct:

supertoposanta (at) gmail (dot) com

To everyone else who is not signed up, sign-ups were officially closed yesterday but if you still want to join you have until tomorrow afternoon to email me to join.

Monday, December 3rd, everyone will receive an email with their giftee. Only two days left!

ho ho ho
-n
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Dec 2, 2012 - 12:27am PT
Saint Nick is rad.....
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 2, 2012 - 12:29am PT
Gawd Strider, what a blow up.....screeeeeery
I am so excited sitting here like a little kid can't wait to find out my gifteeeeeeeeeee.....yipeeeeeeee


Susan
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Dec 2, 2012 - 08:17am PT
Neither rain nor snow nor sleet nor hail nor frikkin lightning strike shall keep Supertopo Santa from his appointed rounds!
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 2, 2012 - 09:25am PT
hey there say, strider.... whewwwwwwwwwwww...
glad no one was hurt, :O


as to the thread, here:
happy to see things falling into place, soon... :)
LilaBiene

Trad climber
Dec 2, 2012 - 12:34pm PT
The squirrel...is awesome!!!
strangeday

Trad climber
Brea ca.
Dec 3, 2012 - 11:18pm PT
Looks like Santa is sending out those emails.... Got mine : )
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 3, 2012 - 11:23pm PT
YAY, strangeday. . . you're still in!

:-)

SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 3, 2012 - 11:28pm PT
Got mine. Yipedeeeee. Thanks Striderrrrrrr

Susan
strangeday

Trad climber
Brea ca.
Dec 3, 2012 - 11:58pm PT
Yeah eKat, I guess I was just having a silly little meltdown the other day. It's the little things like this secret Santa swap that bring me much joy into my life..... Now to do some post searching and see if I get some ideas...
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 4, 2012 - 12:03am PT
Well. . . I'm glad you're back and I wish you a very, very FUN SecretSanta!

oxoxo
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 4, 2012 - 12:06am PT
Secret Santa info has been delivered to the CrimperNuts or BrassGirl household (depending on how you want to look at it). :)

Now, to get the perfect gifts...

Edge

Trad climber
New Durham, NH
Dec 4, 2012 - 12:07am PT
Just got my name, and checking the list it seems this person has been designated as "nice."

So, is Da Brim adjustable, or do I need to figure out a way to measure their head from a scaled picture?
Strider

Trad climber
ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 4, 2012 - 12:09am PT
HO HO HO

Yep, it is officially done. All matches have been sent!

Every year I feel the pressure of hoping these are good matches and I truly wish I knew each and every one of you so I could ensure the best possible matches.

I say this every year but there were more than a few random matches that seemed to be destined to happen. And then there are a few that seem to be truly random. Please remember that not all registered members of Supertopo post here, some just lurk and do not post actively. This event is for everyone so please try and show the love!

So check your email, get your gift ready and be prepared to receive your gift!

Thanks for everyone who participated and I can't wait to see what everyone got! Remember to post photos and show off the swag!

Happy Holidays everyone and thank you for allowing me to be a part of this special community.

-Nick

Credit: Strider
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 4, 2012 - 12:12am PT
THANK YOU, SO MUCH!

And. . . those little StrawberrySantaMen are DARLING!

:-)
strangeday

Trad climber
Brea ca.
Dec 4, 2012 - 12:18am PT
Thanks again strider for all the time and effort you put in to this every year, I think I can say for all of us, that we greatly appreciate it!!
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Dec 4, 2012 - 12:34am PT
I got my NAME...









Uh OH.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 4, 2012 - 08:22am PT
Got my giftee beta!

Message to zip - sent you a PM but never heard back.

edit- Cosmic, think of all the $$$ you will save on postage!
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 4, 2012 - 12:33pm PT
THIS IS SO BITCHEN!

I LOVE IT!

Here's another cute little man!

photo not found
Missing photo ID#276869

Gal

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Dec 4, 2012 - 12:34pm PT
Got my person... YAY!!!!!
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 4, 2012 - 12:47pm PT
Waitin for a flight back to California.....can't wait to fire up the welder. ..... Got some knarly ideas.....now if I don't burn the sheeeeet out of myself!

So fun so fun.

Susan....and I'm gonna wrap it all purdeee

Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Dec 4, 2012 - 12:48pm PT
"edit- Cosmic, think of all the $$$ you will save on postage! "




No Johntp, I didn't get, MY name, I got the name of the person
I'm spose to send a gift to.



Uh OH!


Edit: I wonder where I can pick up a BBP?
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 4, 2012 - 01:23pm PT
No Johntp, I didn't get, MY name,

OH. . . I'm so glad that didn't go unnoticed.

:-)

Pretty funny!
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Dec 4, 2012 - 03:14pm PT
^^^^

You DON'T want to know, Lolli.


:)
Captain...or Skully

climber
Dec 4, 2012 - 05:44pm PT
Santaman!
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 4, 2012 - 06:12pm PT
hey there say, all...

first off wow...

not sure if norwegian has been in the ol' santa-share last
year, but i just saw his post here, and now i also see that strangeday is back in, and:
so: welcome to norwegian...
and: welcome back, strangday...

that cosmic is haveing a 'dilema of sorts'...

and that johntp is still encouraging folks! ...

and that lolli will have 'mail time'...


i just got my name for to send to, as well...

happy supertopo-santa-time to you all...



:)
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Dec 4, 2012 - 06:16pm PT
My, GIFT, is,
READY, and waiting to be Sent,
to some poor UNFORTUNATE Soul!!!


Bwahahahaha





Edit; Lolli; Ask Locker what a BBP is

;-)
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 4, 2012 - 11:03pm PT
Don't be bashfull. BBP= Blue Butt Plug. Got locker banned for a while.

Oopsie! Been nice being here....
pocoloco1

Social climber
The Chihuahua Desert
Dec 4, 2012 - 11:12pm PT
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8fUgHMSftg
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Dec 4, 2012 - 11:58pm PT



eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 5, 2012 - 10:30am PT
More darling little men to KEEP THE MAGIC ALIVE!

photo not found
Missing photo ID#277052
Captain...or Skully

climber
Dec 7, 2012 - 03:11pm PT
A squad of Santamans....;-)
I just sent a secret package out into the world.
Cheers!
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 7, 2012 - 03:59pm PT
A Squad of SantaMans, INDEED!

:-)

I mailed off my pre-delivery card. . . warning my friend to keep an eye open for the BIG BROWN TRUCK!

YAY!

LOVE IT!
grover

climber
Northern Mexico
Dec 7, 2012 - 04:58pm PT
Package sent! woot!

Those Santas are way cool....must make some for tomorrows festivities!

JohnRoe

Trad climber
State College, PA
Dec 7, 2012 - 06:19pm PT
Package sent...
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 7, 2012 - 06:25pm PT
I forgot to sign up in time, so I'm soliciting suggestions for who to send a random gift to.

Email me.
Captain...or Skully

climber
Dec 7, 2012 - 09:25pm PT
That's easy, Brother Brandon. Strider. He's that GUY, you know?

Hey, Recipient to be disclosed later, dig it. I didn't gift wrap your package(I'm claiming virgin wool, I'm new to this Xmas shizz{uh huh...}), so it's disguised as a USPS box. Sorry about that.
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Dec 8, 2012 - 02:22pm PT
Package Sent!!!


I couldn't find a BBP
So I sent a, GOLD BP!!!


BWAhahahohoho
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 8, 2012 - 11:58pm PT
Hey, Recipient to be disclosed later, dig it. I didn't gift wrap your package(I'm claiming virgin wool, I'm new to this Xmas shizz{uh huh...}), so it's disguised as a USPS box. Sorry about that.

Freaking noobs...







































Welcome to the pool!






















































Splash!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 9, 2012 - 12:01am PT
Over achievers!!! I need to get busy.
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Dec 9, 2012 - 01:05am PT
I was too Lazy to giftwrap mine either.

but I used TONS of SHREDDED GNAR!!!
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 9, 2012 - 01:37am PT
hey there, say,brandon-

ask stider if your idea of 'someone you know an address for' is
on the santa-program... if they are not--then you can send
them a gift...secretly... :)


that may not be too much trouble for
him. :)
Fogarty

climber
BITD
Dec 9, 2012 - 09:52am PT
I need to get on this ASAP. I need some help on this one, what do you get an old man who from his taco photos likes porn?
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 9, 2012 - 10:00am PT
what do you get an old man who from his taco photos likes porn?

A LIFE?

Or maybe one of these. . .

photo not found
Missing photo ID#277688

:-/
John Butler

Social climber
SLC, Utah
Dec 9, 2012 - 11:10pm PT
I'm trusting sender films to ship mine out.... better than porn... way better

:-)

jb
Sonic

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Dec 10, 2012 - 09:45am PT
First Package was sent. Now need to send the card!
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 10, 2012 - 09:56pm PT
I'm running a bit late myself.
Captain...or Skully

climber
Dec 10, 2012 - 10:13pm PT
What card, Sonic(youth)? There's a card, too?
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Dec 10, 2012 - 10:55pm PT
I just had mine sent....My exchangee is a rather good acquaintance of female professor on this site.

That's all I say for now, and I think he, and maybe her, will have fun with their gift. Woot!!!

(no, perverts, it's not sexual.....)
Andy Fielding

Trad climber
UK
Dec 11, 2012 - 07:50am PT
Package sent from the UK today. Hopefully that is enough time to reach someone your side of the pond.
GLee

Social climber
Missoula MT
Dec 12, 2012 - 12:06pm PT
Gift is sent, expected USPS delivery is December 13! :-)

Happy Holidays everyone from Missoula Montana!!!
Edge

Trad climber
New Durham, NH
Dec 12, 2012 - 01:48pm PT
Sent my package yesterday. Happy holidays to all you Tacoans, whether I am your secret santa or not.

*Spoiler Alert*























The package is going to the left coast... Does that narrow it down too much?
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Dec 12, 2012 - 01:55pm PT
My package was sent last week or so and went to CA to a chap who's initials relate to the number eight. :-)
adatesman

climber
philadelphia, pa
Dec 12, 2012 - 02:07pm PT
Ugh. Been sick as a dog since Saturday and am only now feeling well enough to start making my gift. Proof of concept yesterday mostly worked, so hopefully the actual one will go smoothly and I'll get it out in time for the holidays....

BUMP!!!!
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 12, 2012 - 08:38pm PT
I just had mine sent....My exchangee is a rather good acquaintance of female professor on this site.

Well if that is not a give away!
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 12, 2012 - 08:43pm PT
hey there say, all... will send mine out by friday, saturday, or monday,
at the latest... :)

:)
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Dec 12, 2012 - 08:53pm PT
This Santa's helper made it to the post office today!
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 12, 2012 - 09:23pm PT
To be sent on Thursday, hopefully in time for delivery. Sadly, anonymity isn't possible when mailed things cross the border - it has to have a name and address. Maybe I'll be "Carrie Biner".
Abend

Social climber
Dec 12, 2012 - 09:27pm PT
(I'm claiming virgin wool, I'm new to this Xmas shizz{uh huh...})


Yet yours was one of the first packages to arrive. Thank you Skully for the great read. You are spot on with the gifts!

photo not found
Missing photo ID#278033

The package to my giftee should arrive before the 20th.
Captain...or Skully

climber
Dec 13, 2012 - 05:10pm PT
Yay! I was tempted to read it before I sent it off, but I fought the urge.
10b4me

Boulder climber
Somewhere on 395
Dec 13, 2012 - 05:14pm PT
sent today. should get there by the 16th
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 13, 2012 - 05:41pm PT
So here's a conundrum. When are the giftees supposed to open their gift, assuming that it arrives before December 25th? Especially those who aren't christians, or have other traditions? Bearing in mind that many of us have ADHD, or something not very different, how are we supposed to wait (patiently, or at all) for what could be a week or more? Would it be a victimless crime to open early? Is santa watching, and keeping notes for next year?

Perhaps the morals & ethics committee could chip in regarding this.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 13, 2012 - 06:17pm PT
hey there say, mighy hiker, most folks go by that inner 'gut feeling' or that little nudge that 'it is time'...
so:
some have opened early, and some have not...

depending on a variety of things, not just 'not having the patience' or
'haveing too strong a curiosity'... :))

i usually open 'special stuff like this' on christmas eve,
as it is a bit like family 'sit and chat' time, though i have no
family around to do that with... *however, i seem to speak well to the ol' pupdog, cats and rat and bird, so i reckon i will share and chat about my gift, with them... and then, share on the taco, soon as i am up to dealing with the ol' computer, :)


so you'll know... :)
and you won't get 'banished' ;) if you open too early, :)
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Dec 13, 2012 - 10:13pm PT
Perhaps the morals & ethics committee could chip in regarding this.

I think I'm qualified to sit on one side of this committee. My vote is don't 'tell' anybody you opened it until at least Christmas Eve.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Dec 13, 2012 - 10:33pm PT
I need help. I love signing up, but then I can never decide what to send.

Sitting in/on/with a quandry here....HELP! lynnie
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 13, 2012 - 10:35pm PT
Hey, Lynnie. . . you're such a KILLER cook. . . why don't you make some yummy treats to send.

OXO

eK@
Captain...or Skully

climber
Dec 13, 2012 - 10:37pm PT
How about a nice fleece beanie? Everyone needs one of those...Just a wild guess.
Abend

Social climber
Dec 13, 2012 - 10:43pm PT
Especially those who aren't christians, or have other traditions?

Obviously I am standing firmly in the 'open it when it arrives' camp. MH you had mentioned that you celebrate the solstice. I am not familiar with the tradition but wouldn't that allow you to open on the 21st?
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Dec 13, 2012 - 10:44pm PT
Thanks ekat and skully. You are the BEST. I don't have time to cook. I just want the gift to be perfect......I did buy an awesome beanie but would like to be more personal. What if the color is not good or it doesn't fit.

Please help me to be a really good super Santa.

I was prepared to give a guy gift. Have an awesome one, but got a gal. Oh lordy, oh lordy, need some inspiration. Been thinking since I got the name but nothing kicks.....
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 13, 2012 - 10:53pm PT
I just want the gift to be perfect

Lynnie...a gift from you, how could it not be perfect....?

Anyone would be honored to get something from the one and only Lynnster

Susan

Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 13, 2012 - 11:54pm PT
So it dawned on me this afternoon that Christmas is almost here! Yikes! I sent off my gift today. I hope the recipient like it. I get a bit kick out of it (but I'm odd). :) Happy holidays secret santa giftee!!!
Melissa

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
Dec 13, 2012 - 11:59pm PT
I just finished making mine. I may miss the mailing deadline doing the finishes, but it shouldn't matter as it's not going far.
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Dec 13, 2012 - 11:59pm PT
Lynne, the fleece beanie is a good idea that everyone can use. There are all kinds of styles now too.

Merry Christmas!
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 14, 2012 - 01:48am PT
My vote is don't 'tell' anybody you opened it until at least Christmas Eve.

Some sort of "don't ask, don't tell" tactic, apparently.
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Dec 14, 2012 - 02:08am PT
Lynne, email me the name of the woman, and i'll try to give you some ideas...

ps... Why did you change to LL LL ...)-;


edit: Lolli, it's not possible......i choose not to participate in Secret Santa, ...but i enjoy watching everyone play along....(-;
Hoots

climber
Toyota Tacoma
Dec 14, 2012 - 10:45am PT
Mine is in the mail! Enjoy!
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 14, 2012 - 11:51am PT
Mine is not in the mail yet...this weekend...shame on me, but since I hate to take responsibility I can say that the company sending it to me was late, because their supplier was delayed, because the parts for that supplier didn't come in time from China beccause the 50 cent an hour workers in China got snooty and slowed production because they wanted $0.55 an hour but the bosses were entrenched because Bain Capital needed to sell them for a profit because the Marriott Hotels wanted Romney on their Board of Directors. So there...it really is Romney's fault. Someone had to take this political....

Susan

Edit...I will mail it from Bozeman to mess up the giftee's head when they get it!
Edge

Trad climber
New Durham, NH
Dec 14, 2012 - 11:57am PT
According to USPS tracking, the gift I sent out has arrived..

I forgot to write it on the box, but the contents are gift wrapped. Happy holidays!
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Dec 14, 2012 - 12:15pm PT
Santa's sleigh has been spotted over the skies of New Mexico! PocoLoco, better get out there and catch the loot that falls out of the sky!!!

Joyeux Noel!

And damn, the wrapping won't be perfect. Small things like being wrapped or having the price removed. I got caught up in making sure that it went out on time and shipped direct. The thought went into the decoration of the item rather than the gift wrapping.
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Dec 14, 2012 - 12:20pm PT
Open when you get it!!! THat's my vote. I still remember the year my boss gave me home made kielbasa, and I put it under the tree for Christmas. You never know if a gift might spoil. OPEN IT UP NOW AND TELL US WHAT YOU GOT.

Hard to believe some of us are mature professionals.
Strider

Trad climber
ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 14, 2012 - 09:27pm PT
As the organizer of this little event, I love seeing everyone debating and talking about the the inconsequential details involved, because it shows how much it means to everyone...

So here's a conundrum. When are the giftees supposed to open their gift, assuming that it arrives before December 25th?

As the guy who organized this, all I can say is: it doesn't matter!

As a normal person who isn't a part of this exchange (to me it doesn't feel right to participate when I am the one who organizes it) I have a quick allegory... My girlfriend can not stand having a gift in front of her and not open it. Something arrives for her and she wants to know what it is and will open it ASAP. To me that's perfectly fine and there is nothing wrong with that.

On the opposite side is me, who will receive a gift and I will wait until the appointed time to open it, no matter how long that is. Last year I received a few gifts as the organizer (THANK YOU Zip and everyone who participated for making that happen!!!!) and they sat under my Christmas tree until Christmas before I opened them.

So when should you open the gift you received from this Secret Santa exchange? It is all up to you, there are no rules!

All that matters (to me) is that everyone enjoy the the spirit of the season and connect in some way with their fellow climbers.

Happy Holidays!!

-n
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Dec 14, 2012 - 10:09pm PT

I mailed mine. I hope my recipient enjoys it.

I got mine too, but it says don't open 'till Christmas. . .
so I'll be patient. . . .
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Dec 14, 2012 - 10:26pm PT
On this very suckee day, I got my secret santa gift. It is so delightful to be transported to a magical, Christmasy place.

Should I open it?.....or should I save that joy for another day when I need some sunshine?
Melissa

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
Dec 14, 2012 - 10:41pm PT
I hope some of you early receivers share up. Give us a full 12 days of Christmas!
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 15, 2012 - 04:47am PT
hey there say, melissa ,that is a neat way of seeing it...

sharing for the twelve days...

well, they COULD share a picture of the unopened box, if they like, too...

some of us did that, last year, that is fun too... and for the ones
that DID open, that was equally as fun....


dear seamstress... i just been reading about the 'bad' day :(
i am behind in the news...

find a quiet space when the memories of your conn. homeland feel well and then you will know it is time to open it... like a sign of prayers having moved over to the families of those in pain...


WELL now... me, i had been up all night doing little chores, i seem to work better then:

i JUST mailed my box off to the secret-santa-getter'er...
i can't pay much, so it went the SEVEN day way... it should get
there in time, though, i hope.. at least if it
gets 'slowed up'..

i WILL be able to say (and perhaps with a few others) not to worry
there are still some on the way, and MINE is one, :))


happy trails, in this venture before us all, from strider... :)
thank you strider...
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 15, 2012 - 04:49am PT
hey there say, lolli, i just love this

as to your quote:

I love the internet. It's fantastic.
Without it, I would've never known of neither Secret Santa, nor any of you! There'd be no Supertopo.
In the old days, I could've called the post office to find out where my box is, but there'd be no recepient across the sea. :-)

:)
Abend

Social climber
Dec 15, 2012 - 09:51am PT
I am the lucky giftee of Santa Skully. In addition to a space blanket I received 'wild' by Cheryl Strayed, a memoir of a woman's journey on the PCT.
photo not found
Missing photo ID#278406
The book is ending too soon. It will not last until christmas.
Thank you Skully!


Captain...or Skully

climber
Dec 15, 2012 - 10:37am PT
Right on. I was hoping it was good. She's got a great name for hiking, huh? The space blanket was just in case it wasn't that great. Plus it's a great item to have on a long route.
I hope you have a great Solstice and Next year's even better.
So there!;-)
Secret Skully
Melissa

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
Dec 15, 2012 - 10:40am PT
Yeah! Cool gift idea, Captain.
strangeday

Trad climber
Brea ca.
Dec 15, 2012 - 04:41pm PT
My helper elf has been a bit overworked as of late, but fear not, mine should be in be mail in a few days, and seeing as it only has to go a few counties over, should arrive by Christmas....

Hope the holidaze are treating you a well...
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Dec 15, 2012 - 07:02pm PT
Thanks for all your gift ideas yo out there !!!

In the end I just gave from the heart. They may or may not like it but it is special. Soooooo, got it off in the Santa Sled today and if the weather holds and the deer don't get the flu it should arrive sometime next week.

Cheers and Joy and Fun and Love to all of yo :D

(A little joy and peace amidst a world suffering) Thanks for all who participate here and Strider Santa for making it happen. lynnie
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 16, 2012 - 04:24am PT
hey there say, abend!! wow, and posted with a NEAT picture, too!!

so nice, thank you for sharing your wonderful fun!...
and lynne is 'off and running' now, :)

nice to see everyone here!

just a bump!
JohnRoe

Trad climber
State College, PA
Dec 16, 2012 - 08:57am PT
opened mine yesterday as I am heading out of town...

Mark Hudon Nose topo poster
Mark Hudon Nose topo poster
Credit: JohnRoe

Nose pano from Mark Hudon... thanks, Santa! Installed next to the woody for motivation... and with some Big Wall Theory gadgetry to keep it company.

Captain...or Skully

climber
Dec 16, 2012 - 09:19am PT
Mark's Pano shots are excellent. That's super.
Sonic

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Dec 16, 2012 - 11:58am PT
Hope you liked the Pano. Meant to get a card in the mail before that got shipped!

Merry Christmas!
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Dec 16, 2012 - 08:24pm PT
I thought that i would throw this out there again.

Last year quite few people gave money to buy Strider a gift.
Some people sent a little, and some a lot. We collected quite a bit, and I believe we gave him a rope, one or two books, and a Dream Catcher.
The gift suggestions and money were sent to me, and then I ordered the stuff, and sent it to Strider.
I would like to do this again this year.

I have had a few people respond, but not enough to buy Strider that timeshare in Hawaii.
Please contact me off site if interested
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 16, 2012 - 08:49pm PT
bump for zip!


Let's give strider a hello and merry xmass!
Captain...or Skully

climber
Dec 16, 2012 - 08:55pm PT
I sent you a pm, Zip.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 16, 2012 - 09:02pm PT
Thank you skully. One of these daze we need to meet.
Captain...or Skully

climber
Dec 16, 2012 - 09:22pm PT
I'll buy that for a dollar. Cheers, BroMan.
JohnRoe

Trad climber
State College, PA
Dec 16, 2012 - 09:25pm PT
thanks, Sonic. Merry Christmas to you too!
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 17, 2012 - 06:18pm PT
hey there say, zip...

i never have more than a few bucks in the bank after normal bills, food and critters stuff, and my ol' quarter-tank fill, so i can't really send funds as they are unpredictable, though i DO get surprise babysitting time and thus, i CAN send SMALL gifts, etc, as i balance and plan, and on occasions, beg postage, :))...

sooo, though:
i can at least send him a neat surprise, :)
and i have a few ideas... but--will be for the new year,
:)

it's kind of like including a big brother, :)
as he sets this up for 'the ol' taco family'...
:)
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 17, 2012 - 06:19pm PT
hey there say, lolli...
oh my...

yep , i've heard about those 'effective' trips, on occasions, :))
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 17, 2012 - 09:52pm PT
Cheers, BroMan.

Hey wait.. It's a manzeer, I swear!

Damn, I hate when this happens.

My elves are running a little behind (easy in for locker....)
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Dec 17, 2012 - 10:29pm PT
Neebee,

no worries. Lolli said she's got your back, and pledged to donate for you.
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Dec 17, 2012 - 10:43pm PT
I received my gift from a certain 'Kristin" in the local area.

Rad gift! Thanks!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 17, 2012 - 11:10pm PT
Picture Bluey! Picture!!!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Dec 17, 2012 - 11:16pm PT
It's Christmas....and Christmas came for me tonight.
It's Christmas....and Christmas came for me tonight.
Credit: LL LL


The golden sticker says, "Take time to Dream." When I read that I bond...
The golden sticker says, "Take time to Dream." When I read that I bonded with my Secret Santa. "Dude Santa understands life here on the planet", I thought.
Credit: LL LL

[photo
It was difficult to get the box open. I had to be resourceful. :D
It was difficult to get the box open. I had to be resourceful. :D
Credit: LL LL
id=278865]


I am now ready to unveil the gift of gifts.











bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Dec 17, 2012 - 11:34pm PT
Crimpie, I'll get one up. It won't go over well right now with recent news events...

And, my wife hid it from my son. He saw it when I opened it up and wanted to try it out. We did, but then it got hidden.

Kid safe, mostly. Just under Dad's/Mom's supervision.

I'm sure you can guess. I'll take some pics.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 17, 2012 - 11:41pm PT
I look forward to seeing your prize Bluey. Hope you like it, but understand your reservations.

Lynne - let's see!

I sent out my gift earlier this week (well, had it sent out). I struggle to find something extra-special for my extra-special giftee. I thought long and hard - hope he/she digs it. :)

I admit to being like a little kid and hoping mine comes soon! :)
strangeday

Trad climber
Brea ca.
Dec 17, 2012 - 11:43pm PT
Secret Santa paid me a visit today, and since I am the type who used to scour the house to find my gifts as a child, I just had to open it....

Neebee, thank you from the bottom of my heart for the wonderful painting and dreamcatcher!!
It's funny too, because the photo you used, I didn't even remember posting. I took that a few years ago on one of the first trips to Joshua tree with my wife. It was one of those really cold and windy days, and it seemed like we had the entire park to ourselves. Seeing the painting brought back wonderful memories from a really great time in our lives.

The dreamcatcher is also wonderfully timely. I used to have one over my bed that I got many years ago. I had it at each place I've lived, which is many, and unfortunately lost it in the last move. A few years ago we had to move back in with my parents, and are still here. I've put off on decorating our room, because I didn't want to feel to "permanent" here. When I was looking at your beautiful dreamcatcher you made, I looked up, and the screw in the wall from my old one was still there. No installation needed.

Thank you again for the lovely art, they will both hang proudly in our room, and I will cherish them every day I see them.

Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Dec 17, 2012 - 11:43pm PT
The card is fantastic....An Atlantic Puffin. It was my husband Dan's f...
The card is fantastic....An Atlantic Puffin. It was my husband Dan's favorite bird. The card was made by my secret santa. AND it had a message which said, "open the note after the other gifts. So I followed Santa's instructions.
Credit: LL LL


The gifts. Two of them. They are lightweight and can't even begin to i...
The gifts. Two of them. They are lightweight and can't even begin to imagine what they are. Along with the gifts a card. "Ho Mon, this is Christmas to the max", I'm thinking.
Credit: LL LL








Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 17, 2012 - 11:45pm PT
OPEN THEM LYNNE!!!

(I too was the kid that scoured the house for my gifts. :))
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Dec 18, 2012 - 12:33am PT
OK Crimpie, Opening ..... they are so light and funny shaped. No idea what they could be. Secret Santa wrote in the card that he couldn't decide to send something practical or fun, so he sent one of each. He Hopes I'll enjoy them. Of Course Dude Santa. You have fulfilled my every, unknown to my own heart even, wish.



Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 18, 2012 - 12:44am PT
Yay! Can't wait to see them. Love when people share their joy...
Gal

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Dec 18, 2012 - 12:51am PT
I just sent mine out tonight!!!!! Woooohooooh!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Dec 18, 2012 - 12:54am PT
Two incredibly beautifully handmade spoons AND a Native American style...
Two incredibly beautifully handmade spoons AND a Native American style rattle .....to add to my collection of wooden spoons and handmade musical instruments. Just how did you know, Santa? Where did you find my wish list? Amazing!
Credit: LL LL


This is the rattle. It's gorgeous to the touch and plays well. <br/>
This is the rattle. It's gorgeous to the touch and plays well.

Credit: LL LL

I opened my note and it read....the rattle is made of an elk rawhide head on a stick which I collected from a beaver dam showing toothmarks on the cut ends and around the stem where the bark was removed. The trim is beaver fur and deer leather. Inside the rattle is dried corn grown on an ancient native American site, a small quartz point, chips of jasper, amethyst and small stones collected from the roots of an upturned pine tree.

These rattles love to "sing" when sitting around a campfire with friends. Enjoy!

Did you know, Santa Edge, how much I love music and collect handmade instruments for campfires? Please come join us at Tioga Pass Resort in the Eastern Sierra where this rattle will be lovingly cherished and played.

Edge, the two spoons represent another great love in my life, cooking. I will take such good care of them!!! I love the Tiger Maple they are crafted from. The stripes in the wood are so unique. Even my grandkids were amazed that wood could do that. Thanks!!!

Much, Much Thanks and Love from lynnie

What a splendid day, holiday, and blessings to you LS Edge.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 18, 2012 - 05:20am PT
hey there say, strangeday! wow!

as to your quote:
It's funny too, because the photo you used, I didn't even remember posting. I took that a few years ago on one of the first trips to Joshua tree with my wife. It was one of those really cold and windy days, and it seemed like we had the entire park to ourselves. Seeing the painting brought back wonderful memories from a really great time in our lives.

i was pretty sure you'd guess it was me, ;)
(think i signed the picture in back, too, not sure)...

BUT--now I CAN SEND you your christmas, card, :))
will mail it tomorrow, :))

i just KNEW that picture, since you posted it, was something special, i just did not know HOW special...

i love when these 'gut' feelings turn into sooooo much more treasure
than we realize!!! and--i nearly did not have a frame, as they are hard to find at the thrift store, but:

this PERFECT COLOR one was there!!! and a great buy! to put on it...
i could NOT do oils, it would never have dried, but i sparyed it so it
would be more 'glossy'...
i had never done a dark sky yet, so i sure prayed A LOT!!!!!

so--your gift to you, came back to me a lovley experpience THAT I TOO
WILL NEVER FORGET...


thank you to supertopo santa, nick, for all this experiece to us
ol' giver-folks, we DO learn so much, in the process here, nick!!!


zip--thanks for letting me know about lolli,and lolli, thanks for
letting me get included... and--thanks all back to nick, again,

and--to the supertopo of chris! to EVEN exist here!!!!!
thank you chris!
and climbers!!!
for being the united campfire here...


neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 18, 2012 - 05:24am PT
hey there, say, lynne, thanks for sharing!!!j

say, i had READ an artcle about making wooden spoons, somewhere, on the web... (since i play the spoons--metal ones, hahha--for some reason i was looking something up and SAW that... if i can FIND it again, i will email you the link...)
it was very very interesintg!!!

to everyone:
so sweet too see all the gifts and thoughts that set them up...
thank you all for giving and sharing..
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 18, 2012 - 05:35am PT
hey there say, strangeday...

did the two christmas tree mugs make it okay?
not sure i it was packed well,


you and your wife can a morning cocoa or coffee,
:) on the ol' christmas eve, or morning, :)

if one broke, or any etc, well then,
there's nothing like sharing a cup for to start off the new
christmas!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 18, 2012 - 08:46am PT
Really beautiful stuff Lynne. Wow!!
John Butler

Social climber
SLC, Utah
Dec 18, 2012 - 09:07am PT
Received a package from New Mexico last night... as it sits under the tree my wife is convinced I have a girlfriend in New Mexico who calls herself "John," just to be sneaky :-)
adatesman

climber
philadelphia, pa
Dec 18, 2012 - 11:31am PT
Finally finished putting mine together this morning, so dropping it in the mail shortly. It's staying on the East Coast, so should get there in time....

:-)
strangeday

Trad climber
Brea ca.
Dec 18, 2012 - 01:11pm PT

Dec 18, 2012 - 02:35am PT
hey there say, strangeday...

did the two christmas tree mugs make it okay?
not sure i it was packed well,


you and your wife can a morning cocoa or coffee,
:) on the ol' christmas eve, or morning, :)

if one broke, or any etc, well then,
there's nothing like sharing a cup for to start off the new
christmas!

Neebee... Yes the cups arrived just fine, sipping a nice warm cup of tea with it right now...

Thanks again for the wonderful and thoughtful gifts!! We greatly appreciated it.

--John
H

Mountain climber
there and back again
Dec 18, 2012 - 02:34pm PT
I received my Secret Santa gift from none other than Ms Tami Knight! So nice; a cool drawing and a tee shirt. I am now a proud owner of Tami Knight original!!!

My secret Santa gift went out this morning. Loaded down with a plethora of 3 and 5 cent stamps from the '30s through the 80s plastering the box. I hope my recipient gets it in time for Xmas.

Thanks Tami for the precious gift and Strider for putting it all together.
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Dec 18, 2012 - 02:38pm PT

H...Pictures...please...

Lynne, When i saw Edge's name in the mix, i knew it was going to be a beautiful gift....
Edge

Trad climber
New Durham, NH
Dec 18, 2012 - 03:53pm PT
Lynne, I am so glad that you like the gifts! And the picture story you told: photos, captions, multiple posts, building anticipation; thats how to do it! You even had me wondering what it was...

The fun of this for me was doing some Christmas staulking (misspelling intentional) to figure out something special to give. I recognized your name from around the forum, but while checking out some of your old posts I realized I was giving to one of the Taco's own angels.

Several posts mentioned cooking, so the wooden spoons seemed appropriate. We use a similar one that I made almost every day.

I went out on a limb with the rattle. I had no idea if you were even musical, let alone collect small instruments, but I just had a hunch that you needed to have one. When I collect the stones and branches that I use, I rarely know who will be receiving them, but always know that they end up with just the right person.

Happy holidays everyone!
Captain...or Skully

climber
Dec 18, 2012 - 06:06pm PT
Nice stylings, Edge.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Dec 18, 2012 - 09:38pm PT
I actually got TWO secret santa gifts. . .

the first came in the mail a few days back, and this evening, my secret santa
. . .aka. . .Cosmic, gave me a call!!!!!
I'm truly graced!!!!
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 18, 2012 - 10:02pm PT
Oh this is so neat...love seeing all the gifts and notes getting some time....looking forward to a busy week on this thread....thanks again Strider for all your hard work and getting to share the anticipation and fun in sharing with others...

Susan
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Dec 18, 2012 - 10:14pm PT
Thanks Tami for the precious gift and Strider for putting it all together.

You are most welcome. I am so glad you like my silly stuff. Thanks again HH!!!

MERRRRRRY ZZZZMAAAASSSS!@!!!!





Today I received a bottle of single malt 12 yr old scotch Glenfiddich from one of my students. Ooooooh !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
strangeday

Trad climber
Brea ca.
Dec 18, 2012 - 11:52pm PT
Sent mine out today... Apologies for the lag, but it's staying in Cali, so it should be there by the big day.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 19, 2012 - 12:14am PT
General edit:

If you want to throw few bones to give a gift to strider for organizing this escapade, PM zip.


Cheers and Merry xmass!
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Dec 19, 2012 - 01:02am PT
Mine was mailed a wee bit late and is going overseas so hang in there!
JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Dec 19, 2012 - 01:47am PT
My gift is itching to be opened...But I'm a Christmas Eve kind of guy...Will post of a photo when it happens...Anticipation Spells Christmas
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Dec 19, 2012 - 07:01am PT
Still not to late to donate for a gift for Strider.
adatesman

climber
philadelphia, pa
Dec 19, 2012 - 09:15am PT
Speaking of gifts for Strider, hey Strider- mind pm'ing me your address? I made two of my gift in case one didn't come out right and figured the extra should go your way...

(sorry for spoiling the surprise... the sneaky way of getting your address didn't pan out, for understandable reasons)
Naitch

climber
Seneca area
Dec 19, 2012 - 12:33pm PT
Mine just arrived from KC! Now...do I open it right away or I do it later or on the 25th...hmmm

..to be decided.
pocoloco1

Social climber
The Chihuahua Desert
Dec 19, 2012 - 02:43pm PT
No return address...
Unmarked package...
Secret Santa goes underground


Thanks Santa!
Edge

Trad climber
New Durham, NH
Dec 19, 2012 - 03:10pm PT
I just went to let the dogs outside, when Jasper alerted me to a foreign object on the porch.

No one rang the bell, it didn't smell like poop, and it wasn't lit on ...
No one rang the bell, it didn't smell like poop, and it wasn't lit on fire, so probably warrants a closer look.
Credit: Edge

It felt light for the box size, but the contents shifted with authority during the time honored shake test. Since we are flying out to Denver to spend Christmas with my daughter, I made the executive decision to honor my impulses and open it now. Besides, I was too excited; what would someone I don't know choose to send?

To:  Edge/Loran   From:  Gal/Catherine.   <br/>
All the way from Phoenix.
To: Edge/Loran From: Gal/Catherine.
All the way from Phoenix.
Credit: Edge

Wow, just wow! A brand new Kong Speleagle Hammer.

I can smell the granite dust already.
I can smell the granite dust already.
Credit: Edge

New compact stainless steel hammer specially designed for mountaineering, caving, rescue and equipping. It can be used to tighten 13 and 17mm nuts. Fitted with an ergonomic rubber handle and safety sling.

Credit: Edge

Two built in wrenches to fit 13 and 17 mm nuts.  One in the head, one ...
Two built in wrenches to fit 13 and 17 mm nuts. One in the head, one in the handle.
Credit: Edge

Gal wrote in her thoughtful note that she saw that I do FAs, and hoped that I would be inspired to do more with the hammer. Absolutely! My ancient Stubai has seen better days, and isn't nearly as compact and easy to carry/pack as this will be. And the yellow handle means that it won't get lost or misplaced in the leaves at the base.

I bought the Stubai in 1979, and because I made it work well enough fo...
I bought the Stubai in 1979, and because I made it work well enough for my needs, never felt the need to upgrade.
Credit: Edge

The best gifts are the ones that even you yourself didn't know you need. Thank you Catherine for spreading the love Taco style! Happy holidays from the frozen North.

Cheers, Loran
Melissa

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
Dec 19, 2012 - 04:13pm PT
^^^That's a pretty awesome tool.
Captain...or Skully

climber
Dec 19, 2012 - 05:15pm PT
Nice!
So I just got a package from Canada! Check it out...
photo not found
Missing photo ID#279217
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Dec 19, 2012 - 05:18pm PT
Exciting......:D
Captain...or Skully

climber
Dec 19, 2012 - 05:22pm PT
Dig it....A hatty/bandanna type thing & a DVD(In The Shadow of the Chief)!
photo not found
Missing photo ID#279218

Yay! I'm stoked. Thanks, Anders!
Melissa

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
Dec 19, 2012 - 06:01pm PT
^^^The Chief movie kicks ass. I watched it like 10 times one rainy week in the Adventure Center. Non-sectarian good job, MightyH
Andy Fielding

Trad climber
UK
Dec 19, 2012 - 06:05pm PT
Hey Edge what a great gift. Looks like your Stubai could use the rest. Don't forget to post an action shot when you start to use it.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 19, 2012 - 06:05pm PT
It was going to be from "Carrie Biner" or perhaps "Pete Ohn", so as to preserve anonymity, but the guy at the post office wouldn't let me put that on the package.

For such a lively character, the recipient had a rather innocuous family name.

Hey, we all worship climbing, don't we?
adatesman

climber
philadelphia, pa
Dec 19, 2012 - 07:25pm PT
Daughter was a bit sick today, so let her help open my STSS gift before putting her to bed...

What beautiful paper!



Very nice card!



A climber holiday wreath adorned with green webbing, rap rings, Russian titanium pitons and a 3mm bow!!!



Now sitting at the proper spot at the top of the tree!



The card reads:

"Aric- Looking at your Supertopo posts, it seems like you've been good this year. Now, to the uninitiated eye, this looks like a basic Christmas wreath, but it has a myriad of possibilities. With a couple of biners, you could turn it into a slackline. With the Russian titanium pitons, webbing & rings you could have a bomber rappel anchor off the desperate alpine route of your choice. Or you could display it on your front door, letting all those who enter know your recreational proclivities. Your choice. From your ST Secret Santa, all the best in 2013!"

Thanks so much, Rockin' Gal! Will put this all to good use come spring! :-)

-aric.
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Dec 19, 2012 - 08:39pm PT
I got a delivery today, but I'm going to wait until Christmas Eve to open it!
Rockin' Gal

Trad climber
Boulder
Dec 19, 2012 - 09:14pm PT
Got a package today from CA, but am keeping it under the tree.
Loved the pictures of you and your daughter, Aric!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 19, 2012 - 09:17pm PT
Oh! So much fun on this thread. A package just arrived for BrassNuts - I cajoled him until he agreed to open it!

Pictures in a second....
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 19, 2012 - 09:25pm PT
Finally got mine sent out today to my giftee by the lake in MI. It may not make it time for xmass. Damn elves had to make a trip to Pittsburgh and threw off the schedule.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 19, 2012 - 09:30pm PT
Fun being had here! Photos to follow... :)
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 19, 2012 - 10:35pm PT
Pictures in a second....

Well? We are waiting...

But no pressure :)
Fogarty

climber
BITD
Dec 19, 2012 - 11:26pm PT
Ok im now ready for Christmas spirit, I just sent my gift and left out the card, I feel bad I want to send one tomorrow. I wish every one a safe and wonderful holiday:)

Cheers,

Mike Fogarty
Andy Fielding

Trad climber
UK
Dec 20, 2012 - 02:57am PT
I just sent my gift and left out the card

Me too. I was in such a rush to get mine in the post that I left the card out. There are some words to go with the gift so hopefully my giftee will be OK with that.
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Dec 20, 2012 - 10:15am PT
Secret Santa mini TR...

The Fed Ex man came a knockin - he needed a signature to release the goods...
Credit: BrassNuts

Apparently, the secret santa package contained adult merchandise...
Credit: BrassNuts

Pente the helpful cat assisted me in opening the package...
Credit: BrassNuts

A very nice bottle of Scotch! Thanks Santa Bluering!! Very nice gift!
Ho Ho Ho!  Thanks Bluering!
Ho Ho Ho! Thanks Bluering!
Credit: BrassNuts

Needless to say, the goods were promptly sampled with great satisfaction! HO HO HO! Happy Holidays everyone!
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Dec 20, 2012 - 02:02pm PT
^^^ Good job, Bluey!
crustie

climber
SF, CA
Dec 20, 2012 - 02:26pm PT
Hey Zander, here is my best attempt at an early apology limerick:

O boy I’m a secret santer!
To a climber nicknamed Zander
“the gift I will make!”
Oh no, now I’m late :(
Well now, my name you may slander

Hey Zander, I tried to pm you but I never got a reply so I’m not sure it got to you. So now my confession goes out to the whole community. Seeing your posts I think you’ve been climbing a while so I wanted to get you a gift that you didn’t already have – i.e., make it! Since I’d been traveling until today (I spent last night in an airport, it’s been a bit of an epic), I just finished it and will send it asap. So it might be late. So sorry! Bad santa! I hope the uniqueness at least in part makes up for it.

Christie

edit: thanks captain, good idea :) i sent it out yesterday priority mail so its supposed to arrive sat or mon...hopefully it will make it x country through the storms!
Captain...or Skully

climber
Dec 20, 2012 - 02:36pm PT
Maybe we can keep him distracted for you, Christie........
Melissa

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
Dec 20, 2012 - 05:41pm PT
I just got a big Secret Santa Surprise, partly because I didn't realize I was opening my secret Santa gift. It was like a surprise Christmas party right there in my kitchen! I was going through the mail, opened up a nondescript envelope from REI, and out came a card w/ a gift card inside of it from BrassNuts.

Thanks so much! I'll let you know what shape its second giving takes! Lately, I've been liking to wear those hoodie dresses they sell... :-)

Muchas gracias!
LilaBiene

Trad climber
Dec 20, 2012 - 10:10pm PT
Dear SuperTopo Secret Santa,

How did you know exactly what I needed?!! Thank you SO much for the beautiful journal. I'm very touched by your thoughtfulness.

Credit: LilaBiene

(I made it an admirable 19 whole minutes before opening the box!)

LilaBiene

Edit:
I'm experimenting with different camera angles to try to capture the beautiful detail and will post once I'm successful. It's can't-take-your-eyes-off-it beautiful...and each time you look at it, you see something new. The muppet is currently drawing the first entry... ")
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
Dec 20, 2012 - 10:39pm PT
Enjoy that, Dave, and you and Callie have a Merry Christmas!

I sampled that Glenmorangie at buddies house once. Unique, and tasty! They have other good ones too.
adatesman

climber
philadelphia, pa
Dec 21, 2012 - 09:25am PT
So glad you like it, LilaBiene! On a side note, this was my first foray into electrochemical etching, so I don't know how well it'll hold up over time. I put a coat of poly on it to help prevent tarnish, but if that ends up not working it'll clean right up with some 00 steel wool.

Happy holidays!

-Aric.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 21, 2012 - 10:12am PT
hey there say, christie...

not to worry about the late... lots of folks celebrate for the whole
week up to the new year...

the spirit of christmas love is strong enough to last into the new
year... late, just makes the wait a little sweeter, is all...

you know, like fine wine... it enchanced...

so you are doing fine... :)
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 21, 2012 - 10:24am PT
Bluey - we checked out the website of that company. First, cool website, and second learned a bit. It is quite tasty and it will enjoy a good home here.

:)

I hope my giftee gets his/her gift soon. It was difficult to pick just the right thing. Hope it puts a smile on a face.
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Dec 21, 2012 - 10:51am PT
SteveW;
You can open your present before Christmas if you want to.

I got my Secret Santa Gift yesterday.
Thank You Melissa!!!
It's a GRAND Illusion!!!!!!!!!
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 21, 2012 - 11:52am PT
hey there all, say....


i happened to see a note from johntp here, saying his ol' package was
off to some ol' lake (i think?) in mich?
(well, something like that, hee hee)...


well, wasn't sure if i was SUPPOSED to see that, being that there
sure ain't many folks from mich, posting here much--that i know of...

soooooooooooo........ i just moseyed on away, all quiet like, just
in case...

well:
johntp, you will be most relieved to know that the ol' packagge
arrived here in time, :)


say, secret santa, from north pole by way of your address, of course,
being how we are all helping get the secrets out to proper homes...


well, ol' patty ann will KEEP guard:
says do not open 'til christmas, and i usual wait 'til then, UNLESS
they are christmas eve type gifts...


thank you so very kindly, secret santa... how fun, as the first time ever, that i braved to do this, money-wise, etc, YOU were the one that the
good lord sent my way, ... :) now, it's opposite, :)


NOTE:
*say, after trying my best to make that tanagram, though not too well, i have NOW seen that they are in the stores, now, :O
more perfect but not homemade, :))
THAT was the year i was in the beginning and middle AND end, of a
HUGE MOVE... but it all got done... feared it would be late, but
we got it sent to your folks, remember, :))
worked out perfect...

zander's gift, then came to me, and just in time for the eve for the new house...

then, the second year, lolli gave to me and i gave to brassnuts....

now, here we are third year, strangeday, haveing just received his...

OKAY NOW:

well, patty ann marie is doing a great job of it here, john...
we ARE to be trusted... however... let's keep an eye on the
one cat, in the SECOND picture... ;)


Credit: neebee


Credit: neebee



and here is the the precious sprockets, and early surprise
christmas gift, from friend mouse:

Credit: neebee
Andy Fielding

Trad climber
UK
Dec 21, 2012 - 02:02pm PT
OK I'm starting to panic. I posted my gift 10 days ago and from other posts I've seen I think my giftee would post to say it had arrived. I know it has to make it all the way across the Atlantic but I thought I'd posted it in enough time to get there before the big day. If I don't see anything in the next few days my giftee will get a PM to reassure them it's on its way.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Dec 21, 2012 - 02:06pm PT
I love this (Big Smiles). What a special Thread. And obtw Edge, I'm no angel, hehehe! lynnie


Edit: I'm a little concerned too, Andy Fielding, as my gift should have arrived yesterday latest.......
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 21, 2012 - 03:50pm PT
hey there say, all...

from experience with folks in england, north umberland, japan, and with lolli 'ad on gift adapter' overseas mail can take anywhere from:
10 days, to 15 days...

and even to 20 days--if it stalls for some
reason... :O

however, it HAS always, so far, in my expericence ACTUALLY MADE IT... both ways... :)
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 21, 2012 - 04:12pm PT
Just came in from getting the mail. Two things of interest...

One a package from my Secret Santa. Can't. Open. It. BN would be unhappy if I didn't wait. Argh! Killing me!!!

Second unrelated item...video we ordered from Sender Films...with postage due! WTF? Seriously, the postage and handling paid isn't enough? Boo.
Abend

Social climber
Dec 21, 2012 - 04:16pm PT
OK I'm starting to panic

Me three...Mighty Hiker did your package arrive?
Andy Fielding

Trad climber
UK
Dec 21, 2012 - 04:42pm PT
BN would be unhappy if I didn't wait.

I guess that means we can expect photos later of the grand unveiling?
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Dec 21, 2012 - 04:47pm PT
Melissa's present will keep my neck warm this winter!
She knits well, and, there is also an Optical Illusion built into it.

My Wife who is a knitter and crocheter is trying to figur out how she did it.
adatesman

climber
philadelphia, pa
Dec 21, 2012 - 04:59pm PT
Please post a pic, Cosmic! :-)
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Dec 21, 2012 - 05:26pm PT
When you look at it straight on, the image isn't as visible,
photo not found
Missing photo ID#279683


But when you look at it from the side, the Image POPS out at you!

photo not found
Missing photo ID#279684
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Dec 21, 2012 - 05:53pm PT
Cosmic, Scarf?.......it looks like a piece of art for your wall... very cool...


edit, Miss Crimpie...thanks!...btw, your toes don't look scary anymore, they look cute....(-;
Captain...or Skully

climber
Dec 21, 2012 - 05:56pm PT
It's a Cosmic secret mountain scarf! Sweet!
Aric, dig your work on Lila's journal, too.












Woot!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 21, 2012 - 06:03pm PT
Indeed! The deed is done, gift is open...need to post the photos. :)
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Dec 21, 2012 - 06:08pm PT
Ok, I decided not to wait. Here's me with my excellent gift:

It's quite a trick to pour and look at the camera at the same time!
It's quite a trick to pour and look at the camera at the same time!
Credit: phylp

Thanks Joey F!

The stainless steel wine cup is more appropriate for me than you might imagine, as I have a reputation among family and friends for knocking over fluid-filled glasses and causing a mess and breaking things. This cup is designed not to tip over and it works quite well!
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 21, 2012 - 08:21pm PT
soooooooooooo........ i just moseyed on away, all quiet like, just
in case...

LOVE IT and the pics!

neebs-
I assumed you would pick up on the hint (winkie, winkie). Inside that box, one gift is wrapped, the other is not. Hence the "Do not open until xmass" labels. Just ran out of time for wrapping the other, but I think you will like it and find it worth the wait. Thanks to the pooch for keeping an eye on it.

Coincidently, when I got home this PM there was a box sitting on my porch with a sent addy label from Mountain Gear in Spokane. Hmm??? Being that none of my family would even know MG exists; I suspect this is my Super Santa gift. I'll wait till the 25th to open it.

But the BEST gift I could receive this xmass is my 83 year old Dad went into surgery this morning to put some stents in his arteries. Apparently the procedure went well. Like all father - son relationships we had some rocky times. It was very relieving to get the call that things went well.

Happy holidays to all.

Edit: neebs- feel free to open the big box whenever you want to receive the unwrapped gift, but wait until xmass morning to open the wrapped package.

Re-Edit: It's Mountain Gear, not Mountain Tools
Hoots

climber
Toyota Tacoma
Dec 21, 2012 - 08:49pm PT
Here is my AWESOME painting of... BOOTY! at the Yuba River by our very talented Mtnmun. Thanks!

Credit: Hoots
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 21, 2012 - 10:16pm PT
hey there, cosmic...

yes, please post share, i knit and crochet, so i am curious,
too, :)
Captain...or Skully

climber
Dec 21, 2012 - 10:18pm PT
Sweet painting.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 21, 2012 - 10:31pm PT
hey there say, johntp... wow, as to your dad.. i still have his adddress,i will send a 'friend of john'getwell...

say, thanks for the edit-to-open...
my grandchild is her tonight...
it was a comlete surprise, and i am so blessed... she would
like to help me open it... so, i just may do that...
thank you... as--christmas is up in the air, as to what i do
this year... trying to see if can visit them--their
folks just got divorced a few months back,so i let them have
more time with their folks, than me...

but:
i am the gramma anchor, :)
and it is too far for me to go see them a lot, when they
show up NOW, it is twice as special...

so, we are having special time now..
if i open, will share late sat...
:)
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 21, 2012 - 10:58pm PT
Edit- neebee- open the box!
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Dec 22, 2012 - 12:10am PT
My recipient received their gift on Monday, but no word here yet.
Guess they thought it sucked.
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Dec 22, 2012 - 12:21am PT
Neebee;
I did post it.
Just look upthread a few posts.

:)
adatesman

climber
philadelphia, pa
Dec 22, 2012 - 12:29am PT
Thx for posting, Cosmic.... Been quite the topic of conversation here tonight, with them trying to figure out how it was done (other than a Sisyphean effort....)
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 22, 2012 - 04:20am PT
hey there say, cosmic...

ohhhh, oooops, :O
the ol' dial up... pics take awhile to load...
however--if i would have read, as i back scrolled, hahaha,
i just MIGHT have seen what you posted:
as to how the patterns pops right out, :))

okay, am going to see this now, :)


say, johntp... WILL do! in the morning now,
as she is asleep...

will post some pics...
this sounds fun! sharing early christmas with her, :)

thanks so very much!
(was blizzardy and still is very cold--warm hearts will add to
take the brrrrr off) :)


note:
callie!!! yes,what nita said! got your card, and--three cheers for the
FEET as well as all the smiles!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 22, 2012 - 09:48am PT
Okay... the unveiling...

Luckily Dave came home shortly after the gift arrived. I am not known for patience in a lot of arenas--- and waiting to open a gift is definitely one of those arenas. Especially when the return address is StoneMetal Design (squeal!) :)

As usual, Pente is "helping" out...
As usual, Pente is "helping" out...
Credit: Crimpergirl

Pente and I managed to get the package open without incident...

A box from StoneMetal Design reveals...
A box from StoneMetal Design reveals...
Credit: Crimpergirl

Not one, but two beautiful hand-made....

Credit: Crimpergirl

Necklaces!

Thanks so much Sonya!  I really love them!!
Thanks so much Sonya! I really love them!!
Credit: Crimpergirl

Thanks Sonya - really awesome and I love them!
Captain...or Skully

climber
Dec 22, 2012 - 09:52am PT
That's KillerDiller, Crimpie!
Naitch

climber
Seneca area
Dec 22, 2012 - 10:49am PT
Well couldn't wait any longer and it was so timely because we'd just run out of beans! Thanks so much KC for two great choices in coffee, a measurer and a great Sierra Club engagement calendar. I'll enjoy the beans as a holiday treat and the calendar year round. Very much appreciate your thoughtfulness by doing a little ST research! :-)

Credit: Naitch
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 22, 2012 - 11:15am PT
I'm feeling like a kid on Christmas morning...so fun to see all the great booty!

Susan
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 22, 2012 - 12:07pm PT
hey there say, zip and lolli...

as to this:
My recipient received their gift on Monday, but no word here yet.
Guess they thought it sucked.

oh my, perhaps, not, be off good cheer, you gifts may still mean
more than you know...

remember, SOME folks may want to be annoymus, and you may
have gotten someone that would only like to be known
to you...so they don't share here...

or--they may not know the words to explain their feelings...
later, you may just get a thank you note...

or--they were not home and another memmber of family
took it in for them...

or they did not open it yet, and have not been on line for
the holiday...

:)

or for some reason, i is late...
:)


i used to fear, i had overstepped or done wrong, sometimes, with surprise
gifts, being that some folks may not be used to such things, so:
i learned this...

life is short and it is better to show we care, in whatever ways we can...
the day will come when folks will understand...

thus:
your recicant will always remember you cared to give from
your heart, this year, as to who you are, and what you'd like
someone to enjoy... you did your best, >:D<


christmas love, lives all year long... some gifts may not hit the mark
right away, but sure enoug, as time moves on, the gift
turns into a treasure in some way...

you both did well!

but back to he one basic thing first--holiday mail overload
(oops, well in YOUR case--a family member may have signed for it):

*most likely, they just did not OPEN the gift yet... :)


Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Dec 22, 2012 - 12:08pm PT
Sonya does make AWESOME jewelry, eh Crimpie?

Credit: Cosmiccragsman
grover

climber
Northern Mexico
Dec 22, 2012 - 12:21pm PT

...but no word here yet.
Guess they thought it sucked.

Zip, same here.

same here

I'm guessing some folks are holding out till the day.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 22, 2012 - 12:27pm PT
hey there say, grover... yep... cheer up and hang in there...

:)

you all did well, :)


many folks wait 'til christmas eve...
many folks find it hard to have computer time, too...

or are just more private as to sharing fun-fan-fare,
or heart-felt things...
:)
grover

climber
Northern Mexico
Dec 22, 2012 - 12:32pm PT
thanks nee-bee.

It's all good, folks are busy these days.

Merry X-mas Ya'll!
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Dec 22, 2012 - 12:47pm PT
Arright since zip hasn't heard from his 2012 recipient, he'll hear again from his 2011 recipient. ME !!!


Lovely hat and gloves ! Keeps the paws and brain compartment warm & has done so fer a year now. THANKS AGAIN ZIPP!!!!!!



SofCookay

climber
Dec 22, 2012 - 12:56pm PT
Crimpergirl,

I may have made the necklace and the bracelet (yes, the other one is a bracelet - it wraps around your wrist twice), but they are not from me - I was contracted to make those for you by your Secret Santa. I sent you an email letting you know this as I should have written it on my card, but did not think of it.

I was not given permission by your Secret Santa to reveal who it is, so I leave it up to them to do that.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays everyone!

Sonya

p.s., Cosmic, I am looking forward to seeing pics of you in that one-of-a-kind tie-dye stopper necklace...!
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Dec 22, 2012 - 01:00pm PT
"p.s., Cosmic, I am looking forward to seeing pics of you in that one-of-a-kind tie-dye stopper necklace...! "




I already posted one, Sonya but here it is again.
I NEVER take it off!

photo not found
Missing photo ID#276721
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Dec 22, 2012 - 01:02pm PT
Zip, Grover, Lolli-
Some people just do not feel comfortable joining in the public sharing. Don't despait & be of good cheer!
Phyl
Gal

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Dec 22, 2012 - 01:55pm PT
Hi All- YAY Edge-I hope you like the hammer, I just thought it was so cool... I've been getting into F.A.'s to a small extent, and thought this hammer looked so lovely-and since you do some too, enjoy!!!!

So I just want to mention that I'm driving to CO through the new year (leaving today if I can ever finish overstuffing my clothes bag/as usual/clothes bag is named Big Bertha, and she upsets road trip companions sometimes ;-)), -so I will get to enjoy my Secret Santa gift when I return, as it is not here yet... It will be a great cheerful thing to enjoy after the holidaze... so if you don't see me post up my secret santa, that's why, I will be back from CO & post up around the 5th.

Cheers everyone, love everyone's awesome gifts-so much fun!!!!! Enjoy the daze, holidaze that is... ;-) -Catherine.
SofCookay

climber
Dec 22, 2012 - 02:58pm PT
Cosmic, I meant seeing you and the necklace in action. You know, "climbing" (I know that term is not used much on this forum, but I figured I'd throw it out there...).
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 22, 2012 - 03:04pm PT
Edited up thread to recognize my gifter sent through Mountain Gear, not Mountain Tools. Every time I walk by it says:























































































OPEN ME!!!
kc

Trad climber
the cats
Dec 22, 2012 - 04:48pm PT
Yay, Naitch! Glad you like/can use!

I am in receipt (today) of a package from Brea, CA-- will probably wait to open it until at least Monday night. If I can! Thanks so much in advance! :)

Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 22, 2012 - 04:57pm PT
Thanks for the clarification Sonya. And thanks for the bracelet info. Doh. My SS is remaining quiet - but please accept my thanks where ever you are!
Paul Martzen

Trad climber
Fresno
Dec 22, 2012 - 06:50pm PT
My recipient received their gift on Monday, but no word here yet.
Guess they thought it sucked.

Yeah, Pretty much!!

Now the gift I received is way cool and I needed it as well. I just gotta take a photo of it before I really brag about it.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 22, 2012 - 09:14pm PT
Just found out who my gifter is. Now every time I walk by it says















































Open me dammit!!!



















Gonna wait till xmass.
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Dec 22, 2012 - 09:56pm PT
Moms make the rules - but we don't have to live by them. My 20 year old baby has been home two days and is constantly asking about her presents. NO, you must wait till Christmas -

Unless you have been looking at it for days, and it came from your Secret Santa. Santa says I have been a very good girl this year - and the note in my gift box says so. I got a lot of booty. And I can tell that Santa cruised through some of my posts to see what I like.

I gave a favorable review to Petzl Attache biners and viola
Shiney new biner
Shiney new biner
Credit: Seamstress
My husband is always trying to monopolize all of the attaches.

A thoughtful book for those of us that dwell north and have a lot of dark hours to fill
Credit: Seamstress


As I said earlier, you can never have enough chocolate.
Look at ALL the presents!
Look at ALL the presents!
Credit: Seamstress

And these gifts were wrapped in holiday placemats! That's better than recycling paper.

Moonlight was overcome by this wealth of treasures.
Moonlight
Moonlight
Credit: Seamstress

Thank-you very much!!!! Phyl is very generous and thoughtful.

Now I can't wait to see my person unwrap their gift!!!! No posts about it yet.
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Dec 22, 2012 - 10:15pm PT
Yay for the Supertopo Secret Santa!

I totally waited too long to say I was in - Procrastinated and then one day I realized people were already probably getting their gifts!

But I am so enjoying seeing everyone's comments and present pics. Such a great tradition on this site!
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Dec 23, 2012 - 12:19am PT
Still crickets in my mail box...

Credit: Ihateplastic


Then again, I was late...

photo not found
Missing photo ID#279966
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 23, 2012 - 08:29am PT
hey there say, johntp...

we OPENED the box! :)



little bit of suspense here, :))



:)



















will add more, with pics, :)




Norwegian

Trad climber
Placerville, California
Dec 23, 2012 - 10:28am PT
unexpectedly i
received an engagement proposition
from that blessed mary.

she posts here now and then,
though ya'll most likely haven't
read her stuff cause
they always occur in that little
gap between the prominent intents.

i didn't even thoroughly sign up for this exchange,
so i'm without a reciprocal jesture.

so i talked to my wife about this
gal, who happens to be a renown virgin,
that has asked for my other
hand in maiwage.

we dont know,
for i killed wisdom long ago,
so i guess i'll go down the aisle
once again.

now i need a beast man.
can i tempt some fine suitors with
promise of mary's virginity.
i got no use for that holy hole.

the date is set for december 25,
jesus will be in attendence
though i didn't invite that creep but mary insisted,
i chose the bald cap of lover's leap
for the locale.

the eagles 'll be there.
not the desperado type
but those perchers of absurd nests.

i'll bring beer
and toty's.
Zander

climber
Dec 23, 2012 - 12:34pm PT
Christie,
I received my gift and it is safely nestled under the tree.
Happy Holidays!
Zander
adatesman

climber
philadelphia, pa
Dec 23, 2012 - 06:55pm PT
Day before the day before BUMP!!!!!

Can't wait to see more pics!!!!!!!!
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 23, 2012 - 07:40pm PT
Ok.....it came.....
I picked up my mail after being away...and what did I find?.... 3 possibilities!

So here we go, is it behind door 1, 2 or 3.

3 potentials....
3 potentials....
Credit: SCseagoat

So we begin the process

Narrowed down
Narrowed down
Credit: SCseagoat

Well now it's been narrowed down. One padded envelope had a lovely note from Nita and Andy with some of my favorite salty licorice from Lolli, thanks Andy and Nita for sending it to me; the next padded envelope was the CD of my most recent CT scan; good news there, everything inside working just right; and voila! The BIG box....yes that must be it....

This is wrapped and protected and wrapped and protected and....
This is wrapped and protected and wrapped and protected and....
Credit: SCseagoat


THERE IT IS. A lovely and festive handmade clay sculpture! It is moving to my mantel....yes a lovely piece...
There it is, a festive clay creation.
There it is, a festive clay creation.
Credit: SCseagoat

And WTF!!!!!!! My Secret Santa is choosing to remain secret....shame on me for such language...but guess what....I've got an address and I'm up there a lot for skiing at Kirkwood, so watch out for that knock on yer door! You never know...thank you Secret Santa...and if I ever need breakables packaged I've clearly learned from the best...plus someone likes Target!...those bags make excellent packaging!

Susan
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 23, 2012 - 11:29pm PT
Lovely Susan!

My SS is remaining quiet too. Driving me nuts!! I hear they are an awesome human, but that is no surprise. :)
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 24, 2012 - 06:49am PT
hey there, say, .... bump for the christmas thread...

my grandchild is my helper this year...

the other christmas's i was able to go to their family party-visit
(the mom has a large family, and the dad has some here, but the
rest are in south texas)...

well, this year they are divorced suddenly as of summer...
the mom is still in town, as is the dad (at their old house) but:
the mom is too far away gas-wise to get there... and, for the
eve it is too dark for me to see well in that long stretch, home...

most likely i was spending the time alone--but sweet grandbabe
surprised me...

we will share our joy here, soon as the
computer dail up settles down:

typeing is just hard write now--but i got this into in:


and ONE PICTURE... we are putting the rest very soon john--
you ol' secret santa you!!!
(she's seen the secret santa gifts, the last two year, but
never got to help open them--this is a treat for bother
her and me! usualy on the eve, when i open them, i am alone)

:) god 'sent her my way' (when her mom went shopping)...

well, here we go, PART ONE:


THE rest is yet to come.... :&#41;
THE rest is yet to come.... :)
Credit: neebee



now, there is neat little story that follows, as:
she did not really understand this simple yet
richly 'down to earth' gift... :)


more to follow when the computer settles down... :)

edit:
her face is priceless--she lovesssssss opening gifts AND
making them... that i why the story is so sweet...

and of course, as johntp said, there is ONE MORE!!!!!
OH MY!
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Dec 24, 2012 - 04:54pm PT
Twas the night before Christmas and... Secret Santa arrives bearing my favorite things: BOOKS!

Thanks to Mike Fogarty for an excellent book that was not in my collection and a cool calendar so I can count the days until next Christmas!

Merry Christmas all and let's all be safe out there in 2013!

Simon

Credit: Ihateplastic
GLee

Social climber
Missoula MT
Dec 24, 2012 - 06:26pm PT
To all a Happy Holiday and into the New 2013 from Montana!

Just returned to Missoula, and found this in my PO Box

Credit: GLee

Thanks to not so Secret Santa Steve Powell.

I'll learn tomorrow what your avatar is......and Thank you again!

Greg
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 24, 2012 - 07:21pm PT
hey there say, all...

wow, and oh my... the co-incidence of my secret santa, being the one that helped play a part in me, painting again, is 'much more than that'...

here is the secret santa adventure, along with my granddaughter, helping...

all at first, started early and then progressed, as he said 'open box'
and patty ann marie had to step aside, :)


hey there say, secret santa, johntp!

well, here we go! my granddaughter did not, of course, understand the humor of wonderful climber-gal, tami--so the t-shirt prompted her to want to open the wrapped gift! child that she is...

so, we later moved into 'open wrapped gift mode' which she was really ready for --and this made her day, and needless to say, it made my day, or EVE actually!! as, i keep wanting to cry!

yep,it was OIL PAINTS, and all the proper colors!

john!!!
thank you so very VERY much! i do not have words to thank you...
(will send an email, very soon)...

the biggest reason as to the 'made me cry' as to this gift, this year, is as you all know:
god have opened the door for me to paint, after TWENTY YEARS of
being dormant, and actually thinking i'd never do it again...

(i also talked with the granddaughter on all this, and she's heard some of it, before,
as to how god opened the door, so now, she got to see more of the 'same gift' in actions, before her own eyes!) this was amazing to see happen, and to see her studyig all this... THUS:

THIS is a gift that will keep on blessing the whole taco, and other folks in my life, around here, as well, being that i put this artwork out for whoever is on my heart,as to sending good cheer!
*i DO try to put folks that might be feeling sad, FIRST...
and then, i send out stuff for the HAPPY occasions! :)

(i've got TWO 'HAPPY'S' ready, soon, to send... i will surely not run out of paint!!)

this was so perfect, and only the good lord KNEW you'd be the
secret santa this year--what a surprise 'miracle' as to the paint!

now back to the WONDERFUL tami art!--
the good sweet thing about the granddaughter opening the tami-t-shirt is this, it promted a climber-adventure talk, :) (edited there)...

we had a little talk about climber humor and i used ekat's
'how does the rope get up there, anyway' BOOK...
edit: and she learned a lot about what goes on up on thosse rocks :)
:))

and, i shared all the wonderful things i've leaned about tami!! and this whole gift has become double precious! ... :)

THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!, john, it will make a great pajama shirt
and thus, every night, tami will be dear in my heart,
like a SISTER and woman of like-hearted 'love to others!'
and thus close by, when i pray!

thank you with all my heart, dear ol' santa!...


Credit: neebee


Credit: neebee


wow, thank you strider, supertopo-santa-set-up-guy!
i have precious memories from buddies, here...

i now have precious memories, from the first year:
a lovely handmade wood cutting board from zander, that christened my
move to this bigger house, and in a deep special way--i HAD room to cook!
and my house was now a home, as his home-felt gift, adorned it.. .
BEFORE, i was living with most stuff in boxes, though the kitchen was okay ,
just far to small to use such thing...

then, the second year--i have lolli's lovely lights and the story and tradition behind them,
and a 'sis' out there across the ocean!...

and now, third year, i have the continued means to reach out to folks by paint, for a taco buddy!! and one who was part of the 'start up' that god gave me in the first place.. all back to the days of the todd gordon fundraiser!

will wonders never cease!
i hope NOT... may the wonders continue on up into our old age!

we need such wonders as by then, we kind of wonder if we're
holding up our end of the ol' trail, and now:
i know i will have!

happy sweet christmas to you all...


AND yes, i have rambled... but these gifts have all been
a real healing of some pretty hard times, that have only these last
two years, been broken down into feeding the new crop of
really being alive again!

HAPPY sweet nice christmas time to you all, and
god bless the new year to be a good solid and stable one,
with many a smiles as well... :)

edit:
usually i am alone when i open these...
this was extra special this time, with her here...
she's my little 'moral support' gal, :)
and loves to learn all that i have to share...
hard to find that, these days... :)


EDIT:
JOHN, oh john, you did SUPER!!!! can't stop laughing,
granddaughter wants to meet tami now!!!

for this 'extra' i am having more and more smiles!
and all from your prompt to "open the box" :))
and all due to a sweet-thought, of a tami climber shirt,

oh my.... >:D
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 24, 2012 - 07:33pm PT
hey there say, seamstress... awww, our cats kind of match, :))

happy christmas!
whitemeat

Trad climber
San Luis Obispo, CA
Dec 24, 2012 - 07:35pm PT
Got three great books from secret santa! Really stoked. Am on the 'rock jocks, wall rats, and hang dogs by john long now. Thank you!
Credit: whitemeat
grover

climber
Northern Mexico
Dec 24, 2012 - 08:13pm PT
Woot!

Parcel arrived today from Pennsylvania, it was mailed out on December the 7th?!?

Gonna hold out till the morning or after a few egg-nogs...

Thanks Secret Santa!

zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Dec 24, 2012 - 09:43pm PT
I received a couple more donations for Strider's gift today.
Thanks.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 24, 2012 - 10:15pm PT
^^^
zip- good to read; I know you pretty much put yourself out there on this one.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 24, 2012 - 10:24pm PT
The julenissen didn't quite make it by the solstice, but did arrive. Quality control inspection in progress.
Credit: Mighty Hiker
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Dec 24, 2012 - 10:26pm PT
Nah, John,,,U Da Man!
Captain...or Skully

climber
Dec 24, 2012 - 10:58pm PT
Sent ya a little somethin' somethin', there, Ol' Zip.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 25, 2012 - 12:03am PT
Thanks cappy! I don't care what they say, you are a good egg. With your own island.

wink! Merry Christmas to you and your family.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 25, 2012 - 12:24am PT
Sad my giftee did not get their gift in time. Boo.
Abend

Social climber
Dec 25, 2012 - 12:48am PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#280433

Mighty,
Glad to hear that your package finally arrived!
StevenJ

Trad climber
Mill Valley CA
Dec 25, 2012 - 01:33am PT
My secret Santa's gift arrived today!

Fantastic delivery container-

Credit: StevenJ

Great goodies inside and a thoughtful emergency blanket to keep me warm on those frosty bivi's!

Credit: StevenJ

This wonderful gift giver chose to keep their identity secret alas the mysteries of life.

I'm thrilled with the gift - huge thanks to my secret Santa!
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Dec 25, 2012 - 07:15am PT
A Chritsmas Poem

It's Christmas morning,
And I awaken with glee,
I open my front door,
And what do I see?
Is it a gift from my Supertopo Secret Santa to me?
No, it's my newspaper.

The End.

neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 25, 2012 - 07:51am PT
hey there say, zip....

oh my.... i just bet it is not the end of the ol' poem yet...

i just bet... :)
we shall see, as time moves on...

happy sweet christmas to you, dear superopo buddy of the ol' campfires...

:)
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 25, 2012 - 07:51am PT
hey there say, abend... i love that squirrle picture! :)
kc

Trad climber
the cats
Dec 25, 2012 - 10:37am PT
beautiful crochet work!
beautiful crochet work!
Credit: kc

MacKenzie shares in the gift!
MacKenzie shares in the gift!
Credit: kc

Arthur gets in on the act
Arthur gets in on the act
Credit: kc

Thank you so much, strangeday! Your gift was an occasion for the whole 'family'!
Rockin' Gal

Trad climber
Boulder
Dec 25, 2012 - 10:39am PT
Merry Christmas from Boulder, Colorado!
Merry Christmas from Boulder, Colorado!
Credit: Rockin' Gal
Christmas in a box!
Christmas in a box!
Credit: Rockin' Gal
And the bountiful pile of presents!
And the bountiful pile of presents!
Credit: Rockin' Gal

Wow! I'm listening to a compilation CD as I sip my tea in a festive teacup. "Peace" bracelet included. Love it!
Thanks very much to my STSS: t*r

Now, time to hike up Bear Peak in this winter wonderland.
Holiday Greetings to all.
grover

climber
Northern Mexico
Dec 25, 2012 - 12:01pm PT

I must have been good this year! Thank you Secret Santa!


Secret Santa Rocks!
Secret Santa Rocks!
Credit: grover
Zander

climber
Dec 25, 2012 - 02:24pm PT
Happy Holidays Supertaco!

Christie must have been reading my trip reports because she knows my lousy techniques requires extra protection of my ankles and hands. Look at the super cool custom ankle protectors she made! Plus a roll of tape and Burt's Bees ointment for my shredded fingers. I will be able to climb in complete comfort now.

Credit: Zander

Thanks Christie!
Peace to all,
Zander
JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Dec 25, 2012 - 02:28pm PT
Wow! Very cool gift from Secret Santa!
Way to get the psyche going...

Credit: JOEY.F

Thank you! Very discrete, no clue as to who Santa is. Hummmm.
I'd love to know, if so inclined.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 25, 2012 - 03:33pm PT
Currently charging the camera (yeah, I'm techically behind the times). Thank you Tony, those glasses kick ass!

Thank you man! Times spent in the sierra are the best!
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Dec 25, 2012 - 03:35pm PT
Awesome Gifts, Everyone!
John Butler

Social climber
SLC, Utah
Dec 25, 2012 - 03:45pm PT
Way, way, way cool...

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Gives me a hankering to make a run up the Thumb come Spring... and take a break on Lunch Ledge...

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thx poco :-)
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Dec 25, 2012 - 04:04pm PT
John,

Nah, I'm sure I will get something, just a little late.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 25, 2012 - 05:15pm PT
Oh. You will get something, rest assured. Who stiffed zip?
crustie

climber
SF, CA
Dec 25, 2012 - 05:59pm PT
Zander - glad the gifts came on time. If you like the ankle guards but they don't fit or rip (i figured out how to make them better since i made those), I can easily replace or repair them! - I'm even moving to the Bay area soon so I can bring them to ya in person...maybe we'll even see each other and/or climb together some day. anyone who likes offwidths and/or cracks is my kind of person :)

To my secret santa: If you're on here and wondering...I've been traveling since Nov 27 so there is no way I've gotten your gift yet. But I'll be back on Dec 27 (really late) and will open the gift as soon as I can! I'll post after I open!

Christie ("crustie")
GLee

Social climber
Missoula MT
Dec 25, 2012 - 07:06pm PT
All the best in the New Year, Tacoids!!!
Thank you to 10B4ME for the Neutrino's
Thank you to 10B4ME for the Neutrino's
Credit: GLee
PEACE
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Dec 25, 2012 - 09:07pm PT

THANK YOU, COSMEEK!!!!!


SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Dec 25, 2012 - 09:08pm PT


His birds and a belay device!!!!
Fogarty

climber
BITD
Dec 25, 2012 - 09:10pm PT
To my Santa, I'm out of town will be home late in the am. I can't wait for your gift.

cheers,


MF
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Dec 25, 2012 - 09:20pm PT
I hope you like the pic, SteveW.
You have the FIRST and ONLY print of that photo.
I will NEVER make another print of it
to keep it SPECIAL for you.

Stay safe with that GBP!!!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 25, 2012 - 09:36pm PT
Fragile?

Fra-ji-le

Must be Italian glass or something.








*snicker*
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Dec 25, 2012 - 10:42pm PT
"Fragile? Must be Italian glass or something."






Yes, glass, Crimpie.
I did pack it really well with,
SHREDDED GNAR, to protect it!


johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 25, 2012 - 11:05pm PT
Hey TYeary-

Got the camera charged up and took some pics. Unfortunatley I'm not smart enough to make them work; the clear glass and reflections just throw it all off.

Thank you Tony for jumping in the pool! Thanks Man!

John Penca
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 25, 2012 - 11:10pm PT
Look! Fun stuff from Abend!!
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johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 25, 2012 - 11:13pm PT
Anders and others-

Love the pet pics...they bring a smile.
TYeary

Social climber
State of decay
Dec 25, 2012 - 11:42pm PT
Hey John, You are welcome I'm glad you liked those.
TY
Mtnmun

Trad climber
Top of the Mountain Mun
Dec 26, 2012 - 02:22pm PT
I returned home from J Tree yesterday to find these bundles of inspiration from my Secret Santa. Sooooo cool.

Credit: Mtnmun
frank wyman

Mountain climber
helena montana
Dec 26, 2012 - 02:50pm PT
I would like to thank my Secret Santa (Who remained Secret) for the wonderful gift. My wife snagged the red cup for herself. I have tons of carabiners but never knew that the new ones had so many instructions to go with them..Will have to take a hour or so to read them, Thanks again...
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 26, 2012 - 05:15pm PT
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TYeary

Social climber
State of decay
Dec 26, 2012 - 06:37pm PT
Credit: TYeary

Work or play,
the perfect wear for any day!
My secret Santa, Crimpie
this present was the best,
Callie, your awesome, a cut above the rest!
Thanks!!!!!!!
TY
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Dec 26, 2012 - 06:38pm PT

Wuz that katnip infused paper, Anders????
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 26, 2012 - 06:38pm PT
Cool! Thanks for sharing the photo. That guy cracks me up! Hope it brings you many years of smiles. :)
Rockin' Gal

Trad climber
Boulder
Dec 26, 2012 - 07:17pm PT
t*r,
I wondered how you knew I'm a tea drinker. Not sure how tarbuster knew that, but tyvm. You both are the best!
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 26, 2012 - 07:56pm PT
I admit that I buried Loki's new catnip mousey in a pile of crumpled paper and stuff. It's winter time, and she needs fun stuff to do.

Does that make me an evil person?
Paul Martzen

Trad climber
Fresno
Dec 26, 2012 - 08:15pm PT
My Secret Santa somehow found out that I lost my chalk bag this year. So Santa sent me a new one!
Climb Addict Chalk Bag from Secret Santa, 2012
Climb Addict Chalk Bag from Secret Santa, 2012
Credit: Paul Martzen
Will test it out tonight!
Captain...or Skully

climber
Dec 26, 2012 - 09:01pm PT
Sweet Paisleys, Mon.
Fogarty

climber
BITD
Dec 27, 2012 - 12:30am PT
Was out of town for a few days go to my front door and still no gift?
This is just FYI to my Santa, maybe lost or stolen. I do live in a tough area?

cheers to all and thank you Strider!

Mike
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Dec 27, 2012 - 08:15am PT
nothing yet here either, but i am sure today is the day.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 27, 2012 - 10:30am PT
hey there say, zip, and fogarty...

keep us informed...
Zander

climber
Dec 27, 2012 - 10:47am PT
Hey Fogarty,
That is no fun! I thought I sent your gift in plenty of time.
Keeping my fingers crossed you'll get it today.
Happy Holidays
Zander

Edit; just checked the tracking number and they say it was delivered on the 20th. Maybe I sent it to the wrong address! That would really be a Secret Santa. I'll send you an email with the address.

Merry Christmas!
Zander
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 27, 2012 - 12:23pm PT
^^^^^^. A gift from Zander not arriving??!! I'd think a delivery man is enjoying a thing of beauty! Hope it gets tracked down!

Susan
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Dec 28, 2012 - 07:50am PT
Got ahold of my SS, who says she is going to try to send it after the first of the year.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 28, 2012 - 01:54pm PT
hey there say, great to hear that zip!!!
i been rooting for you!


happy wonderful new and special new years!!!!

i KNOW a gal in boston (my stamp fairy, so to speak)
well--due to things beyond her control, HER cards never get out
on time, for ANY occasions--but her love, compassion and
sincerity, are ALWAYS top-notch!!

there is a time and place for all things...
some flowers in the ol' boquette just are all the more
special when they may have slipped out the ol' bunch,
and thus, been 'picked up' to view in their OWN time frame, :)


:)
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 28, 2012 - 01:59pm PT
hey there say.. zander... lets hope the post folks took it back, as he was not home... hopeing it still gets there...

a bit ago, sent something to my broher, and after three tries, they SENT it back to ME! ... BUT BETTER than have it stolen... or
'deserted' in post office...

let us know, :)


crustie

climber
SF, CA
Dec 28, 2012 - 01:59pm PT
I returned home yesterday but no gift. Should I be concerned? Any way to figure this out? So sad :( No santa for me...
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Dec 28, 2012 - 03:12pm PT
Crustie,

Contact Strider. He knows who your SS is.
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Dec 28, 2012 - 04:58pm PT
Not everyone has posted up yet....Santa wants to know what gifts were hits or busts AND collect ideas for the future.
John Butler

Social climber
SLC, Utah
Dec 28, 2012 - 06:23pm PT
Another gem from Beckey's 100...

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Spring cannot get here soon enough
Andy Fielding

Trad climber
UK
Dec 28, 2012 - 07:03pm PT
Haven't got mine yet.

Me neither Lolli but I am the wrong side of the pond I guess!
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 28, 2012 - 10:18pm PT
WTH! Who shafted Lolli and Andy?

Gathering swords and torches now.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Dec 28, 2012 - 11:33pm PT
Without giving away the farm... I was a wee bit late in mailing mine but it is moving slowly to its northern location.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Dec 29, 2012 - 01:33pm PT
My mind was so wrapped up in things this year I THINK I forgot to wrap the gift. Hell, I can't even remember!
Strider

Trad climber
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Topic Author's Reply - Dec 29, 2012 - 07:32pm PT
Howdy folks. Sorry for being out of touch, I have been working hard for the Holiday season and just got over a wicked virus that laid me up for a couple days.

It seems this year was a pretty tough year for presents. Right now I know of about 6 people who have not received their gifts.


It appears a few of these gifts are in the mail and a few are MIA. I have sent emails out inquiring about them and will let everyone know what is going on as soon as I know.

If you have not emailed me or posted here about not getting your gift please let me know so i can find out whats going on.

I am sorry for the trouble folks, it seem this year was a tough year for gifts to arrive on time. But with a little luck everything will arrive safe and sound.

Merry Christmas everyone and I love seeing all the creative and fun gifts. This is an amazing group of people here!

-n

johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 29, 2012 - 09:40pm PT
Happy Holidays Strider and many thanks for doing this.

Several elves are working OT on your present, late though it may be.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 29, 2012 - 10:18pm PT
hey there all, say...

i just found out that some cards, and CARDS mind you, not even packages, that mailed to england, during the FIRST week of dec, only NOW, just arrived, :O

so this year, there may have been more trouble, mail wise...
not sure what happened...

on to austrailia and some to japan, did arrive in proper time...

so--just shared...

also, strider... check your email, later, :) please...
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Dec 29, 2012 - 10:43pm PT

Another huge bump for Strider, Supertaco's Santa Supreme!!!!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 29, 2012 - 11:21pm PT
Cheers to Strider. It is a lot of work no doubt. Very much appreciated!
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Strider

Trad climber
ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 30, 2012 - 06:23pm PT
So, there were a total of 6 people with missing packages. 5 of whom I have spoken with their Santa's and found out what is going on. All of it seems to be shipping delays and/or life complications preventing timely delivery.

The one person I have yet to hear from I will not forget about. The giftee was sent an email this afternoon stating as much so they know who they are.

If anyone has not gotten a gift and has not spoken with me about it, please, please, please get a hold of me so I can help!

-n