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Strider

Trad climber
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Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 4, 2013 - 03:46pm PT
Howdy again Supertopo-ians!

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

It's that time of year again. This year will be the fifth annual Supertopo Secret Santa Gift Exchange. The previous 4 years have been a pretty fun success so hopefully we can get even more people involved this year. For reference:

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

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

http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/1653449/2011-3rd-Annual-Supertopo-Secret-Santa-Gift-Exchange

http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/1971671/2012-4th-Annual-Supertopo-Secret-Santa-Gift-Exchange

Supertopo Secret Santa Gift Exchange 2013 Rules
 You must be a registered forum user of Supertopo.com BEFORE 11/4/2013. Sorry to you lurkers who want to participate but this is to insure that we don't get any opportunists who want free stuff without reciprocation.
 Having said that, if you do agree to participate you also acknowledge the fact that you may receive NOTHING back if your Secret Santa is a douchebag. We will of course mercilessly torment them on the forum but otherwise there is nothing to be done.
 And having said that, DON'T BE A JERK! Do not sign up if you are not FULLY COMMITTED to FULL PARTICIPATION.
 The gift should cost around $20. Homemade gifts are encouraged, there is no price put on care, creativity and thoughtfulness. Also factor in for shipping, so your overall cost will be around $30 depending on what you bought and how expensive it is to ship.
 Gifts MUST NOT BE NSFW!!! (NSFW= not safe for work) No porn, rubber appendages, lingerie, etc...! EVERYONE should plan on sending and receiving something clean and fun!
 Everyone is encouraged to post of pics of their gift, sharing the joy with the rest of us!


IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE THIS IS HOW IT WORKS:
 EMAIL ME BY 11/30/2013 if you wish to participate
 Email me at supertoposanta (at) gmail (dot) com
 IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU ADD THE ABOVE EMAIL TO YOUR SPAM FILTER. Every year we have problems with my emails getting filtered through spam. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, when you email me to join ADD THE EMAIL TO YOUR SAFE SENDERS LIST
 Give me your supertopo name, real name, shipping address and any other special considerations like gender/allergies/crazy phobias/etc... =)
 Secret Santa Name Distribution emails will go out on 12/3/2013. In this email will be the name and address of who you need to send your gift to. Also, at the same time, someone else is getting your name and address so they can send you a gift!
 You will now have 2 weeks to purchase or finish creating your gifts
 Have your package in the mail by 12/16/2012. This gives 9 days for shipping (hopefully enough to ensure timely delivery during the Holiday Rush)

You do NOT have to respond to this post to participate. Maybe you are Royal or Jim Bridwell or Chris Mac or etc... and wish to remain anonymous. Fine. However you MUST send an email to me supertoposanta (at) gmail (dot) com but otherwise participation is 100% anonymous unless you choose to divulge your identity to your recipient yourself.

Happy Holidaze!

-n
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Nov 4, 2013 - 03:50pm PT
WHOA.

PSYCHIC!

Just this morning I wondered if we were goin' there, again!

:-)

YAY!
Edge

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Nov 4, 2013 - 03:52pm PT
I'm in.

It will be hard for whoever draws my name to top Gal's gift from last year, but that's A-OK.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 4, 2013 - 03:59pm PT
I'm in too and like e-kat was just thinking about the exchange a few days ago.

And Edge, No! it will be impossible for anyone to top the gifts and card you sent me last year Totally Awesome!!! Cheers and Love, Lynne
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Nov 4, 2013 - 04:11pm PT
yay! This year I'm in!
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Nov 4, 2013 - 04:11pm PT
Déjà vu all over again to the psychic vibes....
In for sure. I'll be in Germany for awhile visiting my son during that time so I'll need to get it sent as soon as I get my buddy's name. It should work though to get it to them on time.

Susan
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Nov 4, 2013 - 04:14pm PT
We were just talking about this event this weekend. Glad to see it up and running. Thanks for all you do Strider!
Sonic

Trad climber
Boulder, Co
Nov 4, 2013 - 04:16pm PT
Im in!
anita514

Gym climber
Great White North
Nov 4, 2013 - 04:16pm PT
can SuperTopo newbies join in?
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Nov 4, 2013 - 04:17pm PT
^ ^ ^ OF COURSE!

:-)
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Nov 4, 2013 - 04:18pm PT
A N D . . . Strider aka Saint Nick

ROOLS!
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Nov 4, 2013 - 04:26pm PT
Yes please.
Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Nov 4, 2013 - 05:19pm PT


This should be fun!


~cheers
Nilepoc

Big Wall climber
Tx
Nov 4, 2013 - 05:32pm PT
Decided not to lurk this year. Thanks for organizing the exchange.
adatesman

climber
philadelphia, pa
Nov 4, 2013 - 06:23pm PT
Been looking forward to this all year! Totally in!
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Nov 4, 2013 - 06:29pm PT

Thanks, Strider!

I AM IN!!@!@!!
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Nov 4, 2013 - 07:57pm PT
I'm in - this is always so much fun.
email sent, STrider. Thanks!

Phyl
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Nov 4, 2013 - 07:59pm PT
I couldn't afford it last year, but I'm in this year. Sign me up.
Norwegian

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
Nov 4, 2013 - 08:02pm PT
i was thinking of mailing my vision
to someone willing.

i need a small break from
my runaway wonder.

simply too much gaze,
these days.

seeing thru my eyes
is like sinning thru jesus' limbs.

wood this be a valid gift?
i'd expect only in return
a box of silence.
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Nov 4, 2013 - 08:05pm PT
wood this be a valid gift?

Certainly!

A little handwritten book of your stuff. . . NOW THAT would be a gift, fer sher!
Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Nov 4, 2013 - 08:19pm PT
^^^ I Wood want to sit in a Tree and read those words...


~peace
pocoloco1

Social climber
The Chihuahua Desert
Nov 4, 2013 - 09:01pm PT
I'm in...thanks Strider
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 4, 2013 - 09:09pm PT
Count me in!
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 4, 2013 - 09:14pm PT
No! it will be impossible for anyone to top the gifts and card you sent me last year Totally Awesome!!!

Don't pair me with LL.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 4, 2013 - 09:28pm PT
johntp, Let me rephrase. I fully recognize it's the thought that makes it special. No worries, lynnie.
Edge

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Nov 4, 2013 - 09:56pm PT
I fully recognize it's the thought that makes it special.

Lynnie, now you tell me. I could have saved myself an entire roll of packing tape...
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 5, 2013 - 12:35am PT
No, Edge, the packing tape was worth every penny. I still keep the sticker that you taped to my package that says "Take time to Dream" right here by my computer. It's one of my greatest cheerleaders and I've learned more than ever this year to do it.

Because of encouragement and so many positive thoughts and love by my ST friends I have made some scary, even crazy decisions, good ones to give in finally and no matter how it ends....follow those dreams.

lynne
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 5, 2013 - 12:44am PT
LL LL-

Just kidding. Edge has apparently set a high bar....
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 5, 2013 - 12:50am PT
Oh, johntp, I think he was just following his gut feeling. Sometimes it works. That's what makes this place so great. A kind deed here, an encouraging comment or story there, mixed with all the inspiring TR's.....ST at its best. lynne


Edit: oh, yeah, and Russ's incisive, insightful comments that keep us honest or at least trying....
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Nov 5, 2013 - 12:55am PT
hey there say, .... me, too... i am in, and was looking forward to
hear from strider...


sending happy good prayers for all to run smooth, since so many
folks, have gotten out of town, and winter can make it hard to travel and
get back home... :)


will email later tonight or in the afternoon, tomorrow... got stuff to do now... but i still may get it in, now... :)


thank you kindly, strider, for doing good work, at to
this sharing-seasonal gesture of friendship, here...


:)
SofCookay

climber
Nov 5, 2013 - 08:44am PT
Fun! I'm in.
Strider

Trad climber
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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 5, 2013 - 09:41pm PT
Haven't had time to send out confirmation emails yet but I am hoping to tomorrow. I will keep everyone updated.

Please remember, when you email to sign up, give me your mailing address. Too many people signing up with no mailing address.

25 days left to sign up! Sooner is better than later...

-n
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 5, 2013 - 11:23pm PT
Please don't pair me with LL LL!















































snicker! wink wink
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 5, 2013 - 11:36pm PT
You know what I'd LOVE for my SSSGE....my old avatar back....no longer LL LL but Lynne Leichtfuss. (Just a hint) :)
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 5, 2013 - 11:42pm PT
Edge-

can you help me out here?
Edge

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Nov 5, 2013 - 11:50pm PT
Sure. What is it I'm helping you out with?
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Nov 6, 2013 - 12:12am PT
hey there, say... lynne...

as to this:

You know what I'd LOVE for my SSSGE....my old avatar back....no longer LL LL but Lynne Leichtfuss. (Just a hint) :)


i know... i miss SEEING you and that wonderful name... :(


but say, at least WE ARE seeing you, lately..,. :)
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Nov 6, 2013 - 01:42am PT
In again! For those sitting on the fence... DO IT! I have yet to regret participating in this event from year to year.
Melissa

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
Nov 8, 2013 - 09:13am PT
Bumping my current favorite thread.
Prod

Trad climber
Nov 8, 2013 - 09:19am PT
Fun. I'm in.

Prod.
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Nov 8, 2013 - 10:04am PT
Should be fun! E-mail sent.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 8, 2013 - 08:13pm PT
Just a jump in the pool bump.
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Nov 8, 2013 - 08:20pm PT
Whoever gets Edge is one lucky mofo.

I had so much fun putting together my gift two years ago, stoked for this year.
Strider

Trad climber
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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 9, 2013 - 02:23am PT
As of tonight, 11:30pm PST on 11/8/13, everyone who has sent me an email to sign up should have received an email by now confirming their participation.

If you have not received a confirmation email, LET ME KNOW. Also, check your junk email folder.

Good number of sign ups so soon this year! Sign up if you are interested and let's make it the biggest year yet!

22 days left to join the party.

-n
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 9, 2013 - 03:49am PT
Got mine! Yay!

Strider (er, umm, St. Nick) this is a very good thing you do. It is truly appreciated and gives us an opportunity to connect on a more personal level than just living in the cyber world.

Cheers!
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Nov 9, 2013 - 01:10pm PT
I agree johntp! This is a wonderful Supertopo tradition. Thanks, Santa!
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Nov 9, 2013 - 02:32pm PT
I've never joined in on the gift exchange .... Humbug!....

But

i do enjoy seeing everyone else having a grand time. (-;


Whoever gets Edge is one lucky mofo.
so true....
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Nov 11, 2013 - 08:43pm PT
Back to the top!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 11, 2013 - 10:04pm PT
There is a Santa, Virginia, and he came early for me.

I just got my old avatar, real name, back yesterday thanks to Fish. Blessings Dude. :D Hope Santa is equally as good to Yo.

lynne
Edge

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Nov 11, 2013 - 10:19pm PT
Congrats, Lynne! It's a Festivus miracle!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 11, 2013 - 10:26pm PT
Hey to you Edge,

Yes, indeed!

Now let's try to convince Nita that she needs to join in the miracles and joy. :) Smiles, lynne
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 12, 2013 - 04:15pm PT
Strider, I have not yet received my confirmation. Should I be worried.

Also, want to encourage many of you not yet signed up to do so. This is an epic blast! Cheers, Lynne
Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Nov 12, 2013 - 05:32pm PT
Got my email!
Thanks Santa~
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 12, 2013 - 09:16pm PT
Strider, I have not yet received my confirmation. Should I be worried.

St. Nick knows who's been good and who's been bad.

nita needs to jump in the pool....
Strider

Trad climber
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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 12, 2013 - 09:41pm PT
More confirmation emails sent. Only one person asked to sign up but I needed more info. Everyone else should have gotten a confirmation email.

T-Minus 18 days to sign up!

-n
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 12, 2013 - 09:49pm PT
Nita and Andy ....Nita and Andy we want you....we want you!!! :)
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Nov 12, 2013 - 11:48pm PT
Miss Lynne, and Johntp, Honestly, just can't do it, and it's not a money thing.. I like to give to people in need for Christmas. My usual holiday list is sorta like this..Oxfam, Local foster kid gift, my little sister> (BB&BS) and sometimes i do my own Secret Santa gig.....(-;

I am actually.. Not a fan of Christmas...But.. I enjoy watching you Tacoheads have fun opening your gifts.

Cheers..

Edit:...Lynne, not sure if you saw this video, think you will enjoy.
http://www.upworthy.com/clear-your-next-10-minutes-because-this-video-could-change-how-happy-you-are-with-your-entire-week

Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 12, 2013 - 11:53pm PT
OK, but you could just get my name and send me a note. I hear what your're saying..... it's fine.

Love is a gift you don't buy or wrap and I'm sending it(as in climbing)to you and Mr. Music. Hearts, lynne.
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Nov 13, 2013 - 01:49am PT
I was wondering if this was on again this year.

I want in!!!
Strider

Trad climber
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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 13, 2013 - 06:57pm PT
Bumpidy bump

johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 13, 2013 - 09:17pm PT
What Lynnie said. A card, a little rock from your favorite climbing area, a favorite photo or something along those lines would be awesome.

It doesn't have to cost much more than postage. This is about connecting on a level outside the typical cyber taco.

No one will post up saying "damn, I really wanted an iPad". Seriously, just jump in the pool. You won't regret it. There is something about looking at that envelope or package and wondering "what is in there and who is my SSS"?

Splash!
LilaBiene

Trad climber
Technically...the spawning grounds of Yosemite
Nov 13, 2013 - 11:19pm PT
Me, too! I want in! :D
MisterE

climber
Nov 13, 2013 - 11:24pm PT
Skip and I have been talking about joining this year.

I am in, my guess is she's probably not far behind...
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 14, 2013 - 01:07am PT
Welcome to the pool ME.
Andy Fielding

Trad climber
UK
Nov 14, 2013 - 04:05pm PT
Still waiting for Santa to deliver my gift from lasy year :( I guess he got lost mid Atlantic. ;)
frank wyman

Mountain climber
montana
Nov 14, 2013 - 04:21pm PT
I'm in again, Although the dude I sent my gift to did not acknowledge it or even say thanks. Must have not liked my polictial leanings or something,It's okay...Got some cool stuff from my secret santa in S.L.O. I mean... It is Christmas time!!!(even Snoopy and the Red Baron put aside their differences)
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 14, 2013 - 04:29pm PT
So sorry Andy......that's not like ST.
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Nov 14, 2013 - 04:47pm PT
Others have probably made the connection before, but it was only when getting my confirmation email that I realized that Stryder's name was Nick(as in Saint Nick?)

I've always believed that Santa Claus(St. Nicholas) IS as real as real can be, and that he works through others, and Stryder is once again showing us how that goes!
JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Nov 14, 2013 - 05:14pm PT
I'm down for being in, or up for being down, or something like that, Good fun!
edit
yes indeed phylp or Yule be cryin in your hot rum if you forget. Santa knows, always has, as I recall...
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Nov 14, 2013 - 06:04pm PT
Just don't forget it's not enough to say you're in here - you have to send an email to St. Nick.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 16, 2013 - 06:35pm PT
November 16th Already! Don't dally, sign up now for some grate, great fun! Zeriously! lynne
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 16, 2013 - 09:54pm PT
I think I've found the perfect gift :))) Now, can't wait til I get my name.


I'm getting in the spirit....watching a Christmas movie right now. I know I'm early but I love the Holidays. Tomorrow we are cooking a "test" Thanksgiving turkey with all the fixings....YeeHaw!!!

Anyone in the area you're welcome to join us. Cheers, lynne
Strider

Trad climber
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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 18, 2013 - 01:47am PT
Rock and Roll!

At this time everyone, except one person, should have received a confirmation email from me.

My confirmation emails are clear and plain as a confirmation email, so if you have not gotten one PLEASE message me ASAP.

At this time we have 40+ people signed up. We need at least another dozen to break the record for the most sign-ups!

Only 13 days left to sign up. Email supertoposanta (at) gmail (dot) com

-n

neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Nov 18, 2013 - 05:24pm PT
hey there say, all...

just a bump... :)
Captain...or Skully

climber
Nov 18, 2013 - 07:42pm PT
I'll jump in with a stipulation.....I can't receive until February. I'd dig giving though. ;-)
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 18, 2013 - 07:59pm PT
Skully, were you at Face Lift and I missed you? lynnie
adatesman

climber
philadelphia, pa
Nov 19, 2013 - 08:04am PT
Bump
Captain...or Skully

climber
Nov 20, 2013 - 12:46pm PT
Yeah, I was there for a bit, but had to leave early due to poor timing on my part. Meh.
Oh, yeah...bump.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 20, 2013 - 05:56pm PT
Welcome to the Pool Skully!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 21, 2013 - 11:25pm PT
Just want to encourage some of you lurkers out there to have fun with the campfire this year. It's not difficult or challenging. But it is Tons of Fun.

1) you sign up....takes about 30 seconds.
2) you get a name.
3) you send them something....for crying out loud, find a gorgeous rock, write Peace or Joy on it. Anything is good (well within reason....:))
4) you receive a gift and, I know it's hard work, but you have you unwrap it.

But the best is the spirit of the season that you just might feel.

Joy to all, lynnie
Strider

Trad climber
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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 21, 2013 - 11:25pm PT
Skully, you have messages disabled so this is my only way to contact you. Unless I missed something you have not signed up but are more than welcome to! We can accommodate most situations.

Other than one person whom I just emailed tonight, everyone should have confirmations emails.

9 days left to sign-up!

Send an email to supertoposanta (at) gmail (dot) com

cheers
-n
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 21, 2013 - 11:35pm PT
Skully is in the backwaters of WY. Put him on the roll; he'll check in when he has access.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 21, 2013 - 11:40pm PT
I wonder if Lasti from Budapest is still out there on the "ether" net. Send us an ST "card" even if you don't sign up. Think of you and your climber friends often. Missed you all that New Years, but I had a fantastic time in Nice, France, New Years Eve. It was a wonderful experience for me. Cheers, Lynne
Strider

Trad climber
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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 21, 2013 - 11:44pm PT
Skully is in the backwaters of WY

Can't really do that without some more info from him. Hopefully he can resurface and drop a line...

-n
Strider

Trad climber
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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 25, 2013 - 09:42pm PT
As of now, everyone who has signed up should have received a confirmation email.

Sorry for the delay in sending this last round of confirmation emails. It is the holiday season and this is my first day off with some spare time.

Sign ups end this coming Saturday, Nov 30th. Only 6 days left to sign up, get on it!

-n
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Nov 25, 2013 - 09:48pm PT

Hooray for Strider!
Thanks for all of your hard work!
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Nov 25, 2013 - 10:23pm PT
The last couple of years we have sent Strider a gift.
Please contact me off site if you are interested in contributing.
adatesman

climber
philadelphia, pa
Nov 26, 2013 - 03:24pm PT
4 days left bump!
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Nov 26, 2013 - 03:27pm PT
Looking forward to it, I had fun last time I participated.
Strider

Trad climber
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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 26, 2013 - 04:49pm PT
bump

-n
portent

Social climber
your mom's house
Nov 26, 2013 - 05:00pm PT
I'm in this year!

-kovar
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 26, 2013 - 07:14pm PT
Credit: mouse from merced

Time of Purchase:
a seasonal greeting from Merced

See you at the Mall...NOT!

It was a dark and gloomy sunrise in Merced that shopping day,
But before the stores were open the gloom had cleared away..
The shoppers who had camped the week hoping for a deal
Saw the sun reveal itself and they began to squeal.

“Bargains, bargains, we want bargains!!”
They raised an awful din.
The manager, a cool young man,
Said, “F*#k a riot...let them in.”

He braved the swarm of asshoppers almost trampling him
But he went down...felt faint...his eyes went very dim...
almost unconscious...from very far away...
“Time of death...six ten a. m. this awful Black Friday."
Credit: mouse from merced

and furthermore

I hope you have a happy time
Selecting just the one
Right thing-ma-bob
That does the job
For sibling, mate, or son

But as for me, save your money.
Create a neato gift
And let me say ahead of time,
"Secret Santas practice thrift."

String your stockings with care, love, and good cheer.
Captain...or Skully

climber
Nov 26, 2013 - 08:11pm PT
Hiya Strider...Actually Im in Missouri right now, visiting with the parental units. It's the backwaters of North Dakota that I work in, and I work a lot. My active email is skullyambroATgmailDOTcom. Yeah, I can give something but like I said I wont be anywhere near home until Feb. Feel free to E mail me & we can discuss at great length.
L

climber
California dreamin' on the farside of the world..
Nov 26, 2013 - 08:26pm PT
Wow--looks like fun! I'm in.

Captain...or Skully--I'm in the backwaters of Missouri tomorrow, visiting with the parental units. Nothing like good ol' Misery for the holidays. ;-)
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 26, 2013 - 11:10pm PT
It's the backwaters of North Dakota that I work in

My bad; thought it was WY. Welcome to the pool.

Bump
Strider

Trad climber
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Topic Author's Reply - Nov 27, 2013 - 12:56am PT
We are damn close to breaking our Supertopo record for Secret Santa sign-ups. Come on people, you know you want in on the fun!

4 days left!

-n
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 27, 2013 - 01:07am PT
Yeah, I can give something but like I said I wont be anywhere near home until Feb.

Whoa! Been there and it is a tough row to hoe. That is a loooong time to be away from home.

Cheers skully.
Captain...or Skully

climber
Nov 27, 2013 - 09:19am PT
So am I in or what? Hey Strider. :-)
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Nov 27, 2013 - 01:14pm PT
Hey Lurkers! Sign up! Here's another reason this game is fun - the Sherlock Holmes aspect:

On the giving end, you get assigned someone and you can do some fun detective work to figure out what this stranger might like. You read their posts for clues to what they like: books, birds, art, wine, building things. One year, my giftee had an unsearchable supertopo name, but using his real name on google, plus the word "climber" and his location in the US, I was able to track him back to the forum. I still had no idea what to get him after all this (which only took about 10 minutes), but it was fun building a profile around someone who had been a unknown. I definately did not feel like I was sending a gift to a stranger out in space somewhere.

Same thing on the receiving end. From the names on the return address label, I have been able to figure out the supertopo names of a couple of my santas who tried to remain secret, and then it was fun reviewing their posts and getting to know them a little.

Last year my santa was someone I know in the real world, and that was really fun too.
Ho Ho Ho! Phyl
Strider

Trad climber
ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 27, 2013 - 01:55pm PT
Sorry Skully, I missed your post above. Email has been sent.

Only a few days left to sign up...

-n
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Nov 27, 2013 - 10:07pm PT
hey there, say, glad skully got in, :)


say, did anyone ever get any kind of gift to the one, across seas, that DID not get one, last year??? *didn't i just read that, a bit agao, here, ?

just curious... :) so he won't feel left out... :(
Strider

Trad climber
ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 28, 2013 - 01:11am PT
neebee,

I am working on that. Not 100% positive but I am pretty sure the sender did his duty but something else got in the way. Also hoping to make it right this year, since he is in again this year. Good sport.

-n
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Nov 28, 2013 - 09:44am PT
Squeakin' in under the line. Email sent to Super-T-Santa!
speelyei

Trad climber
Mohave County Arizona
Nov 28, 2013 - 09:54am PT
Another last minute addition. Thanks!
Captain...or Skully

climber
Nov 28, 2013 - 12:01pm PT
These aren't amateur crastinators.....these folk are Pros!
Haha!
H

Mountain climber
there and back again
Nov 28, 2013 - 01:03pm PT
Looking forward to seeing who my Secret Santa recipient is. Thanks Santa for doing this yet another year. LOVE IT,
H
Strider

Trad climber
ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 28, 2013 - 03:01pm PT
Confirmations sent, I should be all caught up.

Sign ups close on Saturday night. Get to it you PRO-crastinators!

-n
Strider

Trad climber
ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 28, 2013 - 04:22pm PT
More confirmations sent.

Off to work now, it will be a long night. 375+ people to feed Thanksgiving dinner for. I will get back to this probably tomorrow.

Happy Thanksgiving and thanks to everyone who signed up, it looks like it will be a great year for this!

-n
GLee

Social climber
MSO
Nov 28, 2013 - 07:15pm PT
I knew I was a Pro at something! Count me in Santa.. Email sent...
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Nov 29, 2013 - 08:26pm PT
zip- did you get my PM? If not, send me one.

John
Strider

Trad climber
ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 30, 2013 - 01:51am PT
Final count down for sign-ups.

25 hours and 14 minutes left to sign up.

No more procrastination. Get in or get left behind!

-n
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Nov 30, 2013 - 05:25am PT
hey there say, strider... wow! how did the thanksgiving 'feed 'em' go?

:)


Strider

Trad climber
ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 30, 2013 - 06:56pm PT
neebee, Thanksgiving went well, one of the best I have worked. The holiday is winding down now and almost time to relax, tonight is the last busy night.

All confirmations have been sent and hopefully received.

Last chance to sign up is tonight, by 12am Pacific Time, so roughly 8 hours, 8 minutes and 50 seconds as I post this.

Hurry up!

-n
Rockin' Gal

Trad climber
Boulder
Nov 30, 2013 - 08:18pm PT
This is the best part of supertopo, imho.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 30, 2013 - 09:11pm PT
Challenging all you Lurkers and Campfire Friends here.....sign up. Chezzzz it's fun. Being a couch potato is Boring. lynnie
feralfae

Boulder climber
Montana
Nov 30, 2013 - 09:47pm PT
I'm in (from the hospital.)
feralfae
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Nov 30, 2013 - 09:49pm PT
^ awesome!

Strider

Trad climber
ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 1, 2013 - 12:42am PT
2 hours and 23 minutes left to sign up!

Last chance is now

-n
moosedrool

climber
Stair climber, lost, far away from Poland
Dec 1, 2013 - 01:18am PT
Fuk it. I get coal every year.

Stupid Santa.
Strider

Trad climber
ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 1, 2013 - 02:58am PT
Going.....

going...

going...

last chance
Strider

Trad climber
ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 1, 2013 - 03:07am PT
And gone! Thanks to everyone who signed up. Secret Santa 2013 Signups are closed now. For everyone who signed up you can expect an email within the next day or two with your gift recipient.

Happy Holidays and thanks for joining up!

-n
10b4me

Ice climber
Bishop/Flagstaff
Dec 1, 2013 - 11:28am PT
Thanks for taking the time to do this, Strider.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Dec 1, 2013 - 04:07pm PT
Yeahhhhh!!! Can't wait! :)
crustie

climber
SF, CA
Dec 3, 2013 - 05:02pm PT
oh no, how did i miss this this year!!!
:(
bummer.
so sad!!

next year i guess...
feralfae

Boulder climber
Montana
Dec 3, 2013 - 08:20pm PT
This is so much fun!
And since I am one of those fairies who makes stuff, this is most fun! :)

And I a home, but I will go write about that over on the dragonfly-enriched thread.

Thank you Strider, this great game.
feralfae
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 3, 2013 - 10:57pm PT
Needles and pins...
Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Dec 3, 2013 - 11:00pm PT
Thanks for taking the time to do this, Strider.

+100!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Dec 4, 2013 - 12:08am PT
+ another 100. Peace and Joy, lynnie
Strider

Trad climber
ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 4, 2013 - 04:00am PT
ALL GIFT EMAILS HAVE BEEN SENT AT THIS TIME.

You should have an email from me with the name and address of the person you need to send your gift to.

PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU HAVE NOT GOTTEN THIS EMAIL!!!!

Two last points:
 Please have your gift in the mail by 12/16/13 to ensure delivery by Christmas.
  Whether you open your gift the day you receive it or if you open it on Christmas, please come back here, post & share what you got. Half the fun for everyone is spreading the love.

Thank you to everyone who signed up this year. You folks are awesome and I wish you all the best for the rest of this year and next year as well!

Cheers
-St. Nick
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 4, 2013 - 09:16am PT
please come back here, post & share what you got. Half the fun for everyone is spreading the love.

OH YEAH. . . please, everybody do this!

:-)

YAY!

Kath
Strider

Trad climber
ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 4, 2013 - 10:00pm PT
Hahaha

So I woke up this morning to more than 20 emails asking me for the Supertopo name of their gift recipient. Apparently I forgot to make sure I included that in my emails last night. So I am caching up tonight and emailing everyone.

Sorry for the missing info. It will be corrected shortly.

Even St. Nick screws up every so often. =)

-n

ps. Finished sending emails to those who asked. If anyone else needs to know who their person is on the forum, send me an email and I will fill you in. Again, my apologies for forgetting this piece of info.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 4, 2013 - 10:05pm PT
noobs; can't get away from them. :)
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Dec 4, 2013 - 10:09pm PT
Don't think it's possible for yo to screw up. Thanks again for ALL you do here.

HO, HO, HO.....Merry Christmas St. Nick and lots of love to you from all of us around this glorious campfire.
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Dec 4, 2013 - 10:36pm PT
I got my email this morning, name included!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 4, 2013 - 10:49pm PT
Got my email. Yay! Sleuthed. Shopped. Shipped. Couldn't get it wrapped given where it's coming from though. Boo. If you get a package, open when you want, but don't assume the goodie is wrapped.
pocoloco1

Social climber
The Chihuahua Desert
Dec 4, 2013 - 11:02pm PT
Is a gift certificate to impersonal?
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Dec 4, 2013 - 11:06pm PT
Poco, do you not have time to shop or do you not know anything about the person you are giving to?

IMHO gift certificate would be fine, but it would be better to find a "special" gift. lynnie
pocoloco1

Social climber
The Chihuahua Desert
Dec 4, 2013 - 11:09pm PT

LL
I have time to shop,it's the selection that is the problem.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Dec 5, 2013 - 01:47am PT
I understand. But tho I've never met you, I think you can trust your gut. Go shop. Have fun doing it. The receiver will love it! Go Dude and have a Wonderful Holiday Season.

Cheers, lynnie
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 5, 2013 - 04:50am PT
Got my email. Yay! Sleuthed. Shopped. Shipped. Couldn't get it wrapped given where it's coming from though. Boo. If you get a package, open when you want, but don't assume the goodie is wrapped.

Well, aren't you the over achiever? :) I still need to check my email and find who gets my lame ass gift.....
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 5, 2013 - 07:11am PT
Poco, a gift card would be impersonal.

I got my name. Now, what to give...it's the best part, the giving.
Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Dec 5, 2013 - 09:03am PT
Got my name... NO idea who it is!!!
This should be so fun!


~Peace!
Nilepoc

Big Wall climber
Tx
Dec 5, 2013 - 09:17am PT
Got mine without the ST name. Fortunately it was easy via google to figure out the future victim of my gifting prowess though. From previous Santa threads, this person has had some awesome deliveries. Now to brainstorm a suitable gift.
L

climber
California dreamin' on the farside of the world..
Dec 5, 2013 - 09:50am PT
Crimpie and I come from the same over-achiever stock.

Got my name yesterday.
Shopped like a crazy (read: euphoric) person yesterday afternoon.
Wrapped like a blissful maniac last night.
Just shipped.
Awaiting confirmation of receipt like a kid sittin' by the fireplace.

From 10 years of living in AK with a family in MO, I've found that if you don't jump on the Christmas mailing thing pronto, the USPS does its darnedest to derail your best intentions onto the road to hell. ;-)
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Dec 5, 2013 - 01:30pm PT
Hmm I got one of those pesky rare for ST considerate individuals that rarely spays anything about themselves. Lots of posts to dig/research through fortunately but still not much about themselves. Seems to have all the gear they need too.../sigh Difficult to shop for.
Captain...or Skully

climber
Dec 5, 2013 - 01:36pm PT
I got my victim...I mean recipient. Haha. I don't know their handle, but I reckon it don't matter much. I'll find out in due course.
L

climber
California dreamin' on the farside of the world..
Dec 5, 2013 - 01:39pm PT
"Seems to have all the gear they need too..."

Climbski2--you can never have all the gear you'll ever need. Never ever.
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 5, 2013 - 01:49pm PT
Ooo Oooo Oooooo!

I'm like a little kid!

I can't wait for my recipient to get this package. . . I hope it's a hit!

:-)

YAY!

oxoxo
Captain...or Skully

climber
Dec 5, 2013 - 02:21pm PT
Word, eKat.:-)
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 5, 2013 - 03:10pm PT
YAY, MyCappy!
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 5, 2013 - 04:21pm PT
Whoa, wait! I have to wrap the gift? That was not in the rules and regulations.....

Crap....

Wish I had opposible thumbs.
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Dec 6, 2013 - 11:03am PT
Expect your package in 3-4 days.
This means you.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Dec 6, 2013 - 04:25pm PT
I'm giving you all a stick of Mitchum, not Secret, this year.  Victori...
I'm giving you all a stick of Mitchum, not Secret, this year. Victoria's suing me and my lawyers advised me to do this. Sorry, but I got a good deal on it.
Credit: mouse from merced
He's sure.
Edge

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Dec 6, 2013 - 04:59pm PT
Internet stalking: Check
Brainstorming session: Yep
Sketch of ideas: Working on it

Good thing I have 10 more days before I need to pop my gift in the mail. Ima gonna need 'em.
Captain...or Skully

climber
Dec 6, 2013 - 05:12pm PT
Mine's in the post. Had to get it out in before reentering the oil patch. I won't take the chance of weirdness. Woot!
Melissa

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
Dec 6, 2013 - 06:14pm PT
If any of you would be willing to trade giftees, pretty please e-mail me (so we can keep it quietish).
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 6, 2013 - 06:25pm PT
^ ^ ^ ^ WHOA . . . is that the "Greasemonkey" of Secret Santa?

:-)
Melissa

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
Dec 6, 2013 - 06:40pm PT
I don't know about greasemonkey…I actually drew someone that everyone loves and would be thrilled to treat, but for a totally benign reason, I'd like to switch. ETA…I'll 'splain it to everyone after Christmas so it doesn't seem shady.
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 6, 2013 - 06:42pm PT
Greasemonkey is the script that somebody wrote for TheTacoStand that works like a KILL FILE so you don't have to see people that bug you. I don't know how it works, but it gets joked about pretty often.

:-)
Michelle

Social climber
1187 Hunterwasser
Dec 6, 2013 - 07:43pm PT
Super excited! I'm finishing it up tonite and it'll be off to you soon!
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 6, 2013 - 07:49pm PT
hey there say, all...

yep, as us 'craft folks' are prone to, i will be busy working at it, just like what edge said, i will need my almost ten days, too...

:)

should get there on time, or just in time...
so not to worry, ... :)


if i have any trouble, i will ol' nick know, to let you know...
but so far, all is well... :)

:)
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Dec 6, 2013 - 08:07pm PT
Wrapped and ready to go out tomorrow!
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 6, 2013 - 08:17pm PT
hey there say, to POCO or anyone that has trouble...

many folks have families, or have friends that come over, for the holiday, and, even if not... if they are alone, well:

ornamental plants, holly decor, candle arrangements, etc, are nice for any home... makes it cheery and folks are NOT left out of the warmth of holiday season...

the house will be bright and cheery, etc... even if it is someone that travels, etc... fake arrangements, these days, will still look regal and last all year... for guys are gals, depending on what design you pick...

we used to use pine-cones for gift to folks, with neat branches, etc...
so you could try that... ????


hope we can help... :)
you can do it, you will see! ...


or ask someone that KNOWS the person???
that is good, also... :)

they may know them, and their handle, and can help you read on taco,
what they like, :)



Andy Fielding

Trad climber
UK
Dec 7, 2013 - 01:09pm PT
Gift sent from this side of the pond. Estimated date for delivery 24 December!! Will be scanning this thread hoping the recipient receives it earlier.
GLee

Social climber
MSO
Dec 7, 2013 - 01:58pm PT
Forgot to wrap it, but received via USPS Priority TODAY in Canton, NY!!

nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Dec 7, 2013 - 02:02pm PT
Andy fielding, i hope this year ..you actually receive a gift from your Secret Santa ....

BTW, were you the first person to do that swing?


edit:..Andy Fielding, no freaking way...(-;
Andy Fielding

Trad climber
UK
Dec 7, 2013 - 04:09pm PT
^^^^Nita thanks. No it's a bridge near Calpe, Spain that is quite well known. Fancy a go?
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 7, 2013 - 04:25pm PT
hey there say, nita and andy... oh my, WHAT a find, and what a share, :O

yes, andy, we are all rooting for your gift to get there!
:)


say, i know a gal in yorkshire area and one year many gifts and mail were damaged from a flood and her mail did not get out--was ruined...

though, this may not be your area... it might explain, if it was...
adatesman

climber
philadelphia, pa
Dec 7, 2013 - 04:32pm PT
Thanks for the nudge to get things moving, Folks! Gift acquired, now just needs wrapping and mailing! :)
Andy Fielding

Trad climber
UK
Dec 7, 2013 - 05:07pm PT
i know a gal in yorkshire area

I did live there neebee but I moved away 30 years ago :D
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 7, 2013 - 05:11pm PT
hey there andy, awwww, oh my, :))

thanks for reply, :)
H

Mountain climber
there and back again
Dec 7, 2013 - 05:44pm PT
Packaged up and ready to mail on Monday.

I hope the guy likes books on climbing.

Secret Santa thank you for the opportunity to give. Always feels good.
elf#52

Ice climber
Northpole, California
Dec 7, 2013 - 07:31pm PT
Supertopo Santagram (™) to ANDY FIELDING:

Dear Andy,

As you may be aware, Santa reserves the use of the sleigh and the reindeer for delivery to children only. And while you may be a child at heart, or even childish at times, your delivery has been outsourced.

You can expect a delivery from Santa via US Postal Service in 7-10 business days, or 2 weeks in human days.

Best Wishes from the North Pole,
Elf#52
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 7, 2013 - 07:36pm PT
^ ^ ^ ^ THAT IS DARLING!

YAY!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 7, 2013 - 07:53pm PT
i know a gal in yorkshire area

This makes me want to write a naughty limerick. :)
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Dec 7, 2013 - 08:31pm PT
i know a gal in yorkshire area

could't imagine a lass much hairier


....next!
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 7, 2013 - 08:38pm PT
I asked her to shave, be a good belay slave. . .

next
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Dec 7, 2013 - 08:55pm PT
Once shaved, she was revealed as a Terrier.

The belay was still good,
but try as I would,
I no longer wanted to marry her.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 7, 2013 - 09:22pm PT
Excellent work!!! Hahaha!

edit:

I'm still totally laughing!!!
MisterE

climber
Dec 7, 2013 - 10:04pm PT
OK, picked something(s) out, got my Topian and address. Just need to package and send!

It's weird, it's old school, but it's fun...

Erik
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 7, 2013 - 10:07pm PT
Excellent work!!! Hahaha!

edit:

I'm still totally laughing!!!

YAY!

It turned out pretty darned good!

:-)
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Dec 7, 2013 - 11:13pm PT

C'mon, Callie, we want to hear yours too!
Andy Fielding

Trad climber
UK
Dec 8, 2013 - 03:40am PT
Best Wishes from the North Pole,
Elf#52

Thanks Elf#52 :)
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 8, 2013 - 06:24am PT
Here's the naughty limerick all in one place.

by

Hap, eKat and phylp

I know a gal in Yorkshire area
Couldn't imagine a lass much hairier
I asked her to shave, be a good belay slave
Once shaved, she was revealed as a Terrier.

The belay was still good,
But try as I would,
I no longer wanted to marry her.

HA!
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 8, 2013 - 06:30am PT
A N D . . . Andy. . . your letter from Elf#52 is the best thing going so far this season!

YAY!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 8, 2013 - 10:36am PT
No way I can out-limerick those tacitas! Great job!
L

climber
California dreamin' on the farside of the world..
Dec 8, 2013 - 12:53pm PT
I decided to ship my gift UPS to improve its chances of arriving on time and also, I wanted to be able to check its progress as it meandered its way across the country.

WHAT a mistake.

Now I'm OCD with the UPS Tracking site and wondering why the heck it's taking them so long to move that package along. So what if it's Sunday! ;-)
10b4me

Ice climber
Bishop/Flagstaff
Dec 8, 2013 - 12:57pm PT
Now I'm OCD with the UPS Tracking site and wondering why the heck it's taking them so long to move that package along. So what if it's Sunday! ;-)

Hahahaha!

Wait a minute. It's Sunday?
L

climber
California dreamin' on the farside of the world..
Dec 8, 2013 - 01:02pm PT
You know Steve, you're livin' the right kinda life if you don't even know what day it is!
Melissa

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
Dec 8, 2013 - 01:16pm PT
I made the switch. Super psyched about my new giftee. Reason: I drew the same person I'd just had and I'd already made something that wasn't very different gift from what they'd already received from me. I figured they'd have a better secret santa experience with a new gifter. But with my new draw, well there was just the thing that was totally different from what I planned, so it's all new all the way around. Very psyched. Off to get some gift wrap...
Jacemullen

Trad climber
Oceanside
Dec 9, 2013 - 12:44pm PT
Holy Smokes! It happened!

Got an email saying that I had a package waiting for me, went skiing and the mail center was closed so I had to wait till I got out of class today to find out what this mystery package was!

No return adress, no nothing on the outside lead my friends and i to shake it in confusion: "It's a bomb!" my friend Gavin said.

I furiously ripped it open to find a note which made it all make sense. After pulling them out we all got excited about the new gear!

Secret Santa from GLee!
Secret Santa from GLee!
Credit: Jacemullen

These are perfect because, well, I've been needing some more quickdraws for the longest time (they have a nasty habit of going missing) but these colorful badboys certainly wont!

Thanks so much Greg, I can't wait to get these on rock (They might make it on ice first with how the weathers been!).

I hadn't checked this thread in a while so sorry for not waiting to open in, but mystery packages (and mail in general, I don't get enough of it!) excite me!

Thanks so much!
John Butler

Social climber
SLC, Utah
Dec 9, 2013 - 01:55pm PT
take good care of the one with the nut... it's a work of art. it would look great hanging in the kitchen with a rusty leeper z or two alongside the nut

:-)

jb
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Dec 9, 2013 - 02:00pm PT

Mine's in the mail to it's recipient.
Naitch

climber
Seneca area
Dec 9, 2013 - 03:59pm PT
Mine's on its way to the west coast.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 9, 2013 - 04:41pm PT
My giftee is toast.....hope santa delivers on the 24th. Things are running a wee bit late.

edit: damn over achievers making us procrastinators look bad........
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 9, 2013 - 05:03pm PT
hey there say, johntp.... oh my, as long as folks here, in general, are let to know that things may be late... not to worry...
and, as well:

christmas holiday and cheer easily runs right up to the new year and gives
you an extra week, :) a good way to start off the new year...

i am hoping mine will not be late, as i send it out on about the 16th, or even 17th... :O


but i think it will make it... :)
feralfae

Boulder climber
Montana
Dec 9, 2013 - 05:36pm PT
Gifts arranged, packaged, wrapped, and goes off tomorrow via Priority Mail.
Since it is only going to Colorado, I am fairly darn sure it will make it on time.

This has been great fun, and the recipient is getting something a little special. :)

We will see if it is liked.

feralfae, the gift-wrapping fairy.

Aya K

Trad climber
Boulder, CO!
Dec 9, 2013 - 10:19pm PT
Argh, running into a bit of a snag with mine, but don't worry, it WILL go out...
MisterE

climber
Dec 9, 2013 - 10:39pm PT
Mailed mine today!
Abend

Social climber
Dec 10, 2013 - 10:31am PT
Credit: Abend

Turns out that my squirrel is buddies with my giftee's cat.
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Dec 10, 2013 - 11:01am PT
Added my package to the sub-contacting transportation sleigh this morning!
frank wyman

Mountain climber
montana
Dec 10, 2013 - 11:23am PT
I'm picking out a Thermos for you.......Picking out a Thermos for you..Oh wait.... I know what I'll send...That book on the 1977 airplane crash in Yosemite....Where can I pick that up?? Barnes-Noble?.Amazon?..Hastings??...
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 10, 2013 - 11:28am PT
Oh BOY. . . this is what happens when you're so far out of the loop you've got to pull a GOOG (rhymes with spooge) on things you read on TheTaco. . .

HA!



P.S. I fully remembered it from "The Jerk" once I saw this!

:-)
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Dec 10, 2013 - 04:54pm PT
So I was cracking out tracking the package as it made its way to my giftee.
Status: delivered Dec. 9th 4pm.

Check your mail and Post up!
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Dec 10, 2013 - 05:20pm PT
I got mine!!!! Pictures to follow.

I ordered the gift for my person today and had to pay expedited shipping. That's what you get for procrastinating. I just inherited a large mountaineering book collection. Thought I would thumb through that and find an appropriate vintage book to add to the gift.
Rockin' Gal

Trad climber
Boulder
Dec 10, 2013 - 06:50pm PT
Wait a minute. It's 14 days before Christmas. How can you be a procrastinator? I'm mailing mine on Thursday because I'm in Kansas City at the moment.
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Dec 10, 2013 - 08:47pm PT
Picked up card and wrap today. Just waiting for last thing to come in so I can send it on it's way.
adatesman

climber
philadelphia, pa
Dec 10, 2013 - 09:08pm PT
Wrapped and packed, going out tomorrow!
JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Dec 10, 2013 - 09:38pm PT
Having fun with this, my giftee is kinda well known here....
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 10, 2013 - 09:47pm PT
Okay, the stars have aligned. My lame ass gift goes out on Friday. Thanks Russ!

Damn wrapping and you people with opposable thumbs. Whatever happened to using a brown paper bag......

edit: just funning. I have thumbs but can't wrap a package to save my ass.
L

climber
California dreamin' on the farside of the world..
Dec 11, 2013 - 08:08am PT
UPS YANKS INNOCENT TACOIAN'S CHAIN; CAUSES MASSIVE DEPRESSION

That's what the NY Times front page should read today.

See yesterday, on my 115th (OCD, right?) checking of the UPS Tracking site, it showed a DELIVERY SCHEDULE CHANGE. I panicked for a second...until I read that my gift was to be delivered earlier than scheduled! TUESDAY instead of WEDNESDAY!

O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!

Went to bed last night with visions of my giftee happily ripping open their package in a few short hours, singing praises to St. Nick for such a great Taco gig.

Got up and checked this thread.

Nothing.

Zilch.

Not a word from You Know Who (actually, you don't know Who, but I Do, and there was nary a word from 'em).

I sat here for a moment, trying to come to grips with the fact that I possibly got one of those giftees who likes to receive but HATES to post about it...or possibly I got one of those giftees who HATES everything they receive from UPS no matter what it is, just because they hate UPS (I understand this)...or maybe I even--gulp--got one of those giftees who, although posting on a climbing website, doesn't actually climb...in fact, pretends to climb, but really HATES all things climbing and would therefore find the largest part of my gift totally worthless and perhaps even consider trashing it. (Wait! wait! you can always use it as a paperweight! or a flowerpot! or a safety-pin for someone in Depends!)

Finally, in the middle of the madness, I checked the UPS Tracking site, and saw that those bustards had bungled their Early Delivery Notification planning and were back to delivering it today.

Whew. Now I'm gonna go make myself a big ol' cuppa Dingus' coffee and think about how OCD people like me might not aught to know about things like the UPS Tracking site...nawmean?

eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 11, 2013 - 08:14am PT
^ ^ ^ ^ YerKillinMe!

oxox
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 11, 2013 - 09:10am PT
I sat here for a moment, trying to come to grips with the fact that I possibly got one of those giftees who likes to receive but HATES to post about it

You're not alone in this. . . one time I waited and waited for my giftee to post up about the pemmie (that's eKat for present) I sent and they never did - although we'd exchanged E about it.

I'm such a little kid. . . I get SO excited about giving pemmies . . . I just want everybody to feel the same way, but sometimes it just doesn't work out that way!

oxoxo
Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Dec 11, 2013 - 09:15am PT
I too am on the late bus on sending my gift out... YIKES!!! Where is the time going?!

I shall be a good elf by Friday!! (swear)

;)
C Diamond

Trad climber
Twin Cities, MN
Dec 12, 2013 - 03:06pm PT
As I arrived home from carting other people kids around in a large yellow limo, I came across the mail man. From him I received a package from Fish. I thought to myself, 'I have not ordered anything from Fish since before I climbed Zodiac last spring (TR is coming) WHY DO I HAVE A PACKAGE?'

Well it turns out that my Secret Santa gift arrived nice and early. I was worried that it would arrive while ice climbing in Colorado. Now I have quality luggage for the trip! Thank you Russ!

Fish Pro Bag
Fish Pro Bag
Credit: C Diamond

This reminds me, Now I just need to buy a gift and send it!

P.S. NOW my friends wish they had signed up for the exchange!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 12, 2013 - 03:11pm PT
^^ Sweet! I hope my giftee doesn't get his/her for a while. Hate to follow-up such a sweet gift!
Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Dec 12, 2013 - 03:19pm PT
^^ RIGHT?! Hahahahhahaha!!

Yay, C Diamond!! Have a safe trip.


~peace
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Dec 12, 2013 - 03:55pm PT
I made out like a bandit. Look at this generous haul. But be careful, it was guarded my a serpent.
Cobar guards the gift
Cobar guards the gift
Credit: Seamstress
Look at the treasure!!
Look at the treasure!!
Credit: Seamstress
The cobra makes a run for it!
The cobra makes a run for it!
Credit: Seamstress
This ancient wind instrument is used to control the cobra.
This ancient wind instrument is used to control the cobra.
Credit: Seamstress
Success!  The wind instrument gets the cobar to emerge from his hiding...
Success! The wind instrument gets the cobar to emerge from his hiding place IN the CHristmas tree.
Credit: Seamstress

Thank you, Secret Santa!

I think I am going to plant this snake in my squeamish 35 year old son's Christmas stocking. We are all still kids at heart!
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 12, 2013 - 05:03pm PT
YAY, C Diamond!

Yer gonna LOVE that FISH bag. . . THEY ROCK!

And. . . Ohhhhhhh Seamstress. . . . I know who your Santa is. . .neener nanner nooner!

(and it wasn't myownself!)

:-)

YAY. . . I LOVE THIS PART!

oxox
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Dec 12, 2013 - 05:53pm PT
Secret Santa gift mailed out today. Hohoho!
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 12, 2013 - 05:55pm PT
Hey seamstress. . . . just been vollying E with your Secret Santa and he says there's something missing. . . that you need to check the box for one more thing.

OK?

THANKS.

SecretSanta'sHelper

ox
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Dec 12, 2013 - 06:05pm PT
I did see the beaded bracelet in the bottom of the box. Moonlight thought he was de-rattling a rattler. He's still eyeing the snake with suspicion. It really is an embarassing haul of gifts.....got me shopping to augment my box.
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 12, 2013 - 06:14pm PT
OH, YAY!

Sounds like you have it.

Your Santa will know, soon!

:-)
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Dec 12, 2013 - 06:25pm PT
Stuff I ordered has been on delivery for 2 days now.. grrrr.

Never fear the recipient will get it before Christmas if I have to go find the truck in the distribution center myself.

Edit

So of course what shows up at my door a few minutes ago...

Secret Stuff!!

Since they took the time to wrap it I will wait till Christmas Eve to open.

(unless I run out of food) I'm thinking the silvery one might be edible.. scary.. It's from Colorado...

:)

Naitch

climber
Seneca area
Dec 12, 2013 - 06:51pm PT
I heard that the sleigh touched down briefly in So. Cal and dripped off my gift...

er...I mean "dropped" it off. Maybe a little too much holiday cheer
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Dec 12, 2013 - 06:54pm PT
and dripped off my gift

Liquid gift?

Hmmm.. not a bad idea.
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 12, 2013 - 06:54pm PT
(unless I run out of food) I'm thinking the silvery one might be edible.. scary.. It's from Colorado...

Oooooooo. . . did the return address say:

FROM:
ALICE B. TOKLAS?

:-)
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 12, 2013 - 06:56pm PT
^ ^ ^ You DO know about Alice B. Toklas, right?

?

UhOh. . . you deleted.

climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Dec 12, 2013 - 07:00pm PT
Repost cause I figured it was a joke and I gave a straight answer..

"Nope, Santa Boulder CO." was deleted.


Re Toklas

I didn't but now I do :)

I only cook simple stuff on long trips in the mountains. If I ever cook at home it tends to be the same stuff.

If there is a joke.. it flew waaay over my head lol.. not unusual :)

Ahhh got it.. Peter Sellers movie...

Gads I'm sheltered. Square as can be..
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 12, 2013 - 07:12pm PT
I have a friend who ran a pot dispensary up here, before the State got ten kinds of paranoid about the Feds. . . nonetheless, she sold what she called, "No Frownie Brownies". . . CRACKED ME UP!

The Alice B. Toklas thing is from the WayBackMachine, for sure!
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Dec 12, 2013 - 07:24pm PT
And I was even more square back then..

I blame good parenting.
L

climber
California dreamin' on the farside of the world..
Dec 12, 2013 - 07:29pm PT
Ya know, I'm kinda hoping Secret Santa peeps will open their presents and post up before Christmas.

On the 21st I head out to Big Sur for 2 weeks and prolly won't be online much til after Jan. 5th (internet's spotty there, and the whales don't like it much anyway). And whiny little baby that I am, I want to see what everyone got! ;-)

Climbski2--EAT THAT SILVER THING NOW! Before it gets moldy...

Man, you guys are scoring good stuff. I loved the snake!
adatesman

climber
philadelphia, pa
Dec 12, 2013 - 08:49pm PT
"Can we open it, Daddy?" was just the thing I needed after a morning in the Emergency Room with her. Somehow she got the bathroom cabinet open (even I have trouble with it), found the jewelry cleaner and tried to apply it to her eyelashes.

Whoever my Secret Santa in NY is, you brought a happy ending to a very upsetting day. Hope you don't mind, but I'm going to savor it until the holiday as nothing could make me happier right now than to see my precious little girl happy after that unpleasantness. Which is exactly what you did.

:)




eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 12, 2013 - 08:55pm PT
^ ^ ^ ^ THAT, RIGHT THERE, IS WHAT THIS WHOLE THING IS ALL ABOUT!

Precious little thing!

oxoxox
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Dec 12, 2013 - 09:03pm PT
SO MUCH FUN!
speelyei

Trad climber
Mohave County Arizona
Dec 13, 2013 - 12:25am PT
Mailed!
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 13, 2013 - 07:00am PT
Dear Secret Santa. I do promise to post up a picture of your hard work and thoughtfulness. Right now I'm, like, 9 time zones away from home, but I'll be back before Christmas. So if you don't see my thanks for a bit, that's why!
Happy Holidays. Susan
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Dec 13, 2013 - 08:59am PT
Mailed mine a few days ago. Recipient should have it Mon. Didn't think to keep my identity secret. I got someone who knows me, so my cover is blown as soon as the wrapping comes off anyhow.
frank wyman

Mountain climber
montana
Dec 13, 2013 - 12:49pm PT
Dealing with post office brings a teardrop "To my one good eye". After standing in line for 45 minutes or more to send a package to a P.O. box in the very same building, I had forgot that the brains that be in the goverment. All our mail in Helena goes to Great Falls for sorting and sending. So I asked the lady how long would it take to get a package delivered to a P.O. box 20 feet away? I was told it would be about 4 or 5 days....Really?...It's in the same building I'm standing in...I was also informed that I could ship it out "Next-Day-Air" for $60.00.. Where it would be taken to the airport and flown to Great Falls... and then flown back to Helena... and then delivered to a P.O. box 20 feet away..And for those of you that wonder why the Poatal Service is 10 Billion in dept every year...But Hey... Its Christmas..And My Giftee is worth it, and I hope everyone has a very "MERRY CHRISTMAS"..
Jacemullen

Trad climber
Oceanside
Dec 13, 2013 - 02:51pm PT
Hey C-Diamond, Glad you enjoyed it. Now go take it somewhere cool and break that bad boy in!
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 13, 2013 - 03:10pm PT
Whew!

Just back from the PO. Package sent!

Actually, I was a bit surprised at the name I drew. Would not have expected this person to jump in the pool.

Thanks for playing! I could not fit the iPad in the box, so you got a lame ass gift instead. Better luck next year.

Splash....

edit: yeah, it is not wrapped. If I had to do that you would get it next June.
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 13, 2013 - 03:12pm PT
I'm totally behind schedule, mine will go out either tomorrow or Monday.

Work slowed down, and now I'm broke, so I had to think a bit on what to send. Should be a good gift despite sourcing it from within my home. :)
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 13, 2013 - 03:25pm PT
Should be a good gift despite sourcing it from within my home. :)

Those are the best kind....and with work having slowed down at least you aren't sourcing it from someone else's home....;)

Susan
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 13, 2013 - 03:30pm PT
Lol, I'm no tweaker Susan!
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Dec 13, 2013 - 04:22pm PT
... my cover is blown as soon as the wrapping comes off...

Haha - I read this post JUST a few minutes before the mail delivery person came!

And yes, I would have recognized Skip's art style even if it had been sent anonymously. It is a GORGEOUS suncatcher. A dragonfly with delicate metalwork as if he had alighted on a blade of grass, with a glass selection that mimics golden hour sunlight. There is more detail - and the craftsmanship is exquisite - but it's just a little too dark out to take a picture that will do the piece justice. I will post tomorrow.

I am placing it in a window of the bedroom I am using this winter, with morning light filtering through.

Thank You Santa Skip!
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 13, 2013 - 04:40pm PT
Oh, Hap!

How rad. . . can't wait to see a photo!

HapHap, Hap!
feralfae

Boulder climber
Montana
Dec 13, 2013 - 05:04pm PT
I have the best Secret Santa in the entire known universe!!!
Of many things that would make me smile, any old books on the Winds, and there was one.
A biner from a cave in the Winds, and there was one. (I have checked a lot of those caves, so I am very impressed with this find, since a lot of those caves have been pretty well explored.

Best, best, some pottery shards, and I will have great fun doing diagnostics on them and figuring out their origin. Some already look like Utah Stamped Gray shards.

This is just the best box, and now the bar is raised considerably, and I will most definitely step up my game next year. I plead two hospital stays in the midst of Secret Santa, but I did send a precious something.

Neebs, I have questions about this secretcy stuff that is going on, but I am mostly just totally delighted with everything I have rummaged through in the box so far. This is a wonderful Christmas, sort of like extra chocolate on the brownies. :)

So, Secret Santa for feralfae, you are the best, and this is just a very delightful turn of events. Looking forward to visits in the new year. Thanks a million times, and you know what for. LOL
* < twinkles > *
feralfae
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 13, 2013 - 05:13pm PT
^^^

That's what this is about!

YAY! (TM ekatskeezerkayakingandallaroundaces)
L

climber
California dreamin' on the farside of the world..
Dec 13, 2013 - 05:17pm PT
This thread is making me smile big time!
feralfae

Boulder climber
Montana
Dec 13, 2013 - 05:57pm PT
A further note. . .
A good bit of my archaeology work while at NU was out in the Four Corners area, mostly working on Anasazi sites down around Durango and up past Mesa Verde, out of Cortez, so some of the gifts from my Amazing and Brilliant Secret Santa really resonate with me, and bring back wonderful memories of interesting and informative site work.

And over somewhere, someone posted some pix from the Sweetwater, where Jim Judge, director of Canyon de Chelly, was born a long time ago. He was a super expert on Anasazi and related cultures. But the post elsewhere and the nice things from SS brought back memories of him from 30 years ago. He was a great mentor of mine.

Stuff from the Winds. I will maybe go down home for Christmas if the docs will let me go play. If not, I have reading to do, thank you very much. :)

Secret Santa, I have tears in my eyes. This is such a loving and thoughtful box full of stuff, and I have not unwrapped anything yet. Just wow and many thanks. I think you had some coaching, eh? :)

Serendipity abounds . . . I am very blessed.

Thank you again Secret Santa. I am saving some stuff that is well-wrapped stuff for Christmas. :) You are a great Secret Santa.

This is just greater than fantastic!

feralfae
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 13, 2013 - 06:00pm PT
YAY! (TM ekatskeezerkayakingandallaroundaces)

HA!

LOVE THAT!

:-)
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 13, 2013 - 06:01pm PT
^^^^

Just recalled my package. The bar is too high. Should have gotten a bigger box.
Michelle

Social climber
1187 Hunterwasser
Dec 13, 2013 - 06:25pm PT
I got mine!! Due to top secret considerations though, I cannot divulge all the contents as yet. Thanks Jefe!

Mine ships tomorrow, hope my person likes it (and it fits!)

neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 13, 2013 - 06:40pm PT
hey there say, all.... mine goes out on monday...

unless i get unexpectedly snowed in by bad ices, etc...

but i WILL FIND a way... there are a few seasoned drivers, far better than i'd be--that will help... if needs be... :)
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Dec 13, 2013 - 07:32pm PT
Yay. I'll be mailing it out tomorrow! I sure can't top feralfae's gift but I'm thinking it will be enjoyed!

Excited!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Dec 13, 2013 - 09:14pm PT
Rarely get sick but my Dr. told me "tis the season" which is why I haven't been able to keep up with yo all here on the ST Secret Santa. Tonight, reading all your Whoo's and Wow's, I feel so much better. The Taco cure along with antibiotics and cough meds finally kicking in. :) (Tonight my prayers going out big time to all who are not feeling well.)

We are an amazing collection of grown up kids, which is one of many reasons I LOVE this place.

Starting to get the casa ready for Christmas guests, dinners and gener...
Starting to get the casa ready for Christmas guests, dinners and general fun.
Credit: Lynne Leichtfuss

Oh Happy Day, brought home a package from Santa. Things are getting be...
Oh Happy Day, brought home a package from Santa. Things are getting better for Lynnie all the time.
Credit: Lynne Leichtfuss

Thanks!!! Super Santa 007. It's heavy for it's size. I'm not shaking i...
Thanks!!! Super Santa 007. It's heavy for it's size. I'm not shaking it, just admiring it and waiting til the spirit (of Christmas) moves me to open it.
Credit: Lynne Leichtfuss

You Lurkers and Prognosticators and Wishers should do this next year. It's a Trip. Love and Joy to all along with Season's Greetings. A Better Lynne.





Captain...or Skully

climber
Dec 13, 2013 - 10:30pm PT
I sent mine from someone else's town even.....super secret, huh?
JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Dec 13, 2013 - 10:36pm PT
The sleigh stopped by my house YES! I'll wait till the 24th to open it at least I'll try. I'd like to post a pic but nothing happens on the iPhone when I push "finish"..any ideas? at any rate Thanks to my Santa !
feralfae

Boulder climber
Montana
Dec 13, 2013 - 10:41pm PT
Captain Skelly, I am taking notes for next year.

Hi Lynnie! Glad to know you are feeing better. Have wonderful holidays!

This entire Secret Santa fun keeps getting better and better with every post!

HAPPY SOLSTICE, Merry Christmas, Happy ever holiday that happens in December.

Merry, merry for every pagan ritual, astronomical event, and snowshoe rabbit. For every snowy owl. For every beautiful winter bird, but mostly for Tundra Swans.

I wish you all the best of everything this holiday season, and special {{{hugs}}} to all the wonderful and warm people here who have helped to hold me together these last 22 months. Thank you.

All right, back to playing now. I have presents to warp and cards to write and fun stuff.
Oh, and I brought up a bottle of wine from Doug's wine cellar, and I am going to open it tomorrow to have with moose steaks. I also brought up a bottle of champagne, so it will be chilled and handy when friends drop in.

Happy Holidays!

* < twinkles > *
feralfae




Gene

climber
Dec 13, 2013 - 10:55pm PT
I'd like to thank Steve Grossman for helping me in this endeavor. He graciously agreed to ship the Sentinel DVD to my recipient and then emailed me that said giftee had already ordered it. He offered an equally cool alternative and has sent it on its merry way.

This is service above and beyond. Thanks much, Steve. I appreciate your help. Way cool! Happy holidays All!!

Cheers,
g
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Dec 13, 2013 - 10:56pm PT
Climbski2--EAT THAT SILVER THING NOW! Before it gets moldy...

Wasn't gunna let it get moldy. I refrigerated.

But then just a bit ago I decided I wanted a snack and was rummaging through the fridge..

What the heck

Opened the silver thing and .. Yep Home made fruitcake.

Have had a few bites now.. Yummy! More cakey than some I have eaten but solid and sweet and tasty with chocolate chips too.



No Buzz yet .. Think I'm safe.

I'm just trying to be funny.. SS Thankyou. I really am enjoying it!
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Dec 13, 2013 - 10:59pm PT

Lynnie
It wuzn't from me!@!!!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Dec 13, 2013 - 11:19pm PT
I am excited to open it, but it needs to be the exact right moment..... and only the elves can reveal that piece of information. Will be mailing my Santa gift tomorrow and hoping it will be enjoyed to the max.

And today is December 13th with just 11 more days til Christmas Eve. Lovely!!! Tree is decorating, cookies are on the list to bake. Menus of festive breakfasts and dinners and lots of great nibbles to tide us over being created.

Getting out the gift wrap, real table cloths and napkins. Making wreaths and center pieces from the trees and plants that surround us. Writing cards, making calls long past due.....and

Thinking of Dan and all the loved ones not with us, but appreciating to the max all those that are here and have given us their love and friendship.

Edit: Feralfae, my thoughts of joy and peace along with prayers are with you always.
Captain...or Skully

climber
Dec 13, 2013 - 11:32pm PT
I like the solstice too. I'm biased though...it's my birthday. Smiles!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Dec 13, 2013 - 11:40pm PT
So Skully, lots to enjoy today and to look forward to tomorrow. Cheers, lynne.
speelyei

Trad climber
Mohave County Arizona
Dec 14, 2013 - 10:45am PT
The Museum, Thanks so much for the box of gifts! My kids talked me into opening it right away. They liked the stickers best, but I have the feeling the CDs will be my favorite!

2013 Supertopo Secret Santa!
2013 Supertopo Secret Santa!
Credit: speelyei
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 14, 2013 - 12:13pm PT
Today might be the day my guy gets his pemmie!

SUCKERFISH. . . I'm like a little kid. . . ten kinds of wiggly with the gift giving stoke!

:-)

YAY!
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 14, 2013 - 12:49pm PT
speelyei. . . LOVE your take. . . your little girl looks happy with it, too!

YAY, SECRET SANTA!

Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Dec 14, 2013 - 12:51pm PT
living a wee vicariously here! Wathcin you all- like kids on the morning after Santas visit ! ;-) Good on ya all.
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Dec 14, 2013 - 12:52pm PT


Here is a picture of the suncatcher that Secret Santa Skip sent! Because of flash, the glass isn't showing as nicely as it does in real life. It really does give the impression of a dragonfly on a marshy reed in a beautifully colorful sunset.
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 14, 2013 - 12:53pm PT
HHHAAAAAAPPPPPP!

WOW!

That's really nice!

TFPU!
Andy Fielding

Trad climber
UK
Dec 14, 2013 - 01:01pm PT
Grrr - Resized a bit smaller coming....

happiegrrrl looking at your picture I think you mean Brrr!!
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Dec 14, 2013 - 01:08pm PT
Yes -we are having a good snow day today. Could be getting a lot

L

climber
California dreamin' on the farside of the world..
Dec 14, 2013 - 01:17pm PT
Wow Happie--that lightcatcher is soooooooo beautiful! That Skip has a rare talent fer sure, doesn't she.

It's snowing like crazy here in Westchester County...really pretty, really cold, just the kind of day to sit inside with a cuppa hot cocoa, a roaring fire, and a good book. Or possibly the Taco. ;-)

Lynne, I've had the most horrible, debilitating chest cold for over a week, too. Stayed in bed for 3 days straight (for a friggin' chest cold, no less!) Luckily, I caught this thing the day after I'd gotten my Secret Santa gift off to UPS, so I didn't have to worry about that at least. Hope you're feeling much better and are totally well soon.

I'm lovin' the photos everyone's posting up. It's really feeling like the Christmas spirit has found a place on the Taco. (Even Ron's on here! Whooop!)

Happy Snowing!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Dec 14, 2013 - 02:47pm PT
What a blessing our Post Office is. Saturday morning and only 2 people in line ahead of me, plus the staff is helpful and cheerful. My gift is on the way. :) Should be there by the 21st. :)

L, sending good cheer and prayers your way. Heal soon. It's a crazy bug. Haven't been this sick in forever.

johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 14, 2013 - 03:06pm PT
Happie-

Nice view thru that window. The gift isn't too bad either.

Cheers!
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Dec 14, 2013 - 04:49pm PT
It actually is nice. The house is about 150 years old, and so has the slanted roof with smallish windows that take up the wall height. It is near the road, there are huge Hemlock and Ceder trees between the house and road. Across the road is a wetland,under stewardship of Mohonk Preserve.

A very pretty place with lots of other old farm houses - if I was going buy a house in the area, I would definitely choose this side of the ridge over the New Paltz/Gardiner side(unless I was mega-monied and could get land down near the Awosting Reserve area).
Nilepoc

Big Wall climber
Tx
Dec 14, 2013 - 04:57pm PT
ARRRghh?! I obviously do not mail things very often. I had no idea that the post office was so lazy as to only by open until noon.

Now I am down to the wire. Monday the gift goes out, I promise.

It has been great to see all the gifts arriving and to see the christmas cheer exhibited by SuperTopo Santas.

Melissa

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
Dec 14, 2013 - 06:48pm PT
Happie…your gift is beautiful.
the museum

Trad climber
Rapid City
Dec 14, 2013 - 07:23pm PT
Thanks Supertopo Secret Santa! Nice photo for framing by 10b4me!

the museum and mrs. museum

Nice photo from secret santa!
Nice photo from secret santa!
Credit: the museum
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 14, 2013 - 07:34pm PT
The santa sleigh arrived today. Gonna wait till the 25th to open it.

museum- that is a nice photo
L

climber
California dreamin' on the farside of the world..
Dec 14, 2013 - 07:43pm PT
^^^^beautiful photo!
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Dec 14, 2013 - 08:30pm PT

Lsanta, you get better!!!!
Abend

Social climber
Dec 14, 2013 - 11:00pm PT
Credit: Original Speelyei Art
I received a beautiful gift from Santa Speelyei today. Custom artwork celebrating the things I love. It came framed and ready to hang. Thank you for being so thoughtful and generous!
JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Dec 15, 2013 - 12:09pm PT
Nice day today! Only a week till the days get longer. I got up early, but didn't see any meteors. But under the tree is the only gift so far...
I wonder what's inside
I wonder what's inside
Credit: JOEY.F
Many great gifts going around, Skip your art is beautiful, and the awesome photo 10b, and more.
L if you're heading to Big Sur this week it should be shorts weather for a few days.
L

climber
California dreamin' on the farside of the world..
Dec 15, 2013 - 12:37pm PT
"L if you're heading to Big Sur this week it should be shorts weather for a few days."

WORD, Joey! ;-)
Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Dec 15, 2013 - 12:40pm PT
GREAT photo, 10b, as always!
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Dec 15, 2013 - 12:41pm PT
The museum!!.................. Beautiful gift......

ps, ... Good to see your name, how in the sam hill are you?... White Christmas at the casa?

Cheers..
nita...(-;
10b4me

Ice climber
Bishop/Flagstaff
Dec 15, 2013 - 12:44pm PT
Thank you The Museum, Laura, Lisa Mae, Nita, Johntp and the Secret Santa.
Glad you like it.
Aya K

Trad climber
Boulder, CO!
Dec 15, 2013 - 07:25pm PT
So I'm on the slacker bus and my gift is going out tomorrow end of story (even if I have to send someone to the post office for me, it's going - it's been wrapped and ready and I've just been too busy working and skiing...), but I got mine yesterday. I was only able to hold out until today to open it, and I'm floored. Like literally sitting on the floor, floored. This is amazing.

Thanks Edge. I already know a few things I'm going to store in there.

Made by Edge in his new shop in Boulder
Made by Edge in his new shop in Boulder
Credit: Aya K
Credit: Aya K


phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Dec 15, 2013 - 07:30pm PT
Wow, what beautiful gifts from the heart from all the Santas. I'm so impressed by the thoughtfullness of people's presents.

Phyl
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Dec 15, 2013 - 08:53pm PT
at least you were honest about being busy with the skiing part ;)
Aya K

Trad climber
Boulder, CO!
Dec 15, 2013 - 09:10pm PT
Pipe down over there. It's not my fault the slacker post office wasn't open today. What else was I going to do but ski? Sit around watching football?
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 15, 2013 - 09:15pm PT
What else was I going to do but ski? Sit around watching football?

So you were skiing while I was sitting on the couch sucking suds and watching the Cowboys blow it? jeez, get a life....
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Dec 15, 2013 - 09:28pm PT
I was sitting around sucking suds and watching a 23-0 ass whipping.

Thus I have a life
Aya K

Trad climber
Boulder, CO!
Dec 15, 2013 - 09:40pm PT
Well I, for one, am definitely convinced, nature. Definitely.
Credit: Aya K
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Dec 15, 2013 - 09:42pm PT
If Homer had a Sierra Nevada, 12th Man flag, and a plate of seared Salmon then you might be onto something.
Aya K

Trad climber
Boulder, CO!
Dec 15, 2013 - 09:46pm PT
DAMN YOU BRINGING SALMON INTO THIS. Cheater.











































































now im hungry
Captain...or Skully

climber
Dec 15, 2013 - 10:22pm PT
This is SO cool.So very cool.
Strider

Trad climber
ಠ_ಠ
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 15, 2013 - 11:24pm PT
WOW. This has been such an amazing year with so many amazing and thoughtful people participating.

I also must say, this is the first year with almost ZERO problems so far that have been mentioned to me! Good job everyone saying true to your commitment and getting things done.

Please remember you need your gifts should be in the mail by tomorrow to ensure as timely delivery as possible. If you anticipate any problems, let me know. Much better to get ahead of potential problems and conflicts than procrastinate and end up with hurt feelings. We are all very kind and understanding people here and sometimes life doesn't cooperate which is understandable and no biggie as long as you let me know so I can tell your giftee.

Once again, you folks are amazing! I hope everyone is having Happy Holidays and thanks again for making this the best Secret Santa year ever!

-n
feralfae

Boulder climber
Montana
Dec 16, 2013 - 12:26am PT
Thank you, Kind Strider, for making this possible.

It is rather like being around a cosmic Christmas tree, with everyone excited and happy about each other's presents. Just entirely too much fun!
I wish you happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, Happy Chinese New Year, and a wonderful day for any other days of celebration you may wish to toss into the merriment. Solstice, of course.

:)

Thank you!
feralfae
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Dec 16, 2013 - 02:25pm PT
Alleluia. The custome designed item arrived on Saturday, and it is at the post office now, on its way to spread joy. Now I can go on vacation with a clear mind.
Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Dec 16, 2013 - 02:54pm PT
Art piece was completed yesterday, but still have a couple of things to finish up before sending off... tomorrow.

Fingers crossed it arrives in time!


*sheepish elf*


:)
Mark Sensenbach

climber
CA
Dec 16, 2013 - 03:15pm PT
Got our gift and we are all really stoked. Waiting till x-mas to open. -mark amy max and mick
waitin till x-mas
waitin till x-mas
Credit: Mark Sensenbach
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 16, 2013 - 04:56pm PT

Thanks!!!

I don't know if you sent your gift before or after I announced that I'm going to learn how to climb a wall,but you nailed it!

Thanks so much, you rock!

Hope you get something equally sweet from your Santa!

Totally kick ass gift.
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 16, 2013 - 05:04pm PT
^ ^ ^ ^ THAT POST IS USELESS WITHOUT PHOTOS, YO!

:-)
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 16, 2013 - 05:16pm PT
Credit: Brandon-
Nilepoc

Big Wall climber
Tx
Dec 16, 2013 - 05:19pm PT
2013 secretsanta gift sent. Whew. Arrival by the 19th.
2013 secretsanta gift sent. Whew. Arrival by the 19th.
Credit: Nilepoc
Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Dec 16, 2013 - 05:25pm PT
Who was your Santa, Brandon??

;)
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 16, 2013 - 05:26pm PT
YAY, Yo!

:-)
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 16, 2013 - 05:29pm PT
I have no idea who my santa is, but it's a kick ass gift!
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Dec 16, 2013 - 06:12pm PT
Mine showed up today.

Secret Santa instructions say I am not to open until Xmas

MEH!!!!!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Dec 16, 2013 - 06:14pm PT
Hood river coffee certificate and you wonder who your Santa was really Brandon??
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 16, 2013 - 06:24pm PT
It wasn't Mark.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Dec 16, 2013 - 06:26pm PT
DOH!,, My bad.. Figured fer sure.. But nice booty!
portent

Social climber
your mom's house
Dec 16, 2013 - 06:38pm PT
Credit: portent

Haven't even opened the box and I'm already loving my Super Secret Santa...

Kovar
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 16, 2013 - 07:03pm PT
hey there say, .... wow, the weather was a bit 'scary as to slush road'
but all went well!!! and then, no snow and then of course, the driveway
was showel'able...

sooooooo:

secret santa gift is IN THE MAIL...

should show up monday... hmmmm, wonder where it is going?

part of the fun:
heard tell, though from the ol' reindeer, that it is an
OPEN ON CHRISTMAS EVE--FUN, adding a but of

suspension... well, suspense, as it is suspended in
cheery christmas ambiance, with perhaps good food, and company...


happy secret-santa good-cheer and a blessed sweet christmas and new ye...
happy secret-santa good-cheer and a blessed sweet christmas and new year!
Credit: neebee


WILL BE THERE FOR MONDAY--so it was said...


:)
feralfae

Boulder climber
Montana
Dec 16, 2013 - 07:22pm PT
Hi neebee!

Congratulations, with all you have going on, including the weather, for getting your Secret Santa gift into the delivery system!

Hurray!

feralfae

eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 16, 2013 - 07:35pm PT
This is one of the funniest things I've ever seen on here. . . it needs to be a bumper sticker!

Credit: BurnedFromKovar

HI-Frikken-LareEeeeeUs!
Edge

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Dec 16, 2013 - 07:48pm PT
Thanks Edge.

Aya, your welcome! Glad you liked it.

When Strider sent me your name and address I was also floored; I drive right past there a couple times a week on my way to the shop. I was tempted to drop it off in person , but thought that might be presumptuous. Besides, it only took the USPS one day to deliver it, after sending it to Denver first for sorting (in their infinite wisdom?).

I love seeing everyone's stoke about all these special gifts. What a great virtual community! Happy holidaze!
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 16, 2013 - 08:00pm PT
hey there say, ferafae! wow, just sent you an email...

had one more thing i had no box for, but was able to get it out this eve...
no snow and nice clear crisp eve... rest of the week, may? snow'up again, :)


wow, ekat:

i know, it SURE is an eye-catcher for sure... looks like a bumper sticker
or SHIRT log, at that...

;)
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Dec 16, 2013 - 08:03pm PT
Hey Edge, really nice piece! I've never worked with that type of maple, gotta git some...
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 16, 2013 - 08:06pm PT
hey there, say, mark...

i got those SAME red wooden beads on my tree, :)

(bought them in CA, when i was home with my folks, after my life-in-south-texas fell apart... )...


anders-- it is always fun to hear about loki and his adventures...
i remember post, from way back, too, all about him and yard, too...


say, all--so wonderful to see all the gifts and fun shares!
makes it all like a home...

*ohmy, HOPE the daughters EYES :o WERE OKAY, :o
(I FORGOT, very sorry, WHO? posted that emergency-room story)...



and edge, wow, how funny!!! just like frank's story:
a GIFT so nearby, SENT out, just to come to it's local
'next door' BOX, :))


hugs and god bless to all!!!
THANK YOU AGAIN, NICK!!!! AND say hey there to my brother matt,
of course, whenever you see him!
(let him know i sent him cookies--will be there for monday, i think??)
Edge

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Dec 16, 2013 - 08:25pm PT
Hey Edge, really nice piece! I've never worked with that type of maple, gotta git some...

Brassnuts, that was from one of the handful of boards I crammed into my storage POD when we left NH. If you find any locally, I'd love to know where; I haven't had any need to track some down yet. When I do, I'll let you know.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 16, 2013 - 08:55pm PT
Haven't even opened the box and I'm already loving my Super Secret Santa...

Hey, back off bucko. I don't go that way. NTTIAWWT.
Nilepoc

Big Wall climber
Tx
Dec 16, 2013 - 09:00pm PT
Santa's gift arrived. I feel so much better that I got mine out today.
Santa's gift arrived. I feel so much better that I got mine out today.
Credit: Nilepoc

Saxa was very interested in the new reading materials. He is quite the...
Saxa was very interested in the new reading materials. He is quite the armchair mountaineer.
Credit: Nilepoc

Thank you anonymous Santa. These will fit well in my collection and ad...
Thank you anonymous Santa. These will fit well in my collection and add voices that I have not previously heard.
Credit: Nilepoc
feralfae

Boulder climber
Montana
Dec 16, 2013 - 09:52pm PT
My Super Secret Santa, is right here in Helena.

I know there was no program to save on shipping, but this is a really neat happening that some of the santas are just around the corner.

It makes it even better.

fae
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 16, 2013 - 09:55pm PT
Oh oH Oh oH!

My gift arrived today! I fully admit I got more excited trying to extricate the wrapped gift from the box than I thought I would. BrassNuts is insisting I wait to open it though. Gah!

We'll see. He can't be home all the time - heh heh. ;)

It's from PocoLoco so you know it's going to be awesome! :)
Aya K

Trad climber
Boulder, CO!
Dec 16, 2013 - 11:01pm PT
I sent mine today. 20 minutes late getting to my first after lunch appointment, but hey, that was more important right?

Edge, come over for dinner some time :)
the museum

Trad climber
Rapid City
Dec 16, 2013 - 11:48pm PT
nita- all is well and a little snow yet..it might be gone by next wednesday though! happy holidays!

the museum

zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Dec 17, 2013 - 08:58am PT
Sorry for my lengthy delay in getting back to everyone.

I now have a girlfriend, and this whole being in love thing is pretty amazing.

I am still accepting donations to pay for a gift for Strider.

Please contact me off site for info.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 17, 2013 - 09:04am PT
hey there say, nilepoc... oh my, what a NICE dog...

is said-dog, on the dog thread, yet? :))

is it greyhound?? or whippet???

my patty ann marie, has that in her... but her shar-pei and lab,
hide it most of the times... her behavior though, gives her away, ;))


zip--hope you get some folks for this...
will hope to add to the nick-thank you, but i can't 'til later in
january, but will send a tiny trinket ... by mail, is only about 2.50...
and i can handle that then... :)

say, so nice to see the new girl friend in your life,
happy new year and may it blossom very well and grow nice!
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 17, 2013 - 09:42am PT
HohMahn. . . mine was delivered SATURDAY, or so says the alert from USPS. . . I hope it didn't get swiped off my guy's front porch or something.




Is this thing on?

:-)
Nilepoc

Big Wall climber
Tx
Dec 17, 2013 - 09:54am PT
Neebee

Indeed he is in the dog thread hitching a ride in a crash pad at enchanted rock in Texas.

Saxa is a whippet and is named after my graduate school, his full name is Hoya Saxa.

Sorry for the drift, and now back to secret Santa gift giving and receiving.
Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Dec 17, 2013 - 10:00am PT
Sorry for my lengthy delay in getting back to everyone.

I now have a girlfriend, and this whole being in love thing is pretty amazing.

Awwwww, Zip... that's awesome. Merry Christmas, man!

;)
TYeary

Social climber
State of decay
Dec 17, 2013 - 01:08pm PT
I sent my gift out today. I also received one too. I will wait to open it on Christmas. Photo's coming ....
TY
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 17, 2013 - 02:00pm PT
My gift is in the mail as of today.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Dec 17, 2013 - 03:28pm PT
I've been staring at my gift for 4 days now....don't know how much longer I can hold out..........:)
adatesman

climber
philadelphia, pa
Dec 17, 2013 - 03:53pm PT
So much for being on the "Nice" list... After 3 hours in the car with an overtired 3 year old alternately screaming and singing "Jingle Bells", I treated myself to opening my gift.

I don't know who tipped you off, Happie, but I literally have been dropping hints to my wife for the past 2 months that I wanted to do a coffee mug purge and replace a large number of nondescript trade-show mugs with a small number of really cool mugs with a story behind them. *I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!!!*, and can't wait to give it a test drive tomorrow.

Do you have any particular connection to its maker? The card you included says they're in VA, so curious how you found them.




(on a side note, said screaming 3 year old was over the moon happy you sent her bubble wrap as a present, and opted for popping bubbles rather than sitting still for a pic with the mug. After 3 hours in the car, I can't say I blame her... :) )

Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 17, 2013 - 03:55pm PT
Long live bubble wrap!
adatesman

climber
philadelphia, pa
Dec 17, 2013 - 04:12pm PT
The mail just came, and what's this??? A present for my daughter from my STSS!!! Thank you so much, Happie, that's beyond sweet of you. :)



My wife's away for the week and I'm beyond helpless when it comes to girly things, so assuming they're hair bands? She's going to love them. Fantastic way to reuse vintage buttons, BTW. :)
Naitch

climber
Seneca area
Dec 17, 2013 - 07:15pm PT
The Fedex lead sled just dropped off a brown package from Colo. Guess I'll wait till Christmas or at least a bit closer...
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Dec 17, 2013 - 08:15pm PT
Yes, Adatesman - they are ponytail holders. When I saw the picture you posted after her tough day, with her hair in a ponytail, and I thought she might like to have some sparkly hair doodads.

I realized after sending that you might not know what they are - but didn't know how to address the issue... hahah.

About the vintage buttons - I've been making ponytail holders from them since about 1998. My very first client was the Henri Bendel boutique on 5th Avenue in NYC(and it's all been downhill from there - hahah. Not really, but the concept doesn't work well for wholesale, so I sell online.
Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Dec 18, 2013 - 10:21am PT
Got mine mailed out yesterday...
I was all giddy at the post office, which is the BEST part of this experience.
Gift should arrive across the country by Friday!


~leggs
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 18, 2013 - 11:24am PT
Rockin' Gal

Trad climber
Boulder
Dec 18, 2013 - 11:41am PT
I got a package from Amazon today. I don't remember ordering anything.
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 18, 2013 - 11:59am PT
^ ^ ^ HA! I have a friend who has a few martinis and starts shoppin' online and doesn't remember it until the PACKAGE MAN shows up.

:-)
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 18, 2013 - 12:06pm PT
JOY OF ALL JOYS. . . my guy DID get my pemmie. . . he just hasn't opened it yet.

I was ten kinds of paranoid thinkin' somebody swiped it off his front porch and thought I'd have to start a search.

BITCHEN KITCHEN!

:-)

Whew. . . I'm over the moon, now!
L

climber
California dreamin' on the farside of the world..
Dec 18, 2013 - 01:56pm PT
Exact same thing here, Kath!

I'm so excited...I jus' can't hide it...I'm about ta lose control and I think I like it! ;-)

drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Dec 18, 2013 - 07:23pm PT
I arrived home to a package at my door.
It was addressed to "Santarelli".
I was amped!
Then I realized the address was my neighbor's and his girlfriend's last name is Santarelli.
Oh well!

Santarelli....
Like if the Fonz moonlighted as Santa.

Wow, some really nice gifts have been posted up.
I'm glad my giftee finally posted that she got the present.
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Dec 18, 2013 - 07:28pm PT
Strider's gift was mailed out today, and will definitely arrive on time.

Thanks to all who have donated, and committed to donate.

JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Dec 18, 2013 - 10:36pm PT
This is big fun!
pocoloco1

Social climber
The Chihuahua Desert
Dec 19, 2013 - 03:51pm PT
CG delivery bump
Thanks to Lynne,Brandon-,neebee and OED (Outsourced Elf Delivery,inc.)
10b4me

Ice climber
Bishop/Flagstaff
Dec 19, 2013 - 08:03pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#336161
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 19, 2013 - 08:06pm PT
Holy crap, that travelled across the country really fast!

The syrup came from a clients stand of sugar maples.

Merry Christmas!
10b4me

Ice climber
Bishop/Flagstaff
Dec 19, 2013 - 08:17pm PT
Thanks, Brandon.
Edge

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Dec 19, 2013 - 08:21pm PT
^^^^ that gift makes me just a tad homesick.

Aspen syrup doesn't have the same je ne sais quoi.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 19, 2013 - 08:22pm PT
Delivery still sits unwrapped as BrassNuts watches me closely. :) I guess it'll be a Christmas morning unveiling the gift Pocoloco. I've fondled it greatly...can't wait to unwrap it! :)
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 19, 2013 - 08:23pm PT
No, thank you! It was too funny when I saw the return address on my gift.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 19, 2013 - 08:25pm PT
Oooh! Gear; nice catch.
10b4me

Ice climber
Bishop/Flagstaff
Dec 19, 2013 - 08:32pm PT

Delivery still sits unwrapped as BrassNuts watches me closely. :)

That's hilarious, Callie.

Brandon, I was surprised how fast my gift got to you. It only took two days.
I thought the postal system didn't work.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 19, 2013 - 08:35pm PT
I'm going to make a strong push for an Eve unwrapping. We'll see if I'm successful!
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 19, 2013 - 10:38pm PT
I'm going to make a strong push for an Eve unwrapping. We'll see if I'm successful!

Try a strong single malt.
Rockin' Gal

Trad climber
Boulder
Dec 19, 2013 - 10:44pm PT
For some reason, presents were opened tonight. And, I'm glad I did as I now have reading material for the airplane ride to Milwaukee. Thank you, STSS!
Credit: Rockin' Gal
Christmas comes early!
Christmas comes early!
Credit: Rockin' Gal
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Dec 19, 2013 - 10:48pm PT
I'm going to make a strong push for an Eve unwrapping. We'll see if I'm successful!

Try a strong single malt.


or shred the paper and gnaw on a corner of the box and blame kitty!
portent

Social climber
your mom's house
Dec 20, 2013 - 09:53am PT
I'm going to make a strong push for an Eve unwrapping. We'll see if I'm successful!

Try a strong single malt.


or shred the paper and gnaw on a corner of the box and blame kitty!

or try a strong single malt ;)
pocoloco1

Social climber
The Chihuahua Desert
Dec 20, 2013 - 12:00pm PT
Pull out the Glenlivet,give BN a couple of hooks(10:00 am) and then get busy with that wrapping paper.
H

Mountain climber
there and back again
Dec 20, 2013 - 12:45pm PT
I have been having fun checking out everyone's comments. Had to go back a few pages to see that my package arrived. Faster than I thought it would.

Happy holidays everyone.
Naitch

climber
Seneca area
Dec 20, 2013 - 02:09pm PT
I assume mine is sitting underneath the tree since I know it arrived - that is unless it was opened and the gifttee is having too much fun using them. :-)
Melissa

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
Dec 20, 2013 - 02:32pm PT
I'm headed to PA for a week, so I'm not going to see what Santa brought me until after Christmas. It will be a fun thing to look forward to on return.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 20, 2013 - 02:38pm PT
hey there say, all... i love checking in here everyday to see what's going on, and where things are:

under tree, or on the way, or opened, or saved for the christmas eve... and then, there is OPENED, whatever condtions are, it is always very nice
happy fun...



thanks for all the shares...

Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 20, 2013 - 03:02pm PT
Pull out the Glenlivet,give BN a couple of hooks(10:00 am) and then get busy with that wrapping paper.

I will attempt to execute this plan this evening. Wish me luck! :)
MisterE

climber
Dec 20, 2013 - 03:31pm PT
I thought mine was here and awaiting my pick-up at the Post Office, but it's just some patches from Lucky Pink...unless Lucky Pink IS my Secret Santa?

I'm corn-fused...
Sonic

Trad climber
Boulder, Co
Dec 20, 2013 - 04:22pm PT
Ran into some difficulties, but items are shipped today and should be there December 24!!!

Merry Christmas everyone
pocoloco1

Social climber
The Chihuahua Desert
Dec 20, 2013 - 04:27pm PT
I received a package from Secret Santa of the Great White North.
Thanks SSotGWN.
.... no peeking until Christmas.
L

climber
California dreamin' on the farside of the world..
Dec 20, 2013 - 05:24pm PT
I'm flying out to sunny CA tomorrow morning; since nothing's arrived from my STSS yet, looks like opening and posting is going to have to wait until January 7th when I return.

Happy Holidays, one and all!
Andy Fielding

Trad climber
UK
Dec 20, 2013 - 08:03pm PT
Just got home from an all day meeting in Paris and I have a box waiting for me on the kitchen table. I'm in desperate need of some sleep so will have to crash. More tomorrow :)
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 20, 2013 - 08:06pm PT
YAY, ANDY!

You didn't get hosed this year!

STOKE!
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 20, 2013 - 08:08pm PT
Just got home from an all day meeting in Paris

Tough job but someone has to do it. Thanks for taking one for the team.
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Dec 20, 2013 - 08:15pm PT
My sister works for a company with a Paris office, and she goes there frequently. Being a long-time lover of Paris, she has a keychain with a replica of the Eifel Tower as a little dangle decoration.

She has a young man, a friend of her son, who uses a room inher basement as an office, and the young man has a four-year old daughter who comes to the house some afternoons.

The little girl noticed the keyring on the kitchen counter and seemed very amazed. My sister said "Do you like that? Do you know what it is?"

Little girl answered affirmatively, but still had a quizzical look. My sister asked what was the matter, and she replied "I just always thought it was bigger."


Out of the mouths of babes!
adatesman

climber
philadelphia, pa
Dec 20, 2013 - 08:40pm PT
Crap. Haven't seen an "I got it!" post from my giftee and misplaced the USPS tracking info. Some of you lurkers mind checking in? :)
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 20, 2013 - 08:42pm PT
GOOD ONE, Hap!

:-)
Michelle

Social climber
1187 Hunterwasser
Dec 20, 2013 - 08:54pm PT
Yep, I had gotten mine but didn't want to post until mine was sent. Should make it there Saturday (or so the USPS says). Here's some pics too!

Love!
Love!
Credit: Michelle

I LOVE this little painting! I put it right up on the wall immediately.


Whoo hoo!!
Whoo hoo!!
Credit: Michelle

Darn tootin' I need more biners!! Gonna take this up on LT with Brandon on our big adventure. I got something else but sadly, I don't have a shot of it as it may be construed as inappropriate for the taco :)

Thanks Jefe!!


I love all these awesome gifts everyone is getting and sending. Hope my person digs theirs!

phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Dec 20, 2013 - 09:04pm PT
Checking in - not lurking, just travelling. Won't get back until Christmas Eve to collect mail.
Phyl
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Dec 20, 2013 - 09:08pm PT
I don't want to make anyone jealous but....

there was a names mix-up and I ended up receiving gifts from TWO Supertopo Secret Santas....! Of course I feel a little guilty but... not THAT guilty.... I am told the "lost name" or whatever happened, is being taken care of, so am keeping that second gift. Mine!

It arrived today, but I didn't take pictures(will try to remember to do so tomorrow. The gift included a very nice Moleskin journal and a nice pen with retractable rolling ball tip and gel grip - which if you've ever used, you know - the rolling ball sets ink down in a delicious way, and the gel grip makes the pen a pleasure to handle.

And not only that, but also included was one of those yummy chocolate oranges, where you smack the globe of chocolate and it separates into segments of citrus-laced chocolate. This one is a dark chocolate "orange."

The cool thing about this is, that the very last Christmas gift my mother gave me was one of these candies. A few years ago, Nita made me a care basket for the holidays, and had also included one of those. They are a sweet I would never buy for myself, and of course bring back loving memories of my mom.



BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Dec 20, 2013 - 10:01pm PT
My SS gift arrived today! Here is Pente, protecting the package until Xmas...
Pente protecting the Secret Santa gift
Pente protecting the Secret Santa gift
Credit: BrassNuts
I hope my giftee has received their package, I sent it over a week ago, but haven't seen a "received" post... Hopefully the mailman didn't make off with the loot ;-)
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Dec 20, 2013 - 10:06pm PT
Right on Michelle!
Whew, I was starting to think you must not like my little painting.
I'm glad you do!!! Happy holidays!
And hey, make sure you take the biners out of the packaging before you go up on the Leaning Tower. ;-)

It just so happens my present arrived today!
Heck of a wrapping job!
Credit: drljefe

Was I gonna wait???

HAYL NO!!!

Seasalt vanilla caramels!
Credit: drljefe
Just scarfed one right now with my after work coffee! Yum!


Credit: drljefe
Recycled books rule. Thanks, and I WILL pass it on!


Credit: drljefe
One of those personalized calendars! And not a dumb, posed vacation or family portrait style
one. This one's by some climbers!
Sick!
Credit: drljefe
And yes, I HAVE been to some of these places, Monkey Face, in fact!
Who are you???
If you only knew how much I like sweets and mountaineering books, and how every year I blow it and don't have a calendar til, like, June!
Great gifts secret Santa!
I had a crap day and this cheered me up.

Also, it was mailed from Yacolt, WA.
and with it came some PNW weather.
It rained all day in Tucson today!

Thank you, whoever you are!
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Dec 20, 2013 - 10:41pm PT
SO....
I was looking through the calendar and saw this EPIC shot

Credit: drljefe

It occurred to me I'd seen a trip report for
this route Infinite Bliss.
So after a little P.I. work...
Sho nuff.
http://www.supertopo.com/tr/Infinite-Bliss-with-another-man-while-husband-watches/t12137n.html

I found you out Seamstress!!!!!!

Thanks again, the calendar is awesome.


JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Dec 20, 2013 - 10:52pm PT
^^^that's beautiful!
but what's that sparkey business on the right...
Ho Ho Ho
edit
I get a calendar half way through the year too, that made me laugh
SofCookay

climber
Dec 20, 2013 - 11:01pm PT
Lurking & checking in - haven't received my gift yet, but I'm sure it's in the mail :) Good on you, Happi, for receiving a bonus gift - can't think of anyone more deserving. Enjoy!
Naitch

climber
Seneca area
Dec 20, 2013 - 11:33pm PT
Hmmm...to wait or not to wait...???

Seeing all these photos of others gifts makes me want to go open it but guess I'll hang in there at least another day or two. Delayed gratification... :-)
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 20, 2013 - 11:47pm PT
hey there say, ... mine will get to its 'neating place'
on monday...

hopefully... :)

and, it is for opening on CHRISTMAS EVE, BUT:
IT IS NOT WRAPPED.... :o

SO you will have to
leave it in its 'ugly' ol box,...


it is very rare that i can get wrapping paper and this year
i USED what i had, all-up on a 'secret project' :))


but, you knowwwww, if YOU HAVE wrapping paper, you can WRAP OVER THAT
ol' BIG FLAT BOX up and make it look TWICE as
FUN!!! (family just might love to help!)

i mean, there is only one
christmas eve, each year... hoping you get some FUN FANFARE out of it!
:)

here it is AGAIN:

happy secret-santa good-cheer and a blessed sweet christmas and new ye...
happy secret-santa good-cheer and a blessed sweet christmas and new year!
Credit: neebee
H

Mountain climber
there and back again
Dec 21, 2013 - 01:37am PT
I got my S.S.S. Gift today too:
Beautiful Rock!
Beautiful Rock!
,
Close up
Close up
,
Why mousey, I had no idea!
Why mousey, I had no idea!
,
Mouse From merced, always thoughtful!
Mouse From merced, always thoughtful!

Thank you Micetro. It has the place of honor on my shelf of rocks from all over the place.
Andy Fielding

Trad climber
UK
Dec 21, 2013 - 07:23am PT
Just seen my SS received her gift from me (phew that's a relief). So the box on my kitchen table contains not one but three gifts. Do I open them now or save them for a few more days?

Do I open them now?
Do I open them now?
Credit: Andy Fielding
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Dec 21, 2013 - 08:28am PT
Excellent investigative work! Glad that you liked it. Those chocolates are made here, well known chocolatier.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Dec 21, 2013 - 08:31am PT
That was recycled neebee wrapping, H.
I DO know your taste, and it's apparently all that!
It will spin, and you can throw it at the dog.
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 21, 2013 - 10:29am PT
Dear Secret Santa....if you are awaiting a note from me, do not despair. I am currently with my son in Europe doing Euro trash skiing. Then headed to Australia to visit with Ferretlegger's brother. My neighbor is collecting my mail. However I have very infrequent internet connectivity but if I get info from them I'll post up if I get a connection. I'll be home sometime after Christmas and look forward to all that home promises!
Susan
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 21, 2013 - 12:03pm PT
hey there say, mouse... so funny! i had re'cycled the wrapping paper, too, before is sent it your way, :))

so fun! seeing everything...

wow, susan, have fun out there, wow!


and jefe, sorry to hear about a bad day, but the good cheer here,
sure worked... :)

and brass nuts, i LOVE how cats just 'ease on up' and CLAIM stuff, :O


:)


so many nice gifts!!!
:)
H

Mountain climber
there and back again
Dec 21, 2013 - 01:38pm PT
Thanks again Mouse. It spun fine; very cool! Wouldn't think of thowing it at anything. It is too nice.

I was thinking I was going to re-purpose that wrapping just this morning. Nice to know its history.

This too fun.
John Butler

Social climber
SLC, Utah
Dec 21, 2013 - 02:21pm PT
Greta investigating the good tidings from Gardnerville...

photo not found
Missing photo ID#336456
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 21, 2013 - 02:39pm PT
Success! I've worn him down! Gift opening to commence and photos to follow shortly!!! :)
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 21, 2013 - 02:42pm PT
Wooooweeeee!!!
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Dec 21, 2013 - 02:49pm PT
I wondered if the arrival of HIS gift wasn't going to speed things up Crimp!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 21, 2013 - 03:22pm PT
^^ I was hoping. :)

So, the gifts have been beneath Rudy the Rooster waiting for opening. We don't do trees or anything. Any sort of 'decoration' you see at our home is up year around (including the mallard with the Santa Hat which sings Freebird).

Rudy the rooster and Secret Santa gifts
Rudy the rooster and Secret Santa gifts
Credit: Crimpergirl

I went first (I woke up feeling a bit puny so I'm still trolling around in fleece looking a bit scrappy). (Dave's opening TR will follow). First opened was the little box. The little box screamed "sparkly inside" and I was not disappointed! Beautiful key chain. Did you make it Pocoloco? Really gorgeous and very much appreciated. :)

Sparkly!
Sparkly!
Credit: Crimpergirl

Next, a book. I knew it was a book from copious fondling over the week. :) But what book was it???

WHOA!
WHOA!
Credit: Crimpergirl

Wow! No joke - WOW! What a gift! LOVE.IT. LOVE. IT!! (And no, I don't own this book already!)

This is a book I've been ogling for a while. It contains tons (and I mean TONS) of amazing color photos of all the Birds of Paradise and great information about them and their habitat. More info here about the project: http://www.birdsofparadiseproject.org/.

From the Preface: "Eight years. Eighteen expeditions. Fifty-one unique field sites. Thirty-nine species of birds-of-paradise, all photographed in the wild for the first time in history."

The book was made possible by Cornell Lab of Ornithology, a place I donate to frequently, and National Geographic. I love their work.

For those who want to see a wee bit about these birds. Here's a youtube of some bird-of-paradise mating dances: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7QZnwKqopo. Amazing, eh?!?!

The book is really an amazing gift and I'm so very thankful Pocoloco! I truly love it! I know how my afternoon will be spent!

Gotta go...got some reading to do!
Gotta go...got some reading to do!
Credit: Crimpergirl
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Dec 21, 2013 - 03:50pm PT
Hey crimpie
Credit: drljefe
My mom gave me this when I left the nest at 18.
I'm 43 now.
These key chains are the bomb.
Nice work poco.
MisterE

climber
Dec 21, 2013 - 08:27pm PT
Really, Jefe? You haven't lost your keys in 25 years? Wow...

Got my package today, it was sent with no return address...sneaky! :)

Going to wait until Christmas when Skip opens her "don't open until Xmas" package.

Woohoo!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 21, 2013 - 08:29pm PT
Got my keys switched over to the new key chain. Just last week I was looking at mine - all the nice stuff had fallen off - and thought I need a new one. Perfect gift/perfect timing!
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Dec 21, 2013 - 08:39pm PT
CG convinced me that we should open our SS gifts before Christmas day, so here we go.

About to open Secret Santa gift 2013
About to open Secret Santa gift 2013
Credit: BrassNuts

Something in leather...
Something in leather...
Credit: BrassNuts

A very nice leather-bound journal &#40;with my initials&#41;!
A very nice leather-bound journal (with my initials)!
Credit: BrassNuts

Thank you Secret Santa for my very snazzy leather-bound adventure journal! I hope to fill it with fun memories this year - :)

So...who is my Secret Santa? Very secret so far...and CG isn't giving any clues!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Dec 21, 2013 - 09:28pm PT
Too much fun seeing Crimpergirl and Brassnuts opening their gifts. I caved and opened. After all, it is the perfect night. The children are gone and I'm home alone enjoying all the Christmas decorations on a gorgeous So Cal eve.

ST Secret Santa gifts are special. I convinced myself that they should be opened on a night like tonight. So here goes......Naughty or Nice, we will soon see.

OK, here goes.....
OK, here goes.....
Credit: Lynne Leichtfuss

Ahhh, but first a tiny bit of spiced brandy. Join me if you please. A toast to Strider and all the Secret Santa's. Cheers!

Let the Festivities begin :&#41;
Let the Festivities begin :)
Credit: Lynne Leichtfuss




Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 21, 2013 - 09:44pm PT
NO FAIR!~ Can't leave us hanging like that!!! Open! Open! Open! Open!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Dec 21, 2013 - 09:49pm PT
First the Card....truly beautiful, and it matches the wrappings. A super cool letter was included telling me about the giver as well as the gift. Nice touch and thoroughly enjoyed!

Renato Cavallari, Italy, Full Moon over the High Plateau.
Renato Cavallari, Italy, Full Moon over the High Plateau.
Credit: Lynne Leichtfuss

Next thing that met my eye were the words "G Strings - Quick Start Guide. Whoa! What next, lynnie? Shall we continue opening and What will we discover?

ST is never for the faint of heart :&#41;&#41;
ST is never for the faint of heart :))
Credit: Lynne Leichtfuss

Life is a trip and what is never is what it seems. Did Alice say that as she fell into the rabbit hole?

Nothing naughty. But better! Something to make you look good in naught...
Nothing naughty. But better! Something to make you look good in naughty. So guess Santa gave me a 50/50...naughty and nice.
Credit: Lynne Leichtfuss

G strings are a super cool work out device designed for climbing.
G strings are a super cool work out device designed for climbing.
Credit: Lynne Leichtfuss

Last year was art this year exercise. Perfect!
Last year was art this year exercise. Perfect!
Credit: Lynne Leichtfuss

This device can give you works outs on edges, jugs, slopers, mantles, pinches, crimps and more. Plus you can bring it with you when you travel.

Thanks from the bottom of my heart Craig/Naitch. What a thoughtful gift that will be enjoyed by my family and friends also. If you and your wife do get back to Calif. please visit. Christmas Cheers and Wishes for Peace and Joy to you and your Family.

Lynne







portent

Social climber
your mom's house
Dec 21, 2013 - 11:12pm PT
BrassNuts,

Happy Holidays!!!! Cheers and have a great trip!!!

From, Supertopo Super Villain Kovar
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Dec 21, 2013 - 11:51pm PT
Cool! Thanks Super Villain! Ho ho ho!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Dec 22, 2013 - 01:11am PT
Guess it's time for Butler (or Greta) to step up to the plate.....
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Dec 22, 2013 - 10:09am PT
Such cool gifts! Such cool Secret Santas!!!
Naitch

climber
Seneca area
Dec 22, 2013 - 12:10pm PT
So glad that you like them Lynne - hopefully you and your family can make good use of them.

Hmmm…still haven't opened mine but doubt it'll last till the 25th. Probably going to cave today or tomorrow.
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Dec 22, 2013 - 01:32pm PT
Really, Jefe? You haven't lost your keys in 25 years? Wow...

Nope.
Dead tour, climbing and living on the road for years...I'm super frikkin anal about my keys.
Crimpie, you may choose to keep your keychain polished but they get better with age and some patina.


I've never done anything like this secret Santa before, especially with an online community.
It's been really fun.
Thanks to strider and everyone else for participating.
Happy holidays people!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Dec 22, 2013 - 02:10pm PT
How many more gifts do we have still under the tree? There's Naitch and J. Butler, anyone else?
portent

Social climber
your mom's house
Dec 22, 2013 - 02:17pm PT
Mine's still there.

Kovar
Naitch

climber
Seneca area
Dec 22, 2013 - 05:02pm PT
Actually mine is underneath our forlorn little Christmas cactus...

Credit: Naitch
Edge

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Dec 22, 2013 - 06:32pm PT
They say that Christmas is a time of miracles, and while I don't know who "they" are, I am beginning to believe them. How else can you explain the USPS delivering on a Sunday?

The kids were awakened from their slumber by a knock on the door, and after a few excited barks their herding instincts leapt into action. They surrounded their new ward, keeping close watch and protecting it from harm.

We got this...
We got this...
Credit: Edge

Our initial inspection revealed a strange command. Hopefully this was meant for the postman, as it's not something that you casually tell a climber.

Riiiight.
Riiiight.
Credit: Edge

Besides, I used to crush BITD, and the box was too big to be holding the shredded remnants of my dignity. Further details foretold of imminent danger. Witness:

Use caution!
Use caution!
Credit: Edge

Penny was the first to show up prepared.

Ready for action.
Ready for action.
Credit: Edge


But wait, there's more!

Open on Christmas Eve.
Open on Christmas Eve.
Credit: Edge

The return address! Yes, let's look at the return address! Neebee!! Yippee! I must have done something right this year to deserve such an honor.

Going back through this thread I see that she did not gift wrap the contents, and suggested that the recipient might want to wrap it themselves. No way, it's perfect just the way it is, it's Spirit shining through the thoughtfully repurposed materials. And so it sits, under the tree waiting for the designated date, when I will share the unveiling with my wife, my daughter from Denver, and my son who flies out from New Hampshire tomorrow.

And after that, of course, I will share it with all of you.

Thanks, Neebee!!!!
GLee

Social climber
MSO
Dec 22, 2013 - 07:40pm PT
It's GREAT seeing all that's transpired to date!!!

Off to the PO Box hoping for the Best..

Ho Ho Ho from Montucky
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 22, 2013 - 07:49pm PT
Some Secret Santas are starting to worry their gifts haven't arrived. Hoping no gifts are lost in transit...
MisterE

climber
Dec 22, 2013 - 08:33pm PT
I just have to say to those of you who are on the fence about this:

As someone who has seen this for a few years and just did it for the first time this year, the feeling is so great to share with our community - the climbing community.

Erik
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 22, 2013 - 08:36pm PT
Edge-

The helmeted doggie pic is highlarryous.
Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Dec 22, 2013 - 09:32pm PT
This has been so much fun to watch and read...
I've never done anything like this either, and the best feeling was the giddiness I felt at the post office when my gift was mailed out...

The spirit on this thread is awesome.


~peace
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Dec 22, 2013 - 09:44pm PT
Yeah I haven't been that excited/nervous to send out a package in a while.

My giftee has not gotten it yet I don't think. It is there according to tracking .. although it was 2 days later than guaranteed.

I'm excited as this person is one of my (probably all our) favorites.. pressure on. I think it will bring some joy through the year though.. a bit nervous cause.. well it doesn't quite compete with some of the really talented artisans or apparently semi psychics we have here.... I'm one of those guys who thinks and thinks and thinks about what present.. and then somehow still ends up picking out a vacuum cleaner or somesuch. Hope I did better than that.. heh.
Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Dec 22, 2013 - 10:16pm PT
^^^ I feel ya. 100%.

hahahhaa!!
JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Dec 22, 2013 - 10:22pm PT
^^^So true! Usually these dealios happen in the work place or with a family member. So we are on a forum and trying to do the best we can with someone we may or may not know. And the anticipation factor is V?
(Don't tell the family but this is more fun...)
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 22, 2013 - 10:29pm PT
I am not a talented gift giver I feel. I try very very hard though.

My greatest gift error to date (and I still hear about) is giving BrassNuts a paper shredder for his birthday.

:/

Hey! It is an awesome shredder. It shreds CDs and credit cards, and we use it. It is very satisfying. Still, each year he asks if he's getting a stapler or some paper clips. Doh.
Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Dec 22, 2013 - 10:39pm PT
hahahahahahaha!
I just shot water out of my nose and scared the cats.

Edit: thank you for that laugh.

Happy Holidays~
LilaBiene

Trad climber
Technically...the spawning grounds of Yosemite
Dec 22, 2013 - 10:47pm PT
Thank you, Leggs!!!!! And to my second Secret Santa, Neebs!!!!!

Friday was I day I'd prefer not to repeat. Two projects intersecting, a close encounter with gluten of the worst kind and learning that I would have had the job I was hoping for had I not "conflicted out". (Note that I've been trying to land a full-time position in my profession since 2007, and this is the closest I had been since then. That's an awful long time to spend rebounding!!!)

Dog tired, I arrived home around 8p to find not one, but TWO surprise packages! What a way to turn a day around!!! I don't think I had my coat half-way off before the muppet more than happily indulged me with the pronouncement that we were going to open these boxes NOW. ") Who am I to argue?

Super cool foot duds &#40;had to take the pink ones off as soon as the...
Super cool foot duds (had to take the pink ones off as soon as the muppet caught me wearing them -- lol) to keep the toes warm with all the wintry weather we've had the last couple of weeks. I have been relegated to wearing the blue ones (my favorite colo
Credit: LilaBiene

Beautiful artwork by a friend of Leggs', soon to find a home on the wa...
Beautiful artwork by a friend of Leggs', soon to find a home on the wall near a picture of the Totem Pole.
Credit: LilaBiene

The muppet was delighted to find not one, but two adorable "lucky" tur...
The muppet was delighted to find not one, but two adorable "lucky" turtles. It took some coaxing, but we've negotiated an arrangement where I promise to take very good care of one of them until such time as she demands him back. :D (I've been looking for
Credit: LilaBiene

And then Neebs surprised me with a wonderful book called "Son of Harpo Speaks!" It is a wonderful tale about his life growing up with his adoptive parents, Harpo Marx & his mother. Throughout the book (I read until the wee hours on Saturday morning, forcing myself to leave 50 or so pages for another day I might need some inspiration -- lol.) In the book I learned that Harpo's original first name subjected him to the nickname "Oddie" (can you say goosebumps?!), and that I am apparently not the only adopted person that writes conversations with someone who is dead (phew!). ;D

The book is chock full of wisdom, including this wonderful passage:

Epilogue from "Harpo's Son Speaks!" by Bill Marx.
Epilogue from "Harpo's Son Speaks!" by Bill Marx.
Credit: LilaBiene

My heart to the both of you for your perfect timing and wonderfully thoughtful surprises.

Merry, Merry and Happy, Happy to everyone in SuperTopo land, with love...
Merry, Merry and Happy, Happy to everyone in SuperTopo land, with love from a couple of Dolts! :D
Credit: LilaBiene

Thank you so much, Leggs and Neebs!!!!!!!
Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Dec 22, 2013 - 10:52pm PT
I had NO IDEA who my gift was going to! What a wonderful surprise, LilaBiene! ~love from Tucson! '


AND a surprise NeeBee gift!


*blessings*


~lisa mae
LilaBiene

Trad climber
Technically...the spawning grounds of Yosemite
Dec 22, 2013 - 10:56pm PT
:D :D

Two great, big grins, one from each of us! I was so psyched when I saw who it was from on the return address label!

So many thanks to Stryder for making these random acts of kindness possible.

Edit:
P.S. Leggs, re: toe socks -- too funny!!! :D I'll have to post up how these actually look after I've worn them for an hour or so...I have a mutant baby toe that refuses to be separated from its neighbor and wiggles its way next door. Hilarious!!!
Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Dec 22, 2013 - 10:59pm PT

So many thanks to Stryder for making these random acts of kindness possible.

amen.




The day the piece Alaina made for me was finished.
I was so happy with it, and wanted to share the desert beauty.
A professional photographer, the photo in the "frame" is one she took.
Art by A.B.Chapin  <br/>
 <br/>
Art by A.B.Chapin


Credit: A.B.C.

:)
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 22, 2013 - 10:59pm PT
Glad you laughed Leggs. :) It is funny and 100% true!
Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Dec 22, 2013 - 11:01pm PT
hahahahahha....
I love office supplies... so... yeah.
hahahhahahhaa!!

:)


Edit: LilaBiene, I've gone toe sock crazy this year.
*out of control*
10b4me

Ice climber
Bishop/Flagstaff
Dec 22, 2013 - 11:48pm PT
This was my second year of participating, and was much better than the first.
Melissa

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
Dec 22, 2013 - 11:54pm PT
To my Secret Santa:

Thank you for sending a gift! My housesitting friend told me a package arrived. I'm assuming it's you since I didn't order anything else. I get back home on the 28th, so I'll be late to the party, but I'll share then.

Melissa
Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Dec 22, 2013 - 11:56pm PT
^^^

so much fun
Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Dec 23, 2013 - 12:00am PT
Edit:
P.S. Leggs, re: toe socks -- too funny!!! :D I'll have to post up how these actually look after I've worn them for an hour or so...I have a mutant baby toe that refuses to be separated from its neighbor and wiggles its way next door. Hilarious!!!


I am laughing so hard right now, LilaBeine ... hahhahahhaa!!


I gave my 21 yr old son a pair that matched mine, on a whim, and he said, "Mamma! Really?! Toesies?!
sweet"


:)
StevenJ

Trad climber
Mill Valley CA
Dec 23, 2013 - 12:04am PT
I opened my gift this weekend-

Credit: StevenJ

Not only are these beautiful and a limited edition, but we just moved into a new place and have the perfect place for them as we've been on the lookout for art.

Thank you Secret Santa!!! We're super stoked!
MisterE

climber
Dec 23, 2013 - 12:20am PT
I just love the random element - you have not a clue in any way what you are getting.
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Dec 23, 2013 - 12:28am PT

I just love the random element - you have not a clue in any way what you are getting.

There you have it, that is the ...444^^
Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Dec 23, 2013 - 12:35am PT
MisterE nailed it on the head.

~peace!


Edit: Hey hey, StevenJ! Love the art you received!

;)
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 23, 2013 - 12:56am PT
hey there say, edge.... oh my!!! i am laughing... :))
it takes a lot to make me laugh... well, what i mean is:
real quality stuff, :))

as, i don't laugh at things that make fun of folks,etc, as, i am too sensitive, :O

but as to words, critters and situations that befall all of us, wow,
i can laugh to raise my critters from comfy sleep, :O


do not crush...
open carefully...
little did i know how humorously this would flow!
and the doggie and helmet wow!!!

oh wow! i sure needed that... all my packages have always
made it... but i have one 'fiasco' now, to my name:
a group-effort of a surprise secret-project to ol' mouse...

SO THIS, gave me so much fun! edge, THANK YOU
for the wonderful presentation!!!

you will be glad you waited for the christmas eve, too!



and say, hee hee, AS IF there is NOT enough caution, :))
you can let us know IF you find another, after you open it, :))




wow, and edge:
SUNDAY... WOW, SUNDAY! UPS, wonderful!!!!
love the pup-dog photo with gift!!
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 23, 2013 - 01:01am PT
hey there say, leggs and audey and all...

i had been wanting to get that book for her, for a LONG long time...

there is another very special part in that book that matches her life, and well:
it was time: SHE JUST did a HUGE help to my stamp-fairy, and it was NOW the perfect time to send her this book, as a 'huge thank you gift' >:D<

and, i was able to meet this open door!

now she can stay cozy, while she reads it...


neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 23, 2013 - 01:06am PT
hey there say, naitch... awww, neat little christmas cactus, of different variety, than some, :)

so much to bring us good cheer, here, this eve!
thanks to for sharing!

will let my secret santa know, when mine comes, :)
Bluelens

climber
Pasadena, CA
Dec 23, 2013 - 01:08am PT
The card promises these contain "the secret of what keeps Santa going." Hmm…maybe food!???recovering from jet lag….returned from Asia Saturday….little mental reserve for decisions….wait til the 25th!'

Packages from Pennsylvania…..
Packages from Pennsylvania…..
Credit: Bluelens
Bluelens

climber
Pasadena, CA
Dec 23, 2013 - 01:25am PT
Gift sent December 4 from zip code 92369, to a certain Mouse House 330 miles north, over the Cajon Pass and through the Central Valley we go. Am fretting USPS Media Mail will deliver after the 25th. Yet the gift is robust and timeless so will not suffer if delayed! Next year, Priority Mai, and tracking.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 23, 2013 - 06:08am PT
hey there say, lilabiene...

as to this:


.I have a mutant baby toe...

say, i got some to match... :)
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 23, 2013 - 11:43am PT
YAY, YAY and MORE YAY!

Yesterday I had to fire to town to mail something important and even though it was a Sunday, I decided to check my P.O. Box. . . and there was a YELLOW CARD. . . telling me I had something I needed to pick up during business hours!

DOOD!

Could it be?

SOOOOOOOO. . . this morning. . . with just enough time to be the first person at the window when they opened, I fired back down there. . . heart-all-a-flutter!

I'M LIKE A FRIKKEN LITTLE KID!

The P.O. Dad thinks I'm a tripper, for sure! (Well. . . this just corroborated his assertions based on prior exposure to eKat getting ten kinds of wiggly.)

I ALMOST opened it right then and there . . . but. . . I reminded myself that I HAD to take photos of my pemmie from my Secret Santa. So I RACED home. . . lovin' my serious studded Hancooks, let me tell you. . . it's icy out here.

SOOOOOOOOOOO. . . I fired in the house, grabbed a knive, opened that sucker, read the DARLING CARD, that was addressed to, if you're ready for this:

photo not found
Missing photo ID#336706

FOR

eKaterinaBallerinaOrcalitaTheSkeezinKayakinQueenaBombina

CRACK ME UP!

Interestingly, this darling card did NOT reveal who my Secret Santa was (bummer!) and I IMMEDIATELY tore into one of the THREE wrapped pemmies. . . before taking a photo!

DORK!

So. . . I kinda had to stage the shot!

photo not found
Missing photo ID#336705

HA!

AND. . . LOOK AT THIS HAUL!

photo not found
Missing photo ID#336707


I am OVER THE MOON!

A killer 2014 calendar called "Journey With The Orca".

WHOA!

Some SWIX LF6 Low FluoroCarbon ski wax!

DOUBLE WHOA!

And. . . GET THIS. . . a "Baitcaster Rod Holder" for my kayak!

TRIPLE WHOA!

THIS IS SO RAD. . . so well thought out and so frikken SWEET!

I LOVE ALL OF IT!

I really wish I knew who my Secret Santa was. There isn't even a return address on the box so I could send a thank you card! But. . . hopefully my Secret Santa is checking this thread. . .

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL MY KILLER PEMMIES!

I love keeping track of stuff on hard copy calendars, (I have them that go back to 1980) my skeezin will be faster than ever and I'm FINALLY gonna start gettin' my line wet in Lake Koocanusa. I'll do a TR of that, as soon as I trade edges for rudders!

oxoxox

eKaterinaBallerinaOrcalitaTheSkeezinKayakinQueenaBombina



pocoloco1

Social climber
The Chihuahua Desert
Dec 23, 2013 - 12:07pm PT
CG;
Great to hear that you liked the gift. I hope it's a catalyst for adventure;Road Trip!!! Cool to see jefe has the same ring; my first one lasted for 20 + years.


"I am not a talented gift giver I feel. I try very very hard though"
I feel the same way. What's wrong with a shredder?
Edge

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Dec 23, 2013 - 12:51pm PT
"I am not a talented gift giver I feel. I try very very hard though"
I feel the same way. What's wrong with a shredder?

It's like giving your wife a toaster oven and a cookbook of "100 Greatest Sandwich Recipes." ;^)

"Hey honey, it's halftime. Howza 'bout digging out that gift I got you?"
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 23, 2013 - 12:56pm PT
WOW. . . I just went back a few pages and caught up with all the Secret Santa activity.

HAPPY PEMMIES TO EVERYBODY!

This is the very, very best of TheTacoStand.

WOW. . . we are so lucky that St. Nick put this together. I don't know if we can thank him enough.

I LOVE IT!

oxox



pocoloco1

Social climber
The Chihuahua Desert
Dec 23, 2013 - 01:29pm PT
Edge;


"It's like giving your wife a toaster oven and a cookbook of "100 Greatest Sandwich Recipes." ;^)

"Hey honey, it's halftime. Howza 'bout digging out that gift I got you?"

You could make your wife a sandwich.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 23, 2013 - 02:06pm PT
hey there say, ... here we go!


was outside doing the 'shovel the drive' bit, :)
or, really, was doing the 'remove SOLID ice encasement from car' bit...

well, actually, i DID both... BUT WHAT I WAS DOING:
was REALLY waiting for mailman, as, stamps were on the way to mail a few last cards... had been expecting about 10 of them, and they came! was just barely enough, and when they came and had the mailman wait for me to stamp them (was okay, he was still next door)...

and wow! (OOPS, i'm getting the neat secret santa part, just a sec)
and wow--susan seagoat, had STAMPS IN HER christmas card to me, wow,
wonderful, susan! i had local cards that were late to take to the old neighborhood,as, the roads were all iced for two days, :(
i GOT to mail those today!!!

and then!!!! YES, well, actually BEFORE THEN:
BACK TO THE CAR:
up drives the ol' UPS!!! NOT THE MAIL that i was waiting for, :)


was so nice! i had forgot about the secret santa coming, as, i was waiting for a waltz that i had ordered, and i had just assumed THAT was it...

secret santa gifts always seemed to show up when i was ASLEEP!!!
SO, MY MINDSET you know, just did NOT figure this 'was it!'

just as i started to open it, it did NOT feel like a cd-waltz, :O

i stopped suddenly, and VERY GRATEFUL that i did!!!

and then i saw the (thank you, secret santa for doing that)
i SAW the SECRET SANTA NOTE by my name on the address...

whewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww... NOW, i can open it for christmas!!
well, actually, if it is okay--SINCE I COULD FEEL what it was,
i will open it for christmas eve, as, it will make my eve very cozy
and sweet! (i love 'sweet christmas' time)... i am always alone on
christmas eve, so this will be my SPECIAL TIME, with the critters
and to cozy up by the tree lights...


THANK you so very much, kind secret santa!
i ALMOST RUINED my surprise, :O

HERE IT IS FOLKS:
curiosity, got the attention of ONE cat, too,
as well as mine:



Credit: neebee



all safe under tree, and THEN THE MAIL CAME...
well, almost an hour later, waiting out there in the cold,
:)) but i had to catch him for those stamps, :))
and the surprise stamps that was the real extra miracle
in the mail that i NEVER knew were there, as well!


AND YES, the WALTZ (that was late) WAS THERE!!
AND YES, i DID open that one...
;)

and--i DID get out on the roads, to mail the rest of the
local cards...thank you susan!...
roads were not as bad as old neighborhood, as many cars
have melted it down, but new storm is now on the way.. snow is
coming down, now... so:

no turkey or duck supper now, :O
(had some gift money for to do one!--but stores are too packed and my
windshield wiper just broke--ex son in law will come fix it later)

we WILL ENJOY SOUP! AND RICE!...
or, as harpo marx, said by gesture, in a movie:

soup, rice... suuuuuu p rIse... suprise!
i will have a SURPRISE of soup with my critters and
a SURPISE from secret santa...


thank you supertaco secret santa!!!


*thank you ALL for your patience as i ramble on here, but you see:
this was my SECRET SANTA DAY... it all happened in a very
VERY FUN WAY... so i had to share it all...

yep, all of it, :)
even the cup of coffee that i am now a'drinking, ;)
salute!
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 23, 2013 - 02:10pm PT
And. . .

Credit: eKat

DON'T YOU FORGET IT!
Edge

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Dec 23, 2013 - 02:48pm PT
You could make your wife a sandwich.

Pocoloco, I did, just this morning. Turkey and provolone with lettuce, mayo, honey mustard, and salt & pepper. I even wrapped up a few pressed (camel, tree, & wreath shapes) spritz cookies that I made yesterday.

Sorry my sense of humor doesn't translate too well online.

Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Dec 23, 2013 - 03:15pm PT
I got it Edge....and chuckled. First laugh of the day! Thanks!

I needed a laugh. Decided just a few hours ago to host a La Posada walk and dinner tomorrow evening. I'm off to shop then cook, which I love, but I have limited myself on time due to my lack of decision making. Haven't hosted anything since Dan went to heaven. So this is a special candle walk and dinner.

Cheers All! Each year this SSSGE gets moh betta'. Peace and Joy, lynne
GLee

Social climber
MSO
Dec 23, 2013 - 04:57pm PT
I was only going to open the card accompanying the Gifts..... then open the packages on Xmas day!

But my Seattle Secret Santa wished me Happy Holidays, and then described the contents,

SO


THANK YOU Secret Santa from Seattle, whoever U R!! <br/>
Penguin wrapping ...
THANK YOU Secret Santa from Seattle, whoever U R!!
Penguin wrapping paper, no less!

Credit: GLee

I'm certain to enjoy the Theo Chocolate bars, and the only thing better than Smoked Wild Alaskan Sockeye would be smoked salmon strips at fish camp on the Kuskokwim (or maybe on any other river) in Bush Alaska!!!

Thank you again SSS from Greg Lee


Naitch

climber
Seneca area
Dec 23, 2013 - 05:10pm PT
OK...times up...enough wait'n.

Got the package out from underneath the Christmas cactus and brought it to the table .

Credit: Naitch

Hmm..no name on the outside - blacked out. Just know they're from Boulder

Credit: Naitch

Well, I needn't have worried about opening the box sooner as everything is so nicely wrapped - in climbing gift-wrap no less!!! Hmmm…maybe there's a clue as to my secret santa.

Credit: Naitch

Wow, SCORE! - not one but five - count'm - F I V E presents and a card. Woohooooo!