Merry Christmas to All You Filthy Animals

Greetings Me Droogs N Droogettes!
Merry Christmas Eve to one and all. A celebration of the birth of The One. Hopefully, you and yours enjoy a Magnificent Evening of Peace, Love and Good Fellowship as it was intended.

We here at The Casa had a wonderful day and then evening. Prepping for our visit with Gran#1, as well as the trip up to see Gretchen’s Parents. We’re bringing an entire Christmas Day Dinner with all the fixin’s, Turkey, Mini-Ham, Dressing (my sausage based specialty one) Green Beans and Mashed Taters.

I also got Dads Christmas Gift done today finally.

I made him a service plaque. I had the patches made up with his name and his specialty, Machinist Mate 2nd Class and his boats that he served on. He served during Korea, but was in the Med the majority of his time in. The two boats he was on were as seen, the Zellars, DD-777 a Sumner Class Destroyer known as the “Zippin Z”

and the Bailey, DD-713 a Gearing Class Destroyer

Both boats were sold to Iran in 1970, and 1971 respectively. Last notice on either of them was that they got eventually scrapped in the late 70s.

Needless to say, they don’t make the rockers for them anymore BUT I did find a company in Newport News that did custom work… go figure… Navy Central there… and it -didn’t- cost me an arm and a leg… The plaque I painted up myself, with Gretchen helping ‘cos the carpal tunnel gives me some mighty bad shakes, so she did the fine-line work for the gold paint.

I’m sure he’ll love it.
Reason it took so long to get done and at the last minute was the plaque took forever to get here via the Zon, and the rank patch?


I started this project at the beginning of November just in case of retardation like that… Everything started to come together… hell, the custom patches? Like less than 10 days after ordering… the rank patch?

It got so bad I ended up sending some very nasty emails threatening grievous harm/financial impact if they didn’t get the fucking thing in the mail to me tout-le-fucking-suite. This was after multiple phone calls where I was assured that it was going out ‘any day now’… Told ’em I’m slag them to all my DotMil folks, to include the Navy Times, and see how that affects the biz?

Fucking thing got here like 4 days after that. Which was on the 20th. When I ordered it on November 7th!!!!! Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!?! Gah! THIS is what we speak of when we talk about eventual cascading systemic failure(s) amiright? And yep, the phone calls? All handled by Muh Diversity! females who probably promptly forgot all about me and my order the second the phone was hung up.

Fuck ’em. I got it done, that’s what matters.

Now, for dinner, we went a bit overboard. We had a gift box of Omaha Steaks that we broke out the bacon-wrapped Filet Mignons from, and Sapper and I got the surf to go with the turf, namely half a pound of scallops, and three Maine (theoretically) Lobster Tails… $10 for the scallops, and the tails were $6 a throw… small, but considering the “Royal Level” of the eats?

I mean Hell, it’s once a year.

(quick aside: This may be the last year we get a chance to do this, so, I’d say it’s time to Carpe That Fuckin’ Diem Aye?)

A minor splurge for premium grub either way can’t be beat.
The blackened filet BTW isn’t burned, that’s the spice crust that’s seared on… the steak itself was magnifico… the side was Mac n Cheese and a slice of cheesy Texas Toast that I added a splash of garlic salt to before I hit it in the air fryer.

As far as gifties?

I got Sapper the appropriate t-shirt as you can see…

Gretchen got me a really cool bowling shirt with “Big Country” embroidered on it, as well as some new under-mah-pants, and Sapper and I teamed up to get her a purse she wanted (my gift), as well as a matching clutch/mini-purse (Sapper’s gift) which made her exceptionally happy-happy.

All in all, a mellow, thoroughly enjoyable Christmas was had by all… I hope and Pray y’all have a similar experience, and I’ll be back probably the day after tomorrow, as the aforementioned day is rather jam-packed.

Merry Christmas From Myself, Gretchen and Sapper
More Later
Big Country

21 thoughts on “Merry Christmas to All You Filthy Animals”

    1. MERRY CHRISTMAS, your blog is one of my daily favorites.
      Thanks for the work you put in to it.

  1. You’ve got more than a few retired squids in the audience, I could have gotten you that MM patch in less than a week. I have the all mighty blue DoD ID card, and have a NEX close by. I probably could have gotten the ESWS patch done, too. Tell your dad BZ on getting that back in the day, too. Enlisted surface warfare pins were not easy to get back in his time.

  2. Thank you for the good wishes and a very Merry Christmas to you and yours as well. Our kid came home for the weekend but is headed back to Philthydelphia tomorrow just after noon. He’s on his 3rd biotech job this year…
    So we had Christmas dinner this evening.
    And it was good.

    Blessings for the coming year to all the readers and commenters here as well

  3. Merry Christmas from No Kiddin’ North Pole. Quiet day up here once we got the fat guy launched. The eleves are all pretty much passed out drunk now; it’s their one day off a year. Just happy ya can get a whole pile of ‘em into a snow shovel at a time. Shovel the lil buggars up an dump ‘em in a bucket. Makes gettin’ ‘em back home easier. Ain’t nuthin worse than a drunk elf….
    Wired the Sig Other’s heat tracing for her well line (-40 goes deep; gotta keep the water pipe warm) and refilled the firewood rack in the garage so I have heat for the next few weeks. Enjoy the family time..God knows we missed out on far too much of it while we were in…

  4. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Big. And yep, the likelihood of this being the last one for a spell is high probability, which sucks but better now than later when we’re all fucking older.
    Practice not shooting with your drinking hand. God bless you, your family, and all the fuckers around here.

  5. Merry Christmas to you and yours. Remembering the reason for the season.

    On to us a child was born…

  6. Merry Christmas Y’all From rainy Floriduh. Thank God No snow here for me to endlessly shovel. And best wishes to Y’all having to.

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