Thursday, December 9, 2010

Round Two: Christmas Smackdown



A couple of friends of mine are in the doldrums. The quiet before the Christmas storm. Thought a little road trip could clear the air.

Sure, we all dressed up, but Janey, PA, and Jean put us to shame. I guess you have to be born with it...



Lots of significant as well as insignificant others joined us. Even the boys had to admit, Vic was most definitely among the significant.



Kathy and the Chief have acclimatized quickly to the temperatures of Mammoth. I think headgear helps.



The Chiefs put us up for the night, and Susan cried a little. She left an escrow recently, for very good reasons, but this was a cruel reminder of what she hoped to have for Christmas.



This is me and Laurie. If we look a little weary, it's because...


I don't know how many times we have to tell Petrea, "yes, you're a hipster."



and so is John.



On to Canada. Carolynn met us at the station. (She spent autumn in New Mexico, and I'm sure we haven't heard the end of that.)



More Canada, then eastern seaboard, the south, Belgium, Japan, and oh yes, oooooh yes, Australia.

(Here's latest dog column over at Patch.)

43 comments:

  1. Oh, my God, they don't have thumbs!

    THEY HAVE NO THUMBS!!!

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  2. That Petrea is such a hipster. She knows it too, but she's all "oh, I'm not hip." That's what all the hipsters say.

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  3. Karin, how do you get out of that knitted one-piece when you have to ....er, you know what?

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  4. Funny you should ask that Bellis, as you're wearing a rather intersting costume in the next post which might raise a few questions.

    Blast, that Laurie! And Bandit, good eyes. That totally escaped me. Margaret, you're so right. But for some reason when I'm around Petrea she always makes me sneeze.

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  5. I so did not get my point across today. I don't want to be a hipster. I don't I don't I don't.

    You know, that almost actually looks like Laurie.

    It's the pipe smoke that makes you sneeze, Karin. I just can't even wash it off anymore.

    I'm looking forward to Australia!

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  6. He could play me in a movie, but he'd need a bigger pipe.

    wv: proputki. It's what I'm sayin.

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  7. That poncho really is wonderfully uninhibited. I'd better pull some heavier woollens out of storage...

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  8. And the party goes on! I hate to admit I have that knit vest pattern booklet in my collection of knitting books...

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  9. If anyone asks, just blame it on the bossa nova! It's all the rage this Christmas.

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  10. In between, we stopped off at the roller rink. While Karin did back flips on skates, the rest of us...

    And Wiggled to This

    WV: messi. Not really.

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  11. Petrea: Me thinks thou doest protest too much, which is so hipster.

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  12. Speaking of hip, check out our Laurie! Nice of you to pick out her outfit for the ceremony.

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  13. At least I know one person who is Hip around these parts.

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  14. These last two posts convince me I've been right for a long time in thinking "fashion" is a flawless strategy for making people spend money, time, and conversation in order to look asinine.

    Or in more grandiose terms, a culture that could convince people to look like that might make George W. Bush president.

    Twice. (well, once and a half).

    Oh, I confess I did have some threads like the stuff in the pics. But I held out on plaid pants for a LONG time and never descended to a leisure suit.

    Long live second hand stores! Long live conservative dress for progressive minds.

    Go on, push some buttons, why don't you.

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  15. One of my favorite lines in all musicdom is by Frank Zappa: "Is that a real poncho/or a Sear's poncho."

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  16. I crack up every time I look at these last two posts.

    Petrea, I am SO not hip. Except in that lovely outfit here. Karin picked it out for me. (It was too long for her.)

    Did someone mention Bosso Nova?

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  17. Hiker, this is one hilarious road trip! I crack up every time I look at these posts, too.

    Jury's still out on the escrow... Bellis thinks I should turn the yard into a creek.

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  18. Banjo, I was thinking you might be brilliant and now I know you are.

    I wore a nice scarf last night AND again this morning. I've decided that since I'm not hip, I shall attempt to be French.

    Susan, my friend who was bidding against you got a place (on Stoneridge, did you bid on that one?) so she's out of your way. I thought the yard was already a creek and the worry is it might become a pond.

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  19. Kathy was right to wear the hat. You lose 80 percent of your body heat through the top of your head, you know (he said, pushing his glasses back up the bridge of his nose with one finger for emphasis).

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  20. I have so much to catch up on. I've definitely been away too long. These posts are so funny I may have to smile all day.

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  21. I love it when Terry gets all professorial on me. Especially when he's wearing stretch pants.

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  22. Miss J is really interested in that "Best in Vests" issue... You could say she has a vested interest...

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  23. Hey, thanks for taking me on a trip with you! I'm thrilled at how much weight I appear to have lost, or maybe it's just the poncho that's slimming. *grin*

    Excellent dog post, as usual.

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  24. Ya know...hats may keep all that heat in, but I have to say, I love, love, LOVE my boot wraps!!! And the fact that they're matching...well, I guess that just plain makes me hip!!! (Didn't know hip could be so much fun!!!)

    wv: skimos...I love me my pink skimos!!!

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  25. I'm nothing if I'm not about keeping up appearances. This self proclaimed hipster is "rockin" her gray roots.

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  26. Karin, you win. You owned me with that comment over at Patch. I am seriously screaming with laughter.

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  27. So, how many of you will be rolling down the eastern seaboard? And will you have thumbs?

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  28. Such stylish friends you have! So many great looks to choose from. I'm not sure if it's just the champagne I had at tonight's firm holiday party talking, but my mom offered to knit me something and I think I'm going to go for the pink Esther Williamsesque hat in the top photo.

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  29. Ah... and at one time this looked soooo cool. What goes around, comes around.

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  30. Yeah, Katie. I wondered about that showercap, too. But perhaps better than the two upended trashcans on the ladies in front.

    Birdman, is that a threat?

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  31. Oh my, that sweater! Petrea, aka "the hipster," how will you ever make through your daily Arroyo walk without bringing half the buckwheat and burrs back with you?

    I always knew Terry B. had a flirty side.

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  32. Christina, I'm thinking of a nice leather jacket with lots of fringe.

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  33. I"m rolling on the floor. This reminds me of my fav website http://lileks.com/

    And for the record, I bought a black sweater like the ones the 3 Hunks are wearing, yesterday. I"m having second thoughts.
    V

    I remember Spinnerin.

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  34. I don't mean to complain (of course I do) but I think Madam Gramaphone should have been on the fashion train too.

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  35. Mlle Gramophone has gone Intergalactical. Her fashions are out of this world and light years ahead of anything on earth.

    WV: Mingsch. She was last seen on the planet Mingsch.

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  36. Oh, so jealous of the sweaters, ponchos, and awesome hats...

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  37. The great thing about the 60s is that there was so little crime, women generally hung their handbags outside the windows of trains and cars.

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  38. I was gonna mention you should model some of these hip clothes yourself. Then, Lo & Beehold!, there you are - and LA too!

    Well, U2 have never looked better.

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