December 24, 2019

At the Christmas Eve Café...

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... you can talk all night.

The photo was taken at sunrise this morning — a negative-space sunrise, perhaps apt for Christmas Eve.

55 comments:

Narr said...

Grey is underrated.

Narr
Gray, OTOH

BUMBLE BEE said...

Ever consider using a GPS for photo essay? These are all great theme shots!

Michael K said...

All the kids at my son's this evening. Big storm due tomorrow.

DanTheMan said...

It's 68 here in Florida. We have a fire going to keep warm.

Merry Christmas to all the Althousians!

rcocean said...

Merry Christmas to everyone even though Monday felt like Christmas Eve around here. I can remember - 25 years ago - when everyone worked till 12 Noon on Christmas Eve, but these days in Corporate America everyone (except a few old timers) is taking the whole week off.

But then the computer has changed everything. People can work from home and don't need to come to the office. Cube monkey's are becoming a thing of the past. Some in my office worked yesterday but they're with their families at vacation sites. Hey, as long as they get the work done, it doesn't matter whether its Memphis or Maui.

Narr said...

We basked today in warm sunshine--high about 66 and the same tomorrow. Not records, but pretty far up there. We have a white Christmas very infrequently now, but of course we get less snow
overall anyway.

One of the best parts of my academic job, and all the more valuable because unlike teaching faculty I didn't get summers off, was the paid Christm errh Holiday Week leave we got; a little personal vacation leave and look, two weeks off!

Narr
But with all the tech, I was never off unless I was also away and unplugged

Browndog said...

As one they call a "traditionalist", I adore all the Biblical based Christmas songs.

Yet, there are modern Christmas songs that I enjoy.

This one, Christmas Canon is one I can listen to over and over, and fills me with the Christmas spirit.

A close second is This one from the Pretenders, though not technically a Christmas song.

Merry Christmas, Althousians.

rehajm said...

Merry Christmas to Ann and Meade and all the commentariat. Ended up a decent day weather wise despite a rough start. fire pit today the. a golf cart armadillo safari. Really just to look at decorations and spy in people’s windows. Simpsons Christmas special to kill time while we’re waiting for interest in the game to wane so we can fill stockings.

D. said...

Nice picture of the dew point. Merry Christmas.

Titus said...

Merry Christmas from Wisconsin. Keep Christ in Christmas.

Thanks. Tits.

bagoh20 said...

Condition Rudolph. Let's roll!

bwebster said...

Merry Christmas, Ann. I've been reading your blog for many years, and it's one of the small handful (is that redundant?) of blogs that I check multiple times a day. Thanks for the great photos, for the intellectual honesty, and for just being you. ..bruce..

traditionalguy said...

Joy to the world.

Beasts of England said...

Only three and a half shopping hours until Christmas... :)

Old and slow said...

My only connections to Wisconsin are this blog and the Christmas Kringle from Racine. I had a co-worker give me one many years ago, never stopped loving it. I order it every year. Usually almond, this year we are trying pecan and raspberry. I can't wait!

traditionalguy said...

The old grey lake, she ain’t what she used to be.

wildswan said...

Christmas Flash Mob
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXh7JR9oKVE

Browndog said...

O come, all ye faithful,
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him,
Born the King of Angels;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

Bay Area Guy said...

Merry Xmas Eve to Meadehouse and the esteemed Commentariat!

Life is good

chuck said...

Merry Christmas all.

chuck said...

Merry Christmas all.

Tank said...

Merry Christmas to all.

stevew said...

Merry Christmas to all.

Ken B said...

Merry Christmas

Don said...

A Merry and Blessed Christmas to all

Laslo Spatula said...

I was at the gas station a bit earlier this evening, finishing up some Christmas shopping, and some bedraggled dude came up to me while I was pumping gas and said he needed ten dollars to get home.

I know that shit's a scam, but it is Christmas Eve, so I was a bit conflicted on how to proceed.

So I asked him what his favorite Christmas song was; I figured, as long as he didn't say that Bruce Springsteen one he would get the ten bucks.

But then he had to go and say the Bruce Springsteen one. Shit.

Now I'm thinking that Jesus is fucking with me, that this is a test: do I love Jesus more than I hate Bruce Springsteen?

And the answer is obvious: sure, I love Jesus more than I hate Bruce Springsteen. But one is a bit more abstract, whereas the other is almost primal: I hate Springsteen on a level of early hominid fury; I would beat Springsteen with the jawbone of a dinosaur and then commemorate it in a cave painting.

So I asked him if he loved Jesus more than he loved Bruce Springsteen. And now I could tell he was having an inverse of my same dilemma: the abstract versus the visceral.

After a pause, he said 'Jesus' and I gave him ten bucks.

But now I feel a little dirtier than I like to feel on a Christmas Eve.

Sorry, Jesus.

I am Laslo.

Temujin said...

Merry Christmas Ann & Meade. Thank you for all you do during the year, Ann. Everyone who reads and comments here loves this spot. I thank you for what you give to all of us.

Merry Christmas to all. And to all- peace.

Darrell said...

Happy Holy Days all!

David Begley said...

Classic Laslo. Bruce is way overrated. Two good songs.

Warm in Omaha for Christmas. If it was 40 in June you would be cold.

No snow. Sad.

narciso said...

Well you might give him props for trying

https://youtu.be/B803AXVYzeE

Merry christmas all.

David Begley said...

This whole Christmas thing between Trump and Rocket Man is weird.

Merry Christmas to all from Nebraska.

narciso said...

Well kim dynast is used to large bribes like the framework back in the 90s

madAsHell said...

Before my Aunt died, she taught everyone the polite way to end an awkward family dinner. Just wet your pants!!

Browndog said...

Classic Laslo.

Pretty sure I wanted to be offended when I started reading, but came away with a smile.

As usual.

Lawrence Person said...

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

Birches said...

Finished putting Christmas out by 12:30. I think that was earlier than last year. Boy, I'm exhausted.

Big Mike said...

It’s Christmas here in the Eastern time zone. Yes, even atheists celebrate the Christian holiday. My best to all of you, and I encourage you to think of the police and firemen and hospital staff and soldiers in terrible places far from home pulling guard duty, and if you’re ever in a position to help one of them out, please do so. If you’re a praying person, say an extra one for those people who are spending today in the ICU or the oncology ward.

Birches said...

But we did our big dinner tonight so tomorrow will be just relaxation. Thank goodness! Merry Christmas Meadhouse and the commenters of Althouse!

Rusty said...

Merry Christmas Ann and Meade and all the regulars here.

eddie willers said...

Classic Laslo. Bruce is way overrated. Two good songs.

True. His own Dancing In The Dark and the reformed Band with Levon Helm singing Atlantic City.

Merry Christmas to all!

hawkeyedjb said...

Tonight was High Church at the beautiful St. Barnabas-on-the-Desert Episcopal church. Wonderful chorus, orchestra, organ, and a service that takes me back to childhood. They do all the great, classical choral Christmas hymns: Adeste Fideles, Joy to the World, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Silent Night. For an evening, I was 12 years old again. Can't wait for morning and all the loot!

Ralph L said...

we did our big dinner tonight

So did we. I'd bought an unfrozen turkey on Friday because they've run out in the past, and I was nervous about it, as the sell by date was the 26th. Turned out very tasty and moist with a nice brown gravy. Many days of hash and soup to come.

walter said...

Laslo,
He was just "doing a solid" for his landscaper.
Btw, "Tunnel of love" doesn't deserve hominid fury.

AllenS said...

Happy Birthday, Jesus.

Michael K said...

Very nice evening at my son's with 40+ people for dinner. Children and grandchildren, including the youngest at 4 1/2 months.

Jon Ericson said...

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

*smooches*

BUMBLE BEE said...

Big Mike... +100 On prayers. Lost a Favorite Dec on 23 when I was young. Prayed everything I knew and the hardest ever. Lost him and my religion, but I'm getting both back slowly as I age. Merry foggy Christmas.

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rhhardin said...

Traditional Tweeze Denied Beef-Worker Isthmus
https://www.badgerandblade.com/forum/threads/tweeze-denied-beef-worker-isthmus.32742/

Annie C. said...

Merry Christmas All.

Working today, but we had our Christmas last evening. Husband is leaving tomorrow to the Caribbean to go Permit and Tarpon fishing. Peace and quiet for five days.

Thank you Althouse and Meade for another year of fascinating information and conversation. We appreciate all you do.

Owen said...

Merry Xmas all. Extra thanks to Prof. A and Meade for creating this wonderful space where so much good thought and conversation go on.

Bruce Hayden said...

“All the kids at my son's this evening. Big storm due tomorrow.”

Pretty consistent rain this morning from a bit before dawn. Except that we are in AZ, not, say, FL, where you might expect serious rain on Christmas Day. It seems so wrong, esp as we plan to go see my family this weekend in CO, where there is supposed to be snow this week. THAT is what I expect on Christmas - snow.

So far, our plans are to sit tight and veg today. Last two nights found us over at my partner’s daughter’s house. Monday was to see my partner’s son and his family. Last night it was a combination birthday for the daughter and Christmas Eve. Everyone ate too much, and there was a bit of overindulging in adult beverages. Hence the plan to stay here, indoors, today,nand mostly just recuperate from the previous two nights.

Merry Christmas to all.

Michael K said...

Pretty consistent rain this morning from a bit before dawn

Not raining here. We were to go up to a town north of LA tomorrow to pick up a dog but that area has snow forecast and we will stay in CA two more days to avoid trouble as there is a mile of dirt road to the place.

Josephbleau said...

It seems like impeachment has dissipated into the ground clutter. If Nancy had just passed it to the Senate for dismissal the Dems would have a clear deck to create an election strategy for 2020, but they could not help themselves. Folks like Durbin the Dick will have to start attacking the FBI soon to distance the new candidates from the Hillary/Obama madness. They will need scapegoats to protect Comey who will flip if they don't save him; Hillary is rotting meat at this point.

Obama needs to focus on making netflix shows on music criticism and the dust bins of jazz, remaining strictly non-political.