What did Santa bring you?

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My big gift actually came a few days ago. I finally took the HD plunge with a Sony 46 inch 1080p LCD. I watched football on it for the first time yesterday (Go Saints!) and was just in awe at how great it looked. My kids got a great collection of gifts. My son got the Avatar DVD set which I can't wait to watch with him. My wife got me the Han Solo/Chewbacca Transformer to add to my Star Wars collection.

So - anyone else get some cool loot?

And yes, I know the day isn't about presents, but lets pretend we're shallow for a minute. :)

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Comment 1 by Sid Wing posted on 12/26/2006 at 2:59 AM

I got a cool (well no, actually very warm) blanket with a wolf's head on it (Wolves collect me and vice versa)... New Coat and Hoodie (yes, it actually DOES get cold in Alabama). An NCC 1701 Disk Shooter (to add to my Star Trek periphenalia). An of course the Shrek Chess Set (Shrek and Donkey are my HEROES!)

Comment 2 by Jeff posted on 12/26/2006 at 3:18 AM

I got priceless memories with my family on my son's first Christmas :) (8 mos. old)

Comment 3 by Scott P posted on 12/26/2006 at 5:55 AM

My brother-in-law was in on leave from his second tour in Iraq (2nd (Dagger) Brigade - Baghdad) and he got here in time to see his daughter take her first steps. That was cool.

Two Dell 20" Widescreen Flat Panel Monitors for me, my son received every Cars related product known to exist in the world.

My nephew also got the Han/Chewie Star Wars transformers and I was confused when I saw it. It was cool but I felt like I was looking at something evil. Still don't know what to make of it.

Comment 4 by Michael Anderson posted on 12/26/2006 at 5:58 AM

Got to hold my boy for the first time this weekend!



Comment 5 by Critter posted on 12/26/2006 at 6:03 AM

hahah whoops. forgot to change my cookie in the last post.

btw.. Talon got that same han solo/chewy transformer. I'm glad he was able to figure it out on his own :)

I got him the Jaba the Hutt Sand Skipper / Sarlack(sp?) Lego set.. I <3 Legos

Comment 6 by Scott Stroz posted on 12/26/2006 at 6:16 AM

I got a portable satellite (XM) radio which can also play MP3s.

My kids got an assload of Star Wars stuff. We have been playing the Lego games (which they love) and now want to watch all the movies (but they won't see episode 3 for a while) and a lot of Star Wars toys (they currently have more lightsabers than I ever had). I love watching them enjoy the movies and do a lot of the same pretend play I did as a kid. And, I am not gonna lie, I love getting in on the pretend play myself (they always et me be Luke oin our lightsaber battles)

Comment 7 by Raymond Camden posted on 12/26/2006 at 6:40 AM

Sid, you got to post a picture of that.
Jeff, no fair mentioning something real and important! ;)
Ditto Michael. ;)
Scott P - I've been real happy with my Dell 24 inch. Good pick there.
Critter - I hear ya. I can't handle today's transformers. This is the 3rd SW one I got - but I leave em in the box. I think they look cool that way and if I _did_ open them, I'd probably not be able to change em back.
Scott S - Why holding off on Ep3? Think it is a bit too gruesome?

Comment 8 by Doug posted on 12/26/2006 at 7:04 AM

I got a copy of ColdFusion MX Developer's Handbook!

Comment 9 by Scott Stroz posted on 12/26/2006 at 7:52 AM

Ray - exactly. Even without some of the gore at the end, the content itself might be a bit too much for an 8 and 4 year-old . I thin my 8 year-old could handle it, but we don;t feel it would be fair to let him see it an not his brother.

Comment 10 by Matt Woodward posted on 12/26/2006 at 8:35 AM

I'm the proud owner of an Xbox 360 with HD DVD drive, and also the hard-to-come-by Wii, complete with the old "straps of danger!" Upgrade? NEVER!

And oh yeah, got to see my family and stuff too. Which was almost as good as the video games.

Comment 11 by John Ramon posted on 12/26/2006 at 9:01 AM

Well, my company got me a new intel core duo desktop and laptop my wife got me a new 20 dell wide screen flat panel (the second one shes getting me for my birthday next month) she also got me a new Sony mini DV cam, my son 6 next month got every GI Joe Sigma 6 stuff we could find. Im like scott just waiting for that second screen working from home Im going to need another screen.

And no Im not spoiled I just dont buy much for myself and my wife just wanted to go all out for me this year. Living in Denver is not cheap my family comes first always before myself.

Merry X-Mass everyone.

Comment 12 by Sean Corfield posted on 12/26/2006 at 9:14 AM

Jay & I don't do Christmas but it was our anniversary on the Solstice (Friday) so I bought her/us a new DVD player... chipped for all regions and HDMI equipped for when we (finally) move to HD TV... and "Carmen" (a flamenco adaptation of the book / opera - Jay's favorite all-time movie, directed by Carlos Saura) which is not available in region 1, hence the whole chipped DVD player thing :)

We're just figuring out our finances to see if a big-screen TV is in our future...

Happy Holidays!

Comment 13 by Peter Tilbrook posted on 12/26/2006 at 2:46 PM

Got the usual, clothes etc. Some great books including DaVinci Code (seen the movie but the books are always better) and Tom Clancy Rainbox Six. So a fair bit of reading between coding then!

Comment 14 by Kevin Schmidt posted on 12/26/2006 at 8:56 PM

My girlfriend, who knows me so well, got me the 20th Anniversary edition of Transformers on DVD as well as the 14 inch tall Optimus Prime 20th Anniversary Edition.

Transforming that thing is a royal pita.

Comment 15 by Jen posted on 12/26/2006 at 11:35 PM

Santa brought me a new Nikon DSLR camera & tripod... so I took almost 200 pics on Christmas day!

The kids got a range of goodies - favorites ranged from a karaoke machine, the board game "Risk", and Lego Star Wars II.

Comment 16 by Raymond Camden posted on 12/26/2006 at 11:56 PM

Jen, how old are your kid? I've been wondering when I can introduce Risk.

Comment 17 by Phil Duba posted on 12/27/2006 at 12:57 AM

Satellite Radio on the go and some things from “The Office” for my cube at work, :).

Comment 18 by Damon Gentry posted on 12/27/2006 at 1:19 AM

My wife got me and the kids a Wii (with the straps of death). I also got lots of Best Buy and Home Depot gift cards. So that means more Wii games for the kids, and more home improvement work for good ol' Dad.

I'm hoping that I can spend my year-end bonus on Adobe Flex Builder 2 for the Mac!

Comment 19 by Raymond Camden posted on 12/27/2006 at 1:24 AM

Phil, what kind of Office stuff?
Damon - Ha - I haven't gotten a year end bonus for 3-4 years now. Really surprised me when Mindseye didn't do that, and since I left roundpeg, I'm not expecting one this year. ;)

Comment 20 by James Edmunds posted on 12/27/2006 at 1:31 AM

Ray, since I got my HDTV on Black Friday, the Saints haven't lost -- EXCEPT for the weekend that my Cox cable was out. I feel like they're counting on me now.

We're not much of Christmas present folks around here, but I did install Mozy (http://mozy.com) backup a couple of days before Christmas, and though not a Christmas goodie in the way you're asking, I sure do like it!

Comment 21 by I Rz posted on 12/27/2006 at 1:36 AM

Santa came about two before xmas. As I am walking into Ciruit City I noticed that the sign that says "PS3 is Sold Out" was actually not there. I installed it Xmas day on the new Samsung 62" TV. Good Christmas.

Comment 22 by Jen posted on 12/27/2006 at 1:52 AM

Ray, my son is 11. He loves strategy games, and already plays Stratego and Chess pretty well so we figured he is ready.

Comment 23 by Phil Duba posted on 12/27/2006 at 2:01 AM

the Dwight bobble-head, a couple of Dunder Mifflin coffee mugs, and a few tee-shirts for my "casual" days here.

Comment 24 by Raymond Camden posted on 12/27/2006 at 2:04 AM

I just want to ditto James' recommendation for Mozzy. I've been using it for a while now and it is brain dead simple. 2 gigs of free back up plus software to back up daily. I can't wait till they release the Mac client.

Comment 25 by Damon Gentry posted on 12/27/2006 at 4:05 AM

Oh yeah. I also forgot to mention that my sister (in Shreveport) sent me a 'Cajun Basket'. I now have a gumbo mix, red beans and rice, some hot sauce, buffalo wing sauce, and 6 canisters of Tony Chachere's Creole seasoning. The gumbo mix is especially difficult to find up here in the Pacific Northwest where the bland-tasting halibut is a favorite.

Oh yeah, the Saint's secured a bye for the post season. Quite possibly the best Christmas present ever!

Comment 26 by Raymond Camden posted on 12/27/2006 at 4:12 AM

Ah - Tonys. I haven't used that since college. ;) My wife made a gumbo a few weeks back. I won't ever tire of that. I have family visiting in a few days and they are vegetarians. I'm thinking of picking up some boudin for them. :)

Comment 27 by Teddy R Payne posted on 12/27/2006 at 7:25 PM

I received the gift of laughter and joy. My whole nuclear family was there. I had the pleasure of my mother and father, siter and her husband, my loving girlfriend and my adorable dog.

I received some very humerous gifts like a "Hooters" golf bag that will make the guys laugh on the range. I bought myself and girlfriend some nice lap desks for the bedroom, since we both enjoy computing in comfort. I received a weed wacker to help me with my lawn as I am a recent first time home owner. My parents always enjoy me looking sharp, so they bought me a few dress shirts and pants for work. (Father probably chose them as he has great taste in professional clothes) My girlfriend bought me a MMORPG to give my active mind something to wrap around to stop me from coding so much.

So, I would say that wholistically that I was taken care of. The family was the most important as the stress of the girlfriend spending the first holidays with me was there. It all turned out very nicely.

I wish everyone a beautiful new year, good fortune and love.


Comment 28 by Robert Owen posted on 12/27/2006 at 8:45 PM

My Wife got me an XBox 360 with a Hard Drive and with the Legos StarWars II game, Halo and Need for Speed. So far we've only played the StarWars and have become addicted... now if we can only figure out how to save the game!!

I hope everyone had a great Christmas! now... Back to work!!

Comment 29 by Raymond Camden posted on 12/27/2006 at 8:57 PM

Robert - I think its automatic when you finish a level, and when you buy stuff at the store.

Comment 30 by Sid Wing posted on 12/27/2006 at 10:39 PM

Ray, which stuff was I s'posed to post the picture of?

Comment 31 by Raymond Camden posted on 12/28/2006 at 9:40 AM

I wanted to see the NCC 1701 Disk Shooter.

Comment 32 by Sid Wing posted on 12/28/2006 at 11:44 PM

Will get ya a picture ASAP...

Comment 33 by Sid Wing posted on 12/29/2006 at 12:51 AM
Comment 34 by Raymond Camden posted on 12/29/2006 at 8:53 AM

Thanks Sid!