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    'twas The Night Before X-mas

    'Twas the night before Christmas and all thru the Forum
    Not a thread injector was whirring, in proper decorum
    All the hammocks were hung from the trees with care
    In hopes that Saint Shug would soon be there
    The members were nestled all snug in their 'mocks
    With visions of liver mush, their feet in down socks
    And mamma in her KAQ, and I in my ENO
    Had just settled down, warm in my nylon bear burrito.

    When out in the woods there arose such a clatter
    I jumped from the hammock to see what was the matter
    Away to the MamaJamma tarp I flew in flash
    Pulled open the doors, almost causing a gash

    The moon on the breast of a new fallen snow
    Gave lustre of mid day to the objects below
    When, what to my wondering eyes would appear
    But a pulk laiden with gear, pulled by eight HF members

    With a little driver, so lively and smug
    I knew in a moment, it must be Saint Shug
    More rapid than eagles, his coursers they came
    And he whistled and shouted and called them by name
    "Now Cannibal!, Now Just Jeff!, Now PGibson and Barefoot Child!
    "On NCPatrick!, on Angrysparrow! Now Mule and the Wild!

    To the top of Mt. Washington! to the top of the Wall!
    Dash away, dash away, Dash away all!"
    As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane they fly
    When they met with an obstacle, mount to the sky
    So up to the tree tops, his coursers they flew
    With the pulk full of gear, and Saint Shug too!

    As I drew in my head and was turning around
    Into the tarp came Saint Shug with bound
    He was dressed in all down, from his head to his foot
    His clothes all tarnished with years of woodstove soot
    A bundle of gear he had slung to his ULA pack
    And he looked like a peddler with that bag on his back

    The stump of a cigar he held his in teeth
    And the smoke it circled his head like a wreath
    He had a broad face with a sly little smile
    His face weathered from years of hard trail miles
    He was chipper and acrobatic, a right jolly old elf
    And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself

    With a wink of his eye and a twist of his head
    Soon gave me to know, I had nothing to dread
    He spoke not a word, but went quick to his work
    And filled all the stockings with gear, then turned with a jerk

    Reaching into his bag he pulled a unicycle
    Rode out of the tarp, in a funny way that tickled
    He sprang to his pulk and gave his team a whistle
    And away they all flew like the down of a thistle
    But I heard his exclaim as he rode away singing

    Merry Christmas HF and to all a good night's hanging!
    Ambulo tua ambulo.

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    Senior Member ChrisH's Avatar
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    That was great, very well done! Merry Christmas!

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    Very cool, Gargoyle!!! A right good way to wake up today! Have a wonderful Christmas!!
    "Is this the best you've got?!!" (Shortoff Mtn., Linville Gorge 2010)

    "Life is tough.....it's even tougher if you're stupid!".....(John Wayne)

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    Great writing. Having my morning cup-o-joe. Just easing into the mist..
    2015 John Rock Spreadsheet.

    "If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing you should do is STOP DIGGING "

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    His clothes all tarnished with years of woodstove soot
    That would be a positive ID!

    Thank you! Merry Christmas!

    - MacEntyre, waiting for kids to awaken
    "We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately." - Ben Franklin
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    Excellent! Merry Christmas everyone!

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    Very well done! ... thanks for posting .. .
    Questtrek
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    Quote Originally Posted by questtrek View Post
    Very well done! ... thanks for posting .. .
    Ditto! That's great, Gar! And it is snowing on Christmas Day in MS! Merry Christmas to all at HF!
    For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us....that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
    Romans 8:18,21-22

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    That was awesome, but I was waiting to see how you'd work in the Woo Buddy.
    Mind you I'm not disappointed. Very well done indeed.
    respectfully,
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    Should this be made a sticky?
    Be like Bob

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