Merry Christmas Eve.

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  1. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Yup, it's the day before the fat man cometh so I'd like to send out a big hello to all my fellow Macrumourmongers.

    I'm sitting at my desk at 1:30am, it's stinking hot, humid as all hell and tomorrow we're looking at hitting 40C (104F) with 90km/h winds (56mph). It's going to be a nasty Christmas, hope all my fellow Aussies have their houses and yards prepared cause any spark will make the place go up like a bonfire.

    To all you in the Northern hemisphere, enjoy your christmas carols that actually make sense, your real christmas trees that don't die in the heat and being able to cuddle up with your loved ones in front of those roaring fires that look so good in the movies.

    If I had a loved one (awww.....) I'd be trying to keep them as far away from me as possible so we didn't end up as a pool of molten human flesh in the middle of the floor.

    And to those in western NSW, I feel for you, I really do. What is there to do when it's still 100F at 1:30am?

    My parents have air conditioning.... oh man I can't wait to go home....
     
  2. XIII macrumors 68040

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    Thats such an odd state to be in on Christmas Eve. I'm really cold here. :p Oh, and its also the 23rd here. :) Well. Enjoy your Christmas.
     
  3. Chundles thread starter macrumors G4

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    Not odd for me, I found white christmases odd. How can you have fresh prawns and fresh mango when it's snowing outside? ;)

    You enjoy yours too. I like having Christmas before every one else (well, except those damned kiwis).
     
  4. amacgenius macrumors 68000

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  5. Motley macrumors 6502

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    Bah we got warm enough for a little bit of rain but then cooled down so it glazed the streets. So the side roads are fun to drive. I must try out my fireplace at some point.

    I'm sitting here at work looking at the near empty parking lot wondering why I just didn't take the day off but now I can't leave early because I have a test to run but it can't start for a few hours then takes 3-4 hours to run, so I'm stuck here for a while:(
     
  6. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Southern Hemisphere. International Dateline. Sheesh! :) Have a good hot one Chun!
     
  7. w_parietti22 macrumors 68020

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    Oh good! I was like omg, tomorrows Xmas? :eek: I still dont have all my shopping done. :eek:
     
  8. Dagless macrumors Core

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    we're in limbo up in the Pennines. its warm-ish, raining. just not the right weather. its more like March here.

    Merry Xmas eve to everyone else too!

    its still eve eve here though!
     
  9. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
    Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
    The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
    In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

    The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
    While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
    And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
    Had just settled down for a long winter's nap,

    When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
    I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
    Away to the window I flew like a flash,
    Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

    The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
    Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
    When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
    But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,

    With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
    I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
    More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
    And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

    "Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
    On, Comet! on Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!
    To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
    Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"

    As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
    When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
    So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
    With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.

    And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
    The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
    As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,
    Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

    He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
    And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
    A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
    And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

    His eyes -- how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
    His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
    His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
    And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;

    The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
    And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
    He had a broad face and a little round belly,
    That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.

    He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
    And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
    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 straight to his work,
    And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
    And laying his finger aside of his nose,
    And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;

    He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
    And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.

    But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
    "Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night."


    :)
     
  10. XIII macrumors 68040

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    Thats a traditional american poem/rhyme read on Christmas Eve.

    WOO! I know something! :D
     
  11. jelloshotsrule macrumors G3

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    except it's not written in american in that post. ;)
     
  12. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    Those Crazy southern hemisphereians. :rolleyes:

    We know all the Kangaroos are running around in Santa Hats, as evinced in this EXCLUSIVE picture I have:
    [​IMG]

    :p

    Have a good one, Chundles! your SN makes me smile! I love it, still!! :p

    Yeah.. last year it snowed on Xmas day in Houston, and this year, the high is SEVENTY.
    Gross.

    I'm still gonna wear my boots and a scarf... but with a tank-top. :D
     
  13. XIII macrumors 68040

    XIII

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    Bugger. My one piece of knowledge, useless. :(
     
  14. champsylove macrumors newbie

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    Big thanks chundles

    Hey chundles, I can barely believe but with all the ICT sophistication of a brick, your suggestion of turning the pc off and trying again worked. One nicely burned imation CD- ( with Alfie sound track for my wife) is now burned.
    What can I say Chundles, a pleasure it has been. I think I will visit this site again. Take care dude. Go well and have a great Christmas. Many genuine thanks Buddy. Champsylove
     
  15. Chundles thread starter macrumors G4

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    Mate, no worries. That little trick fixed sooo many problems I had with my old PC. I don't know how but I don't mess with the mysteries of the gods.
     
  16. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    I was in Australia for Christmas a few years ago, so I know what you're going through Chundles. ;) Usually it's extremely cold here for Christmas, but it looks like we'll be having a mild one just year, with temperatures hovering just above 0 Celsius.
     
  17. Chundles thread starter macrumors G4

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    Boy that is warm for this time of year.

    We've just cracked through 37C at 11:30am, at the moment the clouds are hiding the sun but it looks like they won't be doing that for long.

    I so hope I don't have to work tonight.
     
  18. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Yep, usually it's about -20 Celsius around this time of year. But, with it being above 0 as it currently is, we can crack out the short-sleeved shirts and shorts! :eek: :D
     
  19. Chundles thread starter macrumors G4

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    Yeah, I remember Australia Day there, it got to 5C so i went along to the festivities in shorts, T shirt and a pair of thongs (flipflops). Good times, my mates back here couldn't believe it.
     
  20. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Yeah, I always had fun explaining to some Aussies about how cold it gets here, and they just could not fathom it. ;) :)
     
  21. Applespider macrumors G4

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    I remember a few years ago in London where it actually snowed one day and left a couple of inches behind. Our Aussie/Kiwi friends in the office ran outside when the snow started and tried to catch it on their tongues. I guess we'd forgotten that they'd never seen it before!

    Merry Christmas Eve though guys... 23 hours to Christmas where I am; the presents are wrapped; just the Christmas cake to finish...
     
  22. Chundles thread starter macrumors G4

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    Oh we've seen it alright. In winter we have more snow covered terrain than Switzerland.

    We're just waay more fun than Poms. ;) Just kidding mate, or am I?

    Merry Christmas.
     
  23. DJY macrumors 6502a

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    Merry Christmas to all as well.

    I hope you all enjoy the company of those you care about, stay safe, and enjoy the season for its indeed reasons - rather than just commercial gain.

    For my fellow Aussies - be safe and good luck. I remember only to clearly the firestorms here in Canberra 2 yrs ago - when over 500 houses were lost, many were evacuated, and many now are only just recovering.

    This week has been hot, and the early indicators aren't good bush fire wise this year!

    I'm heading off to Tassie today for a week on the east coast / Coles Bay / Freycinet Peninsula / Wineglass Bay! One of the most amazing places on the planet IMHO!
     
  24. Chundles thread starter macrumors G4

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    Yes indeed DJY, hope we all get through the holidays and the rest of summer OK.

    As for your trip to Tassie, that's so cool, Wineglass Bay is one of the places I must see before I die - that and Cradle Mountain.

    For you who don't know what we're talking about:
    [​IMG]
     
  25. Applespider macrumors G4

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    From the Aussies I know, I'd agree but then again, I'm a Scot which I don't think comes under the 'Pom' defintion... does it? And if not, what do Scots come under in Aussie terminology?
     

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