Cleolinda Jones (cleolinda) wrote,
Cleolinda Jones

The day after

So Children of Men is geting fantastic reviews... but it's not playing here yet. FNARR. So instead, we're getting together chez Em and watching one of the DVDs I got for birthday/Christmas. Hint: There may likely be rum.

Also, I had to run Jo's Christmas dress through the dryer a few times to get rid of the long-term storage mustiness, but it's on Meg now and has a fantastic hoopskirt (thanks to a ginormous tulle crinoline underneath) that I am deeply impressed with. Also, I noticed that my Meg, unlike any other pictures of the doll, has red hair. And that red hair is in a Meg style (she's actually the second doll from left, and did come in that picnic dress), so she's not a Jo in disguise. And redhead Meg is fabulous, but I can't figure out how she came to be. Did I snag some über-rare factory mistake?

(Beth and Amy, if you're curious.)

So, what did you get for Winter Holiday of Your Choice?

Legendary singer James Brown dies at 73; Brown's widow fights for access to home. Quotes about the death of James Brown; James Brown remembered around the world.

Court: Execute Saddam within 30 days.

Nigerian pipeline explosion kills 200: "Thieves trying to steal fuel from a pipeline outside Lagos, Nigeria, triggered an explosion and fire that killed at least 200 people, a Nigerian Red Cross spokesman told CNN."

Fears of tsunami ease after Taiwan quake.

Castro doesn't have cancer, doc says.

Katrina fraud likely to balloon past $1B. Which does not surprise me at all. Simply in the sense that the government threw vast amounts of money at the problem--and I don't know what else they could have done on such short notice, BROWNIE--and, human nature being what it is, fraud blossomed.

U.S. deaths in Iraq exceed 9-11 count.

Nepal's mystery "Buddha boy" reappears.

Armadillos marching north to Illinois; "No justice, no peace!" says spokesdillo.

Despite laws, gay wedding industry booms.

Man sets self aflame in Calif. protest... because "the Kern High School Board of Trustees voted to use the names Christmas and Easter instead of winter and spring breaks." That... that right there is some disproportionate protestation.

Report: Italy makes arrest in spy poisoning case.

Annan 'concerned' on Libya AIDS sentence.

Schwarzenegger breaks leg while skiing; Schwarzenegger to have surgery on leg.

In Tibet's interest to be part of China: Dalai Lama. No comment as yet from Buddha Boy.

Phoenix slayings informant speaks out.

Bus riders get gifts from Secret Santa

MySpace users big targets for ID thieves.

Man who inspired hit film "Happyness" skips opening.

Movie star Bachchan is Indian of the Year.

Full Spider-Man 3 trailer.

apocalyptically: "Tudormania! The trailer for Showtime's The Tudors," aka "The one with Jonathan Rhys-Meyers as the prettiest least Tudor-looking Henry VIII ever."

Christmas brings strange seasonal crimes. To wit:

>> David Allen Rodgers, 42, was arrested Dec. 3 for driving while intoxicated — at the wheel of a float during the annual Christmas parade in Anderson, S.C. According to witnesses, Rodgers sped down Main Street in the Steppin' Out Dance Studio float with 19 people aboard, ran a red light and led police on a 3-mile chase.

>> A motorcycle-riding Santa Claus with a stuffed Rudolph in his sidecar was arrested after allegedly grabbing an 8-year-old girl from outside a South Carolina convenience store. John Michael Barton, 55, was in his Claus outfit filling his bike with gas when the girl's family stopped by the store. The girl's father then saw Barton speeding off with her. After a chase at speeds of up to 80 mph, Barton pulled over his motorcycle and turned over the girl, police said. Barton was arrested later, hiding inside a bar.

>> Two local teens were arrested in an unrelated incident where they allegedly smashed a car with a large decorative candy cane, causing $1,000 worth of damage.

>> In Ohio's Hamilton County, a pair of 18-year-olds were arrested for using screwdrivers to stab an inflatable 12-foot-tall Frosty the Snowman. "Why me?" asked Frosty's owner, Matt Williquette. "And why Frosty?" The snowman had survived two previous stabbing attacks. But he will never forget his dead homies.

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