: Post Your Christmas Tree!



greencadillacmatt
12-01-10, 03:44 PM
I love this time of year.

http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp126/greencadillacmatt/Olds048.jpg

The-Dullahan
12-02-10, 01:14 AM
Seasons Greetings from Florida!
http://www.coralreefphotos.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/merry-christmas-again.jpg

I don't have a Christmas tree yet and haven't really gone looking. Trees are expensive in FL though, compared to the handful-of-change they cost in Pennsylvania. Not only that, but somehow a 4-5 foot tree is considered adequate here. I need at least 8.5 feet of tree whenever possible.

Submariner409
12-02-10, 09:29 AM
A 5 foot Scotch pine from a local farm - up in the loft/office area. Just about the same every year..................

The-Dullahan
12-02-10, 03:34 PM
Nice job.

Tinsel is always cool to look at/decorate with, but I really don't like cleaning it up.

Submariner409
12-03-10, 10:54 AM
Nice job. Tinsel is always cool to look at/decorate with, but I really don't like cleaning it up.

Believe it or not, that tinsel is the old stamped lead and aluminum foil stuff from the 40's and 50's. Both Karen and I found many boxes of it when we cleaned out our respective parents' homes - so she does the tree, one strand at a time, and returns it all to the cardboard panels and boxes every January. (The procedure takes a lot of egg nog..........)

johnny kannapo
12-03-10, 02:54 PM
Thats a beauty Sub, very festive -Merry X-mas


http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz183/billytheshoe/4fa42a70.jpg

orconn
12-03-10, 03:51 PM
Believe it or not, that tinsel is the old stamped lead and aluminum foil stuff from the 40's and 50's. Both Karen and I found many boxes of it when we cleaned out our respective parents' homes - so she does the tree, one strand at a time, and returns it all to the cardboard panels and boxes every January. (The procedure takes a lot of egg nog..........)

You're telling me about the tediousness of the old style tinsel! The last time I was involved in trimming a tree with the stuff was the mid-1970's, my wife and I had a couple, who were good friends, over to trim the tree in our "new" (to us house). It turned out my wife and my wife's sorority sister's boyfriend were of "meticulous" strand at a time appliers of tinsel, while Sigrid and I were, after a few eggnogs, were of the "stand back several yards and through the stuff" persuasion! Our help in the trimming of the tree was shortly refused (in fact we were summarily discharge fro this duty) and Sigrid and I were left to "hog the eggnog!" From that day forward I have been excused from tree trimming duties in our household. I can't say I mind my exclusion, as I much prefer taking care of the eggnog!

Submariner409
12-03-10, 04:19 PM
Yepper..............over here on the Shore there's a dairy - Lewes Dairy in Delaware - that concocts the richest eggnog imaginable - approx. 12,659 calories per sip. I make up quarts of Egg Nog Fluid using bourbon, CC, rum and brandy in secret proportions - then there's a ritual of mixing it all together, a gallon at a time, in a huge antique yellow ware bowl using a wooden spoon. Fresh nutmeg grated on top of a silver cupfull..........urp !

After testing it all, we can't even begin to roll tinsel into balls to throw at the tree - we just sit and stare !

Somewhere on that tree are two soldiers - A Yankee and a Confederate - that came from my great-great grandfather's home in a little burg, not far from orconn, named Appomattox Court House, VA. :sneaky: (Forget, hell !!)

orconn
12-03-10, 05:16 PM
The coincidences that history reveals never fail to amaze me; i.e. Wilbur Mc Lane getting run out of his house in Northern Virginia, First Battle of Monassas, and moving out of Harm's Way to southwest Virginia, only to have his new house used by Lee and Grant for their surrender meeting! Talk about coincidence and bad luck!

Both my mother's and my father's families started out in Virginia, members of both families fought in the Revolution (on both sides) and settled in Virginia and North Carolina before pioneering West into Indiana and Illinois. Both families had soldiers on both sides during the Civil War. I knew very little about all this until I started doing the family's history through genealogy after moving to Virginia several years ago. Our house in Northern Virginia sat on land that was used by the Army of Northern Virginia to bivouac troops prior to the crossing of the Potomac River on their way to the Battle of Gettysburg. One of the reasons for our resettling in Virginia was my son's choosing to attend Washington and Lee University in Lexington.

It's hard to miss all the history that has taken place in Virginia when you are confronted with it daily!

johnny kannapo
12-03-10, 07:27 PM
Well I found a minute to erect it.


http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz183/billytheshoe/junk/2e85b2df.jpg

Low carbon foot print

ga_etc
12-03-10, 09:03 PM
Our tree has been standing in the corner of the dinning room for three days without having the first ornament put on it.

ga_etc
12-05-10, 04:42 AM
I finally got tired of staring at a bare tree today and got ambitious enough to decorate it. Whadaya think?

http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/1204101548.jpg

The-Dullahan
12-05-10, 06:22 AM
I've contemplated a plastic tree, but they're all so tiny. I didn't think they MADE Christmas trees under eight feet, but then I moved to Florida. The SAME dastardly place where they somehow genetically engineered turkeys to weigh under forty-five pounds.

Actually, the only reason I would want the plastic one is to tie it on my car and drive through an area unfamiliar with me, to video record their reactions. That's not worth the price of said fake tree though, so I shall have to "borrow" one from somebody's yard display. There's nothing wrong with that, so long as I return it by the 25th.

On the subject of someone with a long car with luggage rack, for which to tie a tree to,

Where are the photos of the Roowagon with tree?

Stingroo
12-05-10, 09:54 AM
LOL I haz luggage rack!

I don't have a tree, I live in a dorm, yo.

Rolex
12-05-10, 03:25 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v305/rolex/photo-43.jpg

Submariner409
12-05-10, 06:33 PM
Rolex, You blew it - I figured that your tree would be hung with 357 and .223 shell cases :sneaky:

Stingroo
12-05-10, 06:38 PM
Saw somebody with a christmas tree in the trunk of an SL55 today. I gave them the strangest look.

The-Dullahan
12-05-10, 11:40 PM
LOL I haz luggage rack!

I don't have a tree, I live in a dorm, yo.

No excuse. You have no idea what the College Program kids at Disney were up to with Xmas trees in dorms. Ahh, good times.

I did once see someone go all cheapo and buy a string of lights and tape them to a wall in a generic "air freshener" shape of a Christmas tree. Do that, maybe?

Rolex
12-06-10, 12:20 PM
Rolex, You blew it - I figured that your tree would be hung with 357 and .223 shell cases :sneaky:

It's elevated on 4 ammo cans, which is approximately 2800 rounds of 5.56x45. ;)

Stingroo
12-06-10, 12:28 PM
No point, Chamus. I'm leaving the dorm Saturday anyway. lol

greencadillacmatt
12-06-10, 04:10 PM
No point, Chamus. I'm leaving the dorm Saturday anyway. lol

In that case, spray-paint one on the wall. They won't mind, and you're leaving anyway...

drewsdeville
12-06-10, 04:17 PM
No point, Chamus. I'm leaving the dorm Saturday anyway. lol

You are done this week? Bastard. I have another 2 to go. This last stretch after a nice Thanksgiving break is agony, I'm never fully "at school" at that point...just coasting to the finish line :annoyed:

Stingroo
12-06-10, 04:21 PM
Yeah, my last final is Thursday, but I'm staying until Saturday for work, lol

Nutz
12-06-10, 10:19 PM
C'mon. Someone's gotta have a famous Kramer Festivus Pole...

hueterm
12-06-10, 10:21 PM
Bah humbug.... ;-)

Since I'll be at the movie theater and/or my favorite Chinese restaurant, not much of a point.

I would go to the pistol range to try out the new toy, but I'm sure it would be closed, and that might be a little too "Taxi Driver".....

Rolex
12-06-10, 10:37 PM
:suspect:

hueterm
12-06-10, 10:47 PM
One of the ones in STL, not Sturms, ROFL... Although, that is kinda Taxi Driver all the time......

As to the new toy, am still undecided. Am leaning to a Beretta 92 (9mm full frame) and swap out w/either Hogue Cocobolo grips, or the Beretta walnut grips....

However, am still wanting a Taurus Judge....

Am leaning more toward the former, but can't decide on blued or stainless.....

Rolex
12-07-10, 12:06 AM
Ahh the Judge is an itch you just gotta scratch. :)

I just won one of these on Gunbroker Mike:
http://www.marlinfirearms.com/Firearms/bigbore/1895SBL.asp

And the scope is inbound on the little brown truck too. :bouncy:

hueterm
12-07-10, 12:36 AM
My dad has a 30:30 Marlin...what caliber ammo is the one you won? Big, I assume? :-)

There was a Taurus video on the Judge, they shot various ammo out of it....#4 Bird was kind of impressive at 15 feet...... Let's just say there was no way you could miss.....

Lord Cadillac
12-07-10, 11:28 AM
Nice Christmas trees, guys. :p I'll throw mine in the mix even thought it's not finished yet... And yes, there's a cat under the tree. :o

Submariner409
12-07-10, 11:54 AM
Sal, That looks exactly like my old tomcat, SPIKE. Same nose blaze, too. Fond memories. An early "Merry Christmas..........."

Submariner409
12-07-10, 12:02 PM
There was a Taurus video on the Judge, they shot various ammo out of it....#4 Bird was kind of impressive at 15 feet...... Let's just say there was no way you could miss.....

Here's mine - the high brass #4 shot is truly impressive, #7 1/2 is fun for shredding bushes, and the Winchester high brass with 000 buck balls is fearsome: that's 3 .32 cal. balls coming down the hall.........sorry for the fuzzy pic.

I wonder what the pattern would be like if a gunsmith bored out the rifling and left it as a smoothbore............................nothing could dodge it at short range.

Lord Cadillac
12-07-10, 01:31 PM
Spike! That's what we should have named her. :p Even though it's a female. Merry Christmas to you too!


Sal, That looks exactly like my old tomcat, SPIKE. Same nose blaze, too. Fond memories. An early "Merry Christmas..........."

hueterm
12-07-10, 02:16 PM
Sub, are you talking #4 Buck or #4 Bird? W/000 Buck how tight is the pattern? I thought I read that someone made Judge-specific .410s that have 4 000s....or is that for the 3" chamber?

I may have to get one of these....

Sorry for the threadjack :-)

Submariner409
12-07-10, 04:31 PM
Sub, are you talking #4 Buck or #4 Bird? W/000 Buck how tight is the pattern? I thought I read that someone made Judge-specific .410s that have 4 000s....or is that for the 3" chamber? I may have to get one of these....Sorry for the threadjack :-)

#4 is shot - for a .410 there are 60 pellets per load.
#7 1/2 is shot - about 125 per load for .410 (The larger the number, the smaller the shot - all has to do with the mesh per sq/in of the screen the molten metal is poured through in the tower).

0, 00, and 000 "buckshot" are pretty big pellets - there are 3 000 in a .410 high brass load, each pellet is .32 cal.

For the Taurus you can put all 3 000 pellets in a sheet of newspaper at 20 feet: it's a no-miss load. Same for the # 4. A load of high brass #4 at 15 feet would do terrible damage to a human. It also lets your right hand know that you pulled the trigger :suspect:

Low brass = game loads
High brass = express loads

Yes, a 3 inch .410 packs more lead than the 2.5 inch - overkill (pardon the pun).

The-Dullahan
12-07-10, 05:51 PM
There is a weapons thread...oddly enough, I have no photos posted there. Such madness.

It's not a tree (Because I'm not a Viking) but here's some Holiday Joy.

http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff29/The-Dullahan/Photo-0061.jpg?t=1291757704

greencadillacmatt
12-07-10, 06:08 PM
^Makes me want to hang those icicle lights off the trunk of the Olds...

We also have this little light-up tree out at the top of our driveway:
http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp126/greencadillacmatt/Olds043.jpg

ga_etc
12-07-10, 06:13 PM
You're in Michigan, you should have real icicles.

Stingroo
12-07-10, 06:23 PM
lolsnow.

drewsdeville
12-07-10, 06:30 PM
lolsnow.

I know, pretty sweet, isn't it? :bouncy:

I can't wait until I get the time to take advantage of it when the semester is over.

greencadillacmatt
12-07-10, 06:39 PM
Makes me miss the handbrake in the Cavalier... :(

Stingroo
12-07-10, 06:51 PM
I hate snow. HATE it.

Rolex
12-07-10, 08:12 PM
My dad has a 30:30 Marlin...what caliber ammo is the one you won? Big, I assume? :-)

Big? Yes, much bigger then my trusty old 30-30. 45-70 Government.

THe 30-30 on the left for comparo:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v305/rolex/photo-44-1.jpg

Sorry for the hijack. :peeking:

hueterm
12-07-10, 08:40 PM
I thought a 30-30 was a rounded nose bullet....anyway, you DO like 'em big.... ;-)

Rolex
12-07-10, 08:42 PM
New poly-tip bullet design has been a great advance for lever guns. It's brought them into the 21st century.

When I get the rifle I'll post it in er...that....er....weapons thread. :hide:

The-Dullahan
12-07-10, 09:50 PM
Yeah, That.

Sting, Snow is awesome. Way better than any weather-related phenomenon in Florida.

Also, photo number two (works better at night instead of in grocery store parking lot)

SANTY HAT!
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff29/The-Dullahan/Photo-0062.jpg?t=1291772996

Lord Cadillac
12-07-10, 09:57 PM
Satan's Used Cars! Nice! :p


There is a weapons thread...oddly enough, I have no photos posted there. Such madness.

It's not a tree (Because I'm not a Viking) but here's some Holiday Joy.

http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff29/The-Dullahan/Photo-0061.jpg?t=1291757704

Stingroo
12-07-10, 10:14 PM
Much cooler than the Evil Dead license plate you had before.

The-Dullahan
12-07-10, 10:19 PM
Much cooler than the Evil Dead license plate you had before.

I intended to change this for a massive amount of time, but that's a ****ing hassle, so I put it off. Those bolts all have wires out the back, so you can imagine the annoyance of unscrewing them and changing the plate.

The Satan's Used Cars one has been on since...I don't know...August-ish? when I finally said Okay, The Evil Dead is a GREAT film series...but it HAS to go. Clashed horribly.

I have another S.U.C. plate around here if anyone needs it.

Added more pine garland to the front now. I've contemplated changing that wreath before, but for the last three years it has been the same. I contemplated using one of my deer skulls and putting a red bulb up it's nose or putting a skeletalized Christmas-Tree-Topper angel in the center of a wreath made up of leafless branches. Can't use an actual human skull...some weirdo would steal it. Also working something out with Stockings this year...

Should go get a photo with someone's Xmas light display...

hueterm
12-08-10, 09:44 PM
OK...one moar threadjack.....

Rolex, Sub, ck the weapons thread.... ;-)

MauiV
12-09-10, 02:24 PM
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w52/jdinmaui/Tree.jpg

http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w52/jdinmaui/tree2.jpg

I married Martha Stewart, only HOT and a better cook

Stingroo
12-09-10, 02:37 PM
That tree is legit.

The-Dullahan
12-12-10, 05:37 PM
Here it is. TADA!

http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff29/The-Dullahan/Photo-0065.jpg?t=1292189772

I had to settle for the little nine foot tree, because I couldn't find anything bigger.

Rolex
12-12-10, 09:54 PM
Here it is. TADA!

http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff29/The-Dullahan/Photo-0065.jpg?t=1292189772

I had to settle for the little nine foot tree, because I couldn't find anything bigger.

I see you're a weight lifter. :dumbbells:

The-Dullahan
12-12-10, 11:27 PM
Thin-as-a-rail actually.

The little three pound (maybe two pound?) weights are what they gave my father when he first underwent chemo. Seemed ironic, considering I've seen the man lift 150 like it was nothing.

Television? What the hell was I watching?

Above the television is my "Pull My Finger" painting.

greencadillacmatt
12-13-10, 04:01 PM
^Where you found a pine tree that big in Florida is a wonder in itself.

The-Dullahan
12-13-10, 06:00 PM
I had to contact my friend Boots and go to her outlet to get it. The people at Lowe's basically fall over themselves to serve me anyhow, I am the only thing that keeps their store in business. Too bad that didn't work out with the Pet Shack. Oh well, it's winter, so my pets don't eat for a few months anyhow.

XMAS TREE, PHASE TWO!
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff29/The-Dullahan/Photo-0066.jpg?t=1292277487

Why is a Nun on my Television now? Seriously, what channels have I been not-watching*?

http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff29/The-Dullahan/Photo-0067.jpg?t=1292277487

Decorated from everything from wood to steel, wrought iron to animal remains, all kinds of paints, fabrics, maille armour and basically whatever shiny things I come across that makes me think "This is awesome, but I can't make a pair of boots out of it"

Florida provides no good lighting, especially since the tree is next to 15x2 feet of window.

*Not-Watching: When a television is turned on, for the sake of being on, but you have utterly no clue to what is on until someone brings it up, because you have not been looking or listening to it.