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Sorta Claus

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In his day job, he’s known as Father Nick. He’s a cardinal, so he wears a red suit, but is only half-way to sainthood. (Which makes him a half-saint Nick)

Father Nick aspires to sainthood but has so far been held back by the ignominy of his brief televangelism career and the unexplained appearance of his image in a suspicious stain on a pew at the Church of No Pants. Until sainthood is achieved, he moonlights as…Sorta Claus. In an attempt to rehabilitate his jolly old elf with the Vatican, Sorta Claus has appeared here on Christmas Day for the second year in a row, to spread joy and holiday cheer using his superpower of gift-giving. Admittedly, in some instances he has had to also apply an abundance of his other superpowers, forgiveness and mercy, in order to bring himself to leave some halfbakers with gifts substantially better than switches and coal, but in the spirit of the Gift celebrated at Christmas, he feels justified in his benevolence.

We know that Sorta Claus has visited us again, because beneath the halfbakery Christmas tree we find:

For all those not specifically gifted below, sincerest wishes for peace and happiness on this day when hope shines brighter and miracles are more real, whether hoped-for or remembered. Your name was omitted merely by tragic oversight or because you didn’t meet Sorta’s criterion for active halfbakeity, but you are not forgotten. We all still hold a warm place in our hearts for you and invite you to freely share in the bounty bestowed today.

For 1kester: a “Sushi vending machine,” from which you can finally get your long-sought 2.5 fish.

For 2 fries short of a happy meal: A one-year pass to “Pet Paradise” for your orbital fish.

For 7threalm: from the random bag, a one-year supply of “Hot Dog Spread.”

For 8th of 7: a copy of “Sayings of Confusion.” I’m sure you’ll appreciate the joke, as well as the irony that if you can appreciate the joke, it’s not actually directed against you.

For absterge: your very own “Moment of Noise,” in case you ever again need to go out loudly.

For Admiral Hackbar: your very genuine own indivisible “Banana Pouch.” For natural bananas.

For AfroAssault: It looks like a book, but when you pick it up, it’s promisingly light weight. Checking carefully for wires, ticking sounds, and skin-penetrating poison dust, you rip open the paper to discover: the latest version of an “Online RPG based on Pirate combat and ‘New World’ Exploration.”

For AG2: a full set of “warm fingers.” Just the thing, I’d think, for a fingerless fellow or femme.

For airsmither: from the random bag, a set of “Binary Birthday Candles” for when it’s that time of year.

For AladdinSane2: a “Plasma lamp.” Let’s see what you get when you rub that baby!

For Ali Emami: from the random bag, a once-in-a-lifetime chance to “Win that Knighthood!”

For Almafeta: from the random bag, the travel edition of the ever-popular “Bad Driver Bingo.” No fair driving badly to ensure a win.

For almost_there: from the random bag, a can of “Mirror-Mist.”

For alphabetsoup: from the random bag, a large can of “Muffin Glue.”

For Alphaman: free registration of your name at the “Superhero and Supervillain Name Registration Office.”

For Althalus: a “20 Year Resurrection,” wherewith you might find redemption.

For Amishman35: an “artificial horse leg” to keep you from being stranded late at night and far from home.

For Amos Kito: a “Blood Glucose Indicator Tattoo” to warn you when it’s time to tap a new vein.

For amuron: from the random bag, an “Autoloading toothbrush.”

For Anchovy: a roll of “Wallpaper for fishtanks.”

For andrewm: a plentitude of “Bagel Music,” to with which your filter can replace the undesirable soundz.

For AndyReina: from the random bag, a truckload of “Goodwill Shipping.” Use it next year in the true spirit of Christmas.

For angel: one of them newfangled “Concealed Lightning Rods for Churches,” wherewith thy church bell ringing days might be prolonged.

For angieBC: a “Baby Helmet,” in case of an accident while snow-strolling.

For annfly: from the random bag, one of the really good ones: a “Fort Sofa.”

For anonymous_coward: from the random bag, a whole houseful of “Furniture Bookmarks.”

For antisocial american drifter: a free ride on the “Anti-Suicide train,” and a sincere hope that this small gesture of affection has reached you in time to add a little light to your life.

For arborsmith: a night for two in the “Tree Hotel.”

For arghblah: one month’s services of a tutor who can “Teach Foreign Pronunciation Rules.” If you’re going to use profanity, you might as well get the pronunciation right.

For ASLAN: lessons in how to “Domesticate one of the big cats,” wherewith you might find a mate for life. ‘Course, Aslan should have no problem attracting another cat, so in case you don’t need that gift, Sorta has thrown in a magnificent prize: “A Real Cat House,” for you and your mate.

For asporner: from the random bag, a ‘fridgeful of “Smart Food Containers.” Does smart food make you smart?

For ataraxia: from the random bag, a signed, original work of “Grass Art.” (no, not that kind of grass.)

For Aurora: from the random bag, a set of “Copper coated car tires.”

For bagel: “Cream Cheese Rings.” What else?

For barnzenen: a “Kid mode” cell phone.

For basie: a “Shoe vending machine.” So you can have your own.

For beanslayer: an “Accessible Cabinet Top,” on which you can lay your beans.

For beppe: from the random bag, a chain of “Daisy Chain Headphones.”

For bermo: “Wonder Walls” for your bungalow.

For Bert6322: from the random bag, a complete set of “Mondrian tiles.” Oooh, retro.

For bhbookworm: a library card valid at a library staffed by “animal librarians.” Maybe even worms.

For BigBrother: a “Bubblewrap repair kit,” for bubblewrap that is not (yet) broken. Carefully packaged in a box of Styrofoam peanuts.

For Bikecicle: from the random bag, a pair of front row seats at a “velcro wedding.”

For BinaryCookies: a “Pentium 4 Easy Bake Oven.” Use it to fight off that cryonic permafrost.

For Bingowings: from the random bag, a pair of “Air Assisted Cat Levitation Trousers.” Enjoy.

For blissmiss: a visit from the local “Guerilla Halfbakers” cell, who will under cover of darkness descend upon the domain of your stone-brained boss (see “Office Belle”) and administer the entire array of “Weapons of Mass Irritation.”

For blaise: a great gift from the random bag: “Serious Putty!”

For blts: a can of “’Spravy,’ The Aerosol Gravy,” because condiments go so well on BLTs.

For BobTheBaker: a personal “Fatal Auto Collision Song,” to deploy shortly after your blackout device.

For bookworm: a career writing “Calvinball Contracts.”

4 brad4brad: from the random bag…oh dear! Now, don’t take this the wrong way. I mean, in olden days boys who had been bad would get a lump of coal. But this isn’t just coal, it’s “Coloured Coal!” Just in case you’re not thrilled with the coal, Sorta has also slipped you a “Front Door Message Machine.”

For bradley: from the random bag, a “Back-Scratching T-shirt.” On the front it says, “I scratched my parents’ backs and all they got me was this lousy T-shirt.”

For briandamage: a “remote repair” contract for that brian or yours.

For brianparry: from the random bag, a “washing wardrobe.”

For bristolz: a “Dentist office sign language chart,” which you may present to your smart dentist as a token of your esteem.

For brownpaper: from the brown paper random bag, two tickets to see the Broadway debut of “Leth.,” starring in…sorry, but for the moment I’ve forgotten the show’s name. How embarrassing.

For bryons: a “Clever-Shower.” A power source for your radio!

For bspollard: from the random bag, a closet full of “Arecibo Message knit sweaters.”

For BugZapper: from the random bag, a garageful of “Holonomic Cars.” That random bag’s a pretty big bag.

For buddha_pest: A meat-locker full of “Venisoy.”

For bumhat: a job as technical director for the world premiere of “Global Zen Midi.”

For bungston: from the random bag, a fun-filled day at the “Car test-drive center.” Maybe they’ll have a car with violet brake lights.

For BunsenHoneydew: a “Junior Mad-Scientist Research Set.”

For bushman: from the random bag, a “GBU Video Camera.”

For Butterbean: from the random bag, a fistful of tickets to ride “Carnival Rides for the Elderly.” Give them as gifts, or if you’re not yet elderly, save them until you are.

For CAO: a “Washing machine cow catcher.” (Yes, it’s a pun.)

For Caracal: a pair of “Iceberg Sculptures,” in the shape of battleships, of course.

For carjug4: from the random bag, “3-way Xmas crackers,” so you can go to Christmas parties without a date, if you wish.

For cassandra: a “Pet Fox,” because 7 is the perfect number, after all.

For Chaos_5: Half a pair of “Symbiotic Ideas,” to share with your twin.

For chaos_6: Half a pair of “Idées Symbiotiques.” (see above)

For chard: an “Idiot Proof Snooze Button.” No more average delirious inane late-to-work embarrassment.

For charlesw: a whole pile of “New ideas via concatenation.” Since you love them so much.

For CheeseFilteredCigarette: from the random bag, fourty-three (43) “Connecting Coins.”

For chileheadplumber: a set of “Real Snap On Tools and Fasteners.”

For chRONic2003: from the random bag, a “Postmodern History Map.” Woohoo!

For cl_calkins: from the random bag, a beautiful new “Gleam in Your Smile.”

For clairepanda: a “Blowerphone,” which may do in a pinch, in case you ever need a trumpet note maker.

For cods: from the random bag, a “Self Regulating Electric Blanket.”

For coinop29: a lifetime membership in the “Guerrilla Halfbakers,” seeing as how you’ve been dutifully baking halfbaked concepts for at least three years now, even without having first seen them posted on the hb site. Remember, this is a secret organization, so don’t tell anyone.

For colaaddict: a 24-pack of “Frech Ground Cola.” Don’t OD, now.

For computerfreak: a “time travel computer game.” Don’t forget to eat, bathe, and sleep at least four hours a day.

For Corona688: a one year pass on the “Bar Bus.”

For CordiallyYours: from the random bag, a designer set of “Emergency Clip-On Banana Stalks.”

For Cowbell: a “book scanner,” since you asked.

For Cracked Helmut: a “Rapid Goober Detector,” with which to seek your perfect mate.

For crawdaddy: from the random bag, “Thunderpants!”

For CrumbsDM: a “Cut’n’Paste Pen.” I’d think this could be quite useful to a civil draftsman (or even a rude one).

For cswiii: another “self-installing tent peg.” Hang on. In a few years you’ll have enough to set up a tent.

For dag: a “Job morality indicator,” so you can better assess the wisdom when you want to switch back from rocket scientist to any of the other options.

For dalek: wonder of wonders from the random bag, a “Kaleidoklock!”

For Damn: sorta will “Buy A Government” for you so you can have your own Damn nation. Er, well, since that doesn’t quite sound right, here’s a bonus “book scanner” from the random bag.

For Darknight: from the random bag, a CD full of “Bagel Music.”

For davea0511: a coupon for a free meal for two at “The House of the Rising Bun.”

For dbsousa: a couple of ties with “Transparent Tie Patterns,” to wear to important meetings at your transparent corporation.

For Del: a “ctrl-alt-del-del-del-del-del” key, because who doesn’t love the sound of their own name?

For demo_nova: from the random bag, a pocket “Muzak Zapper.” Celebrate the birthday of the Prince of Peace with a little, well, peace.

For DenholmRicshaw: your very own pair of “Stair pants.” They’ll keep your static-cat nearby as it ages, and best of all, they come without any pole whatsoever.

For Dinney_Squinney: from the random bag, a “Blacklisting browser.”

For discom bob: from the random bag, a “washing wardrobe.”

For djjosh1200: a “DJ Rappin’ Cap” (one that works).

For dlinnk: from the random bag, a season pass to the “Museum of Mistakes.” I hope that’s not a mistake.

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For Dog Ed: a “Segway for Dogs.” I wonder how it’d work in the water.

For donnythebull: from the random bag, a certificate good for a free dinner for two a the “Bollywood Theme Restaurant.”

For DrBob: a “Doppelganger Search System,” with which to find prospective twins in the real world.

For DrCurry: a “urine test pellet,” with which one might avoid adding to the list of failed tests. And since that’s a rather lame gift, Sorta has added a rather nice consolation prize: yes, it’s a “Hullaballoon!”

For DrDanK: from the random bag, a “Hot air balloon harpoon.” Careful which way you point that thing.

For dreamchaser: a “lucid dreams inductor.” Sort of like a rabbit trap, but for dreams instead of rabbits. Maybe you won’t have to chase them so much.

For drfowler: a “Marital Status necklace.” If ya got it, flaunt it!

For Drstrathmore: from the random bag, a season pass to the “Lake of Firesnakes Fun Pool.”

For DRudge: from the random bag, a “portable magic speech printer.” For printing all your magic speeches.

For drzeus: a “geocorder.” As you know, Sorta Claus travels extensively (gotta keep up with the competition). He also thinks you have a gift for writing that is worth nurturing, and he’d like to be able to read your travelogues in the space in which they were inspired.

For Ed Avis: from the random bag, a lifetime supply of “BeerNuts Gum.”

For edzspace: from the random bag, a “Global Ambience Radio.” Hear the shots fired ‘round the world.

For egbert: from the random bag, one “Giant air hockey” game for you and your friends.

For egnor: a “Million Piece Online Jigsaw Puzzle,” as a companion to your cat picture.

For Ehrm: a personal “Shark defence” system, for…ehrm…I don’t know.

For electrick: from the random bag, a box of “Ba-Cones.”

For Elhoy: the world’s first SCUTA system, installed in your town, so you can put to use your SCUBA training while simultaneously saving energy in your personal transportation needs.

For eliza_m: a seat on the “Mad Science Research Council.”

For equwiner: tickets to a “horse hockey” game. Just a guess.

For Eugene: a day in which serious consideration is given to plans to “Move U.S. Capital.” To Eugene, of course, where else?

For Evil_Baron_Moustachio: a trial run using “Fun With Marketers” as your new hobby. And as a bonus, a “Baby Helmet.” Yes, there’s another “Baby Helmet” under the tree for angelBC, but who said there could only be one. And it seems so perfect for you.

For EvilHomer: “8 months in a year.” The other four you’ll have to earn on your own, but these eight you get for free. Enjoy.

For falcospav: from the random bag, a tin of “1’000 Monkeys Fortune Cookies.” What a crumby gift!

For FarmerJohn: a “Keyboard Ant Farm,” so you can fend off those pesky questions about whether or not you’re a real farmer.

For FarrisGoldstein: a free ticket to a “Pedants Anonymous” meeting. Me hopes thou wilt not protest too much. And a bagful of “Codpieces and Other Ancient Fashion Statements.”

For fedora33dbq: from the random bag, a “Soondial.”

For figment210: from the random bag, a Two Towers DVD with “The John Doe Audio Commentary.”

For figure8out: from the random bag, an “FAA approved pocket tool.” Please don’t use it to take the plane apart during flight.

For filterX: from the random bag, a pair of “FX Boots.” What could be more fun?

For firebyrd: a first edition copy of the “Halfbakery correct nursery rhymes.”

For Flambo: from the random bag, an “Auto Shut-Off Coffee Maker.”

For fogfreak: a “12 volt house,” until your wall warts become reality.

For foreigner_44: a new job, should you desire it, in which you “Teach Foreign Pronunciation Rules” to us halfbakers.

For Freefall: a “Smart, nasty alarm clock,” to make sure you wake up before you hit the ground.

For friendlyfire: honorary membership in the “Guerilla Pedants,” which automatically converts to full membership after one year.

For FritzBenwalla: from the random bag, a “Cube Pool” table. It’s not just for “squares” anymore.

For funed: from the random bag, a new suit of “Bubble Wrap Clothing.” Even more fun for Ed.

For funboy: a Saturday afternoon with “No walls in auto racing.” Underwater, of course.

For FunkinDonuts: from the random bag, a “freeze torch.” Maybe not so useful now, but just wait ‘til summer!

For futurebird: a book full of “Sign Language ‘Poetry’,” just because I think you’d like it.

For geakster1837: a temp job with the “International Geek Exchange” service. Make that Geak Exchange.

For gekko959: from the random bag, a “Laser cut pizza,” cut in the shape of a croissant.

For General Washington: temporary control of a “Legal Management Organization,” in which you can entrap your Devil’s Advocate in an impenetrable web of red tape and controls.

For getagrip: from the random bag, a “Bungee Bike.” Yay!

For getbacker: from the random bag, a “Clear Dishwasher.” Keep your clear dishes clean.

For Gf222: a day of “Micro Sub Fishing,” in the waters off the coast of the Halfbakery homeland.

For Girlkicksboy: two and one half headsful of “Iridescent Hair,” since you asked.

For Glempius: from the random bag, a “Semi-Domesticated Boar Disposal System.” Batteries not included.

For GMAN1961: a “hand bra.” Now you know where to find one.

For goober: from the random bag, a “Segway Platform Ladder.” Never falls over! (at least that’s what it says on the box.

For goobereater: a “Rapid Goober Detector,” with which you may never be hungry again.

For gootyam: “Headache Relief.” With a hole that size, you’re really gonna need this.

For GoredDawg: from the random bag, “A round fridge.” You can keep your tuit cold in it, if you get one.

For Graciem: a glamorous new wardrobe of “Peltier clothing,” to address your thermal comfort concerns.

For green_umbrella: from the random bag, a one year “Sandwich subscription.”

For gruba: a “Mouse Dynamo,” ‘cause whatcha gonna do wid a mouse after ya catch’im?

For Gulherme: “The Fonz Start Jukebox.” It’ll help you sell your notions about who you’re cooler than. ‘Fraid I can’t help you with the “smarter than” part.

For guyh: a season pass to “Hard Hat World.” What better place for a real guy?

For Guncrazy: a half-year subscription in the “Gun-of-the-Month Club.”

For Gwenanda: from the random bag, a “Cellphone radio telescope.” See who’s phoning home.

For half: The home edition of “Half a Word Game.” Pretty cool to have a word game named after you, huh?

For halitus: from the random bag, a reserved parking space with a “Parking Meter That Gives Change.”

For HarryMudd: a job at “Kentucky Fried Turkey,” which you can use to dispose of leftovers when you can’t be bothered to use your cookbook.

For Helium: a lucrative contract to make guest appearances on the “Hot Helium Ship.” Haven’t you always wanted to have your own fan club? And since that should have been the way your gift was presented last year, an additional gift by way of compensation: a “Balloonachute,” in case things get too hairy on the ship.

For herilane: “The Chocolate You.” (*That’s* why you should tell me anything.)

For hippo: a “B&W mirror” to install in your Film Noir Home.

For Hitler S**kitten: Seventy-two megabytes of “Brain Squirrel Technology™.” Please don’t use it to conquer the world.

For hollajam: a box and a half of “Super ‘Stars’,” on which to swing.

For HomerX: complete and total administrative and financial control of “TCN.” Since it so nicely blends your interest in entertainment media and Canadianosity.

For horripilation: from the random bag, an “Electric Coffee Mug/Cookie Oven.” Yum!

For horselover66: an “Equine Heart Monitor,” to measure just how much the horse loves *you*.

For HowardMarks: from the random bag, an “Inflatable cup holder.” Since that’s a pretty cheap gift, make it a hundred of ‘em.

For Huge: a book entitled “Suppress Your Sex Drive: Get More Things Done!” to help you celebrate WAD. And get more things done, too, of course.

For Humptydank: from the random bag, a ‘fridgeful of “Instant Hot Beverages.” Please don’t drink and drive.

For iain: from the random bag…Oh no! You open the box and there’s nothing in there but bubble wrap. Sorta must’ve forgotten the gift. But as the bubble wrap rises from the box it dawns on you that this isn’t just any bubble wrap. It’s “Helium Bubble Wrap!”

For ImBack: “No New Windows.” Because you’re sure to prefer that to some new windows. And there, slithering around in the bottom of the box, are “No Leeches,” for the same reason.

For imthatwillguy: from the random bag, a “Singing Business Card.” Now people will know exactly which will guy you are.

For ironfroggy: an “Uncle Milty’s Maggot Farm” kit. The ironmaggot edition!

For IronJeff: from the random bag, a “Light Mobile.” Who would want a heavy mobile, anyway?

For Isis: a “well weird dictionary,” in which you may be able to find out what the definition of is is.

For ithildin: “4-eyes,” with which you can be twice as visionary.

For IVnick8or: honorary citizenship in the “Latin-Speaking Nation.” As a bonus, a “heart guard,” because sooner or later, a IVnick8or will need one.

For jackoutofthebox: as inventor of duogo, you are hereby named honorary marshal of the “International Boing.”

For Jadd: from the random bag, a shiny new pair of “Pedestrian Pendulums” (sic). For walking around and stuff.

For jambo: a “Cloud height coloured smoke rocket.” Fly enough for you?

For Jaraleth: from the random bag, a “CPU Mounted Lava Lamp.”

For jasonh300: from the random bag, a “GiantEtchasketch.” Cool.

For jasonharper: a “Flea-catching cat flap” for Tabitha.

For jbayes: from the random bag, a “’Rainy Night in Georgia’ Umbrella.” But these are popular, so you’ll have to wait in line for it.

For jediprincess_3: what else but “A REAL Lightsabre.” Or Lightsaber, if you prefer.

For Jeeves: a “Pre-recording answering machine,” with which you can answer all those questions people ask you.

For jeffserv: a “Ping Pong Reservoir,” in which to keep all your ocean water.

For JFarley: from the random bag, a set of “polarised window blinds.” So now you can maintain privacy in nuclear submarines.

For jgittins: a three month subscription to the “Petrol Price WAP Service.” You know why.

For Jinbish: a village “Idiot Proof Snooze Button.” Now settle back in for a worry-free nap.

For jjisakson: a free “Spam Tarot” reading. For demonstration purposes only. No wagering, please.

For Jkew: from the random bag, a game! It’s the “Human Buzzer Thing!”

For joker_of_the_deck: a full set of “HB trading cards,” so you’ll have lots of friends to play with.

For jon3: a “Baby License,” just in case your fatherhood is challenged.

For jon5674: from the random bag, a “Personalized Picture Clock.”

For josh: a “Josh,” by gosh!

For jplummer: “Job interview obstacle course” training, because based on your history, you may be needing it soon.

For jsalmon: eleven “Fishties,” for when you want to dress up.

For juanmanandez: from the random bag, a watch with “Time Magnification.”

For Junkbilt: from the random bag, a “Bike LoJack.” Good luck.

For junkmail: from the random bag, a “Boogeyman Beware” device. Boo!

For jurist: a one-year retainer for the services of “Santa Claus Man,” to provide security on your cruises.

For jutta: your very own personal “Panic PIN.” It doesn’t seem like much, but people around here tell me it’s the best thing under the tree. And as a bonus, perhaps the most sacrificial gift Sorta can offer: a “Life outside the half-bakery.”

For karunai: from the random bag, a great big tub o’ “Goo.” Oooey-gooey, yum, yum, yum!

For kasper: a “Ghost Phone.” Give us a call sometime, why doncha?

For kaz: your own personal “Halfbakery comic strip,” so you can indulge two passions at once. Efficient, huh?

For kobushi: from the random bag, a “Lazy River Office” upgrade. Welcome to the big time.

For kpx: a “Shower Writing Kit.” If cleanliness is indeed next to Godliness, then your writing can be truly inspired.

For krelnik: a pantry full of “Jazz Food.” Eat to the beat. And kudos, by the way, for your newbie posting guide.

For kropotkin: an invitation to participate in “regifting day.” You may even want to regift this gift to someone.

For kwkary: from the random bag, exactly nine “Dynamic Crop Circles.”

For lahosken: a freezerful of “Vegetarian Seafood.” Four times as many fish!

For landruc: from the random bag, tickets for two to the “Virtual Escher Experience.”

For lapax: from the random bag, a “Transparent Kitchen.” Will wonders never cease?

For Laser Flannel: a “Poetry Microphone.”

For Le Champ: from the random bag, tickets for two to an “Airship Aerobatics” show.

For Limey2: a “Citrus Sucker.” Careful how you use it!

For linguist: a pantryful of “lonely man meals.”

For lisalikes70scheese: a premium assortment of “Celebrity Cheese,” including the ever popular Farah Fawcett, Billie Jean King, and Karen Carpenter varieties.

For lliillaa: a numbered and signed work of original “3D Bubble Art.” You might call it Pop Art. Then again, you might not.

For lolo: citizenship in the “Halfbakery Homeland,” so you can move where you want to.

For Loris: A pile of “Blank Wooden Building Blocks,” intentionally left blank.

For LoriZ: an internship as assistant foley operator on “The Open Source Movie Project.”

For Louie: a vial of a “Synesthesia Drug.” Amadeus assures us it’s safe and non-addictive, but check with your doctor first, okay?

For lubbit: an “Eclipse Zeppelin.” Perhaps it can take you to that imaginary wor(l)d.

For lucidrains: a whole set of “new punctuation marks,” so you can tell us more about yourself.

For Ludwig: a halfbaker’s dozen “hardhats for eggs.” Musical, mechanical ones.

For lurch: from the random bag, a “Self Healing Bulletproof Vest.” If yourself makes an inflammatory remark, then it’s ok.

For MadJack: a trial pair of “Socks with buttons.”

For Malakh: a pair of “Standup chameleons.” You can dress them up.

For madradish: a “Last-Minute Afterlife for Atheists” card to hide up your sleeve when playing Godopoly.

For Mandy2: from the random bag, a “Cubicle Barbecue.” Barbecue your cubicle.

For Marassa: a two week stay in a “halfbakery addiction - detox” center. Before it’s too late.

For matculv: from the random bag, a “Fake Mouse Cannon.” Fun whether you have cats or not!

For matt-s: a “Refrigerated Undershirt.” Cool, huh?

For Mayfly: your choice from a car park full of “Insect driven cars.” So you don’t have to always be buzzing off.

For McFodder: from the random bag, “A Really, Really Half-Baked Calendar.” The 2002 version, of course.

For Mharr: a pair of enormous new “Nightshift Towers,” built to your specs.

For Micky Dread: from the random bag, a “Jack-in-the Box Toaster.”

For mihali: “The Ending of War” (as named, not as proposed by Salty Ham). Not quite the same as peace, but at least acknowledgment that your prayers have been heard.

For mine: nine “Hypno-Ties.” All yours.

For Miss Bianca: from the random bag, a brilliant “jigsaw wall.”

For Miss Weston Smith: a “Boston Shotgun Navigator,” adapted for your locale, to get you safely down that road you’re on.

For modul: two tickets to the Broadway premiere of “Cheech!”

For monkeyevil: a “Winged Monkey Sprinkler.” For your lawn, for showers, whatever.

For Monkfish: an “EggZooka!” to use in defending your sofa.

For MrSheep: a “Counting Sheep” screen saver for your computer. Stay awake, now.

For mrthingy: a “Crust Free Milk Carton” of “Sugar Milk” for your caffeinated cereal. Zzzingggg!

For mungaz: from the random bag, a license to operate “Oriental Construction Equipment.”

For muppetboy: a recurring role on the “Muppet Soap Opera.”

For my face your: a “Ham ball.” Get half a loaf of Rye bread and you can make some tasty sandwiches with all that Swiss cheese.

For mymus: a free “Spelling License.” No need to take the test!

For n2dep2care: an invitation to be honorary marshal of the “Large-Figured Pride Day” parade. More is more.

For namuh: sixteen and three quarters sticks of “HumanButter.” Might make humans squeamish, but tasty, I’d think, for a namuh.

For neelandan: a “Cure-Cough” lolly, for that blue throat of yours.

For NerdGirl: a dose of the “Anti-unrequited-love drug.” A rather obvious gift, I admit, but helpful nonetheless, I hope.

For newguy: “Hijack-proof Planes” in which to ply your piloting.

For nick_n_uit: some “Ponytail Fasterners in Holiday Colors,” for your chia hair.

For Nick@Nite: an “ ‘I might want to watch that’ button,” programmed for reruns only.

For nick_n_uit: a set of “Mini-razors,” for trimming your chia hair.

For Ninkasi: “instantbeer!” For when you just don’t have the time to make fresh-brewed.

For nitram: from the random bag, the personal services of a ‘Hire-a-Stalker.” Welcome to the big time.

For nizgy16: a freezerful of frozen “Rubik’s Pizza” toppings.

For noglider: four thousand gallons of “aircraft fuel,” which one hopes will be useful in your apparent state of gliderlessness.

For notme: from the random bag, a “B&W camera.”

For obsessive_doodler: a “House of Rage.” Check out the all the rage-a-hol in the cellar!

For old-giffer01: from the random bag, a pod of “Pop-Peas.” Yum!

For oneoffdave: from the random bag, a pint of “Star Trek Beer.” Oops, spilled some! There ya go, I’ll just top it off.

For Osiris2: from the random bag, a “Shower thermostat.”

For pangolin: from the random bag, a “Real Life UFO.”

For pashute: a new job modifying “Modifiable Movie Music.”

For Parvenu: a new hobby: “Anonymous Gift-Giving.” Because it really is better to give than to receive, and it’s a way to use your anonymity for good.

For paulb2: from the random bag, a “Date Teleprompter (sic).”

For paulb3: from the random bag, an “Office Paper Golf” game.

For peterippe: a “Retractable Belt Cell Phone.” (Guessing that would appeal to a geek.)

For PeterSilly: a pair of Astrogoggles (a brand new pair – not the pair waugsqueke got last year). Space-y.

For Pharaoh Mobius: “Your own dancers” to accompany your theme machine.

For phi_16: from the random bag, a “Doggie Kite.” Wag the dog.

For Phil-from-France: the right for one day to “Pretend everything was invented by someone French.” Mais, naturellement!

For philthechill: a “Swiss Bank Credit Card,” to help you securely and privately spend all the money you’ll get from your million dollar ideas.

For phoenix: a matched set of “Double Helix Escalators” to Heaven. Because if you have to walk, you’re going to get really really tired.

For pinksoftsoap: from the random bag, a “Microwave powered glass steam engine.”

For pmadd: from the random bag, a “Propane fueled video display.” Watch all the hottest movies.

fo po: a pair of “Winky Sunglasses,” to make TW jealous.

For Pookie: from the random bag, a password granting free access to the “online database of bike trails.”

For psiko_q: from the random bag, a “Simultaneous multi-shutterspeed video camera.”

For psneekes: “Cotton Cheese,” to go with your macaroni.

For PurpleBob: from the random bag, a “Chess Skateboard.”

For Quispy: a “Singing bath” 2üb.

For raisin: a gourmet dinner featuring “Lava Fried Chicken.” (Tastes like chicken.)

For ravenswood: “My Very First Sonogram,” since you asked.

For RayfordSteele: the “ultimate PDA.” Not such a great idea, it seems, on its own merits, but in the hands of an e-Jutsu master…

For rbl: a set of “Speech Balloon Placards.” All blank, so the whole world can hear what you have to say.

For rdudeja: from the random bag, a “portable garage.” A place for your transparent car.

For reap: a freezerful of “Battleship Icecubes.” Something to drink with that soup, sir?

For RebelliousFerret: a lifetime prescription for the “Anti-unrequited-love drug,” to hold you over until you find happily ever after. Or it finds you.

For redshift9: an “Inflatable House” in which to house your disco ball.

For reensure: some lovely pork skins served at the “BYO Recipe Restaurant,” cooked up according to a recipe by the immortal Archie Puff.

For Rexaldo: from the random bag, an “urban jungle (gym).”

For Richard K: from the random bag, an “alarm clock on wheels.”

For Rightshoe: free medical care for one year at “Dr. Sue’s.” But you know the first thing they’ll prescribe is a left shoe (and then a red one and a blue one).

For riposte: an “Avalanche Balloon,” to rescue you from that bottomless pit. Also, since you “asked,” a cell phone with “Cell phone audio memory.” (Check use no. 3).

For riverouse: from the random bag, a big ol’ wad of “Power Putty.” I wonder, if you stick Power Putty on the TV when cartoons are running, does an image of the cartoon transfer to the putty?

For rjd44: from the random bag, a season’s pass to the “Swimming Pool Movie Theatre.”

For RoadRash: an “Electric Plaster Cast,” for that nasty sore you seem to have.

For Rob C: from the random bag, a “Mood Moustache.”

For Rods Tiger: an enormous personal vault in the “Halfbakery Time Capsule” for all your many many ideas.

For rootbear48: your face on a “MAD Fold-In Billboard.” Even better than your name in lights!

For rowlycat: a “deja vu home,” where you need never again fear exile.

For rrr: a seal pup from “Puppymania,” that will lick your face and say your name.

For runonthespot: from the random bag, a “Markov Googler.” When you get it running, send me a note. Sorta would like to see it for himself.

For russelm: a car radio tuned to “KOFY,” for the days when your in-car coffee maker is on the fritz.

For rwg1995: from the random bag, a “bad milk indicator.”

For ry4an: an all-expenses-paid weekend at the “Tree Hotel” resort.

For rzrzrz: from the random bag, a free pass for you and a guest to see the entire slate of 2003’s “Movies with Toon Physics.”

For sadie: a free ride each week for a year to the local “Cynics Anonymous” meeting.

For samwyse: an “Official LOTR D.I.Y. ‘One Ring.’”

For sanwogawoga: from the random bag, a giant box of “Shape Memory Crayons.” Colo(u)r your world.

For Sasha: from the random bag, free membership and drinks for a year at “The Animal.”

For scad mientist: one year’s tuition to a school that teaches the “Mad Scientist College Curriculum” (and spelling).

For ScepticAL: from the random bag, two and a half pounds of “Canned Steam.” It works. Really. Trust me.

For screwdriverqueen: a “Universal Screwdriver.” Why stop with Earth when you can dominate the entire universe?

For sd4fan: from the random bag, a family-size bottle of “Soy Spritz!”

For sdm: a truckload of “Heresy Kisses,” with which to stock your talented vending machine.

For Seaneeboy: from the random bag, a huge wad of “Entangled Jewelry.”

For senatorjam: a halfbaker’s dozen “Fake Lives,” as a retort to the suggestion on the kidwings site.

For sensuousflow: a “Water Reflection Nightlight.” Sensuous flow and then some.

For sergeant dukie: an “Exploding Anger Doll.” Vent, man, vent!

For Shz: from the random bag, a washing machine with “Washing Cycle Select.”

For sild: a “Meat Stripper.” Send the meat to me.

For SimonC: from the random bag, a “Halfbakery Artistic Appreciation Calendar 2003.”

For sin: a “Last words generator.” It’ll come in handy if the Bible’s right about the wages of sin.

For sirrobin: a “RPG language course with speech recognition and generation.” Feed your passion and learn a new language at the same time!

For skinflaps: “The telemarketer revenge machine,” for when Instant Wrath turns on its creator.

For skp: “A Standard for Demagogues,” as an aid to the purveyance of dogmatic assertions.

For Skullhead: a “Necklace Alarm”. Quantumly (sic) entangled.

For Sleepygrass: a “Foamy Spoon,” with which you can stir that hot pot.

For snarfyguy: a “Cornputer.” Create new software every time you eat peas!

For Sonny Beaudlaire: from the random bag, how about “A hedgehog?”

For SOPSALSO: from the random bag, a gold medal for finishing first in a “Run in Place Race.”

For soster: from the random bag, a “Phonetic Karaoke” machine.

For spanlab: from the random bag, a waterfront lot in the “Political Ideology Archipelago.” Island of your choice.

For skyhi: from the random bag, great fun: the “image search game!”

For st3f: a contraband bottle of a “Minor Miracle Drug.” Because you have to perform at least a minor miracle or two if you’re going to be a real saint.

For Steve DeGroof: a “Parrot Bubble.” Have a silent night.

For SteveAdams: from the random bag, a “Friend & Neighbour Insurance” policy.

For SublimeGTP: from the random bag, one year’s prepaid access to “wherestheicecreamtruck.com.”

For supercat: for starters, a “Smart Sheet Music” device to place on your LCD music stand (you know what they say about great minds), but since UnaBubba’s getting one of those, you also get a couple of new super “Cat Computers.” All the better for halfbaking.

For Supercruiser: a “Glove Mouse,” for when that Winter Mouse freezes up.

For supergoof: from the random bag, a “Disposable Anti-Shark Attack Surfboard.” Gnawly, dude.

For SynchronizedSolutions: a “Beautiful car” on which to install the car parts you design.

Fot t0fukrunch: from the random bag, a fleet fleet of “Flying robot fish.”

For talen: “The Mad Hat.” And since that gift seems a few weeks late, there’s also a “Dream Recorder.” Use it to make the world.

For taution2: “pre-scored eggs.” …and square sausage – Yumm!

For TBK: A complete list of “Scenic Air Routes,” so you’ll always be able to find an enjoyable route on your wanderlust journeys.

For tboo: from the random bag, an “orbital guppies” set.

For tbudney: from the random bag, a random bag full of “stuff that gets sad when stolen.”

For td: your own personal “Support Group for Computer Professionals.”

For TemporalFlux: a wardrobe full of “Sci Fi Fashion.”

For Testing_1_2_3: a “Ramones Intro” each time you enter a room.

For thecaptain: a pair of “Sea Legs.”

For The Dude: from the random bag, a “Hurt Keyboard.” Don’t get mad, get even.

For The Kat: a “Kitty-Kat Nighttime Playmate.” (Ahem.)

For TheZ: from the random bag, a “4 day working week.” Of course, you can still play in the halfbakery on your new day off.

For thirteen113: a “Luck Generator.” With a name like that, you may need it.

For thorsent: from the random bag, a set of “Fish Mobiles.” Yay!

For threelittleduckswentoutoneday: a basket of bagels made from “Pleasure Dough.” I think you’ll find it a step up from playdoh (sic).

For thumbwax: a “Vending Machine Performance Art” upgrade for your root beer float machine.

For thcgenius: a “cookie sander,” in case your Leggos ever get burned around the edges.

For tkeyser: sorta has made the halfbakery “Voting Age: Zero.” We’d hate for you not to vote because of your youth.

For ton80: from the random bag, a “Keyring smoke alarm.” Umm, remember to turn it off before lighting up.

For trible: from the random bag, your very own “Book Trade Vending Machine.”

For Trodden: this space is left blank intentionally…But no, sorta couldn’t be that heartless. Instead, here’s a pile of “Non-wussie stuffed animals,” to keep your teddy bear company.

For ttam: “two jobs.” Good ones. (Do I get $200?)

For Tubby!: from the random bag, a “Rain gauge alarm clock.”

Fot TwoSheds: “The Monty Python Brake Assist System,” installed on your car.

For ty6: from the random bag, a set of “Toe Cozies.” Perfect for this winter weather we’re having.

For Tysenworld: a “Random Holiday Generator.” Take the day off to generate descriptions.

For tyskland: a “BabelPerson,” to help you when you lose your way getting from German to English and back.

For ucanbakeonagrill: a “Burning Food Detector” for your grill, to prevent inadvertent triple-halfbaking.

For ucirfan: a real live visit to the Nude Supermarket, because (you know why).

For ugly_joe: an invitation to serve as honorary marshal of this year’s “Ugly Pride” parade.

For UnaBubba: some “Smart Sheet Music” to accompany your many smart lyrics.

For UnBolta: from the random bag, a “Glowing Mug.” The kind you fill with coffee; your face is already radiant.

For UrineForATreat: some “Stackable Bottles” in which to store your, erm, “treat.”

For vandamme: from the random bag, “Sim Mall!”

For VeryCoolCat: a “Microwave warmer.” So you needn’t be so chilly.

For vistalyst: shares in the “halfbakery IPO.” (one way to get something baked.)

For voodootoaster: from the random bag, a “Digital Watch Shirt.” Oooh, geeky.

For WanderingKnight: a coupon valid for a promotion to “King For A Day Or So.”

For watermelancholy: you’re v’ery ‘own “Apostrophe Shooter.”

For waugsqueke: one free consultation with a “mile attorney” so you can straighten out your frequent flyer miles and go clothes-shopping in Cleveland. Or California.

For waxingpoetic: the services of a “Rent a Family” in the hopes that they will at least temporarily provide the friendship you seek.

For Wayfall: from the random bag, a “Fun Trippy Room.” Groovy, man.

For wcmcg: from the random bag, a shiny new “99 pence piece.”

For welcome_to_orenburg: a “Prefabricated Gingerbread House” your mayor. If he can’t get through the door, maybe squirrels can eat their way in and rescue him.

For whlanteigne: from the random bag, a “Shower-cam.” Watch someone else’s shower.

For weller: from the random bag, a “GPS Walkman.”

For wemwirth: from the random bag, a toasterful of “Toaster Cookies.” Maybe you could leave one out for Sorta next year.

For Wess: “Canned Coffee,” to go with the donuts you got last year.

For whimsickle: a “Fish Guillotine” to use in your sushi restaurant.

For wiseguy: ahh, hmm. Sorta doesn’t really know what this gift is. It’s wrapped, and it has your name on it, but it’s not one of the gifts prepared by Sorta’s elf. It has a tag here, that says it’s from “Santini Claus.”

For wobegon4454: from the random bag, a “Truck Harpoon.” Boy, I’m glad to get that out of the bag. It’s been stabbing me all night.

For Wombatman: a “Sidekick.” You’ll have to decide the name of your sidekick; all I can think of right now is ‘womrobin,’ and that just doesn’t have the cachet you want in a sidekick.

For wonbadappl: a pair of pants made of “Apple Leather.”

For wow: from the random bag, a new set of furniture with “Stereoscopic Upholstery.”

For X2Entendre: an “I’m coming!” telephone. (get it?)

For xt: from the random bag, a set of “turbo dodgems.” Lookout!

For XSarenkaX: a “Personal Home Omni-theater,” on which you can watch those favorite TV shows from Yesterdayland. Perhaps you can understand why Sorta has a fond place in his heart for the second one in your list.

For xxxx2: a real, live “Hair Raiser.” Should be great for Halloween.

For yaffo: from the random bag, a “Waterfall shower.”

For yahyooha: some “massive retro cellphones,” since you asked.

For yamahito: a basket from “Helena Handbaskets” for your pun database.

For yinrose7: 100 shares of the country of your choice from among the “Publically Traded Countries.” Pick the one you love the most.

For yomimbus: from the random bag, a “Lego PDA.”

For youngsmith: a ticket to next year’s “Black Powder Games.”

For yu-: from the random bag, a year’s pass on the “all stops bus.” Yu- may need a year’s pass to get where yu- want to go.

For Zazzman: from the random bag, a “Blink Pacemaker.” Don’t look at me like that.

For zippyanna: a “Mood Moustache.” Handlebar style, of course.

For zpprhed: a place at the head of the “10 words or fewer express queue.” Because the last shall be first. And a free ticket on the train of your choice.

Disclaimer: To the degree possible using available information, Sorta Claus has attempted to select a gift that will be of personal value to each individual halfbaker. Where insufficient information existed, he has made what he hopes is an appealing selection from his bag of random halfbakery morsels. In the case that any halfbaker is dissatisfied, he offers the reminder that “It’s the thought that counts.” Sorta Claus’ list of active halfbakers includes, to the best of Sorta’s knowledge, all those posting between December 1 and December 24, 2002. He has probably missed someone important, for which he sincerely apologizes.

beauxeault, Dec 25 2001

Half-Baked Calendar http://www.halfbake...lf-Baked_20Calendar
The Half-Baked Calendar entry, which contains a link to the calendar itself.

[admin: This link is now dead.] [mwburden, Dec 28 2001]

(??) Archived record of Sorta Claus' gifts from 2001 http://www.geocitie...eault/Sorta2001.htm
(halfbakery graphics omitted to avoid copyright violation) [beauxeault, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

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       "But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO [beauxeault] A GOOD-NIGHT!"
  

       Thanks for the flag, Sorta Claus. I'll think of you every time I use it. And thank you [beauxeault] for the effort. (I think you'll find a Laser Lawnmower under the tree this year).   

       I hereby nominate Sorta Claus for patron saint of the Half Bakery.
phoenix, Dec 25 2001
  

       Amazing!   

       Thanks for the calculator. I'll begin counting immediately.
bristolz, Dec 25 2001
  

       By the Boots of Saint Nick, this is outstanding in its field. Thank you!
Dog Ed, Dec 25 2001
  

       Bloody hell! Excellent work, [beauxeault]¹. Even I copped a mention here ... how you managed to compile this list I have no idea.   

       Sorta Claus forgot to leave anything for [beauxeault], one of the more insightful Bakers, so I hope you'll accept these electromagnetic wind chimes that I found lying around somewhere². They don't work properly, couldn't get a noise out of them myself, but I suppose it's still better than nothing.   

       ¹ Apologies for the pedantry, but you may want to remove the excess 'p' from 'superppower'. (Unless it was an obscure reference I didn't catch.)   

       ² I found several under hippo's tree, actually. I hope he won't mind.
cp, Dec 25 2001
  

       Many thanks for the keys SC, and a Very Merry Christmas to all.
arora, Dec 25 2001
  

       YAY! I always wanted a Washing Wardrobe!
thumbwax, Dec 25 2001
  

       Thank you, thank you, for my printer. My granddaughter will be getting letters soon.
TeaTotal, Dec 25 2001
  

       Sorta Claus gets some magic fuel for his reindeer - you guessed it...   

       CUSTARD   

       This is the first superhero to be added to my profile - I like this a lot... its even managed to avoid being in the halfbakery category to get our presents too us...
RobertKidney, Dec 25 2001
  

       Geeez! I finally got the Christmas feeling! (and a good Aftershave...) One big HB-family all together in one list. Thank you beauxeault, I hope for you this didn't take all christmas night... (or maybe this is thé way to spend it?)
BartJan, Dec 25 2001
  

       Blimey, what a creepy crawler! I've never seen so much sucking up in one idea! <grin>

Good work beaux! Next time you're over, drop me a line. I'm sure that The Greys will happy to entertain their new benefactor.
DrBob, Dec 26 2001
  

       Wow! Thanks!

A bit bored?
quarterbaker, Dec 26 2001
  

       beau, thank you for your kind words and wishes. That "holiday" (whatever) yesterday was wonderful in that I got to spend it with my four-legged family and lurk in my 1/2 B family ----my fingers were too cold most of the day to do any typing......   

       Your words were perhaps the kindest thing I've received on that day in 35 years....   

       Sorta Claus gets my vote!
Susen, Dec 26 2001
  

       Wow! Bored much yesterday, or have you been secretly compiling a list of 1/2Bakers? Thank you, merci, danke, muchos gracias, grazie, doomo arigato for my own personal Stairway To Heaven. Now I have to go and read that idea and see if I can remember it...   

       [Susen] and all other 'bakers too, but she seems so lonely: Merry Christmas, hope you all had a nice day. And lets all hope the New Year is less of an anti-climax than it usually is! I shall see you all again very soon.
CoolerKing, Dec 26 2001
  

       croissant and a glass of milk and a quick peck under the mistletoe
po, Dec 26 2001
  

       Oh wow a present for me? Thank you Sorta Claus!   

       "See Virginia, there is a Sorta Claus after all."
bluerowan, Dec 27 2001
  

       I'll admit that I had to lookup the owners manual for my "smart radio" to see exactly what I had, but I like it!   

       [CoolerKing] Having seen [Susen]'s picture on the HalfBakery calendar, I would have to say that if she's lonely there are probably a lot of halfbakers (and probably just as many non-halfbakers) that would give anything for the chance to remedy that! (Personally, I've got a thing for dark hair. After seeing the .5B Calendar I've got a crush on [Po]!)
mwburden, Dec 27 2001
  

       That's OK. I'll just admire her from afar... :)
mwburden, Dec 27 2001
  

       You know, I actualy find myself wishing idea text could include links (sorta like E2) because typing that lot in search every time I want to find out what the idea is is anoying and for someone to add all of the ideas mentioned as links would take ages...
RobertKidney, Dec 27 2001
  

       I stopped in to look at one specific idea, and wasn't going to look at any others, but when I saw the title for this one I couldn't resist. I'm strangely glad for my lack of willpower, at least this once. Nice one, beaux, and thank you!
PotatoStew, Dec 27 2001
  

       bliss...well..."spoken for" may be a bit of a stretch.....unless you count the dogs as claiming ownership of me....<sigh>....I know, I know....I was dating someone....but recent developments pushed us to the decision that friendship is a better route for us.....and, he's in California now and I'm breaking ice out of water troughs.....
Susen, Dec 27 2001
  

       bliss....I agree. Actually, remember my post about my stallion? Well, he died two weeks ago. So, after a few days of depression, I got on the phone and got myself a new one.... a son of Secretariat! He's coming from New Jersey next week....
Susen, Dec 27 2001
  

       [Susen] Let me be the first to congratulate you on the new addition to the family!
mwburden, Dec 27 2001
  

       Wow! Secretariat. That takes me back a bit. Sounds expensive.

Sorry to hear about the domestic trials and tribulations Susen, but look on the bright side. Err..umm..I'll get back to you!
DrBob, Dec 27 2001
  

       The only down side is that I have to redo my website yet again.....   

       Secretariat.... ahhh...the immortals....   

       My new stallion is Shelly's Charmer by Secretariat out of Great Lady M.... this makes him a full brother to Lady's Secret (champion race mare and winner of over $3 million). I got to see Lady's Secret sell at the Keeneland sale in KY in 1998 where she sold for over $3 million as a broodmare....   

       Great Lady M's sire was the leading sire and chef-de-race, Icecapade, whose dam was Shenanigans.... Shenanigans was also the dam of Ruffian....   

       It's definitely a well-bred, blue-blood stallion. I can't wait until he gets here....I'm practically chomping at the bit.....
Susen, Dec 27 2001
  

       Susen I wanted to ask you about your horse, I am so sorry. Pets of all sizes are so lovely, its heartbreaking to lose them but its probably indicative of how well you looked after them in life.   

       Bliss, the man in the photo is definitely not a lover, I am NOT spoken for, as you put it. The first bloke to look at me like that for months and you go and frighten him off.
po, Dec 27 2001
  

       I assure you that I AM a "he", but regret to inform Po that since I am spoken for I will have to continue to admire her from afar...
mwburden, Dec 27 2001
  

       never fancied you anyway nurh.
po, Dec 27 2001
  

       Hey, there's no need to be that way! Doesn't mean that I don't think you're great and really gorgeous! (I *DID* say that I would continue to admire you from afar!)
mwburden, Dec 27 2001
  

       only kidding, what good taste you have.
po, Dec 27 2001
  

       Thank you. I only admire the best :)
mwburden, Dec 27 2001
  

       Mistletoe
thumbwax, Dec 27 2001
  

       Let's Meet The Family
Great Great Grandparents +
= Great Grandparents
Nearco + Mumtaz Begum = Nasrullah
Discovery + Outdone = Miss Disco
Prince Rose + Cosquilla = Princequillo
Caruso + Cinquepace = Imperatrice
Nearco + Lady Angela = Nearctic
Native Dancer + Bold Irish = Shenanigans
Grey Sovereign + Young Empress = Young Emperor
Olympia + Trustworthy 2nd = Sweety Kid

Great Grandparents +
= Grandparents
Nasrullah + Miss Disco = Bold Ruler
Princequillo + Imperatrice = Somethingroyal
Nearctic + Shenanigans = Icecapade
Young Emperor + Sweety Kid = Sovereign Lady

Grand Parents +
= Parents
Bold Ruler + Somethingroyal = Secretariat
Icecapade + Sovereign Lady = Great Lady M.

Parents +
= Stallion
Secretariat + Great Lady M. = Shelly's Charmer
Foaled April 14, 1988 In New Jersey

Congratulations Susen and many happy returns on your investment of blood sweat and tears
thumbwax, Dec 27 2001
  

       My goodness!!! Bravo! Here here! Well done! Wow, it is a good feeling to know that someone has less of a life than me (now I know how most feel when they see me!) but excellent job nonetheless!   

       Oh, and even though I learned that Santa Claus wasn't real a long time ago, if I hear someone say that Sorta Claus isn't real, I cannot be held accountable for my actions! =D   

       Hmmm, I hope that this ring can keep me busy until never comes around...oh well...
NeverDie, Dec 27 2001
  

       thumbwax! well done! do you play the ponies or just admire from afar? <grin>
Susen, Dec 27 2001
  

       I regret that pedantry limits me to one exclamation point for my cry of "Excellent!" Thanks, beaux... Happy (late) Krimble to all, and a very new year! (Been listening to my Beatles Christmas Album a lot lately)
snarfyguy, Dec 27 2001
  

       Sometime we'll have to go a round of our Fortune Beer; no hands, every shot's a winner! :::¡Feliz año nuevo!::: Oh, ¯beau: thou whoost ideas peal for long mileage and hearken glad tides, may all meet your approval hence and after the year … moreover!
reensure, Dec 28 2001
  

       so where do i find this calendar?
Taiti, Dec 28 2001
  

       I've not been to the track in a coons age, likewise same for others as I read in paper that 12/26 Opening Day at Santa Anita was lowest in memory. Having perused a bit, I see this Stallion has not only a lineage on the vertical plane, but on the horizontal plane as well. A rich pedigree which no doubt, does not end at Shelly's Charmer. Within days, there will be toasts in your honor Susen. Within years, cause for the bubbly to flow in the Winners Circle.
thumbwax, Dec 28 2001
  

       [Taiti] See the link I added.
mwburden, Dec 28 2001
  

       My God! I'm impressed! Cheers for the Ex-ernet very useful! Haven't given up yet, just eating lots of fish as it's supposed to be brain food. Maybe that will make my ideas better.Wish I had a name starting with "A" so I didn't have to read it all to find my present!
sven3012, Dec 28 2001
  

       wow. wow wow oh lordy wow. So egalitarian, so all-encompassing, so benvolent, so gracious, so unassuming. (Beaux, are you God?)

SHOES!!!! hurrah!
Boyfriend got me a book about the history of shoes. And a Burberry print bra. He likes his balloon flight, although he'd already guessed that was what it was.

Oh! you've even included my IRL brother, who has presumably got himself an account after seeing my illicit Christmas Eve HB-ing. </stern big sister face> I shall be monitoring his prolificity on this site with care. </stern big sister face>
lewisgirl, Dec 28 2001
  

       [mwburden] sorry, but i must be blind, i can't see any links.   

       Oh, i found it now, thanks
Taiti, Dec 29 2001
  

       <suck up mode>Now that you've found it, you can see what gorgeous women we have at the half-bakery...</suck up mode>
mwburden, Dec 29 2001
  

       sorta: Thanks for the ticket. Every year at this time the cones end up there. This year I can visit them in their winter habitat.   

       lewisgirl: Musta felt it through the wrapping paper.   

       beauxeault: great job.
st3f, Dec 29 2001
  

       Is this the first time ever that EVERYONE has annotated an idea?
sven3012, Dec 30 2001
  

       they haven't
po, Dec 30 2001
  

       Po, I hope you're not Maytembruary! Sweet face, acid tongue!
sven3012, Dec 30 2001
  

       May is our lovely bristolz, forget which I am, no I am sour of face and sweet by nurture
po, Dec 30 2001
  

       oye shut up you, just doubled the blackmail money
po, Dec 30 2001
  

       Ha ha ha ha ha!
sven3012, Dec 30 2001
  

       It may not be the first time everyone's annotated an idea, but I suspect it might be the first time <almost> everyone was mentioned in one...<grin>   

       I like the idea of never being seperated once we get together...
StarChaser, Dec 30 2001
  

       Mmmm Inteligent shoes, for my educated feet!
dare99, Dec 30 2001
  

       for vernon a brand new keyboard and the love of us all happy new year big V.
po, Dec 30 2001
  

       He forgot mp9man too [that's 'cp3thingy' to you, po].
Perhaps he would like a driver's licence?
Or pottedstu's "you-can't-win" driving simulation?
cp, Dec 31 2001
  

       cp, will you ever forgive me?
po, Dec 31 2001
  

       Thank you so much. I get the feeling that a map is going to be very useful in about 15 hours time. Happy New Year to all.
Redbrickterrace, Dec 31 2001
  

       <whiff! device over own head> gotta test it, y'know.
neelandan, Dec 31 2001
  

       [po] Probably. But not before I can extract as much humiliation as possible from it (-: ... Have you got UnaBubba to pay up yet?   

       [neelandan] If you're implying what I think you are, you should be ashamed of that anno.
cp, Dec 31 2001
  

       It's also gotta set some kind of record for speed getting into the top 10! (At least within the last year or so. I'm sure the first ten ideas made the top ten even quicker :)
mwburden, Dec 31 2001
  

       So far it's the only idea in the top ten without a fishbone beside it.
cp, Jan 01 2002
  

       Looks like someone wanted to prove cp wrong.
TimHighfield, Jan 01 2002
  

       You don't like pigeons, Tim?
cp, Jan 01 2002
  

       [cp] Nothing wrong with pigeons, and I admire the effot beauxeault made in compiling this list. Which is why I wasn't the one who fishboned the idea.   

       Honestly.
TimHighfield, Jan 01 2002
  

       Huzzah, beaux! Although I much prefer the concept of 30-minute Mondays (in keeping with our half-bakery theme) I am grateful for your consideration. This was no half-assed, half-witted, half-hearted attempt at getting your message across. Had I the resources and the ingenuity I would have asked our half-saint Nick to put under our tree one copy of the HalfBakery Book for you, O wise one.
Canuck, Jan 02 2002
  

       cp: I am, indeed.
neelandan, Jan 02 2002
  

       Wow! I'm so pleased everyone likes their gifts. Yes, it took a long time, but was not too burdensome as I compiled it mostly during lunchtimes and phone calls over a couple of weeks. To my surprise, as I worked on the list I was quickly overcome with the joy of trying to find something appealing for each person, and anticipating the reactions. What a strange place and manner to learn a lesson about the blessedness of giving!   

       Vernon and mp9man and a few others missed the bounty because they did not (so far as I could determine) post an idea or an annotation between Dec. 1 and Dec. 25, so they did not qualify according to my criteria as "active" halfbakers. The lone exception to that rule is that I added absterge since I know his situation makes him an infrequent-active halfbaker.   

       My greatest regret is that PeterSealy's gift was one of the first chosen, before I got into the real Christmas spirit, and so it is more a gift for the popular caricature of Mr. Sealy than for the real individual. My apologies, Peter.   

       Blissmiss, your gift was willy-nilly because you had previously noted your enthusiasm for the phrase.   

       cp, thanks for catching the typo, but I'd rather leave it uncorrected than mess with the Dec. 25 posting date.
beauxeault, Jan 02 2002
  

       <sniff>
Lemon, Jan 07 2002
  

       I wonder if someone did it accidentally -- I can't imagine someone fishboning this on purpose (unless it was one of the January newbies).   

       I've accidentally voted opposite from what I meant to before (those two links ARE rather small and close together). I double checked, and it wasn't me, though!
mwburden, Jan 07 2002
  

       I did, of course. I was merely suggesting that the negative vote that someone cast on this wonderful idea may not have been intentional.
mwburden, Jan 08 2002
  

       is it too early to start compiling my wish list for next christmas?
po, Jan 08 2002
  

       Bravo, sir beaux. Possibly your finest hour.   

       Pass on my appreciation to Sorta Claus for taking the time to personally deliver the Astrogoggles.
waugsqueke, Jan 09 2002
  

       Welcome back, [wausqueke]. You were missed.
phoenix, Jan 09 2002
  

       Thankee, phoe. I take comfort in your misspelling.
waugsqueke, Jan 09 2002
  

       Thanks, Sorta Claus!
spew, Jan 09 2002
  

       Wow! Thanks, Sorta Claus. This is just too cool. I shall be Secretary of Custard at the HalfBakery. It will be my responsibility to see that only the finest quality custard be used in the construction of HB inventions. I will of course require that posters of custard-related ideas send me samples of the proposed custard for tasting.   

       And, [beauxeault], that's quite a feat to have accomplished so well. Your gifts are exquisitely chosen. I only regret that I wasn't here on Christmas day to receive mine in a timely fashion.
BigBrother, Jan 09 2002
  

       ::regrets December vacation and curses old, semi-broken computer that took a long time to be replaced::
Galileo, Jan 14 2002
  

       Wow - smart to get a couple of presents today, one due to redirected post (fags n booze COME ON) and another due to a directed post (thanx po). Merci for the book beauxeault, I've always wanted to speak in Haiku, but whenever I tried this thundercloud appeared, and the lightning, my god! Anyway - here goes the 1st written attempt....   

       selfless beauxeault - giving without receiving - like nature itself.   

       there - a season of goodwill flashback. Now, where was I......
notripe, Jan 15 2002
  

       beuxault I'm hurt. I know I haven't been here for a while, but to be missed out of a list which seems to have every single other halfbaker on it is a little demoralising.
goff, Jan 28 2002
  

       goff, sorry you're disappointed. The list doesn't actually contain every single other halfbaker; it also contains some married ones! (sorry, couldn't resist)   

       I came up with the list by monitoring all new ideas posted between Dec. 1 and Dec. 25, and used any name that appeared on those ideas. To get a complete list would've required that I visit every idea on the halfbakery, and would have yielded mostly inactive accounts. After all, how did I know you would come back? Rest assured that you were not omitted for any personal reason. In fact, you're in pretty good company (egnor, vernon, zippyanna, centauri, etc.)
beauxeault, Jan 28 2002
  

       Oh that's all right beauxault - I just wanted to make sure I hadn't been totally forgotten about!
What has happened to egnor, anyway?
goff, Jan 28 2002
  

       I can't beleive that I was so ungracious as to actually not annotate this idea and thank beauxeault for his hard work.
kaz, Feb 08 2002
  

       Sorta-claus' archnemesis? Phil, the prince of insufficient light, from the Dilbert strips.
RayfordSteele, Feb 19 2002
  

       I look forward to next christmas, when new guys like me get goodies under the tree.
Hobbes, Mar 06 2002
  

       This is the first time I've looked at this idea, I am touched, deeply touched. Thank you beaux, you remembered me. Now if they only made bidets for 3yr olds.
barnzenen, Jun 05 2002
  

       (Consults etiquette guide for appropriate form)   

       Ahem.   

       Cheers for the gift, [beauxeault]. My sincerest apologies for having taken so long to open and thank you for it.
-alx, Aug 06 2002
  

       Yay! I got a matching Washing Wardrobe!
thumbwax, Dec 24 2002
  

       Thank you, [beauxeault], the effort you put into this tradition is amazing. And, of course, thank you Sorta Claus!
bristolz, Dec 25 2002
  

       Thank you Sorta, I see I have already given you a croissant.
po, Dec 25 2002
  

       Ahh, the man kneaux best.
AfroAssault, Dec 25 2002
  

       If I were wearing my "Cynic Hat", I'd have to compliment you on the very clever means of increasing your croissant count. But your amazing (and continued) largesse is inspirational. Thank you, [beauxeault], for making yet another memorable Christmas. And, if you don't mind, could you ask Santa Claus Man to get off me now? Uncle!
jurist, Dec 25 2002
  

       Dare I suck it,
And change colour
And lose my right
To my name?
  

       I'd rather keep it
And gaze at it
In fond remembrance.
  

       Thanks bozo.
neelandan, Dec 25 2002
  

       Awww thanks [beaux], I was still lurking when this popped up last year and I felt sad that I was ommitted (although entirely my fault). I'm glad to have caught Sorta this year, give him a hug from me please.
madradish, Dec 25 2002
  

       Aahh. That's great, Beauxeault. Thank you. It was so nice of you to think of me. Just what I needed: my own personal Shark repellant. Now I don't have to worry about Blissmiss anymore. Big crispy french pastry for you. With jam.
Ehrm, Dec 25 2002
  

       'Bout time you show back up Beaux.....thank you again for Sorta Claus....another fine one and great effort!
Marassa, Dec 25 2002
  

       Another wonderful visit by le père noël! Milk and cookies in a beau xeault you can recharge your brain. Too bad you only come once a year.
FarmerJohn, Dec 25 2002
  

       My guppies are going to love the outing. Thank you, and merry Christmas.   

       How strange, I've both given and received miniature air hockey games this year - now I have a giant one too. Thanks very much, Beaux, for the thought behind this posting and the generous giving of your time to bring a smile to your fellow halfbaker's faces.
egbert, Dec 25 2002
  

       Yay! A shower writing kit. Bless your heart and Merry Christmas. I'll be careful not to drop my impliment. Again.
kpx, Dec 25 2002
  

       Thank you beauxeault! The chameleons shall reside between my Easter Island head and my Rubiks cube.
Malakh, Dec 25 2002
  

       Looks like someone *still* has way too much time on their hands... ;)
DrCurry, Dec 25 2002
  

       Tha yo Sor Cla.   

       Mer Chris t al.
half, Dec 25 2002
  

       To beauxeault: Best wishes and regards. Wishing you, and all 'bakers peace and happiness in the new year. I'll see you all at the Church of No-Pants next Wednesday for the ritual burning of socks and underwear that you all received this Christmas. Be cool dudes!
DrBob, Dec 26 2002
  

       You're going to need lessons for that airship, [DrCurry].
bristolz, Dec 26 2002
  

       My own dancers? Thanks, Sorta Claus! (+)
Pharaoh Mobius, Dec 26 2002
  

       beaux, Sorta. Thank-you both for the bottle. I will try to use it wisely. (takes a quick swig and hides bottle under coat. feels funny.) OK. Now, I will try to use it wisely.
st3f, Dec 26 2002
  

       [st3f] leave funny alone, you don't know where he has been :)
po, Dec 26 2002
  

       thanks so much for the gift! twice actually, as i missed this the first time around!   

       <sniff> everybody now: what the world needs now, is love, sweet love...   

       i'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy, safe, and peaceful new year!
mihali, Dec 27 2002
  

       Wow, thanks very much. Although i doubt they could cure me...
sadie, Dec 27 2002
  

       Awwww....
Evil_Baron_Moustachio, Jan 17 2003
  

       I didn't know of this tradition. Wow, my very own pair!
PeterSilly, Jan 17 2003
  

       Meow. cream would have been better but thanx
The Kat, Jan 17 2003
  

       Cool, my palm pilot was dying...
RayfordSteele, Jan 22 2003
  

       "Better late than never" thanx you,my new machine has this now embeded.
skinflaps, Jan 23 2003
  

       That is so kind, the dream recorder will come in real handy, and now thanks to you my collection of assorted mad hats is growing even bigger!! Beauxeault you rule!
talen, Jan 23 2003
  

       Lovely! Getting gifts and only been here a shortwhile - thank you sorta!
Seaneeboy, Jan 23 2003
  

       what about me
gizmo, Apr 05 2003
  

       Wow. I didn't know I was even being acknowleged at this point. Thanks, and the gift is appropriate to an extent.
Eugene, Dec 06 2003
  

       Where'd [beauzeault] go, anyway? I haven't seen him in a while. You out there [boz]?
Worldgineer, Dec 08 2003
  

       Just checked on a venture of his that I became familiar with in its fledgling stages. He appears to still be hanging around out there in the real world pursing that. I hope his absence from the 'bakery means that he's too busy to spend much time here.   

       I'm sorta hoping that Sorta Claus will make an appearance this year.
half, Dec 08 2003
  

       Who needs you anyway? I'll make my own Christmas, with... popcorn and... and lint... and... what the hell is this doing in my drawer? So there.   

       *shakes tragically sad and deformed jingly bell*
Detly, Dec 09 2003
  

       It sounds like [bliss] is cooking up an idea that would call for a list of gifts that halfbakers would give to Sorta Claus...lists are bad...I'm in.   

       To Sorta Claus I'd give a plush half-croissant, a special version with no fishbones inside.
half, Dec 09 2003
  

       I'd give one of those cool HB watermarking coffee cups. They really are the perfect gift.
Worldgineer, Dec 09 2003
  

       I'll give a nice, warm, Blend-A-Lunch. Although I will consider changing it to a Drenchcoat.
Detly, Dec 09 2003
  

       In the sprirt of what bliss and others have said... I agree that this is the year we give back to Sorta Claus, and his alter ego.   

       My contribution - the complete Multidenominational Chocolate Deity Variety Pack.
waugsqueke, Dec 09 2003
  

       Mmmm...i'll gladly give my (original) light blue safari suit with matching parasol that I've been saving for such a special occasion as this.
rumbletumbler, Dec 09 2003
  

       To Sorta Claus,
A one-way greyhound bus ticket to Helena and a year's supply of basket weaving materials.

Happy Christmas beaux!
DrBob, Dec 10 2003
  

       A designated Christmas-free zone, because everyone needs a stress-free coffee break
yamahito, Dec 12 2003
  

       To help Sorta Claus relax while on milk-and-cookie break, without fear of overstaying and getting behind in his delivery schedule, he can listen to the soothing tic-toc-tac of this beautifully hand-crafted "3/4 Time Escapement" clock. Thank YOU, Sorta Claus!
BigBrother, Dec 12 2003
  

       As my gift for Sorta Claus, a set of blank "Speech Balloon Placards". For his stocking, the 2004 pocket edition of "Scenic Air Routes."
krelnik, Dec 12 2003
  

       <rummaging in the cupboard>yep, here it is, a travel demolition derby chess set for Sorta </rummaging in the cupoard>
po, Dec 12 2003
  

       Hey.. do I get twigs and coal..?? :*(
flamingcrackmonkey, Dec 12 2003
  

       Only if you're really good this year. <ascii-smiley-winky-thingy-alternative>
RayfordSteele, Dec 12 2003
  

       I'd like to give Sorta my sorta new Hover Ottoman. It still floats! Merry Christmas, Sorta Claus!
k_sra, Dec 12 2003
  

       For Sorta Claus I give a string of Lava Lawn Lamps and some Universal Mana. Merry Solstice Celebration!!
sartep, Dec 22 2003
  

       To Sorta Claus I bequeath my prototype sorta claws for fun fighting with your cat.
FarmerJohn, Dec 23 2003
  

       Hmm, I'll donate an evil door. Use it wisely Sorta Claus.
RobertKidney, Dec 23 2003
  

       Imagine one of those Christmas stories where a mother faces the horror of having to tell her children that there'll be no gifts for Christmas this year; there's simply no money for it...and then on Christmas morning the children have found a way to leave a gift for the mother under the tree! Any other time of the year, such a story might seem too sappy, but at Christmas, most of us find ourselves getting all moist in the eyes and soft in the hearts when we hear stories like that.   

       And so it's with moist eyes and a fluttery heart that I discover the Christmas miracle that has unfolded above. (Thanks, half, for clueing me in by email). Of course I do not look upon other halfbakers as children, but I had faced a similar fear at having to explain that I simply did not have the time to repeat the efforts of previous years. Please know that my desire to bestow bounty upon you all is not dimmed, but only my access to the time required to satisfy that desire.   

       We Christians don't believe explicitly in karma, but it is nevertheless my prayer for all of you this year that you will experience for yourself some of the magic that you have created here. Based on my experience with Sorta in previous years, I suspect you already have.   

       Thank you, God bless you, and merry Christmas!
beauxeault, Dec 24 2003
  

       Merry Christmas Beauxeault.   

       phew.   

       I can only speak for my elf, dear beaux, but its a huge relief just to see you there - and looking so good, may I say, dear man.   

       have a wonderful, wonderful holiday, bless you!
po, Dec 24 2003
  

       //I had faced a similar fear at having to explain that I simply did not have the time to repeat the efforts of previous years//   

       It's a precious gift just to learn that you've been busy. Merry Christmas, beauxeault.
Tiger Lily, Dec 24 2003
  

       Merry christmas beaux, and the same to everyone else.
RobertKidney, Dec 25 2003
  

       Be well, live in peace, and don't forget us, Sorta, when ya get a free year...This time of year I always look to the old good stuff, to find strengh.
blissmiss, Dec 13 2004
  

       [po], thanks for the very appropriate thought. I have a preference for keyboards with built-in mouselike pointing devices, and they do tend to fail. I like the efficiency of not needing to move arm to get at mouse (and not move arm to move mouse); at the moment I'm using a keyboard with a touchpad (no moving parts!) built in, but don't know how long it will last, since I have another one just like it that simply stops (at random) sending character-codes to the computer. And they don't seem to make this type any more. It's the fault of the touchpad maker. The absolute MOST ANNOYING thing about a touchpad is their so-called "touch-to-click" feature, because it often clicks when you just put your finger on it to only move the pointer. Sure, after the driver is installed the "feature" can be disabled, but so many people never knew that, they gave up on the touchpad in disgust. So the keyboard manufacturers stopped including touchpads. That means what I wish is for the idiot touchpad manufacturers to REMOVE their "touch to click" so-called feature, and just let us use the click-buttons that always come with touchpads, anyway.
Vernon, Dec 13 2004
  

       <deeply puzzled> Er, merry Christmas to you too, Vernon. May your Christmas wish come true... you sure you don't want something more seasonal?
david_scothern, Dec 14 2004
  

       Happy Chrimbo everybody!   

       I can't believe this is the first time I've been at this idea: to find an "Idiot Proof Snooze Button"   

       Superb - it's just what I always wanted. Thanks [beauxault], wherever you are!
Jinbish, Dec 24 2005
  

       Merry Christmas!
DesertFox, Dec 24 2005
  

       Cheer up (UB) - at least it's not an ugly jumper (sweater in American English).
froglet, Dec 25 2005
  

       Hmmm. I just noticed the date of this idea, 2001, one year before I found the 'bakery. I guess Sorta knew I was coming, and that I'd refrain from the ususal naughtiness that year.
Shz, Dec 25 2005
  

       Shz, there was actually two [sorta claus'], you might have been on the second ammended one.   

       (Bubs, so good to see you here!)
blissmiss, Dec 26 2005
  

       If it was ammended a year later, that would explain it. Thanks, bliss.
Shz, Dec 26 2005
  

       No problem, Shz. It's only been a moment, or so it seems, between now and then. Both of "thems". The first Sorta, and then the second Sorta, sorta.   

       When bris left us, many were suddenly awakened.
Stunned and sickened that such a magical life could be so cruely removed from us, her husband, and her children. It was overwhelming. Too much to even wrap your head around.
  

       In her aftermath, as others who have left us, (by choice or by chance), I hope somewhere, and somehow, they are aware that their lives assisted in changing many others.   

       There is magic at the bakery. Always has been, always will be.   

       Though I no longer believe in love, I still do believe in the sense of community, and the caring that thrives at #1 Halfbakery Lane.   

       For those who are new, please take the time, if you can, to read "Sorta Claus" It took someone we all knew a lot of time to do.   

       He was, and always will be in my mind, what a "baker" was supposed to be about.
blissmiss, Dec 10 2006
  

       Sorta Claus, in his crimson suit and fuzzy slippers
Takes up his pen and gazes out into the night.
“Another year coming to an end,” he muses
“Did anyone make the list?” He wonders, and he‘s right.
  

       For what have we seen here, what submissions were done
That deserve renewed attention, that merit reprise?
What distinguishes greatness, what moves him to take action?
Inspiration, or obfuscation? Innovation, or farting in the breeze?
  

       Each deserving half-baker who believes in such things
As Sorta Claus, Hullaballoons, and Enigmatic Ninja Pirate Mimes
Cherishes this time of year for many, many different reasons.
But mostly for the sense of family we share in the best and worst of times.
  

       Newbies arrive, smelling fresh as risen dough, so eager
Moderators guide them patiently, teach them to endure fish
Bakers watch them carefully, pedants glare so gloomily,
A taste, a hint, a morsel of croissant our one enduring wish.
  

       The half bakery is teeming with life, with stimulating wisdom
With pure and simple lunacy, and all that between falls.
I know of no better place I could choose to pass an hour
Or blissfully stay up half the night until slumber calls.
  

       Thank you Jutta, for what you have created
Is certainly more than the sum of its parts.
It has brought together more than our minds
It has brought together our hearts.
  

       But now the time has come that I must take a break
Tho’ I leave for a short while, you have given me reason
To return, not just to make sure you’re still playing nice,
But to wish you all much joy and good health this holiday season!
Canuck, Dec 10 2006
  

       take good care or yourself and don't be away too long. x
po, Dec 10 2006
  

       Wow. Must have seen this before because I've already bunned it, apparently.   

       Merry sorta Christmas to everyone!
moomintroll, Dec 11 2006
  

       Cannuck, that is really very poignant.
blissmiss, Dec 12 2006
  
      
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