I figured this would be a decent forum for such a thread.

The cool stuff- Fitbit belt clippy thing; Agents of Shield, Season 2; Vader chef's tools- apron, silicone mitt with Imperial starburst, lightsaber tongs and fork  IMG_1364

The traditional- pajamas, this time  with an Airborne twist. "It cannot be inherited, nor can it ever be purchased. I have earned it with my blood, sweat, and tears. I own it forever, the title AIRBORNE.

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The really meaningful-

A pen set from a retired Brother officer, and a replacement of a long-lost Victorinox Spartan. The pens came from a retired-officer-owned business, given with the intent of on-duty use.

The Spartan was my first knife, dad gave it to me for Christmas when I was 10. It was one of the first times he went shopping for gifts without my mom (she's not dead, they just did everything together). Without knowing it, Mom helped me pick EXACTLY THE SAME KNIFE for my dad's gift. He still has his. I, being 10 at the time, lost mine before I'd had it even a year. My fiancé Ms. V learned about it and bought a replacement. IMG_1365

I looked to see if anyone had started a thread like this for this year, and found some very interesting threads. I think everyone else should do the same search and see what they find. 

Kinda like this one: https://www.lightfighter.net/se...amp;queryString=Gift

Learning has occurred. Life is good. 

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A couple of bars of chocolate, a box of Scottish shortbread, a small tin of gourmet white hot chocolate mix, and the chance to spend a couple of hours on station at work this morning eating brunch that the HH6 cooked, while watching my 16 month old little guy open his presents and play.

Regards.

Mark

Formerly known as ML

The commandant came and talked to us. It was miserable. Nothing I hadn't heard here several months ago. The sad part is I stayed sober Xmas eve so I wouldn't be hungover during his talk. So I'm trying to make up right now.

 

Merry Christmas you lucky bastards.

jake0331 posted:

The commandant came and talked to us. It was miserable. Nothing I hadn't heard here several months ago. The sad part is I stayed sober Xmas eve so I wouldn't be hungover during his talk. So I'm trying to make up right now.

 

Merry Christmas you lucky bastards.

I'm truly sorry, bro. I never had to suffer through anything like that (first off, smart enough to go Army, much love to my Marine grunt Brothers), but I empathize. 

If I'd had to endure such an ordeal, knowing how I was when I was in,I'd have probably risked a DoD (��) to get through. 

Learning has occurred. Life is good. 

Nothing shocking as usual. We don't mind, as we buy what we need when we need. E.g. before the year closes (corporate taxes...), I bought a D500, and a new Tamron superzoom. The kids get lots of gifts of course. 

 

But, two good ones worth sharing. 

You Have to Fucking Eat: https://www.amazon.com/You-Hav...ng-Eat/dp/1501238663 So much truth. Get it. 

And then there's this: The cannister vac has been slowly dying, and the wife is too picky about them so we keep not replacing it. I also miss having a Roomba, etc. so have been campaigning for a cordless Dyson, so I can more quickly zap up random dirt and husky furballs or the litter the cat distributes around my office since her box is in the corner, under the plotter. NO. Wife always talking about how she likes bags, cords, whatever to make it no go. 

Yesterday morning I am looking for something specific and nerdy on eBay and it offers a "you may like" of the little dustbuster-sized Dyson for $16. Old model, refurbed, a reliable seller, a crapton for sale, dozens sold already. I have totally bought stuff of this level of deal; people get stuck with a pallet of old stock and want to clear it out, it's gray market (for another country...) etc. so I go for it. 

Tell the wife my deal, we can try one then, and she goes "NOOOO!!!!..."

"Um, what?"

"Nothing. Nevermind."

And this morning I found she had indeed been tricking me, and for a week or three has had a V6 of some flavor in the corner wrapped up. Installed, used. It's awesome. 

Post-script: 40 minutes after the eBay purchase, eBay emails me in a tizzy. The account got hacked, it is a scam. An ineffective one, as they hadn't claimed the money, so I unwound it, no risk to me. But... the wife still thinks I made it all up as a trick to find out if she bought the vacuum. 

The things that will destroy America are prosperity at any price, peace at any price, safety first instead of duty first, the love of soft living and the get rich quick theory of life. – Theodore Roosevelt

 

Joined: 19NOV2004   Location: Mission, Kansas

This year was a good one for me. New job (thank you LF), better life and one of the few times I've not worked or been exhausted on Christmas.  So I wanted to pass some of that on. Helped  friends out with things they weren't good at, that I am.  Did more donating this year and am thankful for a good year and the friends I have.

So, I did  receive a generous check from my Uncle and a Sportsman's Warehouse gift card from a buddy. Maybe best of all was the traditional Christmas Eve beer(s) and watching The Outlaw Josey Wales with friends last night.

Dave

 

 

"Keep that cheap, wail'n slut quiet!" A.J. Maggott

My health (for what it is), the love of my beautiful wife, no snow to shovel s of yet, better outlook for our future (with the coming of PEOTUS Trump).   I couldn't wish for more.    


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Joined: 8/5/05    Location: 20 miles west of Gettysburg, PA

 

 

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Joined:  1/30/05           Location: Graham, Wa

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The first thing I got this morning is LIFE. I'm still above ground and processing oxygen. What could top that?Mostly gift cards otherwise @$200 total from Wally World strictly for ammo purchases. 200 rounds of 9mm (50 147 gr HST, and 150 115 gr training ammo). Looking to pick up some GMM AMAX or Fusion for the .308 Savage. 

Time spent with parents and older brothers family. An excellent year. 

Mojo/Mark
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Location: Northern Nevada (Reno/Sparks)

For the first time in the four years that we've been married, my wife and I were able to spend a relaxed, quiet Christmas together instead of running around, or being sick in Saudi or the Philippines.

She got me some Parade Gloss, micro screwdrivers, a lot of different microbrews, a bottle of McClelland Speyside Single Malt, and three books-America's Secret Mig Squadron , George Washington's Secret Six, and Deliver Us From Evil, the story of 3rd Bat, 506th Para Inf Reg at Market Garden.

Boy, am I lucky.

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Doug

If I mention Corona, I ain't talking about beer.

 

"It's your turn to do until it's not."  TA

 

"Afterall.... if you get yourself into a fair fight.. you really haven't learned anything in all the time you have spent on Lightfighter, your tactics suck, and you don't deserve to breed."  David Reeves

 

JOINED:  9/20/09     LOCATION:  Outside of KSA Finally!

My family decided to go easy on gifts this year. New gloves, a book, some cash, a Keychain tool, a nice framed picture of my girlfriend and I, and a few other little things. GF got me an awesome new USMC sweatshirt since my old grey one is wearing out.

My stepmom went a little further and got my eyes a little leaky. She and I used to argue a lot about guns, my job, my carrying a gun all the time, etc. Over the past couple years, with Dallas, NY, Ferguson, et al, she has come around immensely in how she feels about guns and people who carry them. She bought me a beautiful  white and blue patterned "going out shirt" and told me she "bought it a size larger so you can have your tailor fit it around your gun and stuff, and your friend Charles said this small pattern would help to hide it better." She knocked it out of the fucking park. The amount of thought she put into this, and the acceptance of my lifestyle that it shows means a hell of a lot to me.

Merry Christmas, Lightfighters!

Semper Fidelis -Walt

Honor, Courage, Commitment

Joined: 1/10/2008          Location: North Shore/Metro North, MA

Merry Christmas brothers!

-Coach camo wallet to match my briefcase 

-Beef jerky

-Chocolate covered Bacon

-Armani something cologne

-Hess truck

-Stainless steel French press

-customized Yeti coffee thermos

-Nike sneakers

Bought myself:

-CR Sebenza 25 CF

-Mont Blanc rollerball pen

Gift from friend:

Most senior Inspector in CT retiring 12/30.  Walks into my office. 'You like guns, right John?"  Gives me a cherry 1926 Colt Army Special .38 revolver.  Awesome gift.

 

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IT'S A COLT.  THEY'RE LIKE THE HK OF GUNS.

HRH (Ret.) The Most Reverend Consig

Stupidity is not a skillset.

I AM GROOT.

 

 

 

 

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A full day off work, no calls no emails as of yet, althought they may start back up around midnight.

This ment i was able to spend time with my wife and the inlaws for the first holiday togather with us all in very long time where I was either not working or did not get called in to work in the middle of the day

Material items. A gift card and some cash.    New cordless sawzall for work, along with an  assortment of blades to go with it.   Some titanium tube and  other bits that will hopefully soon  resemble a suppressor (form 1)  for the SBR.

Got a new office chair that looks like a sports car bucket seat.

A set of 3 old fashioned looking framed patent sketches, including the 1911 and (hilariously, I think) the forward assist for the M-16/AR-15.

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A sepia style print of Abraham Lincoln riding a grizzly, holding an AR in one hand and the Constitution in the other. 'Murrica. Good man cave decor.

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Some surround sound stuff for the new house. Yamaha 7.1 receiver, Polk 3-way bookshelf and center speakers, in-wall surround speakers, and a 12 inch sub. And a 65 inch 4k LED TV. All that stuff stays boxed up until the move in March.

I smoked a 17 lb brisket, starting last night at 0100 hrs.  It turned out perfect. That's a gift right there.  

 

Adversity is another way to measure the greatness of individuals.  -Lou Holtz

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-Hess truck

HOLY SHIT! Do they still make those?

I've seen some of those at toy shows that fetch big dollars.

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Doug

If I mention Corona, I ain't talking about beer.

 

"It's your turn to do until it's not."  TA

 

"Afterall.... if you get yourself into a fair fight.. you really haven't learned anything in all the time you have spent on Lightfighter, your tactics suck, and you don't deserve to breed."  David Reeves

 

JOINED:  9/20/09     LOCATION:  Outside of KSA Finally!

Pretty simple stuff, but it's what I wanted.

1) Hank's Gunner stitched leather belt from the wife.

2) Dancing Hula Girl to go on the dash of my car from the boys.

3) Retro 51 Tornado pen made to resemble a Flying Tigers P40 from the In-laws - it's bad ass.

4) Cash from my folks.

Other than that some various gift cards to Barnes & Nobles & Starbucks, plus various candies/chocolates.

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I've been falling so long it's like gravity's gone & I'm just floating...

Got to sleep in till 0700. Dog finally poked me awake to go out. She barfed in the front bushes. Waited till I got up. She ate a bunch of kelp yesterday. Merry Christmas daddy...

Got a coffee maker delux system from my HH6. Sweet. She's been waiting for months to give it to me.  I gave her a folder knife, and a glass breaker/hammer for her office. She loves that stuff!

Chief gave us 2017 calendars at our staff meeting. They are still photos taken of all of us from our recruiting video. I'm a badass  April!

Cooked NY steak on the grill and artichokes for dinner, along with some Charlie Champers.

Merry Christmas! 

Im waiting for my Mont Blanc from Consig. Musta got lost in the mail or something...

CAMedic posted:
Dan, Thats a pretty shifty look there...

You have no idea....

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"Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Breeds that forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and freedoms." - R. Heinlen

 

Joined:  1/30/05           Location: Graham, Wa

Y'all got pretty great stuff. I got mostly books. A couple of Winston Churchill biographies, and one on W.C. Fields. I also got a helluva case of bronchitis. I'm so tired of coughing ��.

That's just my opinion, and you know what they say about opinions...

 

Instead of learning to fight evil, this generation has learned that fighting is evil. Dennis Prager

 

"A terrible sight for a sober man."

                                Legend(1985)

HH6 got me an Arc Covert Cardigan, a Vader inspired snuggy, and the household one of those retro Atari 64 emulators.  I got her two pairs of TNF cloves for running and keeping her arthritic hands warm, and some jogging shit.  7 Year old got the haul with two lego train sets and other lego stuff.  It was a good day with ZERO calls from work, and even though the wife was sick, we did well.  Face timed with my folk who moved to Georgia this year and they got to see the 6 month old eating lunch (Cereal, not boos, perverts) and jabbering away.

My presents to myself this year are an ADM Dead Bird Society rifle, a new GLock 19 with 20 GMAGS (Thanks, horribly timed Palmetto State Armory ad), and my 19 slide is at ATEI for milling an RMR on.

 

Thanks to this LF community for making it awesome this year.  Next year is more training and meeting more awesome people.

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jake0331 posted:

The commandant came and talked to us. It was miserable. Nothing I hadn't heard here several months ago. The sad part is I stayed sober Xmas eve so I wouldn't be hungover during his talk. So I'm trying to make up right now.

 

Merry Christmas you lucky bastards.

Semper Fidelis bro

SEMPER FIDELIS

The wife hooked me up with  a few things- the big one was a Longines Legend Diver watch with winder for when it might not be on my wrist.  A few other elements under the tree were a Dawson 6" fixed blade, IPad keyboard, and several books on watches.  I got her a placeholder watch (Seiko 5 auto in red on Speidel copper lined stretch) while she picks her desired one out for our twenty-fifth anniversary in Aug , yes it will take her that long.  She already got me my 25th  present since we found one early- BMW R1150GS

Location Texas.

 

"So what are you gonna do if we get hit on this trip?" "Me?, I'm going to shoot some good pics of you nuking their ass. You do your job, I'll do mine. If I have to do yours,(unless you're the medic) we're probably all screwed!" - Standard reply , from Desert Storm through Iraqi Freedom

Christmas was my only day off in the last 2 weeks and the next week. So it was just nice to hang out with my wife and kids, have a huge breakfast, open presents, and play with the dog outside.

I got a few things:

- How to Brew 3rd Edition (to provide me the knowledge for my upcoming endeavor)

- manual conical burr coffee grinder

- 1 year subscription to Black Rifle Coffee Club

- Boker Urban Survival Tool (from a buddy at work)

- Nintendo NES Classic (me and my wife's gift to each other this year)

- REI gift card

- Star Wars coffee mug (the kids' gift to me)

SEMPER FIDELIS

Watching my almost 4 year old in his elf PJs read every tag and distribute presents to the grandparents, his sister and parents was pretty great. And the almost 2 year old sister tear into packages like a whirlwind was equally entertaining. Gift wise my parents, in laws and wife pooled together and got a me a Sieko SKX007 with a very nice oyster bracelet. It will be an heirloom watch for me. Also a copy of Message to Garcia, inspired by LF and P&S.

Well the day turned out pretty good in the end.

Even though I was up at 05:00 and spent 12 hours on shift, we didn't turn a wheel (special thanks to the local community for not calling us).

Got to have brunch with the HH6 on station before she took the little guy home.

Then had a nap followed by some more food and watched a couple of Christmas movies on TV.

When I got home last night, the little guy was still awake, so got to bath him and read him a couple of stories before bed time.

Back at work tonight, but I get to spend the day at home.

Regards.

Mark

Formerly known as ML

Hope you all had a terrific Christmas.  I'm the guy that's impossible to buy for, because I get it myself. However, the boy is now a man (well, more or less at 17yoa) and has paid attention, so my wife gets better guidance.  Got pretty good stuff...

Smart Wool sneaker socks, the best, IMO.

Gift cards to support my various vices, like Starbucks, iTunes, and Chipotle.

A rare as shit and spendy, at least in the states, mint Canadian C7 OD carbine stock.  Like an old Colt "N" stock, but beautiful green and textured on top, for mil-spec tubes.  I don't know where they found it, but I approve.  Now, anyone have one of the OD butt pads, or matching grip and handguards?

And my favorite gift, Larry Vickers' new AR15 Coffee Table book...stunning, large, heavy, and full of rare samples.  This is a beautiful book for AR15 fans and serious students.  It has info inside that is missing from Ezells' The Black Rifle book, and photos of stuff I had no clue ever existed.

www.vickersguide.com

I'm a much better gift giver than my wife, and Christmas gives me the opportunity to make her happy.  Her big want this year was a pair of those LL Bean "Bean Boots" with Thinsulate.  I know, right?  When did the 80's come back in style?  Anyway, apparently they are the hot ticket for the pumpkin spice latte crowd and soccer moms right now.  Website shows out of stock until late February and Amazon has sketchy-looking, third-party vendor, offerings at double the price with knock-off warning reviews.

Well, two Fridays ago, after she reminded me for the umpteenth time that if I ordered now, she might get to wear them before summer, I got a case of the red-ass and decided I would not be beaten.  I went to work, pulled up their retail store directory, and started dialing.  I figured there HAD to be at least one pair in her size, just one, somewhere.  There are 46 stores...I called 20 before a faint glimmer of hope in the voice on the other end of the line resulted in five minutes of searching and eventual discovery or what might be the last pair of these things in CONUS.  Seriously, they had them and I got them shipped for free, no tax, and discounted because the box was damaged.  Came the next Monday!  Wife was actually speechless and has called or texted her entire Band Mom and co-worker network to rub it in....errr....let them know what a great husband I am.

Anyway, she makes my year a much better year than I deserve, so I make her Christmases better than she hopes.

Merry Christmas, guys.

 

 

"It's when you fuck up that you will hear from your peers, not when you are doing your job. We expect people to do their jobs, and don't praise them like six year olds who successfully tied their shoes when they do. " - Fatty

 

If in doubt about the tone of my post, please refer to avatar.

yakc130 posted:
Consigliere posted:

-Hess truck

HOLY SHIT! Do they still make those?

I've seen some of those at toy shows that fetch big dollars.

What makes you think Big Wallet got anything that isn't Big Dollars? 

 

 

 

 

Joined:      14 January 2010                Location:  MAINE

TNYankee posted:

Hope you all had a terrific Christmas.  I'm the guy that's impossible to buy for, because I get it myself. However, the boy is now a man (well, more or less at 17yoa) and has paid attention, so my wife gets better guidance.  Got pretty good stuff...

Smart Wool sneaker socks, the best, IMO.

Gift cards to support my various vices, like Starbucks, iTunes, and Chipotle.

A rare as shit and spendy, at least in the states, mint Canadian C7 OD carbine stock.  Like an old Colt "N" stock, but beautiful green and textured on top, for mil-spec tubes.  I don't know where they found it, but I approve.  Now, anyone have one of the OD butt pads, or matching grip and handguards?

And my favorite gift, Larry Vickers' new AR15 Coffee Table book...stunning, large, heavy, and full of rare samples.  This is a beautiful book for AR15 fans and serious students.  It has info inside that is missing from Ezells' The Black Rifle book, and photos of stuff I had no clue ever existed.

www.vickersguide.com

I'm a much better gift giver than my wife, and Christmas gives me the opportunity to make her happy.  Her big want this year was a pair of those LL Bean "Bean Boots" with Thinsulate.  I know, right?  When did the 80's come back in style?  Anyway, apparently they are the hot ticket for the pumpkin spice latte crowd and soccer moms right now.  Website shows out of stock until late February and Amazon has sketchy-looking, third-party vendor, offerings at double the price with knock-off warning reviews.

Well, two Fridays ago, after she reminded me for the umpteenth time that if I ordered now, she might get to wear them before summer, I got a case of the red-ass and decided I would not be beaten.  I went to work, pulled up their retail store directory, and started dialing.  I figured there HAD to be at least one pair in her size, just one, somewhere.  There are 46 stores...I called 20 before a faint glimmer of hope in the voice on the other end of the line resulted in five minutes of searching and eventual discovery or what might be the last pair of these things in CONUS.  Seriously, they had them and I got them shipped for free, no tax, and discounted because the box was damaged.  Came the next Monday!  Wife was actually speechless and has called or texted her entire Band Mom and co-worker network to rub it in....errr....let them know what a great husband I am.

Anyway, she makes my year a much better year than I deserve, so I make her Christmases better than she hopes.

Merry Christmas, guys.

 

 

 

 

 

Could've saved you some time old pal. L.L.Bean is hq'd about 15 minutes from me and they have a substantial compound of stores up there.  I don't know if you called the ones in Freeport, but it would be easy to call one store and miss the other 5 right there, all of which have little enclaves of things like Bean boots hidden around. 

Anyway, glad you got em! Probably don't need to fill you in on their legend CS (and everything ships free on the website, no minimum). Literally for any reason whatsoever you can return or exchange those boots, forever. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Merry Christmas guys. I was off all weekend and spent some quality time with my wife and daughter. I got myself a 1911 from Harrison's shop and a Don Williams Hi Power. Wont get them until Tuesday.

This year and likely the next and so on we spent the majority of time and money on my daughter. We got princesses, dolls, and doll houses. Spent a lot of nighttime hours putting them together.  Dan187 your floor looks like mine with all those toys. Watch out they hurt like hell when you step on them.

Watched White Christmas with the Wife and on Christmas watched Frozen with my daughter for the millionth time, but was the best gift.

We adopted a local family for Christmas. We will be having them over later this week to give them a good meal and some presents. We have been helping them out for a while. They lost there house and father in a fire earlier this year. It has been a good year for me and my family. 

 

LPD "People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. . . The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives." - Theodore Roosevelt

LobsterClaw207 posted:
TNYankee posted:

....LL Bean "Bean Boots" with Thinsulate....

 

 

Could've saved you some time old pal. L.L.Bean is hq'd about 15 minutes from me and they have a substantial compound of stores up there.  I don't know if you called the ones in Freeport, but it would be easy to call one store and miss the other 5 right there, all of which have little enclaves of things like Bean boots hidden around. 

Anyway, glad you got em! Probably don't need to fill you in on their legend CS (and everything ships free on the website, no minimum). Literally for any reason whatsoever you can return or exchange those boots, forever. 

Man, I appreciate it and truthfully, I was holding back on a LF'er net call.  I did start calling stores in cities where I had solid contacts, in case shipping was a non-starter.

Funny tip...I started each call with, "I know it's crazy there, I know you're busy, but I'm a horrible husband and I need your help..."  Worked like a charm.

"It's when you fuck up that you will hear from your peers, not when you are doing your job. We expect people to do their jobs, and don't praise them like six year olds who successfully tied their shoes when they do. " - Fatty

 

If in doubt about the tone of my post, please refer to avatar.

Christmas in my house was supposed to be delayed to I got back from contract... HH6 and the kids wanted to wait till dad got home. (This is important because everyone thought they had another 7-10d if shopping time) Well contract was supposed to end 31Dec with my est  return around 10Jan.  When circumstances change, take advantage of the changed circumstances. So when the contract ended early wife and I decided to surprise the kids. 

I flew home yesterday to beat the big storms hitting ND...  Best Christmas present #1: Kissing my gorgeous bride and the airport, wrapping her up in my arms and getting a squeeze of her ass as she blushed.

#2: 19yo daughter had to work. So walking into the theater and surprising her was great. I like hugs so her surprised hug was awesome.

#3:  Sneaking into the house behind HH6 and when she got done chatting with man-child I called out to him "her buddy, come give me a hand with these bags"...  hearing the surprise and excitement in his voice as he jumped up from the other room... awesome!

Big debate over dinner was whether or not to open gifts because no one had gifts for Dad yet, "we thought we still had 2wks" was the common EXCUSE.

No matter I told them, I'm just glad to be home, let's do this. So they all opened their presents and I sat back and drank 5-fingers of Monkey Shoulder by the fire, happy as a clam.  

It was a good Christmas and I have a pretty good idea what's coming from HH6. But I figure the happiness I gave the wife and kids by coming home yesterday was a pretty damned good gift for me. 

 

On on a side note: Merry Christmas to all my buddies and the workers still up in ND working on DAPL. The best gift I could wish for all of you is that the infighting increases dramatically at the camps and the Indians, Misguided Vets and Disadvantaged White People battle it out amongst themselves and leave y'all the fuck alone. Merry Christmas you frozen bastards!

My awesome wife got me a milt sparks 55BN holster with shark trim for my colt commander. !! I got her a northface thermoball jacket and a shiny  trinket to wear. Got the youngest a kids kindle which comes with free e books for a year. The 14 year old got a laptop to game on. Got my daughter and my mother a sweater from Aran mills in Ireland. Watched the grandson tear open a shitload of gifts. Got my father a father a trac II razor of Amazon with 100 blades.  He was happy because like me he was pissed off when Gillette stopped making them . A very good Christmas. 


 

LobsterClaw207 posted:
yakc130 posted:
Consigliere posted:

-Hess truck

HOLY SHIT! Do they still make those?

I've seen some of those at toy shows that fetch big dollars.

What makes you think Big Wallet got anything that isn't Big Dollars? 

I'm going to be nice because it's Christmas.  I've been collecting Hess trucks since 1987.  They started way before that .  Some of the older ones are big money.  Mine are all in the box.  I get one, look at it and back it goes.  It's a tradition my brother and I still do as we buy one for each other.  This year the Hess stations were not selling them anymore.  Mail order only.  $31 this year.  I have to say without exception they are the best made toy of its type I have ever seen.  Soooooo....Merry Christmas everyone.

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HRH (Ret.) The Most Reverend Consig

Stupidity is not a skillset.

I AM GROOT.

 

 

 

 

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What I got for Christmas? Trouble, I got in trouble.

The lady and I came to an agreement that we wont buy anything for each other but instead purchase things for the baby that's going to pop out soon. Well when she opened her new digital camera and lenses I got all sorts of dirty looks, didn't help I was holding the socks she got me and laughing my ass off!

I treat myself throughout the year so I don't ask for anything for the b'day (Nov 11th) or Christmas. I like to spoil people around the holidays. Dad got an outdoor griddle from Blackstone, Mom got a hairdryer and stuff for her iPad. I spent Christmas morning delivering coffee and Panettone bread to the on duty crews. The parents did get me a Ridgid Drill/Driver set from Home Depot.

Best Christmas present? Baby girl didn't pop out two weeks early, thought I was going to deliver last night in my truck. A kid with a b'day on Christmas always gets gypped.  

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Got an Excalibur Dehydrator from the g/f. Been wanting one for years. We are currently dehydrating everything in the refrigerator left over from the last three days, including a five pound ham (from Jewish friends, gotta love the irony).  Look for the thread in the next couple of days for SME info on them.

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PlasticMag posted:

We had our son! Baby Ethan, happy as can be.

Awesome brother!!!   Congratulations.

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IT'S A COLT.  THEY'RE LIKE THE HK OF GUNS.

HRH (Ret.) The Most Reverend Consig

Stupidity is not a skillset.

I AM GROOT.

 

 

 

 

 Joined: 28 Nov 2004: 0037hrs        Location: The worst run state in the U.S

Congrats on the baby dude.

Antimedic: Sorry I wasn't smart enough to join the army. I also wasn't smart enough to EAS a couple yrs ago. It's all good now though. I caught up on the alcohol and my pog friends came back from their trip.

Teufelhund: Semper brother

aegis305 posted:

Baby Ethan is the thread winner for sure.  No way you can top that.

You saw the Camaro SS right?

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IT'S A COLT.  THEY'RE LIKE THE HK OF GUNS.

HRH (Ret.) The Most Reverend Consig

Stupidity is not a skillset.

I AM GROOT.

 

 

 

 

 Joined: 28 Nov 2004: 0037hrs        Location: The worst run state in the U.S

PlasticMag posted:

We had our son! Baby Ethan, happy as can be.

Well don't I feel like an ass now. Congrats!

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jake0331 posted:

Congrats on the baby dude.

Antimedic: Sorry I wasn't smart enough to join the army. I also wasn't smart enough to EAS a couple yrs ago. It's all good now though. I caught up on the alcohol and my pog friends came back from their trip.

Teufelhund: Semper brother

Not a thing to be sorry for there. Gotta throw a light elbow or two to the ribs of our Brothers whenever we can, right? 

Especially when mom just dropped the hammer on us for horsing around in the living room and knocking over grandma's Tiffany lamp. Again. Cuz that's what we do. 

Learning has occurred. Life is good. 

Congrats PlasticMag. No better "loot" than that. 

Got to spend the eve and day with family minus one important patriarch. But remembering the meaning of the day and John 3:16 made it a joyous occasion. Well that and an antipasti and fish coma. 

Other chattel. New Blackpoint holster and First Spear belt to go with the early Sig gift HH6 got me.   Beretta gun socks because either the safe is too small or I have too much stuff and I need to keep it from clanging together. Nice Panerai watch and some other First Spear clothing.  Most important gift was a new Moka Pot, Made in Italy.  

No Pagani Zonda or Huayra.  But I'm still hopeful.  I heard shipping was backed up this year. :-)

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"Idque apud imperitos humanitas vocabatur, cum pars servitutis esset"         

 

"Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem"

 

Joined: 9/5/2011 Location: The Former Empire State, now The State of Anarchy

Most gifts are from my Amazon wish list.

Movies (yes I still like to have physical movies I can touch.  Besides, some of these are not available on streaming or anywhere):

a.  "A Hill in Korea"  Michael Caine's first film;

b.  "Jump into Hell" a 1950s film about Dien Bien Phu.  May not be any good, but, good as a curiosity and I can't get more than a 5 min clip of it off Youtube.

c.  Sam Peckinpah's masterpiece "Cross of Iron".  This is a replacement for my library as I loaned it to someone years ago and they never returned it.

Books

This could be in 3 threads: Christmas Loot, the Warrior thread started by Pat about the books of Jean Larteguy - particularly "The Centurians" and its sequel "The Praetorians" and a new thread about 75 years old former paratrooper fathers doing odd things indicating the mind is not as sharpas it once was (like my Dad).

I have both books already - albeit tattered second-hand paperbacks decades old.  After Pat's thread above (and likely spurred on by Petraeus stating it was one of his favourites), the books were reprinted and available on Amazon for a reasonable price.  I toyed with the idea of ordering some brand new copies for my library (need redundancy for certain books.  As stated elsewhere I always snap up second-hand copies of Starship Troopers...just in case).  This would be hard to justify to the frugal Mrs who thinks we are perpetually on the verge of bankruptcy.

Enter my older brother.  He decides these 2 books would be perfect gifts for me and orders them.  He mentions this to our 75 year old father and says he may be interested in nabbing some for himself.  Dad says, "good idea" and proceeds to order them....as gifts for me... So I now posses 3 copies of The Centurians and 4 copies of The Praetorians.  I could almost hear my brother's facepalm all the way from Calgary...

We're getting a little worried about Dad...

Joined sometime in 2008.                  Live in Canada.        

My wife co-opted a 3M ballistic helmet I ordered in August that came in right before the holiday. So that got wrapped. MGL leather Aegis belt in a super non tactical medium brown.  Red north face gore Tex rain jacket And gore Tex rain pants from cabelas for the range.  Slip2000 three pack.  Irish whisky from Ireland (thanks to the wife's recent business trip...The Irishman cask strength).

“They were two douchebags who met in the normal course of being two douchebags.” - Sully, Third Watch

My grand-daughter got the entire Toy's-R-Us store inventory under the tree. 

 I got:  A $1400 repair bill for my pickup, a $500 property tax due payment, a 3 month old GSD from my wife (who already hates the other GSD I have had for the last ten years ?) --and days later discovered it needed a $500  operation,  and  a $900 repair bill for her car.

 

I'm going back to bed.  

 

Post Car posted:

Of all things I got a phone call I've been waiting for offering a new job.  It means giving up 11 years of seniority and another police academy (residential) but damn does the end justify the means. 

Truckie posted:
PlasticMag posted:

We had our son! Baby Ethan, happy as can be.

Well don't I feel like an ass now. Congrats!

Post Car- Good luck with the career reset.

Truckie- you are what you eat.

Anyway, it was an odd Christmas for us this year.  In September, I found and bought my Anniversary, Christmas, Birthday, Father's Day gift when I finally got a super clean and mildly built 1993 Mustang GT 5.0 convertible that I've wanted since being a kid.  Then we were in Disney World for 10 days in December before giving our kids everything, to include puppy, for Christmas.

More than anything, I was happy that my rotation had off Fri-Sun and got to spend the entire Christmas weekend with my family.

I feel incredibly blessed.

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What is left when honor is lost?

I had to work on Christmas so we did our thing on Christmas eve.  I got a red dot to go on one of my 1911s, some Indian motorcycle gear, and a gallon of good bourbon.  My gift to my self was a Kimber Micro 9. The gift that took the cake was from my father in law.  He gave us a family heirloom C.L. Smith shotgun that was made in 1887.  My daughter got a custom kydex holster and some AR parts. She  was very happy. But the best thing of all was having family home especially the step daughter that is in college half way across the country. 

So an addendum since I just left my mothers house.....

ive had the same littman master cardiology stethoscope since 2002 that my mother bought me as a birthday present right before I started paramedic school.  My career change is for a (hopefully) assignment to a flight medic position. As a "make sure you don't screw up" gift this year she got me a brand new Littman cardiology 3 stethoscope. Actually brought a tear to my eye. 

It was a materially light Christmas for us this year. But our baby is due in a week and my sister had hers today so we spent lots of time with family. 

Our immediate family bought a JPC, lvl 4 plates, med kit, TQ now, and a ten speed triple shingle for my father as a active shooter kit. My favorite gift and it wasn't even mine...but I got to pick it all out and set it up! 

As for me I got a few nice sweaters, some father/son picture frames, a Dewalt Charger/ Radio, and some ratcheting box wrenches. 

I also received a awesome gift of money from one of our Lightfighter brethren from down under. It's amazing how much this site affects my life. Thank you!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!

 

Pops got me a CSAT ball cap, the book Tactical Diagramming (which is OUTSTANDING), and Katadyn water filtration system.  My brother got me a German 26.5mm Flare pistol, and the lady gave me a bottle of Oban and an Xbox One....it was a good Christmas.

Nothing compares to giving a great gift though, I was lucky enough to hunt down a deal on a Kitchen-Aid mixer that scored me enough points to survive the fact I have a colonoscopy scheduled on Valentine's Day.

De inimico non loquaris sed cogites.

This year the wife and I gots:

1. Our basement wall shored up. 

2. Replacement windows for the 57 year old heat sieves masquerading as such.

3. The exterior of the house repainted along with the associated replacement timbers that were water damaged.

All said, a really nice new truck or down payment on a beach house worth. HO.HO.HO

On the other hand, a good buddy did deliver me a bottle of Makers 46, so there is that...

Location: North Carolina

CWM11B posted:

All said, a really nice new truck or down payment on a beach house worth. HO.HO.HO

Oh, man. Right at the beginning of the year, right when I changed contracts so we had 5 months of No Income (invoice at end of month, then net 90... HELOC to live off and pay my people) is when the bills for the already-in-progress addition to the house started coming due.

It was shocking. New, pretty nice, pickup truck amounts of money. Lovely room in the end but damn, do I feel your pain on the where-did-all-the-money-go thing. 

The things that will destroy America are prosperity at any price, peace at any price, safety first instead of duty first, the love of soft living and the get rich quick theory of life. – Theodore Roosevelt

 

Joined: 19NOV2004   Location: Mission, Kansas

I got myself a couple of Propper OTS bags when they went on sale, a regular and xl. 

Spent the day in the hospital w my Mom but got to watch everyone open the loot I bought them via facetime. 

“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’”
"Fuck the know it alls.They don't have to do it, and don't have the balls to do it"

Pat Rogers.

I got lucky and walked into a deal on this. Merry Xmas to myself. 

"Certainly there is no hunting like the hunting of man and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never really care for anything else thereafter. You will meet them doing various things with resolve, but their interest rarely holds because after the other thing ordinary life is as flat as the taste of wine when the taste buds have been burned off your tongue." -Ernest Hemingway

Consigliere posted:
aegis305 posted:

Baby Ethan is the thread winner for sure.  No way you can top that.

You saw the Camaro SS right?

That was my first thought,  but I'm a childless ogre.

---------------------------------- The movie "Idiocracy" was not fiction, it is prophetic though. Malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium. - I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery.

Partially as a self college grad present and partially for Christmas, I got myself this:

It's probably 90% due to having seen The Accountant a few months ago. (Why yes I just graduated with an accounting degree and have no social skills, go figure.)

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