2020 December 02

Wednesday

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.I tried to photograph this Christmas light display without much luck..I was off work at 3:30 ants on the road by 3:50 and arrived home about 6:45. The reason for The delay was I stopped for a good pantry pickup. The pick up started at 5:30 and there were more than 200 cars in line. It moved efficiently but not quickly, as it takes time to load each vehicle. I shot a short video of what I thought was all of the vehicles lined up. I was wrong. There were an equal number of cars or of sight behind the building and unknown numbers still stacked up on the street as I was leaving..I know it’s not much of a post but on tired — it’ll have to do.
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2020 November 30

Monday

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Brrrr! Again I say Brrrr! It dropped below freezing for the first time this season.Tonight it’s predicted to drop to 22°. That’s plenty cold for me.

  • Though it was a cold morning, the sun was shining. Santa had the day off, so Ella and I went for a long aimless drive. About 1:30 we drove through KFC/Long John Silvers in Marble Falls for lunch.
  • The truck signaled it was low on coolant so we took our fish lunch to the nearby Wal-Mart parking lot where we ate. Having finished lunch, we went in Wal-Mart for coolant.
  • I also purchased a pain patch for my shoulder. I had mentioned a while back that all the waving, I do on the set, has been causing my shoulder and neck to hurt.
  • Ella also went into the store to buy bacon. Which she did, along with a few other items. So altogether it came to $75.
  • Ella hasn’t been in a store for a long time. We have been ordering online for curbside pickup. There it’s no impulse buying online.
  • As we were getting back in the truck, I heard, “How ya doin’, Santa?” I turned around and saw a man with a long white beard. I asked how his season was doing. He said that the was going some mall work. I said I was also, at Lakeline Mall in Cedar Park. He said, “I know someone there. Williams …” His wife said, “Tom.” To which I replied, “I’m Tom Williams.” He said, “I’m Wade Burleigh.”
  • We had met several years ago, chatted on Facebook and the phone a few times since. I looked at him and said, “You all (Santas) look alike to me. We laughed and said our good byes.
  • When we returned home, I took nap. Now that’s a good day off.
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2020 November 29

Sunday

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Another non existent sunrise. There was still some light misty rain this morning. But the evening photos where nice.

  • Being Sunday, the mall didn’t open until noon. That meant I was able to watch part of the online worship service before I left for work.
  • Santa had a couple of memorable visits today. One was a tiny little toddler. She saw me as mom was pushing the stroller pass the set. She started squealing and clapping. She was literally bouncing up and down in the stroller.
  • Mom lifted her out and she came running as fast as she could. She couldn’t have been more than 18 months old. So, she couldn’t remember Santa from last year.
  • Any other year I would have scooped get up and onto my lap for a hug. This year we were both stopped by a decorative barrier. I talked to her but agree didn’t talk, just bounced up and down on her feet, hands to her face giggled. Finally Mom came and got her. No picture was taken.
  • The other visit was from a large family. Grandmother and grandfather and two couples with a total of 8 children. It was amusing watching grandma organize and reorganize everybody for the photograph.
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2020 November 28 – 27 Days ‘Till Christmas

Saturday

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100% chance of rain, the forecast said. And rain it did. ‘Long about 9 a.m. it started and it never really quit.

  • We added a new team member to the photographers today. Her name is Kaylee or Kaitlyn. I am not sure which.
  • I don’t know if it is a sign of age or a sign out being out of shape, but my shoulders and neck hurt from all the waving that Santa does. I wave at everybody, young or old, male or female and 99.9% wave back. I want everyone to know Santa is in the house.
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2020 November 23 Day Off

Monday

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I awoke with sniffles and sneezing. Fortunately, Santa doesn’t go back to the mall until Black Friday.

I suspect this is going to be a very different Black Friday than in years past. Many retailers have been offering “Black Friday” deals all month long in an attempt to diminish the crowds on Friday. A lot of stores are only allowing a certain number of customers access at once time.

Social distancing, masks, and aisles marked for one way traffic are certain to be ignored by some shoppers, but I expect most will follow the new guidelines. At least I hope they will.

The fact that many people are out of work because of workplace Covid 19 restrictions means less money to spend on non essential items. There will be less travel and smaller gatherings – in many cases no gatherings of people not living in the same home.

Yes, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years are sure to be very different indeed

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God bless and g’nite

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2020 November 21 Ella’s B’day

Saturday

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Another overcast foggy morning. The prediction is for clouds for the whole week ahead and rain next weekend. I’m not sure how “needed” the cloud are, however dry Texas can always use the rain.

Actually, on my way to work, there was a brief, light rain.

I, Santa, do have a chance to interact with the children – some what. They have to stay 6 feet away but I can still visit with them and get their Christmas gift wishes. It is working better than I thought it would, but not as well as I had hoped.

I even had a chance to have interaction with 2 special needs “kids”. Those are always closest to my heart.

Unfortunately, I am contractually forbidden to share some things about what happens on the set. Therefore these posts may be short through November and December.

God bless and g’nite

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No tracking from the fit bit because Santa doesn’t wear a watch while “on duty”.

2020 November 15

Wordless Sunday

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Today 81° – 69°
Yesterday 78° – 56°Average 69° – 51°
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2020 November 11 Veterans Day

This it’s VETERANS DAY. Find a veteran or currently serving person and thank them for three service. I am a veteran of the Viet Nam era, but I have no”war stories” for you. Most of my military time was spent babysitting missiles on a NATO site in Europe. Then, for the last part of my enlistment I worked in the orderly room. Hear this disclaimer — I am not now nor have I ever been Radar O’Reilly.

Lazy-do-nothing sort of day all day until choir practice in the evening.

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2020 October 25

Sunday

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Santa Claus Chronicles suit was my choice to wear to Trunk or Treat this afternoon / evening. It was requested that I come dressed as Santa.

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  • Mrs. Claus and I in the Cross Tracks Church parking lot.

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The sun sat before the T&T event was completely done.

God bless and g‘day.

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This Covid-19 isolation has realty screwed and skewed my sleep patterns.

2020 October 16

Friday

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It was a might chilly over night with both bedroom windows open along with the ceiling vent.

I’ve seen butterflies that look like leaves, but here is a leaf that looks butterflyish.

Today was a Memorial Service for Lou, a friend of ours.The rest of the day was spent watching unpainted wood dry.

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