‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap,
When down in the pipes there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the bathroom I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shower curtain and threw up the toilet seat.
The gleam of the moon off the freshly cleaned porcelain
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects within,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a rubber dingy, and eight dastardly tuna,
With a ragged old driver, so crooked and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be Evil St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;
"Now, Smelly! now, Chalupa! now, Pepsi and Crackhead!
On, Hookworm! on Trashcan! on, Volvo and Wolf Blitzer!
Up from the plumbing! to the top of the wall!
Now swim away! swim away! swim away all!"
As seaweed that before the crushing tsumani flood,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sewers,
So down to the basement the coursers they swam,
With the rubber dingy full of toys that Evil St. Nicholas stole.
And then, in a slopping, I heard on the floor
The flopping and spatting of each little tuna.
As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,
Up from the toilet Evil St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in barnicles, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with floatsom and jetsam;
A bundle of toys he had stolen from children,
And he looked very homeless just opening his pack.
His eyes — how they blackened! his dimples how ugly!
His cheeks were like roses, no doubt from his drinking!
His droll little mouth was drawn down in a sneer,
And the beard of his chin was as black as the ash;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a phantom;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he coughed like a bowl full of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right nasty old man
And I wet myself when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I better be frightened;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And stole all the presents; and cursed out my cat,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
Coughed up some phlegm, down the plumbing he sank;
He sprang to his dingy, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all swam like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
"Thanks for nuttin’ kids, next year i’m taking the cat!"

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Just curious to know what others think. I read the series last summer and I thought it was great. I didn’t find Stephanie Meyer had enough caliber to be listed as one of the greatest writers in modern literature but the storyline was nonetheless, great.

Back then, there was a bit of a buzz in book feeds all around about the series but nothing in comparision to the wave that came after the theatrical release.

And perhaps what I’m about to say may come off as harsh or offending to most die hard fans, but it’s those very fans that sort of ruined it for me. You know, the ‘OMG!OMG!OMG!OMG!’ fans. Now I sorta blush when admitting that I really liked the books.

Does anyone else feel the same? 10 points for the most un-biased answer.

***Surely there will be a horrendous tsumani of hate-posts from perhaps the very hard core fans I mentioned above. Please excuse them.

Thanks for looking.
Wow. I’m glad to find that I’m not the only one who feels the same. I guess I picked an ideal time to post this question, when most fans are still in school.

I agree with Kate S on the fact that the books are aimed towards younger readers. I am 30 and I’m not ashamed to admit that there are many young adult books out there that are great, Twilight being on of them. But you brought up a strong point. It’s an expected reaction for younger fans.

And I agree, with Michaely… the movie certainly gives the book no justice.
(Anita Blake is great by the way. Night and day when compared to Twilight).

Thanks for posting! Too bad I can only give 10 points to one person. I’ll keep the question up a little longer.

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I live in Anchorage, Ak, I drempt that a tsumani, came thru, which anchorage is pretty much sea level, we were in some of the expensive buildings downtown, like these 1/2 mil dollar condo’s, don’t know how I ended up there, seen the wave come in, building started to fill with water, I had no problem stayin on top of the water, don’t remember it feeling cold or anything, but I had a hard time keepin my wife above water, I had to keep going down and getting her and bring her back up for air, when I woke it was undertermined what happend,
I read in a dream dictionary if you dream of a loved one drowning, its because you don’t express the feelings towards them that you should, which doesn’t really fit for me.
any ideas??
but it was never determined if she drown, but It felt like she was going too, when I woke she was on the surface last, and I remember thinkin, where the hell are we gonna go now, to escape the water.

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Help ME!!!!?

Ok, i need really important events for 2004. my group has to do a modern version of "we didnt start the fire" by billy joel. i have the tsumani, red sox, mj in court, G.W.B wins again, and regan dies. Can you please help me, i looked in wikipedia and i got things that r important. Please help!

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I don’t see why the united states (which i live in) has to help every country out there with eveything. We butt in whenever they need help but can’t they just help themselves? but when we don’t the rest of the world is appald by our actions. when the tsumani hit we had to send aid and money. we are the "super power" but yet countries hate us. people want to come into here but if we would try to help them out then it would be bad for us but yet we are over in Iraq fixing their problems. My question is WHY DO OTHER COUNTRIES REALLY LOOK AT THE USA FOR HELP?!

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Phuket Tsunami?

Visiting Phuket and phiphi island next month, are the damages of the tsumani still visible?

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2004 tsunami?

What are your personal viwes on the 2004 tsumani?? all answers are highly appreciated thank you!

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wat were some besides the tsumani.

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It’s coming. I believe it is. All the bad hurricanes,flooding, global warming,ozone layer disappearing(well that’s actually getting better I hear), earhquakes, the tsumani, the bird flu, our natural resources vanishing. What do you think of all this? Are you scared? how will we prepare? How do we know for certain when it’s reallly coming? Facts? Opinions?

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I just want to know how much good all that prayer and faith does when there’s a disaster somewhere in the world? I get really choked when I see the pope praying for the people of some tsumani or earthquake disaster. Don’t you think those people would be better served by the Vatican selling some of those priceless works of art and donating money to help them find real solutions? They don’t need prayers, they need real help. Especially when the pope is running around in Gucci loafers. Don’t you find that to be hypocritical??
I’m not saying Christians don’t contribute to charities at all. There are somwe great agencies doing great work out in the world. But I do find many people that think all the victims need is a prayer and they’ll be fine. And it really p***es me off that the church figurehead is such a total hypocrite.

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