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Winter storm coming in tomorrow. Anyone else in the path?

Trecdom2 wrote:Winter storm coming in tomorrow. Anyone else in the path?

Looks at the map...

Not hardly.

On another note, someone bought every card I had for sale. (at a reasonable price.) What the heck?

^

I didn't expect you to get the storm. Looking at a map S. Maryland is barely supposed to get anything, so anything below that wouldn't get the white stuff. Central PA on the other hand, we'll see what mother nature throws at us.

Trecdom2 wrote:Winter storm coming in tomorrow. Anyone else in the path?

Winter Is Coming? :p

Issues Test Bed wrote:

On another note, someone bought every card I had for sale. (at a reasonable price.) What the heck?

That someone was me. Those Bamboo Rat nations who bought your cards are my card puppets. Consider it a bank transfer as a sort of Christmas present. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you Issues Test Bed! :)

Max

Caught my first shiny Pokémon today in the Crown Tundra DLC by accident it was a blue Tyrantum

Hello Texan friends!

Forest's sixth annual Photo Contest is beginning, and as has been the case in past years, submissions are open to anyone from our embassy regions. We'd love to see some submissions from y'all! :)

You can find more information here:

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Forest Photo Contest 2020

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2020 has undoubtedly been a year like no other. The general consensus is that it’s been crazy if not outright terrible. But with the holidays and the new year just around the corner, 2020 is finally coming to an end. Before we move on to a hopefully smoother 2021, though, there’s one last thing that needs to be done: the sixth annual Forest Photo Contest!

Here's what you need to know:

🌲 We have four categories once again this year:

  • LinkTrees (this category is permanent each year)

  • LinkLight & Dark (photos that display astounding lights and/or shades)

  • LinkSeasons (photos that represent one of the seasons or a certain time of year)

  • Link2020 (any photo that resonates with or represents this crazy year)

🌲 You may submit up to 12 photos total. You may choose how to divide those among the different categories, but please do not submit more than 12.

🌲 Please post your photos in the appropriate thread on our forums, located Linkhere. You may also submit photos via a link to an image hosting site in a telegram to Mount Seymour.

🌲 The photos must be taken by you, but can be taken at any time (not just during the contest).

🌲 Anyone in Forest or in a region which has an embassy with Forest may submit photographs for the Contest.

🌲 Timing:

  • Submissions will be open from December 18 at 00:00 GMT (7:00pm Dec 18 EST) to January 23rd at 23:59 GMT.

  • Voting will begin on January 23rd at 23:59 GMT and end January 30th at 23:59 GMT.

🌲 Voting will take place on a Google Form. Needless to say, please no puppeteering!

🌲 The photographers with the top three photographs in each category will have their photos acknowledged on our RMB, on our World Factbook Entry, and potentially in our next foreign update. A banner will also be created with a collage of the top photos to applaud the winners, and participants in the competition will be encouraged to add it as their nation's custom banner. Forest's flag will also be changed to the 1st place photos in each category for a week after the Contest.

Now it's time to head out and start photographing! Good luck to everyone!

Any questions about the Contest should be directed to Mount Seymour.

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Happy photographing!

By the time the storm subsided sometime last night, we had a little over a foot of snow. Main roads were plowed this morning but most people still stayed home.

Public Service Announcement: Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree ... / Mind Your Tree / Safe Tree Transportation:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rr5CYrdxFxk

Max

On this date 8 years ago I boarded an Airplane bound for TX where I would spend the next 2 months.

@Mount Seymour: Thank you for informing us about the Sixth Annual Forest Photo Contest 2020 Buddy! Greatly appreciated. :)

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Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas!

Today is:
National Wreaths Across America Day

Quotes of the Day:
“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”- Oscar Wilde

“Say no to instant gratification so you can say yes to massive long-term gains.”- Maxime Lagacé

Music of the Day:

Celtic Thunder - 'Christmas 1915'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JG3l-OBdcPI

On This Day In History:
1932 British Broadcasting Corp begins transmitting overseas
1950 Chinese invasion of Tibet forces the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to flee
1958 1st radio broadcast from space, US President Dwight D. Eisenhower Christmas message "to all mankind, America's wish for peace on Earth and goodwill to men everywhere"
1984 Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher sign the Sino-British Joint Declaration to transfer Hong Kong back to China in 1997
1984 Wayne Gretzky, 23, is 18th & youngest NHL-er to score 1,000 points
2018 First use of a drone to deliver vaccines - to island of Erromango, Vanuatu, by Unicef
2019 Earliest fossilized trees, 386 million years old, found at a quarry in Cairo, New York, study published in "Current Biology"

National Wreaths Across America Day

National Wreaths Across America Day has a simple mission: “Remember fallen U.S. veterans; honor those who serve; and teach your children the value of freedom.” This important day is an annual event that takes place every third Saturday in December at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as other cemeteries in the U.S., at sea, and abroad. Wreaths are laid as family and friends remember both those who made the ultimate sacrifice, and those who currently serve in the armed forces.

NATIONAL WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA DAY TIMELINE
1992
Surplus holiday wreaths launched a patriotic tradition

When Karen and Morrill Worcester of Harrington, Maine discovered a 5,000-wreath surplus at their Worcester Wreath Company, they enlisted their senator's help to place the wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery as a patriotic gesture.

December 13, 2008
Congress recognized National Wreaths Across America Day

National Wreaths Across America Day came to life with a unanimous congressional vote.

2011
Major battle sites honored

Wreaths Across America coordinated a series of wreath-laying ceremonies at 750 cemeteries and major battle sites — including the Pearl Harbor Memorial, Bunker Hill, Valley Forge, and 9/11 sites.

2012
Wreaths Across America hit a milestone

Wreaths Across America laid its one millionth wreath at Arlington National Cemetery.

April 20, 2018
Honorary Patriot Award

During a gala evening, the founders of Wreaths Across America received the Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s Patriot Award — the highest award the organization can bestow on an individual during a special ceremony.

HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA DAY
Lay or sponsor a wreath

WAA has Location Coordinators who can direct you to a local cemetery or memorial wall for a wreath-laying ceremony. You can also sponsor a wreath for both living and deceased members of the military.

Sponsor a dog tag
WAA has a program to help you make or sponsor a dog tag in honor of a deceased veteran. You don't literally make the dog tags, but you may provide the written sentiment that WAA will then place on the tags. The dog tag with the veteran’s name is included, and you can physically place it on the gravestone during the annual ceremonies. You also have the option of requesting the dog tag be sent to the location of your choice where someone else can place the tag for you.

Post your remembrance on social media
Release your inner poet with sentimental words about your loved one, living or dead. Post your remembrance with fond pictures on social media. Speak of your pride and your sadness because there are so many others who will get comfort from your words and images. You never know whose heart you will touch.

4 THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
It belonged to a Confederate general's wife

After General Robert E. Lee’s wife lost the home because she couldn’t pay the taxes, the federal government seized the property and turned it into Arlington National Cemetery.

Former slaves had a village on the land
Abolitionists in 1863 helped establish a sanctuary for a group of former slaves on General Lee's former property, but evictions in 1900 made room for the new cemetery's incoming burial plots.

The JFK burial raised Arlington Cemetery's national profile
Arlington didn’t gain major recognition until after President Kennedy’s burial. His wife switched the site from Massachusetts to Arlington because she believed that her husband belonged to the people.

It's running out of space
Environmentalists and area residents are protesting an upcoming expansion involving the massive clearing of trees because it's projected that the cemetery will run out of room by 2025.

WHY NATIONAL WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA DAY IS IMPORTANT
It remembers those who died for our freedom

Placing wreaths on the graves of fallen military members is an amazing gift of remembrance. On Wreaths Across America (WAA) Day, there’s an annual wreath-laying at Arlington National Cemetery — where friends and family can pay a special tribute to the lives of the people who are buried there. Plus, there’s a Remembrance Tree program affiliated with WAA's Museum in Harrington, Maine. Gold Star families come together for fellowship — as well as to harvest balsam tips that are later turned into wreaths.

It honors those who currently serve
National Wreaths Across America Day picks an annual theme that inspires various activities. This year’s theme is “Be Their Witness” — reminding us of the importance of telling the stories of those who have died. The theme is based on the inspirational story of Michael Strobl, a Marine who served in the Iraq War. When one of his comrades fell to enemy fire, Lt. Colonel Strobl demonstrated amazing loyalty by escorting the body back to the Marine's hometown in Wyoming after the war.

It teaches young people the value of freedom
Wreaths Across America Day reminds children that freedom is precious. It's also important to pay homage to those who died protecting this country. WAA offers learning tools, interactive media projects, and provides opportunities for schools and youth groups to participate in a wide variety of informational and patriotic activities.

https://nationaltoday.com/national-wreaths-across-america-day/

Coronavirus updates: FDA authorizes 2nd vaccine; Dozens of Democrats in Congress want teachers vaccinated
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/12/19/covid-update-moderna-vaccine-authorized-biden-vaccinated/3962420001/

Michigan House of Representatives passes bills aimed at limiting Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's power
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/12/18/whitmer-coronavirus-bill-restrictions-power-passed/3961957001/

The internet's most beloved penguin, Wellington, turned 33. He's now one of the oldest penguins alive.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/12/19/penguin-wellington-chicago-shedd-aquarium-33-birthday/3958214001/

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Welcome Back To Texas!:
British crown dominions
The Harmonious Hegemony of Egregious Erudition

Welcome To Texas!:
The Sultanate of Snivelization

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Sci-Fi Short Film: "LINE 21" | ARTFX
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WLuvW5ZtbY

Glitterbomb 3.0 vs. Porch Pirates
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4T_LlK1VE4

Law School vs. Med School: Which Is Harder?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9e8GcQvNHo

Meet the real woman behind the voice of Siri
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2bTymnb1uE

Gordon Goes Undercover At His Own Restaurant In Las Vegas
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAOGbyWsLAU

The Crazy World Of Presidential Jets And Royal Transport
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpIyrEoBSuE

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Advent Calendar

Dec 9, 2020
Sweet Dreams
The Story:

A young boy and girl were enjoying a pleasant afternoon playing outside in their neighborhood together. The boy showed the girl his collection of beautiful, unique marbles. In turn, the girl showed the boy the handful of candy that she had just gotten for her birthday.

The boy proposed that the two of them switch–he would give her all of his marbles if she handed over all of her candy. The girl agreed, as she found the marbles to be beautiful as well.

The boy handed over all of his marbles, but kept one–the most exquisite one of them all–in his pocket. The girl kept her promise and gave the boy all of her candy.

That night, the girl was happy with the exchange and peacefully went to sleep.

The boy, however, couldn’t sleep, as he was up wondering if the girl had secretly kept some of her candy, just like he did with the marble.

The Moral:

If you don’t give 100% in your relationships, you will always assume your partner isn’t giving 100% either. If you want your relationships to be built on trust, you have to be a participating factor in that.

Honesty grows your character. By being honest in relationships, you’re holding your partner accountable to do the same. It allows both you and your partner to continuously think about your choices and how you can help (or hurt) your partner and your relationship.

Dec 10, 2020

There Was Once a Boy…
The Story:

There was once a boy who was growing up in a very wealthy family. One day, his father decided to take him on a trip to show him how others lived who were less fortunate. His father’s goal was to help his son appreciate everything that he has been given in life.

The boy and his father pulled up to a farm where a very poor family lived. They spent several days on the farm, helping the family work for their food and take care of their land.

When they left the farm, his dad asked his son if he enjoyed their trip and if he had learned anything during the time they spent with this other family.

The boy quickly replied, “It was fantastic, that family is so lucky!”

Confused, his father asked what he meant by that.

The boy said, “Well, we only have one dog, but that family has four–and they have chickens! We have four people in our home, but they have 12! They have so many people to play with! We have a pool in our yard, but they have a river running through their property that is endless. We have lanterns outside so we can see at night, but they have the wide open sky and the beautiful stars to give them wonder and light. We have a patio, but they have the entire horizon to enjoy–they have endless fields to run around in and play. We have to go to the grocery store, but they are able to grow their own food. Our high fence protects our property and our family, but they don‘t need such a limiting structure, because their friends protect them.”

The father was speechless.

Finally, the boy added, “Thank you for showing me how rich people live, they’re so lucky.”

The Moral:

True wealth and happiness aren’t measured by material belongings. Being around the people you love, enjoying the beautiful, natural environment, and having freedom are much more valuable.

A rich life can mean different things to different people. What are your values and priorities? If you have whatever is important to you, you can consider yourself to be wealthy.

Dec 11, 2020

Teamwork
The Story:

There was once a man who lived with his three sons. His sons were hard workers, but they constantly fought with each other. Even though the man continuously tried to help his sons make peace with each other, he was never successful. In fact, their fighting got to a point where their neighbors would make fun of them.

Eventually, the father became ill. He begged his sons to learn how to work together because of his impending death, but they didn’t listen. The father then decided to teach his sons a practical lesson to help his sons forget their differences and become a united team.

The father called his sons and said, “I’ll give you each an equal collection of sticks to break in half. Whoever breaks the sticks the fastest will be rewarded.”

After agreeing to the task, the father gave each of his sons 10 sticks and instructed them to break each stick in half. This task took the sons mere minutes to complete, but once they were finished, they started to fight about who finished first.

The father said, “Dear sons, the task isn’t finished. Now I’ll give each of you 10 more sticks, however, you must break the sticks in half as a bundle rather than snapping each one separately.”

His sons agreed and attempted to do what he had asked. They each tried their best, but none could break the bundle in half. They told their father that they had failed.

In response, their father said, “See, it was easy to break the sticks in half individually, but you couldn’t break all 10 of them at the same time. Similarly, if the three of you stay united as a team, nobody will be able to harm you. However, if you fight all the time, anyone will be able to defeat you. Please come together as a united team.”

This lesson helped the man’s sons understand the power of being a team and promised their father that, moving forward, they would work together as a team, no matter what the situation was.

The Moral:

Being an effective member of a team helps contribute to the overall moral and motivation of the team. Strong teams are naturally aligned to work harder, support each other, and be cooperative with working toward a mutual goal. Individuals each have diverse talents, strengths, and weaknesses to contribute to teamwork, so staying focused on the task at hand rather than allowing personal disputes to get in the way will help you achieve your desired results.

Dec 12, 2020

Frogs for Dinner
The Story:

A lady was once heating up a pot of water on a gas stove with the intent of cooking pasta for her family for dinner. A frog fell into the pot while it was sitting on the stove. While it wasn’t his intention to be stuck in a pot of water, he didn’t try to escape. He was comfortable enough as he was.

The lady soon turned on the flame to begin boiling the water. As the water’s temperature began to rise, the frog was able to adjust his body temperature accordingly, so he remained in the pot without trying to do anything to change the situation.

However, as the water approached its boiling point, the frog’s body temperature could no longer keep up. He finally tried to jump out of the pot, but with water temperature continuing to increase, he didn’t have it in him to make the leap.

It was too late for the frog to save himself.

The Moral:

Things don’t always go as planned in life, and they certainly don’t always go the way we want them to. But, no matter how bad a situation is, it’s critical to be proactive and face the problem head-on.

Unlike the frog, who waited until the last minute to try to do anything about the problem he was clearly facing, it’s important to project the future outcomes of the obstacles that hinder you and mediate them before they get past the point of no return. You have to avoid wasting time and take appropriate action before problems get out of hand or become too much to handle.

Dec 13, 2020

Will You Marry Me?
The Story:

Centuries ago, in a small Italian town, there was a business owner who was in a great amount of debt. His banker, who was an old, unattractive man, strongly desired the business owner’s younger beautiful daughter.

The banker decided to offer the businessman a deal to forgive the debt that he owed the bank completely. However, there was a bit of a catch.

In order for the businessman to become debt-free, he was to have his daughter marry the banker.

The businessman didn’t want to concede to this agreement, but he had no other choice, as his debt was so extreme.

The banker said he would put two small stones into a bag–one of which was white, and the other black.

The daughter would then need to reach into the bag and blindly choose a stone. If she chose the black stone, the businessman’s debt would be cleared and the daughter would have to marry the banker. However, if she chose the white stone, the debt would be cleared and the daughter would not have to marry him.

While standing in the stone-filled path in the businessman’s yard, the banker reached down and chose two small stones, not realizing that the businessman’s daughter was watching him. She noticed that he picked up two black stones and put them in the bag.

When it came time for the daughter to pick a stone out of the bag, she felt she had three choices:

Refuse to do it.
Take out both stones and expose the banker’s cheating.
Pick a stone, knowing it would be black, and sacrifice herself to get her father out of debt.
She picked a stone from the bag, and immediately ‘accidentally’ dropped it into the abundance of stones where they were all standing.

She said to the banker, “I’m sorry, I’m so clumsy! Oh well. Just look in the bag to see what color stone is in there now so you will know what color stone I picked.”

Of course, the remaining stone was black. Because the banker didn’t want his deceit to be exposed, he played along, acting as if the stone that the businessman’s daughter dropped had to have been white. He cleared the businessman’s debt and the daughter remained free from having to spend the rest of her life with the banker.

The Moral:

While you may have to think outside of the box sometimes, it’s always possible to conquer a difficult situation. You don’t have to always give in to the options you’re presented with. Challenge the status quo. Think creatively. Engage in productive nonconformity when possible. Don’t be afraid to question the things that are expected to be true. In order to overcome challenges, you have to think in ways that you’ve never thought before.

Dec 14, 2020

Wait…What?
The Story:

A carpenter who was nearing retirement told his boss that he was ready to end his career and spend his time with his wife and family. He would miss his work, but he felt it was time to spend his time with the people who were important to him.

His boss was saddened by this news, as this carpenter had been a good, reliable employee for many years. He asked the carpenter if he could do him a favor and build just one more house.

The carpenter reluctantly conceded, even though his passion for building had faded.

While he was building this last house, his normal work ethic faded and his efforts were mediocre, at best. He used inexpensive and inferior materials and cut corners wherever he could. It was a poor way to finish such a dedicated career that he once had.

When the carpenter was finished, his boss came to look at the house. He gave the key to the carpenter and said, “This house is my gift to you for all of the hard work you have done for me over the years.”

The carpenter was astonished.

What a generous gift this was to receive from his boss, but if he had known he was building a house for himself, he would have made his usual efforts to create a high-quality home.

The Moral:

The same idea applies to how you build your life. Every day that you wake up offers an opportunity for you to put your best foot forward, yet we often do mediocre work, saving the more important things for “another” day. Then one day, we find ourselves shocked that our lives aren’t what we had hoped they would be. The “house” we built to live in has a lot of flaws due to a lack of effort.

Dec 15, 2020

Toothpaste Recant
The Story:

One night in July at an all-girls summer camp, the campers were gathered around in a circle for their nighttime devotions. The counselor asked if any of the girls wanted to share something that had happened that day that impacted them. One camper raised her hand and said a girl from another camp cabin had said something that hurt her feelings and she was really upset about it.

The camp counselor went to the bathroom to grab a tube of toothpaste. She took the tube and squeezed it just a bit so some toothpaste came out. She then tried to put the toothpaste back in the tube, but it just created a mess. Then she squeezed the tube even more, pushing more toothpaste out and creating even more of a mess, but none of it would go back into the tube.

The counselor then told the campers, “this toothpaste represents the words you speak. Once you say something that you want to take back, it’s impossible and it only creates a mess. Think before you speak, and make sure your words are going to good use before you let them out.”

The Moral:

Speaking is a fundamental social skill required for living a successful life. However, many are careless with their words, but they hold so much power. They can have a direct impact on the outcome of a situation, creating a helpful or hurtful reaction in our world. The problem is, once words come out of your mouth, no amount of “I’m sorrys” will make them go back in: blurting something out and then attempting to take it back is like shutting the gate after the horse has taken off.

Thinking before you speak allows you the time to consider the potential impact of your words. Be careful when choosing where and when you let your words out. You can easily hurt other people, and once you do, you can’t take it back.

Words define who we are by revealing our attitudes and character, giving people an indication of our intellect or ignorance. Stop for a minute before you speak and question yourself about why you’re saying what you are. Are you trying to relay information? Relate to someone else? Make sure you’re able to take responsibility for whatever you’re about to say.

Dec 16, 2020

Just Be
The Story:

One evening, after spending several days with his new wife, a man leaned over and whispered into her ear, “I love you.”

She smiled – and the man smiled back – and she said, “When I’m eighty years old and I’m thinking back on my entire life, I know I will remember this moment.”

A few minutes later, she drifted off to sleep. The man was left with the silence of the room and the soft sound of his wife’s breathing. He stayed awake, thinking about everything they had done together, from their first date to their first vacation together and ultimately to their big wedding. These were just some of the life choices that the couple had made together that had led to this very moment of silence in the presence of each other.

At one point, the man then realized that it didn’t matter what they had done or where they had gone. Nor did it matter where they were going.

The only thing that mattered was the serenity of that very moment.

Just being together. Breathing together. And resting together.

The Moral:

We can’t let the clock, calendar, or pressure from external sources take over our lives and allow us to forget the fact that every moment of our lives is a gift and a miracle – no matter how small or seemingly insignificant it is. Being mindful in the special moments that you spend in the presence of the ones that you love are the moments that truly give your life meaning.

Dec 17, 2020

The Weight of the World
The Story:

Once, a psychology professor walked around his classroom full of students holding a glass of water with his arm straightened out to the side. He asked his students, “How heavy is this glass of water?”

The students started to shout out guesses–ranging anywhere from 4 ounces to one pound.

The professor replied, “The absolute weight of this glass isn’t what matters while I’m holding it. Rather, it’s the amount of time that I hold onto it that makes an impact.

If I hold it for, say, two minutes, it doesn’t feel like much of a burden. If I hold it for an hour, its weight may become more apparent as my muscles begin to tire. If I hold it for an entire day–or week–my muscles will cramp and I’ll likely feel numb or paralyzed with pain, making me feel miserable and unable to think about anything aside from the pain that I’m in.

In all of these cases, the actual weight of the glass will remain the same, but the longer I clench onto it, the heavier it feels to me and the more burdensome it is to hold.

The class understood and shook their heads in agreement.

The professor continued to say, “This glass of water represents the worries and stresses that you carry around with you every day. If you think about them for a few minutes and then put them aside, it’s not a heavy burden to bear. If you think about them a little longer, you will start to feel the impacts of the stress. If you carry your worries with you all day, you will become incapacitated, prohibiting you from doing anything else until you let them go.”

Put down your worries and stressors. Don’t give them your entire attention while your life is passing you by.

The Moral:

Let go of things that are out of your control. Don’t carry your worries around with you everywhere you go, as they will do nothing but bring you down. Put your “glass down” each night and move on from anything that is unnecessarily stressing you out. Don’t carry this extra weight into the next day.

Dec 18, 2020

Cherish Your Struggles
The Story:

One day, a girl came upon a cocoon, and she could tell that a butterfly was trying to hatch. She waited and watched the butterfly struggle for hours to release itself from the tiny hole. All of a sudden, the butterfly stopped moving–it seemed to be stuck.

The girl then decided to help get the butterfly out. She went home to get a pair of scissors to cut open the cocoon. The butterfly was then easily able to escape, however, its body was swollen and its wings were underdeveloped.

The girl still thought she had done the butterfly a favor as she sat there waiting for its wings to grow in order to support its body. However, that wasn’t happening. The butterfly was unable to fly, and for the rest of its life, it could only move by crawling around with little wings and a large body.

Despite the girl’s good intentions, she didn’t understand that the restriction of the butterfly’s cocoon and the struggle the butterfly had to go through in order to escape served an important purpose. As butterflies emerge from tight cocoons, it forces fluid from their body into their wings to prepare them to be able to fly.

The Moral:

The struggles that you face in life help you grow and get stronger. There is often a reason behind the requirement of doing hard work and being persistent. When enduring difficult times, you will develop the necessary strength that you’ll need in the future.

Without having any struggles, you won’t grow–which means it’s very important to take on personal challenges for yourself rather than relying on other people to always help you.

Dec 19, 2020

Seeking Happiness
The Story:

There were 200 people attending a seminar on mental and physical health. At one point, the speaker told the group they were going to do an activity. He gave each attendee one balloon and told them to write their name on it. Then, the balloons were collected and moved into a very small room.

The participants were then asked to go into the other room and were given 2 minutes to find their balloon.

It was chaos. People were searching frantically for their balloon, pushing each other and running into one another while they grabbed a balloon, looked at it, and inevitably tossed it to the side.

At the end of the 2 minutes, no one had found the balloon that had their name on it.

Then, the speaker asked the participants to go back in the room and pick up one balloon at random, look at the name, and return it to its owner. Within minutes, everyone had been reunited with their original balloon.

The speaker then told the group, “This is what it’s like when people are frantically searching for their own happiness in life. People push others aside to get the things that they want that they believe will bring them happiness. However, our happiness actually lies in helping other people and working together as a community.”

The Moral:

You will get your happiness if you help other people find theirs. The Dalai Lama says, “If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

Helping others makes us happy because it gives us a sense of purpose. In fact, a study from the London School of Economics found that the more you help other people, the happier you will be. The researchers compared the variance in happiness levels of people who don’t help others on a regular basis to the happiness of weekly volunteers. They found that the participants had the same variance in happiness as those who make $75,000 – $100,000 annually vs $20,000.

Helping others brings us happiness for three reasons:

Diversion: When you worry less about your own needs–in this case, finding your own balloon–the stress of that hunt decreases. Taking your focus away from the fact that you can’t find your own balloon lets you divert your attention away from your own problem. The feeling of compassion replaces the feeling of need.
Perspective: Having concern for other people helps us remember that we are all facing similar problems in life–no matter what the individual severity of the issue is. Sometimes when we are focused on our own issues, they get put into perspective when we encounter the true suffering of others (for example, bereavement or a severe disability). It’s easy to then realize the excess amount of attention we’ve been giving our own problems. Having compassion helps us put our problems into perspective.
Connection: Connecting with others by helping them can bring happiness into your life. Humans are social beings that need to have positive connections with other people in order to be happy. Connecting with other people enriches our lives and gives us a sense of fulfillment.

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Let us continue the Texas Butterflies BINGO where we left off:

Today's Texas Butterflies to strike off is: Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia),

Instructions and Stricken Off List:

Sunday, 28th February 2021: Enchanted Rock Summit Trail,
Saturday, 27th February 2021: Enchanted Rock Loop Trail,
Thursday, 25th February 2021: Santa Elena Canyon Trail,
Sunday, 21st February 2021: Turkey Creek Trail,
Saturday, 20th February 2021: Canyon Ridge Trail,
Friday, 19th February 2021: Arbor Hills Nature Preserve Trail,
Thursday, 18th February 2021: Riverplace Nature Trail,
Tuesday, 16th February 2021: Guadalupe Peak Texas Highpoint Trail,

Little Thranduil wrote:

Texas BINGO – New Round!
Round 20: Texas Trails BINGO

There are many great hiking trails, running trails, mountain biking trails and scenic trails in Texas. We should play BINGO with some of our Texas Trails!

Instructions:

1. Go to https://osric.com/bingo-card-generator/ to generate your own BINGO card based on these settings:

Bingo Card Basics:
Card Title: Texas Trails BINGO
Word List (separated by commas):

Guadalupe Peak Texas Highpoint Trail,
Riverplace Nature Trail,
The Lighthouse Trail,
Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail,
Lady Bird Lake Trail,
Santa Elena Canyon Trail,
The Window Trail,
Lost Mine Trail,
Eagle Mountain Lake Park Trail,
Emory Peak Trail,
Enchanted Rock Summit Trail,
Knob Hill Trail,
North Shore Trail,
Turkey Creek Trail,
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve Trail,
White Rock Lake Trail,
El Paso Tin Mines Trail,
Chinquapin Loop Trail,
Canyon Ridge Trail,
Enchanted Rock Loop Trail,
Hillview Nature Trail Loop,
Oak Cliff Nature Preserve Trail,
Walnut Creek Trail,
San Gabriel River Trail,
Wolf Mountain Trail,

Free Space:
Include a free space?:
No
Free Space Text: Not applicable, leave blank.
Free Space Description: Not applicable.
Free Space Placement: The default setting is center but do not bother with it as it is not applicable.

Card Size:

Number of Squares Wide: 5
Number of Squares Tall: 5

Printing Options:
Number of cards to create:
1

Press the "Generate Bingo Cards" Button. Take a screenshot of the card and save it onto your computer. We will be using Microsoft Paint to strike out the locations on the card as they are called out.

This is a sample of an acceptable BINGO card for this game:
https://i.imgur.com/BjXDySh.png

2. From now on until the end of the game, I will announce a Texas Trail for you to strike out each day.

Rules: Your goal is to cover 5 lines of those squares in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row. Each of the 5 lines corresponds to a letter in the word BINGO. When you have a BINGO, then you have won the game.

This is a sample of an acceptable winning card:
https://i.imgur.com/BpeHm54.png

To start the game, today's Texas Trail to strike off is: Guadalupe Peak Texas Highpoint Trail,

3. The first person to complete their card should upload it to imgur.com or any other image hosting site and post this message on our Texas RMB: BINGO! and a link to your completed card that you have uploaded to the image hosting site.

Good luck and have an absolutely fantastic, healthy and safe Mardi Gras Day everyone!

Your Buddy Verner

Sunday, 7th February 2021: Enchanted Rock Loop Trail,
Saturday, 6th February 2021: Wolf Mountain Trail,
Thursday, 4th February 2021: Canyon Ridge Trail,
Wednesday, 3rd February 2021: Lady Bird Lake Trail,
Tuesday, 2nd February 2021: White Rock Lake Trail,
Monday, 1st February 2021: Oak Cliff Nature Preserve Trail,
Sunday, 31st January 2021: Knob Hill Trail,
Saturday, 30th January 2021: Emory Peak Trail,
Friday, 29th January 2021: Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail,
Tuesday, 26th January 2021: Riverplace Nature Trail,
Sunday, 24th January 2021: Chinquapin Loop Trail,
Saturday, 23rd January 2021: Hillview Nature Trail Loop,
Friday, 22nd January 2021: Arbor Hills Nature Preserve Trail,
Thursday, 21st January 2021: The Window Trail,
Wednesday, 20th January 2021: Enchanted Rock Summit Trail,
Tuesday, 19th January 2021: Walnut Creek Trail,
Saturday, 16th January 2021: San Gabriel River Trail,
Friday, 15th January 2021: Guadalupe Peak Texas Highpoint Trail,
Thursday, 14th January 2021: Santa Elena Canyon Trail,
Tuesday, 12th January 2021: Lost Mine Trail,
Sunday, 10th January 2021: Eagle Mountain Lake Park Trail,
Saturday, 9th January 2021: Turkey Creek Trail,
Thursday, 7th January 2021: The Lighthouse Trail,
Wednesday, 6th January 2021: El Paso Tin Mines Trail,

Little Thranduil wrote:

Texas BINGO – New Round!
Round 19: Texas Trails BINGO

There are many great hiking trails, running trails, mountain biking trails and scenic trails in Texas. We should play BINGO with some of our Texas Trails!

Instructions:

1. Go to https://osric.com/bingo-card-generator/ to generate your own BINGO card based on these settings:

Bingo Card Basics:
Card Title: Texas Trails BINGO
Word List (separated by commas):

Guadalupe Peak Texas Highpoint Trail,
Riverplace Nature Trail,
The Lighthouse Trail,
Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail,
Lady Bird Lake Trail,
Santa Elena Canyon Trail,
The Window Trail,
Lost Mine Trail,
Eagle Mountain Lake Park Trail,
Emory Peak Trail,
Enchanted Rock Summit Trail,
Knob Hill Trail,
North Shore Trail,
Turkey Creek Trail,
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve Trail,
White Rock Lake Trail,
El Paso Tin Mines Trail,
Chinquapin Loop Trail,
Canyon Ridge Trail,
Enchanted Rock Loop Trail,
Hillview Nature Trail Loop,
Oak Cliff Nature Preserve Trail,
Walnut Creek Trail,
San Gabriel River Trail,
Wolf Mountain Trail,

Free Space:
Include a free space?:
No
Free Space Text: Not applicable, leave blank.
Free Space Description: Not applicable.
Free Space Placement: The default setting is center but do not bother with it as it is not applicable.

Card Size:

Number of Squares Wide: 5
Number of Squares Tall: 5

Printing Options:
Number of cards to create:
1

Press the "Generate Bingo Cards" Button. Take a screenshot of the card and save it onto your computer. We will be using Microsoft Paint to strike out the locations on the card as they are called out.

This is a sample of an acceptable BINGO card for this game:
https://i.imgur.com/BjXDySh.png

2. From now on until the end of the game, I will announce a Texas Trail for you to strike out each day.

Rules: Your goal is to cover 5 lines of those squares in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row. Each of the 5 lines corresponds to a letter in the word BINGO. When you have a BINGO, then you have won the game.

This is a sample of an acceptable winning card:
https://i.imgur.com/BpeHm54.png

To start the game, today's Texas Trail to strike off is: El Paso Tin Mines Trail,

3. The first person to complete their card should upload it to imgur.com or any other image hosting site and post this message on our Texas RMB: BINGO! and a link to your completed card that you have uploaded to the image hosting site.

Good luck and have an absolutely fantastic, healthy and safe day everyone!

Your Buddy Verner

Sunday, 20th December 2020: Elf (Microtia elva),
Saturday, 19th December 2020: Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia),
Tuesday, 8th December 2020: Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus),
Monday, 7th December 2020: Tailed Cecropian (Historis acheronta),
Saturday, 5th December 2020: Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele),
Friday, 4th December 2020: Tiger Mimic-Queen (Lycorea cleobaea),
Thursday, 3rd December 2020: Ornythion Swallowtail (Papilio ornythion),
Wednesday, 2nd December 2020: Monarch (Danaus plexippus),
Friday, 13th November 2020: Klug's Clearwing (Dircenna klugii),
Thursday, 12th November 2020: Elada Checkerspot (Texola elada),
Wednesday, 11th November 2020: Weidemeyer's Admiral (Limenitis weidemeyerii),
Tuesday, 10th November 2020: Palamedes Swallowtail (Papilio palamedes),
Sunday, 8th November 2020: Orange Banner (Temenis laothoe),
Saturday, 7th November 2020: American Snout (Libytheana carinenta),
Wednesday, 4th November 2020: 'Astyanax' Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax),
Tuesday, 3rd November 2020: Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta),

Little Thranduil wrote:

Texas BINGO – New Round!
Round 18: Texas Butterflies BINGO

There are many species of Butterflies in Texas. We should play BINGO with some of our Texas Butterflies!

Instructions:

1. Go to https://osric.com/bingo-card-generator/ to generate your own BINGO card based on these settings:

Bingo Card Basics:
Card Title: Texas Butterflies BINGO
Word List (separated by commas):

'Astyanax' Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax),
Weidemeyer's Admiral (Limenitis weidemeyerii),
Tailed Cecropian (Historis acheronta),
Silver Emperor (Doxocopa laure),
Pavon Emperor (Doxocopa pavon),
Empress Leilia (Asterocampa leilia),
Banded Orange Heliconian (Dryadula phaetusa),
Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele),
Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia),
Tiger Mimic-Queen (Lycorea cleobaea),
Klug's Clearwing (Dircenna klugii),
Monarch (Danaus plexippus),
American Snout (Libytheana carinenta),
Orange Banner (Temenis laothoe),
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta),
Elf (Microtia elva),
West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella),
American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis),
Elada Checkerspot (Texola elada),
Palamedes Swallowtail (Papilio palamedes),
Victorine Swallowtail (Papilio victorinus),
Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus),
Ornythion Swallowtail (Papilio ornythion),
Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele),
Mexican Silverspot (Dione moneta),

Free Space:
Include a free space?:
No
Free Space Text: Not applicable, leave blank.
Free Space Description: Not applicable.
Free Space Placement: The default setting is center but do not bother with it as it is not applicable.

Card Size:

Number of Squares Wide: 5
Number of Squares Tall: 5

Printing Options:
Number of cards to create:
1

Press the "Generate Bingo Cards" Button. Take a screenshot of the card and save it onto your computer. We will be using Microsoft Paint to strike out the locations on the card as they are called out.

This is a sample of an acceptable BINGO card for this game:
https://i.imgur.com/pjmDh1x.png

2. From now on until the end of the game, I will announce a Texas Butterfly for you to strike out each day.

Rules: Your goal is to cover 5 lines of those squares in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row. Each of the 5 lines corresponds to a letter in the word BINGO. When you have a BINGO, then you have won the game.

This is a sample of an acceptable winning card:
https://i.imgur.com/ZrVM8BF.png

To start the game, today's Texas Butterfly to strike off is: Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta),

3. The first person to complete their card should upload it to imgur.com or any other image hosting site and post this message on our Texas RMB: BINGO! and a link to your completed card that you have uploaded to the image hosting site.

Good luck and have an absolutely fantastic, healthy and safe day everyone!

Your Buddy Verner

Sunday, 25th October 2020: Victorine Swallowtail (Papilio victorinus),
Saturday, 24th October 2020: Pavon Emperor (Doxocopa pavon),
Wednesday, 14th October 2020: Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta),
Tuesday, 13th October 2020: Banded Orange Heliconian (Dryadula phaetusa),
Sunday, 11th October 2020: Empress Leilia (Asterocampa leilia),
Saturday, 10th October 2020: Elf (Microtia elva),
Friday, 9th October 2020: West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella),
Thursday, 8th October 2020: Tiger Mimic-Queen (Lycorea cleobaea),
Wednesday, 7th October 2020: Mexican Silverspot (Dione moneta),
Sunday,4th October 2020: Ornythion Swallowtail (Papilio ornythion),
Saturday, 3rd October 2020: Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia),
Friday, 2nd October 2020: Klug's Clearwing (Dircenna klugii),
Wednesday, 30th September 2020: Silver Emperor (Doxocopa laure),
Tuesday, 29th September 2020: Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus),
Monday, 28th September 2020: Monarch (Danaus plexippus),
Sunday, 27th September 2020: Palamedes Swallowtail (Papilio palamedes),
Saturday, 26th September 2020: Weidemeyer's Admiral (Limenitis weidemeyerii),
Thursday, 24th September 2020: 'Astyanax' Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax),
Wednesday, 23rd September 2020: Orange Banner (Temenis laothoe),
Tuesday, 22nd September 2020: Tailed Cecropian (Historis acheronta),
Monday, 21st September 2020: Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele),

Little Thranduil wrote:

Texas BINGO – New Round!
Round 17: Texas Butterflies BINGO

There are many species of Butterflies in Texas. We should play BINGO with some of our Texas Butterflies!

Instructions:

1. Go to https://osric.com/bingo-card-generator/ to generate your own BINGO card based on these settings:

Bingo Card Basics:
Card Title: Texas Butterflies BINGO
Word List (separated by commas):

'Astyanax' Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax),
Weidemeyer's Admiral (Limenitis weidemeyerii),
Tailed Cecropian (Historis acheronta),
Silver Emperor (Doxocopa laure),
Pavon Emperor (Doxocopa pavon),
Empress Leilia (Asterocampa leilia),
Banded Orange Heliconian (Dryadula phaetusa),
Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele),
Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia),
Tiger Mimic-Queen (Lycorea cleobaea),
Klug's Clearwing (Dircenna klugii),
Monarch (Danaus plexippus),
American Snout (Libytheana carinenta),
Orange Banner (Temenis laothoe),
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta),
Elf (Microtia elva),
West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella),
American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis),
Elada Checkerspot (Texola elada),
Palamedes Swallowtail (Papilio palamedes),
Victorine Swallowtail (Papilio victorinus),
Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus),
Ornythion Swallowtail (Papilio ornythion),
Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele),
Mexican Silverspot (Dione moneta),

Free Space:
Include a free space?:
No
Free Space Text: Not applicable, leave blank.
Free Space Description: Not applicable.
Free Space Placement: The default setting is center but do not bother with it as it is not applicable.

Card Size:

Number of Squares Wide: 5
Number of Squares Tall: 5

Printing Options:
Number of cards to create:
1

Press the "Generate Bingo Cards" Button. Take a screenshot of the card and save it onto your computer. We will be using Microsoft Paint to strike out the locations on the card as they are called out.

This is a sample of an acceptable BINGO card for this game:
https://i.imgur.com/pjmDh1x.png

2. From now on until the end of the game, I will announce a Texas Butterfly for you to strike out each day.

Rules: Your goal is to cover 5 lines of those squares in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row. Each of the 5 lines corresponds to a letter in the word BINGO. When you have a BINGO, then you have won the game.

This is a sample of an acceptable winning card:
https://i.imgur.com/ZrVM8BF.png

To start the game, today's Texas Butterfly to strike off is: Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele),

3. The first person to complete their card should upload it to imgur.com or any other image hosting site and post this message on our Texas RMB: BINGO! and a link to your completed card that you have uploaded to the image hosting site.

Wednesday, 16th September 2020: Pioneer Museum,
Tuesday, 15th September 2020: Bullock Texas State History Museum,
Monday, 14th September 2020: Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum,
Sunday, 13th September 2020: Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site,
Saturday, 12th September 2020: East Texas Oil Museum,
Friday, 11th September 2020: The Houston Museum of Natural Science,
Thursday, 10th September 2020: The 1859 Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum,
Wednesday, 9th September 2020: Amon Carter Museum of American Art,
Tuesday, 8th September 2020: USS Lexington Museum on the Bay,
Monday, 7th September 2020: Children's Museum of Houston,
Sunday, 6th September 2020: National Ranching Heritage Center,
Saturday, 5th September 2020: The Alamo,
Friday, 4th September 2020: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston,
Thursday, 3rd September 2020: Waco Mammoth National Monument,
Wednesday, 2nd September 2020: Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum,
Tuesday, 1st September 2020: The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum,
Sunday, 2nd August 2020: LBJ Presidential Library,
Saturday, 1st August 2020: George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum,
Friday, 31st July 2020: Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum,
Thursday, 30th July 2020: Silent Wings Museum,
Wednesday, 29th July 2020: National Museum of the Pacific War,
Tuesday, 28th July 2020: Caliente Hot Glass,
Monday, 27th July 2020: San Antonio Fire Museum,

Little Thranduil wrote:

Texas BINGO – New Round!
Round 16: Texas Museums BINGO

There are many Museums in Texas. We should play BINGO with some of our Texas Museums!

Instructions:

1. Go to https://osric.com/bingo-card-generator/ to generate your own BINGO card based on these settings:

Bingo Card Basics:
Card Title: Texas Museums BINGO
Word List (separated by commas):

The Alamo,
National Museum of the Pacific War,
Caliente Hot Glass,
Kimbell Art Museum,
National Ranching Heritage Center,
George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum,
Silent Wings Museum,
USS Lexington Museum on the Bay,
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum,
Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum,
LBJ Presidential Library,
Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum,
Amon Carter Museum of American Art,
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston,
The Houston Museum of Natural Science,
The 1859 Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum,
The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum,
San Antonio Fire Museum,
Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site,
East Texas Oil Museum,
Children's Museum of Houston,
Waco Mammoth National Monument,
The Museum of Western Art,
Pioneer Museum,
Bullock Texas State History Museum,

Free Space:
Include a free space?:
No
Free Space Text: Not applicable, leave blank.
Free Space Description: Not applicable.
Free Space Placement: The default setting is center but do not bother with it as it is not applicable.

Card Size:

Number of Squares Wide: 5
Number of Squares Tall: 5

Printing Options:
Number of cards to create:
1

Press the "Generate Bingo Cards" Button. Take a screenshot of the card and save it onto your computer. We will be using Microsoft Paint to strike out the locations on the card as they are called out.

This is a sample of an acceptable BINGO card for this game:
https://i.imgur.com/Ne4Hk7x.png

2. From now on until the end of the game, I will announce a Texas Museum for you to strike out each day.

Rules: Your goal is to cover 5 lines of those squares in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row. Each of the 5 lines corresponds to a letter in the word BINGO. When you have a BINGO, then you have won the game.

This is a sample of an acceptable winning card:
https://i.imgur.com/RcPqb24.png

To start the game, today's Texas Museum to strike off is: San Antonio Fire Museum,

3. The first person to complete their card should upload it to imgur.com or any other image hosting site and post this message on our Texas RMB: BINGO! and a link to your completed card that you have uploaded to the image hosting site.

Tuesday, 21st July 2020: The Museum of Western Art,
Monday, 20th July 2020: Children's Museum of Houston,
Sunday, 19th July 2020: East Texas Oil Museum,
Saturday, 18th July 2020: Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site,
Friday, 17th July 2020: Kimbell Art Museum,
Tuesday, 14th July 2020: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston,
Monday, 13th July 2020: Amon Carter Museum of American Art,
Sunday, 12th July 2020: Silent Wings Museum,
Saturday, 11th July 2020: Waco Mammoth National Monument,
Friday, 10th July 2020: USS Lexington Museum on the Bay,
Sunday, 5th July 2020: The Alamo,
Saturday, 4th July 2020: Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum,
Friday, 3rd July 2020: Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum,
Thursday, 2nd July 2020: Caliente Hot Glass,
Wednesday, 1st July 2020: The 1859 Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum,
Tuesday, 30th June 2020: Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum,
Monday, 29th June 2020: National Museum of the Pacific War,
Sunday, 28th June 2020: National Ranching Heritage Center,
Saturday, 27th June 2020: San Antonio Fire Museum,
Friday, 26th June 2020: Pioneer Museum,
Thursday, 25th June 2020: The Houston Museum of Natural Science,
Wednesday, 24th June 2020: LBJ Presidential Library,
Tuesday, 23rd June 2020: George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum,
Monday, 22nd June 2020: The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum,

Little Thranduil wrote: Texas BINGO – New Round!
Round 15: Texas Museums BINGO

There are many Museums in Texas. We should play BINGO with some of our Texas Museums!

Instructions:

1. Go to https://osric.com/bingo-card-generator/ to generate your own BINGO card based on these settings:

Bingo Card Basics:
Card Title: Texas Museums BINGO
Word List (separated by commas):

The Alamo,
National Museum of the Pacific War,
Caliente Hot Glass,
Kimbell Art Museum,
National Ranching Heritage Center,
George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum,
Silent Wings Museum,
USS Lexington Museum on the Bay,
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum,
Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum,
LBJ Presidential Library,
Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum,
Amon Carter Museum of American Art,
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston,
The Houston Museum of Natural Science,
The 1859 Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum,
The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum,
San Antonio Fire Museum,
Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site,
East Texas Oil Museum,
Children's Museum of Houston,
Waco Mammoth National Monument,
The Museum of Western Art,
Pioneer Museum,
Bullock Texas State History Museum,

Free Space:
Include a free space?:
No
Free Space Text: Not applicable, leave blank.
Free Space Description: Not applicable.
Free Space Placement: The default setting is center but do not bother with it as it is not applicable.

Card Size:

Number of Squares Wide: 5
Number of Squares Tall: 5

Printing Options:
Number of cards to create:
1

Press the "Generate Bingo Cards" Button. Take a screenshot of the card and save it onto your computer. We will be using Microsoft Paint to strike out the locations on the card as they are called out.

This is a sample of an acceptable BINGO card for this game:
https://i.imgur.com/Ne4Hk7x.png

2. From now on until the end of the game, I will announce a Texas Museum for you to strike out each day.

Rules: Your goal is to cover 5 lines of those squares in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row. Each of the 5 lines corresponds to a letter in the word BINGO. When you have a BINGO, then you have won the game.

This is a sample of an acceptable winning card:
https://i.imgur.com/RcPqb24.png

To start the game, today's Texas Museum to strike off is: The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum,

3. The first person to complete their card should upload it to imgur.com or any other image hosting site and post this message on our Texas RMB: BINGO! and a link to your completed card that you have uploaded to the image hosting site.

Good luck and have an absolutely fantastic, healthy and safe day everyone!

Your Buddy Verner

Wednesday,17th June 2020: Swift Fox (Vulpes velox),
Tuesday,16th June 2020: Northern Yellow Bat (Lasiurus intermedius),
Monday,15th June 2020: Hoary Bat (Lasiurus cinereus),
Sunday, 14th June 2020: Gray Wolf (Canis lupus),
Saturday, 13th June 2020: River Otter (Lutra canadensis),
Friday, 12th June 2020: Western Mastiff Bat (Eumops perotis),
Thursday, 11th June 2020: Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis),
Wednesday,10th June 2020: Texas Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys elator),
Tuesday,9th June 2020: Black-footed Ferret (Mustela nigripes),
Monday,8th June 2020: Mountain Sheep (Ovis canadensis),
Sunday, 7th June 2020: Tricolored Bat (Perimyotis subflavus),
Saturday, 6th June 2020: Mountain Lion (Puma concolor),
Friday, 5th June 2020: Elk (Cervus canadensis),
Thursday, 4th June 2020: Bobcat (Lynx rufus),
Wednesday, 3rd June 2020: Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis),
Tuesday, 2nd June 2020: Common Raccoon (Procyon lotor),
Monday,1st June 2020: Rafinesque's Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus rafinesquii),
Sunday, 31st May 2020: Yuma Myotis (Myotis yumanensis),
Saturday, 30th May 2020: Townsend's Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus townsendii),
Friday, 29th May 2020: Black-tailed Jackrabbit (Lepus californicus),
Thursday, 28th May 2020: Badger (Taxidea taxus),
Wednesday, 27th May 2020: Jaguarundi (Herpailurus yaguarondi),
Tuesday, 26th May 2020: Black Bear (Ursus americanus),
Monday, 25th May 2020: Nine-banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus),

Little Thranduil wrote: Texas BINGO – New Round!
Round 14: Texas Mammals BINGO

There are many species of Mammals in Texas. We should play BINGO with some of our Texas Mammals!

Instructions:

1. Go to https://osric.com/bingo-card-generator/ to generate your own BINGO card based on these settings:

Bingo Card Basics:
Card Title: Texas Mammals BINGO
Word List (separated by commas):

Badger (Taxidea taxus),
Black Bear (Ursus americanus),
Black-footed Ferret (Mustela nigripes),
Black-tailed Jackrabbit (Lepus californicus),
Bobcat (Lynx rufus),
Common Raccoon (Procyon lotor),
Elk (Cervus canadensis),
Gray Wolf (Canis lupus),
Hoary Bat (Lasiurus cinereus),
Jaguarundi (Herpailurus yaguarondi),
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor),
Mountain Sheep (Ovis canadensis),
Nine-banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus),
Northern Yellow Bat (Lasiurus intermedius),
Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis),
River Otter (Lutra canadensis),
Seminole Bat (Lasiurus seminolus),
Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis),
Swift Fox (Vulpes velox),
Texas Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys elator),
Townsend's Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus townsendii),
Tricolored Bat (Perimyotis subflavus),
Yuma Myotis (Myotis yumanensis),
Western Mastiff Bat (Eumops perotis),
Rafinesque's Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus rafinesquii),

Free Space:
Include a free space?:
No
Free Space Text: Not applicable, leave blank.
Free Space Description: Not applicable.
Free Space Placement: The default setting is center but do not bother with it as it is not applicable.

Card Size:

Number of Squares Wide: 5
Number of Squares Tall: 5

Printing Options:
Number of cards to create:
1

Press the "Generate Bingo Cards" Button. Take a screenshot of the card and save it onto your computer. We will be using Microsoft Paint to strike out the locations on the card as they are called out.

This is a sample of an acceptable BINGO card for this game:
https://i.imgur.com/QDJXSzX.png

2. From now on until the end of the game, I will announce a Texas Mammal for you to strike out each day.

Rules: Your goal is to cover 5 lines of those squares in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row. Each of the 5 lines corresponds to a letter in the word BINGO. When you have a BINGO, then you have won the game.

This is a sample of an acceptable winning card:
https://i.imgur.com/zGPOf0g.png

To start the game, today's Texas Mammal to strike off is: Nine-banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus),

3. The first person to complete their card should upload it to imgur.com or any other image hosting site and post this message on our Texas RMB: BINGO! and a link to your completed card that you have uploaded to the image hosting site.

Good luck and have an absolutely fantastic and safe Memorial Day everyone!

Your Buddy Verner

Monday, 18th May 2020: Mountain Lion (Puma concolor),
Sunday, 17th May 2020: Northern Yellow Bat (Lasiurus intermedius),
Saturday, 16th May 2020: Texas Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys elator),
Friday, 15th May 2020: Western Mastiff Bat (Eumops perotis),
Thursday, 14th May 2020: Elk (Cervus canadensis),
Wednesday, 13th May 2020: Black Bear (Ursus americanus),
Tuesday, 12th May 2020: Nine-banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus),
Monday, 11th May 2020: Seminole Bat (Lasiurus seminolus),
Sunday, 10th May 2020: Swift Fox (Vulpes velox),
Saturday, 9th May 2020: Black-tailed Jackrabbit (Lepus californicus),
Friday, 8th May 2020: Badger (Taxidea taxus),
Thursday, 7th May 2020: River Otter (Lutra canadensis),
Wednesday, 6th May 2020: Rafinesque's Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus rafinesquii),
Tuesday, 5th May 2020: Bobcat (Lynx rufus),
Monday, 4th May 2020: Yuma Myotis (Myotis yumanensis),
Sunday, 3rd May 2020: Tricolored Bat (Perimyotis subflavus),
Saturday, 2nd May 2020: Common Raccoon (Procyon lotor),
Friday, 1st May 2020: Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis),
Thursday, 30th April 2020: Mountain Sheep (Ovis canadensis),
Wednesday, 29th April 2020: Gray Wolf (Canis lupus),
Tuesday, 28th April 2020: Hoary Bat (Lasiurus cinereus),
Monday, 27th April 2020: Jaguarundi (Herpailurus yaguarondi),

Little Thranduil wrote: Texas BINGO – New Round!
Round 13: Texas Mammals BINGO

There are many species of Mammals in Texas. We should play BINGO with some of our Texas Mammals!

Instructions:

1. Go to https://osric.com/bingo-card-generator/ to generate your own BINGO card based on these settings:

Bingo Card Basics:
Card Title: Texas Mammals BINGO
Word List (separated by commas):

Badger (Taxidea taxus),
Black Bear (Ursus americanus),
Black-footed Ferret (Mustela nigripes),
Black-tailed Jackrabbit (Lepus californicus),
Bobcat (Lynx rufus),
Common Raccoon (Procyon lotor),
Elk (Cervus canadensis),
Gray Wolf (Canis lupus),
Hoary Bat (Lasiurus cinereus),
Jaguarundi (Herpailurus yaguarondi),
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor),
Mountain Sheep (Ovis canadensis),
Nine-banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus),
Northern Yellow Bat (Lasiurus intermedius),
Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis),
River Otter (Lutra canadensis),
Seminole Bat (Lasiurus seminolus),
Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis),
Swift Fox (Vulpes velox),
Texas Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys elator),
Townsend's Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus townsendii),
Tricolored Bat (Perimyotis subflavus),
Yuma Myotis (Myotis yumanensis),
Western Mastiff Bat (Eumops perotis),
Rafinesque's Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus rafinesquii),

Free Space:
Include a free space?:
No
Free Space Text: Not applicable, leave blank.
Free Space Description: Not applicable.
Free Space Placement: The default setting is center but do not bother with it as it is not applicable.

Card Size:

Number of Squares Wide: 5
Number of Squares Tall: 5

Printing Options:
Number of cards to create:
1

Press the "Generate Bingo Cards" Button. Take a screenshot of the card and save it onto your computer. We will be using Microsoft Paint to strike out the locations on the card as they are called out.

This is a sample of an acceptable BINGO card for this game:
https://i.imgur.com/QDJXSzX.png

2. From now on until the end of the game, I will announce a Texas Mammal for you to strike out each day.

Rules: Your goal is to cover 5 lines of those squares in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row. Each of the 5 lines corresponds to a letter in the word BINGO. When you have a BINGO, then you have won the game.

This is a sample of an acceptable winning card:
https://i.imgur.com/zGPOf0g.png

To start the game, today's Texas Mammal to strike off is: Jaguarundi (Herpailurus yaguarondi),

3. The first person to complete their card should upload it to imgur.com or any other image hosting site and post this message on our Texas RMB: BINGO! and a link to your completed card that you have uploaded to the image hosting site.

Good luck and have an absolutely fantastic and safe day everyone!

Your Buddy Verner

BINGO Round 13 Winners: Kyletana & PR In Space

Kyletana wrote:

Verner please confirm my BINGO:
https://i.imgur.com/0qm8YWj.png

V E R N E R wrote:

Nyah ha ha ha! We have a Winner! Kyletana has won this round of BINGO. Congratulations buddy! :)

Winners do not go away empty handed - They must win a prize and for winning this round of Bingo, your prize will be one card from my deck of Trading Cards on my nations: Fort Verden, Elven King Thranduil, Little Thranduil and Verner Von Richthofen. Choose your prize and I will send it to you Buddy.

Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas,

We will take a break from our Regional BINGO Game until next Monday. I will accept that there could be more than one winner. Everyone who has a BINGO will have until this Sunday to post in our RMB to claim your prize.

PR In Space wrote:https://imgur.com/z8aaU6E

V E R N E R wrote:

Nyah ha ha ha! We have another Winner! PR In Space has also won this round of BINGO! Congratulations Buddy! :)

Winners do not go away empty handed - They must win a prize and for winning this round of Bingo, your prize will be one card from my deck of Trading Cards on my nations: Fort Verden, Elven King Thranduil, Little Thranduil and Verner Von Richthofen.

I am waiting for Kyletana to choose his prize. After he has chosen his prize, PR In Space will choose his prize.

Anyone else who has a BINGO will have until this Sunday to post in our RMB to claim your prize.

Kyletana wrote:I’d like to have the Mount Olympudd card from Little Thranduil's Deck please. It'll fit into my new "UNSC Sabre of Dawn Mess Hall & Galley" collection. Thanks in advance Verner.

Kyletana, UNSC Artificial intelligence (SN: KTN 8642-9)

V E R N E R wrote:

Mount Olympudd Card gifted to The UNSC Sabre of Dawn ship A I of Kyletana for 0.20. Enjoy your prize Buddy! :)

@PR In Space: Your turn to choose your prize Buddy! :)

PR In Space wrote:Can I have Blood and Bitcoin from Fort Verden?

Fort Verden wrote:

Yes indeed Buddy. Enjoy your prize! :)

Blood and Bitcoin Card gifted to The Sentai Team of PR In Space for 0.05.

BINGO Round 14 Winner: Balestier Majestic

Balestier Majestic wrote:@Fort Verden: BINGO:

https://i.imgur.com/xvldBFR.png

Ethan

Fort Verden wrote:

Nyah ha ha ha! We have a Winner! Balestier Majestic has won this round of BINGO. Congratulations buddy! :)

Winners do not go away empty handed - They must win a prize and for winning this round of Bingo, your prize will be one card from my deck of Trading Cards on my nations: Fort Verden, Elven King Thranduil, Little Thranduil and Verner Von Richthofen. Choose your prize and I will send it to you Buddy.

Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas,

We will take a break from our Regional BINGO Game until next Monday. I will accept that there could be more than one winner. Everyone who has a BINGO will have until this Sunday to post in our RMB to claim your prize.

Balestier Majestic wrote:I’d like this Los Santos card from Fort Verden please:
page=deck/card=18983/season=1

Ethan

Fort Verden wrote:

Los Santos’ Season 1 Card gifted to The Green Gardens By The Bay of Balestier Majestic for 0.50. Enjoy your prize Buddy!

Everyone else who has a BINGO will have until this Sunday to post in our RMB to claim your prize.

BINGO Round 15 Winner: PR In Space

PR In Space wrote:Bingo
https://imgur.com/CKpL7Cd

Fort Verden wrote:

Nyah ha ha ha! We have a Winner! PR In Space has won this round of BINGO. Congratulations buddy! :)

Winners do not go away empty handed - They must win a prize and for winning this round of Bingo, your prize will be one card from my deck of Trading Cards on my nations: Fort Verden, Elven King Thranduil, Little Thranduil and Verner Von Richthofen. Choose your prize and I will send it to you Buddy.

Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas,

We will take a break from our Regional BINGO Game until next Monday. I will accept that there could be more than one winner. Everyone who has a BINGO will have until this Sunday to post in our RMB to claim your prize.

PR In Space wrote:Thanks. Can I have Angel of Serenity on Verner Von Richthofen?

Fort Verden wrote:

Alrighty then! Enjoy your prize Buddy! :)
Angel of Serenity Card gifted to The Sentai Team of PR In Space for 0.05.

BINGO Round 16 Winner: Ruritania Hadar Aldebaran

Ruritania Hadar Aldebaran wrote:@ Fort Verden

Please confirm my BINGO Verner:
https://imgur.com/a/YVhsm75

Fort Verden wrote:

Nyah ha ha ha! We have a Winner! Ruritania Hadar Aldebaran has won this round of BINGO. Congratulations buddy! :)

Winners do not go away empty handed - They must win a prize and for winning this round of Bingo, your prize will be one card from my deck of Trading Cards on my nations: Fort Verden, Elven King Thranduil, Little Thranduil and Verner Von Richthofen. Choose your prize and I will send it to you Buddy.

Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas,

We will take a break from our Regional BINGO Game until next Monday. I will accept that there could be more than one winner. Everyone who has a BINGO will have until this Sunday to post in our RMB to claim your prize.

Ruritania Hadar Aldebaran wrote:@ Fort Verden: I'd like Trecdom2 Season 1 card from Fort Verden as my BINGO prize please.

Fort Verden wrote:

Trecdom2 Card gifted to The Brown Werewolf Emirate of Ruritania Hadar Aldebaran for 0.10.

Enjoy your prize Buddy! :)

BINGO Round 17 Winner: Issues Test Bed

Issues Test Bed wrote:BINGO!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jC0NRCZnBPDBFD7Gy4iAHBgG1IMYN3SZ/view?usp=sharing

Fort Verden wrote:

Nyah ha ha ha! We have a Winner! Issues Test Bed has won this round of BINGO. Congratulations Buddy! :)

Winners do not go away empty handed - They must win a prize and for winning this round of Bingo, your prize will be one card from my deck of Trading Cards on my nations: Fort Verden, Elven King Thranduil, Little Thranduil and Verner Von Richthofen. Choose your prize and I will send it to you Buddy.

Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas,

We will take a break from our Regional BINGO Game until next Monday. I will accept that there could be more than one winner. Everyone who has a BINGO will have until this Sunday to post in our RMB to claim your prize.

Issues Test Bed wrote:Fort Verden, of course.

Fort Verden wrote:

Alright. Enjoy your prize Buddy! :)
Fort Verden Card gifted to The Oppressed Peoples of Issues Test Bed for 0.05.

BINGO Round 18 Winners: NewTexas and Yip Man

NewTexas wrote:Bingo!

page=dispatch/id=1202525

Fort Verden wrote:

<<Facepalm>>

Oh God Buddy! I changed the rules in Round 8:

However, since this Friday is Christmas Day, I will revert to the old, Pre-Round 8 rules just for this round:

So having said that, Congratulations Buddy! You won this round! :)

Nyah ha ha ha! We have a Winner! NewTexas has won this round of BINGO. Congratulations Big Tex my Buddy! :)

Winners do not go away empty handed - They must win a prize and for winning this round of Bingo, your prize will be one card from my deck of Trading Cards on my nations: Fort Verden, Elven King Thranduil, Little Thranduil and Verner Von Richthofen. Choose your prize and I will send it to you Buddy.

Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas,

We will take a break from our Regional BINGO Game until next Monday. I will accept that there could be more than one winner. Just for this round, everyone who has a BINGO, whether as per the current Round's rules or the pre-Round 8 rules will have until this Sunday to post in our RMB to claim your prize.

Yip Man wrote:Bingo!:

nation=yip_man/detail=factbook/id=1289854

Max

Fort Verden wrote:

Nyah ha ha ha! We have a Winner! Yip Man has won this round of BINGO as well. Congratulations Buddy! :)

Winners do not go away empty handed - They must win a prize and for winning this round of Bingo, your prize will be one card from my deck of Trading Cards on my nations: Fort Verden, Elven King Thranduil, Little Thranduil and Verner Von Richthofen. Choose your prize and I will send it to you Buddy.

I am waiting for NewTexas to choose his prize. After Big Tex has chosen his prize, Yip Man will choose his prize.

Fort Verden wrote:

Texas Butterflies BINGO - Round 18 Update

NewTexas: Big Tex my Buddy, I am still waiting for you to choose your BINGO prize so I can award it to you.

Yip Man: Max, as soon as Big Tex has chosen his prize you should post your choice so I can award your prize to you.

NewTexas wrote:Howdy Fort Verden! We found it the other day, but can't find it now. We would like the card of our Lt. Gov. Studly penguins. We cannot believe we have never gotten it before.

Yip Man wrote:Verner,

I've started a Texas card collection. Can I please have a Trecdom2 Season 1 card from Elven King Thranduil. Thanks in advance.

Fort Verden wrote:

Studly penguins’ Season 1 Card gifted to The Big Tex Happy Taco Stands of NewTexas for 0.50. Enjoy your prize Buddy. :)

Trecdom2's Season 1 Card gifted to The Red Wing Chun Nation of Yip Man for 0.10. Enjoy your prize Buddy. :)

BINGO Round 19 Winner: Yip Man

Yip Man wrote:@Fort Verden

BINGO Verner:
https://imgur.com/a/Hb1WIb2

Max

Fort Verden wrote:

Nyah ha ha ha! We have a Winner! Yip Man has won this round of BINGO. Congratulations Buddy! :)

Winners do not go away empty handed - They must win a prize and for winning this round of Bingo, your prize will be one card from my deck of Trading Cards on my nations: Fort Verden, Elven King Thranduil, Little Thranduil and Verner Von Richthofen. Choose your prize and I will send it to you Buddy.

Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas,

We will take a break from our Regional BINGO Game until next Monday. I will accept that there could be more than one winner. Everyone who has a BINGO will have until this Sunday to post in our RMB to claim your prize.

Yip Man wrote:@ Fort Verden: Thanks in advance Verner. I'd like to have Lohnam from Little Thranduil's deck for my cat collection please. :)

Max

Fort Verden wrote:

Enjoy your prize Buddy! :)
Lohnam Card gifted to The Red Wing Chun Nation of Yip Man for 0.05.

BINGO Round 20 Winner:

BINGO Round in progress.

Participants must reside in the Texas Region from the beginning until the end of the current BINGO Round in order to qualify as a winner for that BINGO Round.

NS Coding Reference: The Complete List of NSCodes

Read factbook

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Have an absolutely fantastic, healthy and safe day everyone!

Your Buddy Verner

***** Texas Saturday Breakfast *****

New Taco Time, Verdad! All fresh, all new! Saturday Breakfast In Place time! Bring out the Drones! The NewTexas Happy Taco Stands, in conjunction with the NewTexas Incendiary Corporation, has approximately 1 trillion of the fastest, lightest drones you have ever seen. This fleet is specially designed to deliver tacos to every man, woman, child, whatever, in Texas, all 2,412,075,000,000 of you.

For your dining pleasure, today's special breakfast will Saturday Huevos con Chicharrón Tacos [COVID-19 Week XXXIX Edition]! This one is yet another tradicional Mexican morning staple that has "homey" written all over it! The Head Smoker of Taco Town is still getting a rest as the Big Tex Abuelas and Abuelitas break out the ginormous black cast-iron skillets once again. Tejanos and Texans alike know chicharrones are fried, puffed, crispy, pork cracklings. Tomatoes, onions, and jalapeños are sautéed in bacon grease until soft, then the chicharrones are quickly stirred in just to heat them, and then the jumbo, brown, Texas Grade AA eggs are whipped in until it is all one yummy mess of soft and crispy. That is then shoveled into your hot, fresh flour tortilla. All tortillas are made by our Texas Abuelas on the premises multiple times daily. It is just that simple and delicious. Remember, a whole egg in every taco!®

Today's Special Salsa is the good ol' green stuff - Salsa Verde - cilantro, tomatillos, onions, garlic, and jalapeños, all charred fresh on the comal and blended together and fried until awesome. A sealed cup of Texas-made Longhorn Cheddar Jack cheese is also included in case you need a cheese fix. The tacos are hermetically-sealed in a Stay-Warm® pouch that is wrapped in the same ol' aluminum foil we are all so familiar with for our breakfast taco. The Juice Bar will not be possible this week. But, for your beverage needs, a packet of Sanka, Tang and a Lipton Tea bag will be included with every delivery as well as salt and pepper and a napkin. Yes, it is different, but it works and you do not even have to leave your residence. Woo! And, watch out for the drones! Start your day off the right way; munch out and go back to sleep. You know you want to!®

Stay Safe Texas. Stay Well.

***** Texas Shout Outs *****

@ Fort Verden - Awesome to see you again Verner! Back with a vengeance, we see!

***** Texas Chat Reminder *****

The Texas Weekly Chat Session will be Saturday (TODAY) at High Noon Texas Time (CDT) ***Saturday***. And, if you can't be there right at Noon, that is Ok, Texas Chat usually runs 3, 4, 5 hours with some Chats running as high as 7 or 8 hours.

The Texas Chat Site is here: http://texasregion.net/blab70/login.php

Please register with your nation name. This is a great opportunity for nations old and new to Texas to find out what is going on! We chat, we debate, we talk about the weather, we talk about stuff we like, stuff we hate, random stuff, and more stuff. But, it is never stuffy. Usually, it is about meeting your fellow Texans and talking about the latest and most interesting stuff in NationStates at the moment. But then again, sometimes NationStates does not even come up. It is wide-open chatting with peeps from around The World both IRL and NS. It is Texans, EuroTexans, WannabeTexans, ex-Texans, VirtualTexans, and plenty of Friends of Texans. We have it all and all are welcome. Texas Chat, 819 weeks and running! For the math-challenged, that is over 16¼ years! Check it out! Good stuff!

Note: This is The Last Chat Of The Year! We will be taking off next Saturday for Christmas and the following Saturday for New Year's. The Texas Weekly Chat will return Saturday, January 9, 2021.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIhl_3ow5ds

Epic Christmas Movie Medley

A couple of video Christmas Cards from this nation to the region courtesy of someone with a lot of time on their hands over in the next county. I shot the video. (Yeah, I moved the camera on Candy Cane Lane. I don't want to talk about it.)

Candy Cane Lane: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkDZ1awfpAA
TSO Mashup: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztysxrPCku0

Have a good Christmas Season Holiday.

Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas!

Today is:
Go Caroling Day

Quotes of the Day:
“Anything I come across that feels impossible, I probably need to take a second look.”- Joe Gebbia (Co-founder AirBnb)

“Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.”- Ambrose Bierce

“Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way.”- Charles Bukowski

Richard Branson:
1. “Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don't want to.”
2. “If you look after your staff, they'll look after your customers. It's that simple.”
3. “Success cannot be measured in wealth, fame or power, but by whether you have made a positive difference for others.”

Music of the Day:

Boney M. - Mary's Boy Child (Officical Video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmm1gt_2SkQ

On This Day In History:
1803 French flag lowered in New Orleans to mark the formal transfer of the Louisiana Purchase from France to USA for $27M
1812 "Grimm's Fairy Tales" or "Children's and Household Tales" by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm is first published
2007 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II becomes the oldest ever monarch of the United Kingdom, surpassing Queen Victoria, who lived for 81 years, 7 months and 29 days.
2012 Apple is denied a patent for mobile pinch-to-zoom gestures by the US patent authorities
2012 Intercontinental Exchange purchases the New York Stock Exchange, the largest in the world, for $8 billion
2019 United States Space Force founded, an armed forces branch dedicated to space warfare

Go Caroling Day

Once upon a time, Christmas celebrations wouldn’t have been anything without caroling, and this is exactly what is celebrated on Go Caroling Day on December 20. It’s about nothing else but merrily singing songs from door to door in the spirit of the holiday season. Christmas carols were very popular decades ago, before there was digital entertainment to distract us. As it became more and more uncommon to sing along to carols, Go Caroling Day revives and preserves this classic tradition.

HISTORY OF GO CAROLING DAY
It is widely believed that caroling on Christmas started in 1223 at the church of St. Francis of Assisi. He thought that it was merrier to sing songs full of joy and fun during the holidays, instead of solemn hymns. He also started the live nativity scene. Caroling has been around even longer than Christmas itself, as it was a part of many religious observances and practices centuries ago. Christmas carols are essentially a subset of Christmas music, whereas caroling specifically refers to the act of singing this broad category of Christmas songs.

The Christmas carol is also known as a noel — a song or hymn. These have a unique shared characteristic sound, which is based on the musical chord patterns of medieval times. Popular Christmas carols were composed before the 20th century. In modern times, new carols have been written. A few popular Christmas carols are ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’, ‘Jingle Bells’, and ‘Away in a Manger’, and many modern carols are composed by Alfred Burt.

During the Middle Ages, another popular trend similar to caroling started, known as ‘wassailing’. It was a reference to the alcoholic drink called ‘wassail’, and the songs that were sung were vulgar and rude in nature, and therefore viewed by the church as irreligious.

Whether it was gathering around the piano in the living room, or the arrival of carolers on doorsteps in the neighborhood, caroling was a heavily practiced tradition in which people enthusiastically participated.

Christmas caroling has commonly been referred to in old classics. Whether in the story “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens or the film “It’s a Wonderful Life”, it is guaranteed that, at some point, warmly bedecked carolers will arrive, heralding a critical moment or just singing traditional songs loudly for Christmas.

GO CAROLING DAY TIMELINE
1200s
Dull Carols

In the Middle Ages, many people do not enjoy carols as they are mostly composed and sung in Latin.

17th Century
Carols Discontinued

Christmas singing is stopped as the songs and carols have strong linkages to paganism and Catholicism.

19th Century
Victorian Christmas

After Queen Victoria’s marriage to Prince Albert, Christmas caroling becomes more popular than ever with the introduction of German Yuletide traditions.

1914
A Christmas Miracle

During the first world war, a ceasefire was initiated by the Germans on the frontline against the British — by singing Christmas carols.

GO CAROLING DAY FAQS
What is the point of Christmas caroling?

The idea behind Christmas caroling is to spread the spirit of Christmas by going door-to-door and singing hymns or special carols.

How do you go Christmas caroling?
If you’ve never went caroling before, here is a small guide:

1. Plan early, before everyone’s calendars quickly fill up. Set a time and date that works for everyone.
2. Build your caroling song list, make sure everyone knows the lyrics!
3. Plan out your caroling route and which neighborhoods to cover.

What is the oldest Christmas Carol?
The Christian hymn ‘Jesus Refulsit Omnium’ is frequently cited as the earliest Christmas song in the world.

HOW TO CELEBRATE GO CAROLING DAY
Look up lyrics to a new carol

Be it a modern composition, or an old classic, look up the lyrics of a new carol and sing along to it around the house or your neighborhood.

Go caroling
As the name of the holiday suggests, go caroling! Gather your friends and family and get your songbird on. Sing all the Christmas songs you sang growing up or in your school choir. Who knows, you may even get strangers to participate.

Host a carol party
If you have a musical instrument in your house, be it a guitar or a keyboard, host a party at your place and sing along to your favorite carols, just like they used to do in the olden days.

5 MERRY FACTS ABOUT CHRISTMAS CAROLS
Original carols

The first carols sung thousands of years ago in Europe were pagan songs in the winter solstice.

Carols for all seasons
Carols were originally composed to be sung throughout the seasons, but only the Christmas tradition of singing them has survived.

More fiction than fact
Most carols from the Elizabethan period were loosely based around the Christmas story, but were otherwise untrue. Compared to religious songs, they were just meant to be entertaining.

Professional carolers
Before carol singing was a thing, professional carol singers called ‘Waits’ would band together and be conducted by important local leaders of the community.

White Christmas
Elvis released his version of ‘White Christmas’ in the year 1957. The song’s composer Irving Berlin tried to ban it from being played on the radio.

WHY WE LOVE GO CAROLING DAY
Getting into the holiday spirit

We don’t know why this tradition went out of style. Who doesn’t like singing loudly, not to mention with the intention of spreading cheer and joy? This is the perfect day to walk arm-in-arm with friends and celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.

The art of caroling
Carols aren’t just songs to be sung around Christmas time, they are a testimony to great tales in history. Preserving them is like preserving works of art.

Dispelling the winter blues
With the holiday season comes winter blues, and people who are alone on Christmas are just waiting to hear from someone at their doors. That friendly old neighbor of yours who lives alone? Head on over to their doorstep and get singing!

https://nationaltoday.com/go-caroling-day/

Coronavirus updates: CDC advisory committee recommends Moderna vaccine; UK imposes tough lockdowns due to possible new strain
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/12/19/covid-update-moderna-vaccine-authorized-biden-vaccinated/3962420001/

How much does the vaccine cost? COVID-19 questions answered
https://www.usatoday.com/storytelling/covid19-coronavirus-resource-guide/

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Other Space Episode 1: "Into the Great Beyond...Beyond" | Sci-Fi Comedy Series | DUST
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQsRFVGT6bI

Crime Scene Cleaners | Real Life CSI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ys09c9lANjI

Dji. Death Fails
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1bbN08o6Y4

The Predator | Holiday Special | 20th Century FOX
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVrRjt69lhU

The Entire Predator Story Finally Explained
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8D8j_2jWLg

Richard Branson Biography: Businessman, Adventurer & Icon
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbTgR1OL-rY

Richard Branson Explains His Secrets to Success
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtCyCoqYT4o

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Advent Calendar
Dec 20, 2020

Breathing With No Air
The Story:

A boy once asked a wise old man what the secret to success is. After listening to the boy’s question, the wise man told the boy to meet him at the river in the morning and he would be given the answer there.

In the morning, the wise man and the boy began walking toward the river. They continued on into the river, past the point of the water covering their nose and mouth. At this time, the wise man ducked the boy into the water.

As he struggled to get out, the wise man continued to push him further down. The boy felt a fish slip by his leg and squirmed to get up even harder. The man eventually pulled the boy’s head up so he could get air. The boy gasped as he inhaled a deep breath of air.

The wise man said, ‘What were you fighting for when you were under water?” The boy replied, “Air!” The man said, “There you have the secret to success. When you want to gain success as much as you wanted air when you were under water, you will obtain it. That’s the only secret.”

The Moral:

Success starts with the desire to achieve something. If your motivation is weak, your results will follow suit. Think about what you desire the most in life and work towards getting it. Don’t allow your environment or other people to influence the things that you truly want. Just because the fish swimming by is comfortable with being under water doesn’t mean that you are.

Richard Branson:
1. “Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don't want to.”
2. “If you look after your staff, they'll look after your customers. It's that simple.”
3. “Success cannot be measured in wealth, fame or power, but by whether you have made a positive difference for others.”

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Let us continue the Texas Butterflies BINGO where we left off:

Today's Texas Butterflies to strike off is: Elf (Microtia elva),

Instructions and Stricken Off List:

Sunday, 28th February 2021: Enchanted Rock Summit Trail,
Saturday, 27th February 2021: Enchanted Rock Loop Trail,
Thursday, 25th February 2021: Santa Elena Canyon Trail,
Sunday, 21st February 2021: Turkey Creek Trail,
Saturday, 20th February 2021: Canyon Ridge Trail,
Friday, 19th February 2021: Arbor Hills Nature Preserve Trail,
Thursday, 18th February 2021: Riverplace Nature Trail,
Tuesday, 16th February 2021: Guadalupe Peak Texas Highpoint Trail,

Little Thranduil wrote:

Texas BINGO – New Round!
Round 20: Texas Trails BINGO

There are many great hiking trails, running trails, mountain biking trails and scenic trails in Texas. We should play BINGO with some of our Texas Trails!

Instructions:

1. Go to https://osric.com/bingo-card-generator/ to generate your own BINGO card based on these settings:

Bingo Card Basics:
Card Title: Texas Trails BINGO
Word List (separated by commas):

Guadalupe Peak Texas Highpoint Trail,
Riverplace Nature Trail,
The Lighthouse Trail,
Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail,
Lady Bird Lake Trail,
Santa Elena Canyon Trail,
The Window Trail,
Lost Mine Trail,
Eagle Mountain Lake Park Trail,
Emory Peak Trail,
Enchanted Rock Summit Trail,
Knob Hill Trail,
North Shore Trail,
Turkey Creek Trail,
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve Trail,
White Rock Lake Trail,
El Paso Tin Mines Trail,
Chinquapin Loop Trail,
Canyon Ridge Trail,
Enchanted Rock Loop Trail,
Hillview Nature Trail Loop,
Oak Cliff Nature Preserve Trail,
Walnut Creek Trail,
San Gabriel River Trail,
Wolf Mountain Trail,

Free Space:
Include a free space?:
No
Free Space Text: Not applicable, leave blank.
Free Space Description: Not applicable.
Free Space Placement: The default setting is center but do not bother with it as it is not applicable.

Card Size:

Number of Squares Wide: 5
Number of Squares Tall: 5

Printing Options:
Number of cards to create:
1

Press the "Generate Bingo Cards" Button. Take a screenshot of the card and save it onto your computer. We will be using Microsoft Paint to strike out the locations on the card as they are called out.

This is a sample of an acceptable BINGO card for this game:
https://i.imgur.com/BjXDySh.png

2. From now on until the end of the game, I will announce a Texas Trail for you to strike out each day.

Rules: Your goal is to cover 5 lines of those squares in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row. Each of the 5 lines corresponds to a letter in the word BINGO. When you have a BINGO, then you have won the game.

This is a sample of an acceptable winning card:
https://i.imgur.com/BpeHm54.png

To start the game, today's Texas Trail to strike off is: Guadalupe Peak Texas Highpoint Trail,

3. The first person to complete their card should upload it to imgur.com or any other image hosting site and post this message on our Texas RMB: BINGO! and a link to your completed card that you have uploaded to the image hosting site.

Good luck and have an absolutely fantastic, healthy and safe Mardi Gras Day everyone!

Your Buddy Verner

Sunday, 7th February 2021: Enchanted Rock Loop Trail,
Saturday, 6th February 2021: Wolf Mountain Trail,
Thursday, 4th February 2021: Canyon Ridge Trail,
Wednesday, 3rd February 2021: Lady Bird Lake Trail,
Tuesday, 2nd February 2021: White Rock Lake Trail,
Monday, 1st February 2021: Oak Cliff Nature Preserve Trail,
Sunday, 31st January 2021: Knob Hill Trail,
Saturday, 30th January 2021: Emory Peak Trail,
Friday, 29th January 2021: Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail,
Tuesday, 26th January 2021: Riverplace Nature Trail,
Sunday, 24th January 2021: Chinquapin Loop Trail,
Saturday, 23rd January 2021: Hillview Nature Trail Loop,
Friday, 22nd January 2021: Arbor Hills Nature Preserve Trail,
Thursday, 21st January 2021: The Window Trail,
Wednesday, 20th January 2021: Enchanted Rock Summit Trail,
Tuesday, 19th January 2021: Walnut Creek Trail,
Saturday, 16th January 2021: San Gabriel River Trail,
Friday, 15th January 2021: Guadalupe Peak Texas Highpoint Trail,
Thursday, 14th January 2021: Santa Elena Canyon Trail,
Tuesday, 12th January 2021: Lost Mine Trail,
Sunday, 10th January 2021: Eagle Mountain Lake Park Trail,
Saturday, 9th January 2021: Turkey Creek Trail,
Thursday, 7th January 2021: The Lighthouse Trail,
Wednesday, 6th January 2021: El Paso Tin Mines Trail,

Little Thranduil wrote:

Texas BINGO – New Round!
Round 19: Texas Trails BINGO

There are many great hiking trails, running trails, mountain biking trails and scenic trails in Texas. We should play BINGO with some of our Texas Trails!

Instructions:

1. Go to https://osric.com/bingo-card-generator/ to generate your own BINGO card based on these settings:

Bingo Card Basics:
Card Title: Texas Trails BINGO
Word List (separated by commas):

Guadalupe Peak Texas Highpoint Trail,
Riverplace Nature Trail,
The Lighthouse Trail,
Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail,
Lady Bird Lake Trail,
Santa Elena Canyon Trail,
The Window Trail,
Lost Mine Trail,
Eagle Mountain Lake Park Trail,
Emory Peak Trail,
Enchanted Rock Summit Trail,
Knob Hill Trail,
North Shore Trail,
Turkey Creek Trail,
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve Trail,
White Rock Lake Trail,
El Paso Tin Mines Trail,
Chinquapin Loop Trail,
Canyon Ridge Trail,
Enchanted Rock Loop Trail,
Hillview Nature Trail Loop,
Oak Cliff Nature Preserve Trail,
Walnut Creek Trail,
San Gabriel River Trail,
Wolf Mountain Trail,

Free Space:
Include a free space?:
No
Free Space Text: Not applicable, leave blank.
Free Space Description: Not applicable.
Free Space Placement: The default setting is center but do not bother with it as it is not applicable.

Card Size:

Number of Squares Wide: 5
Number of Squares Tall: 5

Printing Options:
Number of cards to create:
1

Press the "Generate Bingo Cards" Button. Take a screenshot of the card and save it onto your computer. We will be using Microsoft Paint to strike out the locations on the card as they are called out.

This is a sample of an acceptable BINGO card for this game:
https://i.imgur.com/BjXDySh.png

2. From now on until the end of the game, I will announce a Texas Trail for you to strike out each day.

Rules: Your goal is to cover 5 lines of those squares in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row. Each of the 5 lines corresponds to a letter in the word BINGO. When you have a BINGO, then you have won the game.

This is a sample of an acceptable winning card:
https://i.imgur.com/BpeHm54.png

To start the game, today's Texas Trail to strike off is: El Paso Tin Mines Trail,

3. The first person to complete their card should upload it to imgur.com or any other image hosting site and post this message on our Texas RMB: BINGO! and a link to your completed card that you have uploaded to the image hosting site.

Good luck and have an absolutely fantastic, healthy and safe day everyone!

Your Buddy Verner

Sunday, 20th December 2020: Elf (Microtia elva),
Saturday, 19th December 2020: Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia),
Tuesday, 8th December 2020: Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus),
Monday, 7th December 2020: Tailed Cecropian (Historis acheronta),
Saturday, 5th December 2020: Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele),
Friday, 4th December 2020: Tiger Mimic-Queen (Lycorea cleobaea),
Thursday, 3rd December 2020: Ornythion Swallowtail (Papilio ornythion),
Wednesday, 2nd December 2020: Monarch (Danaus plexippus),
Friday, 13th November 2020: Klug's Clearwing (Dircenna klugii),
Thursday, 12th November 2020: Elada Checkerspot (Texola elada),
Wednesday, 11th November 2020: Weidemeyer's Admiral (Limenitis weidemeyerii),
Tuesday, 10th November 2020: Palamedes Swallowtail (Papilio palamedes),
Sunday, 8th November 2020: Orange Banner (Temenis laothoe),
Saturday, 7th November 2020: American Snout (Libytheana carinenta),
Wednesday, 4th November 2020: 'Astyanax' Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax),
Tuesday, 3rd November 2020: Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta),

Little Thranduil wrote:

Texas BINGO – New Round!
Round 18: Texas Butterflies BINGO

There are many species of Butterflies in Texas. We should play BINGO with some of our Texas Butterflies!

Instructions:

1. Go to https://osric.com/bingo-card-generator/ to generate your own BINGO card based on these settings:

Bingo Card Basics:
Card Title: Texas Butterflies BINGO
Word List (separated by commas):

'Astyanax' Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax),
Weidemeyer's Admiral (Limenitis weidemeyerii),
Tailed Cecropian (Historis acheronta),
Silver Emperor (Doxocopa laure),
Pavon Emperor (Doxocopa pavon),
Empress Leilia (Asterocampa leilia),
Banded Orange Heliconian (Dryadula phaetusa),
Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele),
Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia),
Tiger Mimic-Queen (Lycorea cleobaea),
Klug's Clearwing (Dircenna klugii),
Monarch (Danaus plexippus),
American Snout (Libytheana carinenta),
Orange Banner (Temenis laothoe),
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta),
Elf (Microtia elva),
West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella),
American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis),
Elada Checkerspot (Texola elada),
Palamedes Swallowtail (Papilio palamedes),
Victorine Swallowtail (Papilio victorinus),
Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus),
Ornythion Swallowtail (Papilio ornythion),
Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele),
Mexican Silverspot (Dione moneta),

Free Space:
Include a free space?:
No
Free Space Text: Not applicable, leave blank.
Free Space Description: Not applicable.
Free Space Placement: The default setting is center but do not bother with it as it is not applicable.

Card Size:

Number of Squares Wide: 5
Number of Squares Tall: 5

Printing Options:
Number of cards to create:
1

Press the "Generate Bingo Cards" Button. Take a screenshot of the card and save it onto your computer. We will be using Microsoft Paint to strike out the locations on the card as they are called out.

This is a sample of an acceptable BINGO card for this game:
https://i.imgur.com/pjmDh1x.png

2. From now on until the end of the game, I will announce a Texas Butterfly for you to strike out each day.

Rules: Your goal is to cover 5 lines of those squares in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row. Each of the 5 lines corresponds to a letter in the word BINGO. When you have a BINGO, then you have won the game.

This is a sample of an acceptable winning card:
https://i.imgur.com/ZrVM8BF.png

To start the game, today's Texas Butterfly to strike off is: Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta),

3. The first person to complete their card should upload it to imgur.com or any other image hosting site and post this message on our Texas RMB: BINGO! and a link to your completed card that you have uploaded to the image hosting site.

Good luck and have an absolutely fantastic, healthy and safe day everyone!

Your Buddy Verner

Sunday, 25th October 2020: Victorine Swallowtail (Papilio victorinus),
Saturday, 24th October 2020: Pavon Emperor (Doxocopa pavon),
Wednesday, 14th October 2020: Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta),
Tuesday, 13th October 2020: Banded Orange Heliconian (Dryadula phaetusa),
Sunday, 11th October 2020: Empress Leilia (Asterocampa leilia),
Saturday, 10th October 2020: Elf (Microtia elva),
Friday, 9th October 2020: West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella),
Thursday, 8th October 2020: Tiger Mimic-Queen (Lycorea cleobaea),
Wednesday, 7th October 2020: Mexican Silverspot (Dione moneta),
Sunday,4th October 2020: Ornythion Swallowtail (Papilio ornythion),
Saturday, 3rd October 2020: Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia),
Friday, 2nd October 2020: Klug's Clearwing (Dircenna klugii),
Wednesday, 30th September 2020: Silver Emperor (Doxocopa laure),
Tuesday, 29th September 2020: Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus),
Monday, 28th September 2020: Monarch (Danaus plexippus),
Sunday, 27th September 2020: Palamedes Swallowtail (Papilio palamedes),
Saturday, 26th September 2020: Weidemeyer's Admiral (Limenitis weidemeyerii),
Thursday, 24th September 2020: 'Astyanax' Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax),
Wednesday, 23rd September 2020: Orange Banner (Temenis laothoe),
Tuesday, 22nd September 2020: Tailed Cecropian (Historis acheronta),
Monday, 21st September 2020: Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele),

Little Thranduil wrote:

Texas BINGO – New Round!
Round 17: Texas Butterflies BINGO

There are many species of Butterflies in Texas. We should play BINGO with some of our Texas Butterflies!

Instructions:

1. Go to https://osric.com/bingo-card-generator/ to generate your own BINGO card based on these settings:

Bingo Card Basics:
Card Title: Texas Butterflies BINGO
Word List (separated by commas):

'Astyanax' Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax),
Weidemeyer's Admiral (Limenitis weidemeyerii),
Tailed Cecropian (Historis acheronta),
Silver Emperor (Doxocopa laure),
Pavon Emperor (Doxocopa pavon),
Empress Leilia (Asterocampa leilia),
Banded Orange Heliconian (Dryadula phaetusa),
Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele),
Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia),
Tiger Mimic-Queen (Lycorea cleobaea),
Klug's Clearwing (Dircenna klugii),
Monarch (Danaus plexippus),
American Snout (Libytheana carinenta),
Orange Banner (Temenis laothoe),
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta),
Elf (Microtia elva),
West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella),
American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis),
Elada Checkerspot (Texola elada),
Palamedes Swallowtail (Papilio palamedes),
Victorine Swallowtail (Papilio victorinus),
Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus),
Ornythion Swallowtail (Papilio ornythion),
Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele),
Mexican Silverspot (Dione moneta),

Free Space:
Include a free space?:
No
Free Space Text: Not applicable, leave blank.
Free Space Description: Not applicable.
Free Space Placement: The default setting is center but do not bother with it as it is not applicable.

Card Size:

Number of Squares Wide: 5
Number of Squares Tall: 5

Printing Options:
Number of cards to create:
1

Press the "Generate Bingo Cards" Button. Take a screenshot of the card and save it onto your computer. We will be using Microsoft Paint to strike out the locations on the card as they are called out.

This is a sample of an acceptable BINGO card for this game:
https://i.imgur.com/pjmDh1x.png

2. From now on until the end of the game, I will announce a Texas Butterfly for you to strike out each day.

Rules: Your goal is to cover 5 lines of those squares in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row. Each of the 5 lines corresponds to a letter in the word BINGO. When you have a BINGO, then you have won the game.

This is a sample of an acceptable winning card:
https://i.imgur.com/ZrVM8BF.png

To start the game, today's Texas Butterfly to strike off is: Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele),

3. The first person to complete their card should upload it to imgur.com or any other image hosting site and post this message on our Texas RMB: BINGO! and a link to your completed card that you have uploaded to the image hosting site.

Wednesday, 16th September 2020: Pioneer Museum,
Tuesday, 15th September 2020: Bullock Texas State History Museum,
Monday, 14th September 2020: Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum,
Sunday, 13th September 2020: Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site,
Saturday, 12th September 2020: East Texas Oil Museum,
Friday, 11th September 2020: The Houston Museum of Natural Science,
Thursday, 10th September 2020: The 1859 Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum,
Wednesday, 9th September 2020: Amon Carter Museum of American Art,
Tuesday, 8th September 2020: USS Lexington Museum on the Bay,
Monday, 7th September 2020: Children's Museum of Houston,
Sunday, 6th September 2020: National Ranching Heritage Center,
Saturday, 5th September 2020: The Alamo,
Friday, 4th September 2020: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston,
Thursday, 3rd September 2020: Waco Mammoth National Monument,
Wednesday, 2nd September 2020: Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum,
Tuesday, 1st September 2020: The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum,
Sunday, 2nd August 2020: LBJ Presidential Library,
Saturday, 1st August 2020: George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum,
Friday, 31st July 2020: Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum,
Thursday, 30th July 2020: Silent Wings Museum,
Wednesday, 29th July 2020: National Museum of the Pacific War,
Tuesday, 28th July 2020: Caliente Hot Glass,
Monday, 27th July 2020: San Antonio Fire Museum,

Little Thranduil wrote:

Texas BINGO – New Round!
Round 16: Texas Museums BINGO

There are many Museums in Texas. We should play BINGO with some of our Texas Museums!

Instructions:

1. Go to https://osric.com/bingo-card-generator/ to generate your own BINGO card based on these settings:

Bingo Card Basics:
Card Title: Texas Museums BINGO
Word List (separated by commas):

The Alamo,
National Museum of the Pacific War,
Caliente Hot Glass,
Kimbell Art Museum,
National Ranching Heritage Center,
George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum,
Silent Wings Museum,
USS Lexington Museum on the Bay,
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum,
Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum,
LBJ Presidential Library,
Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum,
Amon Carter Museum of American Art,
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston,
The Houston Museum of Natural Science,
The 1859 Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum,
The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum,
San Antonio Fire Museum,
Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site,
East Texas Oil Museum,
Children's Museum of Houston,
Waco Mammoth National Monument,
The Museum of Western Art,
Pioneer Museum,
Bullock Texas State History Museum,

Free Space:
Include a free space?:
No
Free Space Text: Not applicable, leave blank.
Free Space Description: Not applicable.
Free Space Placement: The default setting is center but do not bother with it as it is not applicable.

Card Size:

Number of Squares Wide: 5
Number of Squares Tall: 5

Printing Options:
Number of cards to create:
1

Press the "Generate Bingo Cards" Button. Take a screenshot of the card and save it onto your computer. We will be using Microsoft Paint to strike out the locations on the card as they are called out.

This is a sample of an acceptable BINGO card for this game:
https://i.imgur.com/Ne4Hk7x.png

2. From now on until the end of the game, I will announce a Texas Museum for you to strike out each day.

Rules: Your goal is to cover 5 lines of those squares in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row. Each of the 5 lines corresponds to a letter in the word BINGO. When you have a BINGO, then you have won the game.

This is a sample of an acceptable winning card:
https://i.imgur.com/RcPqb24.png

To start the game, today's Texas Museum to strike off is: San Antonio Fire Museum,

3. The first person to complete their card should upload it to imgur.com or any other image hosting site and post this message on our Texas RMB: BINGO! and a link to your completed card that you have uploaded to the image hosting site.

Tuesday, 21st July 2020: The Museum of Western Art,
Monday, 20th July 2020: Children's Museum of Houston,
Sunday, 19th July 2020: East Texas Oil Museum,
Saturday, 18th July 2020: Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site,
Friday, 17th July 2020: Kimbell Art Museum,
Tuesday, 14th July 2020: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston,
Monday, 13th July 2020: Amon Carter Museum of American Art,
Sunday, 12th July 2020: Silent Wings Museum,
Saturday, 11th July 2020: Waco Mammoth National Monument,
Friday, 10th July 2020: USS Lexington Museum on the Bay,
Sunday, 5th July 2020: The Alamo,
Saturday, 4th July 2020: Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum,
Friday, 3rd July 2020: Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum,
Thursday, 2nd July 2020: Caliente Hot Glass,
Wednesday, 1st July 2020: The 1859 Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum,
Tuesday, 30th June 2020: Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum,
Monday, 29th June 2020: National Museum of the Pacific War,
Sunday, 28th June 2020: National Ranching Heritage Center,
Saturday, 27th June 2020: San Antonio Fire Museum,
Friday, 26th June 2020: Pioneer Museum,
Thursday, 25th June 2020: The Houston Museum of Natural Science,
Wednesday, 24th June 2020: LBJ Presidential Library,
Tuesday, 23rd June 2020: George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum,
Monday, 22nd June 2020: The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum,

Little Thranduil wrote: Texas BINGO – New Round!
Round 15: Texas Museums BINGO

There are many Museums in Texas. We should play BINGO with some of our Texas Museums!

Instructions:

1. Go to https://osric.com/bingo-card-generator/ to generate your own BINGO card based on these settings:

Bingo Card Basics:
Card Title: Texas Museums BINGO
Word List (separated by commas):

The Alamo,
National Museum of the Pacific War,
Caliente Hot Glass,
Kimbell Art Museum,
National Ranching Heritage Center,
George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum,
Silent Wings Museum,
USS Lexington Museum on the Bay,
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum,
Iwo Jima Memorial & Museum,
LBJ Presidential Library,
Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum,
Amon Carter Museum of American Art,
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston,
The Houston Museum of Natural Science,
The 1859 Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum,
The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum,
San Antonio Fire Museum,
Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site,
East Texas Oil Museum,
Children's Museum of Houston,
Waco Mammoth National Monument,
The Museum of Western Art,
Pioneer Museum,
Bullock Texas State History Museum,

Free Space:
Include a free space?:
No
Free Space Text: Not applicable, leave blank.
Free Space Description: Not applicable.
Free Space Placement: The default setting is center but do not bother with it as it is not applicable.

Card Size:

Number of Squares Wide: 5
Number of Squares Tall: 5

Printing Options:
Number of cards to create:
1

Press the "Generate Bingo Cards" Button. Take a screenshot of the card and save it onto your computer. We will be using Microsoft Paint to strike out the locations on the card as they are called out.

This is a sample of an acceptable BINGO card for this game:
https://i.imgur.com/Ne4Hk7x.png

2. From now on until the end of the game, I will announce a Texas Museum for you to strike out each day.

Rules: Your goal is to cover 5 lines of those squares in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row. Each of the 5 lines corresponds to a letter in the word BINGO. When you have a BINGO, then you have won the game.

This is a sample of an acceptable winning card:
https://i.imgur.com/RcPqb24.png

To start the game, today's Texas Museum to strike off is: The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum,

3. The first person to complete their card should upload it to imgur.com or any other image hosting site and post this message on our Texas RMB: BINGO! and a link to your completed card that you have uploaded to the image hosting site.

Good luck and have an absolutely fantastic, healthy and safe day everyone!

Your Buddy Verner

Wednesday,17th June 2020: Swift Fox (Vulpes velox),
Tuesday,16th June 2020: Northern Yellow Bat (Lasiurus intermedius),
Monday,15th June 2020: Hoary Bat (Lasiurus cinereus),
Sunday, 14th June 2020: Gray Wolf (Canis lupus),
Saturday, 13th June 2020: River Otter (Lutra canadensis),
Friday, 12th June 2020: Western Mastiff Bat (Eumops perotis),
Thursday, 11th June 2020: Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis),
Wednesday,10th June 2020: Texas Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys elator),
Tuesday,9th June 2020: Black-footed Ferret (Mustela nigripes),
Monday,8th June 2020: Mountain Sheep (Ovis canadensis),
Sunday, 7th June 2020: Tricolored Bat (Perimyotis subflavus),
Saturday, 6th June 2020: Mountain Lion (Puma concolor),
Friday, 5th June 2020: Elk (Cervus canadensis),
Thursday, 4th June 2020: Bobcat (Lynx rufus),
Wednesday, 3rd June 2020: Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis),
Tuesday, 2nd June 2020: Common Raccoon (Procyon lotor),
Monday,1st June 2020: Rafinesque's Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus rafinesquii),
Sunday, 31st May 2020: Yuma Myotis (Myotis yumanensis),
Saturday, 30th May 2020: Townsend's Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus townsendii),
Friday, 29th May 2020: Black-tailed Jackrabbit (Lepus californicus),
Thursday, 28th May 2020: Badger (Taxidea taxus),
Wednesday, 27th May 2020: Jaguarundi (Herpailurus yaguarondi),
Tuesday, 26th May 2020: Black Bear (Ursus americanus),
Monday, 25th May 2020: Nine-banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus),

Little Thranduil wrote: Texas BINGO – New Round!
Round 14: Texas Mammals BINGO

There are many species of Mammals in Texas. We should play BINGO with some of our Texas Mammals!

Instructions:

1. Go to https://osric.com/bingo-card-generator/ to generate your own BINGO card based on these settings:

Bingo Card Basics:
Card Title: Texas Mammals BINGO
Word List (separated by commas):

Badger (Taxidea taxus),
Black Bear (Ursus americanus),
Black-footed Ferret (Mustela nigripes),
Black-tailed Jackrabbit (Lepus californicus),
Bobcat (Lynx rufus),
Common Raccoon (Procyon lotor),
Elk (Cervus canadensis),
Gray Wolf (Canis lupus),
Hoary Bat (Lasiurus cinereus),
Jaguarundi (Herpailurus yaguarondi),
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor),
Mountain Sheep (Ovis canadensis),
Nine-banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus),
Northern Yellow Bat (Lasiurus intermedius),
Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis),
River Otter (Lutra canadensis),
Seminole Bat (Lasiurus seminolus),
Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis),
Swift Fox (Vulpes velox),
Texas Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys elator),
Townsend's Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus townsendii),
Tricolored Bat (Perimyotis subflavus),
Yuma Myotis (Myotis yumanensis),
Western Mastiff Bat (Eumops perotis),
Rafinesque's Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus rafinesquii),

Free Space:
Include a free space?:
No
Free Space Text: Not applicable, leave blank.
Free Space Description: Not applicable.
Free Space Placement: The default setting is center but do not bother with it as it is not applicable.

Card Size:

Number of Squares Wide: 5
Number of Squares Tall: 5

Printing Options:
Number of cards to create:
1

Press the "Generate Bingo Cards" Button. Take a screenshot of the card and save it onto your computer. We will be using Microsoft Paint to strike out the locations on the card as they are called out.

This is a sample of an acceptable BINGO card for this game:
https://i.imgur.com/QDJXSzX.png

2. From now on until the end of the game, I will announce a Texas Mammal for you to strike out each day.

Rules: Your goal is to cover 5 lines of those squares in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row. Each of the 5 lines corresponds to a letter in the word BINGO. When you have a BINGO, then you have won the game.

This is a sample of an acceptable winning card:
https://i.imgur.com/zGPOf0g.png

To start the game, today's Texas Mammal to strike off is: Nine-banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus),

3. The first person to complete their card should upload it to imgur.com or any other image hosting site and post this message on our Texas RMB: BINGO! and a link to your completed card that you have uploaded to the image hosting site.

Good luck and have an absolutely fantastic and safe Memorial Day everyone!

Your Buddy Verner

Monday, 18th May 2020: Mountain Lion (Puma concolor),
Sunday, 17th May 2020: Northern Yellow Bat (Lasiurus intermedius),
Saturday, 16th May 2020: Texas Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys elator),
Friday, 15th May 2020: Western Mastiff Bat (Eumops perotis),
Thursday, 14th May 2020: Elk (Cervus canadensis),
Wednesday, 13th May 2020: Black Bear (Ursus americanus),
Tuesday, 12th May 2020: Nine-banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus),
Monday, 11th May 2020: Seminole Bat (Lasiurus seminolus),
Sunday, 10th May 2020: Swift Fox (Vulpes velox),
Saturday, 9th May 2020: Black-tailed Jackrabbit (Lepus californicus),
Friday, 8th May 2020: Badger (Taxidea taxus),
Thursday, 7th May 2020: River Otter (Lutra canadensis),
Wednesday, 6th May 2020: Rafinesque's Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus rafinesquii),
Tuesday, 5th May 2020: Bobcat (Lynx rufus),
Monday, 4th May 2020: Yuma Myotis (Myotis yumanensis),
Sunday, 3rd May 2020: Tricolored Bat (Perimyotis subflavus),
Saturday, 2nd May 2020: Common Raccoon (Procyon lotor),
Friday, 1st May 2020: Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis),
Thursday, 30th April 2020: Mountain Sheep (Ovis canadensis),
Wednesday, 29th April 2020: Gray Wolf (Canis lupus),
Tuesday, 28th April 2020: Hoary Bat (Lasiurus cinereus),
Monday, 27th April 2020: Jaguarundi (Herpailurus yaguarondi),

Little Thranduil wrote: Texas BINGO – New Round!
Round 13: Texas Mammals BINGO

There are many species of Mammals in Texas. We should play BINGO with some of our Texas Mammals!

Instructions:

1. Go to https://osric.com/bingo-card-generator/ to generate your own BINGO card based on these settings:

Bingo Card Basics:
Card Title: Texas Mammals BINGO
Word List (separated by commas):

Badger (Taxidea taxus),
Black Bear (Ursus americanus),
Black-footed Ferret (Mustela nigripes),
Black-tailed Jackrabbit (Lepus californicus),
Bobcat (Lynx rufus),
Common Raccoon (Procyon lotor),
Elk (Cervus canadensis),
Gray Wolf (Canis lupus),
Hoary Bat (Lasiurus cinereus),
Jaguarundi (Herpailurus yaguarondi),
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor),
Mountain Sheep (Ovis canadensis),
Nine-banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus),
Northern Yellow Bat (Lasiurus intermedius),
Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis),
River Otter (Lutra canadensis),
Seminole Bat (Lasiurus seminolus),
Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis),
Swift Fox (Vulpes velox),
Texas Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys elator),
Townsend's Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus townsendii),
Tricolored Bat (Perimyotis subflavus),
Yuma Myotis (Myotis yumanensis),
Western Mastiff Bat (Eumops perotis),
Rafinesque's Big-eared Bat (Corynorhinus rafinesquii),

Free Space:
Include a free space?:
No
Free Space Text: Not applicable, leave blank.
Free Space Description: Not applicable.
Free Space Placement: The default setting is center but do not bother with it as it is not applicable.

Card Size:

Number of Squares Wide: 5
Number of Squares Tall: 5

Printing Options:
Number of cards to create:
1

Press the "Generate Bingo Cards" Button. Take a screenshot of the card and save it onto your computer. We will be using Microsoft Paint to strike out the locations on the card as they are called out.

This is a sample of an acceptable BINGO card for this game:
https://i.imgur.com/QDJXSzX.png

2. From now on until the end of the game, I will announce a Texas Mammal for you to strike out each day.

Rules: Your goal is to cover 5 lines of those squares in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row. Each of the 5 lines corresponds to a letter in the word BINGO. When you have a BINGO, then you have won the game.

This is a sample of an acceptable winning card:
https://i.imgur.com/zGPOf0g.png

To start the game, today's Texas Mammal to strike off is: Jaguarundi (Herpailurus yaguarondi),

3. The first person to complete their card should upload it to imgur.com or any other image hosting site and post this message on our Texas RMB: BINGO! and a link to your completed card that you have uploaded to the image hosting site.

Good luck and have an absolutely fantastic and safe day everyone!

Your Buddy Verner

BINGO Round 13 Winners: Kyletana & PR In Space

Kyletana wrote:

Verner please confirm my BINGO:
https://i.imgur.com/0qm8YWj.png

V E R N E R wrote:

Nyah ha ha ha! We have a Winner! Kyletana has won this round of BINGO. Congratulations buddy! :)

Winners do not go away empty handed - They must win a prize and for winning this round of Bingo, your prize will be one card from my deck of Trading Cards on my nations: Fort Verden, Elven King Thranduil, Little Thranduil and Verner Von Richthofen. Choose your prize and I will send it to you Buddy.

Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas,

We will take a break from our Regional BINGO Game until next Monday. I will accept that there could be more than one winner. Everyone who has a BINGO will have until this Sunday to post in our RMB to claim your prize.

PR In Space wrote:https://imgur.com/z8aaU6E

V E R N E R wrote:

Nyah ha ha ha! We have another Winner! PR In Space has also won this round of BINGO! Congratulations Buddy! :)

Winners do not go away empty handed - They must win a prize and for winning this round of Bingo, your prize will be one card from my deck of Trading Cards on my nations: Fort Verden, Elven King Thranduil, Little Thranduil and Verner Von Richthofen.

I am waiting for Kyletana to choose his prize. After he has chosen his prize, PR In Space will choose his prize.

Anyone else who has a BINGO will have until this Sunday to post in our RMB to claim your prize.

Kyletana wrote:I’d like to have the Mount Olympudd card from Little Thranduil's Deck please. It'll fit into my new "UNSC Sabre of Dawn Mess Hall & Galley" collection. Thanks in advance Verner.

Kyletana, UNSC Artificial intelligence (SN: KTN 8642-9)

V E R N E R wrote:

Mount Olympudd Card gifted to The UNSC Sabre of Dawn ship A I of Kyletana for 0.20. Enjoy your prize Buddy! :)

@PR In Space: Your turn to choose your prize Buddy! :)

PR In Space wrote:Can I have Blood and Bitcoin from Fort Verden?

Fort Verden wrote:

Yes indeed Buddy. Enjoy your prize! :)

Blood and Bitcoin Card gifted to The Sentai Team of PR In Space for 0.05.

BINGO Round 14 Winner: Balestier Majestic

Balestier Majestic wrote:@Fort Verden: BINGO:

https://i.imgur.com/xvldBFR.png

Ethan

Fort Verden wrote:

Nyah ha ha ha! We have a Winner! Balestier Majestic has won this round of BINGO. Congratulations buddy! :)

Winners do not go away empty handed - They must win a prize and for winning this round of Bingo, your prize will be one card from my deck of Trading Cards on my nations: Fort Verden, Elven King Thranduil, Little Thranduil and Verner Von Richthofen. Choose your prize and I will send it to you Buddy.

Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas,

We will take a break from our Regional BINGO Game until next Monday. I will accept that there could be more than one winner. Everyone who has a BINGO will have until this Sunday to post in our RMB to claim your prize.

Balestier Majestic wrote:I’d like this Los Santos card from Fort Verden please:
page=deck/card=18983/season=1

Ethan

Fort Verden wrote:

Los Santos’ Season 1 Card gifted to The Green Gardens By The Bay of Balestier Majestic for 0.50. Enjoy your prize Buddy!

Everyone else who has a BINGO will have until this Sunday to post in our RMB to claim your prize.

BINGO Round 15 Winner: PR In Space

PR In Space wrote:Bingo
https://imgur.com/CKpL7Cd

Fort Verden wrote:

Nyah ha ha ha! We have a Winner! PR In Space has won this round of BINGO. Congratulations buddy! :)

Winners do not go away empty handed - They must win a prize and for winning this round of Bingo, your prize will be one card from my deck of Trading Cards on my nations: Fort Verden, Elven King Thranduil, Little Thranduil and Verner Von Richthofen. Choose your prize and I will send it to you Buddy.

Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas,

We will take a break from our Regional BINGO Game until next Monday. I will accept that there could be more than one winner. Everyone who has a BINGO will have until this Sunday to post in our RMB to claim your prize.

PR In Space wrote:Thanks. Can I have Angel of Serenity on Verner Von Richthofen?

Fort Verden wrote:

Alrighty then! Enjoy your prize Buddy! :)
Angel of Serenity Card gifted to The Sentai Team of PR In Space for 0.05.

BINGO Round 16 Winner: Ruritania Hadar Aldebaran

Ruritania Hadar Aldebaran wrote:@ Fort Verden

Please confirm my BINGO Verner:
https://imgur.com/a/YVhsm75

Fort Verden wrote:

Nyah ha ha ha! We have a Winner! Ruritania Hadar Aldebaran has won this round of BINGO. Congratulations buddy! :)

Winners do not go away empty handed - They must win a prize and for winning this round of Bingo, your prize will be one card from my deck of Trading Cards on my nations: Fort Verden, Elven King Thranduil, Little Thranduil and Verner Von Richthofen. Choose your prize and I will send it to you Buddy.

Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas,

We will take a break from our Regional BINGO Game until next Monday. I will accept that there could be more than one winner. Everyone who has a BINGO will have until this Sunday to post in our RMB to claim your prize.

Ruritania Hadar Aldebaran wrote:@ Fort Verden: I'd like Trecdom2 Season 1 card from Fort Verden as my BINGO prize please.

Fort Verden wrote:

Trecdom2 Card gifted to The Brown Werewolf Emirate of Ruritania Hadar Aldebaran for 0.10.

Enjoy your prize Buddy! :)

BINGO Round 17 Winner: Issues Test Bed

Issues Test Bed wrote:BINGO!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jC0NRCZnBPDBFD7Gy4iAHBgG1IMYN3SZ/view?usp=sharing

Fort Verden wrote:

Nyah ha ha ha! We have a Winner! Issues Test Bed has won this round of BINGO. Congratulations Buddy! :)

Winners do not go away empty handed - They must win a prize and for winning this round of Bingo, your prize will be one card from my deck of Trading Cards on my nations: Fort Verden, Elven King Thranduil, Little Thranduil and Verner Von Richthofen. Choose your prize and I will send it to you Buddy.

Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas,

We will take a break from our Regional BINGO Game until next Monday. I will accept that there could be more than one winner. Everyone who has a BINGO will have until this Sunday to post in our RMB to claim your prize.

Issues Test Bed wrote:Fort Verden, of course.

Fort Verden wrote:

Alright. Enjoy your prize Buddy! :)
Fort Verden Card gifted to The Oppressed Peoples of Issues Test Bed for 0.05.

BINGO Round 18 Winners: NewTexas and Yip Man

NewTexas wrote:Bingo!

page=dispatch/id=1202525

Fort Verden wrote:

<<Facepalm>>

Oh God Buddy! I changed the rules in Round 8:

However, since this Friday is Christmas Day, I will revert to the old, Pre-Round 8 rules just for this round:

So having said that, Congratulations Buddy! You won this round! :)

Nyah ha ha ha! We have a Winner! NewTexas has won this round of BINGO. Congratulations Big Tex my Buddy! :)

Winners do not go away empty handed - They must win a prize and for winning this round of Bingo, your prize will be one card from my deck of Trading Cards on my nations: Fort Verden, Elven King Thranduil, Little Thranduil and Verner Von Richthofen. Choose your prize and I will send it to you Buddy.

Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas,

We will take a break from our Regional BINGO Game until next Monday. I will accept that there could be more than one winner. Just for this round, everyone who has a BINGO, whether as per the current Round's rules or the pre-Round 8 rules will have until this Sunday to post in our RMB to claim your prize.

Yip Man wrote:Bingo!:

nation=yip_man/detail=factbook/id=1289854

Max

Fort Verden wrote:

Nyah ha ha ha! We have a Winner! Yip Man has won this round of BINGO as well. Congratulations Buddy! :)

Winners do not go away empty handed - They must win a prize and for winning this round of Bingo, your prize will be one card from my deck of Trading Cards on my nations: Fort Verden, Elven King Thranduil, Little Thranduil and Verner Von Richthofen. Choose your prize and I will send it to you Buddy.

I am waiting for NewTexas to choose his prize. After Big Tex has chosen his prize, Yip Man will choose his prize.

Fort Verden wrote:

Texas Butterflies BINGO - Round 18 Update

NewTexas: Big Tex my Buddy, I am still waiting for you to choose your BINGO prize so I can award it to you.

Yip Man: Max, as soon as Big Tex has chosen his prize you should post your choice so I can award your prize to you.

NewTexas wrote:Howdy Fort Verden! We found it the other day, but can't find it now. We would like the card of our Lt. Gov. Studly penguins. We cannot believe we have never gotten it before.

Yip Man wrote:Verner,

I've started a Texas card collection. Can I please have a Trecdom2 Season 1 card from Elven King Thranduil. Thanks in advance.

Fort Verden wrote:

Studly penguins’ Season 1 Card gifted to The Big Tex Happy Taco Stands of NewTexas for 0.50. Enjoy your prize Buddy. :)

Trecdom2's Season 1 Card gifted to The Red Wing Chun Nation of Yip Man for 0.10. Enjoy your prize Buddy. :)

BINGO Round 19 Winner: Yip Man

Yip Man wrote:@Fort Verden

BINGO Verner:
https://imgur.com/a/Hb1WIb2

Max

Fort Verden wrote:

Nyah ha ha ha! We have a Winner! Yip Man has won this round of BINGO. Congratulations Buddy! :)

Winners do not go away empty handed - They must win a prize and for winning this round of Bingo, your prize will be one card from my deck of Trading Cards on my nations: Fort Verden, Elven King Thranduil, Little Thranduil and Verner Von Richthofen. Choose your prize and I will send it to you Buddy.

Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas,

We will take a break from our Regional BINGO Game until next Monday. I will accept that there could be more than one winner. Everyone who has a BINGO will have until this Sunday to post in our RMB to claim your prize.

Yip Man wrote:@ Fort Verden: Thanks in advance Verner. I'd like to have Lohnam from Little Thranduil's deck for my cat collection please. :)

Max

Fort Verden wrote:

Enjoy your prize Buddy! :)
Lohnam Card gifted to The Red Wing Chun Nation of Yip Man for 0.05.

BINGO Round 20 Winner:

BINGO Round in progress.

Participants must reside in the Texas Region from the beginning until the end of the current BINGO Round in order to qualify as a winner for that BINGO Round.

NS Coding Reference: The Complete List of NSCodes

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Have an absolutely fantastic, healthy and safe day everyone!

Your Buddy Verner

Vincent's Sunday Surprise Beverage Bonanza

Howdy Dudes and Dudettes of Texas!

Today's Sunday Surprise Beverage is Make - Your - Own - Beverage Day! I've got lots of Large Boxes full of drink making ingredients stacked up right here and I'm going to beam them directly into the home of every Texan in Texas. Everyone will receive a Large Box and it'll materialize on the table closest to you. With all the drink ingredients in your box you can make Old Fashioned Homemade Eggnog, Bourbon Eggnog and Homemade Non-Alcoholic Eggnog Recipe (No Raw Eggs) . There's enough ingredients to make 3 glasses of each drink. You can keep the Instructional Guide CD as my gift to you:

Make Your Own Beverage Drink Making Guide:

Old Fashioned Homemade Eggnog
https://thestayathomechef.com/old-fashioned-non-alcoholic-eggnog/

Bourbon Eggnog
https://www.thespruceeats.com/bourbon-eggnog-for-a-holiday-party-4119060

Homemade Non-Alcoholic Eggnog Recipe (No Raw Eggs)
https://www.thepurplepumpkinblog.co.uk/homemade-non-alcoholic-eggnog-recipe-no-raw-eggs/

When blending drinks in your blender always add your ice at the end so it doesn't jam up the blender. Also if you've got alcohol in your house and you desire an alcoholic drink just mix your own booze into the beverages.

And today I've included a Ready-To-Assemble Large Gingerbread House and Decorating Kit in everyone's boxes too. These Gingerbread Houses will make an eye-catching display and eventually wind up as a tasty treat and you can decorate them the way you like it. Awesomely tasty! :)

I hope y'all enjoy today's Sunday Surprise Snack and Beverages Texans. Yeehaw! :)

Vincent

Fort Verden wrote: Crime Scene Cleaners | Real Life CSI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ys09c9lANjI

I've seen those people work, first hand. Whatever they are being paid, it isn't enough.

Bingo!

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I'm happy that the Aggies get a New Years 6 against UNC in Miami but boy does the CFP piss me off. They blew over A&M, Coastal Carolina, and Cincinnati as well as Northwestern for the "Popular kids" in school. I say we leave the CFP and NCAA and form a new division that has a March madness style tournament giving other teams an actual chance to be top dog.

As seen on Reddit.

"Winter Solstice. The shortest day of the longest year."

Here's another Christmas Card for the region. I found it linked off a video Fort Verden linked yesterday.

To tell the truth, I think I laughed way too hard at that.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IMbN7mV47o

Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas!

Today is:
Forefathers’ Day
Mathematics Day

Quotes of the Day:
“Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.”- H. Jackson Brown Jr

“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”- E.E. Cummings

“I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center.”- Kurt Vonnegut

“If you take risks and face your fate with dignity, there is nothing you can do that makes you small; if you don’t take risks, there is nothing you can do that makes you grand, nothing.”- Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Music of the Day:

𝐂𝐄𝐋𝐓𝐈𝐂 𝐓𝐇𝐔𝐍𝐃𝐄𝐑 / 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐦𝐚𝐬 𝐀𝐥𝐛𝐮𝐦 @ 𝟏𝟒-𝐓𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐦𝐚𝐬 𝐀𝐥𝐛𝐮𝐦
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ym71VICj06M

On This Day In History:
1877 Thomas Edison's Phonograph is announced by Scientific American
1990 Lech Wałęsa sworn in as Poland's 1st popularly elected president
1996 St Louis Blues’ right wing Brett Hull scores his 26th NHL career hat trick to reach 500 career goals in a 7-4 win over the LA Kings; with father Bobby Hull, first father/son combo to each record 500 goals
2006 Australian archaeologist Sue O'Connor finds first evidence of modern humans in Jerimalai cave, near Lene Hara cave in East Timor
2010 Repeal of the "Don't Ask Don't Tell policy", a 17-year-old policy banning homosexuals serving openly in the US military, signed into law by President Barack Obama

Forefathers’ Day

Every year, the anniversary of the first pilgrims landing on the shores of North America is observed on Forefathers’ Day on December 22 (unless it occurs on a Sunday, in which case Forefathers’ Day is celebrated on December 23). Although the forefathers landed in America on December 21, the anniversary was accidentally marked as December 22 when the Gregorian calendar was adopted. It is definitely worth celebrating the journey of the first pilgrims who sailed across the ocean in search of a better life and ultimately launched one of the superpower countries of the world. Few things are more important to Americans than heritage. Remembering where you come from, and how hard you’ve worked to get where you are, are all integral parts of the concept of the American dream.

HISTORY OF FOREFATHERS’ DAY
It is a story as heroic as any classic tale in literature. The story of the nation’s brave forefathers who escaped economic limitations, unemployment, and religious persecution in search of freedom and preservation of their cultural identity.

Sailing into the unknown with the hope of a new world, the pilgrim forefathers boarded the Mayflower and Speedwell to journey to the U.S. Due to issues and leakage, the passengers in the Speedwell were squeezed into the Mayflower. Risky as it was, the Mayflower shored at Plymouth Rock on December 21, 1620. And thus, America was discovered.

Seven descendants from the Mayflower founded the Old Colony Club in 1769 to proudly honor the bravery of their forefathers and to commemorate the landing of the Pilgrim Fathers. Forefathers’ Day has been observed every year since, rising in popularity as the years went on.

By 1880, people from all over the country participated enthusiastically in the observance of Forefathers’ Day. From Los Angeles to New England, and organizations to churches, the holiday is commemorated with meetings, formal dinners, and speeches highlighting the historical significance of the pilgrims and their accomplishments.

However, after the Civil War ended and President Abraham Lincoln announced the official day for celebrating Thanksgiving, Forefathers’ Day annual celebrations took a fall. So much so, that by the 1900s the holiday was altogether merged with Thanksgiving. Among all the regions across the country, only Plymouth continues to pay tribute to its history and the forefathers, without whom there would be no America.

FOREFATHERS’ DAY TIMELINE
November 26, 1863
Thanksgiving is Declared

President Abraham Lincoln announces this day as the official Thanksgiving day.

1802
Pilgrims Become Political

John Quincy Adams label the Pilgrims as proto-democrats, creating the foundation for the future Republican government.

1769
We’ll Eat to That

The Mayflower descendants establish the Old Colony Club.

1620
A New Hope

The Pilgrims in the Mayflower land on Plymouth Rock.

FOREFATHERS’ DAY FAQS
Which tribe did the first Pilgrims meet in America?

The natives residing in Plymouth Colony were the tribes of the Wampanoag people, who had settled there around 10,000 years before the Europeans arrived.

Why did the first Pilgrims come to America?
There were many reasons for the Pilgrims’ voyage to America. One of the biggest reasons was religious freedom.

Was the Mayflower the only ship of the Pilgrim Fathers to reach America?
Yes, the Mayflower is the only ship that made it from England to Plymouth. The Speedwell didn’t make it so far due to leaks and failures.

HOW TO OBSERVE FOREFATHERS’ DAY
Dine like the pilgrims

Replicate the ‘New England Dining’ meal for your family with the same menu items that are offered in the traditional meetings of Forefathers’ Day celebrations.

Learn about your lineage
Many blue-blooded Americans have ancestors who were aboard the Mayflower. Learn about your country’s history and the first pilgrims who landed.

Keep the holiday alive
Since Forefathers’ Day is no longer celebrated as widely as it once used to be, do your part in creating awareness for this day by posting about it on social media.

5 FACTS ABOUT THE PILGRIMS’ JOURNEY TO AMERICA
A first of its kind

The Pilgrim settlers at Plymouth, Massachusetts established among the first permanent colonies in New England.

400!
In 2020, Deval Patrick, former Governor of Massachusetts, initiated a state commission in honor of the 400th anniversary of the landing of the forefathers.

Clash of the greats
A dispute among the Old Colony Club members resulted in their division into Patriots and Loyalists.

Survival rate after the settlement
Out of 102, only 51 passengers of the Mayflower survived the first winter in Plymouth.

Birth aboard the Mayflower
A child was born during the journey on the Mayflower. He was named Oceanus.

WHY FOREFATHERS’ DAY IS IMPORTANT
All hail America!

America, land of the free! Forefathers’ day celebrates the birth of one of the world’s greatest nations.

Struggles of the Pilgrim Fathers
In the face of insurmountable odds, the Pilgrim Fathers were able to establish themselves in their new settlement. They faced many hardships, disease, and hunger, and remained resilient. Their sacrifices were not in vain and we must continue to celebrate their courageous spirit.

Learning from the greats
History either serves as a reminder to not repeat mistakes, or it shines a light on great men who have accomplished great things. America and its humble beginnings are a testimony to this, and the country’s rich history must be preserved for all future generations.

https://nationaltoday.com/forefathers-day/

Mathematics Day

Mathematics Day, on December 22, celebrates the birth anniversary of India’s famed mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan. Ramanujan’s genius has been regarded by mathematicians to be on the same level as Euler and Jacobi from the 18th and 19th centuries. His work in the number theory is especially regarded and made advances in the partition function. Since 2012, India’s National Mathematics Day is recognized on December 22 annually with numerous educational events held at schools and universities throughout the country. In 2017, the day’s significance was enhanced by the opening of the Ramanujan Math Park in Kuppam, in Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh.

HISTORY OF MATHEMATICS DAY
Srinivasa Ramanujan is the brilliant mathematician behind the inspiration for Mathematics Day in India, whose works influenced many across the country and the world. Ramanujan was born in 1887, in Erode Tamil Nadu to an Iyengar Brahmin family. At age 12, despite lacking a formal education, he excelled at trigonometry and developed many theorems for himself.

After finishing secondary school in 1904, Ramanujan became eligible for a scholarship to study at the Government Arts College, Kumbakonam, but could not secure it since he did not excel in other subjects. At the age of 14, Ramanujan ran away from home and enrolled at Pachaiyappa’s College in Madras, where he too only excelled in mathematics without managing the same in other subjects and was unable to finish with a Fellow of Arts degree. Living in dire poverty, Ramanujan instead pursued independent research in mathematics.

Soon, the budding mathematician was noticed in Chennai’s mathematics circles. In 1912, Ramaswamy Iyer — founder of the Indian Mathematical Society — helped him get a clerk position at the Madras Port Trust. Ramanujan then began sending his work to British mathematicians, receiving a breakthrough in 1913 when Cambridge-based GH Hardy called him to London after being impressed by Ramanujan’s theorems.

Ramanujan made his way to Britain in 1914, where Hardy got him into Trinity College, Cambridge. In 1917, Ramanujan was well on his way to success, after being elected to be a member of the London Mathematical Society, and he also became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1918 — one of the youngest to achieve the esteemed position.

Ramanujan returned to India in 1919 because he couldn’t get accustomed to the diet in Britain. His health continued to deteriorate and died in 1920 at the age of 32. However, his achievements in the field of mathematics are still highly regarded across the globe. Ramanujan left behind three notebooks with pages containing unpublished results, which mathematicians continued to work on for years to come. So much so that in 2012, former Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh declared December 22 — the day of Ramanujan’s birth — as National Mathematics Day to be celebrated across the country.

MATHEMATICS DAY TIMELINE
1887
Ramanujan is born

Ramanujan is born in Erode Tamil Nadu to an Iyengar Brahmin family, growing up in poverty, and later becoming a brilliant mathematician who left an indelible mark on the field.

1918
A high achievement

Ramanujan becomes one of the youngest people in history to receive a Fellow of the Royal Society, shortly after being elected to be a member of the London Mathematical Society in Britain.

2012
Mathematics Day is recognized

Former Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh declares December 22, the day of Ramanujan’s birth, as National Mathematics Day to celebrate Ramanujan’s achievements.

2019
The Royal Society honors Ramanujan

The prestigious Royal Society — the United Kingdom's national academy of sciences — tweets a special message in honor of the Fellow.

MATHEMATICS DAY FAQS
How do we celebrate Math Day?

There are many ways to celebrate Mathematics Day, not just in India but around the world. In India, NASI celebrates National Mathematics Day by conducting a workshop in applications of Mathematics and Ramanujan. The workshop is attended by popular lecturers and experts in the field of mathematics from across the country. Speakers at the national and world level discuss Srinivasa Ramanujan’s contribution to mathematics.

Who is the father of Indian mathematicians?
Aryabhata or Aryabhata I was the first of the major mathematician-astronomers from the classical age of Indian mathematics and Indian astronomy. His works include the Āryabhaṭīya (which mentions that in 3600 Kaliyuga, 499 CE, he was 23 years old) and the Arya-Siddhanta.

What day is World Maths Day?
The International Day of Mathematics (IDM) is a worldwide celebration. Each year on March 14 all countries are invited to participate through activities for both students and the general public in schools, museums, libraries, and other spaces.

HOW TO CELEBRATE MATHEMATICS DAY
Read up about trigonometry

Srinivasa Ramanujan's earliest stories began around the age of 12, mastering the dizzying logic of trigonometry and developing theorems on his own without any assistance. While not everyone feels the need to celebrate mathematics, it’s still an important subject. Why not try learning the concept of trigonometry yourself, or read up about it? It’s actually one of the most important branches of mathematics and is something that every student should focus on. Great trigonometry skills allow students to work out complex angles and dimensions in relatively little time.

Watch the movie about Ramanujan
The brilliant mathematician inspired the field of mathematics and many students across India. If you don’t know much about him, you can watch his incredible story of success from the comfort of your own home. Consider watching ‘The Man Who Knew Infinity,’ starring Dev Patel. It’s a great biopic of Ramanujan’s inspiring journey.

Encourage other students strengths
If there is one important factor to take away from Srinivasa Ramanujan's amazing story and success in the field of mathematics, is that he persevered despite performing horrendously at other subjects such as English, Philosophy, and Sanskrit. This shows that each student has their own strengths and weaknesses, and while it’s always important to do our best, make sure to nurture and complement a student who excels in a particular subject. Who knows, maybe that compliment will help nurture their will to perform better and even pursue their interests to amazing heights!

5 AMAZING FACTS ABOUT TRIGONOMETRY
The fundamental identities

There are eight Trigonometric identities called fundamental identities, three of them are called Pythagorean identities as they are based on the Pythagorean Theorem.

An ancient calculation
Trigonometry emerged from applications of geometry to astronomical studies in the 3rd Century BC.

Mathematics as music
Trigonometry is associated with music and plays a major role in musical theory and production — sound waves travel in a repeating wave pattern, which can be represented graphically by sine and cosine functions — a single note can be modeled on a sine curve, and a chord can be modeled with multiple sine curves used in conjunction with one another.

The meaning of Trigonometry
The word ‘Trigonometry’ comes from the word ‘Triangle Measure.’

Trigonometry helps us navigate
If it was the 1700s, and we knew trigonometry, we’d probably be a navigator on a ship — a good navigator can discover their location, even in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, with some trigonometry and a good clock.

WHY WE LOVE MATHEMATICS DAY
Mathematics is a universal language

Whether you love it or hate it, you can’t deny mathematics is the order of the world and without it, we wouldn’t be able to make much sense of it at all. Mathematics is a methodical application of matter, makes our life orderly, and prevents chaos. Certain qualities that are nurtured by mathematics are the power of reasoning, creativity, abstract or spatial thinking, critical thinking, problem-solving ability, and even more effective communication skills. A day to celebrate this field is a day worth celebrating.

It inspires us to educate ourselves
Mathematics Day is all about celebrating and recognizing the brilliant mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, who taught himself mathematics more after dropping out of college due to not excelling in other subjects. Without a formal degree, Ramanujan pursued research in mathematics on his own, living in stark poverty, on the brink of starvation. His hard work and passion helped him become one of the most recognized mathematicians today regardless of his bleak circumstances. Hard work, and a little bit of luck, really can lead us to fulfill our dreams.

Practically every career uses math
Obviously, mathematicians and scientists rely on mathematical principles to do the most basic aspects of their work, such as test hypotheses. While scientific careers famously involve math, they are not the only careers to do so. Even operating a cash register requires that one understands basic arithmetic. People working in a factory must be able to do mental arithmetic to keep track of the parts on the assembly line and must, in some cases, manipulate fabrication software utilizing geometric properties to build their products. Really, any job requires math because you must know how to interpret your paycheck and balance your budget!

https://nationaltoday.com/mathematics-day/

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Advent Calendar
Dec 21, 2020

Jumping Frogs
The Story:

A group of frogs was hopping through the forest when two of them accidentally hopped into a deep pit. The other frogs stood around the pit, and, seeing how deep it was, they told the two frogs that they couldn’t help them–there was no hope.

However, fighting for their lives, the two frogs ignored the others and started to try jumping out of the pit.

The frogs at the top continued to tell the frogs in the pit to give up, as there was no way they would be able to jump out.

After trying over and over, one of the frogs listened to the others and gave up, accepting his fate and falling to his death. But the other frog continued to jump with all of his might. The crowd of frogs yelled down the pit for the frog to just stop–he wouldn’t make it.

But the frog jumped even harder and persisted until he finally got out. Upon reaching the top, the other frogs said, “We thought there was no way any frog could jump that high–couldn’t you hear us?”

The frog then signaled to the others that he was deaf, and he thought that the frogs standing around the pit were encouraging him the whole time.

The Moral:

Others’ words can greatly impact your attitude and actions. Ignore the naysayers. Only engage with those who encourage you and believe in your ability to succeed. Furthermore, think about what you say to people before speaking so you can make sure what you’re saying is supportive. Your support (or lack thereof) could make the difference between success and failure.

Advent Calendar
Dec 22, 2020

24. The Ultimate Gift
The Story:

There was once a little girl who desperately needed an emergency blood transfusion to save her life. Her only chance of surviving would be to get a transfusion from her younger brother, who had miraculously overcome the same disease she had, and therefore had antibodies in his blood that were needed to fight the illness.

The doctor explained to the little boy that it would save his sister’s life if he were to give her his blood. The boy hesitated for a moment before agreeing to give his blood if it would help his sister. At the age of 5, this was scary, but he would do anything to save his big sister’s life.

As the blood transfusion was happening, he lay next to his sister in the hospital and was overcome with happiness as he saw the color coming back to her cheeks. Then he looked up at the doctor and quietly asked, “When will I start to die?”

The boy had assumed that he was giving his life in order to save hers. The little boy’s parents were astonished over the misunderstanding that led the boy to think they were choosing his sister over him–and even more astonished that he had agreed to do so.

The doctor replied, explaining that he was not going to die, he was just going to allow his sister to live a long, healthy life alongside him.

The Moral:

This is an example of extreme courage and self-sacrificing love from a young boy that we can all learn from. The love and care that he showed for his sister relays an inspiring message about selflessness. While we may not be faced with such a life or death decision, being selfless in general can help us connect with others, which is rewarding and fulfilling. Selflessness encourages you to act from your heart instead of your ego, and can help fill your life.

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NewTexas wrote:Bingo!

From the December 21, 2020 Game by Fort Verden

Last updated: Mon Dec 21 12:57:28 2020

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From the May 5, 2019 Game by Fort Verden

Last updated: Fri May 17 21:19:21 2019

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From the March 19, 2019 Game by Fort Verden

Last updated: Sun Apr 28 12:47:05 2019

Read dispatch

<<Facepalm>>

Oh God Buddy! I changed the rules in Round 8:

Little Thranduil wrote:

2. From now on until the end of the game, I will announce a Texas Wildflower for you to strike out each day.

New Rules: Your goal is to cover 5 lines of those squares in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row. Each of the 5 lines corresponds to a letter in the word BINGO. When you have a BINGO, then you have won the game.

However, since this Friday is Christmas Day, I will revert to the old, Pre-Round 8 rules just for this round:

Little Thranduil wrote:

2. From now on until the end of the game, I will announce a Texas Wildflower for you to strike out each day. Your goal is to cover 5 of those squares in a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal row.

So having said that, Congratulations Buddy! You won this round! :)

Nyah ha ha ha! We have a Winner! NewTexas has won this round of BINGO. Congratulations Big Tex my Buddy! :)

Winners do not go away empty handed - They must win a prize and for winning this round of Bingo, your prize will be one card from my deck of Trading Cards on my nations: Fort Verden, Elven King Thranduil, Little Thranduil and Verner Von Richthofen. Choose your prize and I will send it to you Buddy.

Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas,

We will take a break from our Regional BINGO Game until next Monday. I will accept that there could be more than one winner. Just for this round, everyone who has a BINGO, whether as per the current Round's rules or the pre-Round 8 rules will have until this Sunday to post in our RMB to claim your prize.

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Have an absolutely fantastic, healthy and safe day everyone!

Your Buddy Verner

Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas!

Today is:
Festivus
National Christmas Movie Marathon Day
National Roots Day

Quotes of the Day:

“Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values.”- Thomas S. Monson

“I once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas with a note on it saying, toys not included.”- Bernard Manning

“I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six: Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.”- Shirley Temple

“Impossible is for the unwilling.”- John Keats

“Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.”- Christopher Reeve

“Keep going. Be all in.”- Bryan Hutchinson

“My life is my argument.”- Albert Schweitzer

“Whatever you do, do with all your might.”- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Music of the Day:

A Christmas Song for 2020: Let the Light In (Peter Hollens Original)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wraITgJ9Jus

Why [Steve Cash’s] kitty cat hates Christmas: I dont give a damn about Christmas - A Song by Sylvester
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8iSyFFcx-A

On This Day In History:
1954 The first human kidney transplant is performed by Dr. Joseph E. Murray at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts
1968 Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and William Anders become the 1st men to orbit the
1975 US Congress passes Metric Conversion Act
1997 A Channukah candle is officially lighted in Vatican City for the 1st time to celebrate Hanukkah and to reconcile Roman Catholics and Jews
2016 United Nations Security Council adopts a landmark resolution demanding a halt to all Israeli settlement in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967. Resolution 2334 was moved by New Zealand, Malaysia, Senegal and Venezuela and passed 14-0 with a US abstention.

Festivus

Festivus is on December 23 and it’s perfect for those who don’t have a traditional holiday to celebrate. Although it sounds paradoxical, its purpose makes a lot of sense. Not everyone has a major holiday to celebrate like Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa and they can feel left out. This holiday gives many people a non-denominational and non-commercial holiday to call their own. Festivus is for everybody!

HISTORY OF FESTIVUS
The world was made aware of Festivus in a “Seinfeld” episode. TV Writer Dan O’Keefe’s father, Daniel O’Keefe, found a reference to an obscure holiday and celebrated it in 1966. At the time, he was doing research for his book “Stolen Lightning” which explored astrology, cults, and paranormal activity. He chose the date of December 23 to celebrate it because it was the anniversary of his first date with his wife.

In the 1997 episode of “Seinfeld” titled, “The Strike” George Castanza is the one who celebrates Festivus. The holiday was created by his father Frank and they celebrated it throughout George’s childhood. Instead of a tree or menorah, an aluminum pole was the symbol of Festivus. They’d have a dinner of meatloaf as the main course and afterward, they had “Feats of Strength” and “Airing of Grievances” traditions. In the latter, people could bring up what disappointed them about the previous year’s gifts.

Because of the show’s popularity and the catchphrase “A Festivus for the rest of us,” Festivus took on a life of its own. People related to the message of inclusion and the zaniness of it all and created their own traditions from it. In 2004, Dan confessed that the real tradition was even more peculiar than on the show. There wasn’t a pole, but there were airings of grievances that they recorded on a tape recorder.

In 2009, Dan O’Keefe gave further insight into the famous catchphrase. “A Festivus for the rest of us” was a family Festivus motto. After the death of his paternal grandmother, it took on the positive meaning of looking towards the future and a reminder to appreciate life and the living.

FESTIVUS TIMELINE
1966
The First Festivus

Daniel O'Keefe celebrates the anniversary of his first date with his wife and the day became known as Festivus based on an obscure holiday.

1997
TV Sensation

An episode of “Seinfeld” features Festivus, written by Daniel’s son and the public is introduced to the holiday.

2004
Secrets of Festivus

TV writer Dan O’Keefe reveals that there are more peculiar traditions left out of the episode like using a tape recorder to record the grievances.

2009
Let the dead bury the dead

Dan O’Keefe reveals that the Festivus catchphrase is meant as a reminder to look to the future in his family.

FESTIVUS FAQS
What does Festivus mean?

Festivus is a secular holiday celebrated on December 23 as a religious holiday season alternative. The name most likely is a combination of “Festive us”, you know, like “for the rest of us.”

Do people really celebrate Festivus?
Ever since “Seinfeld” brought the holiday to the masses, many people participate in celebrating Festivus as a Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanza alternative.

Who came up with Festivus?
The original idea of Festivus was created by author Daniel O’Keefe, father to “Seinfeld” writer Dan O’Keefe.

HOW TO CELEBRATE FESTIVUS
Reenact the traditions from the show

The traditions of Festivus in “Seinfeld” are good for a laugh. Construct an aluminum pole and display it prominently as you have meatloaf on a bed of lettuce with your family and friends. Show off your strength with an (arm) wrestling match then playfully air your grievances. If you’re uninterested in any of these games, per the rules you can decline participation as long as you have something better to do.

Make your own traditions
The best thing about Festivus is that by its very nature it doesn’t subscribe to any one set of traditions. This gives you the right to celebrate the holiday however you’d like. Instead of meatloaf, you can make your favorite meal, and instead of airing your grievances, everyone can tell their favorite joke. No tradition is too ridiculous for Festivus.

Have a “Seinfeld” Marathon
Since “Seinfeld” is responsible for its massive appeal, it seems only fitting to honor the show itself. Have a marathon of your favorite “Seinfeld” episodes, making sure to include Festivus, and share it with your loved ones. Be warned, afterward, you’ll probably be quoting the characters for days.

FIVE FACTS ABOUT FESTIVUS
Google it

Google introduced a custom search result in 2012 for the term Festivus with an unadorned aluminum pole.

O, aluminum pole
You can purchase your own Festivus pole on Amazon.

Florida recognizes Festivus
A resident of Deerfield Beach, Florida, petitioned for a Festivus pole to stand next to the Capitol building’s Christmas tree and nativity scene and he won.

“Seinfeld” gets social
The #AiringofGrievances hashtag has been used to complain about various issues on social media.

What might not have been
Dan O’Keefe didn’t originally want to include an episode about Festivus, but he was convinced otherwise.

WHY WE LOVE FESTIVUS
The pressure is off

So many other holidays require a lot of hard work in order for them to be successful. From the gift-giving to the expectations of dress, it can be a time that people dread for fear of failure. Festivus has a very casual and playful charm where you can relax and treat it more like a game than an obligation.

You can customize it
Traditions can be fun, but they can also be limiting. With Festivus, you can keep what you want and throw out what you don’t want. There are no rules against including some of the traditions that you’re fond of, and that makes it more personal.

The meaning of Festivus
While it might seem like a long-running joke, it’s truly a meaningful holiday. Holiday traditions can feel exclusive to certain groups. This opens the holiday season to those that would prefer to celebrate secular holiday traditions. Festivus is inclusive.

https://nationaltoday.com/festivus/

National Christmas Movie Marathon Day

National Christmas Movie Marathon Day is celebrated annually on December 23. Get ready to snuggle in your warm blanket with a mug of hot chocolate and your favorite holiday snacks! There are so many ways to get into the spirit of Christmas and we just love curling up on the couch for a movie marathon with our favorite Christmas movies. Whether you are in the mood for a classic or a rom-com, it is surprising just how many genres are covered by Christmas centered movies. Anyone up for a Christmas horror flick?

HISTORY OF NATIONAL CHRISTMAS MOVIE MARATHON DAY
Just like we all start listening to Mariah Carey’s ‘All I want for Christmas is you’ in December every year, we all have our favorite Christmas movies that we return to over and over again. It’s such a great way to get festive! Whether it is the mischievous Grinch or the heartwarming stories in ‘Love Actually,’ Christmas movies come packed with warm nostalgia.

Christmas movies have been around for a long time and range over a number of categories from romance to comedy to horror. The world’s first Christmas movie was a silent short made in 1898, titled ‘Santa Claus.’ Directed by George Albert Smith and at just over a minute long, this was the first time that Santa Claus graced the screens. The film was about two children who are eagerly waiting for Santa Claus to make his appearance but are ordered to sleep. During the night, Santa slides down the chimney and leaves presents for the children. With jump cut scenes, double exposure, and superimposition, the short movie was ahead of its time.

A lot of the early Christmas films were short movies. Following a couple of adaptations of Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol,’ and a few war centred Christmas flicks, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ was a breakthrough Christmas movie in 1946.

Since then, Christmas has been the backdrop for many movies; kids movies like ‘Gremlins,’ the 1990’s blockbuster ‘Home Alone,’ and ‘Elf.’ The choice of what to watch has expanded and you won’t be short of options on National Christmas Movie Marathon Day. Whether your go-to is Elf, Home Alone, A Muppets Christmas Carol, or all three, this is a holiday that is all about putting your feet up and enjoying your favorite Christmas movies back to back.

NATIONAL CHRISTMAS MOVIE MARATHON DAY TIMELINE
1898
The first Christmas movie

‘Santa Claus’ was released.

1972
Spooky Christmas

Silent Night, Bloody night broadened the potential of Christmas horror filmmaking.

1989
Behold, ugly Christmas sweaters!

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation popularized the use of the term ‘ugly Christmas sweater.’

2013
Frozen Fever

Disney released its 3D animation ‘Frozen’ which broke all records and created a sensation for years to come.

2020
Something for everyone!

Hallmark Channel airs its first LGBTQ centered Christmas movie.

THE MOST POPULAR CHRISTMAS MOVIE BY STATE

NATIONAL CHRISTMAS MOVIE MARATHON DAY FAQS
What channel has Christmas movies?

The majority of the popular TV networks like Freeform, AMC, ABC, Hallmark, Lifetime, as well as local cable channels, have Christmas movies. Check out their holiday movies schedule and plan your marathon ahead!

What is the most viewed Christmas movie?
Polls and online forums have declared that the most popular Christmas movie is ‘Home Alone.’

Will Hallmark have new Christmas movies in 2020?
Keeping up with its annual schedule, there will be a total of 40 brand new movies this holiday season on Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

HOW TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL CHRISTMAS MOVIE MARATHON DAY
Binge on your favorite flicks!

Make a list of your favorite Christmas movies and watch them back to back. The holiday season can be hectic with shopping and social events, and so it’s great to have a day of chilled-out movie watching set aside for you and your family.

Host a watch-party
Virtual or in your living room, you can make this a part of your annual holiday traditions and host a Christmas movie watch party. Have it with your friends and family, or you can host a virtual party via in-browser extensions like ‘Teleparty.’

Try a new film
It’s great to revisit your old favorites, but try and throw something new into the mix. You never know, in five years time that may count as an old favorite too.

10 CHRISTMAS MOVIES WE RECOMMEND
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

George Bailey is down on his luck and an angel from heaven is sent to show him what life would have been like if he was never born. A wholesome, feel-good movie.

Home Alone (1990)
During Christmas vacation, eight-year-old Kevin is accidentally left behind by his family and ends up protecting his house against a couple of burglars. This movie is voted as the most popular Christmas film on many forums and polls.

Elf (2003)
After the revelation that he is a human and not an elf, Buddy travels from the North Pole to New York City to find his real father.

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
The beloved Muppet characters re-enact their version of Charles Dickens’s classic novel ‘A Christmas Carol.’

Gremlins (1984)
A boy unintentionally breaks three rules about keeping his new pet, resulting in the unleashing of a horde of mischievous little monsters all over town.

Love Actually (2003)
The love lives of eight different couples are followed in interrelated stories all set against the beautiful backdrop of the Christmas season in London. With its star-studded cast, this movie is one of the best romantic comedies set around the holiday season.

Better Watch Out (2016)
If you are looking for something to send chills down your spine, this one’s for you. A babysitter must safeguard a twelve-year-old from intruders, only to find out that it is more than just an ordinary home invasion.

A Christmas Carol (1999)
If the Muppets are not for you, go for one of our favorite live version adaptations of ‘A Christmas Carol,’ with a spectacular performance from Patrick Stewart as Mr. Scrooge.

Die Hard (1988)
It has long been debated whether Die Hard qualifies as a Christmas movie, but hey, we want to give as many diverse movie choices as we can. When a Christmas party turns into a hostage situation by German terrorists, an NYPD officer must save the day.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
We love the weird and wonderful world of Dr. Seuss. This movie, based on the book of the same name, is about a quirky green character, The Grinch, who hates Christmas and is set on ruining it for the citizens of Whoville, for whom Christmas is the highlight of the year.

WHY WE LOVE NATIONAL CHRISTMAS MOVIE MARATHON DAY
Bah, Humbug!

There really is no greater time of the year than Christmas. However, it can understandably be stressful for many. Feel-good movies are a great way to relax and unwind and beat that ‘Scrooge’ feeling.

Ongoing Traditions.
Times have changed, and we are grateful for classic Christmas traditions that are timeless. Bingeing on Christmas movies is a great way to connect with the young ones and introducing them to your favorite feature films.

The spirit of Christmas across borders.
Christmas may not be celebrated by everyone, but Christmas movies sure are loved by all! Whether it is Asia or Australia, Christmas movies are watched and enjoyed by people all over the world.

https://nationaltoday.com/national-christmas-movie-marathon-day/

National Roots Day

National Roots Day on December 23 gives people a chance to delve into and reflect on their family’s heritage, history, and ancestry. The holiday season is the perfect time to learn about your ancestors and collect family information. There is always that one family member who has taken on the role of the family historian and eagerly shares memories and stories around the dinner table. While it is a tedious process (if you decide to really dig deep), it is worth tracing your lineage. You may be related to Elvis Presley for all you know, or someone who was part of an important historical event.

HISTORY OF NATIONAL ROOTS DAY
Family comes first, and the Christmas season is the ideal time for a traditional holiday like Roots Day, illustrating the significance of family, especially during these times. The festive season is the one time of year in which the whole family comes together, so it is only fitting that ancestral heritage is celebrated during this period. Although the exact origin of this day is unknown, Roots Day has been around for more than 40 years.

The United States of America has welcomed immigrants from all over the world. These settlers changed their names and adopted the local cuisine and customs, just like any other blue-blooded American. Such is the diversity, that the nation has been referred to as a melting pot of cultural assimilation. But as multiculturalism is becoming more and more widespread, we’ll naturally have an interest in our past.

As we learn about our family heritage, we often understand our parents and grandparents better, and even ourselves. National Roots Day celebrates this impulse to dig deeper into our ancestry.

On this day, memories are shared and assembled for a better understanding of our predecessors and their lives. Before these memories fade and the details start to get fuzzy, it is better to have them assembled and linked. The participation of every generation is encouraged in discovering the struggles and accomplishments of our families’ lineages. Stories of each generation whose efforts, successes, and failures have all contributed to shaping us as a person should be documented.

NATIONAL ROOTS DAY TIMELINE
1907
Immigration Numbers Peak

Immigration to the US peaks, with 1.3 million settlers entering through Ellis Island alone.

1815
Gush of Immigration

After the U.S. War of 1812 against Britain, there is an explosion of immigration from Western Europe to the US.

1661
Charles II of Spain

Charles II of Spain is born, the result of 16 generations of inbreeding, which leads him to suffer from many physical disabilities.

11th Century
Surnames Were Adopted

Last names or surnames are not in use until the 11th Century, starting in Europe.

NATIONAL ROOTS DAY FAQS
When did ancestry.com start?

Starting from a compact-disc version and evolving into an online resource, ancestry.com was established in 1996.

How do I look up my ancestors for free?
Although not as thorough, there are a number of directories available online like RootsWeb and FamilySearch, for looking up your ancestors for free.

Why is family important?
From the time we are born, our family is the most integral and important influence in the formation of our personality and habits. Our parents and siblings are our first teachers and role models, laying the foundation for our behaviors and traits.

NATIONAL ROOTS DAY ACTIVITIES
Make a family tree

Sirius Black’s family tree at 12 Grimmauld Place is the inspiration here. Ok, not really, but you get the idea. Collect as much information as you can from your grandparents, parents, and uncles and aunts, and create an interlinked family tree. You can even have one professionally made to be displayed.

Share stories with the young ones
Just like Ted Mosby made his kids sit and listen to how he met their mother, get the youngsters of the family together and fill them in on stories, not only of how grandpa met grandma, but also any significant historical events your family was involved in.

Research through a service
If your family findings are not sufficient or you’d like to really go into the nitty-gritty, make use of an ancestry service like ancestry.com where you can find everything you need to know about your genealogy.

5 FACTS ABOUT GENEALOGY.
There are four groups of surnames

Surnames are based on occupation, places or geographical locations, appearances or nicknames, or they are patronymic — derived from the name of a father or male ancestor.

An outbred family tree
Tracing back eight generations, the majority of people will have an astounding 256 ancestors

It’s in the name
Immigrants entering the United States through Ellis Island didn’t have their names changed. If the spelling of your surname was changed, it was shortened by your ancestor or translated into English.

Symbols on headstones
You must have seen symbols on some headstones in cemeteries. Most of them have meanings and are related to the family that the deceased person belonged to.

Age difference
If you ever research family members who served in World Wars, try inputting different birthdates. Ages were often exaggerated to meet the enlistment requirements.

WHY WE LOVE NATIONAL ROOTS DAY
Honoring your family name and history

Your family has come a long way. There have been so many disputes fought, and great work done by our ancestors. It will truly be a shame if these events are lost to the sands of time and not preserved for future generations to look back on and learn from.

A chance for self-reflection
As we learn more about our lineage, we also discover more about ourselves and understand our traits and habits better. It is a wonderful experience to be able to reflect on our families and how their lives eventually shaped ours.

Bridging cultural differences
Although family trees and roots are personal, they are extended to other cultures. Perhaps a person’s origins are completely different from who they are today. Delving into our roots fosters respect and appreciation for different cultures and nations.

https://nationaltoday.com/national-roots-day/

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CGI 3D Animated Christmas Short: "A Shorter Letter" - by The Frank Barton Company | TheCGBros
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdX3DIspJxg

How Chocolate Is Made Inside Cadbury's Chocolate Factory | Chocolate Secrets Unwrapped | Spark
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnvT5Bvq13M

Gordon Ramsay's Simple Christmas Recipes | Festive Home Cooking
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHteEcqr5V8

Gordon's Ultimate Christmas Dinner | Gordon Ramsay
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FdiHv8FTpA

Gordon and Matilda Ramsay Cook a Christmas Breakfast
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlkTxCY1G9A

Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Guide To Christmas Side Dishes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeIdUUC0mPc

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Advent Calendar
Dec 23, 2020

It’s Not That Complicated
The Story:

There was once a very wise man living in ancient times. He was elderly and educated and held knowledge and books to the highest regard.

One day while on a walk, he realized that his shoes were really starting to wear out. Because he spent a lot of time walking on a daily basis, he knew he had to find the best shoes to support and protect his feet. But, back then, this wasn’t such an easy task, as he couldn’t jump online to do some research and have shoes delivered to his door.

The man didn’t want to make things worse by purchasing the wrong shoes and having inadequate protection, which would lead to injuries and the inability to leave his home and walk to find new books to read.

The man gathered all of the books he could that were written by only those that he admired the most to search for the answer to his question, “What do I do if my shoes have fallen apart?”

He read through several books for many hours before finding out that he had no choice but to go buy a new pair of shoes. He then spent a lot of time reading about how to know if a pair of shoes fits properly. Once he was satisfied with the answers he found, he was proud of himself for doing the research and he felt confident in his ability to buy a high-quality replacement for his old shoes. He figured if he hadn’t done his research, he probably would have gone barefoot for the rest of his life, as he had no one to tell him how to fix his shoes.

Following the books’ instructions, the man took a stick and measured his foot with it. He then went to the market and finally came upon a pair of shoes that he liked. However, he realized he had left the stick back at home, which was far away from the shop.

By the time the man returned to the market, the shop was closed. And, by that point, his shoes were completely split, so he had to return home barefoot.

The next morning, he walked back to the market with bare feet, but the shoes that he had chosen the day before had been sold. The wise man explained what had happened to the shopkeeper, who reacted with a sense of surprise, asking, “Why didn’t you buy the shoes yesterday?”

The wise man replied, “Because I forgot the stick that I had used to measure my feet back home. And anyone who knows anything about shoes knows that you have to have the correct measurements of your feet before you can buy shoes. I didn’t want to buy the wrong size, and I was following the normal instructions.”

Even more confused, the shopkeeper asked, “But your foot was with you, why didn’t you just try the shoes on?”

The wise man was equally confused in return and responded, “All the books say shoes must be bought with the exact same measurements of the shoes you already own.”

Laughing, the shop owner replied “Oh, no! You don’t need the advice from books to buy shoes. You just need to have your feet, some money, and some common sense to not complicate things.”

The Moral:

Sometimes you need to take action without overthinking things. Knowledge often comes in handy, but in some circumstances, if you lack experience or common sense, your knowledge will only get you so far. In fact, it could make things seem a lot more complicated than they actually are.

If you’re facing an issue, don’t forget to use your reasoning skills in addition to anything you’ve learned in a formal learning environment.

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A Christmas Carol (1984) with George C. Scott as Ebenezer Scrooge

Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen of Texas!

Today is:
Christmas Eve
National Eggnog Day

Quotes of the Day:
“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.”- Rumi

“Don’t raise your voice. Improve your argument.”- Unknown

“Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice.”- Henry Ford

Music of the Day:

The Best Christmas Song I've Ever Heard. It Will Give You Chills - The Piano Guys, Peter Hollens, David Archuleta, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5mdybeyLVc

On This Day In History:
1936 1st radioactive isotope medicine administered in Berkeley, California
1943 US President FDR appoints General Eisenhower Supreme Commander of the Allied forces
1964 Shooting begins on "The Cage" the pilot for Star Trek
2001 "Time Magazine" names New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani 'Person of the Year', for leadership after 9/11 attacks

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve takes place on December 24 and is probably one of the best nights of the year! Christmas has the power to reunite families and friends, to warm up our hearts, and remind us that we have so many things to be thankful for. So put on your cozy PJs, light up your fireplace, call your loved ones, and top off your hot cocoa with some fluffy marshmallows!

WHEN IS CHRISTMAS EVE 2020?
Christmas Eve marks the culmination of the Advent period before Christmas that started on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Eve. Many churches will mark the end of Advent with midnight church services. During modern times, it is popularly celebrated on the night before Christmas Day.

HISTORY OF CHRISTMAS EVE
The tradition of celebrating Christmas Eve derives partly from Christan liturgical starting at sunset, inherited from Jewish tradition, and based on the Book of Genesis’s Story of Creation, saying the first day starts at the evening and ends during the morning. It is also believed that Jesus, or Jesus of Nazareth, was born during midnight in the region of Palestine. Many historical conceptions on many ancient traditions contributed to the development of Eve celebrations which persisted in the early Christian calendar.

Christmas Eve marks the end of the advent season, the period of preparation for Christmas that begins on November 30 — November 15 in the East. It was on this night that the shepherds keeping watch over their flocks outside Bethlehem saw the bright star in the sky that signaled the birth of Jesus Christ. This is why many churches have services beginning the fourth Sunday before Christmas. From the 12th to the 15 century, due to the “Holy Inquisition,” Christian traditions were made mandatory. During the 16 Century, the church was influenced by the “Winter Solstice” celebrations and began Christmas preparations the night prior.

In many parts of Europe, people believe that at midnight on Christmas Eve, animals briefly possess the power of speech. It might have been the traditional association of the ox and the ass with the Nativity scene that gave rise to such superstitions, but the concept of talking animals is probably pagan in origin. A closely related belief, widespread in England and Europe, is that cattle rise in their stalls at midnight on Christmas Eve, or kneel to worship the Christ child.

Despite its Christian significance, there are a number of pagan and supernatural beliefs connected with Christmas Eve. In Scandinavian countries, it is believed that the dead revisit their former homes on Christmas Eve. People make sure that their parlors are tidy and that a good fire is burning before they go to bed. They often light candles, set the table, and leave out plenty of food for their ghostly visitors. They also make sure that the seats of their chairs have been dusted. When they get up in the morning, they wipe the chairs again with a clean white towel. If they find any dirt on the seat, it means that a relative fresh from the grave sat there during the night.

Celebrating Christmas as a holiday became popular in the 19th century. Christmas Eve remains an important part of Christian culture and signifies the birth of Jesus. It’s become even more popular within the last century thanks to a beloved icon: Santa Clause. With the appearance of the jolly man in red, people began preparations such as hanging stockings and leaving out cookies, milk, and sometimes carrots for reindeer.

Christmas Eve took on another meaning other than Santa Claus and Christianity, but it also became a day made for spending time with family and loved ones over dinner, decorating, gift wrapping, and Christmas themed-movies. The holiday unites families and friends, allowing them time to get together and enjoy special and traditional activities, from Europe to North and Latin America, to Asia.

CHRISTMAS EVE TIMELINE
1818
Christmas Eve anthem

The carol "Silent Night" was performed for the first time in public in the Austrian village of Oberndorf on Christmas Eve in 1818 at a midnight mass in the Saint Nicholas church.

1914
The Christmas truce

In World War I, as a manifestation of the Christmas spirit, French, German and British troops laid down their arms, and soldiers initiated a Holiday ceasefire sharing cigarettes and whiskey.

1969
Christmas Eve with the Moon

Astronauts on the Apollo 8 mission became the first humans to orbit the Moon, it was broadcasted live during Christmas Eve

2016
World's largest Santa

The world's largest Santa, measuring at 21.08 m (69.16 ft) tall, 9.18 m (30.12 ft) wide and 12.62 m (41.4 ft) deep, goes on display in the Municipality of Águeda in Portugal.

CHRISTMAS EVE BY NUMBERS
32.8 million – The number of real Christmas trees sold in America during the year 2018.

49% – Nearly half of Americans don’t buy Christmas decorations, according to a Statista survey.

46% – Fortunately, nearly half of Americans don’t mind lying to protect their loved ones’ feelings when they don’t like a gift.

$1496 – U.S. households spent this average during the Christmas holidays in 2019, down from 2018.

22% – The amount of Americans that believe their Christmas spending will leave them in debt.

1 billion – Santa gets approximately this amount of cookies around the world on Christmas Eve.

500 million – And since Santa needs something to wash it down, this amount of glasses are left out worldwide on Christmas Eve.

1,800 miles – If we assume that Santa has to travel 316899308.041 miles on Christmas Eve and that he has 32 hours to do it then Santa will be traveling this speed per second.

500 million – Santa has to leave presents at this estimated amount of households.

8.4 years – The overall age children stop believing in Santa across the United States.

CHRISTMAS EVE FAQS
What do you do on Christmas Eve?

On Christmas Eve, many families get together to enjoy a big family dinner. When children are asleep, parents and grandparents will sneakily put presents under the tree from Santa.

What time is Christmas Eve?
Originally, Christmas Eve was celebrated during the night before Christmas, however over time, it’s become a full day affair.

Why is it called Christmas Eve?
The word “eve” means the day or period of time before an occasion or event. So Christmas Eve literally means “the day before Christmas.”

CHRISTMAS EVE ACTIVITIES
Dinner time!

No matter your obligations for the night, where you are or who you are spending it with, take the time to have dinner with the people close to you. Prepare some food or order it, have some desserts, and enjoy the conversation and the company!

Secret Santa / secret friend
Many countries share the tradition of giving and receiving gifts, and though it’s usually saved for Christmas day, secret Santas are great for Christmas Eve. Organize a secret Santa with your friends and spread the Christmas spirit.

Keep and create traditions
From cooking your favorite childhood Christmas dish and making eggnog to hosting an annual movie night with your friends, the Christmas season is the perfect time to start a new tradition.

5 MIND-BLOWING FACTS ABOUT CHRISTMAS EVE
The fastest delivery man

Scientists calculated that Santa has to travel at 650 miles a second to do all his work on Christmas Eve.

Merry Scary
It used to be a popular tradition in the past century, to sit around and tell scary ghost stories on Christmas Eve.

The Christ candle
On Christmas Eve, the Christ candle in the center of the Advent wreath gets traditionally lit in many church services.

The Nativity scene
It is a tradition of Christians to recreate the nativity scene, including live dramatizations.

Presents come earlier
In some countries, like Australia, Germany, Poland, and some places in Latin America, the presents are exchanged and opened on Christmas Eve rather than at Christmas.

WHY WE LOVE CHRISTMAS EVE
Light even in the darkest times

For Christians, Christmas is the reminder that God loves humanity so much that he sent his son to save them and forgive their sins. So even in the darkest time, and just as in World War I, Christmas Eve is the night that lights up the world.

Reunion night
Even people who aren’t religious celebrate Christmas and take the time to go home to spend time with family and see friends they haven’t seen all year.

An opportunity to give love
Beyond any commercial and material reason, Christmas Eve is the perfect night to give and receive love. Loving gifts to give include: your company, your support, food for homeless animals, donations to organizations and churches, and more.

https://nationaltoday.com/christmas-eve/

National Eggnog Day

Christmas Eve just got better with National Eggnog Day on December 24. You know, the drink that is only available in stores during the holiday season. A sweet beverage made from milk, sugar, spices, cream, and eggs, eggnog has been enjoyed by families a day before Christmas for centuries now. Liquor is optional for those who want to get more festive.

HISTORY OF NATIONAL EGGNOG DAY
Eggnog, also known as egg milk punch when prepared as an alcoholic drink, is a rich and creamy dairy beverage basically made by mixing cream, milk, sugar, and whipped eggs to create a frothy texture. Liquor is optional, and, once prepared, the drink is served chilled.

The origins of this sweet Christmas drink are highly debated, as well as the primary ingredients used for it. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word ‘nog’ was used to describe a type of strong beer brewed in East Anglia, England. Others argue that eggnog was developed as a beverage in medieval Europe, using piping hot milk.

The first time the term was printed was in the March 26 issue of the “New-Jersey Journal” in 1788, referring to a man enjoying a glass of eggnog. Again, there is no consensus on how eggnog got its name. One theory suggests that the drink was first named ‘grog’, eventually evolving to ‘eggnog.’ Other sources claim that ‘nog’ was used in the Old English vocabulary for a strong ale. So, essentially, this means that egg and nog is a nod to any drink containing eggs and alcohol.

Eggnog could possibly also have been a spin-off of the once-popular drink enjoyed by the British called posset. Made using curdled milk mixed with wine, it was often used for medicinal purposes. Later, in the 16th century, cream and a citrus base were added to the ingredients.

NATIONAL EGGNOG DAY TIMELINE
13th Century
Monks Loved It

According to “TIME” magazine, monks would frequently consume posset

1820s
Special Concoctions

An eggnog variation named Tom and Jerry is created.

1826
The Eggnog Riot

A brawl between New York cadets at a Christmas party takes place after drinking vast amounts of eggnog.

1900s
More Experiments

Ponche Crema is another variation of eggnog, popular in Trinidad and Venezuela.

2014
Handle With Care

A Utah resident named Ryan Roche is hospitalized after chugging non-alcoholic eggnog.

NATIONAL EGGNOG DAY FAQS
What is eggnog made of?

Traditional eggnog consists of milk, raw eggs, sugar, and mixed spices.

What does eggnog taste like?
Eggnog is sweet and creamy. A glass of it tastes like custard ice cream that flows smoothly down your throat.

Why is eggnog so bad for you?
As delicious as it is, eggnog is loaded with fat and sugars. Also, if you are not careful with how you prepare it, the raw eggs in the mix could potentially lead to food poisoning, although this is rare.

NATIONAL EGGNOG DAY ACTIVITIES
Enjoy Eggnog

Christmas is pretty much the only occasion when we indulge in eggnog. Gather your friends and family and treat yourself to this deliciously sweet drink.

Try a different food item
If drinking eggnog is not your thing, you can always enjoy its unique flavor in ice cream or even bake a batch of eggnog cookies.

Share it on social media
Join thousands of other people in enjoying National Eggnog Day. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #NationalEggnogDay

5 EGG-CELLENT FACTS ABOUT EGGNOG
George’s Marvelous Concoction

George Washington loved to prepare and serve eggnog and his personal recipe is now a permanent sensation.

Starbucks dropped it
After Starbucks removed an eggnog latte from their holiday menu, it resulted in a backlash and countless complaints.

Puerto Rico’s Coquito
The Puerto Ricans’ version of the eggnog is ‘coquito’ — prepared with cinnamon, coconut milk, rum, and sometimes whipped egg yolks.

Featured on David Letterman
As part of his goofy Christmas traditions, David Letterman liked using eggnog in some of his features.

That’s a lot of eggnog
According to Indiana University’s statistics, Americans consume over 135 million pounds of eggnog annually.

WHY WE LOVE NATIONAL EGGNOG DAY
Move over, Christmas Eve.

Christmas Eve gets all the attention, being the night before Christmas Day. We love how National Eggnog Day shines a light on one of the best parts of Christmas Eve itself — eggnog!

A cocktail concoction
When you think about it, eggnog is quite a unique blend. It is neither a smoothie nor a milkshake or powdered drink. It is a totally unique beverage with many ways to enjoy it, and we love it!

Part of the holiday season
It's the little things like eggnog that all contribute to making Christmas the joyous occasion it is. Appreciating these little things preserves tradition and keeps it going for future generations to come.

https://nationaltoday.com/national-eggnog-day/

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'I wasn't expected to be alive': Emotional Rush Limbaugh thanks listeners amid cancer battle
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Live politics updates: No vote today on $2K stimulus checks; Andrew Yang may run for NYC mayor
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Why is Santa on Some Dollar Bills?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Mq64bh0up0

The Man Who Invented More Than 800 Iconic Toys | Eddy's World | The New Yorker
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sKKan_Q9VU

Professor Is Awoken by Neighbor to Learn He Won Nobel Prize
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VZNGnWUTX4

How It's Made: Candied Fruit
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Im7IMcoCDms

The Secret to Making the Best Candied Fruit
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhvbNDyAwhI

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Advent Calendar
Dec 24, 2020
Don’t Hold Back
The Story:

There was once a company whose CEO was very strict and often disciplined the workers for their mistakes or perceived lack of progress. One day, as the employees came into work, they saw a sign on the door that read, “Yesterday, the person who has been holding you back from succeeding in this company passed away. Please gather for a funeral service in the assembly room.”

While the employees were saddened for the family of their CEO, they were also intrigued at the prospect of being able to now move up within the company and become more successful.”

Upon entering the assembly room, many employees were surprised to see the CEO was, in fact, present. They wondered among themselves, “If it wasn’t him who was holding us back from being successful, who was it? Who has died?”

One by one, the employees approached the coffin, and upon looking inside, each was quite surprised. They didn’t understand what they saw.

In the coffin, there was simply a mirror. So when each employee looked in to find out who had been “holding them back from being successful” everyone saw themselves. Next to the mirror, there was a sign that read:

The only person who is able to limit your growth is you. You are the only person who can influence your success. Your life changes when you break through your limiting beliefs and realize that you’re in control of your life. The most influential relationship you can have is the relationship you have with yourself. Now you know who has been holding you back from living up to your true potential. Are you going to keep allowing that person to hold you back?

The Moral:

You can’t blame anyone else if you’re not living up to your potential. You can’t let other people get you down about mistakes you make or their negative perception of your efforts. You have to take personal responsibility for your work–both the good and the bad–and be proactive about making any necessary adjustments.

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Have an absolutely fantastic, healthy and safe day everyone!

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