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  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.
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Do we know of any New York mini plus events? Would anybody be intrested in attending one...Something to think about for sure...

Matt

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Is that why you're coming?

I'm only coming because it's "official" name is the Philly area mini. It makes a difference psychologically.....

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I'm only coming because it's "official" name is the Philly area mini. It makes a difference psychologically.....
Either way, you'll still be just another hair on the armpit. Just don't scare away any New Yorkers who might want to take a short drive down 95 to attend...

Matt, you're just 2 1/2 hours away - join us...

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Either way, you'll still be just another hair on the armpit. Just don't scare away any New Yorkers who might want to take a short drive down 95 to attend...

Matt, you're just 2 1/2 hours away - join us...

Yes Matt, please join us, you'll have a bal. Of course use all the usual precautions when entering NJ.

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Yes Matt, please join us, you'll have a bal. Of course use all the usual precautions when entering NJ.
As you can see, spelling is not a prerequisite...

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Shouldn't you be working?

Nope, had a minor sugery on my finger. Couple of days off to torment you. Shouldn't YOU be working? Just asking as you know... a taxpayer.

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Nope, had a minor sugery on my finger. Couple of days off to torment you. Shouldn't YOU be working? Just asking as you know... a taxpayer.
As long as your middle finger works, you'll be able to communicate and drive in Jersey, but to answer your question, I'm at work. Isn't that good enough?

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As long as your middle finger works, you'll be able to communicate and drive in Jersey, but to answer your question, I'm at work. Isn't that good enough?

Since I'm going to Jersey I'll also need my index fingers to pick my nose or every native will know I'm a tourist and I'll get mugged. And I know that you're AT work, I was just hoping that you'd actually PERFORM some work.

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Since I'm going to Jersey I'll also need my index fingers to pick my nose or every native will know I'm a tourist and I'll get mugged. And I know that you're AT work, I was just hoping that you'd actually PERFORM some work.
I've got nothing... You win this round, but we will meet again...

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Back on track...

Anyone from NY - please come to the Philly mini...And you can experience the adolescent bickering for yourselves, live and in person. One thing I know for sure, you will have a good time…

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So, is anyone going to the mini other than Ed and Frank?

If its only Ed and Frank. I think it should be called a Micro.

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So, is anyone going to the mini other than Ed and Frank?

LOTS of people are going but what makes it so awesome is that you are not.

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So, is anyone going to the mini other than Ed and Frank?

I'll be there!

Edited by Annalisa

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I'll be there!

You should come to the Chicago Mini instead, if anyone here bites, they have had all their rabbi shot, not sure if I can say that about any of those New York and Jersey people. LOL

Ed, are you up to date with your shots? Dont make me call animal control on you.

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You should come to the Chicago Mini instead, if anyone here bites, they have had all their rabbi shot, not sure if I can say that about any of those New York and Jersey people. LOL

Ed, are you up to date with your shots? Dont make me call animal control on you.

I'll be at the Chicago mini, but I haven't had my rabbi shot. I have, however, had my parson, priest, minister, and spiritual advisor shots.

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I'll be at the Chicago mini, but I haven't had my rabbi shot. I have, however, had my parson, priest, minister, and spiritual advisor shots.

Tim, I'm glad to hear you have all your third dimensional spirit, demon, and ghostly possession shots taken care of. We dont want any out of body experiences at the mini. As far as the lack of rabbi vaccine. We may need you to be quarantined from the rest of the group for Friday nights events. You can watch all the festivities through a closed circuit video feed from Carries shed. Two way communication will consist of 2 tin cans with a string in between.

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Two way communication will consist of 2 tin cans with a string in between.

Are you sure Shaun is willing to lend his DSL connection to this endeavor?

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Ed, are you up to date with your shots? Dont make me call animal control on you.
I'm sorry, but you are a jerk.

Tim H. is a jerk.

Tim F. is a jerk.

Frank is a jerk.

Mike is a jerk.

Chuck is a jerk.

Carrie is a jerk.

William is a jerk.

Tory is a jerk.

Dano is a jerk.

Shaun is a jerk.

Frank is a jerk.

Craig is a jerk.

Brett is a jerk.

Dale is a jerk.

Gary is a jerk.

Reg is a jerk.

Richard is a jerk.

Terry is a jerk.

Steve is a jerk.

And if I missed someone, you're a jerk too...

There I took my shots...

Edited by B_Regal78

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