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Hello people.

I've been meaning to flesh out the final details of [livejournal.com profile] mockduck's Secret Santa for a while now, but time and poorliness just got in the way. So I'm stealing a few moments away from the housework to fill in the final details.

Here's the video of Ned picking the names. It may only be of interest to me because it's my son, but there's humour to be had in him struggling with my poor handwriting and the pronunciation of lj user names.

He drew names out, and the first person gave to the second, the second to the third, and so on, with the last giving to the first.



I wasn't going to use any editorial powers and just let the randomness stand. But... from Ned's draw I noticed that [livejournal.com profile] sahara_harp was drawn to send a gift to [livejournal.com profile] semioticwarrior, and that they both lived in the same city, so I figured there would be a fair chance that they might know each other. So to try and make it a bit more spread out, I chose (at random) to swap [livejournal.com profile] semioticwarrior and [livejournal.com profile] kristenlou in their places.

On sending out the e-mails about who was gifting who, I received an almost immediate reply from [livejournal.com profile] sahara_harp telling me that she and [livejournal.com profile] kristenlou (who she was now gifting after my changes) had been friends for 20 years. That'll teach me not to meddle!

So, the full (slightly revised) list was:-

[livejournal.com profile] hartleyhare sent to
[livejournal.com profile] bingo_mcdingo sent to
[livejournal.com profile] blue_monday sent to
[livejournal.com profile] mzdt sent to
[livejournal.com profile] land_girl sent to
[livejournal.com profile] lady_mitzi sent to
[livejournal.com profile] sahara_harp sent to
[livejournal.com profile] kristenlou sent to
[livejournal.com profile] gfrancie sent to
[livejournal.com profile] ratphooey sent to
[livejournal.com profile] _moggy_ sent to
[livejournal.com profile] semioticwarrior sent to
[livejournal.com profile] lurpak sent to
[livejournal.com profile] mockduck sent to
[livejournal.com profile] amuchmoreexotic sent to
[livejournal.com profile] several_bees sent to
[livejournal.com profile] hartleyhare

I've seen no comment from [livejournal.com profile] blue_monday who I sent a gift to. Not knowing him, and only having his interests to go by, the gift I sent was going to be an amazing hit or a complete disaster with no possibility for the middle ground. I'd be interested to know which (especially if an apology from me is in order!)

Thank you all for participating, hope you all had fun and nice to meet a lot of you for the first time! Merry Christmas.

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Date: 2009-01-20 11:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_moggy_/
Thank you for organising it, it was fun and I loved my present from ratphooey.

I didn't hear if Semioticwarrior liked her present or not and I'd be interested to know. She said she liked fantasy and Tolkein so I sent her this book which is brilliant: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Steel-Remains-Gollancz-S-F/dp/0575077921

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Date: 2009-01-20 10:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bingo-mcdingo.livejournal.com
Ach, it was no problem - I actually really enjoyed the organisational part, and I got a fantastic present too, so there was something in it for me.

I'm afraid I don't know [livejournal.com profile] semioticwarrior either, so I just hope you get some feedback soon. Maybe you could prod [livejournal.com profile] mockduck to effect an introduction...

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Date: 2009-01-20 12:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amuchmoreexotic.livejournal.com
Good decision to draw a veil over what amuchmoreexotic really means (http://www.movietranscriptions.com/313490_American_Pie.html#p430).

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Date: 2009-01-20 12:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mockduck.livejournal.com
Ah, now I've learned something. Has anyone ever worked that out for themselves? Guess not.

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Date: 2009-01-20 10:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bingo-mcdingo.livejournal.com
Ooh, I had no idea! But certainly not for Ned's delicate ears!

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Date: 2009-01-20 12:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mzdt.livejournal.com
ha - I nearly emailed you for a redraw for my recipient, but she seemed to like what I found her, even if it was going to be obvious who it was from (without the post office franking labels screwing up the anonymity for most of us, I think).

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Date: 2009-01-20 01:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mzdt.livejournal.com
PS - it means nothing, deliberately.

It can mean 'mehrzweckdoppeltuba' if pushed, but that still means nothing, really. ;-)

Thanks again.

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Date: 2009-01-20 10:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bingo-mcdingo.livejournal.com
No problem! I enjoyed it.

Thanks for clearing up the name mystery. I have to admit, I had given some thought trying to work out the acronym. Cheers.

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Date: 2009-01-20 01:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] geekette8.livejournal.com
Aw. I hope you don't mind me commenting since I didn't participate, but your son is very sweet (I think he's just a bit older than my son, by the look of it) and you sound really nice too! Would it be OK if I friended you?

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Date: 2009-01-20 02:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bingo-mcdingo.livejournal.com
Of course I don't mind you commenting, or friending me! Ned is 6 - October 2002, so a little older than Matthew.

Anyone who is both from Shrewsbury (I used to work there, and live in Herefordshire) and lists Boggle in her interests must be OK!

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Date: 2009-01-20 02:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] geekette8.livejournal.com
I was born in Hereford :-) My parents moved to Shrewsbury when I was 1, though, and are still there now.

Whereabouts did you work?

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Date: 2009-01-20 03:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bingo-mcdingo.livejournal.com
In the Shirehall - I was a council bod. No more thankfully!

I was in Hereford today, meeting the very lovely Mrs. McDingo for lunch. We live in Leominster, if you know it....?

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Date: 2009-01-20 05:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] geekette8.livejournal.com
Yes, I've been to Leominster! Only a couple of times, though, and many years ago.

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Date: 2009-01-20 10:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bingo-mcdingo.livejournal.com
A couple of times is about once too many.

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Date: 2009-01-21 11:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] geekette8.livejournal.com
Hah. I was trying to avoid being too impolite about it because I genuinely don't think I've seen it at its best... my trips there were sort of rainy-Sunday-afternoon desperate-to-get-out-of-the-house-and-go-SOMEWHERE type events, and NOWHERE looks good in those circs.

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Date: 2009-01-20 04:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gfrancie.livejournal.com
alas my gift never showed up -but there was a big freak-out snow storm and it caused a lot of things to go awry. The post office had serious problems.
A minor disappointment but that is life.

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Date: 2009-01-20 10:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bingo-mcdingo.livejournal.com
I'm sorry to hear that. It'll probably turn up in a couple of years time, and just add to the surprise element.

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Date: 2009-01-22 09:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gfrancie.livejournal.com
I wouldn't be surprised knowing the post office.

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Date: 2009-01-20 10:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-mitzi.livejournal.com
I had a lovely necklace from [livejournal.com profile] land_girl (I'm not reposting the photo - it's already made an appearance in my own journal and [livejournal.com profile] mockduck's.)

I sent a present to [livejournal.com profile] sahara_harp, and although she thanked me very nicely she wouldn't be drawn on whether or not she actually liked it. I'll have to do better next time!

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Date: 2009-01-20 10:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bingo-mcdingo.livejournal.com
Oh, but that photo hasn't made an appearance on this journal. It seems so unfair somehow...






!

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Date: 2009-01-21 09:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blue-monday.livejournal.com
I should have posted sooner, but it has been a bit chaotic since Christmas. Um, it wasn't a huge hit, but not to worry about it. I'm just not really a Noel fan! It's all part of the fun, though, when you get someone you don't know and have to go by a list.

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