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Sitting in a protected niche in the kitchen looking out the window I see great grandmother steaming up the walkway like a dreadnought pulling into dry dock. In her wake are assorted "aunties" followed by husbands, followed by children, followed by guests. All are arranged by a formula dictated by an reflexive sense of priority.
A family gathering. The beautiful 1911 Shaunnesy house of my brother's in laws . I have been through these a few times now, and have grown to love the experience. I am granted "outsider" immunity, one notch below the Anglo husband category and have no role to play.

This is a family of artists. Four generations of accumulated gifted talent. Four generations of strident, dramatic emotional opinions, Four generations mixing passion, nursing grudges, internecine familial psychological warfare. All generations allied only against the one common, universal enemy: Evil Gallery Owners.

The entourage enters. Dreadnought to the head of the table, aunties arrange themselves like chickens in a coup according to proscribed pecking order, husbands peel off to watch hockey on the big screen, older kids find darkened corners to text complaints about the ordeal they have to endure, younger kids to the basement to play, babies to the bedrooms nannied over by lower order daughters not yet able to sit at the table. Guests to the kitchen where MIL holds a second court for non-family.

Tagalog is the language of kitchen table serious business, some Mandarin, even some Japanese. Husbands seem to be allocated beer to go with their hockey game, older kids sneak a Molsons every now and then, and return to text complaints to the outside world, the kids get sodas, babies to their bottles.

Dinner:
Pansit, Lumpia, Adobo, Rice, Paksiw, Binuguan, Sinigang, Tinolang Manok, and 3 full Alaska line caught salmon.

Heaven!

It is Chinese New Year today. Happy New Year!

mcb
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"Dinner: Pansit, Lumpia, Adobo, Rice, Paksiw, Binuguan, Sinigang, Tinolang Manok, and 3 full Alaska line caught salmon.

Heaven! It is Chinese New Year today. Happy New Year!" mcb

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Yum Yum! Sounds incredible. My brother's wife is Filipino and he has a half Filipino son who is 8 years old now. They named him after me and call him "Artie." SIL watches the Filipino channel on their giant Satellite TV when she's not helping my brother in the bees. She's a worker that's for sure.

SIL has quite a few Filipino friends and even some relatives down in South Georgia because there are actually quite a few old geezer men married to Filipino women where they live and her sister is married to an old redneck geezer and lives not too far from them. Also she has some nieces married to "Anglo" men, one who is a cop so Artie actually has half Filipino cousins living near him also.

Art
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Hey Artie, I just noticed the balloons indicating another you made yet another tick down the T axis of the 3D+T hologram. Happy Fooliversary. May your day be filled with joy and some bacon...
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It is Chinese New Year today

Kung Hei Fat Choy everybody!

And happy Balloon day Art.

Rip
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Happy Balloon Day, Art.

arrete
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"Hey Artie, I just noticed the balloons indicating another you made yet another tick down the T axis of the 3D+T hologram. Happy Fooliversary. May your day be filled with joy and some bacon." - Bighairymike
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Thanks. I actually do have a new 1 lb package of bacon in the fridge. Also have 5 big beautiful hot house tomatoes sitting by the window in the kitchen. Only a little bit of lettuce left but enough to make a nice BLT? Maybe I'll splurge and make a couple of nice juicy messy BLT's for dinner tonight. The only thing that is on TV tonight is Downton Abbey.

My wife has a dinner meeting tonight with a prospective candidate for a new person in her department. I didn't want to go for a several reasons. #1. I'd dominate the conversation and they wouldn't be able to talk about work. #2. It would probably be boring. #3. A big juicy homemade BLT is way better than what I'd get if I went out to eat. #4. It would be cheaper to stay home and eat. #5. It's way more comfortable to lounge around in my sweats and a T-shirt than having to get dressed up and go out to eat. #6. The weather is nasty and it's raining and cold.

The balloons means it has been 13 years since I joined this board. I was 47 years old when I first started posting. Hard to believe I'm entering senior-hood. 47 seems so young now. We think of 47 as middle aged but it really isn't? Not too many people live to be 94 years old.

I think I was 50% or halfway through my life when I was about ~ 38 years old. Almost all my relatives were dead by age 76. I figure I'm working on the last quarter now. I figure I started the last quarter when I turned 57. The winter of my life. I'll let you know how it goes.

Art
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"Kung Hei Fat Choy everybody! And happy Balloon day Art." - Rip


Whoo hoo! Balloon day and a Snake year. I was born in a Snake year which means this is going to be my year. Hope I win the lottery this year.

Art
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Hey Artimus, I'm just checking in and see it's your birthday as well...anniversary that is....

here's a video for you.....

http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=related&v=QAcV2jKienU...
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The balloons means it has been 13 years since I joined this board.

Happy balloon day to a true RE veteran!
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This one's better for old f-ART. Just substitue Artimus for President:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3IzpazVl-I
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