Christmas Day Visiting With Family & Friends 2011

Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind. ~Mary Ellen Chase

Off To Whittier We Go...

Page 1 - A Christmas Story Celebration | Page 2 - Mitch & Luisa and Visit To Vicky's

Visiting family and friends December 25th 2011
We were invited to Whittier to visit Luisa nad Mitch

Visiting family and friends December 25th 2011
Papa got a Christmas present from the guys

Visiting family and friends December 25th 2011
All here and accounted for...

Visiting family and friends December 25th 2011
Da Pooch!

Visiting family and friends December 25th 2011
Luisa and Mitch

Visiting family and friends December 25th 2011
"Present? Did someone say present??"

Visiting family and friends December 25th 2011

Visiting family and friends December 25th 2011
Luisa is about to compose a picture...

Visiting family and friends December 25th 2011
"What should I do here???"


Mitchs offers us left-overs

Visiting family and friends December 25th 2011
"So Carri, what do you think??"

Visiting family and friends December 25th 2011
"Your right... I should have pushed the button"

Visiting family and friends December 25th 2011
"See... this is the proper button"

Visiting family and friends December 25th 2011

Visiting family and friends December 25th 2011

Visiting family and friends December 25th 2011

Visiting family and friends December 25th 2011
Lisa meets Herb

Visiting family and friends December 25th 2011

Visiting family and friends December 25th 2011
Whittier....

Back To Rossmoor To Romp With The Crazy People

Visiting family and friends December 25th 2011
Knock knock!!

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Ruby says "Hello" in perfect pug


Ruby was in the mood

Visiting family and friends December 25th 2011
A kitchen gathering... the best kind... food and friends!

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Miss Vicky is thinking upo something.... Oh oh...

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Mr. Serious is taking it all in

Visiting family and friends December 25th 2011
Brian keeps looking at all the decorations


Excellent observation Brian

Visiting family and friends December 25th 2011
Put these two together and anaything could happen... It might even snow in California

Visiting family and friends December 25th 2011
Robbie is bust playing a game at the other table

Visiting family and friends December 25th 2011
Solving a puzzle

Visiting family and friends December 25th 2011
Carri discovers the "Cap Bomb"

Visiting family and friends December 25th 2011
What is a Cap Gun? What is a Cap Bomb? He had to ask!

Brian Discovers "The Old West" With Vicky's Toy Cap Gun

Did You Know? - A cap gun is a toy gun that creates a loud sound simulating a gunshot and a puff of smoke when the trigger is pulled. Cap guns were originally made of cast iron, but after World War II were made of zinc alloy, and most newer models are made of plastic.

Cap guns became especially popular when the heroes of cinema and television rode through the West ridding the territories of villains. Many cap guns were named after or endorsed by leading matinee idols like Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Hopalong Cassidy, The Lone Ranger, Tonto, Dale Evans, Marshal Matt Dillon, or any of countless others.

The "Golden Age" of cap guns was roughly a 20 year period following World War II when television became popular and such companies as Nichols Industries, Hubley, Kenton, Kilgore, Wyandotte, Classy, Mattel, Actoy, Esquire, George Schmidt, and Stevens made millions of cap guns in various versions. While many had their names patterned after a hero or heroine, many cap guns also were named with western-sounding names, like: "Stallion 45", "Pony", "Mustang", "Pioneer", "Cowboy", "Texan", "Colt 45", "Rodeo", and such.

Cap guns get their name from the small discs of shock-sensitive explosive compounds (roughly 1.4 to 1.6 mm in diameter) that provide the noise and smoke, effectively the same as the separate percussion cap primers used in real firearms of the mid to late 1800s, although invariably smaller and made from cheap plastic or paper rather than soft metal. Some are arranged in plastic rings of eight or twelve.

There are also single caps, roll caps (of 50 to 500), and disk caps, all of which are actually extremely small versions of percussion fireworks. Armstrong's mixture is often used today as the explosive, but previously the tiny powder charge was a simple mixture of potassium perchlorate, sulfur and antimony sulphide sandwiched between two paper layers which hold in the gases long enough to give a sound report when the cap is struck.

Visiting family and friends December 25th 2011
"An amazing device from these clever Yanks"

Visiting family and friends December 25th 2011
"How does this work??"

  1. slide the gun open
  2. place the roll on the small metal peg in the gun with the end of the roll towards the muzzle and pointing down
  3. thread the end of the roll between the back of the gun and the small metal plate inside the gun (both located just forward of the hammer)
  4. pull the trigger a couple of times to feed the strip through

Visiting family and friends December 25th 2011
Brian discovers the Cap Bomb Toy....

Visiting family and friends December 25th 2011
Remember these??? Cap goes in the tip and the red plunger explodes the cap when it hits the ground

Visiting family and friends December 25th 2011
"Dang... It worked!!" Ah Vicky... I just shot your squirrel!

Visiting family and friends December 25th 2011
"It worked! Wow! Can I do another? Pleeeze! Pretty Pleeeeeeze!"

Visiting family and friends December 25th 2011
"I could be a "Bangologist" with a simple roll of caps and a hammer"

Visiting family and friends December 25th 2011
Brian recreates the story of the "Great Cap Bomb Incident"

Snow In California??? Yup!

Did You Know? - Superabsorbent polymers (SAP) (also called slush powder) are polymers that can absorb and retain extremely large amounts of a liquid relative to their own mass.

Water absorbing polymers, which are classified as Hydrogels when cross-linked, absorb aqueous solutions through hydrogen bonding with water molecules. A SAP's ability to absorb water is a factor of the ionic concentration of the aqueous solution. In deionized and distilled water, a SAP may absorb 500 times its weight (from 30–60 times its own volume), but when put into a 0.9% saline solution, the absorbency drops to maybe 50 times its weight. The presence of valence cations in the solution will impede the polymers ability to bond with the water molecule.

The total absorbency and swelling capacity are controlled by the type and degree of cross-linkers used to make the gel. Low density cross-linked SAP generally have a higher absorbent capacity and swell to a larger degree. These types of SAPs also have a softer and more sticky gel formation. High cross-link density polymers exhibit lower absorbent capacity and swell, but the gel strength is firmer and can maintain particle shape even under modest pressure.

The largest use of SAP is found in personal disposable hygiene products, such as baby diapers, adult protective underwear and sanitary napkins.

Visiting family and friends December 25th 2011
Vicky had a bag of the stuff and all heck broke loose inthe front yard

Visiting family and friends December 25th 2011
Marcia is up to something!!

Visiting family and friends December 25th 2011
It's snowing

Visiting family and friends December 25th 2011
"It's a bleeding blizzard"

Visiting family and friends December 25th 2011
"The snow is falling ....."

Visiting family and friends December 25th 2011
Let's visit the neighbors across the street!


"Donnie is going to be ticked in the morning"

Visiting family and friends December 25th 2011
Carri runs for her life

Visiting family and friends December 25th 2011
Vicky re-arms

Visiting family and friends December 25th 2011
Jan is taking aim

Visiting family and friends December 25th 2011
Marcia retreats

Visiting family and friends December 25th 2011
Snow everywhere

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"We give up"

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Too realistic

Visiting family and friends December 25th 2011
Dandruff or snow... That IS the question


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Visiting family and friends December 25th 2011

Page 1 - A Christmas Story Celebration | Page 2 - Mitch & Luisa and Visit To Vicky's