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We were thinking of going to see Tom Cruise’s “Valkryie”, but then I saw some previews and I thought it was Jerry McGuire in a Nazi outfit.  I was waiting for a scene with Cruise in a sweet black Mercedes on the audobon, tapping the steering wheel to a tune by Marlene Dietrich, after signing a dozen or so cautious Nazi officers to play on his team against Hitler.
We got into a conversation about Heath Ledger and how good he is in the Batman movie as the Joker.  It seems that just when artists are really doing well, they go for a plane ride they shouldn’t go on or take an unscheduled nap, to never wake up again.
 
Maybe thats why Tom is still around and I think, what’s worse for him, he is going to die of naural causes.
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Metrolink Holiday toy express 2008

Metrolink Holiday toy express 2008

Metrolink began last year a program that stops in various cities on the way to Camp Pendleton and collect toys to take to military families that feel the need for some help.  Fireman collect the toys at each stop, and in addition to military famlies, collect toys for all needy families.

Metrolink has constructed a special set of train cars that support a fun holiday program that characters perform from atop the train at each stop.  Last year it had a “pirate” theme where Santa and his crew were kidnaped and held hostage for toys.  Eventually, of course, Santa is rescued and the pirates are allowed to have toys and take part in Christmas anyway.

This year it was “Santa-Claus” versus “Santa-Hog” who wanted to take all the presents for himself; in the face of Santa’s message Santa-Hog learns not to be a hog and share.

 

Reindeer helpers at The Casa Romantica with Santa.

Reindeer helpers at The Casa Romantica with Santa.

The Casa Romantica had a program last Saturday for all the kids that featured Santa, games, caroling, snacks, hot drinks, the christmas goose and a talking Christmas tree.  

Nothing compares to any of the events I cover, with how the children respond to Santa.  Although, there are a few that are terrified it’s true, the average little one approaches with awe and barely concealed elation that emotionally is un-measurable.

 

Santa is fun.

Santa is fun.

 

 

This what Santa is all about.

This what Santa is all about.

 

 

Aliso Viejo also had a Christmas gig on Sunday.  They had singing and performances by the high school dance group.  A high school duo sang some Christmas songs and then led the group in caroling.  There was free hot chocolate and then Santa and Mrs. Claus showed up with Frosty the Snowman and lit the  city Christmas tree.  Santa sat for awhile and met all the children that waited for him and checked their lists.

The first little guy that was in-line (see photo) sat down and was all business, as he had several lists and information that he wanted to give Santa.  His parents made an effort to move him along but he was so into it, there was no stopping him.  Santa checked it all and he got a candy cane out of it.  The parents and all the adults nearby could not contain themselves; it was hilarious and everyone was a good sport.

 

 

THE Christmas List.

THE Christmas List.

 

 

Just a little taste of Christmas in the southland.

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