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[*] posted on 20-10-2020 at 04:34


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I do know that whatever arkoma gets sent, it doesn't even make it from the letterbox to the front door before the wrapping gets torn off


He knows me too well. I have a "memento" shelf that has stuff from my travels and SM Santa stuff on it like a piece of "peacock" coal from Kentucky, mussel shells, a Kookaburra coin from Oz, etc.




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[*] posted on 20-10-2020 at 06:35
Secret Santa


I'll send early as mail tends to get clogged
up around any holiday. Hope my recipient
enjoys the "package". :D




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[*] posted on 20-10-2020 at 19:06


Ok. I have had a couple of panicked U2U messages from people who have missed the deadline.
Deadline is extended for a few more days. If you want to get involved, go to the sign up sheet and enter your details. I will match you with someone and send out notifications in a week or so.

It is fantastic to have so many enthusiastic people this year. This is your opportunity to get involved if you werte thinking about it. It looks to be a whole lot of fun.


(Just a little aside, it might be that late entrants are unable to send to someone local -- international might be what happens -- depending of course on who signs up.)
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[*] posted on 20-10-2020 at 20:18


Out of curiosity, can the Chief Elf give a clue as to how many participants there are? If he just says "a bunch" then I guess not ;)




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[*] posted on 20-10-2020 at 21:59


More than 20.

The previous biggest I was involved in was in the upper teens.
I believe that the very first one may have been more than 30, but you will need to check with Tdep on that.
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[*] posted on 21-10-2020 at 01:14


Presumably those in the first round keep our initial allocation?
I hope so, because I have already placed an order for 1 kg of crocodile jerky for arkoma :P
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[*] posted on 21-10-2020 at 01:16


Not very discreet, whoops!
I suppose you guys are acquainted with each other's wishes already, so that shouldn't matter anyway... still thinking of what I can get for my, uhh.. kid? Weird to say that considering he's three times my age!
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[*] posted on 21-10-2020 at 01:24


Ha ha ha, I have placed an order for my recipient, but it is not arkoma.
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[*] posted on 24-10-2020 at 10:01


Hope I’m not to late!



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[*] posted on 24-10-2020 at 14:21


You're in Phos.
Actually quite a lot of latecomers. The numbers are big this year. There is still a bit of time. I will process yhe next batch Monday night my time -- so, 36 hours.
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[*] posted on 27-10-2020 at 19:35


This is going to be a ripper this year. Thanks for the enthusiasm and the generosity. I know this means a lot to a whole lot of people.

A couple of things...
  • Apologies for the poorly edited email sent from my work email address to four people. My glitch. And too many tabs open.
  • Let me know if there are any issues. I recall someone asking for a postcode that was not provided but I can't remember who. I can track these things down. Post in the thread or send me a u2u.
  • If you missed your second chance, you just might have missed out this year. But contact me anyway. If there is a pair of such people, the solution is pretty obvious.

    j_sum1. :)
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    [*] posted on 29-10-2020 at 07:16


    I ordered from eBay UK for a UK recipient. Just had to create the shipping address for him. Maybe this event should be its own category next to Beginnings, Responsible Practices, etc. during the season. It’s just luck that I found this at all, and had to search a bit to find it again. Might get more participation that way. I’m sure there are those like me who were completely unaware of this great event. This is great fun!



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    [*] posted on 29-10-2020 at 10:29


    Need the Post Code, and please check u2u



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    [*] posted on 9-11-2020 at 11:46
    Order


    Just ordered for my recipient. A smaller world
    than I thought. My recipient lives less than 30
    miles from my previous address. If I still lived
    there I could hand deliver the package.




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    [*] posted on 12-11-2020 at 14:44
    Secret Santa gift


    My recipient will receive 2 items as a
    gift. 1st item came in today. 2nd item
    due on Monday. Will ship on Tuesday if
    it arrives.




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    [*] posted on 14-11-2020 at 10:59
    2nd Item


    Arrived today(instead of Monday).
    Gift will be shipped out on Monday.




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    [*] posted on 14-11-2020 at 11:51


    You are going to give the game away @MadHatter! I have been agonising over whether my recipient has been naughty or nice. I have gone with the safe option and will be shipping a piece of Australian anthracite on Monday.
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    [*] posted on 14-11-2020 at 13:44


    B(a)P, It's kinda morphed in to "semi-secret" Santa. With the group size we have, it ain't REALLY difficult at times to figure them out. Actually got stuff from TWO Santas last year. One I had no trouble figuring out, other I didn't.

    Two (three?) years ago, I got a package that had four letters written very tiny on the wrapping. I could have easily missed it, but I didn't. One of our fav-o-rite Aussies, who happens to curse a lot in his youtube vids.





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    [*] posted on 15-11-2020 at 02:47


    While I am very happy with the recipient I got allocated, I was a little sad I didn't get you arkoma. I wouldn't have liked to have walked in the shadows of Tdep though, so probably for the best. :D
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    [*] posted on 15-11-2020 at 08:22


    Now I start to wonder, regarding the secrecy part...
    Initially I thought, the recipient one got, would have yourself in return.
    Because that is usually how its done offline, at work with the colleagues and such.

    But I begin to think that was a misconception, because this is not really much with secrecy, just a bunch of people in pairs who know about each other.
    So it is the more complex and exciting way, my recipient gets something from me, and I am the recipient of a mysterious person else?

    I start to get confused, I mean, not that it matters really, I am just curious if I simply understood it wrong at the start.
    Or am I only lately starting to get it wrong and all mixed up? :o
    I hope its the more complex and exciting system with each person being connected to two others :D

    I have to say, the only thing that is sad about this, no matter how it is now done exactly, is that you can't see the look on the face of your recipient :)
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    [*] posted on 15-11-2020 at 08:41


    Maybe, just maybe they'll send you a photo of their face after getting the present?
    I'm pretty sure it's the more complex one - I know who to send to, but I don't know who's sending to me.
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    [*] posted on 15-11-2020 at 09:17


    karlos3 and Antigua, we aren't reciprocally paired. More funner.

    *edit* Wise move I think (I sent a roto-vap, and got a 50ml bolttle of GAA in return, Waa!!!)

    [Edited on 11-15-2020 by arkoma]




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    [*] posted on 16-11-2020 at 00:37


    I ordered several things and expect them to arrive this week. Then I can ship the materials. Santa is on his way but still needs to make one intermediate stop . . .



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    [*] posted on 16-11-2020 at 08:56
    Sent today


    Package sent through local post office
    10:35 AM EST, 2-day, priority mail.
    Right now that form of mailing costs
    only slightly more than regular 1st class.
    Promotional ? COVID-19 precaution ?

    Unfortunately, the post office on the
    receiving end has been notoriously slow
    in the past. Hopefully, priority expedites
    matters. Wish me and my recipient the
    best of luck. :D

    Promises kept.

    B(a)P, are you putting a piece of coal in somebody's
    Christmas stocking ? That would work for me because
    I've been both naughty and nice depending on whom
    you talk to. :D:D:D

    [Edited on 2020/11/16 by MadHatter]




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    [*] posted on 16-11-2020 at 10:42


    Quote: Originally posted by MadHatter  

    B(a)P, are you putting a piece of coal in somebody's
    Christmas stocking ? That would work for me because
    I've been both naughty and nice depending on whom
    you talk to. :D:D:D

    [Edited on 2020/11/16 by MadHatter]


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