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The Holiday Season

By suggestion...

The holiday season is upon us. You know, Thanksgiving, the solstice, Chanukah, Christmas, and that season that brought us all to Oakland every year, New Year's...

Got plans? Got strong feelings about the season? Tell all!


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Joined: Nov 21 2007
the words "are you kind?"

come to mind . Well YES YOU ARE !! That is the most kindest thing I have heard in such a long time . WOW ! Thank you Lamagonzo and thanks to your wife !!

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Joined: Jun 9 2007
Wow again!

Lamagonzo, you are the epitome of the true holiday spirit. Thanks for the inspiring story. We should all follow your example. All the best to you, man!

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Joined: Dec 26 2007
damn, gonz

God Bless you, man.......that kinda stuff takes a lot of heart and patience

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Joined: Jun 22 2007
Wow as well

What a wonderful Christmas tradition

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Joined: Jul 2 2007

Lamagonzo, what a shining example of holiday spirit. Thanks for sharing that!
By trying we can easily learn to endure adversity -- another man's I mean.
Mark Twain

lamagonzo (not verified)
Christmas was a blast!

As is our custom, my wife and I ignored the family on this day and drove around to the usual places rounding up the usual suspects (under bridges, the woods. the downtown places where the homeless are known to hang) and picked up the flotsam and jetsam of our society. We took them home and offered a shower. When everybody was clean as they wanted to be and medicated as they wanted to be we set the table and offered them a feast. We listened to a variety of tunes and played games and had the football game on (w/o sound) and generally had a great time, making a lot of new friends. We let people sleep over and sleep in and took them back to wherever they wanted to be a few at a time, giving each a bottle of wine if it wasn't against their meds, if this is what they truly wanted, to save them from panhandling for a few hours.

We only do it a couple of times a year and know it is not the answer to their problems. But it is a break from the brutal cold and hard streets for 24 hours. and, truth be told, I much prefer it to the company of my family.

To anybody thinking of doing this, be careful. The homeless are homeless for a reason and you never really know who could be violent, etc., etc.. Use good judgement. It always works out for us, we've never had a problem...

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Joined: Oct 23 2007
No Doubt :)!

That should be a Trivia question...

Merry Christmas & all that Jazz


Joined: Jul 20 2007
Merry Merry!!

Hope everyone has a Jerry Christmas & a Hippy New Weir & may God Lesh you all <3
I hope 2010 is a better year for us all!
Peace & Love, Gigi

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Joined: May 4 2008
my XMAS gift!!!

i about fell backwards when i opened up one of my mother-in-law's xmas gifts today!...
2 Furthur Tickets for Orlando, which falls on my B-Day, Feb. 6th, complete w/ Air, Hotel, and rental car accomadations!!!!!! Yippiee!!!!! So Excited!!!!

Joined: Nov 21 2007

So nice to see you !! Hope all is well with you . I`m sending all the best wishes for you on the upcoming new year !! Peace be with you brother !!


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The Holiday Season