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One Short Trivia Question

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were filled with Grandchildren who wanted me to look at clothes on-line (17 y/o g-daughter), and 6 y/o g-son wanting me to play new video games, and 3 y/o g-daughter wanting me to see all of her new "dress-up" outfits and accessories.

I think my 3 y/o is going to be costing me more as she gets older. She doesn't particularly like wearing pants and she has 14 pairs of shoes, already.

OK, today's one bit of trivia is very easy. See if you can name all ten (10) of Santa's reindeer.

Dasher, Dancer, Prancer and Vixen,
Comet and Cupid and Donner (previously known as DoNder and AKA DUnder) and Blitzen, and of course, the most famous reindeer of all, Rudolf.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, .....9? But there are ten in the song.

OK, I remember!

The 10th reindeer in the song is Olive.

Everyone should know this answer if they enjoy a pun or are a touch out of square.

"..... All of the other reindeer..... " Olive, the Other reindeer.

Olive, the Other Reindeer now has her own book, and I think her own DVD.

So, are you ready to return to the dreaded Salt Mine on Thursday?

Reindeer have interested me and I have been doing research on Santa's reindeer.
I have found a bunch more and will share them tomorrow after I finish the research and put the piece together.

So, it already qualifies as a herd - if that's what a swarm of reindeer might be called; murder, no, I don't thing reindeer would ever share a name with a murder of crows.

So far, I am up to 26 more positives and one possible. It's either a reindeer or a camel with reindeer antlers attached.

Hope y'all had a Merry Christmas and didn't bust your weekly dietary needs to badly.

My family has a "different" Christmas tradition. So grandma doesn't have to work for two days in the week before Christmas day; we have BBQ.

Yes, I said BBQ.

We order the whole meal for take-out from Fiorello's Jack Stack BBQ in Martin City, MO. They have four restaurants in the Kansas City area and have an on-line business, and are the largest single users of Black Angus Beef in the world.

We didn't know about call-ahead the first year that we started our tradition, so we had to inside to the take-out register to order. We had a pound of brisket, a pound of Burnt-ends, a gallon of their beans (I would challenge anyplace with their BBQ beans. Awesome). We also had a pound of smoked turkey and a smoked chicken.

When the food came up to be sacked, a man behind me asked me, (I've heard the BBQ Beans here are good. If you don't mind, how many do you expect to feed with a gallon of beans?"

"Six adults."

"Six! Do you have to load up the fireplace and open all of the windows tomorrow?"

"No, we'll have almost half of them tomorrow, then two days from now we'll all get back together and finish everything off while we watch some football games."

"How many different BBQ places have you been to. I mean, have you lived here all your life and this is the best in Kansas City?"

"Oh no. Chris and Pitts has a BBQ sauce in the BBQ section at the store and they have restaurants in California that are considered a destination BBQ place to go. I've had North Carolina BBQ that my brother & sister-in-law swore was the greatest in the Carolina's. We lived in Texas for 10 years and we've had BBQ in 2-3 places in Houston, a couple in Dallas and maybe been to 12-15 BBQ cook-offs in towns throughout East and Southern Texas. We've had Oklahoma Joe's BBQ, which is big in Oklahoma. Finally there are about four highly rated BBQ restaurants here in Kansas City. Gates, uh, Kansas City Masterpiece, another one I can't remember ... Smokehouse BBQ and here. Zagat had rated this the number 1 BBQ place in America for three of the past four years (currently it's three years straight)."

"How many people are you having at your get-together?"

"We're having five other couples over Christmas afternoon."

"Do y'all like BBQ beans?"

"Why yes, we do."

"Then I'd recommend you get another half gallon of beans. Jack's beans are totally awesome. Great beans and BBQ sauce, and the best thing is that there are chunks of brisket in almost every bite, actually, the best BBQ beans I've ever had, Period."

"Do you work here?"

"Me, no. I'm a banker."

"OK, you've got me convinced. I'll order another half gallon of beans. They better be good!"

Reaching for my wallet, I said, "Here's my business card. If you have too much for your group, just call me up and I'll buy what you've got left".

He laughed and took the card. I never heard a word from him so I guess he didn't have too many beans.

Speaking of which, I need a snack.

Hope you had a Merry Christmas and have a safe and Happy New Year!
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