Friday, December 18, 2009

Santa's Busy Season

The Melrose Misfits over on Engine 9 in Roanoke VA spied Santa lurking around their facilites this morning. Strange, he shows up at my place this evening. He was riding on the Local FD ladder truck and frankly, he looked a little tired out.

 I guess Santa is pretty tired from the trip across country today. Hopefully, he is rested up by the big day, he is going to have to deliver my coal.

Santa picked a few toys while he was here. Something about a toy drive.

Here, Santa poses with a few members of the Local FD. I have known these folks for a while, as the station is right around the corner from where I live. I am fortunate to live where fire protection is a priority.

We do a similar thing in the KBFPD, It's called Santa in the Hood and we really have a good time. We try to get a rookie to "play the man" and he hands out candy canes while visiting the kids. Santa picks up quite a few toys while he is out, saves him some work later on.

After Santa left, I spent a little time playing with the camera. These night shots keep me a little puzzled.

This shot shows my house and two neighbors across the street. I like it because it shows three different kinds of lights. My old timey ones, John's Ice sickles and the colored ones next to Johns.

One of my neighbors displays this Santa in the Manger scene. He made this about ten years ago. I like it.

 This tree and deer is in my friend Eric's yard. I liked the way the trees and leaves added to the scene.

Hope you all have a nice weekend. Thanks to the Local FD for stopping by, It was good to see them.

Thanks for reading,


  1. Dear Captain Schmoe,
    Since when did Santa get driven by gophers? "On Chucktooth, on Bucktooth, on Riven and Driven, on Crankleg, on Bootleg "

    Maybe he just wants the coal out of the hands of the irresponsible. Maybe he'll drop off a few dried-up trees, too, and save you guys a few screaming trips to some houses.

    Somewhere in Santa's Kinda Big Toy Operation,
    there's something wonderful coming to you. Something way better than dental floss . . .

    Fun season! Great pictures.

    No Coal For You,
    Ann T.

  2. Trust me, Santa is quite used to bringing me coal. So much in fact that I use it to heat my garage on those cold nights when the temperature drops below 60.

  3. Dear Captain,
    As a former resident of RiverTown, I understand that below 60 thing. Your blood has thinned out for higher temperatures. Anything below 60 is cause for the flu.

    I think Santa wants an invite to a barbecue.

    Ann T.

  4. The palm trees kind of throw me off. Nice pictures!