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  • 11 months later...

Happy Holidays! Hope everyone has a wonderful X-Mas! Happy Hanukkah if you celebrate!

 

All the best this holiday season to you, and your families. This is the first year my 4 year old dauhter is actually understanding and waiting for Santa! I'm gonna have to eat he cookies...shhh..don't tell her! :D

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AND a MERRY CHRISTMAS to You and all your family.

 

Especially to the gang here at ASO Happy Holidays to one and ALL

 

 

A few days before Christmas two men in Florida decided to go sailing while their wives went Christmas shopping. While the men went out sailing a terrible storm arose. They had great difficulty keeping the boat under control, and as they maneuvered their way back to land, they were grounded on a sandbar. They jumped overboard and had to push with all their might trying to get the boat into deeper water. As they were doing this, the wind was blowing terribly, the waves were rushing up upon them, and they were soaking wet and knee deep in mud. One of the guys looked at his buddy and said, "You know, it sure beats Christmas shopping though."

 

 

 

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