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BS: Santa Hints 2009

artbrooks 03 Sep 09 - 12:45 PM
artbrooks 03 Sep 09 - 12:57 PM
ranger1 03 Sep 09 - 05:49 PM
artbrooks 04 Sep 09 - 09:04 AM
Catherine Jayne 04 Sep 09 - 11:05 AM
RangerSteve 04 Sep 09 - 03:09 PM
Sandra in Sydney 05 Sep 09 - 07:56 AM
vectis 05 Sep 09 - 07:02 PM
Leadfingers 06 Sep 09 - 08:48 AM
Eye Lander 06 Sep 09 - 02:13 PM
SharonA 07 Sep 09 - 01:00 PM
Becca72 08 Sep 09 - 11:07 AM
Barb'ry 08 Sep 09 - 12:46 PM
SharonA 08 Sep 09 - 04:16 PM
Becca72 09 Sep 09 - 08:52 AM
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Sandra in Sydney 11 Sep 09 - 11:34 AM
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Subject: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: artbrooks
Date: 03 Sep 09 - 12:45 PM

OK...the same set of hints from prior years:

1. What is your age range?

2. Gender?

3. Do you have a favorite color?

4. Favorite authors/type of book?

5. What books have you really been wanting?

6. What type of music do you like?

7. What CDs have you really been wanting?

8. What movies have you been wanting? (specify VHS if you don't have a DVD player)

9. What is your t-shirt size?

10. Do you collect anything? if so, what?

11. What are some of your other hobbies?

12. Do you prefer gold-tone or silver-tone jewelry?

13. Please include anything else you feel is important that would help your Secret Santa know what you would like

14. Remember that "negative hints" such as allergies might also be helpful.

And...for all the lazy gits out there...a link to last year's hint thread so you can say "no changes".


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: artbrooks
Date: 03 Sep 09 - 12:57 PM

1. What is your age range?   Herself swats me if I look too closely, but 20-something and beyond. Oh - you meant my own? 60-ish.

2. Gender? Male

3. Do you have a favorite color? Dark green

4. Favorite authors/type of book? I mostly read SF and alternative history, but I generally buy or read them as soon as they come out.

5. What books have you really been wanting? See #4 - if I want it, I have it...and I'm running out of room for any more.

6. What type of music do you like? Uh...folk? Oh yeah - what is folk? Never mind...Celtic. Wait - what is Celtic? Stuff with fiddles, guitars and maybe (dread) a banjo or bodhran.   People singing in languages I don't know. Rhythm - rhythm is good.

7. What CDs have you really been wanting? I'm pretty sure that I don't have every CD ever produced by a Mudcatter.

8. What movies have you been wanting? (specify VHS if you don't have a DVD player). Nah.

9. What is your t-shirt size? XL

10. Do you collect anything? if so, what? Not really.

11. What are some of your other hobbies? Painting miniature toy soldiers.

12. Do you prefer gold-tone or silver-tone jewelry? I only wear silver, but I have all I need.

13. Please include anything else you feel is important that would help your Secret Santa know what you would like. I would most like things from you or where you live.

14. Remember that "negative hints" such as allergies might also be helpful. I don't care for white "chocolate" much.


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: ranger1
Date: 03 Sep 09 - 05:49 PM

1. what is your age range? 40, but still getting carded in bars

2. gender? Female

3. Do you have a favorite color? Dark green, red, dark blue, black. Nothing in pastel shades or any sort of pink or purple.

4. favorite authors/ type of book? I love to read, but I have a ton of books. So other than field guides from places different than Maine, natural history and local history, I'm all set in the book department.

5. what books have you really been wanting? See #4.

6. what type of music do you like? Folk (duh!), hard rock, punk, some country, classical

7. what CDs have you really been wanting? Stuff by my secret santa would be cool.

8. What movies have you been wanting? (specify DVD or VHS) Don't need movies.

9. what is your t-shirt size? Medium (unless highly shrinkable, then large would be preferable), must be cotton, as I am allergic to most synthetics.

10. do you collect anything? if so, what? Scenic postcards from around the world, field guides and other natural history books, silly, cheap, small wind-up toys, frogs and salamanders, maps/brochures of national or state parks and other landmarks

11. what are some of your other hobbies? Cross stitch, bird watching, writing, hiking, photography, videogaming

12. do you prefer gold-tone or silver-tone jewelry? Don't wear a whole lot of jewelry, but if I did, silver-tone.

13. please include anything else you feel is important that would help your Secret Santa know what you would like. I like chocolate, I prefer hand-made or locally-made to purchased or mass-produced. I love puzzles, brain teasers and trivia.

14. Remember that "negative hints" such as allergies might also be helpful. I have a lot of chemical sensitivities, so synthetic fibers and most lotions, soaps and candles are out, unless they are all-natural.


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: artbrooks
Date: 04 Sep 09 - 09:04 AM

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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 04 Sep 09 - 11:05 AM

1. What is your age range?   29

2. Gender? Female

3. Do you have a favorite color? Dark green, red

4. Favorite authors/type of book? Terry Pratchett or Kathy Reichs

5. What books have you really been wanting? Got them all at the moment

6. What type of music do you like? folk, blues, rock, most things really

7. What CDs have you really been wanting? Any catter cd's

8. What movies have you been wanting? (specify VHS if you don't have a DVD player) have got all I want at the moment

9. What is your t-shirt size? L or XL

10. Do you collect anything? if so, what? violins but they're expensive, currantly saving up for another Tim Philips fiddle!

11. What are some of your other hobbies? baking, sewing, singin, playing the violin, running, step aerbics, Raising money for Cancer Research

12. Do you prefer gold-tone or silver-tone jewelry? silver but has to be silver and not plate

13. Please include anything else you feel is important that would help your Secret Santa know what you would like. I'm a mum of 3 (a 2 and a half year old and 1 year old next week twins!) I am sure that I will like anything santa sends me. I love chocolate although I'm on a diet and lots of exercise to drop the last dress size before my wedding next year.

14. Remember that "negative hints" such as allergies might also be helpful I'm allergic to penicillin but I doubt you'll be sending that!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: RangerSteve
Date: 04 Sep 09 - 03:09 PM

Male, 59 y/o, will be 60 by this Christmas.
Here's what I'm interested in:
Tourist-type souvenirs from your neck of the woods.
Ocarinas in interesting shapes
Regional cookbooks, especially the kind put out by schools, churches, fire departments, etc, for fund-raising purposes
Old postcards, especially the large-letter "Greetings From" type and pictures of small town Main Streets. Old postcards showing musicians, too.
Mud-catter CD's, especially any kind of traditional music.


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 05 Sep 09 - 07:56 AM

thanks for the link to last year, Art.


1. What is your age range?   

57, & I'll be close to 58 by Christmas time, with only 2 years to wait till I get my Bus pass!!

2. Gender?               

Female

3. Do you have a favorite color?               

2 of 'em - red & purple, + black (a non-colour)

4. Favorite authors/type of book?      

Library books - my shelves are overloaded (see next question)

5. What books have you really been wanting?   

None, really, I tend to buy what I want & then try to find a space for them.

6. What type of music do you like?

Accompanied & unaccompanied singing - especially traditional stuff, sea songs & singer-songwriters who write songs that seem like they were written back in the olden days.

7. What CDs have you really been wanting?   

more Mucatter CDs (but I do have a lot already)

8. What movies have you been wanting? (specify VHS if you don't have a DVD player)      

None, I don't have a TV & I never watch movies

9. What is your t-shirt size?      

don't wear 'em

10. Do you collect anything? if so, what?   

too much! Mainly small dust collecting stuff like - Sheeps; Penguins; reindeer; Boxes & tins, decorative & plain, old & new - plastic, wooden, etc; Antique & vintage needlework tools, needlework books, & examples of old needlework; Japanese stuff - papers, materials, paper dolls, dolls, small ornaments; Tiny chrissy decorations that can go on or surround my two 6" trees; Old plastic chrissy decorations from Hong Kong & Japan; Other small stuff I see & have to buy ...

11. What are some of your other hobbies?

Crafty stuff including making cards & small quilted panels & other small stuff from Japanese paper & fabrics; Making felt toys & christmas decorations; Knitting scarves & simple stuff using my gi-normous stash of wool & other yarns; Social history & local history; Taking photos of my local area & other historical & scenic places, including pics of trees & flowers.

12. Do you prefer gold-tone or silver-tone jewelry?

I really have too much, which I don't wear, but if one of the famous Mudcatter jewellers was offering ...   
I wear both gold & silver.

13. Please include anything else you feel is important that would help your Secret Santa know what you would like   

Stuff about your area

14. Remember that "negative hints" such as allergies might also be helpful.      

I don't eat chocolate or other sweet stuff, nor do I drink coffee or alcohol. I very occasionally drink herbal tea, but my mini-packets of assorted teas usually go out of date before I use them up!


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: vectis
Date: 05 Sep 09 - 07:02 PM

I am planning to emigrate in 2011 so I'm trying to clear a lot of stuff out of the house during that time so under the circumstances small, practical, edible, personal or musical gifts would be best for the time being.

1. What is your age range? 57 by Christmas

2. Gender? F

3. Do you have a favorite color? I like strong colours rather than pastel shades.

4. Favorite authors/type of book? No fiction books but stuff about your part of the world or music/songs always welcome.

5. What books have you really been wanting? Songs of sailors and Lumberjacks by Doerflinger (I think thats the correct title and author)

6. What type of music do you like? Folk, blues, UK comedy

7. What CDs have you really been wanting? Something by, or local to, Santa would be interesting.

8. What movies have you been wanting? (specify VHS if you don't have a DVD player) None.

9. What is your t-shirt size? Bigger than I used to be, about 40/42" 102/106cm - I like them loose and comfy.

10. Do you collect anything? if so, what? Dragons without people or crystals.

11. What are some of your other hobbies? Cross stitch, geocaching, swimming, travelling.

12. Do you prefer gold-tone or silver-tone jewelry? Any

13. Please include anything else you feel is important that would help your Secret Santa know what you would like. I much prefer bitter and very dark chocolate to milk chocolate and hate white chocolate if you are sending munchies. I love things that are a bit quirky or odd, bit like myself really.

14. Remember that "negative hints" such as allergies might also be helpful. The house has very limited wall space for hanging things on and I an alergic to cats and probably some other hairy animals.


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: Leadfingers
Date: 06 Sep 09 - 08:48 AM

1. What is your age range? Betwewen 66 and 68

2. Gender?   Male

3. Do you have a favorite color?   Not really

4. Favorite authors/type of book?   Sci Fi and Fantasy

5. What books have you really been wanting?   Cant think of any off the top of my head

6. What type of music do you like?    New Orleans Jazz , Folk , and Acoustic Blues

7. What CDs have you really been wanting?   Any with GOOD Stealable material ! LOL

8. What movies have you been wanting? (specify VHS if you don't have a DVD player)       Not into Movies

9. What is your t-shirt size?    I VERY Rarely wear T shirts - more into sweat shirts , but am a Medium ,

10. Do you collect anything? if so, what?    Obscure facts and bad jokes

11. What are some of your other hobbies?    Computers and ALL sorts of musical instruments

12. Do you prefer gold-tone or silver-tone jewelry?   Only 'Jewelry I use are Scarf Rings and Cuff Links

13. Please include anything else you feel is important that would help your Secret Santa know what you would like

14. Remember that "negative hints" such as allergies might also be helpful.


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: Eye Lander
Date: 06 Sep 09 - 02:13 PM

1. What is your age range? 59

2. Gender? female
3 Do you have a favorite color? black, dark Green, dark red

4. Favorite authors/type of book? Auto/Biography

5. What books have you really been wanting?

6. What type of music do you like? Folk specially Traditional

7. What CDs have you really been wanting? Anything Mike Harding. Himalayasold stuff, but notPlutonium Alley ofBombers Moon, I have those.

8. What movies have you been wanting? (specify VHS if you don't have a DVD player)d

9. What is your t-shirt size? XL I am still a big lady... well round that is... otherwise I a little shorty!

10. Do you collect anything? if so, what? Christmas Tree hanging decorations. and Nativity Sets
11. What are some of your other hobbies? Making my own Christmas Cards, and tree decorations and have taken up Patchwork so fat 1/4s are good.

12. Do you prefer gold-tone or silver-tone jewelry? Gold

13. Please include anything else you feel is important that would help your Secret Santa know what you would like. I am a femail Peter Pan so far I have managed to avoid growing up.

14. Remember that "negative hints" such as allergies might also be helpful. NONE


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: SharonA
Date: 07 Sep 09 - 01:00 PM

1. What is your age range? 53 to 53. :-)

2. Gender? No, I never gend. (Okay, okay, I'm a female.)

3. Do you have a favorite color?
For T-shirts and such, I like bright colors -- in chartreuse green, aqua/teal, royal blue, indigo, purple, maroon, red -- and black. No brown, beige or white; also, yellows and oranges tend to make my pale skin look a bit sallow, so please avoid those.

4. Favorite authors/type of book?
Several, but if I generalize there's a danger that someone might give a book I already have, so please see #5.

5. What books have you really been wanting?
Oliver Sacks: "Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain (revised edition)" or "Seeing Voices"
Daniel J. Levitin: "This is Your Brain on Music" or "The World in Six Songs"
Elaine Pagels: "The Johannine Gospel in Gnostic Exegesis: Heracleon's Commentary on John" (dry reading, I know, and out of print too, but I haven't given up hope of finding it).

6. What type of music do you like?
Humor, humor, humor -- the punny, the lyrically clever, the offbeat, the darkly strange (but not the profane). To give you a sample of my tastes, I already have the complete collection of Tom Lehrer songs, most of Lou and Peter Berryman's CDs (see #7), some Spike Jones and Stan Freberg, a CD of songs from Monty Python, and the "My Son the Box" collection of Allan Sherman songs. I'm not a big fan of modern jazz, rap, acid rock or New Age music -- I'm more of an "Old Age" type (Irving Berlin and Gershwin and Cole Porter show tunes, bluegrass, Appalachian). Sea chanties are great, too. I would be interested in acoustic-music CDs by singer/songwriters who are from your area and/or who you really like.

7. What CDs have you really been wanting?
Original songs by Mudcatters!!! (Nothing too bawdy, though, please.)
Any trad music that Mudcatters are performing/recording.
Lou and Peter Berryman: "The Universe: 14 Examples" (I have all the rest of their CDs)
Any Django Reinhardt.

8. What movies have you been wanting?
I'm not really a cinema-movie watcher. However, I'd like any DVD of the TV series "Monk" (in a format that will play in the US -- "region 1"). I'm also seeking VHS or DVD recordings of the "Postman Pat" British animated series in "region 1" format (which are hard to find -- everything seems to be in "region 2" or "region 4" format!!!).

9. What is your t-shirt size?
XL (if they "run large") to XXL (if they "run small").
Please, no designs with flowers. I used to work for a seed company, and I've OD'd on pictures of flowers.

10. Do you collect anything? if so, what?
Any kind of keepsake that has anything to do with CATS! Figurines, pins, Christmas ornaments, cat toys for my two kitties, etc., etc.
I'm trying to cut down on collecting other things, as my collections are themselves collecting (dust).

11. What are some of your other hobbies?
Songwriting (which is more of an avocation!), origami/paper crafts, drawing/cartooning, browsing at thrift stores and flea markets.

12. Do you prefer gold-tone or silver-tone jewelry?
Both are OK. By the way, my ears are NOT pierced.

13. Please include anything else you feel is important that would help your Secret Santa know what you would like.
I'm a sucker for stuffed animals!
I like Mary Engelbreit designs, especially those with mottos (unless the mottos have to do with parents, grandparents or children, none of which I have).
As others have said, it would be very nice to receive something from or about your area!

14. Remember that "negative hints" such as allergies might also be helpful.
I have several dietary restrictions, so no food, please. I have a respiratory condition (sarcoidosis) that is aggravated by fragrances, so no perfumes, colognes, incense, aromatherapy candles and so forth, please. My lungs are super-sensitive to newspaper-printing inks, too, so please don't wrap anything in newspaper.

Thank you! :-) :-) :-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: Becca72
Date: 08 Sep 09 - 11:07 AM

1. What is your age range? 37

2. Gender? F

3. Do you have a favorite color? Black, purple, all shades of green but especially sage; gem tones are good.

4. Favorite authors/type of book? Stephen King, James Patterson, Robert B. Parker, Jonathan Kellerman, Anne Rice, John Sandford.

5. What books have you really been wanting? None. I am overwhelmed with books as it is.

6. What type of music do you like? Rock, Hard Rock, Classical

7. What CDs have you really been wanting? Anything by my Santa would be great.

8. What movies have you been wanting? (specify VHS if you don't have a DVD player) As with books, I am already at max capacity for movies.

9. What is your t-shirt size? XXL

10. Do you collect anything? if so, what? Too much. Black cats (I have 2 live ones), moose, lighthouses, frogs, ice hockey memorabilia (Washington or Montreal).

11. What are some of your other hobbies? Reading, travel, movies...that's about all I have time for.

12. Do you prefer gold-tone or silver-tone jewelry? Real Silver.

13. Please include anything else you feel is important that would help your Secret Santa know what you would like. Anything from your area would be great.

14. Remember that "negative hints" such as allergies might also be helpful. I have a lot of allergies and sensitivities, so please no scented products. If sending t-shirts or the like, natural fibers, please (no wool). Jewelry needs to be silver or white gold (which may exceed the spending limit!).


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: Barb'ry
Date: 08 Sep 09 - 12:46 PM

1. What is your age range? 51

2. Gender? Female

3. Do you have a favorite color? Indigo, Blue, Black, Red.

4. Favorite authors/type of book? Science fiction/fantasy, crime

5. What books have you really been wanting? Buy most of what I want, when I want it (impulsive and broke...)

6. What type of music do you like? Folk - English and Irish trad mainly.

7. What CDs have you really been wanting? None that I can think of

8. What movies have you been wanting? (specify VHS if you don't have a DVD player)None

9. What is your t-shirt size? XXL

10. Do you collect anything? if so, what? silver, salt glaze pottery, wool, stones, nautical things

11. What are some of your other hobbies? sailing, weaving, making stuff

12. Do you prefer gold-tone or silver-tone jewelry? Silver

13. Please include anything else you feel is important that would help your Secret Santa know what you would like - I'm easily pleased. I like antiques and old things and things from your area, stuff from the beach (not the used syringes etc!)

14. Remember that "negative hints" such as allergies might also be helpful. I'm allergic to alcohol!!! Also Penicillin - but I don't think that's relevant unless you send a pile of mouldy oranges - or is it bread?! Strong fragrances and fur particularly if attached to rabbits or cats!

Thank you!


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: SharonA
Date: 08 Sep 09 - 04:16 PM

Becca's post reminds me: I am also uber-sensitive to wool clothing. It's intensely irritating to my skin. I can't even wear wool blends. So, please, no clothing that has wool in it, not even a low percentage of wool. Thanks!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: Becca72
Date: 09 Sep 09 - 08:52 AM

:-) Barb'ry makes a good point, too. I am an animal lover and prefer fur to remain attached to its original owner.


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: Becca72
Date: 10 Sep 09 - 03:27 PM

refresh


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 11 Sep 09 - 11:34 AM

yes.


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: maire-aine
Date: 12 Sep 09 - 12:04 AM

1. what is your age range? 61

2. gender? Female

3. Do you have a favorite color? To wear, blues & purples & dark greens. To have around, yellows, oranges & reds

4. favorite authors/ type of book? Mystery stories

5. what books have you really been wanting? Whatever I want, I buy. I already have so many books, that I'll never finish them all

6. what type of music do you like? Cajun-Zydeco, Labor Union songs, Railroad songs, Irish-Scottish-English-US-folk-music. I'm very eclectic.

7. what cds have you really been wanting? early women blues singers, esp. less well-known women

8. What movies (vhs is in the price range) have you been wanting? Travelogues to Europe, esp. Eastern Europe.

9. what is your t-shirt size? L to XL

10. do you collect anything? if so, what? Trying not to collect any more stuff, but anything with a Heath (erica carnae) or Heather (calluna vulgaris) design.

11. what are some of your other hobbies? gardening (esp. Heathers & Heaths), playing guitar, genealogy (still looking for Bankerts & Dunmires)

12. do you prefer gold-tone or silver-tone jewelry? silver

13. please include anything else you feel is important that would help your secret Santa know what you would like: healthy food is always welcome, esp. if it is characteristic of your area.

Maryanne


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: Hollowfox
Date: 18 Sep 09 - 05:03 PM

1. What is your age range? 60
2. Gender? Female

3. Do you have a favorite color? I tend toward blues and greens.

4. Favorite authors/type of book? folklore and folktales for nonfiction, fantasy for fiction

5. What books have you really been wanting? I'm a librarian, so I get to see pretty much all the new ones. Folktale collections delight my heart, as do used books. I'm currently on a jag for Turkish and Japanese tales, and anything by an author named Post Wheeler. He was in the United States diplomatic corps in the first part of the 20th century, and he apparently collected tales as a hobby. He had the knack to make anything readable. Oh yes, any books by Arthur Waley (Secret History of the Mongols, Monkey, and others). He translated many fine obscure oriental classics.

6. What type of music do you like? What have you got by local folks? Usually I go for traditional Anglo-American and ballads, but novelty songs, music hall, storytelling, etc. are appreciated. 7. What CDs have you really been wanting? See above.

8. What movies have you been wanting? (specify VHS if you don't have a DVD player) I can do either VC or DVD, but of course any DVDs must be Area 1 (I think that's what they call it; North America viewing area) Well, you asked. I'm looking for a Japanese animation classic called Arcadia of My Youth. I think it's only on VC. If my SS is in Canada, I've been trying to get the Arrogant Worms concert DVD for some time. If you know of any tapes of storytellers or folk performers of any sort, I probably don't have it and would love it.

9. What is your t-shirt size? XL

10. Do you collect anything? if so, what? I don't collect things so much as accumulate them. Currently, small things (figurines, inexpensive prints). Animals, fantastical or real, folk and storytelling themes. Nothing cutsey, please, unless it's deliberately funny. For example, I have a couple of prints of dragons in feline activities - sleeping in the laundry, standing by someone's ankles when they open a can of food, etc. But the art is good and the critters don't look goofy.

11. What are some of your other hobbies? embroidery and counted cross stitch

12. Do you prefer gold-tone or silver-tone jewelry? silver

13. Please include anything else you feel is important that would help your Secret Santa know what you would like. Edibles (sweet or savory) and potables are a wonderful default. Something for the spice cabinet is always good. I've always loved any Christmas ornaments that have come in my Mudcat present. Used, recycled, found, etc. is as good or better than new.

14. Remember that "negative hints" such as allergies might also be helpful. I'm an omnivore.


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: SharonA
Date: 18 Sep 09 - 06:38 PM

Being an omnivore is a "negative" hint? Hmmm, I suppose it would be negative to a vegan... but it's neutral to me....


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: JennieG
Date: 19 Sep 09 - 03:11 AM

Geez, I can't remember what I had for breakfast this morning - let alone what I wanted last year!

1. What is your age range?
On the shady side of 50

2. Gender?
Girl

3. Do you have a favorite color?
Green....I lurve green.....I like yellow too, I'm not really a pink person

4. Favorite authors/type of book?
Mystery stories, don't have a favourite author, travel books, biographies

5. What books have you really been wanting?
None that I can think of

6. What type of music do you like?
Anything except heavy metal, I really like music of the Middle Ages/early music

7. What CDs have you really been wanting?
Anything by a Mudcatter would be lovely

8. What movies have you been wanting? (specify VHS if you don't have
a DVD player)
None really

9. What is your t-shirt size?
Depends on the brand! but I'm sure I could fit into XL or L, M can be a bit snug sometimes

10. Do you collect anything? if so, what?
Wombats - not real ones, alas

11. What are some of your other hobbies?
Sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting - I'm a crafty chick

12. Do you prefer gold-tone or silver-tone jewelry?
Either, with or without coloured gemstones

13. Please include anything else you feel is important that would help your Secret Santa know what you would like
Choclit, especially dark choclit.....anything foodie. I'm an armchair traveller and can always find a place in my house for a scenic calender.

14. Remember that "negative hints" such as allergies might also be helpful.
None that I know of! I used to be allergic to work but now I'm retired.

Cheers
JennieG


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Sep 09 - 03:53 PM

Darn. I posted on the wrong year. Here it is again, taken from the source code, so I hope it displays right:



1. What is your age range? 55
2. Gender? F
3. Do you have a favorite color? Dark Blues and Greens
4. Favorite authors/type of book? Lately, nonfiction issue books (environmental)
5. What books have you really been wanting? I buy the books I want to read and I have a gazillion still to read around the house.
6. What type of music do you like? Classical, folk, blues, jazz, classic rock, ecclectic world music, etc. The field is wide open.
7. What CDs have you really been wanting? I have way too many CDs now (after a coups at a garage sale last year my collection grew by 300!)
8. What movies have you been wanting? (specify VHS if you don't have a DVD player) I have NetFlix so I don't buy many movies. I don't have a list.
9. What is your t-shirt size? Medium or Large
10. Do you collect anything? if so, what? Yes, and I'm trying to clear it out! (See all of those de-clutter threads!)
11. What are some of your other hobbies? Cooking, gardening, sewing, photography, jewelry making.
12. Do you prefer gold-tone or silver-tone jewelry? "Tone" is a scary term, isn't it? I wear gold and silver, and they're probably too expensive for the gift exchange.
13. Please include anything else you feel is important that would help your Secret Santa know what you would like Rather that a box of calories (we have lots of those here) if you have a local specialty that is worth the trouble to ship, that's my suggestion if you're thinking of food. I love to read the local paper if you're finding a way to pad your gift. Things that ship well and I enjoy are small art objects. I've received several tiles from people over the years, and small wood carvings. Those always find a place on a shelf, on the wall, or near my computer. I can see two of them from here.
14. Remember that "negative hints" such as allergies might also be helpful. I doubt my allergies encoumpass anything you're liable to send.        

And...for all the lazy gits out there...a link to last year's hint thread so you can say "no changes". Actually, I decided to retype it this year. The answers may be the same, maybe not, but at least they're current.


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: ClaireBear
Date: 23 Sep 09 - 04:26 PM

Dear Santa,

I hope all is well with you and your family, and of course with the reindeer and elves.

My preference information hasn't changed much since last year, but I would like to say that in this economy, I don't want or expect you to lay out much-needed gelt for bought gifts or items that cost much to ship.

Instead, I would be perfectly happy to have music you've written or recorded, a poem you like, a recipe you recommend, a spice you like to use, a craft you've made, or a story you treasure. Or, as below, a rock or a leaf or a twig (see no. 13).

ClaireBear's Secret Santa Hints List

1. What is your age range? 55 - 55

2. Gender? She-bear

3. Do you have a favorite color? Yes.......

.......Oh, which one? It's green (the yellower greens, especially). I am also fond of the redder oranges, wines, and warm browns. Black is good, too... I am not a fan of blue or purple.

4. Favorite authors/type of book? I read extensively. I like fiction -- whether it's serious, or a good mystery, an intriguing sci-fi (preferably not war-oriented), or a peculiar fantasy. My favorite authors have included Hope Mirrlees, Jane Austin, Wendell Berry (poetry), Charles de Lint (but Newford is getting tiresome), Elizabeth George, JRR Tolkien, Tony Hillerman, and Greg Bear. But there are som many others! Antiquated songbooks (of almost any type) and tomes of old poetry from the second-hand shop are an especial favorite. Oh, and cookbooks! Especially odd and/or ethnic ones.

5. What books have you really been wanting? Surprise me! Nothing in particular.

6. What type of music do you like? Again I am fairly broad minded, as long as it's nothing that would be played on a pop radio station. I like English traditional songs and tunes; English and French folk-rock from the '60s; French Canadian, Breton, African and Scandinavian music; cowboy songs; sea chanties; early and baroque period orchestral works; flamenco...get the idea?

7. What CDs have you really been wanting? Anything by Pete Coe; anything by Malicorne or anyone like them; also anything you or any Mudcatters you know have recorded.

8. What movies have you been wanting? (specify VHS if you don't have a DVD player) Nothing in particular, other than Rupert (Bear) cartoon episodes. DVDs must be designed for use in the U.S., though, which lets out most of those...

9. What is your t-shirt size? Sorry, I never wear them (but if I did I would be a very short XXL, like any bear). Sweatshirts and strange socks are always in good taste, though.

10. Do you collect anything? if so, what? Dust, pebbles, shells, books, CDs, recipes, spices, scarves, Arts & Crafts movement oddities, West Coast tribal art (that is, art of the indigenous tribes of the northwestern U.S. and the west coast of Canada).

11. What are some of your other hobbies? Cooking, drawing, collage, singing, celebrating holidays, failing to make any progress on decluttering my house and making it aesthetically pleasing.

12. Do you prefer gold-tone or silver-tone jewelry? Silver, and I have pierced ears (but can't wear posts, so only pendants or hoops).

13. Please include anything else you feel is important that would help your Secret Santa know what you would like You need not spend money on me. I would be overjoyed to have a pebble, an acorn, a sketch, or a leaf from where you live, together with your explanation of where it came from and why it is special to you.

Also, I have a very bright nine-year-old son, Martin, who is the light of my life, so if you know of a children's book we could read together or a game we could play, that would be fun as well.

14. Remember that "negative hints" such as allergies might also be helpful. Were you planning on sending penicillin? I hope not, because I'm allergic to that.

Yours respectfully,
ClaireBear


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 24 Sep 09 - 11:40 AM

1. What is your age range? 50 years old TODAY!!!

2. Gender? Wild Woman

3. Do you have a favorite color? Jewel tones, esp green, red, purple

4. Favorite authors/type of book? Terry Pratchett, music, history, folklore of your region.

5. What books have you really been wanting? See above, re your region

6. What type of music do you like? Anything tonal!

7. What CDs have you really been wanting? Your music, or that of your region.

8. What movies have you been wanting? (specify VHS if you don't have a DVD player) None!

9. What is your t-shirt size? L, again (sigh).

10. Do you collect anything? if so, what? Friends! And deepest, darkest chocolate.

11. What are some of your other hobbies? Knitting, gardening, finishing building this %$#@! house.

12. Do you prefer gold-tone or silver-tone jewelry? Gold, but only if it's the real thing, so please don't bother! But I do like beady things and hand made things.

13. Please include anything else you feel is important that would help your Secret Santa know what you would like
I didn't receive a SS prezzie at all last year, but I'm game to try again. I'm happiest with local, hand made, "re-gifted", and especially edible!

14. Remember that "negative hints" such as allergies might also be helpful. No walnuts, please!


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Sep 09 - 06:11 PM

Happy birthday!


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: alison
Date: 25 Sep 09 - 03:49 AM

surprise me again please!!

I have always been pleasantly surprised by the thought that has gone into sending me something from your own area...... and have received some great stuff over the years.

but if you really need guidance
If you really want to do jewellery - preferably silver.

I love anything new-agey, crystal, weird.................

thanks again santa

alison


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 25 Sep 09 - 03:50 AM

I'll second that!


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 25 Sep 09 - 09:12 PM

refresh - we need more hints! (please)


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: Joybell
Date: 25 Sep 09 - 10:30 PM

OK here we go:
1. Age -- 64

2. Gender -- Female

3. Favorite color-- Yellow, Green, Purple.

4. Books -- Mostly old reference books about 19th century performers, old songs etc. but I have a lot already.

5. What books have you really been wanting? -- see above.

6. Music -- I have a lot already but a CD of my Santa's own would be welcome.

7. What cds have you really been wanting? -- see above

8. Movies (vhs is in the price range) -- none especially

9. T-shirt size? XL

10. Do you collect anything? -- Strange things. Also shells, seed pods. Bits and pieces from my Santa's area would be great.

11. What are some of your other hobbies? -- I study 19th century performers. Sing. Garden -- vegetables and restoration of native vegetation. Observe the natural world. Bush-walk.

12. Do you prefer gold-tone or silver-tone jewelry? -- either

13. Please include anything else you feel is important that would help your secret Santa know what you would like:
Anything from my Santa's area, or made by my Santa. Anything to do with wildlife and wild areas. I love chocolate.

14. Negative hint - Sulphite (preservative 202) gives me bad headaches.
Cheers, Joy


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: Ed T
Date: 26 Sep 09 - 06:25 PM

1. What is your age range?   58

2. Gender? Male

3. Do you have a favorite color? Nope, like them all/

4. Favorite authors/type of book? Don't read books much, anymore. Used to read biographies of interersting people.

5. What books have you really been wanting?Same as above

6. What type of music do you like? Odd stuff, covering most music areas, except classical and opera. Like singers with a good tale to tell and offbeat voices.

7. What CDs have you really been wanting?None in mind. Normally buy them, if I like them.

8. What movies have you been wanting?None, that I can think of.

9. What is your t-shirt size? L

10. Do you collect anything? Not intenially. More focused on getting rid of stuff.

11. What are some of your other hobbies? Woodworking, outdoor activities, storytelling, reading insightful quotes history and biographies.

12. Do you prefer gold-tone or silver-tone jewelry? Neither, Don't wear or appriaciate the stuff.

13. Please include anything else you feel is important that would help your Secret Santa know what you would like. Anything odd ir representative from your area,minus the tourist trinkets. Example, odd shirts, or TShirts from differnt areas. The odder the item, the more likely I would like it.

14. Remember that "negative hints" such as allergies might also be helpful No alergies. But I don't really like smelly stuff.


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: Severn
Date: 26 Sep 09 - 09:12 PM

What is your age range? 61 in December.

Gender (As required by The Engendered Species Act): Male

Favorite color: Blues and greens (a former redhead gone white)

Favorite Authors:Mark Twain, Patrick O'Brien, David Halberstam, William Kennedy, Barbara Tuchman, Steven W.Sears, Dashiell Hammett, Richard Ellis, Peter Matthiessen, off the top of my head. Many more. But I have a lot of those mentioned covered already.

Books you've been really wanting: Folksong collections or local histories from the area where you live. Mysteries by your favorite writers (local color fine here, as well. Any of the Frank Warner, Helen Cheighton, Joanna C. Colcord folksong collections. Good history or biography.

What types of music do you like: Most anything good. Folk from the English speaking world-nautical, blues, Jazz, Bluegrass, UK & Ireland trad., Old Time String Band especially.

What CDs do you want? Something by yourself, Some local music from where you live, whether a local genre, singer or favorite bar band. A taste of where you live. If from outside the USA, stuff I couldn't find in the genres mentioned above that I couldn't aquire easily over here.

What Movies do you want? Pretty full up on movies at present.

What is your T-shirt size? Large. Hat size 7 1/4

Do you collect anything? Old metal antique advertising signs (Porcelain enamel, or just old-50's and earlier), books, recordings (LP tape and CD). I hope to be collecting retirement some time soon!

What are some of your hobbies? With the burns I suffered in March, I'm not doing too much active hobby stuff at present.

Gold or Silver-toned Jewelry? Don't wear it.

Please include anything else you feel is important that would help your Secret Santa know what you'd like. I am diabetic, so avoid booze and sugary stuff and other things incompatable. (sigh!). No allergies, though. Creativity in your clues and hints are a part of a gift in itself.



Looking forward to (temporarily) not knowing you, with a friendship, hopefully, to ensue when all is revealed.


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: sian, west wales
Date: 09 Oct 09 - 07:34 AM

The time draws near ...


1. What is your age range? 56 and counting, 57 by Christmas

2. Gender? Female, "Old Biddy" In Progress

3. Do you have a favorite color? sea green/blue. Really don't care for orange, brown, etc except in autumn foliage

4. Favorite authors/type of book? + 5. What books have you really been wanting?

I like hymn books and books that discuss traditional music, and traditions in general. I am VERY HAPPY with second hand books.

6. What type of music do you like? + 7. What CDs have you really been wanting?

I'm a sucker for archive music (trad)

8. What movies have you been wanting? (specify VHS if you don't have a DVD player)

None

9. What is your t-shirt size?
Don't wear 'em.

10. Do you collect anything? if so, what?

Hymn books, trad music books, kitchen gadgets (tho' I have a lot!)

11. What are some of your other hobbies?
sewing, knitting, crocheting, learning instruments (currently English concertina & lever harp), sudoko, cooking/baking

12. Do you prefer gold-tone or silver-tone jewelry?
silver only or colours

13. Please include anything else you feel is important that would help your Secret Santa know what you would like

As above, I'm really happy to get previously owned stuff. Recycle! What's it called? ... Regift? If you're in North America, send me the Funnies section from your newspaper! If there's chocolate on offer, I prefer dark; however, I really prefer almond or vanilla to chocolate. I know. Weird. Anything home made would be great. Info on the area in which you live. I'm easy.

And I really really like playing the game ... both as Santa and Santee, so ... lots of hints and teases, pleases.

sian


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: sian, west wales
Date: 20 Oct 09 - 05:16 AM

Another call for hints!

sian


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: SharonA
Date: 20 Oct 09 - 10:31 AM

In my first post here (07 Sep 09 - 01:00 PM) I requested a book: Oliver Sacks' "Seeing Voices". Since then, I was offered a copy of the book, so please cross that one off my list. Thanks!


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: Hawker
Date: 25 Oct 09 - 04:26 AM

1. What is your age range? Between 47 and 49!

2. Gender? Female

3. Do you have a favorite color? Mauves, greens, russets, sort of autumnal colours I guess.

4. Favorite authors/type of book? music books / song books always useful, books on beading.

5. What books have you really been wanting?

6. What type of music do you like? most types apart from progressivve Jazz and Country and Western.

7. What CDs have you really been wanting?

8. What movies have you been wanting? (specify VHS if you don't have a DVD player)

9. What is your t-shirt size?XXL Big and Basggy like me :0)

10. Do you collect anything? if so, what? BEADS!!! and musical instruments :0)

11. What are some of your other hobbies? Photography, jewellery making, assorted crafts. playing the violin, banjo, harp, recorder, handbells, penny whistle, singin, playing with steam engines.

12. Do you prefer gold-tone or silver-tone jewelry? Silver but not too worried if its gold.

13. Please include anything else you feel is important that would help your Secret Santa know what you would like:
I am easily pleased, anything home made, or relevant to my Santa is always interesting. Im not easily offended and have a good sense of humour.

14. Remember that "negative hints" such as allergies might also be helpful. Easily pleased dont worry!

And...for all the lazy gits out there...a link to last year's hint thread so you can say "no changes".


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: My guru always said
Date: 25 Oct 09 - 06:41 AM

Here's the link (again) for all the lazy gits out there to last year's hint thread so you can say "no changes".


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: My guru always said
Date: 25 Oct 09 - 06:50 AM

Sorry, mostly copied and pasted - lazy git *grin*

Female, will be 50 in a few short weeks!

Love Purple, Black, Greens & Blues - definitely not pink!

Books: Have read all Terry Pratchett's and have a good collection of his Hard-back First Editions (apart from Discworld 1st & 2nd books - but they're nearly into 4 figures now so please don't worry about searching for them!!). Any science fantasy, dragons & wizzzzards, fiction, thrillers (have read almost all of Clive Cussler and Wilbur Smith, Alexander Kent, Barbara Erskine, Carlos Castenada to name a few), crime etc. Second-hand is preferred, dogeared and with broken spines are perfectly acceptable, shows they're recommended!

Musical taste: Traditional Folk, a capella singing, contempory folk, female voice - anything that's good, stuff you've done, anything of Catters, ones with good songs to try!!

Not into movies or DVD's - rarely get time in front of the TV.

Size: still Large - I like chocolate a lot and I've become quite good at ice-cream cocktails recently (still)....

Am accumulating an interesting collection of crafty earrings, pierced & dangly!!! Silver-tone seems to go best with my favourite colours. Seem to have accumulated stones from various places & beaches... Love Cats, Birds, Chocolate (too much), gardening, plants & trees, secret gardens, interesting places, earth powers, intuition & friendship.

Allergies yes, mainly alkaline-forming foods (have never eaten fruit so that's a definite negative). Luckily there aren't many other negatives in my life apart from the food!

Happy to read any packing material too, as long as it isn't technical stuff that is!

Hmm - not much has changed.......
Still gotta basic web-page!


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: jacqui.c
Date: 25 Oct 09 - 02:17 PM

1. What is your age range? 62

2. Gender? Female

3. Do you have a favorite color? Indigo, Violet, Black, Red, Autumn colours.

4. Favorite authors/type of book? I have too many books now!

5. What books have you really been wanting? See above

6. What type of music do you like? Most - not Rap or Jazz

7. What CDs have you really been wanting? None right now

8. What movies have you been wanting? (specify VHS if you don't have a DVD player)None right now

9. What is your t-shirt size? X-Large

10. Do you collect anything? if so, what? Yarn, earrings

11. What are some of your other hobbies? Crochet (not knitting!)

12. Do you prefer gold-tone or silver-tone jewelry? Has to be silver (allergies)

13. Please include anything else you feel is important that would help your Secret Santa know what you would like - anything local or peculiar to my Santa.

14. Remember that "negative hints" such as allergies might also be helpful. No sugar, chocolate or carbs and I'm allergic to most metals.


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: Chanteyranger
Date: 25 Oct 09 - 02:37 PM

Male, 56.

I'm overloaded with cd's,. t-shirts and books.I love movies, so if there's a film on DVD that has really affected you, and you'd like to share it with others, I'm your man. Also, if there's some object for group of postcards that reflect your home town or region, that's another idea.

Chanteyranger


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: Cats
Date: 26 Oct 09 - 07:49 AM

1. What is your age range? 56

2. Gender? female

3. Do you have a favorite color? burgundy, red, black

4. Favorite authors/type of book? hsitorical fact and fiction, nature, local cook books

5. What books have you really been wanting?......I'll have to think about that one!

6. What type of music do you like? folk, mozart, handel anything vaguely baroque

7. What CDs have you really been wanting?///////////

8. What movies have you been wanting? (specify VHS if you don't have a DVD player)////////////////////

9. What is your t-shirt size? HUGE.... Extra HUUUUUUGEE
.. I am a BIG lady

10. Do you collect anything? if so, what? Christmas tree decorartions from all over the world.

11. What are some of your other hobbies? keeping chickens, reading, cats [of course] walking on the moors where I live and I take up bee keeping next year

12. Do you prefer gold-tone or silver-tone jewelry? Silver every time

13. Please include anything else you feel is important that would help your Secret Santa know what you would like. It's enough that someone has though about finding me something that they would like to send.

14. Remember that "negative hints" such as allergies might also be helpful. No allergies but avoid anything to do with Jon Heslop and Cornwall Songwriters and Brighton like the plague.


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: CET
Date: 29 Oct 09 - 11:19 PM

Here's mine:

1. What is your age range? 52

2. Gender? M

3. Do you have a favorite color? Red

4. Favorite authors/type of book? Military history, thrillers

5. What books have you really been wanting? None in particular

6. What type of music do you like? Mostly trad - British Isles, France, Germany, Canada, U.S. Also, old timey.

7. What CDs have you really been wanting? None in particular.

8. What movies have you been wanting? (specify VHS if you don't have a DVD player) None

9. What is your t-shirt size? Large

10. Do you collect anything? if so, what? No.

11. What are some of your other hobbies? I listen to music and read, but don't do hobbies.

12. Do you prefer gold-tone or silver-tone jewelry? Neither.

13. Please include anything else you feel is important that would help your Secret Santa know what you would like. Music, or something else from your area would be welcome.

14. Remember that "negative hints" such as allergies might also be helpful.

Edmund
And...for all the lazy gits out there...a link to last year's hint thread so you can say "no changes".


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: Wyrd Sister
Date: 09 Nov 09 - 08:07 AM

what is your age range? late 50s going on 17 and three-quarters

2. gender? female

3. Do you have a favorite color? black/blue/purple range

4. favorite authors/ type of book? Terry Pratchett (but got all books)

5. what books have you really been wanting?

6. what type of music do you like? Folk, not Irish(!), & the sort of mixed stuff you get on Late Junction (UK radio 4)

7. what Cd's have you really been wanting? anything, see above

8. What movies have you been wanting? none really

9. what is your t-shirt size? largest there is. A use for old Tshirts would be good!

10. do you collect anything? if so, what? folklore stuff, calendar customs, clutter

11. what are some of your other hobbies? gardening, sewing, cross-stitch, knitting, dogs

12. do you prefer gold-tone or silver-tone jewelry? definitely silver

13. please include anything else you feel is important that would help your Secret Santa know what you would like. Um. Dunno.


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: Anne Lister
Date: 10 Nov 09 - 05:59 AM

1. What is your age range?
50+, but only really owning up to 35.
2. Gender?
Female
3. Do you have a favorite color?
Purple, rich reds, rich blues.
4. Favorite authors/type of book?
I love fantasy, historical fiction and Terry Pratchett, but the truth is I read almost anything and everything - and I've got a lot of books. If there's a new Pratchett, Le Guin, Gaiman, De Lint or GRR Martin I probably won't have it, though.
5. What books have you really been wanting?
I suppose there's always my Amazon wish list to check, under my name.
6. What type of music do you like?
trad British folk, early music, Mozart, rock - all sorts of stuff.
7. What CDs have you really been wanting?
albums by Mudcatters.
8. What movies have you been wanting? (specify VHS if you don't have a DVD player)
Trouble is, we have a list which we're working through on DVD rental, so it's hard to say. Again, check Amazon wish list if that's your fancy.
9. What is your t-shirt size?
XXL, for comfort!
10. Do you collect anything? if so, what?
money? (If only!)
11. What are some of your other hobbies?
Theatre, Shakespeare, walking, living history.
12. Do you prefer gold-tone or silver-tone jewelry?
I'm one of those awkward people who prefer real gold and real silver!
13. Please include anything else you feel is important that would help your Secret Santa know what you would like
I love a selection of small things, and information about where my SS might live. And I'm not difficult to please!
14. Remember that "negative hints" such as allergies might also be helpful.


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: Sarah the flute
Date: 10 Nov 09 - 08:49 AM

Here's mine
1. what is your age range? Hovering around the great half century still

2. gender? female ...well Sarah is an unusual choice of name for a boy

3. Do you have a favorite color? Blue and Maroon

4. favorite authors/ type of book? Music books with dots (not classical but anything folky with or without words)Dance books for ceili dances NOT other books I'm a Librarian..AAAAARRRRRGGGGHHH BOOKS! It's as bad as Fish with bones and beans that aren't green

5. what books have you really been wanting? More music books but if you can find any with tunes in G that are in one octave that would be great for my Scottish Smallpipes

6. what type of music do you like? Most folky stuff

7. what CDs have you really been wanting? 5 hand Reel re release, anything by Mike McGoldrick except (Fused and Wired)

8. What movies have you been wanting? None except a DVD on Irish CEILI dancing would be good - NOT Set dancing or step dancing

9. what is your t-shirt size? large

10. do you collect anything? if so, what? Anything to do with wind instruments

11. what are some of your other hobbies? drawing cartoons, drinking and socialising.

12. do you prefer gold-tone or silver-tone jewelry? Silver. I love celtic silver earings or silver and amber. dangly not studs

13. please include anything else you feel is important that would help your Secret Santa know what you would like. I like gadgets and food except fish with bones and beans that aren't green. Something from your local area or if you have your own CD that would be great. I'd rather have lots of little cheap interesting stuff that one big thing!

14. Allergies - not incense sticks ...they make me feel queasy for some reason.

Hope this is enough

oooooh exciting!

Sarah


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: maeve
Date: 10 Nov 09 - 01:33 PM

1. I am an adult

2. Female

3. Favorite colors: gemstone colors: turquoise, amber, amethyst, garnet, green tourmaline...

4. Favorite authors- Madeline L'Engle, C.S. Lewis, various poets

5. What books have you really been wanting? Songbooks, traditional crafts. I'm interested in learning traditional methods used to turn plant fibers into cordage, thread, or cloth.

6. I like all kinds of (mostly) acoustic music from many regions of the world. I love learning from source singers' recordings in any language; transcripts welcome. Folk chorus arrangements of beautiful songs are especially welcome as I can take them in to the folk chorus I sing with. I read music and learn by ear. I like lullabies.

7. What CDs/cassettes/LPs, etc. - Mudcatters' music (especially yours), Folkways, traditional source singers- anything offered at Camsco, Greentrax, Brian Peters, frailed banjo, outstanding bodhran, ... I'm hungry for good music. Second hand albums are fine.

8. What movies- none, thanks

9. What is your t-shirt size? Large/X large

10. I collect hand tools, stones, flower and veggie seeds, fabric, poems, carved wood, mittens, regional knitted or lace samples, stories about a person's life, interesting letters from friends and strangers... Small, useful or lovely things; nothing costly.

11. What are some of your other hobbies? We run a small farm growing fruit trees, perennials, wildflowers, seedlings, unusual vegetables. We make or grow much of what we need. We have bantam chickens. I like to make things, take photos, paint, sew, bake, and build drystone walls and pottery. I've run a steam engine and I write songs and poetry. I've been reminding myself how to play guitar, fiddle, harp, pennywhistle and tasteful bodhran following a close encounter with an ice patch last spring. I look for unusual songs and hymns to sing in local churches.

12. I will happily wear what I am given in friendship. I like to make beaded and silver jewelry using glass, gemstones, etc. Pierced ears (one per ear), special silver charms...

13. I'm married to a talented and loving husband. We work very hard. We love to travel but haven't been able to for a few years. Simple is good.

14. I get migraines from flickering lights. A dose of dark chocolate helps greatly! Unless you plan to mail poison ivy no allergy problems. I'm not very good at self-pampering; I'm willing to learn.

15. No worries about arrival date, clever clues, intricate delivery methods unless they add to your pleasure... have fun and I am likely to enjoy it too. Thank you.


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 11 Nov 09 - 08:53 AM

Some of these are the same as previous years.

I really like getting things from my Secret Santa's abode -- your music or that of your friends, local travel brochures, maps, rocks or shells, food -- even crumpled local newspapers used as packing material. (I have in my possession Divine's obituary in Spanish that was in a crumpled newspaper protecting something I had mailordered. )

1. what is your age range?
60 to 60 (unless you're counting by decade -- then I'm six). I'm not old; I'm retro!

2. gender?
Goddess, fer-pete's-sake

3. Do you have a favorite color?
Blue, green, blue green, purple, bluish purple, magenta. I avoid orange except in things I eat (and the occasional accent flower.)

4. favorite authors/type of book?
Uh, I need books like cats need wings, but books on your vicinity's early gravestones or gravestone carvers (or stonework, from standing stones to cathedrals and walls) would be a welcome addition to the library.

5. what books have you really been wanting?
Alas, probably out of your price range, as well as mine.

6. what type of music do you like?
Everything from Louis Killen to Louis Prima. Prefer getting something by you, your friends or someone you think I should hear.

7. what cds have you really been wanting?
See number 6.

8. What movies have you been wanting?
Uh, Curmudgeon and I probably have the largest private collection in New Hampshire, USA, but we don't have a copy of Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" or "What the Bleep?" or Michael Moore's "Sicko" or "Capitalism: A Love Story" -- not that we've had any time to watch anything lately.

9. what is your t-shirt size?
H for homungus (I like 'em roomy). I'm goddess-shaped, but shrinking … so XL still snug, but 1 or 2X seems to work as well as 3X at least. I don't have (alas) a Mudcat T-shirt or sweatshirt.

10. do you collect anything? if so, what?
Maps, hippocampuses, rubber squid, rubberstamps and printing paraphernalia, skulls and interesting bones, rocks, shells, green men, mermaids...I think I collect collections.

11. what are some of your other hobbies?
Gravestone rubbing and research on gravestone carvers, learning how to cut slate, gardening, making bead jewelry, rubberstamp art, needlepoint...avoiding housework.

12. do you prefer gold-tone or silver-tone jewelry?
Silver

13. please include anything else you feel is important that would help your secret santa know what you would like.
I'm a sucker for fancy scented bath stuff, but I'm still stuck with showers and can't indulge in my preferred R&R water therapy.

Remember that "negative hints" such as allergies might also be helpful.
I'm allergic to penicillin & a lot of antibiotics, blue mussels and carnations, not that I think this will really help my SS (aw, no penicillin chewies!). And I really don't care for the color orange unless it's edible or a flower up against a blue or purple backdrop.


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: Nancy King
Date: 15 Nov 09 - 07:28 PM

Whew! Just got notification of my Secret Santee from Liz, which reminded me I haven't posted my hints for this year! There's not a whole lot of change since last year, but here goes anyhow:

1. What is your age range? Let's just say I'm retired, and take advantage of senior citizen discounts at every opportunity...

2. Gender? Female (how many males do you know named "Nancy"?

3. Do you have a favorite color? Love purple, and also earth tones, other than orange.

4. Favorite authors/type of book? Mysteries, thrillers, historical fiction. Big Patrick O'Brian fan -- but I already have all of his, plus a biography (thanks to a previous Secret Santa!). Love recorded books! Song books are great, as are cookbooks.

5. What books have you really been wanting? As a retired public librarian, I'm pretty well able to find whatever I want...

6. What type of music do you like? Most folk music, especially anything with good harmony.

7. What CDs have you really been wanting? Yours!

8. What movies have you been wanting? (specify VHS if you don't have a DVD player) Don't watch movies much...

9. What is your t-shirt size? Large, but I'd just as soon pick out my own, thanks...

10. Do you collect anything? if so, what? Other than dust bunnies, you mean? Well, Springbok jigsaw puzzles, funny wind-up toys, pictures of my grandson...

11. What are some of your other hobbies? Embroidery, puzzles, gardening (as opposed to yard work), cooking.

12. Do you prefer gold-tone or silver-tone jewelry? Gold-tone

13. Please include anything else you feel is important that would help your Secret Santa know what you would like. Hmm -- can't think of much else to say, other than that anything typical of your own corner of the world would be lovely! And if you're from the UK, I crave a Kendal Mint Cake!

14. Remember that "negative hints" such as allergies might also be helpful. No allergies, unless you were planning to send sulfa drugs...

Thanks!
Nancy


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: jennbrooks
Date: 16 Nov 09 - 01:35 PM

Well, this is really Art, but here are herself's hints, copied from last time, with a little editing:

1. what is your age range? I'm 60. A young 60. I think. {Personally, I have trouble believing that. 35, maybe.}

2. gender? female

3. Do you have a favorite color?several. Blues, rusts and greens, darker rather than lighter. {Boring colors}

4. favorite authors/ type of book? Mostly I go to the library a lot, but see below. I like mysteries and fantasies. {A lot of mysteries in which the protagonist is a knitter seem to flow through here.}

5. what books have you really been wanting? A local cookbook or songbook or any knitting or beading pamphlet or mag would be enjoyed.

6. what type of music do you like? Most folk, but especially patter songs, humor, stories with a twist.

7. what cds have you really been wanting? None, thank you (unless you have a terrific inspiration or record music yourself). The other mudcatter in this house does a great job of choosing and playing the music here. {Yes, admittedly very true}

8. What movies (vhs is in the price range) have you been wanting? Also none, thank you.

9. what is your t-shirt size? Medium

10. do you collect anything? if so, what? Armadillos!?! Yarn for knitting (Much preferred to armadillos) or a length of cloth for sewing or beads for beading. You should see this collection! I have my own junk room! (Most people have a drawer.)

11. what are some of your other hobbies? Well, I guess I told that one above, huh? Also bike riding and folk and contradancing.

12. do you prefer gold-tone or silver-tone jewelry? Silver, hands down. Generally I wear pierced earrings, rarely any other jewelry. {{Really hard to buy presents around here!}

13. please include anything else you feel is important that would help your secret santa know what you would like. Something of your craft or from your locale would be delightful.


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: artbrooks
Date: 16 Nov 09 - 01:54 PM

OOPs...I messed up the HTML.   Could a clone un-italic everything outside the {...} marks. Please???


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: Dan Schatz
Date: 17 Nov 09 - 12:50 PM

My confuzed zecret zanta wants hints. I say surprise me, but if it helps....

OK...the same set of hints from prior years:

1. What is your age range? 37.

2. Gender? Male.

3. Do you have a favorite color? I like deep reds (maroon, wine colored, etc), earth tones, forest green

4. Favorite authors/type of book? I'm big into fantasy, Sci Fi, poetry and nature writing

5. What books have you really been wanting? Anything that can be read by somebody whose brain is somewhat fried by toddler parenthood.

6. What type of music do you like? Um, folk. Isn't that why we're here?

7. What CDs have you really been wanting? Yours, or anything from your neck of the woods, or whatever you love.

8. What movies have you been wanting? (specify VHS if you don't have a DVD player) Anything good that can be played in the US.

9. What is your t-shirt size? Small.

10. Do you collect anything? if so, what? Excellent musical instruments, but that might exceed the price guidelines....

11. What are some of your other hobbies? The outdoors

12. Do you prefer gold-tone or silver-tone jewelry? Not really a jewelry guy, except for a few Unitarian Universalist chalice pins, and I have LOTS of those.

13. Please include anything else you feel is important that would help your Secret Santa know what you would like - I would like whatever you'd like to send me.

14. Remember that "negative hints" such as allergies might also be helpful. I can't think of any negative hints. I am open to whatever - that's part of the fun! Although now that you mention it - please don't send me Sarah Palin's book.

Dan


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: Tig
Date: 17 Nov 09 - 06:08 PM

Hello Santa,
Sorry this is late, hope it may be some use.

1. What is your age range? 58 but growing old disgracefully

2. Gender? As far as I know Female - and always have been

3. Do you have a favorite color? Rich blues, autumn colours, deep purples, black - no wishy washy colours or pinks please

4. Favorite authors/type of book? I love old recipe books and herbals but don't really have favourite authors.

5. What books have you really been wanting? None special at the moment

6. What type of music do you like? I've a fairly eclectic taste in music although I'm not keen on Rap

7. What CDs have you really been wanting? None

8. What movies have you been wanting? (specify VHS if you don't have a DVD player) Errrrm - how do you make them picture things work?

9. What is your t-shirt size? XL - to my shame. Love 'picture' and black ones.

10. Do you collect anything? if so, what? Dragons, crystals, old jewellery to 'recycle'

11. What are some of your other hobbies? I do aromatherapy for people. I'm now making some jewellery - especially fun earrings using semiprecious chips and old beads. However I also love getting earrings of any kind

12. Do you prefer gold-tone or silver-tone jewelry? Silver any day

13. Please include anything else you feel is important that would help your Secret Santa know what you would like. I am a witch so interesting pebbles, bits of wood or 'pagan'/green man things are great. I'm also interested in medieval and early social history.

14. Remember that "negative hints" such as allergies might also be helpful. I am diabetic so sweet stuff isn't really a good idea(even though I'm not good!)

I like surprises so anything you feel I would like would be brilliant.

Hope Mrs Claus and the Elves are behaving and that all the Girlies in the stable are ready for the run. (They must all be female cos the males have lost their antlers by Christmas)

Lots of love and hugs
Tig xxx


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 18 Nov 09 - 09:19 AM

Bounce....

SECSY
LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: Firecat
Date: 18 Nov 09 - 06:02 PM

1. What is your age range? I'm 25 (26 on January 5).

2. Gender? Last time I checked, I was a girl.

3. Do you have a favorite color? Midnight blue, black and silver.

4. Favorite authors/type of book? I love autobiographies, especially ones by actors. I also enjoy reading plays.

5. What books have you really been wanting? The latest Torchwood books, or classic series Doctor Who books. I have all the ones from the new series.

6. What type of music do you like? Rock, metal, pop, soundtracks... that sort of stuff. I'm a big Proclaimers fan but only have their greatest hits.

7. What CDs have you really been wanting? Doctor Who and Torchwood audios. I've got Pest Control, The Resurrection Casket and Lost Souls. Anything read by David Tennant. Music-wise, there isn't anything that springs to mind.

8. What movies have you been wanting? (specify VHS if you don't have a DVD player) Classic series Doctor Who. I'm trying to boost my collection. I don't have any Hartnell or Troughton ones, so those would be good.

9. What is your t-shirt size? Medium (size 12).

10. Do you collect anything? if so, what? Things with butterflies on, Doctor Who things, Torchwood things, anything David Tennant-y, coins.

11. What are some of your other hobbies? Writing quizzes, doing quizzes, reading, acting, learning languages (currently learning Welsh).

12. Do you prefer gold-tone or silver-tone jewelry? Silver. I don't wear gold.

13. Please include anything else you feel is important that would help your Secret Santa know what you would like. I'm currently in my first year of a Psychology degree at Bangor University, North Wales.

14. Remember that "negative hints" such as allergies might also be helpful. I'm a teetotal vegetarian, with an allergy to nickel silver.


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: maeve
Date: 19 Nov 09 - 08:21 PM

From another Santa thread:

Subject: RE: BS: 2009 Secret Santa Time!
From: Mrs Cobble - PM
Date: 19 Nov 09 - 07:09 PM

Age.                   Over the hill!
Gender.             Female.
Favorite color.   Green
Books.                Folklore, anything from SS's locality would be nice.
Music.                Jazz and Folk.
Interests.          Knitting, Cross stitch, crystals
T Shirt size.      XXXL
Prefer silver tones.

Mrs C


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 19 Nov 09 - 11:49 PM

I was trying to find this thread -- nothing under "secret santa", nothing under "secret", finally tried "hints"! Did find last year's hints thread and found that we were about the last to post there... lordy, at least we're consistent!!

So so sorry for being so so slow..........

It's because we've been working so hard on
all of our chores...we've been real good
and not naughty....so coal goes to heating
us and not under the tree...or in stockings!

Astro and Desert Dancer are reallll goooodddd.... even if we're reeal slooooowwww.

1. What is your age range? 48 to 57

2. Gender? both

3. Do you have a favorite color? not puce;

4. Favorite authors/type of book? for SS purposes, regional tidbits would be fun

5. What books have you really been wanting? Don't really need more books, but your local folklore or personal writings might be of interest

6. What type of music do you like? our tastes are quite wide-ranging; again local color or or your own stuff is of interest

7. What CDs have you really been wanting? (see above)

8. What movies have you been wanting? (specify VHS if you don't have a DVD player) Any folk concerts or stuff like that

9. What is your t-shirt size? S & M (that's shirt sizes, really!!!) or M & M (and that's not candy...)

10. Do you collect anything? if so, what? Xmas ornaments of regional or annual interest

11. What are some of your other hobbies? we play mandolin, banjo, concertina and sing traddie stuff, enjoy contra & English country dance, waltzing and swing dancing (of a free-form variety)

12. Do you prefer gold-tone or silver-tone jewelry? platinum for astro... (either, really; Desert Dancer is a pierced earring wearer and astro gets to look at them ;-) )

13. Please include anything else you feel is important that would help your Secret Santa know what you would like

Local or personal specialties and/or folkish stuff is fun, but not food-type stuff please.

FYI, we are USAians, living dually in L.A. and Tucson, Arizona.

~ astro & Desert Dancer


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: GUEST,quokka
Date: 27 Nov 09 - 07:12 PM

Tried to post hints...obviously Santa's elves whisked my list away to start working on my pressie! (Or I've posted to the wrong thread!)
Anyhoo,here's a few in case anyone's interested

Age: 42
Gender: Female
Favourite colour: Purple
Books: Love 'em...am an insatiable bookworm
Music: Very eclectic taste...
Other: I am easily pleased!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Santa Hints 2009
From: Chanteyranger
Date: 04 Dec 09 - 03:12 PM

Age range: 56
Gender: Male

I love traditional music, rock, blues, jazz, classical. I'm also an avid reader of history, politics, current events....or some gift that reflects your home area, or your own craftsmanship...really, anything you think would be interesting would be very welcome. Surprise me! thanks.

-Chanteyranger


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