"What's next dreams
?" asked WT Sharpe
. He was sitting on one end of the couch trying to restring his ukulele 1
. They were going caroling 2
tonight, and he had volunteered3
to accompany the singers.
"I'm going to string up 4
our Christmas cards over the mantel5
" replied dreams
. "We've gotten so many from our members that I'm going to have to use some heavy wire to hold them up. WT Sharpe
, can I borrow some of your ukulele wire?"
"Sure - help yourself. Do you need me to cut it for you?"
"No, I have my heavy duty6
. They'll cut through most anything." dreams
, who sent that big card?" asked HarryT
. He had been sitting quietly all night on the couch, proofreading his own edition of Dickens' Christmas Books
. After the caroling, Harry
would read A Christmas Carol
aloud to the gathered8
moderators right before bedtime -- a cherished MobileRead tradition.
"It's from Kovid
! It's a calibre
Christmas card. When you open it, it organizes all the other cards you've received. Then it auto-generates a mailing list you can use next year!" dreams
explained. "How practical! And beautiful!"
"Oh look! How sweet. So many signed it and, oh my, no wonder this card was so big, I think everyone from the E-Book Software forum
"What's the matter Harry
? You're frowning9
?" asked dreams
"Drat! I think I found some typos10
in this copy of A Christmas Carol
. I'll have to fix them before I read to you tonight."
"Don't worry. You'll have time to run up to the Patricia Clark Memorial Library
gets here. There's plenty of time before your reading" soothed11 dreams
look! We have a card from everyone in our new Foro Español
! How nice of them. Could you help me put these new cards up, please?
All eyes turned to DaleDe12
, who had been quietly playing with his Wiki
-Blocks on the hearth rug13
. His carefully constructed Towers of Knowledge had fallen over, waking everyone up.
"Sorry guys. These old Wiki
-Blocks don't fit together well any more. I've asked Santa to bring me a new set" he apologized. "Then I'll be able to build more complex structures that will hold more knowledge!"
"Well, just be sure to put your Wiki
-Blocks away when you're done. A person could step on one and have a bad fall! We don't want to have any accidents tonight, of all nights!" warned dreams
Nate the great
turned back to his desk. He was finishing his letter to Santa. He was late this year, but had waited to ask for a brand new gadget.
"Dear Santa ... I've been very good this year, and think that I deserve to receive a PocketBook
front-lit color eInk ereader. I have enclosed some references to help your elves build one. I'm leaving out extra cookies with your milk to repay you for your effort. Thank you. Nate
remembered to shout across the room: "Thanks again dreams
for baking those cookies for Santa." (WT Sharpe
's ukulele was rather loud)
smiled and replied "I hope you noticed I put extra special sprinkles on them. I know how much you're counting on Santa to fill your stocking -- and I figured adding a little sugar on top couldn't hurt!"
sealed his letter into an air-mail envelope and put on his coat. "I wish Santa had email" he grumbled. "It would save me a trip to the mail-box. It's cold outside tonight!"
"Just think how cold pilotbob
must be, stringing up all those lights. He's been up on the roof for a long time. I hope he's all right." worried dreams
, while you're outside, check on pilotbob
and see if he needs any help. OK? And look out for Alex
-- he's late again tonight, but promised to join us."
"Will do. Anyone want to stretch their legs before dinner? It's only a couple of blocks to the mail-box. No one? OK, I'll be back in a few minutes."
slammed the door behind him, but not before a frosty draft rushed into the cozy room. poohbear_nc
ran to the fireplace, shivering and complaining bitterly about inconsiderate14
"Be careful pooh
" warned dreams
. "Don't stand too close or else a spark15
might land on you!"
leaned over and whispered to WT Sharpe
were here, he'd be sure to make a wise crack about the chicken cooking himself."
glared at the giggling pair and ran out of the room. It was now so quiet you could hear pooh
slam and lock his door upstairs!
"SHAME ON YOU! It's Christmas -- and all you can do is make fun of others and hurt their feelings!" dreams
-- you were laughing too" protested pdurrant
"Go upstairs right now and apologize! Both of you! And don't come down unless poohbear
comes with you!"
watched the guilty duo slink16
out of the room and sighed deeply. "Really! Is it so hard to be kind and peaceful for just one night out of the year? Is it?"
Everyone in the room looked down at the floor and muttered "No ma'am."
"Well -- I'm
going to have a Merry Christmas tonight -- even if I have to kill everybody in this room!" declared dreams
dramatically, as she returned to opening another Christmas card. "Now where are my scissors? They were here on the mantel just a minute ago?"
When out on the street, there arose such a clatter17,
dreams sprang from the hearth18 to see what was the matter,
Away to the window she flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters19 and threw up the sash20.
"Now what" she screamed!
[End of Episode 2]
1 restring: mit Saiten bespannen (hier die Ukulele)
2 caroling: feierliches Singen von Weihnachtsliedern
3 to volunteer: sich freiwillig melden, sich bereit erklären etwas zu tun
4 to string up: auffädeln (an einer Schnur oder einem Draht)
5 mantel: Kamin
6 heavy duty: Hochleistungs-
7 handy: griffbereit
8 gathered: versamelt
9 to frown: die Stirn runzeln, finster dreinschauen
10 typo: Druckfehler
11 to soothe: beruhigen
12 DaleDe kümmert sich als MR moderator seit langem um das MR wiki.
13 hearth rug: Kaminvorleger
14 inconsiderate: rücksichtlos
15 spark: Funke
16 to slink: schleichen
17 clatter: Klappern, Gerassel
18 hearth: Feuerstelle, Ofen
19 shutters: Fensterläden
20 sash:schiebbarer Fensterrahmen