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PAX Forums Secret Santa 2010 - LETTERS TO SANTA + PICTURES OF ARRIVED GIFTS

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  • FrugusFrugus Podcaster Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    I got something really awesome. It was home made, it got to my roots and got me thinking even more about PAX and the kind of people I'm going to meet. WingedIllidan, unless you happen to be underage, you just got yourself a drink(s). Thank you SO much!

    First, I think I won the "Biggest Box" contest
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    There was enough bubble tape to keep my girlfriend busy for days. I may be in trouble.
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    I may have also won the "Geekiest Gift Boxing/Wrapping" Award
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    There enclosed was a clear message
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    I chose plan B.
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    There was also a cool card in a cool envelope
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    With a cool card
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    That made Epic Level Music!
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    Speaking of which, Winged got me closed to PAX by gifting me a signed album from Paul and Storm. Funny thing is that I got a Jocco Album before going to PAX 2010 and bought Zero Day (signed) though I did not see the show. I got to see Paul and Storm (never heard of them before) and we both laughed are asses off. This is way more appreciated than you could have thought I'm sure! It was one of the missing pieces to oen of the best trips I ever had.
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    Last but not least, a comple kit for Hard Drive Shuffleboard, complete with delux (though borked) 500 gig HD.
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    Finally, without spoilers!

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    Thanks a gabillion WingedIllidan!

  • Mystral721Mystral721 Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Figures that the one day I don't check my mail is when my Santa gift arrives. It was worth the wait, though!

    Behold the bounty of my Sekrit Santa gift!
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    Thank you so much, ZeroHourHero! This is far beyond what I expected and I love everything.
    I'm toasting you with a cup of Three Kings Mao Feng right now. <3

    "Little baby Cthulhu hopping through the forest, picking up the field mice and Sucking Out Their Souls"

    http://www.logicalcreativity.com/jon/plush/01.html
  • WingedillidanWingedillidan Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Frugus wrote: »
    I got something really awesome. It was home made, it got to my roots and got me thinking even more about PAX and the kind of people I'm going to meet. WingedIllidan, unless you happen to be underage, you just got yourself a drink(s). Thank you SO much!

    First, I think I won the "Biggest Box" contest

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    Speaking of which, Winged got me closed to PAX by gifting me a signed album from Paul and Storm. Funny thing is that I got a Jocco Album before going to PAX 2010 and bought Zero Day (signed) though I did not see the show. I got to see Paul and Storm (never heard of them before) and we both laughed are asses off. This is way more appreciated than you could have thought I'm sure! It was one of the missing pieces to oen of the best trips I ever had.

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    Thanks a gabillion WingedIllidan!

    No prob bro, glad you liked it, but I want the bubblewrap back... I accidently filled the remaining volume of the box with a cushioney compound. I also tried to address the box to The Year 3000 or the What If Machine, but the post office just laughed at me.. in creepy unison. D:

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  • crackgoblincrackgoblin Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    cabsy wrote: »
    OK so time for a moral to this story, which is don't buy yourself shit near the holidays. Don't do it. Because then what happens is you talk A LOT about how you want something and amazon pretends you didn't get it and then you buy it for yourself and then you get your secret santa present and then, well...

    aww, that sucks. usps lost one of your presents and then you already have one of the others. i feel like i...err, santa failed at their job. are you heading to pax east? if usps doesnt fix my forward address problem within the next week or two, im going to pick up another Yumbots and i can just give it to you in person if would like.

    its a secret to everyone
  • ZeroHourHeroZeroHourHero Registered User
    edited January 2011
    You're welcome Mystral.

    Note:

    The Mate has the same caffeine as coffee. It hits a bit harder though I would advise against drinking it before bed. It does however have more vitamins.

    P.S. I now notice I omitted some words on my inscription, due to lack of sleep when I wrote it. Namely "As it for me" should have been "As it did for me"

  • cabsycabsy oh it's a boat Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    cabsy wrote: »
    OK so time for a moral to this story, which is don't buy yourself shit near the holidays. Don't do it. Because then what happens is you talk A LOT about how you want something and amazon pretends you didn't get it and then you buy it for yourself and then you get your secret santa present and then, well...

    aww, that sucks. usps lost one of your presents and then you already have one of the others. i feel like i...err, santa failed at their job. are you heading to pax east? if usps doesnt fix my forward address problem within the next week or two, im going to pick up another Yumbots and i can just give it to you in person if would like.

    Do not feel that way! If one Perry is awesome, two Perrys is awesomer. I am hoping to be at East, I have everything purchased except the plane ticket. Don't feel like you have to buy more yumbots just because the PO is stupid, though, you really did quite enough!

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  • punziepunzie Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Moe Fwacky wrote: »
    Also the Where's Waldo book is a dead giveaway that it's him.

    Yes, that did make me instantly think of him. Dunno why I then didn't connect that he was my Santa.

    Thanks Qs!!

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  • TwinkieTwinkie Registered User
    edited January 2011
    Mystral721 wrote: »
    Figures that the one day I don't check my mail is when my Santa gift arrives. It was worth the wait, though!

    Behold the bounty of my Sekrit Santa gift!
    Spoiler:

    Thank you so much, ZeroHourHero! This is far beyond what I expected and I love everything.
    I'm toasting you with a cup of Three Kings Mao Feng right now. <3

    Dude! Spreadin' the Tea[vana] love. Do you happen to work there, ZeroHourHero?

  • VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Ah! My Santa package has arrived, but only a note was left behind by USPS! Hopefully my wife will actually answer the door the next time they come... and if not, I'll swing by on Saturday to pick it up!

    3DS Friend Code: 1950-8938-9095
  • ZeroHourHeroZeroHourHero Registered User
    edited January 2011
    Twinkie wrote: »
    Mystral721 wrote: »
    Figures that the one day I don't check my mail is when my Santa gift arrives. It was worth the wait, though!

    Behold the bounty of my Sekrit Santa gift!
    Spoiler:

    Thank you so much, ZeroHourHero! This is far beyond what I expected and I love everything.
    I'm toasting you with a cup of Three Kings Mao Feng right now. <3

    Dude! Spreadin' the Tea[vana] love. Do you happen to work there, ZeroHourHero?

    I do. In fact as I'm writing this Im heading out the door to get to work.

  • Qs23Qs23 Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    punzie wrote: »
    Moe Fwacky wrote: »
    Also the Where's Waldo book is a dead giveaway that it's him.

    Yes, that did make me instantly think of him. Dunno why I then didn't connect that he was my Santa.

    Thanks Qs!!

    I'm just glad you mentioned the PA Series. I grabbed a second one when they pre-ordered them, on the good chance that the secret santa would want one. Which my wife clearly pointed out the problem of what to do with a second dvd if you didn't ask for it... BUT I WAS RIGHT!!!

    And don't worry, it just was those 3 things. (that sounded better in my head)

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  • ArtemisArtemis Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Yay my gift has finally arrived!!!
    A Letter from Santa?!?
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    LOOT has arrived! Right click to open!
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    Whats this isnside???
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    Its a World of Warcraft Gryphon Hatchling, how did you know it was just what I wanted santa???
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    Close up!
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    Whats this? It comes with an in-game pet too?!!!
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    Awesome!!!
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    Father and son!!!
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    Thanks again Santa, awesome gift!!!

  • RdrRdr Rider Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
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    So glad you finally got it! Still sucks that you didn't get it the first time around with the extra loot though.

    That Gryphon is insanely cute and its so soft! My roommate's fiance didn't want me to ship it out haha

  • ArtemisArtemis Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Rdr wrote: »
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    So glad you finally got it! Still sucks that you didn't get it the first time around with the extra loot though.

    That Gryphon is insanely cute and its so soft! My roommate's fiance didn't want me to ship it out haha

    Haha, yeah its super soft! Thanks again! This was an awesome Christmas!!!

  • WingedillidanWingedillidan Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Artemis wrote: »
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    That's strange, we got the same gift :o....
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    Except I don't know who my santa was :(

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  • RdrRdr Rider Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
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    Did you by any chance also get some 360 games in the box? lol

  • proXimityproXimity Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    ALL MY FRIENDS ARE DEAD....

    'cause I killed them with mah army
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    That book is freaking hilarious, btw

    Thanks, Snifit!

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  • SpawnOfCthulhuSpawnOfCthulhu Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    proXimity wrote: »
    ALL MY FRIENDS ARE DEAD....

    'cause I killed them with mah army
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    That book is freaking hilarious, btw

    Thanks, Snifit!

    Glad you like it, Prox!
    :D

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  • punziepunzie Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    So what's the final verdict? Did everyone get their presents?

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  • SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    we are still waiting on two


    Edit: both are currently in transit though. :)

    "we're just doing what smalllady told us to do" - @Heels
  • clickpictonyclickpictony Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    After Ky13 and my absolutely wonderful, week-long winter getaway to San Francisco earlier this December, we were left crying in each others arms over my... debilitating condition. Afterward though Santa found some great literature to help me to cope with this terrible affliction. Santa really is wonderful, looking after me and my soul-mate Kyle.
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    Hugs and kisses Little Bear.

  • ky13ky13 Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    After Ky13 and my absolutely wonderful, week-long winter getaway to San Francisco earlier this December, we were left crying in each others arms over my... debilitating condition. Afterward though Santa found some great literature to help me to cope with this terrible affliction. Santa really is wonderful, looking after me and my soul-mate Kyle.
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    Hugs and kisses Little Bear.

    No problem Papa Bear. =)

    Hey, it's me, Teldra! Did someone say "greatsword"? [Eternity]
    <@frellnik>; because holy shit ky13 win
  • VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Wowowowowowow!!!!

    I was finally able to get to the Post Office today to pick up my Secret Santa present that arrived last week! It's AMAZING!

    I'll be uploading pictures and such tonight after work! I was totally blown away! Thank you so much Santa!!!

    3DS Friend Code: 1950-8938-9095
  • VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Here we go!

    I got a package, but my wife didn't come to the door to sign for it so I had to get to the post office to pick it up... which sadly meant I couldn't get it until I was home while they were open. But here we go!
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    Inside of the box, a shiny red wrapping...
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    Inside of the wrapping, a big present!
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    Inside of the present... more presents!
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    And even MORE presents! ... these ones have a familiar weight to them, I feel like I've held objects like this before...
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    Whoa! SNES games! Totally awesome RPGs! And Final Fantasy III too!!!! YES! I'll be playing these for sure!
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    What's this? It's an envelope that has character buttons in it from FF VI! So awesome!!
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    And lastly... wow! I've never seen anything like this!
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    Where'd you get that? It looks like one is a walkthrough, the other... looks like possibly an art book for the game? They're totally awesome and unique, I love them!

    Thank you so much peetsnack! You rock so many socks! Wow! =) =) =)

    3DS Friend Code: 1950-8938-9095
  • SpawnOfCthulhuSpawnOfCthulhu Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Simple words can not possibly describe how jealous I am right now.


    Here we go!

    I got a package, but my wife didn't come to the door to sign for it so I had to get to the post office to pick it up... which sadly meant I couldn't get it until I was home while they were open. But here we go!
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    Inside of the box, a shiny red wrapping...
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    Inside of the wrapping, a big present!
    Spoiler:

    Inside of the present... more presents!
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    And even MORE presents! ... these ones have a familiar weight to them, I feel like I've held objects like this before...
    Spoiler:

    Whoa! SNES games! Totally awesome RPGs! And Final Fantasy III too!!!! YES! I'll be playing these for sure!
    Spoiler:

    What's this? It's an envelope that has character buttons in it from FF VI! So awesome!!
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    And lastly... wow! I've never seen anything like this!
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    Where'd you get that? It looks like one is a walkthrough, the other... looks like possibly an art book for the game? They're totally awesome and unique, I love them!

    Thank you so much peetsnack! You rock so many socks! Wow! =) =) =)

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  • VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Aye <3 It was awesome! In fact, I'm looking forward to snuggling up to some Secret of Mana when I get home. I don't think I ever actually beat it as a kid.

    3DS Friend Code: 1950-8938-9095
  • WingedillidanWingedillidan Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Was that everyone? Is this wrapped up with 100% happy faces? :3

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  • SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    waiting on one more, having some hiccups with UPS.

    "we're just doing what smalllady told us to do" - @Heels
  • TwinkieTwinkie Registered User
    edited January 2011
    Was that everyone? Is this wrapped up with 100% happy faces? :3

    I will purposefully frown to flout your optimism!


    :[

  • FrugusFrugus Podcaster Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Guys, I'm sorry that this may end the thread on a sour note, but I think it's my duty to give a fair warning should we do this next year.

    If you are from the US and you plan to ship something to Canada, do not use FedEx.

    I did not mention how it was a killjoy to do business with them, but they were quite inflexible about their delivery methods. They have a standard 3 strikes attempt method of delivering your package, at which point they will send it back to the sender. Unfortunately they will not let you change the delivery address for convenience without sending a 10$ charge to the sender. The only solution I had was to do a good road trip to their loan depot center near the airport to pick up my package. That was a little while ago now. For those who ask why I did not have it shipped to my work address, we were on the verge of moving our offices and it would not have been possible to predict where and when any package should be delivered.

    Today I got a 60$ bill through the mail for obscure importing customs issues. I did not get a warning when I picked up a box and this is the first time I'm hearing about it. I'll be calling them first thing Monday morning but I don't expect I'll manage to get out of ignoring a bill for customs.

    I can afford it so it's not a major issue. I do not hold my Santee responsible in any way what so ever. I'm not asking for anyone to foot the bill the billet either. Just saying, watch yourselves when you use FedEx.

  • peetsnackpeetsnack Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    K, in response to the desire of one of our own to not end on a bad note, I present to you the following:

    Wrapping Photos!
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  • DeciusDecius Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    I have a rather large amount of familiarity when it comes to cross border shipping. Next year I will throw a guide together to help our neighbours to the south.

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  • FrugusFrugus Podcaster Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    After calling customer services I found out a few interesting things. Again, this thread is (almost) dead and Decius says he'll look into mentioning a few things in the future, but I thought it would be worth mentioning it none the less.

    1- For reasons such as Income Taxes, Duty Taxes and so on, no one can send money or values worth $Texas via the mail and just say it's a gift. Any package sent as a gift has actually a maximum allowed value before customs kick in. I don't remember the exact value that limit was but I think it was around 50$, which is about what you can spend in 24 hours when going over the border. Coincidence? I think not. Any packages sent otherwise are automatically subject to some kind of customs tax.

    2- Shipping companies will sometimes take care of the customs charges for you when the package crosses the border. Practical really, except for the extra fee they may impose on you. However it is in your right to refuse this fee, at which point you have to make demands/explain that you will be taking care of such fees yourself at a customs office which can be (usually) found in any big city. In my case the total amount to pay has dropped to a very small fee.

    And just in case he did not read it the last time, I never considered my Santee to be responsible for anything. In fact, he was too generous :) I'm still listening to Paul and Storm CD as I'm getting ready for PAX East.

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