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Christmas was 2 days ago. This is the weekly  ‘Ten Things of Thankful’ bloghop, I have a Post to write…. how hard can it be?

1) Shoes. New. photo:  These are the shoes that Phyllis bought me. I liked the ones without feet in them, she insisted on including the ones that I’m wearing in the photo. As we walked out of the store, Phyllis said, ‘think of this as part of celebrating your clarklike nature‘. She was referring to the fact that the shoes (that she really liked), were of some kind of suede-like material, black and yet still evocative of wingtip shoes. It’s hard to see the wingtip row of holes in the photo. I liked the other pair of shoes because they were new and (as a clark, while I have a decent sense of fashion, a natural affinity for the better quality of clothing, I do not have enough of a sense of ‘dressing well’ and subsequently I will wear clothes until they are literally falling apart. (Of the three worldviews, rogers have the most developed sense of fashion and scotts have the most ruthlessly effective fashion sense and clarks, well we’re creative).


2) Christmas card. Yeah, I know, how often has anyone heard me say, ‘I’m really grateful for the Christmas card I received in the mail’?  Well, I’d estimate  about 45 x 10‘never!’ lol  However, Wednesday evening Phyllis came home and said, ‘you have a card in the mail!’  and I was all, ‘oh really?’  I looked at the return address and saw it was from Kristi (K2). I thought, ‘cool! all the way from the blogosphere!’ So it went up on the window, where Phyllis puts the cards that she gets us… Christmas cards in the home of a roger is the equivalent of diplomas on the wall of your doctor or accountant

…the upper left with the dogs on the front

…the upper left with the dogs on the front

3) While Phyllis approaches Christmas from a more mainstream, aka normal perspective, what with the enjoying the sharing of the seasonal good cheer with family, friends and near-strangers.. I’m glad she has a certain less-than-rigid-rogerian expectation for ‘the Right Way’, at least when it comes to wrapping presents. The photo at the top of this Post shows the last present I wrapped on Tuesday evening.

4) Una enjoyed her Christmas presents. (Yes, we* wrap them and hand them to her as we exchange our own gifts on Christmas morning. She does quite a good job of tearing away the paper and pulling the toy out.) We did not take any videos this year. But it was cute.

5) I am grateful for the moderate winter so far…in our area, (southern New England), no snow.  Winter doesn’t get much better than that, short of catastrophic global warming.

6) I (remain) ever grateful for the Wakefield Doctrine. While the prospect of spending 4 plus years writing blog Posts on the same topic,  ‘the theory of clarks, scotts and rogers‘, (this TToT being a partial exception), may seem to some to be daunting and limited, I have yet sat down and regretted owning a computer.

7) the Book of Secret Rules/Secret Book of Rules, (for many of us here at ‘the-bloghop-that-Lizzi-built’, the BoSR/SBoR is like the childhood friend that your parents insisted was a bad influence and how you would do better to find another friend. (yeah, for most of us, that would have been our scottian friend).

8) …in a slightly odd way** I really enjoyed Christine’s Christmas Family Newsletter Post the other day. The modern-day equivalent of the vacation slides***  the cool thing was that, as I read her Post, I found myself thinking,  ‘I knew that already!… I heard about it when it happened!’  Kinda cool… realizing how I (apparently) know about the course of the lives of a number of people who are spread out across the globe, all because of the internet and the Wakefield Doctrine blog.

9) thmb54824079dd336  Susan Z Surprise Question/Item 9!!   

We all went to grade school, call it 6 to 8 years.

  • What Grade comes to mind first?
  • What do you remember about that Grade…

3rd Grade come to mind. I spent a lot of time after school writing spelling words (as punishment). I was a bit of a disciplinary problem at that stage, much time in the Principal’s Office along with my scottian best friend. (in the way of clark/scott friendships, I would come up with the ideas, plans, smartass remarks and Alan (the scott) would actually do them/say them/get others to participate, of course, I got in trouble along with him, so the behind-the-scenes thing wasn’t really working as well as one might hope.

10) SBoR 1.3


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* by ‘we’, I mean, of course, ‘Phyllis’

** yeah,  finally!

*** you went on vacation and your parents took the camera (35 mm film) out of storage on the top shelf in their closet and returned with a ton of photos and then had all 235 photos converted to slides (color transparencies that were mounted in little square cardboard things that were, in turn, put in a carousel that went in the projector). (‘Honey! is the phone book in the kitchen, I need to tilt this more’) and one Saturday evening you would have dinner way early and the smell of that purple perfume from your parents bedroom signaled an adult gathering at the house. You were expected to go to bed early and not come downstairs, no matter how wonderful the salted cocktail peanuts smelled. The ‘company ashtrays’ would be out on the end tables along with the coasters for the drinks. Sometimes the carousel would get dropped and the slides would be in total random order. …yeah, those slides


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Well, what exactly do you want to know? Whether I am a clark or a scott or roger? If you have to ask, then you need to keep reading the Posts for two reasons: a)to get a clear enough understanding to be able to make the determination of which type I am and 2) to realize that by definition I am all three.* *which is true for you as well, all three...but mostly one


  1. clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

    (no, this is not a claim to ‘FRIST’…. but) I had to write this because I just posted this….post and saw the photo I picked for the thumbnail… not this wrapping paper one, the Milla one… well, the thing of it is, and I’m sure it happens to everyone, but I picked that photo only after I had written the post…but did not see it (the photo) in the context of the title (on the Doctrine homepage), for anyone coming here directly from the TToT link-up… you owe it to yourself to go out and come back in ( )…maybe it’s me but I laughed out loud at the (unintentional) juxtaposition of image.

    …ok! who’s gonna be FRIST?

  2. LOL Don’t worry Clark, the humor was not lost on me, your …. FRIST reader.
    Although I wonder even at you for how these things come to be lol

  3. lrconsiderer says:

    You and me for 1.3 this week, even though I added to mine.

    Glad you had Christmas. Glad you have shoes. I know exactly what you mean about having an affinity for good clothes but being creative. This is why I have a broken fur coat.

    I worried because I didn’t send a card. Then I remembered I SANG to my friends this year. That’s right. Creative. Phew!

  4. Awww! Would’ve loved to have seen Una take the toy out. So cute!

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      Una takes cute to a remarkable level, I will have to find some of the vids that we have take-in the past and post them, you’d get a kick out of them.

  5. Awesome! I got presents for Vinny (the dog), Ralphie (the cat) and Pepe (the cat). They are all still playing, chewing and otherwise mutilating them. :D
    Nice shoes!
    Yes…if I have some clothes that I LOVE to wear, I’ll wear them until it is just no longer possible or feasible to wear them, aka, I realize I’m embarrassing myself when I do wear them. I can relate. :P

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      yeah… the clothes thing, it’s like ‘hey I’m slightly altered/improved…how long can I maintain the difference that I feel from new clothes’ lol (clothes should come with a ‘Stop wearing after this Date’ label

  6. I should also add…I don’t know if it’s a clark thing, but I am TERRIBLE with the Christmas and birthday cards. I always remember to call people on the day of their birthday, but sending a card? Oooh, forget it. I’m utterly challenged. So, I’m really glad there are people who remember to do this. :)

  7. fangboner1 says:

    We got like two christmas cards. It was not my thing this year and i think the fact that we got so few means people get our cards and think oh crap and send us one. SOoooo not interested in that.

    um.. All I could think of when I saw the shoes was elvis’s Blue suede shoes.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      I was thinking somewhat the same thing…. (I have trouble distinguishing between black and way, way blue, sometimes)…I once owned genuine blue, blue suede shoes… I was in college and that was such a long seeming time ago! lol

  8. zoebyrd says:

    I am fairly behind this year and guess my chances of catching up are slim now that Christmas is past… oh well… Im good with it. I like the new shoes. I was wondering what was up with the gift… not bad at all then I read on…. Have a nice New Year… Maybe I will be on time for that one… naw…probably not.

  9. dyannedillon says:

    1. I like the ones on your feet the best.
    2. I feel like such a loser, because I didn’t send one, single Christmas card this year, yet I love receiving them. The blogosphere friends who send them are even better to receive. NEXT YEAR.
    3. My guess is that is also the last gift she wrapped and was sick of the whole thing.
    4. You should have taken a video of her trying to figure out what her present was. It was entertaining at our house. I’m guessing Una would have figured out the clue faster than my daughter did.
    8. Didn’t she do an amazing job with that letter?! And I read it, thinking “I knew that already!” too! Inside circle and all, right?
    Happy New Year, Clark!

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      yeah… the Annual Letter is something I’ve read about people doing, probably more in the days before blogs and ‘the Facebook’ but the ‘I knew that’ effect is very cool…

      really? you don’t think the others are more dressy, business appropriate? (Not a fan of black shoes but I read somewhere that oxblood is not an allowable color with a black or grey suit, hence the shoes in the photo

      • zoebyrd says:

        I like the ones on your feet best too… so I dont know what that says for you being Im a female clark and all… but Dyanne is a scott…sooooo hmmmmmmmmmmm?

  10. christine says:

    Well, that certainly is a very different kind of gift to be unwrapped! Ha! (in reference to the photo on your home page)
    Nice shoes.
    I’m with you on the mild winter!
    As for being compared to slide shows…My dad still pulls them out every once in a while, even though his current wife hates them. They are all from the time before she came into the scene. I always enjoy going through them. Glad you liked my modern-day version. :)
    I don’t think I’m surprised by your naughtiness in third grade. The punishment cracks me up, though. It’s certainly not one you’d see in any classroom these days.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      I suspect that my scottian aspect was a bit more dominant back in grade school…

      I’m seeing others react the same to your newsletter, i.e. ‘I knew that!’ like the card from Kristi, I think this represents the crossing of virtual in to ‘real’ world lives (of people that I have come to know, here in the ‘sphere)

  11. Kristi says:

    Glad you (and Phyllis) enjoyed the card. John and I use the “royal we” around here, too. Sometimes I think “we” should take out the trash, other times, he thinks “we” should figure out the health insurance stuff for next year. As for slide shows, they still exist: I enjoyed Christine’s Christmas letter, too, and found myself thinking, “I remember when I first read about this happening!”

  12. May says:

    I am curious how- since you have taught Una that packages are to be torn into for a treat- you keep her out from under the tree all season? She must be the smartest, best behaved dog ever!

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:


      Actually, we wait until Christmas morning to give her her gifts (yeah, I know, she’s all, like, ‘when can we open presents?? when can we pen presents?”) Plus the squeak coming from inside the wrapping is an inducement. ( I am also suspicious of dog-toy-manufacturers. I suspect that they’re putting something into the material of a toy…the way Una chews on them is somewhat…. too intense.)

      but, yes, is that too. (well the smartest, anyway)

  13. Lisa @ The Meaning of Me says:

    Christmas cards…yeah those did not happen, despite my new abundance of time. Or so it seemed. I’m considering Valentine’s Day Cards so if you want on the list, send your address!

  14. herheadache says:

    I feel like the Ghost of Christmas Future, but you put the link to this post in your future Christmas post, for a future TToT and I did not know of you and this TToT when you wrote this. Looking back feels odd, but I decided to do it anyway.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      “feels odd” please, allow me to say, “welcome to the Wakefield Doctrine” yes, it happens like that a lot to me/a lot of us around here….