Yuletide Hijinx

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Project by Derek Oliver posted 01-08-2019 04:35 PM 946 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My neighbor has two adult children that I’ve known for the better part of their lives. The daughter attended and graduated from my alma mater, South Dakota State University. The son, on the other hand, attends and is soon to graduate from the University of South Dakota. USD would very much like to be considered a rival to SDSU, but I’m not sure I would put them in that category. Considering them a rival is akin to considering the Washington Generals a rival to the Harlem Globetrotters. This year for Christmas I decided to make each an ornament from their respective schools, however being an SDSU grad I wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity to have a little fun at the expense of USD. I made the ornaments, wrapped them in tissue paper and placed them in gift bags. Then I waited for both kids to show up at the same time and I headed over to give them their gifts. I gave the daughter hers first. She opened it, showed off her SDSU ornament (the first two pictures), and thanked me. I then looked at the son and said something to the effect of “Against every moral fiber in my body, I made you one too” and handed him his gift bag. He opened his bag, unwrapped the ornament and revealed another SDSU ornament. Now his parents raised him right, so he feigned graciousness and thanked me halfheartedly. His sister and I were both laughing as I told him I was just kidding and handed him another gift bag telling him “Here’s your USD ornament. I’ve got to be honest with you though. It’s not perfect. I started cutting it out and my hand figured out what was going on and kept trying to throw itself into the saw blade. So then I had to start drinking so my hand didn’t know what it was going on. Unfortunately, I must have drank a little too much and the lines got a little crooked. Even though it’s not perfect I think I nailed the essence of the USD logo.” He opened it, unwrapped the ornament and revealed the ornament in the third picture. He just shook his head as his sister and I laughed. I finally handed him a final gift bag and said “Here, maybe try this one”. He hesitantly opened the last bag to reveal the ornament shown in the final three pictures.

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#1 posted 01-08-2019 04:50 PM

Very well done. I would have lover to have seen the guys face when he got his first ornament.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#2 posted 01-08-2019 10:08 PM

I wish you could post video!

Well played and well made.

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#3 posted 01-08-2019 11:17 PM

You could have had a snorting “bison” on one!

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#4 posted 01-09-2019 03:17 AM

Nice story & awesome scroll work.

Thanks for posting.

Bill in MI

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#5 posted 01-09-2019 03:13 PM

You could have had a snorting “bison” on one!

- ralbuck

Oh ralbuck, so it ain’t so…......not another Bison fan!

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#6 posted 01-09-2019 04:23 PM

Nice idea, they came out great.

-- "The Answer Is Blowin'n In The Wind" John D, OP, KS

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