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    December 21, 2009

    Ring in Xmas with the Sweeney Sisters

    Posted by: Chris

    Sweeney sisters xmas party
    Clang, clang, clang go the Christmas bells!

    And so it seems like since the holidays last year that I posted here, and I'll say more in upcoming days and weeks about the twists and turns I've taken since my summer break from blogging. The good news (at least I hope you'll see it that way) is that I'm back, and I plan on posting on a much more regular basis -- if not the 5-7 posts a day I was averaging during my Brazilian period. 

    Christmas 2009 finds me back in Memphis, my hometown, where I spent the Yule season last year as well.  Visa restrictions and an empty wallet forced me to leave behind my partner and all my friends in Rio De Janeiro and São Paulo this summer, and after a few months in Atlanta, I'm back home visiting family before I make the long drive back to Washington, where I plan to settle down for at least the immediate future -- unless the booming (by comparison) Brazilian economy coughs up a job offer first.

    The six months my boyfriend and I have spent apart are by far -- almost double -- the longest physical separation in our relationship since we met in February 2005.  My heart is filled with saudades, a Portuguese word without literal translation, although longing and missing someone or some place or thing come pretty close. The emotional toll, and the stress of not knowing when or how we will see each other again, much less live together again, has been almost debilitating at time. Of course, those feeling are only amplified by the arrival of this time of year.

    Still, love conquers all, or so they say, especially with an assist from techological marvels -- finally I own an iPhone!  So in the spirit of the season, and to wish you and those you love a very merry Christmas, here's a special gift: rare 13-year-old video footage of Jan Hooks and Nora Dunn in one of their final performances as the Sweeney Sisters on Saturday Night Live. It somehow got skipped in this year's SNL Christmas Special, and you won't find it anywhere else on the Net, or at least I couldn't. 

    Without further ado… here come the bells, there go the bells, so many bells!

    You can also view it using QuickTime after the jump...

    (Double-click to watch. Single-click during play to pause. If you can't view the video or would like a copy of it, just email me and I'll be happy to send it to you. Also try clicking here to see if you can view it via Facebook.)



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    1. Strict Scrutiny on Dec 23, 2009 1:07:53 PM:

      Hey Chris:

      Let me be the first to welcome you back to blogging, although, I wish things had worked out better for you personally. Merry Christmas to both you and your partner --here's to hoping that 2010 will be a better year and that you guys will be together again soon.



    1. Double T on Dec 24, 2009 9:24:36 AM:

      Yes, welcome back.
      I wish you the very best for 2010.


    1. Hawyer on Dec 24, 2009 6:50:18 PM:

      Been checking in ever couple of weeks to see if you'd reappear. Saw you at Roasters in Atlanta back in the summer, but you "got gone" before I could speak to you. Take Care!

    1. ot on Dec 25, 2009 7:07:05 AM:

      Hey! Thanks for posting this clip, I haven't seen it in forever. Is there any way you can send it to me so I can view it better?

      O (dot) L (dot) TODD @ GMAIL is my email address if it's small enough to send...

      Thanks and Merry Xmas!!!

    1. gleeindc on Dec 26, 2009 7:42:47 AM:

      Glad you are back blogging and sorry you are back in the U.S. facing separation thanks to policies that don't recognize some relationships.

    1. Citizen Crain on Dec 29, 2009 2:18:17 PM:

      Thanks for the welcomes, guys. It's great to see those names I remember so well. I hope you'll jump back into the fray along with me in 2010.

      Best wishes for the holidays -- or what the hell, Merry Xmas!

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    1. kimmy on Dec 24, 2010 2:56:56 PM:

      Thans so much for this! It made my christmas!!! I've been searching for this clip of the sweeney's forever.

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    1. Becki on May 11, 2011 7:40:30 AM:

      We searched everywhere for this Sweeney Sisters video and your blog is the only place we could find it. So many years later, they still make me cry from laughter!! Thank you for putting it out there. Do you still have it available to be shared via email?

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    1. Catherine Check on Dec 28, 2011 11:47:16 AM:

      Hey, there! I have been looking for that video of the Sweeney Sisters and I can't believe you have the entire clip! Could you please email me it so I can pass it on to my sisers? They will love it!
      Thank you,
      Have a Merry Christmas!

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