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Moscow on the Severn

Just want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and give a special shout out to all of you who believe there's a liberal media conspiracy. You're not just being paranoid. My daughter has blown the lid off it with the accompanying photo of me in my Soviet writing uniform.

Actually, that's a mekhovaya shapka, which is Russian for -- you guessed it -- "fur hat," and it comes direct from the old country, where my girl has been going to school off and on for the past year or so. It's one of the coolest (and warmest) Christmas gifts I've ever gotten, and it will certainly come in handy over the next few weeks.

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I'm pretty sure it's real fur, so I won't be taking it on my next play date with Pamela Anderson, but I'll wear it proudly until the weather warms up.

Obviously, there doesn't figure to be any O's news today, but in case you aren't counting, there are just 55 shopping days until pitchers and catchers report to the Orioles' new spring training location in Sarasota.

In the meantime, if you got or gave someone an interesting or off-the-wall Christmas, Kwanzaa or Hanukkah gift, why don't you tell us about it.

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