'Twas the night before Christmas...

Solar botics
December 23, 2008

'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the shop
Not a creation was stirring (except the Turbot!).
All robots had been packed and shipped with care,
With hope, to their destination, they soon would be there.
The bosses and staff were heading home straight
To settle down to gift wrapping, probably 'til late.
When out in the alley, there arose a great a noise
A man in a red suit yelled, "We need some help boys!"
"You see Rudolph here,
Is a mighty fine deer,
But the light in his nose
Has gone out I fear!"
"We made it as far as your shop
Before his nose stopped.
With all of your parts and 'bots
Maybe you could help us a lot?"
So Dave in his hat (set in determination),
Made calls to suppliers across the nations.
The deliveries of parts came by couriers of fame
And he whooped and cheered and called them by name.
"On Fed Ex! On Canada Post! Go Purolator! Go UPS!"
While the couriers helped Santa loosen his load,
Solarbotics worked to fix Rudolph’s nose
(trust us...load and nose rhyme)
But what could we use, what would it be?
"Eureka!" Kathy shouted, "We’ll convert a PummLantern LED!"
Work on Rudolph’s solar powered nose had begun.
As everyone knows reindeer fly with the sun.
With design commenced on the nasal replacement,
The laser cut out the LED encasement.
With the laser finished humming and the lantern now "pumming"
Santa leapt to his seat and grabbed hold the reins,
Shouting "Happy Holidays to all, we’re on our way again!"
From the crew at Solarbotics,
Happy Holidays and a Peaceful New Year.


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