It's all too real

Well, the countdown is on to Festivus. Just 11 days left! Of course, on this blog, we honor the spirit of Festivus every day. The airing of grievances. The feats of strength.

Around the world, they're about to grind the meat for the meatloaf. World leaders will each pardon a meatloaf or two for the cameras. Ron Wyden is showing up in Oregon for a few days to pump up his wife's stock portfolio and say, "Look! I'm here!" Festivus miracles, all.

If you have not already done so, now's the time to get out your pole and set it up. Also, if you want to keep the original traditions of the season –

O'Keefe's father, who originated some of the now-recognized Festivus traditions, used a clock in a bag nailed to a wall, not an aluminum pole. It was never the same bag, rarely the same clock, but always the same wall. The nailing was most often done in secret and then revealed proudly to his family. The younger O'Keefe told CNN: "The real symbol of the holiday was a clock that my dad put in a bag and nailed to the wall every year... I don't know why I don't know what it means, he would never tell me. He would always say, 'That's not for you to know.'"

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  1. Thursday and Friday last week I spend some time in two small towns near Portland. I noticed the the people were very pleasant and most made a point of wishing me a Merry Christmas.


  2. And for those of other faiths, there is another major winter Holiday besides Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, and Festivus. I am talking about Chrimbus of course. So remember to keep your Chrimbus bushes trimmed and wet, so the Winter Man can reward you with a Chrimbus gift!


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