Merry Christmas

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Happy Holidays, everyone! I can tell it’s Christmas Eve, because I sincerely hope that everybody’s having a happy holiday, even the people that annoy me.

(Speaking of people that annoy me: I think I finally made one of my shallow epiphanies towards understanding the ongoing War on Tolerance that takes place around this time of year. When non-pundit people get agitated at the sight of a Christmas tree or Santa Claus with the wish “Happy Holidays” attached, their discomfort is a lot like when non-southerners are baffled by the proper use of “y’all.” They assume the worst and fail to give others credit for understanding the concept of inclusion — when a southerner says “y’all,” he’s making the charitable assumption that you’ve got someone else in your life who’s also invited; and when a person says “Happy Holidays,” he’s not excluding Christmas, but inviting those who don’t celebrate that particular holiday to enjoy the festive excess of the season. Even heathens.)

Via Jackson Publick’s blog, there’s word of the next Venture Brothers season, and a contest that’s already been won. But the crew has given everyone a version of The Pogues’ “Fairytale of New York” as performed by The Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend. (I haven’t listened to it yet, so I can’t vouch for its work-or-family-party-appropriateness).

It didn’t take long back east for me to get whipped back up into the Christmas spirit, and I didn’t have to do any shopping, which is the best gift of all. I hope everybody’s enjoying the best time of the year, and looking forward to next year!

4 thoughts on “Merry Christmas”

  1. Howdy, Joe! I’d been wondering what happened to you! (In my world, once people stop updating their blogs, they cease to exist.)

    Seems like everybody I know is moving to Seattle, which makes me feel like I’m in Exodus but am one of the guys who gets left behind wondering where everybody went. Although if Seattle’s flooded, then I guess I’m still on the side of the good guys. Still, as you were driving away I hope you warned your wife not to look back at the city, lest she be turned to a pillar of salt.

    And by “everybody I know,” I mean “about four or five people,” which is still a lot, per capita.

  2. Man, me and blogs, we have walked a hard road. I have a hard time keeping them up to date because they lack 1) a purpose, 2) an audience, 3) a responsible adult in charge of them. But I try.

    Things are good here. I left the Borg and now work for Zipper making shoot-em-up games. The Seattle area is cheaper by a factor of a lot, so I no longer feel like I am going to die from financial stress. Overall, it’s a positive.

    Anyway, I am around.

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