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« on: December 28, 2006, 03:44:10 PM »

1. Lame & dumb topic questions...

2. Those who do the above...

3. 9th Circus Court of Appeals

4. Dry Counties...


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« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2006, 04:13:51 PM »

If I list my grievances, do I get to participate in the feats of strength? Grin
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« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2006, 04:26:07 PM »

Yes but only if you take the title of the Moderator Free-for-All Admin from George and pin him 1...2..3...

1.) And those annoying Volkswagen's (VW) Accident Commercials. Safe does not Happen! OK!
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« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2006, 04:26:53 PM »

If I list my grievances, do I get to participate in the feats of strength? Grin

Well, that's a definate maybe...

While everyone at Festivus has the opportunity to Air Their Greivances, the subsequent event of Feats of Strength is effectively by invitation only by the decision of the head of the household:

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The Feats of Strength is the final tradition observed in the celebration of Festivus. Traditionally, the head of the household selects one person at the Festivus celebration and challenges that person to a wrestling match. The person may decline if they have something else to do, such as work a double shift at work. Tradition states that Festivus is not over until the head of the household is pinned in a wrestling match

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Festivus#Festivus_Dinner

(Yes, I know wikipedia isn't always the most accurate source, but this is for Festivus, not something that requires great precision...)
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« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2006, 04:31:07 PM »

Only if we wrestle in a neutral region. Somewhere that I can come up with a rhyme for too, like "I'll pin ya in virginia!"

Ok, my grievances:

- The Steelers have a top 10 offense and defense (in most statistical categories), and yet totally suck and are going to miss the playoffs.

- The Penguins are mediocre again, in spite of having lots of talent.

That's all I really got to gripe about.

EDIT--I hope George is willing to challenge me Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2006, 04:35:19 PM »

- The Steelers have a top 10 offense and defense (in most statistical categories), and yet totally suck and are going to miss the playoffs.

At least you don't have the prospect of having Donovan McBarf back in your lineup next year like we do.
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« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2006, 05:56:39 PM »

EDIT--I hope George is willing to challenge me Smiley
Bring it on!

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« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2006, 08:21:35 PM »

> Tiger Woods - Male Athlete of the Year

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« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2006, 09:10:02 PM »

Mel Gibson, Mel Gibson, Mel Gibson
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« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2006, 09:19:27 PM »

The cancelling of Futurama. :'(
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« Reply #10 on: December 28, 2006, 09:30:06 PM »

When I get enough money to vacation in Australia, the fight is on!
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« Reply #11 on: December 28, 2006, 09:49:43 PM »

Mel Gibson, Mel Gibson, Mel Gibson

Why is he your grievance?

He was an instant hero of mine especially his dui bit and his so-called anti-semitic blurbs.
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« Reply #12 on: December 29, 2006, 04:51:01 AM »

Festivus poles now are for the rest of us
Company turns out symbols of fake holiday made popular on ‘Seinfeld’


Phil Davis puts plastic over some Festivus poles before they are shipped at the Wagner Companies in Milwaukee. The company usually makes hand-railing components.

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MILWAUKEE - Kevin Campanella hates buying and receiving Christmas presents that he says inevitably disappoint. This year, no such worries.

Campanella plans to seek "serenity now" by celebrating Festivus, a wacky holiday popularized in a 1997 "Seinfeld" episode. Billed as "Festivus for the rest of us," the holiday celebrated by the Costanza clan on Dec. 23 features an airing of grievances and feats of strength in which a guest must pin the host before the party ends.

In protest of Christmas' commercialism, character Frank Costanza puts up an unadorned aluminum pole instead of a tree. The metal, he says admiringly, has a "very high strength-to-weight ratio."

"I just always loved that episode," said Campanella, 28, a landscaper from Warwick, R.I. "But it's not so much about the show — I think the idea of Festivus is a good idea."

So does The Wagner Companies. The Milwaukee-based maker of hand-railing components is bringing back its line of Festivus poles for the holiday season. The company had plenty of metal rails on hand already and launched the product last year on a whim.

"We did it mainly as a lark. We never looked at it as a tremendous moneymaking scheme," said Tony Leto, the firm's executive vice president of sales and marketing. "But in many ways, Festivus is taking on a life of its own."

Wagner, which made $15 million last year from products including handrail brackets and pipe elbows, earned only a few thousand dollars from Festivus pole sales. Leto said the company received some media publicity upon launch of the poles but he credits bloggers with strong "Seinfeld" loyalties for spreading the news far and wide.

Wagner sold about 250 poles in 2005, with around 100 sales coming from the firm's 120 employees. This season, it sold about 300 poles by mid-December and was on pace to sell twice that number by Saturday, said Leto, whose claim to fame is that he shared a drama class with Jerry Seinfeld at Queens College in New York.

Wagner offers a 6-foot Festivus pole for $38 and a 2-foot-8-inch tabletop model for $30. The setup is simple: a hollow pipe, 1.9 inches in diameter, inserted into a collapsible aluminum base.

Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle, a "Seinfeld" fanatic who claims to have seen every episode eight times, proudly displayed one of the company's poles last year at the governor's mansion in Madison. But Doyle said he will donate the pole to the Wisconsin Historical Museum after reports that "Seinfeld" co-star Michael Richards used racial slurs during a standup comedy routine last month.

Leto said he hoped the Richards incident wouldn't affect his company's sales.

“Fans know it was a Costanza holiday, not a Kramer holiday,” he said, referring to characters Frank Costanza, played by Jerry Stiller, and Cosmo Kramer, played by Richards. “Anyway, Kramer eventually rejects the holiday at the end of the episode.”

Gabriel Morales, 32, of Atlanta, said Richards' tirade didn't keep him from ordering a Festivus pole earlier this month.

"You know, people make mistakes, they say stupid things," said Morales, an information technology analyst who held his Festivus party early this year to coincide with a monthly dinner club. "No one at the party really cared about that either."

The "Seinfeld" Festivus episode developed from series writer Dan O'Keefe's childhood experiences. His father invented the holiday in the 1960s.

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"As a kid, we'd come home and there'd be weird decorations," said the 30-something O'Keefe. "There was the playing of strange German and Italian pop music from the '50s. And the airing of grievances was a real thing."

Instead of a pole, his family celebration featured a clock and a bag. (O'Keefe said his father won't say what they symbolized.)

Wagner's Leto acknowledged the irony of making money off a holiday that celebrates anti-commercialism. But the company is having too much fun with the holiday to stop now, he said.

O'Keefe doesn't begrudge Wagner's commercial efforts.

"It sounds to me like they're making a good living — good for them," O'Keefe said. "It's just this joke holiday on a TV show. If they want to make a buck on it, go for it."

Or, as Seinfeld might say, not that there's anything wrong with that.
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