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Offline Jesse James

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Re: A Festivus, for the rest of us!
« Reply #15 on: December 23, 2005, 06:10 AM »
It's Festivus for the rest of us I guess...

Happy Festivus and happy holidays to you all.  Enjoy the weekend...  Be safe traveling for those of you who have to and have fun.
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Re: A Festivus, for the rest of us!
« Reply #16 on: December 23, 2005, 08:21 AM »
Thanks for the warm Festivus wishes Bill, it means a lot coming from a crusty bastard like your Jello Pudding loving shriveled old ass

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Re: A Festivus, for the rest of us!
« Reply #17 on: December 23, 2005, 09:58 AM »

Happy Festivus, and with the skism and the flizzle and the Jello Brand Pudding.
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Re: A Festivus, for the rest of us!
« Reply #18 on: December 23, 2005, 03:32 PM »


DECEMBER 23rd

The Holiday Itself...

During the last few weeks in December when Festivus takes place, families and friends get together at the dinner table and have something called "the Airing of Grievances". Durning this time, we share with family and friends all the ways they had disappointed over the past year.


I GOT A LOT OF PROBLEMS WITH YOU PEOPLE!!!

Happy Festivus!

(No offense, but this holiday is a little <pffffftt>
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-Sarah Palin to Charlie Gibson, a week before her husband, Todd Palin, refused to cooperate

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Re: A Festivus, for the rest of us!
« Reply #19 on: December 23, 2005, 05:45 PM »
I hate people. This works for me.

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Re: A Festivus, for the rest of us!
« Reply #20 on: December 23, 2005, 08:36 PM »
don't you know there ain't no devil, there's just God when he's drunk

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Re: A Festivus, for the rest of us!
« Reply #21 on: December 23, 2005, 11:36 PM »
Happy Festivus.


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Re: A Festivus, for the rest of us!
« Reply #22 on: December 23, 2006, 01:27 AM »
Time for the yearly bump of the Festivus thread.  Not much else to say that hasn't already been said here, so here's an article for you to read and discuss with your family during The Airing of Grievances:

Some sold on idea of 'Seinfeld' Festivus

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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 played by Jerry Stiller and 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.

"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.

Happy Festivus, everyone.

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Re: A Festivus, for the rest of us!
« Reply #23 on: December 23, 2006, 10:25 AM »
Happy Festivus, folks!

Didn't know if you saw this in the news, but there is a place that you can order your festivus poles from:

http://www.festivuspoles.com/pages/Festivuspoles.htm
« Last Edit: December 23, 2006, 10:25 AM by hansolo_506 »
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Re: A Festivus, for the rest of us!
« Reply #24 on: December 23, 2006, 10:34 AM »
Happy Festivus!

It would be cool if you could get Festivus Poles somewhere.
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Re: A Festivus, for the rest of us!
« Reply #25 on: December 23, 2006, 06:07 PM »
Happy and joyous Festivus, to you and yours.
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Re: A Festivus, for the rest of us!
« Reply #26 on: December 23, 2006, 08:19 PM »
Happy Festivus!


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Re: A Festivus, for the rest of us!
« Reply #27 on: December 23, 2007, 01:08 AM »
Well, it's that time of year again.  I have absolutely nothing new to contribute this year, so here's a gigantic picture of Frank Costanza, discussing the Airing of Grievances.



May this Festivus be everything you imagined it would be.
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Re: A Festivus, for the rest of us!
« Reply #28 on: December 23, 2007, 09:35 AM »
Happy Festivus to everyone here who celebrates it.  At my kid's School Program they seemed to go out of their way to include all of the major holidays...except one.  A Festivus for the Rest of Us...Bah!  Humbug


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Re: A Festivus, for the rest of us!
« Reply #29 on: December 23, 2007, 04:11 PM »
Happy Festivus!