I don't mean any disrespect to Christians or other people who share Christian beliefs but for me, "Christmas Time" is the most irritating and depressing time of year. Here's why.
The snow: most Christmas' it's not all snowy or all warm and dry . . . there's usually this mix of ugly brown slush everywhere.
I can't be the only person that thinks green looks hideous with red.
My parents listen to EZ Rock 104.9 FM in the car and this station becomes "The Christmas Station" right after Halloween. I hate driving alone so I have to choose between two things that I don't really like.
On the aforementioned radio station, Christianfundamentalists preach family values and give unsolicited advice for living your life . . . more often than they do at other times of the year.
I know that everyone that I should be giving something to on special ocassions wants a thoughtful gift but, as I'm sure you all know, I have way too many friends and too few brain cycles to share with everyone. These people should just accept a useful gift and shut up about it.
Since CIBC's very public and very embarassing involvement in the Enron and Worldcom scandals, The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce has enacted policies in that any bank worker can point to and use as excuses for adjusting fees or bending rules thus preventing legitimate business people from attaining financing for the purchase of highly liquid capital assets. However, there are no policies in place that prevent all four people who are responsible for your business bank accounts at CIBC from simultaneously taking four week vacations or forcing these bottom-feeders of the finance industry to resolve basic banking issues in a timely manner.
There are a couple assholes that trespass through our acreage every year and top the nicest of our Colorado blue spruce. Little do these losers realize that I now have a firearms license, I can put five bullets into the area of a quarter of a dime at 250feet without a scope (hey, I'm a photographer), and, best of all, Chinese people eat anything.
5a. When I do come up with a truly useful and thoughtful gift idea, no one wants me to give it. Like my idea to give the universally-loved Hello Kitty vibrating massager to everyone in Leanna's family. Hey, if your dad wears Hello Kitty slippers he may as well have a matching vibrator.
Everything but #5 is more or less true. I actually don't have many friends and I believe that most of them are familiar with tradition and don't expect anything from me for Christmas. But if I do get/make them something, they are at least impressively adept at pretending to be grateful. Thanks, people.
I call bullshit on your number 8's number 10 reason. A typical Christmas hater who just just focuses on the material aspects of Christmas. Time with a loved one is the most precious gift you can give.
And what's wrong with a useful gift?
LMAO! I had to reread my entry and your post a couple times to understand what you were trying to say; you're written word is now almost as convoluted as mine. =P
I think that you missed the point of his list. I think that the Christmas materialism has left him jaded and bitter and it was not his materialistic personality that made Christmas such a painful time of year for him.
And an obviously useful but less thoughtful gift was what I was referring to. So say . . . giving $5 to someone who you know would be happier with cash would be better than taking that $5 and combining it with exorbitant quantities of time to make something that's nice but redundant . . . like an elbow pillow.
And you don't usually call bullshit on something then admit that it's understandable and "typical". But alright.
Nah, I wasn’t trying to call him materialistic. But everyone who hates Christmas or complains about Christmas talks about the materialism that's happened. I don't like it for that either. His list isn’t original at any rate. What is wrong with cash? If you know the person OBVIOUSLY can use money, and then you can give them that and not make them an elbow pillow… then it would be thoughtful. I don’t think you understand gift-giving if you have to divide it all clear like that. Tsk. I called bullshit on his calling “wanting to spend time” horseshit (#10 of your #8). Some people actually appreciate that—like me.
Other than linking to that other dude's page, I don't see how anything on my list constitutes a rejection of materialism. I challenge you a hate list as genuine and definitive as his (or hers). And you, once again, missed my point completely. Cash is the useful gift. I support the giving of useful gifts. Cash requires much less work to give, especially if you don't feel inclined to wrap it up or put a bow on it. You are completely agreeing with the contentious point I am trying to push. What if I call horseshit on your calling his calling of horseshit bullshit?
Well, I said HIS list isn't original. I was thinking that yours is way more original than his... but the way introduced his made it sound like his is cool somehow. And because I don't hate Christmas, I wouldn't have a list to write. It's just that I've seen all of HIS complaints before, so it's not he came up with anything unique or profound.
Well I never said I disagree with useful gifts. Anyway, stop getting all excited. I'm not trying to quarrel with you. You have the ability to be thoughtful. I know you do. And why would you call horseshit on my desire to spend time together? It's something I enjoy. Wouldn't I know that?
Glendon STILL can't get over your gift. Apparently you do have the ability to give some people useful and thoughful gifts. Therefore, those friends who receive only useful gifts should be (semi-) worried about their significance in your life. Or maybe you need to stop making friends. "Uh... sorry, I'm completely full right now. However, I just had a fight with Cary, so there might be an opening in a few days." #7 made me laugh. Enjoy the ugly brown slush of Edmonton. Calgary's snow is likely to be blue from all the election signs.
I can't imagine the type of "professional use" to which the machine your family already possesses would be put that would make it any form of a replacement for a Hello Kitty "vibrating massager". So, pulease, re-read what I wrote and respond intelligently.
Pulease! Then what do YOU intend to do with this Hello Kitty vibrating massager (HKVM)? Afterall, it is advertised as a “the Hello Kitty SHOULDER massager”. For these purposes, my professional massager is far more superior and the HKVM will not be able to replace this piece of equipment. And as for my dad, I will tell you AGAIN that we do not own any Hello Kitty slippers to “match” some vibrating massager if that was your intentions of giving it to him. So… thoughtful? Useful? How? =)