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2010 Buffalo Festivus, A Holiday For The Rest of Us

13 Dec

Last year, we hosted the first annual WNYMedia Festivus Party at Cole’s on Elmwood.  You see, we liberal elitists are on the frontlines of the war on Christmas and we prosecute our bloodless campaign with beer, chicken wings, good times and no references to the baby jeebus or his birth.

Last year, we had a festivus pole (courtesy of Pauldub), an airing of the grievances, and feats of strength conducted on an arm wrestling table.

Matt Bova and Chris Smith, Feats of Strength

Amy Maxwell, Chairwoman, Grievance Airing Committee

This year, we’re doing it all over again, but with a purpose.  But, first…for those who are unaware, here is the story of Festivus.  Watch the video or I will rain blows upon you.

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Since this is Buffalo, it’s not a party unless it’s a fundraiser.  In these tough economic times, we thought it best to raise money for two causes near and dear to our hearts, the Buffalo City Mission and Buffalo ReUse.  And since nothing brings former enemies together like a good cause, Buffalo Rising will also be sponsoring Festivus this year along with WNYMedia.net, Hometown 1230 WECK, and BuffaloComedy.com.

So, at 7PM on December 15th at Nietzsche’s on Allen Street, join us for the 2010 Buffalo Festivus, A Holiday For The Rest of Us.

Kristen Becker of the Doin’ Time Comedy Comedy Showcase will be bringing some excellent local standup comedy talent to entertain us, and we’ll also have music from Eric Crittenden and Critt’s Juke Joint.

All of this for only a $7 admission at the door, all of which goes to two very excellent local Buffalo charities.

All is Quiet on New Year’s Day

1 Jan


This has been a bizarre whirlwind of a week, replete with fixing cars, fixing eyes, fixing sinks, fixing faucets, having way too much champagne, watching the kids play and grow, watching movies with my wife, having quiet nights interrupted by panicked 2 year-olds at 3 in the morning, making and re-making travel plans, mocking things left and right, trying something at Starbucks called “gingersnap latte” which – seriously – just sucks, hitting the sales, playing Wii, and wondering where the time flew.

I don’t really do New Year resolutions because of the hype. At best, I try to be choosy about the hype I bother with. But generally, when something gets too much hype, I refuse to have anything to do with it. (Tangential example – the movie “Marley and Me” is being hyped left and right. Because of this, I refuse not only to see it in the theater, but never to see it on DVD or on broadcast or cable TV. Ever. I couldn’t care less how good it is.)

We have a couple more days off, and we’ll enjoy them restfully before everything jolts back to normal on Monday. One mission I have is to get a wicked good eggs benedict between now and Sunday.

I will predict generally that 2009 will bring Buffalo and WNY more of the same. We will continue to be nostalgic for the good old days – whether they be the 1950s, 1970s, or 1890s – and we will ever forget to discuss and act on ideas that would bring about a better future for this region. We will continue to bitch & moan about the symptoms of a shrinking, economically weak region and forget completely to address the underlying disease.

Oh, yeah. Happy New Year!

(Photo credit: BlogTO)

Merry Hanakwanmas!

24 Dec

It’s been a decidedly slow news week around these parts as it would appear the politicians have taken some time off from their typical daily displays of incompetence to share a bit of the Yule Log and a nip of egg nog…which will undoubtedly be taxed under Paterson’s new budget.  Drink up now, next year, the nog will have a $1 per quart tax!  That’s the local political Christmas tradition, announce doom and gloom news in Mid-December and take the rest of the year off.

Personally, my family has a few traditions of our own.  We like to celebrate the holiday season perusing our collection of Soviet Christmas Cards and sharing some of the ol’ fascist fruitcake.  How about you?  What are some of your family traditions?  What did you have on your Christmas list this year?  What are you getting for that special concerned citizen on your list?

Happy Hannukah!

23 Dec

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Happy Mother's Day

11 May

Over 95% of Americans have mothers. The other 5% are sons of bitches.

But seriously…

I want to wish my mom a very Happy Mother’s Day, and I’m sorry we weren’t able to see you today. To my wife, Happy Mother’s Day to you, too. I love you with all my heart, and thank you for Maddy and Mia, who brighten our every day.

And a happy day to all the moms reading this, too.

All Done

27 Mar

On Saturday, while we were coloring eggs, Mia became bored with the idea sooner than anyone else, and kept repeating a particular mantra; a mantra I transfered to one of the last eggs we did:

Merry Hanakwanmas!

21 Dec

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It’s been a decidedly slow news week around these parts as it would appear the politicians have taken some time off from their typical daily displays of incompetence to share a bit of the Yule Log and a nip of egg nog.

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So, why don’t I do the same? I know my family likes to celebrate the holiday season perusing our collection of Soviet Christmas Cards and sharing a some of the ol’ fascist fruitcake. How about you? What are some of your family traditions? What did you have on your Christmas list this year? What are you getting for that special concerned citizen on your list?