First, A Disclaimer: Before the holiday season gets too far in jingle bell swing, it seems important to say that at some point during the next monthish, I’m inevitably going to publish a post of Christmas decorations I think are funny. Hence, the disclaimer: it’s going to appear that I’m being snarky or snobbish about holiday cheer.
Christmas decorations that are delightfully tacky, charmingly spartan, unclassifiably unique, breathtakingly beautiful, and even those that are unintentionally suggestive (Eeyore, Tigger, and Pooh yard inflatables on sled, that would be you): the truth is, I love them all.
So I just want the disclaimer to appear in advance: if I stick a photograph of your yard on my blog, it’s actually by way of being a love letter to the holiday spirit I found there. I’m laughing with you. Seriously.
(See, I have to say that now because I’m already feeling pre-guilt for giggling at people’s yards as they glitz up for the season, even though, in reality, sometimes I think I love the funny and/or inexplicable decorations best.)
Second: Yes, Virginia, There Is Such a Thing as Bad Publicity. Just ask the poor people of Indiana who, of late, have been subjected to quite possibly the oogiest, ickiest, Springeriest media campaign of all time: the Indiana Pacers’ “Blue Collar–Gold Swagger” ads/slogan.
I think this ad campaign will soon be followed with the newest official NBA licensed Pacers merchandise: the uber-cheap and offal men’s body spray “Blue Collar–Gold Swagger” sounded like in the first place.
Thirdly, Best Quote of Monday: “I wonder what would happen if all the Sunday shows decided to just stop putting John McCain on air every week?” Rachel Maddow
Lastly, A GREAT BIG THANK YOU! Over the past couple weeks, I’ve had some new visitors, followers, and likes on my little blog. I really am grateful to everyone who bothers to stop by or accidentally happens on this site and I’m especially grateful to those who thought to click “like,” or share on Facebook, comment, or follow the blog. So thank you, thank you, thank you.
I’m also a little behind on the reciprocal comments, visits, reading and following of other bloggers’ sites. I will get there, I promise. Just with the Thanksgiving prepping, and the additional Thanksgiving prepping, Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving coma, and then some other stuff, I’ve gotten a bit behind on checking out my visitors’ sites. (But I will. And thank you again!)
Plus, I had to put up my tree.