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November 02, 2021

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Dragoo Institute for the Betterment of Skunks and Skunk Reputations.

The existence of which has brightened my day immeasurably.

Because we all need a smile. (And you did say "spray and pray".)

https://xkcd.com/2536/

I love the concept of getting reviews of the world's top 70 belief systems. (Wonder if libertarianism got included.)

And the idea of "budget" and "upgrade" categories really cracked me up.

I noticed a lot more dog-skeleton Halloween decorations this year; perhaps they are the Giant Skeleton of 2021. It wasn't until I was texting a picture of a skeleton dachshund to my girlfriend that I realized that a lot of them have ears and noses -- while others don't. Skeleton Boston Terrier, German Shepherd, Dachshund -- ears and noses. Skeleton pit bull and pug -- not.

Parochial, but my Atlanta team just won a championship. My 92-year old mom stayed up to the end. Lot of personal family stuff involved with this result, I get that it doesn’t matter when so much awfulness surrounds us.

Maybe Thullen understands.

I get that it doesn’t matter when so much awfulness surrounds us.

Actually, all that awfulness makes it matter more.

I realize I'm closer to a reactionary than anybody else here; and that's not very. But I'm finding myself deeply yearning to return to one feature of the 1950s. The part where nobody thought about, or advertised about, Christmas until after Thanksgiving. I really, really miss that, all thru November. And this year, thru most of October.

Over here Christmas sales begin on September 1st at least as far as sweets are concerned.
So, it's not just the US.

saw on FB: The war on Christmas will continue until Christmas ends its illegal occupation of November.

The war on Christmas will continue until Christmas ends its illegal occupation of November.

First battle: Retaking October. (Or perhaps, as Hartmut suggests, September.)

In Target® a couple of weeks ago I observed a pinch battle between Halloween and Christmas candies...

Besides everyone should have done their Christmas shopping in July.

Pretty sure the Sears Christmas catalog arrived (well) in advance of Thanksgiving when I was a kid. Maybe that was an early 70s development compared to the 50s.

Catalogs, where merchandise would need to be shipped, sure. But we weren't subjected to massive TV and radio advertising this early. Not to mentioned floods of "Christmas specials" already.

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