Alright, alright, I know that the "Airing of Grievances" is supposed to occur during the Festivus dinner on December 23rd (Festivus). Since I performed the "Feats of Strength" and procured the Festivus Pole, and even witnessed a Festivus "Miracle," I couldn't let the Festivus season go without the "Airing of Grievances."
I have three grievances I wish to air this year (if the truth were known, I have a lot more than three, but these are the ones I feel like sharing). You may add your own Festivus "Grievances" or describe your Festivus miracle or "Feats of Strength" in the comments section below.
Grievance # 1: I do my Christmas and Festivus shopping online. I usually enter a store's website as a "guest." I make sure to click and remove the check mark from the microscopic box requesting that I be removed from future email advertisements from this company. Since I made my purchases, however, I have been bombarded with emails (and even phone calls) from these same companies. I won't tell you who these business might be (Omaha Steaks, Macy's, and Coldwater Creek to name a few), but I won't buy from any of them again. At least until next Festivus.
Grievance # 2: One of my favorite gifts each year is an Amazon gift card. My cart is always packed, and I can starting emptying it out. However, have you ever tried to scratch off the gray sticker over the gift card number without removing the numbers? Nearly impossible!
Grievance # 3: The BCS Bowl System. The NCAA knuckleheads have managed to ruin one of the best days of the year. It used to be that I would spend all day on New Years gorging myself on Christmas left-overs while watching college football bowl games. There was the Cotton Bowl, the Rose Bowl, the Orange Bowl, and by the time the day was over, I had gained ten pounds, and the college football season was all wrapped up. The sportswriters and coaches voted that night for their number one team, and by January 2, the season was all over. Now the college football bowl season seems to last from Thanksgiving to Valentines' Day, with the most ridiculous of corporate sponsors, and that inane BCS selection system. I want New Year's Day football back like it was in the good old days!
Happy (and belated) Festivus to all of you!