Saturday, December 23, 2006

December 23

December 23 is Festivus. In solemn recognition of the holiday season, the Axis of Evel Knievel will be going on hiatus for the next week as I help prepare the Fesivus Dinner, participate in the ritual Airing of Grievances, and recover from my inevitable victory in the Feats of Strength which will -- as always -- roil my family in a bellum omnia contra omnes.

This means, among other things, that we will be unable to reminisce about Vincent Van Gogh's ear (which he severed, hoping to impress a prostitute, on 23 December 1888); the formation of the Ku Klux Klan (24 December 1865); the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan (24 December 1979); the execution of Romanian tyrant Nicolae Ceausescu, shot by a firing squad on Christmas Day 1989; the mass hanging of 39 Dakota Sioux warriors (26 December 1862); and an endless horizon of other catastrophes.

Happy holidays, to the extent that such things are possible.