A Festivus (and Activist) Birthday

A Festivus (and Activist) Birthday

It was only a number of many years back that I realized there was a firm date for Festivus — the anti-getaway vacation popularized by Seinfeld in 1997. Formerly, I assumed Festivus floated all over the Gregorian calendar, Hanukkah model, from time to time landing on my birthday, which is December 23 (nowadays!). Checking the formal Festivus website ideal now, I see there was a legitimate rationale for my confusion. It states:

“According to the Seinfeld design, Festivus is celebrated on December 23rd. However many men and women celebrate it other times in December and even at other periods throughout the yr.”

But dependent on social media posts and the occasional Festivus occasion I’m invited to, December 23 is by considerably the most common Festivus working day. You’d believe I’d bear in mind that, thinking about the birthday relationship, but I never ever do until eventually anyone needs me a Happy Festivus. I believe which is mainly because the Festivus customs consist of a plain pole, feats of strength, and the airing of grievances — an regular working day for me.

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On my 55th birthday (OMGWTF!), I embraced the pole and displayed feats of energy at Butchie Gamble‘s class at Human body & Pole. I also wore my personalized-built “No Region for Previous Men” indignant-uterus tank best to sneak in some grievance-airing through class.

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But I actually aired my grievances before class, when I identified as 3 New York state senators, New York’s governor Kathy Hochul, and assorted other elected officials. Hochul — a Democrat who promised to retain New York a pro-abortion state — is trying to promote the anti-abortion, anti-union, anti-every thing Hector LaSalle to the maximum judicial placement in the condition. She’s having a great deal of angry opinions, so if you are a resident of New York State, I motivate you to include to the fury. I have acquired all the details you require appropriate below. Really do not fear about it becoming the weekend and the multi-getaway year and so on. You can deliver your grievance-filled email messages and go away your offended voice messages anytime tonight or this weekend.

Frank Costanza likely named his elected officials daily.

If you want to celebrate my birthday in its place of or in addition to Festivus, I have a “Spacenook” fundraiser for a Texas abortion fund heading on (it is my pinned put up suitable now). Any contribution is appreciated and aids present economic and emotional assistance to folks who have to have support accessing an abortion in Texas.

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