Monday, November 26, 2007

I'm Back

I'm going to give this blogging thing another shot, partially because my rooming mate, Ariel, asked me to, and partially because I've been mired in this type of semester-long writer's block, and feel like just getting out there and writing without really thinking too much might serve me well.

So here's to writing without thinking: the reason the Interwebs exist.

If I was forced to provide a second reason why the Interwebs exist I would go with this: the popularization of fake/new holidays. Here's only a partial list, every item of which I came up with without so much as googling "fake holidays."

  • Festivus--of Seinfeld fame, now the proud inspiration for this website.
  • Talk Like a Pirate Day--celebrated on September 19th, this holiday holds special significance for Pastafarians, probably history's greatest religion based on worshiping a complex carbohydrate.
  • Repeal Day--this holiday symbolizes all that is right about blogger/mainstream media cooperation. (This post from the great deadspin.com represents all that is wrong about that relationship.) Jeffrey Morgenthaler, a bartender/blogger (would there be any career choice more disheartening to a Jewish parent?) from Eugene, Oregon, decided that December 5th, marking the anniversary of the passage of the 21st Amendment, which repealed the 18th Amendment, thereby ending prohibition allowing people to drink once more. Dewar's picked up on this idea and ran with it, relentlessly advertising the concept started by one lonely blogger. Morgenthaler, all too happy to see his idea take off, did not get ticked off that someone stole his idea. The person with the big brain came up with a good idea, and the people with the big bucks paid to advertise it. There are now nine facebook groups/events celebrating the day. Seems like a success to me.
Stay wet, San Diego.

1 comment:

Jeffrey Morgenthaler said...

Thanks for the mention. You might be interested in my official Repeal Day website, located at RepealDay.org.

Celebrate the Freedom, the Freedom to Celebrate!