Out of the Blue

Happy Festivus, as today is the holiday for the rest of us! I have a grievance to air (with myself), which is that I've talked in the past about getting an aluminum pole to better celebrate the occasion, but have not managed to follow through on that ambition. In fairness, putting this in place would still not qualify as a feat of strength, as aluminum is known for its very high strength-to-weight ratio. And of course, buying such a pole would be a bit contrary to the whole anti-commercialism theme of the day, so on that level it's actually more appropriate to celebrate without one. There you have it, I've rationalized myself a Festivus miracle!

Miraculous Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
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