Friday, September 29, 2006

A Carnival Of Hijacked Holidays

IF you were sent here in hopes of finding the latest (10/20/2006) edition, then Blog Carnival sent you to the wrong place. This is the FIRST edition. Go here for the SECOND edition. Thank You!

Welcome to the inaugural Carnival Of Hijacked Holidays!

I recently requested that people send me their essays, musings, rants or whatever else they had to say concerning holidays. It didn't have to be about any specific holiday, nor did it have to be pro or con. As long as the main subject matter was a holiday of one sort or another, the submission would qualify for inclusion.

I can't say that I'm pleased with the quantity of submissions - two. I can say, unequivocally, that I am very pleased with the quality of the submissions. My hope is that the quality will remain at this high level, with a concomitant rise in quantity.

Without any further ado, here are the wonderful submissions.

Leading off - that is, the very first entry received and thus assured a place in... some historical thingamajiggy - is Jon Swift with his Not Letting The Terrorists Win. Mr. Swift postulates that giving people September 11th off, so that they might shop, would be the perfect way to send a message to the terrorists that they can't change our way of life.

(In keeping with Mr. Swift's general take on things, I have included his portrait to the right. From now on, you're on your own in determining why I have positioned folk's pictures/artwork/hieroglyphics where I have. I assume that since you're here, you're intelligent and will be able to do so with only this one hint.)

The second - and last - entry for this wonderful but abbreviated carnival comes from Tim Abbott of Walking The Berkshires. His entry is entitled James Tinker On Fast Day.

Unfortunately - for a lazy bugger such as myself - Mr. Abbott's political leanings are not as readily obvious, so I've assigned him a center position. If he would have rather been on the fringe, I apologize.

And that's about it. I'm going to run another edition at some point, but I'll probably wait until I have enough submissions to populate it more fully than this one. In other words, at least three.

See you then!

P.S. You may have been wondering why there is a picture of assorted sausages and cheese at the top of this page. I went to Google Images and entered "Holiday Carnival". This was the first thing that came up. I figured that this is a pretty cheesy carnival thus far, but the submissions are meaty, so why not go with it?

By the way, the image comes from The Wisconsin Cheeseman. I am not averse to payola, if he is reading this...


GreenmanTim said...

Great to be in the vanguard and congratulations on the launch of this carnival. I shall certainly link to it.

Centrist is fine, as I have not been as overtly politcal (though partizan certainly) at Walking the Berkshires. Raised by pacifists, former Civil War reenactor, visits and comments on left leaning and right leaning blogs and has readers from both fringes. Red Sox fan, assuredly.

Anonymous said...

Good job, 'dog. Maybe I'll have something for the next one.