Thursday, July 05, 2007

A Carnival Of Hijacked Holidays, VIII

"Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty." - Wendell Phillips

Hello, and welcome back to the blog carnival that wouldn't die.

I intended the last issue to be THE LAST ISSUE. I didn't have the time or inclination to keep doing this. My other blog (Suldog-O-Rama) takes up enough of my time already. Response to this one had been lackluster and I decided to just let it peter out. Although I truly appreciated the contributions, I found traffic lacking from anyone other than the contributors, so hardly worth my time or theirs.

Again, I'll just let it go after this.

However, I received a few more pieces for inclusion and I wouldn't feel right if I just tossed them. Those people went out of their way to send me stuff, with the thought in mind that their writings would find a welcome, and I know how I'd feel if I sent stuff out and it never showed up or was not acknowledged.

(Pissed, in case you were wondering.)

So, here are those pieces received for inclusion in this, the Independence Day edition of A Carnival Of Hijacked Holidays. Enjoy!

To start off, here's a holiday that happened two months ago. It's only because of my abominable laziness that you aren't hearing about it in a timely fashion. My apologies to Gillian of Food History, gracious enough to tell us all about Cinco De Mayo, a true hijacked holiday.

Valentine's Day? That was in February, right? Hey, so was my last cogent thought, so why quibble? Art Thailand sends us some semi-porn (which is better than no porn) in Valentine, Oh Valentine, Wherefore Art My Valentine?

Next up, in this parade of past dates, is Mothers Day. We hear from the tremendously honest Modest Jon Swift who tells us that His Mother Is A Terrible Person.

Even further back in time is Halloween. The afore-mentioned Modest Jon Swift gives us something concerning that holiday, in Scooter Libby's Halloween. Heck, if I had been just a tad more lazy, this would have become current again - maybe.

Moving on...

The Therapy Doc, who has contributed here before (and whom I like a whole lot) has given us Doe A Dear. Keeping with my theme, it's pretty much about a past holiday (Fathers Day), but also considers Memorial Day, which is even further in the past.

Riding With Ricky gives us a comprehensive (and humorous) guide to enjoying a Memorial Day Barbeque.

Moving ever closer to the current month, Blog Fabulous asks us to Boycott Christmas In June. It concerns the greedy monetary aspects of Christmas, mostly, so I somewhat agree with the sentiment. It is, after all, what this blog was pretty much all about when it was founded.

This next one I like a lot. The reason is it gives me a chance to plug one of my own pieces, which I'll do after I tell you about Jack Of All Days, who sends along something about a holiday I had no idea existed. It is June 13th, otherwise known as Kitchen Klutzes Of America Day.

(I do believe I qualify. Read my Tales From The Kitchen Of Chef Dumbass and see if you don't agree.)

Now we come, at last, to July 4th and associated concepts!

Wenchypoo gives us some damned good advice, in Liberty In All Its Glory.

And that's it! Nothing else concerning Independence Day! Therefore, Wenchypoo wins this editions Relevancy Award! The prize package includes my best wishes and (should we ever actually meet) my hearty handshake.

Then there are those who don't understand the concept at all.

Advice For Bloggers gives us... Advice For Bloggers.

(I shouldn't be too snarky about this, considering my track record. Oh, what the hell.)

What in the name of Satan's Armpit does this have to do with holidays??? I mean, it might be helpful information, but does it have anything whatsoever to do with holidays? Not that I can divine. So...???

Getting back to the subject at hand...

Oh, wait a minute. I also got a submission from a website called (I am not making this up, nor am I providing a link) Spunkmouth. If you know me, you know I don't mind a little pornography now and again; see the Valentine's submission above, for instance. As a matter of fact, I am one of the staunchest pro-porno people you can probably find. However, unless we're talking about a holiday from good taste, THIS SUBMISSION HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH HOLIDAYS.

(Look it up in Google if you want a cheap thrill, I suppose. Be prepared, though. It's definitely NOT work-environment-friendly, unless your work environment is a Danish porno shop.)

And, almost as deplorable as unsolicited porno (as opposed to solicited porno, which is okee-dokee) is accounting, so it's only right that Basic Accounting should send along The Sky Is The Limit, which has something to do with increasing your potential readership. Again, nice info, but WTF?

And, finally, this... Something to do with General Motors and Transformers. Egads.

Vaya Con Dios, until we meet again.