Silly Season Approaches…

It’s been awhile since I last posted, even with good intentions to post at least weekly, but I keep getting side tracked with different things and now Thanksgiving has passed us by and we are getting into the silly season.

Well I was going to list a few cynical thanks here that I considered over Thanksgiving, like to the financial institution that lost 90% of my retirement fund, or the company that closed at the start of the year making me spend 9 months searching for a new job, to the companies I applied that think I’m either over qualified or of course they want young inexperienced cheap labor, but most of all to the Yankees because this isn’t a perfect world.

And now as we move into that silly season, a time of year that used to be, (for me anyway) a joy to see that smile on someone’s face just because you did or said something nice, almost everyone was in a good mood and would do things for others just because it was that special time of year when everyone had a little Christmas spirit (non alcoholic that is) inside of them. It wasn’t about the giving or the receiving, it was about just being nice to everyone. Yes in the perfect world it would be like that all year round and not just at Christmas time, but in a perfect world the Phillies would be World Champions again.

So nowadays instead of Christmastime it’s become the silly season, the true essence of Christmas has gone and it’s all thanks to commercialization that has become the normality for every season and those moments between each season too. It’s now a time where every company that has something to sell, fights to get you to spend your hard earned money with them, even pounds you with emails of great gift ideas and special offers of super discounts.

What has this become, a time when more often than not people spend more than they can afford on useless gifts to earn the love and affection of others, and what’s worse is people expect to receive something from others and will categorize those givers based on what has been given. If you must venture out into those over crowded shopping malls and department stores to seek out the perfect gift for those people you are seeking to impress with your lavish present then here’s some guidelines….

Woman buying for a man – 

1 – Power tools, Computers, Electronic gadgets,  are not all made equal, guys will prefer certain brands and models

2 – Those infomercial gadgets, really suck

3 – Socks, ties, underwear, are best left to the wife or mother

4 – Cologne, gift cards or alcohol, are fairly safe

Man buying for woman – 

1 – Sexy lingerie, face it guys that’s for you not her

2 – A day at the spa, exercise clothes or equipment – says you think she’s fat or ugly or both

3 – Cell phones, PDA’s, electronic tracking devices – not cool says your a freaky, jealous maniac

4 – Gift cards – say you were too lazy to think of something

5 – Perfume – know the exact brand that she likes and you are safe


To those companies fighting for everyone’s money consider these song suggestions from  Eric O’Shea….



11 Comments on “Silly Season Approaches…”

  1. Jane Heller says:

    I actually like gift cards. Yes, it can mean the giver is lazy, but I appreciate being able to go shopping these days, since I’ve cut back on my spending. So if anyone’s reading this (like my husband), I’m very receptive to gift cards!

  2. xcicix says:

    If you know someone well enough, you can cater to the individual.
    That said, the commercialization is very sickening. I’m with you on that…

  3. redstatebluestate says:

    Peter, if this is some gimmick to get me to tell you exactly what I want for Christmas then fine, I’ll take season tickets please. See, that wasn’t that hard now was it? And despite the idea that lingerie is for the men, not the women who receive it, I would like to go on record saying I don’t think most men look good in lingerie… just sayin’.

  4. devilabrit says:

    Jane – I’m with you on this.. gift cards mean I can get what I want…:-)
    Cici – commercialization is what its all about unfortunately… but it’s those personal things that make the giving worthwhile…
    Jeff – Okay season tickets to the Phillies games it is then…as soon as I can get Ruben to send them to you… as for the men in lingerie… now I’m curious what men you’ve been looking at in lingerie..besides Allen of course..LOL


  5. raysrenegade says:

    You know,
    I did the old gift cards things for years giving food and restaurant cards to single friends so they could impress dates, or have a great night out.
    Even used to buy those old Sharper Image gift cards for bosses and uppity friends so they could have the latest toys for their desk at work.
    And gave some of the women Victoria Secret or Bed, Bath and Beyond gift cards so they could get their “color scheme” in their bathroom and kitchen and not be turned off by my bevy of blue towels.
    But all that stopped in June 2007 when I got laid off. But I still give gift cards, it just doesn’t have as much money in them today.
    Guess you can say I am lazy not to dig so deep into my friends lives, but I look at it more like I am letting them choose their happiness instead of retuen it on December 26th for a refund.

    Rays Renegade

  6. redstatebluestate says:

    For the record, I do not think men should wear women’s lingerie… unless they are on vacation.

  7. devilabrit says:

    RR – I hear ya, gift cards are definitely the safer bet, I certainly abuse them myself as gifts and as you say, stops the day after returns…
    Jeff – what happens on vacation stays on vacation…(we hope)


  8. mattpeas says:

    along the lines of lingerie i always have to get my girlfriend a pirate shirt or hat for christmas. shes not the biggest baseball fan but theres nothing i love more than a girl rooting for the team, especially in a hat.

  9. mattpeas says:

    along the lines of lingerie i always have to get my girlfriend a pirate shirt or hat for christmas. shes not the biggest baseball fan but theres nothing i love more than a girl rooting for the team, especially in a hat.

  10. phillies_phollowers says:

    Well, you just made holiday shopping a lot more difficult…LOL Here is what I would like for X-mas…a money tree! The gift that keeps on giving :O)


  11. devilabrit says:

    Matt – If you talking early morning then there is nothing sexier than a hot chick in a slightly oversized baseball or football shirt, as long as it’s yours…
    Jenn – I’ll have Obama send you one, I think he’s still giving them away….:-)


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