Monday, November 28, 2005

Gift It Up, Yo.

Alright now, pay attention lads and lasses - this one's important.

Every once in awhile I check the stats on this web page to see if you're downloading the available mp3 (sometimes), if you're clicking on the "Reading", "Listening To", and "Watching" links, and then purchasing the linked-to goods thereby getting me a whopping $0.0004 referral from Amazon (nope), and to see which posts you're reading in general (lots o' different ones.)

Among the most read posts? The Mnah Mnah one where I posted the "lyrics" to that tune along with a link to the Muppet skit that inspired it; the Foul Mood Thursday post which contained the answers to the two Hapland games I linked to once upon a time; and (God knows why) Pass The Pesto where I bitch about how bad my day was before getting all sappy and un-Ericlike and reminding people that many of the things we take for granted are really the reason for much of the joy in our lives. Then, I go off on some ridiculous tangent about what I'm cooking for dinner and essentially ruin the post, but that's neither here nor there.

I'm not sure why the Pass the Pesto post is as popular as it is. Perhaps it strikes a chord with some of you or, more likely, it turns up as a top result when one does a Google search for "bad writing." Whatever the case, what I wrote in the post still rings true. Much of what I would classify as "problems" in my life are really things that many people in less fortunate circumstances than my own would be grateful to have.

It is with these people in mind that I write today's post. Today, I'm going to ignore the fact that I hate sales pitches and actually make one for Gift It Up - Boston's Alternative Gift Fair. Huh? What? Glad you asked. Gift It Up is a one-day-only event happening this Saturday (December 3rd) from 11 AM to 4 PM at the Arlington Street Church on the corner of Arlington and Boylston Streets in the beautiful Back Bay. At the event, you'll find a slew of fantastic non-profit organizations that could really use your support (financial and otherwise), as well as be reminded that the holidays are not all about the sometimes ridiculously excessive commercialism that abounds when they come around. At the fair, you can learn about the participating organizations and then make donations in honor/in the name of friends, family and loved ones. Upon giving, you'll receive a customized card detailing the gift, which you can then present to whomever it was you were buying for. Further, there will be raffles for some nifty prizes (massages, Newbury St. hair styling, yoga classes, dinner for two, etc...) and some good food to boot.

My appeal to you today is simply to go to the gift fair and participate. Lots of folks (my roommate being one of them) put in many long hours organizing it, largely to help others less fortunate enjoy the type of holiday season (and way of life) which we so often take for granted. The least we could do is show up. Live outside of Boston or simply can't make it to the fair? Go to the website and click on the "Participate Now" link. You can purchase your gift online through Paypal.

Guys - do it for your women and prepare to get lucky. Ladies - do it for your men and prepare to be wined, dined, and shown off all over town. Children - do it for your parents and prove to them they did a bang-up job in raising you. Parents - do it for your children and teach them the true meaning of the holidays - love, peace and goodwill towards all.

Help a little. Help a lot. Just help. Gift It Up, Yo.


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