Saturday, December 19, 2009

Cranky Holiday post

I don't do well with authority. In addition to ambiguous demand for unspecified faith (perhaps we are being told to believe that that almighty dollar will rise again?) from this window, I had an email from a prominent computer manufacturer instructing me to "Make the joy of the Holidays last all year". This is not my experience of how joy* works - although maybe with certain pharmaceuticals...

My friend Ariella is visible reflected at the right.



Chuckie - is that you?

20 comments:

Rick said...

The scissors are a little scary, aren't they?

Jenny said...

The hysteria of being jolly this time of year is bloody annoying.

If anyone tells me to be joyful; I will sulk. If I am cheerful, well then I am.

aleph said...

Wow Susan! Well, I hope you can picture how well this post made me feel! (for christmast, just little stars just open dark sky, please!)

Cláudia said...

Imagine being forced to be joyful all year round? It would be very boring... or very annoying... or very exhausting... or very VERY irritating... I'm sure that by the end of such a journey into the hell of being a non-stop cheerful creature I would be ready (and glad!)to join Chuckie as his assistance!

ArtSparker said...

A- My best Christmas was in a little village where we walked to a small pine, everyone holding a candle, and the headmaster of the school where I was a teacher read the story from the Bible. (although I am not a Christian, I think encoded in the story is the idea that it is the simple, quiet thing aside from the noisy world we need to find.

Cláudia said...

Correcting mistakes - "assistant"

ArtSparker said...

C - okay, but your English is frequently better than mine.

steve said...

Yeah, funny, because I was thinking the same thing when I was seeing this all around the shops - believe what, and why are you (whoever that may be) telling me to do this. I hate to be so cynical, but it's pretty annoying, huh?

ArtSparker said...

Steve -MaybEEEEEEEEEE it's cynical...I"d call it wanting words to have some integrity.

Totalfeckineejit said...

Never mind the scissors ,look at that evil grin!And what lurid, hideous monstrosity lurks beneath that giant hat?

Mariana Soffer said...

You are right there is a certain preasure from society to be all right all of the time wich is ridiculous. And we all know how we end up if we take the chemical road.
Interesting thougts
take care

Pisces Iscariot said...

ho-ho-ho the joy of being a consumer (shortly followed by the hangover of disapointment)

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Ribbon said...

Yes that's an unfortunate window display.
Most advertising is at this time of year.

I like the spirit of Christmas. I enjoy the extra effort that people will often make at this time of year to consider others, no matter what they believe.

best wishes
Ribbon

Fresca said...

Ha! I was in Macy's today and saw these giant "Believe" signs and thought of you... and right there on the escalator, I broke out in a big grin.

So, in an entirely backwards and roundabout way, they were freakily effective--they reminded me that I do indeed believe and rejoice in the connect-the-dots nature of the world.
Thanks to you and some design department of humans somewhere.

subby said...

Maybe it's a co-incidence but I had a hack attempt on my PC yesterday, late...from a supposed computer software company.

I've greatly reduced my spending habits( especially at this time of year ). Cards are just fine for most and to give of yourself is the best present anyone can get, wot?

Jasmine said...

I must admit, there are a couple of Festive films that I enjoy watching. 'Bad Santa' and 'A Nightmare before Christmas'.

I hope that you are well? xx

Eva said...

I agree with you. "Believe" with no object is a blank check, signed by the overcreditive. It is the reason why the crisis spread so far.

Celeste Bergin said...

Gah!--that shop window. "Believe"---(in? commerce?) It is a sad situation and seems to get worse each year. There was a frantic feeling in the air at Kohl's today. lol. The peeps are scrambling. I would SO like to walk out to a small pine to hold a candle there..now THAT sounds lovely!

Bungy32 said...

Such a complicated season. Noting the turn of the solstice seems important. Bringing light to the darker nights -- be that bonfires, glitz, or joy -- seems to resonate across so many of the holidays that occur this time of year. But the call to consume, consume, consume with an addict's pursuit of "joy" is a bit much. Thanks for sharing this. My tonic for the season has always been arts and crafts....