RANT: Festivus for the rest of us


Festivus: Share your complaints and grievances for 2022
It’s your chance to gripe and get it published in the Tampa Bay Times.
By Christopher Spata Times staff
Published Earlier today | Updated 4 hours ago

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Festivus 2022 is coming. The “fictional” holiday that entered culture 25 years ago via a classic “Seinfeld” episode returns Dec. 23, meaning it’s time for the Seventh Annual Tampa Bay Times Airing of Grievances.

It’s your chance to gripe and complain from anywhere in the world about ways you’ve been annoyed this year. Your most petty peeves about loved ones, businesses, sports teams, your boss, your pets — whatever — will be published in the Tampa Bay Times. Examples of past year’s funniest reader complaints are here, here and here. Submit yours through this form by Dec. 19.

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If you’re not familiar with Festivus, Frank Costanza (the brilliant, late Jerry Stiller) hilariously explains the anti-consumerism holiday that people still celebrate in real life in Season 9, Episode 10, The Strike, available on on Netflix. It involves an unadorned metal pole instead of a tree (tinsel is “distracting”), feats of strength and the airing of grievances. Festivusweb.com has more info.

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My grievance is the FED (The Federal Reserve Bank is a misnomer. IT ain’t “federal”. It reserves nothing. And, it ain’t a “bank”. It is a private cartel of the elite banks run for their benefit and that of the entrenched politicians.) and its debasement of the US dollar.  Leaving the Gold Standard allowed the Gooferment to spend wildly.