Nov 23, 2006
Festivus for the Left of Us -- 9 December, Saturday
Below, from my pal Lanya (pictured right, with other pal Anne during the 2006 NC Gay Pride Parade) at gettraction.org:
What are YOU thankful for? Post it as a comment here:
Our cups floweth over, and talking over turkey (or tofurkey) just won't cut it. Nope, we're celebrating this huge year by throwing our second annual...
FESTIVUS for the Left of Us!
Traction's holiday-ish party and silent auction fundraiser is bigger and better this year, and co-sponsored by the Independent!
Food, drink, and feats of strength...
Holiday shopping, cool people and a great cause...
Plus fabulous games, dancing, airings of grievances, even get your new year's fortune told!
Here are three easy ways for YOU to plug in to Festivus, and we hope you'll do all three:
1) VOLUNTEER in the planning of Festivus.
You can volunteer that day/night, but we especially love EARLY volunteers.
Help procure items for the auction, get food and drink, plan the decorations, write item descriptions for the program/catalog, try to out-do Celeste's wacky/crafty/fun party ideas (best of luck) and much, much more!
VOLUNTEER PRE-PARTY: 6pm on Tues 11/28 at the Broad St. Cafe (1116 Broad
St.) Write celeste@getTraction.org to let us know you're coming.
2) Join Casey, Raj, Patrick, Sarah, etc. and CONTRIBUTE to the auction.
You have something to give. That's not a question.
To juice your juices:
- lessons in your special skill (tennis, cooking, surfing, dancing, French)
- 3-4 hours of your time as a handyperson, babysitter, designated driver, dog-walker... (if you're REALLY generous, give 2 hrs/month for a year)
- a week or weekend at your family's getaway spot!
- a lovely item from a funky store your friend owns
- a gift certificate from a favorite restaurant
- a valuable piece of memorabilia (ask us if you're not sure)
- frequent flyer miles, for those of you who travel a lot
3) SPREAD THE WORD and bring friends!
Write festivus@getTraction.org to donate, volunteer or RSVP. Enjoy your Thanksgiving weekend and we'll see you on Tuesday!
Muchas gracias, Lanya
P.S. For those of you who don't know Festivus, read about this (pop)cultural phenomenon: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Festivus
or watch a 3-minute video: http://www.vidlit.com/festivus/
P.P.S. We're NOT thankful for the offensive comments recently made by Michael Richards (who played Kramer on Seinfeld), who is explicitly NOT invited to our Festivus party.
= Traction =
"If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution."
~ Emma Goldman
Traction = a social network of left-leaning 20- and 30-somethings who are spicing up progressive activism by throwing fun, issue-based events that inform, inspire and connect us with other savvy Gen X & Yers.
Get in the loop: Write to tractivist@getTraction.org to join our email list.
For the record (re: the p.p.s. above), I would gladly invite Michael Richards to the gathering. I suspect he could use some inspiration more than isolation, these days. Then again, I might not have invitation "hand" since I'll actually be in SFO that weekend :-)
But anyone who's in town? You should go. For real. It will rock.
Posted by: Phil | Nov 23, 2006 3:05:23 AM
Hey, that's my arm growing out of Lanya's head!
Yay, Festivus! I so hope I can get there this year.
Posted by: Grace | Dec 5, 2006 1:07:42 AM
What is Festiuvs? Its for the rest of us.
Posted by: Jill | Dec 19, 2006 11:09:11 PM