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Wednesday, December 07, 2021

Upon arriving home yesterday, I discovered that the maid had accidentally dropped and spilled my bottle of Eternity for Men.

I promptly fired her. So, if anyone knows of a good maid in town that works fairly cheap…

Kidding, just kidding. I didn’t post anything about it when it happened, because I didn’t want to come off as one of those cranks who vent on their blogs about the slightest misfortunes — and this one was certainly among the slightest (it was just Eternity, after all — even if it seems particularly potent for me). I didn’t completely blow it off, though: I took her up on her offer to replace it, instead of just dismissing it as I might usually do. I’ll be shocked if she actually follows through with that.

In the meantime, my bathroom is laced with the scent of Eternity. I’m waiting for the line of chicks to start forming outside the door (maybe I’ve seen one too many AXE Body Deodorant commercials)…

I guess I’ll pick up something else the next time I’m out (it was my only bottle of cologne). Maybe another Calvin Klein concoction. And if anyone’s thinking of a Christmas trinket for me, feel free to pick me up a bottle of something special.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 12/07/2021 08:27:33 PM
Category: Fashion
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Accomplishing what those evil liberal-secularists haven’t been able to do, many of the nation’s prominent megachurches are taking the “Christ” out of Christmas by opting to not hold services on Christmas Day this year, even though it falls on a Sunday.

Among the other megachurches closing on Christmas Day are Southland Christian Church in Nicholasville, Ky., near Lexington, and Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas, outside of Dallas. North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Ga., outside of Atlanta, said on its website that no services will be held on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day, which also falls on a Sunday. A spokesman for North Point did not respond to requests for comment.

The closures stand in stark contrast to Roman Catholic parishes, which will see some of their largest crowds of the year on Christmas, and mainline Protestant congregations such as the Episcopal, Methodist and Lutheran churches, where Sunday services are rarely if ever canceled.

The move’s being criticized as another example of the disassociative pull of modern culture, made more acute in that it hits one of the holier Christian holidays (in my mind, I’m not sure if Christmas or Easter is more significant for Christianity, merchandising aside). It’s reminiscent of the same pressures that are afflicting the movie theater business — people may like their spirtuality, but they don’t necessarily want to leave the comforts of home to experience it.

To me, there’s a more obvious reason for the supersized houses of worship to turn off the lights in the face of an expected low turnout. Megachurching is a high-volume business, with the bigger operations pulling in $40 million and up in annual revenue. If no one’s going to show up on a day of business, why open the doors at all? Seems to me the prospect of an empty collection plate has more to do with this Christmas blackout than anything else.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 12/07/2021 09:50:15 AM
Category: Society
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