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15 December 2007 @ 10:16 am
it's christmas. oh god.  
Santa's elves are lurking outside my apartment and I'm afraid to go out. I made the mistake of going outside the first year I was here and was all but assaulted by a desperate elf trying to give away presents, and really, I don't need another k-tel collection.

I think it must be a SJSU greek organization thing, some "It sucks to live next to a university, trying to make up for it" thing, but it's not the most efficient way to distribute presents. One of the police officers escorting the flatbed has resorted to encouraging people to come out; I'm sure it's meant to be jolly, but over a police car PA it sounds vaguely threatening. And they seem to have set up camp outside, probably because we are the last block of the residential street leading into the main SJSU garage and thus get the worst of it.
Krisquiet000001 on December 15th, 2007 08:38 pm (UTC)
... dude.

Wouldn't it be better if they did something like had presents where you could pick one to unwrap and then they were all things which could be donated to toys for tots or a local shelter or other charitable place? So you'd go and get the fun of picking something and opening it, but then you wouldn't actually have to keep whatever it was but could know it went to someone needy?
Lauratavella on December 16th, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC)
Well, there are some actual children in the neighborhood, and the families who do have kids are generally working class renters, and I'm sure it's fun for them to have random presents descend. But still, not very efficient.
Krisquiet000001 on December 16th, 2007 09:58 pm (UTC)
Well, so it could just be optional. If you get something you want or have someone you could regift it to, you can keep it, but otherwise they take it away and give it to someone who'll appreciate it. Win/win! :)
Evil Magnusevilmagnus on December 15th, 2007 08:55 pm (UTC)


Lauratavella on December 16th, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC)
...pretty much spot on.
Chris Rettstattrettstatt on January 2nd, 2008 03:41 am (UTC)
I hope you survived Christmas and just had a great New Year's Eve and Day. May 2008 bring you lots of good stuff.