Thursday, December 25, 2014

For the Birds

Ah, the smell of Christmas in Temple Valley! It's the smell of chicken, mostly fried, sometimes roasted. Cut up into eighths, quarters, or served nearly whole, the poultry is consumed wholeheartedly on this day by practically every living soul in this valley and the rest of the country beyond. 

Who do the poor birds have to thank for this "fowl" holiday? None other than their arch-nemesis, Colonel Sanders of Kentucky, a.k.a. "Sanders Claus." 

Wonder how "Colonel Sanders became Father Christmas in Japan"? Head on over to Talking Points Memo and have your fill of some food for thought. It's definitely not a story for the birds though.

More joyful Xmas reading:Christmas Present

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Not Going Postal

The Japan Post's winter stamps make a perfect 
Christmas sweater design.

It's Christmas Eve and none of my Xmas greeting cards have made it to friends and family across the seas despite the fact that I mailed them nearly a month ago. I may be in part to blame though. What seemed like an ideal spot to affix the stamp may not have been so easy for the postal service to spot. Anyway they say "tis the season to be jolly" so how could I get mad at these couriers for failing to complete their appointed rounds. 

Season's greetings to everyone and remember the card is in the mail.

Related post: The Art of Bill Collecting