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Delayed Reaction: Bad Santa 2008

Thanks to everyone's wacky travel schedule, my friends and I are having our annual Christmas party tonight, January 31, thirty seven days after schedule.

Should be an evening of food, drinks and good times... but we know what we're all looking forward too. The annual Bad Santa game!

The present that I'm bringing is absolutely stellar. Can't tell you what it is, but here is a clue:

For those of you who are unfamiliar with our little game, the rules to the game are pretty simple. As described in a post from a few years back:

Everyone brings a present to the party, their names are thrown into a hat and drawn for order of selection.

The first person selected picks a gift (except their own) from a pool of presents and unwraps.

The second (and subsequent) person can either select a new wrapped gift from the remaining pool or steal any previous person's gift. Should they choose to steal a gift, the victim of the stealing gets to choose a new wrapped gift from the remaining present pool.

This continues until every participant has opened a gift!

Since the first person never had an opportunity to steal gifts, they are now given the opportunity to keep their gift (which probably has been stolen and swapped with something lame) or steal any one of the particpant's gifts.

In 2008 we will continue with our veto rule. If you bring a present to the pool, and it sucks, it can be "veto'd."

Let's say you contribute an MP3 player. Should they be cheated by the appeal value of your gift, whoever opens it has the right to call a vote in which people will determine wether or not your gift is crappy.

If it is, the gift you selected (or future pick) from the pool goes to the person who chose yours, you get get your shitty gift back, and you have to get the F-out. Simple.

Thanks to rules like this, the prizes get better year after year. In 2007 I scored a Logitech Harmony. A Nintendo DS Lite in 2006. You get the point. We figure that by the time 2020 comes around someone will be giving away a car: "Hey look, I got a 2020 Hyundai Accent."

Come strong, or don't come at all.

I'm also looking forward to the annual punkie awards. There aren't many categories up for grabs in 2008, but they're always a laugh.

Does anyone remember the "Talib Kweli Home Cleaning Gift Certificate" that was awarded to the messiest bachelor pad? The videos are just classic.

Good times! Here's hoping I don't win another stupid Chinese Fortune Cat.


There are 2 comments:

At 1:40 PM, Blogger Rubex Cube said...

I came out strong(er) this year haha I swear every year I vow to give a great gift but get punked upon receipt of one....urgg damn you think geek!

At 4:33 PM, Blogger OhPunk! said...

I heard a deal has been brokered. Be thankful. I was praying I didn't get that NES. I did *not* want that.

Hey you scored good gifts in previous years!!!


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