"Colby Christ" courtesy of Dale Cooper
12 days after Christmas Day, January 6th, marks Epiphany, the day traditionally held to commemorate the visit the three magi--Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar-- paid to the baby Jesus. As the official last day of the Christmas holiday, Ephiphany also marks the begrudging reality of a season ceaselessly spent decorating: time to pack away the family heirloom ornaments and throw out the Christmas tree. Sadly enough for me, Epiphany also means dismantling one of my presents: a brand new inflatable hot tub! No thanks to the stingy lot of you that decided to spend money on presents for yourselves and your families rather than on me, I purchased the gift myself to enjoy with the other two members of my apartment building in Baltimore.
I'm usually opposed to Christmas frippery, if nothing more than to avoid the sad day of removal, but this year we went all out. BSD regular Dale Cooper helped score a free tree from the non-profit he works for while Karl Marxxx constructed a massive installation of paper chains. Dismanteling my new hot tub this year gave me my own epiphany of sorts: While it might seem like a daunting task at first, taking down decorations is bit like throwing out a used condom. You remember how much fun it was; and you're less annoyed by the mess.
I SEE PENIS. Dale Cooper and Karl Marxxx opening presents. . .