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Miracle on 38th Street?


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Blog Guy, I need some travel advice. I’m going to New York City this week, and I want to make sure I see the city’s famous magical Christmas window displays. I know about Bloomingale’s, Macy’s, Tiffany, but I don’t want to miss anything. What’s the very best holiday window display?

You must see the one at Fifth Avenue and 38th Street, where models are stripping down to their underwear and lounging around in a store window with lots of skin showing, attracting huge holiday crowds.

What a great way to get into the Christmas spirit!

Yeah, I don’t know the exact details so I’m just making up this part, but I think the shop owner was trying to save a few bucks by not building dressing rooms for his models in the store. He just sent them to a storefront window and told them to change there, and suddenly men began coming from all the New York Boroughs and even New Jersey to see the holiday miracle. Who could have guessed that something like that would be of interest?

Wow, that’s a feel-good story for the ages, Blog Guy! What a heartwarming movie it would make!

Abbey a rough Road to Ho Ho Ho


Blog Guy, you’ve written a lot about tribute bands imitating The Beatles’ great Abbey Road album and its iconic cover. I’m hearing rumors of a newly discovered Christmas version of the album the group did 40 years ago.

It’s true, right down to a Santa cover and jolly holiday versions of each song.

Hottest new gift gadget for guys this season…


Blog Guy, I need Christmas gift shopping advice for my boyfriend. I want something really special. Help!

How about a new Beamer?

No, he already drives a Lexus and loves it.

Not a Bemer, a BEAMER! The hot new gadget this season is the Bikini Beamer 3000, which beams bikini-clad models right to his bachelor pad, in minutes.

No room for a legume?


Well fashion fans, it won’t be long now. It’s the evening of the big Victoria’s Secret annual holiday fashion show. I mean, most of YOU won’t see it today, because it won’t be aired for a couple of weeks, but we’ll have lots of still photos for you and if you flip through them real fast, it’s just like being there.

Meanwhile, the models have to finish getting prepared for the show.

Here, one of them is seen loading up on the six and a half calories she gets every day. I can’t quite tell what this slop is, but it’s not fried onion rings and doughnuts, I’ll tell you that.

Oh, my love my darling, I’ve hungered for your touch…


Blog Guy, what do you think of the huge musical news for this season?

It’s amazing, huh?

I’ll say! Who ever would have thought, a Bob Dylan Christmas CD!

Oh, that. I thought you were talking about those European soccer coaches recording all the great Righteous Brothers hits – “Unchained Melody,” “You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feelin’,” etc… Those coaches can really belt it out.

Soccer coaches? Righteous Brothers? This is just too stupid, even for you!

Fine, but I’ve already pre-ordered mine. It’s a tribute to Phil Spector, the Righteous Brothers’ legendary producer who of course is now in prison for murder.

Heil be Gnome for Christmas…


******Blog Guy, I was happy to see you’ve officially kicked off  the holiday shopping season with that serial killer merchandise******As long as you’re in the mood to offer tips, what should I get for my nephew? He’s into gardening and Nazi politics? Any ideas?******You bet. try this place in Germany that seems to specialize in outdoor Hitler garden stuff. Does your nephew already have a garden gnome giving a Hitler salute?******Hmmm. I don’t believe so.  What a wonderful holiday idea. Do they sell these Hitler gnomes lots of places?******No, Führer and Führer these days…***

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****** Plastic garden dwarves with their arms outstretched in the stiff-armed Hitler salute, are pictured on the main square in Straubing, Germany, as part of the art installation ‘Dance with the Devil’ by German artist Ottmar Hoerl October 15, 2009. REUTERS/Michael Dalder***

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I am not making this up. You really can get the calendar online, and at some pretty respectable bookshops.

Flossing, brushing threaten false teeth sales…


Please don’t let me be the only one who thinks this is ironic.

I’m reading financial stories this week, and suddenly I see this headline: “Credit limits, self-discipline threaten holiday sales.” Did I wander onto The Onion site?

I swear I’m not making this up. Damn you, self-discipline! Damn you, credit limits!

Junior! Speak of the Devil!


Say, Roy, you got any kids?

Yeah, three. My daughter’s a professor at NYU, my son’s an economist, and my other son’s studying to be Satan. We’re real proud of…

Excuse me, Roy. Did you say Satan?

Yeah, they got a School for Satan over there someplace. It’s sort of like a Santa Claus deal – Satan has a lot of little helpers.

What the frock do I do with this?


Blog Guy, you’re the person I always come to for fashion advice.

That’s pretty sad.

Anyway, my husband gave me a Japanese kimono for Christmas, and I’m not exactly sure where I could wear it.

I searched our photo files for the past couple of days, and it turns out there are two things you can do with a kimono. First, you can put it on your dog.