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Festivus 2017: Send us your grievances

A scene from the "Seinfeld" Festivus episode, "The Strike." [Sony TV]
Published Dec. 19, 2017

When Seinfeld writer Dan O'Keefe penned the classic 1997 episode "The Strike" he probably had no idea people would be celebrating sitcom character Frank Costanza's made-up, anti-commercialization holiday nearly two decades later, but here we are.

A search of Facebook events shows Festivus celebrations planned across the country this month (including this local one at Friendly Tavern in Redington Shores).

If you're not familiar with Festivus, this video is a good primer, and has details, the but here are the basics: there's an unadorned metal pole (because Frank finds tinsel distracting), feats of strength ("Festivus isn't over until you pin me"), and — most importantly — the airing of grievances, when people share their complaints for the preceding year.

As Costanza put it, "I've got a lot of problems with you people, and now you're going to hear about it."

Last year, we asked you to send us complaints from 2016, and people from all over the country delivered big time. You complained about the overuse of the word "amazing," the Florida winter heat, shopping carts, pumpkin spice cappuccino, the president and your brother-in-law Craig's birthday.

Now we want to hear about 2017.

Did your sports team blow its playoff hopes in an epic way? Did the networks cancel your favorite TV show? Maybe you had the first date from hell, your neighbor's dog yelped all night or your co-worker's lunch smelled up the office. What do strangers, your loved ones and businesses do that really irks you?

We want to hear about it all.

Submit grievances via the form below, and we'll publish a selection of them on or before Dec. 23, the traditional date of Festivus. Extra points for funny grievances that aren't about presidential politics. (You must enter a name that isn't obviously fake to be considered).


  1. The 53rd-annual Rattlesnake Festival will be held Oct. 19-20 at the Pasco County Fairgrounds in Dade City. The weekend event, kicks off with a prelude concert featuring the Bellamy Brothers on Friday, and raises money for the Thomas Promise Foundation. The foundation provides meals for Pasco County school children who do not have regular access to nutritional meals on weekends when school is not in session. "LUIS SANTANA  |  TIMES"  |  Tampa Bay Times
    The annual festival offers a family-friendly outing while raising money to feed school children in need.
  2. Kathleen Hudak, historian with the Brooksville Cemetery, tells the story of William Henry, son of Mr. and Mrs. Quitman Varn during a walking tour of the historic Brooksville Cemetery on Tuesday as part of Brooksville's Founders' Week celebration. The boy died from appendicitis in 1913 at the  age of 9. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Tampa Bay Times
  3. MICHELE MILLER | Times 2018
Thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts will roll into downtown New Port Richey for the Cotee River Bike Fest held Oct. 11-13. Times (2018)
    The weekend event brings thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts to town while benefiting local charities.
  4. Bigger. Taller. Glitzier. A $720 million expansion of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa has added a 14-story hotel, right, next to the casino's original hotel on the left. Richard Danielson
    Nicole Kidman and Christie Brinkley walked the red carpet, and two members of the Wallenda family walked a high wire strung between the casino’s two hotel towers.
  5. The Cotee River Bike Fest will be held Oct. 11-13 in downtown New Port Richey. Times
    Local offerings abound for those wanting to get out and about.
  6. The African American Heritage Trail in St. Petersburg begins at the Carter G. Woodson African American Museum. MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE  |  Tampa Bay Times
    It has been five years since the historic trail celebrated its grand opening, but many still don’t know it’s there.
  7. The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride combines dapper duds and vintage-inspired bikes on a ride to raise money for men's health charities. Mari Sabra
    The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride returns to Tampa Bay as local motorcyclists join a worldwide run to raise money for men’s health charities.
  8. Natalie D'Alessandro and Izaac Deal break out into dance during the inaugural Pride Festival in 2018 in downtown New Port Richey. MICHELE MILLER  |  Times (2018)
    New Port Richey gathering will feature a week of lead-up events.
  9. Suzanne Natzke, an artist and teacher with the Pasco Fine Arts Council, arranges her watercolor paintings for an upcoming exhibit, 'Moments in Time.' The exhibit will be held through Oct. 21 at the council's new gallery at Avalon Park West in Wesley Chapel. MICHELE MILLER  |  Michele Miller
    The countywide Council will exhibit work at the Avalon Park West community.
  10. The Tampa Bay Lightning has tapped Cigar City Brewing to bring its Jai Alai, Guayabera, and Florida Cracker beers to Amalie Arena as the team’s official craft beer partner. (Photo via Tampa Bay Lightning) Tampa Bay Lightning
    Cigar City also will move its popular annual Hunahpu’s Beer Festival to Amalie Arena starting next March.