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Festivus 2017: Send us your grievances

A scene from the "Seinfeld" Festivus episode, "The Strike." [Sony TV]
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. As with last year’s Christmas program at Northcliffe Baptist Church, the special event this year will include music, narration and skits. [Northcliffe Baptist Church]
  2. Alligator Attraction started offering sloth yoga classes in November. []
    Sloth yoga and other sloth activities are becoming more popular around the Tampa Bay area, but some say it puts the animals in peril.
  3. Charlie explains to his parents and sister, Beth, that the best thing about church is that there are no Herdmans there. Pictured, from left: Sarah Krug as Mother (Grace Bradley), Amber Marino as Beth, Frank Miller as Father (Bob Bradley) and Jude Mys as Charlie. [Kristina Mitten]
    Live Oak Theatre presents ‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever'
  4. Classic Reflections Carriages is offering carriage rides starting at 6 p.m. Dec. 19-21 throughout downtown Brooksville. Reservations are made in person on each event date, starting at 4 p.m., in front of the historic courthouse. [Brooksville Main Street]
    Holiday events in Pasco and Hernando counties
  5. Glenn Woods, 62, shapes a decorative bottle made with a blend of porcelain clays at Pottery Boys Clay Studios on Nov. 18  in Palm Harbor. Woods and his partner, Keith Herbrand, 56, have created dozens of pieces, including holiday decorations, vases, coffee cups, bowls and platters for the Tour de Clay, a progressive tour of five pottery studios in the Tampa Bay area featuring the work of 33 artists from near and far. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  TImes]
    The annual effort supports working artists and benefits charity.
  6. Ari Shipley, 5, (left) reads to a golden retriever named Turbo, while her brother, Jett, 3, looks on. Reading to Turbo is a new program at the Spring Hill/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library. [MICHELE MILLER  |  Times]
    Specially trained therapy dogs help youngsters grow their reading skills.
  7. Hundreds of demonstrators protest a Trump administration announcement that reversed an Obama-era order allowing transgender students to use school bathrooms matching their gender identities, outside of The Stonewall Inn in New York, Feb. 23, 2017. Activists in the LGBTQ community mobilized a fast and fierce campaign on Oct. 21, 2018, to say transgender people cannot be expunged from society, in response to an unreleased Trump administration memo that proposes a strict definition of gender based on a person's genitalia at birth. [Times Files] [YANA PASKOVA  |  NYT]
    Local vigils will be held in Tampa on Nov. 20 to honor those who lost their lives due to violence against the transgender community.
  8. A cat named Karma finds a comfortable spot in the lap of Taylor McKenzie during the Kitty Cats and Yoga Mats wellness activity at the Land O' Lakes Library. [Michele Miller]
    Two Pasco County agencies partner to bring the interactive activity to local libraries.
  9. Spanx founder and Clearwater native Sara Blakely will be the keynote speaker at the Synapse Summit 2020 innovation convention, scheduled for Feb. 11 and 12 at Amalie Arena in Tampa. (Times file photo)
    Organizers say the Clearwater native is a game-changer for the event on Feb. 11-12 at Amalie Arena. It is expected to draw more than 6,000 entrepreneurs.
  10. John C. Pelczynski of Massachusetts untangles the lines on his kite at the Veterans Day Fall Fly on TI. [Tampa Bay Times (2014)]
    Museums and aquariums are offering free admission, plus there are parades on land on sea in honor of Veterans Day