The Salvation Army and a New Word of the Day

I try to get through Christmas without losing my shit because of the crass commercialism of the holiday. I try to ignore it as best I can. But I generally get my lunch at the Safeway near my work and there's a Salvation Army "donation" guy that stands by the door jangling his bell. He does it really low until someone walks in or out of the store and then he makes it jangle loud and shrill. And he always gives me the hairy eyeball and a sarcastic "Have a nice day" as I walk by him without throwing my change into his bucket.

I have my reasons for not donating my change. The first is that I save all of my change, it goes into a jar and we use it for family stuff that we might not otherwise be able to afford. Change adds up, a year or so can net several hundred bucks.

The second reason is that the Salvation Army is a religious organization at its core. Part of their central philosophy is to spread their gospel. Sorry but I cannot and will not support religious organizations. One nice thing about the calendar changing over to 2007 is that he'll be gone when I go back to work.

Anyway, all of that brings me to today's new word of the day....

Shrell - a shrill bell, not unlike the bell the Salvation Army guy rings.

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