I signed that petition, the one for cancelling Christmas this year. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not a Grinch. I just believe that if we skipped Christmas once in a while then all the non-cancelled Christmases would feel more special. Even if we don’t collect enough signatures to get Christmas cancelled we remain hopeful for the passage of our secondary goal: a permanent ban on the songs “Wonerful Christmas Time” and “Feliz Navidad“. America would certainly support that.
But, just in case we don’t win this fight against Christmas I must hedge my bets. Walmart and Costco won’t be the only ones cashing in this Holiday Season. Photos4u2c LLC is determined to grab its rightful share of America’s Christmas bounty . With the commercial spirit surging in my breast I set forth to make Holiday themed stock photos of downtown Portland.
It’s Saturday morning of Thanksgiving weekend. I step out of the cozy Hilton lobby into the damp predawn air. A couple blocks from the Hotel a homeless man steps in front of me and starts in on a much practiced magazine sales pitch.
“No Thanks.” I say and dodge left while double wrapping my camera strap around my wrist.
“Happy Holidays.” He says to my back.
I get some pictures of the light rail during the overcast sunrise and wander over to one of Portland’s outdoor markets.
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