Luv Doc Recommends: KOOP Radio 11th Birthday Party

Maggie Mae's, Saturday, December 17, 2005

How do<\I> Hindus celebrate Christmas? Does Ganesh slap on a four-sleeved red coat with white fur trim and sleigh around bringing presents to all the little Hindu boys and … uh … boys? If so, surely he could kick Santa’s ass in a stocking-stuffing contest. Would Santa lose his job to Indian outsourcing? Would letters to the North Pole be redirected to a more friendly, efficient, and cost-effective customer-service center in Calcutta? Surely God or Jesus or Billy Graham or Martha Stewart or whoever is in charge of putting the whole Christmas thing together has thought this through, has developed a marketing strategy to tap the economic gold mine of the Pacific Rim. No doubt Buddha would make a right jolly old elf. Mohammed could use some fattening up, but he does have a nice fluffy beard. Of course the hands down winner of the Santa lookalike contest is Sikhism founder Guru Nanak, who not only nails the white beard and ‘stache, but also kicks the Santa look up a notch by sporting a Jesus-like halo. If Santa featured a light package like that, Rudolph would still be stranded on the Island of Misfit Toys … where he just might run into the islander version of Santa: Rasta Claus – red cutoffs, snow white dreads, and a big bag of … well, let’s just say that Rasta Claus is jolly for different reasons. In the end, it may be that none of those religions celebrates Christmas. That would be a shame really, because if Westerners are intent on exporting capitalism to the rest of the world, they should start with Chri$tma$ and $anta Clau$. In no other society is materialism so intricately interwoven with theology. Genius really. It makes you wonder how those other folks get along at all. Even more puzzling is the fact that this weekend KOOP radio celebrates its 11th birthday Saturday at Maggie Mae’s with freak rockers Pong, along with the Bloody Tears, Urbano Tango, and Global Soul, among others. Eleven years of nonprofit community radio? That’s as unbelievable as Santa Claus.

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