Greetings, my fellow port swillers!

Ol’ Robbo does not recall exactly when this biznay of a post-Thankgiving “Giving Tuesday” first manifested itself. All I know is that the drumbeat seems to get louder and louder with each passing year.

Of course, one can hardly argue against the ideas of charity and generosity in and of themselves, but it seems to me that this ever increasing thumpa-thumpa-thumpa – as exemplified by the stream of emails pouring into my various accounts, both work and personal – is transmogrifying “Giving” Tuesday into “Gimme” Tuesday.

That is all.

UPDATE: So far in the email stakes today, the heaviest solicitations have come from my old school, The People’s Glorious Soviet of Middletown, CT. Out of idle curiosity, I looked up their endowment. $1.5 Billion and record returns this year. Riiiight.