Festivus House in Elmhurst - 2010

I was tipped off by my brother-in-law Equation Boy/Man about a house near ours that had put up a curious set of holiday decorations.  He told me, "I thought you'd get a kick out of seeing this."  Equation Boy/Man gave the coordinates - it is on Willow Street, just north of First Street.  For those of you unfamiliar with the street names in Elmhurst, but know a few landmarks, this house is just North of the tracks and 4-5 blocks east of York Street.

Nat and I were out last night and we decided to drive by.  Sure enough, they're cast aside the traditional holiday decor and lights and instead have just a sign and a simple aluminum pole in their front yard.  Although my photo isn't great, the sign reads:  "A Festivus for the Rest of Us!" and you can see the pole to the left of the photo standing up and proud in the middle of the yard.  Looks great all lit up at night. 
Clearly, this is a single dude living here, right?  There's no way anyone's wife would go along with this -albeit very funny gag - right?  Anyone know who lives in the Festivus House?  Are they having a big get together on the 23rd?  Feats of Strength?


  1. This is my house! Glad you like my work! By the way, the pole and sign was my WIFE's idea!

  2. By the way, I noticed your "Elmhurst Stinks" site. We have a major wildlife problem in our neighborhood. Before our dog died 2 years ago, we used to see COYOTES trotting up and down our block when we'd walk her. I'd call animal control to report a sighting and they'd always reply that they'd send someone out the next day to look... My reply was always that I was gonna get my gun and shoot it - would they come then? They would tell me that I would be arrested if I did that...

    I don't own a gun, but my principle is that this is people-habitat, and has been for over 100 years. Heaven forbid this mongrel would attack me, my dog, or a child. They follow the UPRR tracks from the train yards in Bensenville looking to scavenge.

    We also see skunks all the time in our yard and the neighbors'. I almost ran over one with my bike one evening last summer on York Road! Sprinkling red pepper keeps them away. You could also use Exlax - if they don't crap themselves to death they'll know the food is bad and won't return (my wife won't let me do that one :( ).

    You may have noticed that my avatar is a scan of the Elmhurst Skunk Hunter...

  3. Great to hear from you! Your wife must be have a great sense of humor!


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