CLAW’s Open Swim Tonight Features White Elephant Gift Exchange

December 30th, 2009 by MarkMonlux

"Robot gets Sweater" by Mark Monlux

\”Robot gets Sweater\” by Mark Monlux

The CLAW Open Swim is open to anyone who likes to draw cartoons, and hang out with the CLAW. In short membership is not a requirement for attendance. However, December’s Open Swim will require anyone attending to bring a gift for a White elephant gift exchange. You can bring even personalized fathers day gifts to surprise your father as it can create more memories.If you do not bring a personalized gift you will be scornfully kicked out with much derisive laughter and catcalls.

Rules for the White Elephant Gift Exchange:

1. The gift must be “absurd”.
2. If you buy the gift, you must not spend more than $20.

Upon arrival your thoughtfully wrapped gift will act as your ticket of admission. All gifts will then be placed on the gift table. Numbers will then be drawn. Participation will be in order of number drawn. The first up will have free choice from the table. They have the option of leaving their chosen gift wrapped. The following participants can choose to steal a gift from those before them, or take a gift from the table. Those who have a gift stolen from them can steal a different gift, or take a gift from the table. A gift can only be stolen three times. A gift cannot be stolen back from a previous owner. Once the exchange is completed all gifts that are still wrapped must be unwrapped. The Trading, purchasing, bartering or auctioning of gifts after the exchange is allowed.

Location: The Mandolin Café in Tacoma
Date: Wednesday, December 30th 2009
Time: 7:30 p.m.


  1. Mark Monlux said,

    December 31, 2009 @ 7:16 am

    I came home with a blanket made from:
    25% Cat fur
    25% Dog fur
    50% Llama fur
    It sheds like crazy.

  2. RR Anderson said,

    December 31, 2009 @ 8:00 am

    I got a famous Mark Monlux cookie jar in the shape of a 57 chevy being driven by two cats dressed in human clothes.

  3. Joel Larson said,

    December 31, 2009 @ 8:37 am

    Many wonderful gifts passed through my hands last evening, but the one that came home with me and adorns the bookcase in our living room is a wonderful wood-carved “white” elephant!

  4. Jeff Hawley said,

    December 31, 2009 @ 5:45 pm

    Initially, the ’57 Chevy cookie jar was mine, but then it was stolen. I then stole Jeff Hamill’s gift, a “Life Hammer”. Luckily, no one stole that one from me before the gift exchange ended. Now, if while riding to CLAW meetings aboard the MV Rhododendron, and if she sinks while crossing the Sound, I can rest assured knowing that I can hammer my way out of my car. The only way this would be more perfect is if I had something to keep me from freezing to death within one minute of contact with the water. Mark’s dog-and-cat fur blanket is sounding better and better.