The CLAW December’s Open Swim will feature White Elephant Gift Exchange

December 13th, 2009 by MarkMonlux

"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. If you do not bring a 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. Adam said,

    December 15, 2009 @ 7:11 am

    I wish I could be there. I don’t believe I’ll be in town.
    Best wishes!

  2. izenmania said,

    December 30, 2009 @ 10:16 am

    I haven’t found anything absurd to bring yet.

  3. Mark Monlux said,

    December 30, 2009 @ 10:28 am

    I hope these suggestions of items I considered bringing will be of help:

    Harlequin Romance Novels, in Korean.

    A hammer.

    Jigsaw puzzle of a paint of Elvis done on black velvet.

    A painting of Elvis on black velvet.

    Salt and Pepper Shakers in the shape of onions.

    Bowling Trophy.

    A birdhouse with only a painted hole on the front.

    Coonskin Hat.

    A can of paint.

    Blueprints to the Jupiter One from Lost in Space.

    Jupiter One.

    A bag of cat litter. New.