Hello CIDU friends. This is Robin, Bill’s wife. (I guess widow now).
Although I posted something a couple of months ago, I was afraid that some of us may have missed it, so with Winter Wallaby’s kind help, I am writing this.
First I want to say thank you. CIDU started because Bill thought it was funny but it grew into something much bigger – a place where people could come together and discuss issues in a safe space. My husband loved learning things and as a result, CIDU was close to his heart. He would often regale me with tales of that day’s thread drift and the discussions that had ensued. If he needed an answer to something, I would tell him post it and one of your peeps will know. I’m pretty sure one of you always did.
My sons and I would like to give back in a small way. My youngest is an extremely talented graphic designer. He designs our Hanukah cards every year and I would love to send you one if you’d like. For many of you, this is likely the only Hanukah card you’ll get, so double bonus!
Don’t worry that this is some kind of burden for me, I am already sending out several hundred, more isn’t really an issue. And for those of you interested in supply chain economics, Zachary has found that the cheapest high quality printing is in South Korea! So I get a package from South Korea every year.
Email me at robinbickel at gmail. Put CIDU in the subject line so it will be easy for me to quickly find you. And if you’d like you can send me a card at 43 Peace Rd, Randolph NJ 07869 but you are under no obligation to do so. I like sending cards and it would make me happy to be able to send a very small thank you to all of you who have been such good friends over the years. (Please don’t delay only because I have to give Zachary a count of how many cards to print)
Same address for both:
Please use “Chanukah” or “Secret Santa” in the subject line as appropriate.
The last of them on on their way. If you sent me a request, you should have received an email saying sent by now (if not, something went awry).
As always, all mailing addresses are being deleted.
We did this a few years ago — probably longer ago than I think — so I thought it was time to have another go:
To take part, send me an e-mail at (not in the Comments section below, please) with Secret Santa in the subject line. I’ll send you the names of three comic strip characters; you choose one of them (or more than one if you feel inspired), then pick the perfect gift for him/her/it.
It’s not mandatory, but if you let me know which one(s) you choose, I can put the others back into play; but please don’t send me your responses: December 16, I’ll put up a post asking for them.
(I’ve already been given my own assignment)
If you’re not familiar with any of the names I give you, you may exchange them for a new set.
Edited to add: In case anybody’s wondering –which is, granted, unlikely — I’m working with a long list of character names, and a Randomizer gives me three names for each person.
And a reminder: if you can, please return whichever names you’re not using — or else eventually I’ll be assigning somebody “That Girl in Pardon My Planet Who Wears the Tiara.”
(Though actually… that really isn’t a terrible idea)
Oh, and all you thousands of new visitors from American Samoa are welcome to participate!
This year again, if you want a Limited Edition Bickel Family Chanukah card, you only need to send your mailing address to
with the subject line “Chanukah Card.” You don’t have to be a regular contributor, and you certainly don’t have to be Jewish.
If you’d rather have a digital version, that’s also an option: but those are a lot less fun.
Okay, technically the holiday doesn’t end until sundown tonight, but effectively it ended Sunday night.
It’s the thought that counts, I guess…
You’ve seen their work in The Atlantic and Barrons, and on Gizmodo.com and other web sites. And now they’re creating… the 2018 Bickel Family Chanukah card.
As always, any member of the CIDU Community is welcome to a card. It doesn’t matter which if any holiday you celebrate this month. Or if you’re a frequent contributor, a lurker, an artist, or even a @#$% Squirrel.
Just send your mailing address to BICKELCHANUKAH@GMX.COM (and only there). All addresses will be deleted as soon as cards are mailed out.
(Please note that the other 47 spellings of “Chanukah” will not work)
Please note these are physical cards, designed as such, so I’ll need your mailing address; BUT… if anybody specifically needs a digital version — you have no room for cards, or maybe you’re afraid of your mail carrier — I can get the files. Please use the same e-mail address for these requests.
Okay, Chanukah “gelt” (chocolate money) does indeed usually come wrapped in decorated gold foil and is usually sold in little mesh bags. So far, so good.
(as opposed to “shofar, so good,” which belong to another holiday altogether)
But everything else going on here… total mystery.