Musings on Crunksgiving

November 7, 2008


Now that's a wild turkey.

As we enter the holiday season, and by “holiday” I mean Crunksgiving, I find myself looking back at what has become a grand and glorious tradition amongst myself and my friends.  


First, a history lesson:

Crunksgiving was first observed in November of 2003.  Only then, it had not yet acquired the Crunksgiving moniker.  No, then it was called Trippsgiving, named after the band, Tripp Fontaine, the members of which I counted amongst my closest friends.  We got together and realized that we needed a “friends only” counter to the traditionally family-oriented Thanksgiving holiday.  The original Trippsgiving was a gala event held at Mark Petty’s house where we all came together with our baked goods and high-octane alcohol.  Food was eaten, libations consumed, poker and video games played, songs sung, and a new tradition was born.  

Unfortunately, soon after the first annual Trippsgiving, the band Tripp Fontaine was, alas, no more.  We soldiered on though, hosting Trippsgiving II in November 2004 at my place.  As was tradition at this point, the host provided the turkey, while everyone else supplied the supporting cast.  This was to be the last of the Trippsgivings however, as from here on out we would celebrate Crunksgiving (I think Kim came up with it, but I can’t remember).  It was a more apropos name as we would all inevitably get crunk’d on that day. 

Fast forward 4 years later, and we’ve almost arrived at our 6th annual Crunksgiving, to be held at my house November 16th, 2008.  This year marks quite a departure from the previous five.  The core group of my friends that were involved from the beginning; Aaron, Joey, Kim, and Eric are no longer in the Metroplex.  They’ve up and left me for the big city.  I thought about canceling this year’s festivities, but then thought better of it.  These are the types of challenges in life that test one’s meddle.  When the going gets tough, etc..

So, we’ve expanded the invite list a bit to bring the Crunksgiving spirit to more people in the D/FW area.  We may even attempt to do a satellite link-up with the boys and girl in NYC so that they can join in the frivolity.  Who knows?  It may even be the best one yet.  If not, God knows we’ll be too CRUNK to tell.


Party on.


  1. I came up with the title “Crunksgiving”? I seriously must have been too crunk at the time to remember coming up with something that grand.
    We’re having our own NYC Crunksgiving, and considering changing the name to Drunksgiving, but we’ll see. I think iChat should definitely be a part of this year’s festivities. Don’t you hate it when you grow up and your holiday traditions are drastically altered?

  2. From UrbanDictionary.com:
    “In 1995, Conan O’Brien and Andy Richter were scheming ways to get past the TV censors on Conan’s late night talk show, and they settled on an all-purpose, suitable replacement for the infamous seven dirty swearwords that they couldn’t say on TV: Crunk. The choice to use that word was definitely not random. Ice T just happened to be on the show that night, and he likely fed the word to them beforehand and certainly helped fuel its popularity during the telecast (“That was seriously crunked up, right there.”). But Ice never claimed to have come up with the word–he probably got it from Dirty South rappers, who had been using it for years as a euphemism for getting really crazy and fucked up on marijuana and alcohol (stoned and drunk. Chronic plus Drunk = Crunk). Or maybe crack and drunk. Or coke and drunk. Or maybe just being crazy and drunk. Whatever it is, it means getting really crazy and fucked up. And with Conan’s introduction of the word to northern suburban audiences, Crunk came into its own as the recognized sound of the new generation of Dirty South Rap, prompting white college fratboys everywhere to wander around going “WHHHUT!! OKAAY!! YEEEAAHHH!!” like annoying dipshits. and it’s all thanks to Lil Jon, and by Lil Jon I mean Dave Chappelle.
    “Whhhut!! OKAAY!! YEEEAAHHH!!””

    I guess I was too crazydrunk to notice all the chronic laying around.

  3. Yeah, I agree that iChat will be a critical part of this year’s Crunksgiving. It’ll be just like that time that the Pope had the problem with the Holy Roman Emperor in the 14th Century and all of the Popes for like 50 years lived in France and stuff… except with turkey and stuffing.


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