The Dude’s Christmas

The Dude Abides was up early this Christmas morning.  He reports:

Celebrating any holiday with the Philpott clan of Westport is like attending the circus.  Three things go on at the same time, and you need to sit on the edge of your seat to catch the next act.

The Philpott brothers — Brian, Ted and Rob — are infamous in Westport for their partying escapades.  One Christmas Eve, they dared each other to run naked through CVS.  It was caught on camera.  No charges were filed.

Now the statute of limitations has run out.  Like many of us, they have grown older and wiser.  Jobs.  Marriages.  Mortgages.  Kids.  Some call it “responsibility.”

The Philpotts — now flying solo, with both parents in absentia — have developed new traditions.  One is a smash-mouth, gut-wrenching, fight-to-the-finish… gingerbread house competition.

A Philpott gingerbread creation.

That’s right.  The former football stars have turned to the culinary arts to find a different way to celebrate Christmas Eve.

Everyone at their late-night party is divided into 2 groups.  They have an hour to build a gingerbread house.

There is only 1 rule:  Everything that goes on the house must be edible.

Once completed, both houses are placed on Facebook.  The world decides the winner.

This year, a few structural mishaps with one house (the “Tijuana Brothel”) enabled the two older Philpott brothers — Brian and Ted — to prevail.

We can only imagine what the Dude has up his sleeve for New Year’s Eve!

12 responses to “The Dude’s Christmas

  1. The Dude also got engaged! Sorry ladies.

    • JAM, congratulations and all the best to you and The Dude. The Dude, you get engaged on Christmas Eve and your post is about a gingerbread contest??? I think Prof. Woog would call this “burying the headline.” Merry Christmas.

  2. '98 Staples Football

    Rob remains the man! He came from California and became a legend. Still holds several receiving records. The Philpotts rock, Dude!

  3. Boring

    • I can assure you that the Dude and the Philpotts are many things but boring is not one of them.

  4. Max Stampa-Brown

    Frustrating yet simaltaneously pleasing to see this alias of “The Dude” has broken into the headlines.

  5. Not boring at all–at least to me. I like getting a sense of the people behind the names.

  6. Anomalous.

  7. The Dude is full of surprises. He is not what he often pretents to be.
    He would give MOST people the shirt off his back. NOT ALL.
    He encourages people to think outside the box. The Philpotts are
    outside the box. . Rob Philpott brought new definition to living outside the box to Staples when he arrived from CA in 1993, the same year Coach P. arrived. Lucky Staples.
    Philpotts are the BEST!!!!!

  8. Regular readers of 06880 know that no matter how much people will say how kind the Dude is in real life, the often-hatefilled comments that he likes to put out there anonymously encourage others (who may not be as “kind” as he is) to think that their bigoted opinions (about “the bad element who shop at Goodwill” etc.) are perfectly okay in today’s Westport. They aren’t.

    In liking to stir the pot and saying offensive things in 06880, The Dude Philpott is just shouting “Fire!” in a crowded theater. We need more civility in our town, not more divisiveness.

    • Native Westporter

      You attack Dan (Westport’s Christmas Card) and the Dude here for merely relaying a Christmas Eve story. Then you talk about civility in our town. Who crowned you Queen of Westport?

  9. The Dude Abides

    Your critique is not without merit. I write things as I see it without restraint or reservation. That offends some people who wish to see this town and the world with rose-colored glasses. That being said, I don’t recall any consistent contributions from the anonymous YOU in regard to your objections and/or a participant in any of the diverse and lengthly discussions here. And regarding the Goodwill issue, I am an ardent supporter of their cause and employment practices. I suggest you reread the blog entries. I spent yesterday feeding over 300 at Saugatuck Congregational Church and delivering meals to shut-ins. YOU???? I believe your “civility” to be merely another form of snobbery and narrow-minded simplicity.