Three things:

1. Bates Thrush? If you don’t remember the man who oozes smarm like Larry Flint peddles smut, click here and here.

2. “Melanie Holman” is taking a break till the new year. In its stead, we’ll have a brand-new Race BaƱo adventure, “Feliz Navidead.” Every weekday for two weeks, starting Monday.

3. If you’re in the Athens, GA area on Saturday and you want to see the RW writers live on stage, come on down to XXXmas at the Caledonia Lounge. Chris, in the guise of DJ Agent Smith, rolls with headliner Excalibrah, and The Grassy Beast (aka Gardner) might just stop by to take those suckers down a peg. See you there!