1. This is August 15 and a few days on either side. When all the leases in the central city turn over at the same time, many students and other renters leave vast piles of unwanted belongings on the curb as they change apartments. These items are often taken home by others as the population garbage picks the piles. When someone asks where you got an item, you reply "Hippie Christmas."
2. Most leases in Madison, Wisconsin go from August 15th to August 14th of the following year. Many students are stuck in no man's land from noon on the 14th to noon on 15th while the owners are turning over the apartments. Some people camp out overnight guarding their earthly possessions. In the aftermath of this multiple-day circus plenty of rancid old pieces of furniture are left out on the curb for opportunistic hippies to snatch.
3. Whether it makes them hippies or not, many UW students wait for Hippie Christmas to furnish their new (but not very new) apartments. It costs a lot of money to furnish a place and college students are often strapped for cash. The trick is to find something that isn't drenched beyond repair. Many finds are quite salvageable.
There's a sign at the edge of town that dubs Yakima the "Palm Springs of Washington," alluding to the sunnier weather with respect to the rest of the state.
Slang term for "westbank" - An area on the oppisite side of the mississippi river from new orleans.
Pimento cheese, a popular local snack-food/condiment, often eaten in a sandwich on white bread with mayo.
really excellent; often combined with "wicked" (wicked-pissah)