Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend

"The news media is sick and needs help badly"
Tammy Faye Baker.

News organizations and reporters are among the laziest people in the world. Every year they trot out the same old stories and tell you it’s news. On the fourth of July they show the video of a dummy getting it’s hand blown off by a firecracker. On December 26th you’ll see footage of the big earth shaking story, people returning Christmas presents. This week we will be told that traveling is going to be tough and they’ll show long lines at the airport with people laying around on the floor because of canceled flights. We’ll see video of traffic jams all over the country. On the Friday after Thanksgiving we will see the familiar story of people getting up in the middle of the night to stand in line to go shopping.

I’m positive that for all these stories, they are showing stock footage that they shot in 1998. They probably update the video every ten years or so, only because of changing fashion and the automobiles would look too dated, otherwise we’d still be seeing film from the mid seventies.

I hope everyone has a safe and uneventful trip to Thanksgiving dinner this year. My trip will be short, from in front of the television to the table. The only hard part will be the cleanup. Mark cooks dinner and makes an enormous mess in the kitchen and I clean it all up afterwards. You’d think that Mark had to mud wrestle the turkey before he put it in the oven, from all the mess he leaves behind. But what the hell, it’s a small price to pay for a good meal. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


  1. Since losing my entire immediate family I think this year is going to be one of the hardest holiday seasons I have ever had. I am thankful for friends that invite me to be part of their "family" especially this time of year. Mark and Allen have invited me to their home this year for Thanksgiving dinner.

    Mark always makes a fabulous spread. I agree with Allen that he makes way too much food. I assume he enjoys cooking because he does it extremely well.

    I am happy to clean up and do the dishes after dinner tomorrow. It's the least I can do for you both. Thanks for your gracious hospitality.

  2. Save the turkey's! eat Tofurkey. hehe

  3. Happy Thanksgiving Alan, Mark, Russell and Garet. Hope you had a very filling day!

  4. Thanks Anonymous! Mark outdid himself. Of course he claims it was nothing and he did make a bit less. Not quantity but choices. I still think having appetizers and at least ten main course items quite a lot. But it was definitely great food. Thanks Mark. I hope you too (Anonymous) had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  5. Gee, I spent Thankgiving with a Redneck family. You know the kind... where every other word in a sentence is F#@!ing this and F*%!ing that. There was also a rapist in the crowd. Please don't ask me how this all came about. I have a knack for getting myself in bizarre situations. Happy Thanksgiving...ya'll

  6. Read more about my Thanksgiving at:

  7. We had a great Thanksgiving although we were missing a few people, MB worked and then went to her in-laws this year-missed you guys!! Also missed Kevin, one of the days BEST eaters! But again, as tradition, we had the "Alan-call". The phone gets handed off from person to person until everyone has yakked to him. It either makes him wish he were there or glad to be away from the chaos! Caroline puts on a beautiful spread and we all had a wonderful's a no- pressure holiday, unlike Xmas!!!