Friday, November 27, 2009
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We had such a wonderful Thanksgiving. Per our tradition, my wife and I went
to her step-father and mother's home around 10:30 a.m. There, we snacked and watched football while her father-in-law
fried the turkey and her mother slaved in the kitchen. My wife made the dressing which was delicious as usual.
The turkey, dressing, roasted vegetables, salad, and
homemade rolls were all perfect as was the company. Then we followed it up with her mom's italian cream cake and
coffee---and more football! I just love her mother and father-in-law!
Then around 5:30 p.m., we schlepped (always
wanted to use that word) over to my parents home for an
evening meal with my parents, brother, sister, sister-in-law, newphews, niece, and my nephew's girlfriend. My mother slaved
over a huge traditional meal of turkey, dressing, oyster dressing, "green rice", creamed potatoes, giblet gravy,
and fruit salad. My sister made chicken-n-dumplin's, which apparently my wife prefers over mine.
Afterwards, we had our traditional white elephant Christmas ornament gift exchange, which is always fun and results
in a new ornament for each family's tree.
We are so blessed to have a family that still lives in close enough
proximity to have these get-togethers. What's even more of a blessing is that we all love each other dearly and
genuinely care for each other. I'm reminded of this every time I hear a self-help guru or psychiatrist on talk shows
give pointers on how to avoid hurt feelings and blow-ups at holiday reunions. This always seems absurd to me, but it
is apparent that there are families whose gatherings are not as peaceful and enjoyable as mine. Mom, Dad, Monty, Mona,
Tina, Mackey, Clayton, and Molly. I love you all, and I am so proud to call you my family. I am truly thankful.Click here to discuss this in the forums.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Sat, November 21, 2009 | link
I'm so sick of this. Just when the nonsensical expression, "at the end of the day", seems to have reached
market saturation, another idiotic phrase is spewing from the mouths of the talking heads. "Yeah, no..."
or "No, yeah..." I must've heard this utterance twenty times in so many minutes during my Saturday morning viewing
of the national news. These are interviews, debates, and extemporaneous conversations of alleged educated people.
I'm theorizing that the first word, "yeah" is acknowledging the question, while the "no" is the actual
answer. However, the purposes and the words can be inverted. I'm probably giving them too much credit.
These are more likely to be modern versions of the filler words, "uh" and "um" that their college speach
instructor scolded them for using. These are phrases that simply buy them time to think of the politically correct answer
to the question. Whatever the reason, stop it! You sound like a junior high kid who would be virtually mute if
it weren't for their crutch-word, "like".
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