of cigars and turkeys

Thanksgiving has, in recent years, become a controversial holiday in some quarters. While most Americans are content to simply gorge themselves on the barnyard animal of their choice, some people choose to focus on some of the more unpleasant historical events surrounding this holiday.

I’m not one of them.

While it is true that I am not shy about ocaisionally courting controversy, on this subject I prefer to keep my world view as uncluttered as possible. To put it simply, I love Thanksgiving.

I love having a paid day off to spend with my family. I love going to my mother’s house to gorge myself on turkey (dark meat only, by the way, ’cause it’s the best), stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy. If you’re wondering why there’s no mention of vegetables, it’s because I don’t eat them. A slice or two of cherry pie, and some hot black coffee goes down nicely by way of dessert.

And finally, the best part: a cigar with my Dad, along with a wee tipple o’ the Irish (Bushmill’s Black Bush, for those of you who care about such things).

And I have much to be thankful for: family and friends who care about me and put up with me even when I’m being insufferable. I’m thankful that I live in a country where I have the right to openly criticize my government without fear of reprisal, and where I have the luxury of doing something as ridiculously self-indulgent as expressing my views on a blog, at a time when there are many living in parts of the world that are so dangerous that the citizens can’t even take it for granted that they will still be alive at the end of the day.

For all of things and many more, I am truly thankful. My warmest Thanksgiving wishes to all!


“taking up a glowing cinder with the tongs and lighting with it the long cherry-wood pipe which was wont to replace his clay when he was in a disputatious rather than a meditative mood”–Dr. John H. Watson

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18 Responses

  1. Happy Thanksgiving, Smith! I for one congratulate you on your crusade to prevent cruelty to vegetables. Save the collards! Eat a turkey!

  2. Happy Thanksgiving, Smith. (mostly white meat by the way, imagine that).

  3. Happy Thanksgiving, Smith! I for one congratulate you on your crusade to prevent cruelty to vegetables. Save the collards! Eat a turkey!

    Swampwoman, you’re the best! Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!

  4. Happy Thanksgiving, Smith. (mostly white meat by the way, imagine that).

    Same to you, friend!

  5. Robert D, I’m white meat, SwampMan is dark meat. Makes for a happy family.

  6. Same here Swamps. What are the odds?

  7. Hi everyone. Long lost vimto reporting in…. first a great and wonderful Thanksgiving day to you all.

    My son is now in Florida, and although he is due home for 10 days this weekend he has told me he intends to make America his home. He loves the opportunity and the whole thing of being in America.

    I have had a bad few months. My business went under – cash flow problems. It has been unpleasant but I’m out of the woods now, head held high and ready for a new adventure. I have some contract work and several job opportunities commin’ up so I’m pretty positive.

    Hope to catch up with y’all a lot more.

    My fondest regards!

  8. Happy Thanksgiving, MoR!
    As to which kind of turkey meat I prefer….yes, please!
    Nothing wrong with the veggies, just a little touch of English peas as a scoop of dressing is about to head for my mouth, enhances the flavor, and popping a couple of salty olives after a big glob of cranberry sauce tingles the tongue.

  9. Vimto!
    So very good to hear from you!
    I hate to hear of your misfortune, but am glad to know you are well, and haven’t forgotten about us.
    Keep a good attitude, dear friend.

  10. Wonderful to hear from you Vimto. Mrs. Nuke asks about you all the time.

    So much to be grateful for, so many blessings. Thanks for checking in. You’ve made my day.

    PS: I imagine that you would enjoy being in America as well.

  11. Happy Thanksgiving n2l. Swamps, Robert D., MOR, Vimto, Beto, and all of our guests.

    You folks make this blog a real pleasure.

  12. Vimto, so sorry to hear about that. We’ve crashed and burned in business in the past and no doubt will again in the future. There’s a saying here, “from shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in 3 generations” meaning that Grampa would labor away making a fortune and by the time it got to the grandkids, enough would have been pissed away that they, too, would have to labor. Being industrious types, we managed to make the saying be “from shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves within the same generation!”

  13. You too, nuke.
    Happy Thanksgiving.

  14. Well said.

    Happy Thanksgiving everybody.

  15. Happy Thanksgiving, Buckley

  16. Vimto! We can cancel the printing on the milk cartons now. Great to hear from you.

    Thanks Nuke, Happy Thanksgiving to you too and to all of our extended family.

  17. Thanks for the welcome back everyone.

    I make no bones about it – I would move to America if I were younger. I intend to get out there next year – I really want to walk Gettysburg and take a look at those rebel rivers.

    Strange days over here. The government lost 25 million records of it’s citizens last week – sent them on disc by some guy on a motorbike to the audit office but they were missing when he got to the other end. Poor chap is in hiding. Meanwhile 25 million bank account details are available somewhere…. At least it has brought the Socialist government’s plans for full identity cards for all it’s citizens to a halt for the time being at least.

    Meanwhile our government keeps telling us off for being bad people. We smoke to much and eat the wrong food and drink too much and don’t recycle enough and……so on and so on. we are such a disappointment to them.

    Maybe they will dissolve the electorate and vote in a new one….ho hum.

  18. Oh yeah and it’s good to see Rory Gallagher getting some publicity on the sidebar. The man was the real deal.

    ’nuff said.

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