Thanksgiving was a blast. My passengers were lethargic so I was able to listen to my podcasts in peace. Of course the normally tame and non-reactive podcasts I listen to decided to focus on the most awkward of subjects but maybe I was just hyper aware. The girl I was with said the only radio she ever listened to was Rush Limbaugh so I think I improved her life by exposing her to NPR.
We had dinner at my Uncle Michael's house along with him family, my grandmother, and some other extended family. My brother, Seth, commented that while we considered the sixteen or so people in attendance to be a small turnout many would consider that to be quite large. I had the lucky task of preparing the traditional "scalloped corn" that has populated our Thanksgiving table for my entire life. It's the best job to have because my Grandma is always quick to praise it and even though I messed up the recipe--to be fair though I was going off of memory.
During the rest of the holiday I spent a lot of time with my siblings as well as my nieces and nephews. Instead of hitting the normal Black Friday venues we explored some of the local thrift stores. Unbeknownst to us--they were having sales of their own and mixed with some good luck and a small stature I walked away with several cool things: gray three piece pinstriped wool suit, tan corduroy sports coat, dress pants, and an ANTIQUE World War II Army officer jacket (perfect condition) and all of it was only about twenty bucks. My mother has requested photos but my suit needs some hemming at the pants so that will have to wait. Instead here is a picture of a sunset I saw this past weekend.
Facebook peer-pressure made me post what I was thankful for this year and I responded with the following:
I am thankful for the future of sustainable technologies and the pioneers in the field who desire to allow us to be better stewards of the Earth. In connection to that, I am thankful for the beautiful and varied planet we live on and humanity's perseverance for advancement in science and culture.
I realize its a little bit heavy handed and environmentalism has been spoiled by some of the radicals but I really believe its something we can accomplish while still maintaining a productive society. Sweden is managing its waste so well that it has to import trash from Norway to fuel its powerplants so its entirely possible.
As a side note--I'm getting entirely too addicted to the Les Miserable music. I listened to it for the first time this week and so far I've listened to the entire show maybe five times. Good thing there is a movie coming out.
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