So, we’re hosting most of the family this year. Camera Girl has outdone herself with five different pies and a twenty-five-pound turkey. I predict that by the end of the feast I’ll be almost immobile. But I’ll try to keep the grandkids amused with various holiday traditions. At some point I will break out the “March of the Wooden Soldiers” and maybe “Gulliver’s Travels.” Of course, both of these are 1930s vintage versions.
Hopefully we’ll head down to the first floor to play some pool and later on will come the pie and ice cream and coffee and some penny ante poker. And I’ll ask my grandsons what’s going on at school and what’s happening around town. I’m sure I’ll be brought up to date on whatever Pokémon acquisitions the youngest one has negotiated. I’ve never really figured out what Pokémon actually is. I assume it’s similar in intent to how we collected baseball cards as kids. All I know is that there are thousands of different cards and some are “worth” thousands of dollars. But to whom?
We’ve had our first dusting of snow. It changed into rain in the morning and I went out with the shovel and cleared the slop off of the driveway. And that’s necessary. It freezes at night now and that slushy mess would have turned my driveways into skating rinks by tomorrow morning and that is something I don’t need on Thanksgiving. So, we’ve broken the ice, so to speak, and have now transitioned into winter. Of course, I’m way behind on my yard work. And this makes it worse. But it’s Thanksgiving so I’ve absolved myself of all blame and won’t think about it until Monday (or Tuesday).
It’s interesting. Two recent international elections seem to be indicating a deep dissatisfaction with the Left’s incompetent economic and social programs. Maybe 2024 will be more than just an American protest year. Maybe the genie is out of the bottle and a whole lot of people are fed up with dysfunctional, incompetent, delusional Leftist ideas in general. If it is we’ll see much more in the way of signs in the coming months.
Biden’s minions keep popping up in the Times and the Post announcing how the economy is turning a corner and how wonderful everything is becoming. The latest hype is that inflation is reversing and now they have to be careful not to cause deflation. The delusional nature of this nonsense is absurd. It flies in the face of everyone’s knowledge of the cost of commodities in the recent past. Everyone who has to run a household knows that everything is now vastly more expensive. Things like cold-cuts have now become prohibitively expensive for many families. Even staples like bread and vegetables have to be purchased with an eye out for sales. But the Biden evangelists keep up the happy talk hoping that the stupid will buy into the lie. As jaded as I’ve become with fraudulent elections, I’m still curious to see if a point might be reached where even the people faking the elections might think it was in their interest to get the Democrats out of power, if only out of fear that the economy might completely collapse under the weight of complete incompetence.
Well, for one day we won’t worry about the cost of food. There are going to be pumpkin, apple, coconut custard, sweet potato and chocolate pudding pies with whipped cream and ice cream and who knows what other desserts. There’s going to be turkey and sausage stuffing and mashed potatoes and gravy. And another whole list of side dishes that I can’t even remember, but I know there will be candied yams and two kinds of buttered rolls. So, I have a lot to be thankful for. I hope your holiday goes well and I will check in from time to time.
What a splendiferous day. Camera Girl, working on her early food preliminaries, busy as a bee and supremely skilled. Me, lazier than a lion in the noonday sun, puttering around, anticipating the feeding frenzy to come. I research anything that comes into my head. I find solutions to problems that I’ve put off solving for years. I’m profoundly contented.
I finally made a walkaround outside a little while ago. That good, late afternoon sun, every photographer’s friend as it transmutes everything it touches into gold, gives me some subjects for my camera. A frost-burned rosebud, a dying stalk of millet, some seared oak leaves on a branch. Quite unspectacular subjects but with an obvious relevance to the season. The walk was invigorating. The fresh air did me good.
Tomorrow will be a full day of family. I won’t spend much, if any, time on-line. Which is all to the good. The site daily content is all pre-loaded. Hopefully the world will have the good grace not to explode until after I’ve enjoyed my holiday. So, everyone will be so good as to amuse themselves tomorrow while I give thanks for all the wonderful people and things with which God has seen fit to populate his universe.
If something important or amusing strikes me and I decide to throw it onto the site tomorrow I hope most of you will be too busy or too groggy with food to notice. There will be plenty of time on Friday or Saturday to catch up with my pearls of wisdom(?).
I’ll have to say the results of the elections have made me unexpectedly upbeat for the future. I feel like the future is up to me to create and that greatly energizes me. No more waiting for saviors or depending on luck. I feel like the world is for those who seize the moment and wrest the future they want out of the indifferent present that we see around us. The American dream was shown to be just that. The fellowship with our American “brothers” on the Left has been revealed to be a lie. But this revelation is liberating. An open enemy is so much less dangerous than a false friend. None of the Bushes or McConnells or Bidens or Obamas can surprise us anymore. We know just how evil they are and we can anticipate most of their attacks at this point. So, there’s no reason to think of them at all on a day of thanksgiving. I’ll think about all the good people that I’ve heard about or met in the last year and I’ll be thankful for blessings that I know I’ve enjoyed.
I hope everyone out there eats and drinks way too much of some delicious things. I hope that you have a chance to talk to some folks that mean something to you. I hope everyone has time to think about this life and the good things that we should be thankful for. And I hope you have a chance to enjoy yourself and relax. I intend to stay up late tomorrow after everybody goes home and watch some old movies and get up late and then eat a lot of leftovers.
Sunday, the day of rest. A good day to regroup and sets things in order for the upcoming week. Especially this week. Had a blast with the old grandsons yesterday. Fun outing, good food. Got home and skipped dinner. Skipped all food and drink and maybe that was a mistake. I was still recovering from that virus that was in the house the last couple of weeks. But I figured I could skip the cold meds. Big mistake! Woke up at 4:30 am with a splitting sinus headache. So, I beat a hasty retreat to the cold medicine and then sat up for a half hour to let it knock down my sinus inflammation.
But today I’m definitely on the mend. So, I spent time working on minutia. I’ve been using the Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball Mouse as my pointing device for the last six or so years. It’s a great device in most ways. But unfortunately, the switches for the left and right click buttons give out after a couple of years. So now I have three of these things that double click when they shouldn’t. I finally looked into the problem and found a YouTube video that shows how to replace the microswitches and eliminate the problem. Now I’ll have to buy a soldering iron and some other bits of gear and become a technician. Well, that’s kind of fun. Plus, I’ll fix the other two mice and become mouse anti-fragile for the foreseeable future. Yeah me.
The other thing today was about was to delve into vector analysis. I never had the time back in the day to play around with the more advanced theorems to get a solid handle on the tensor notation. In the past I’ve been exposed (as if to a disease) to Del Notation, Dyadics, the Laplacian and equally complex concepts. The Kronecker delta and how to expand the determinant was something I had to memorize in order to solve some problems in physics. But if I’m being honest there was very little comprehension on my part at the time as to how these manipulations made sense. Now I’ve got some time I think I’ll take another whack at it. The question as to whether I still have sufficient brain cells to thread my way around it and whether those brain cells can retain it remains to be seen. But it might be fun.
So, amid my other occupations I’ve added electronic technician and math student. That should make Thanksgiving week an interesting time. Maybe I’ll buy the microswitches and soldering iron on Black Friday and get some huge discount. I’ll probably also have to buy some kind of giant magnifying glass on a flexible arm just to see the attachment points for the switches. It’s a pity I can’t purchase new eyes too. But once again, the future we were promised all those years ago before Blade Runner hasn’t quite materialized yet. Well, no need to get all whiny about it. Magnifying glass works too.
So here we go into Thanksgiving Week. Turkey, gravy, stuffing, pumpkin pie, old movies and family. What’s better than that?
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
“He restoreth my soul.” The perfect words. Getting together with the family, especially the grandkids did just that. Fooling around at the pool table with my younger grandsons and watching old movies and eating absurd amounts of fattening foods and joking and laughing was “A Medicine for Melancholy.” Camera Girl clocked multiple days of preparation and cooked up a storm. She fell asleep exhausted last night but woke up today smiling and looking forward to the Friday sequel when even more family will be over.
I sat down and talked about current business problems with one of my sons-in-law. He runs a medium-sized manufacturing plant and they just can’t find good help at any reasonable price. But just telling his situation to someone who knows what he’s talking about is therapeutic and I was glad he confided in me. Maybe I’ll figure out something that could help. But just talking is good. We all get wrapped up in our own problems. We lose track of how others, even close family, are getting along or aren’t getting along. Knowing that someone else would benefit from some small help is valuable. We break out of our silos as they say in management speak.
How about that! The world isn’t quite ready to collapse yet. We’ll get to breathe and eat and laugh and cry. There are all kinds of useful things we can do right around us even as Dementia Joe and the rest of the looters figure out new ways to degrade this once great nation.
Talk to your friends and family. Spend time with them. Figure out how you can help them. Make their lives better and it’ll make your life better too. The world doesn’t really consist just of trans-gender lunatics and critical race theory propagandists. It consists of your family and friends and the life they have to lead. Sure, those other things impact them and you can help to offset some of that harm with information you can provide. But the focus is on the positive things that you do and say. Do them. Say them. Because it’s the neglect of doing the things that need to be done that leaves room for the madness to creep in.
I must sound like someone hopped up on amphetamines but it’s just amazing. The COVID isolation must have beat my soul down pretty bad. Because the lift I got from a regular Thanksgiving get together is phenomenal. Hopefully by Monday I’ll be able to muster up some gloom and doom. But right now, I’m looking forward to round two. Enjoy your long holiday weekend.
Here’s a repeat of Camera Girl’s Thanksgiving Turkey. But it deserves another photo.
Here’s a wish that today is a special day of peace and happiness to all my friends near and far. Stay strong and never despair. We all have things to be thankful for and better times will come again. And enduring all that we’ve suffered at the hands of the evil and stupid will make the good times that much sweeter when they come. Remember you’re not alone. There are many good people out there and we will see a better day.
I wanted to write something for Thanksgiving. I didn’t want to pollute the holiday with doom and gloom but in the present debased state of the world we find ourselves in I was unsure if I could find something fitting. However, that’s just the doom and gloom speaking. Most of us have many blessings to be thankful for. For myself I have children and grandchildren and a wonderful wife (don’t let Camera Girl know I said that) and have had enormous good fortune over the course of my life. If at this stage I no longer live in a free country, well, I’ll have to figure that out. My ancestors lived in a gangster state and they managed to live and raise their families. True, they left for a better place but they had had their lives in the old country and despair wasn’t part of it.
Well, we’ll have to find our way in these troubled times. And we will. From my point of view either there will be a revolt against the madness or I’ll need to find a better place. Maybe the revolt will only be a self-segregation of the normal people maintaining a society of sanity embedded in a matrix of lunacy. Maybe the Red States will become free or maybe they’ll loosen the Union enough to allow us to live our own way. Or maybe it’ll all go to hell and I’ll get the hell out. But whichever way it goes despair is a stupid, weak reaction.
I’ll do whatever has to be done for me and mine and I’ll look for good people wherever I can find them. What I won’t do is pledge allegiance to the gangsters who’ve taken over the government and all the other institutions and tried to make me say that “two plus two equals five.” This may be the richest place on earth but I am not afraid to live in a poorer place if it lets me think for myself. Besides, this place is quickly turning into a third world banana republic. That should make it that much easier to reform it or that much easier to leave.
So, there’s my crazy message of hope on Thanksgiving. I am thankful that God has blessed me with great wealth, the people I love. And he gave me a great gift of being able to see clearly what is around me and knowing the difference between what is real and what is imaginary. And at dinner I’ll enjoy my overpriced turkey dinner with my family and I’ll enjoy myself for a day before getting back to thinking of how to navigate in the madhouse that is Dementia Joe’s America.
Have a happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy your time with those you love and eat some fattening food and laugh and talk and make plans for Christmas and buy some overpriced gifts for the kids. Do all the fun things we used to do when this was still America. There’s plenty of time next week for gloom and doom. But don’t let it get to you. We’ll figure something out for ourselves and one day we’ll leave the lunatics behind and build a better world for us and ours.
Well, we’ve reached the brink of the great feast and Camera girl is buzzing around like a bee cooking pies, cleaning here, there and everywhere. Obviously I’ll have to try to appear busy myself or she’ll recruit me into this madness.
That being as it may, I anticipate a slowdown of output by me today and tomorrow. If anything occurs that I just can’t resist ranting about I’ll pound something out but most of the nonsense going on currently can wait until I’ve had my turkey dinner and socialized with my descendants.
So I just want to wish all the readers a happy Thanksgiving. I hope you have the chance to make the most of the long weekend and if it’s possible that you get to spend time with the people in your life who mean the most. Enjoy the food!