You know that just before that first Thanksgiving dinner there was one wise, old Native American woman saying, “Don’t feed them. If you feed them, they’ll never leave.”
The Day After, aka the BLACK FRIDAY blog
MH and I usually observe Buy Nothing Day , which is no great (or even meager) sacrifice on our part. I need no encouragement to not join the aggressive, clawing masses that begin lining up in front of major retailers’ doors in the wee hours of the morning…although I must confess to a certain snarky enjoyment the day after, when I read the reports of assaults and even shootings among the greedy swarms of people in the Toys R Us queue who have no qualms about trampling their fellow shoppers while attempting to procure the best deal on Tickle Me Asshole or whatever is the pathetic consumer ripoff manufactured via sweatshops in China or Malaysia treasured toy of the season.
I’m probably going to spend money, in some way, today – a lunch out, if nothing more. And while I’ve always supported the Buy Nothing Day ideals, it seems rather precious and self-congratulatory to refrain from shopping on one certain day if we’re just going to go out – or go on  – and make the same purchases on another day.
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It’s tomorrow; can I stop mentioning it?
Aside from Black Friday the Saturday after Thanksgiving is the most important shopping day for small businesses of all kinds, including independent bookstores (yes, there are a few intrepid survivors). Tomorrow, November 30, moiself and other local authors will be taking shifts at Vintage Books in Vancouver (WA), in celebration of Indies First day. I’ll be selling and signing (optimistically, she wrote) copies of The Mighty Quinn and recommending other favorite reads. My shift is from 12 – 1 pm. Stop by, and join MH and I afterwards as we search for a suitable lunch spot across the river.
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Although Thanksgiving is often listed as the favorite holiday for we USA-ers, Christmas gets most of the attention when it comes to holiday movies, and I think the ratio of Christmas-to-Thanksgiving themed movies is something like ten to one. Still, there are some memorable films and/or cinematic moments that revolve around Thanksgiving. Planes, Trains and Automobiles is often cited as “the best Thanksgiving movie ever.” While I think there is no competition for the title of Most Existentially Depressing Thanksgiving Movie Ever © (The Ice Storm), there are other films that could vie for the Best title, including Hannah and Her Sisters and Pieces of April. I love Jodie Foster’s underrated Home for the Holidays, particularly the scene where the miscreant Bad Brother played by Robert Downey, Jr. somehow manages to flick an entire turkey in his sanctimonious sister’s lap.
My all-time favorite Thanksgiving-related movie moment comes from Addams Family Values. I refer to the scene wherein the Addams siblings, miserable at being sent off to summer camp, find a way to liven up the camp’s lame musical production of the first Thanksgiving by leading a revolt of the  camp’s social outcasts.
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“Thanksgiving, man. Not a good day to be my pants.”
Here’s hoping it was a good holiday for you and your pants, and may the hijinks ensue.
Thanks for stopping by. Au Vendredi!
 An indie delight, with the pre-Tom Cruise Katie Holmes showing her acting chops before life with the Scientology Poster Boy audited the nuances out of her acting.
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