Today is the busiest travel day of the year they say which means Thanksgiving is tomorrow!I can’t make up my mind which is the better holiday, Thanksgiving or Opening Day. It’s a tough call, but I’m excited for family, food, football and fire in the fireplace — what’s not to love? Thanksgiving is why America wins, on points.
NOTHING CELEBRATES GIVING THANKS LIKE LITTERING
If the listening of “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” (I insist on the full name<) isn't one of you traditions, it should be. DC101 plays it annually and I typically hear on my way into work. Yup, I work on Thanksgiving -- time and half plus the holiday. Not bad and I don't miss dinner which is much more reasonable than the retailers who insist on opening on Thanksgiving night.
FIRE! FIRE! FIRE! FIRE!
Thanksgiving is pretty much a mandatory day to build a fire in the fireplace if you have one. Gas fireplaces don’t count.
HAVE SOME TURKEY BEFORE YOUR TURKEY
A shot of Wild Turkey in a snifter with just a drop of water is a great reward for building the fire. That’s real Wild Turkey too, not the harsh 81 proof stuff.
TURKEY FOOTBALL WITH MOXIE
This year’s Thanksgiving Day NFL games feature the Detroit Lions hosting the Green Bay Packers (seems like a semi-annual tradition) and the Dallas Cowboys hosting the Oakland Raiders. There is a night game too (only exceptable time for Thursday night football in my book) with the Pittsburgh Steelers playing the Baltimore Ravens. There are a couple of notes for the Dallas game:
1.) For the first time in nearly 50 years, the Cowboys are wearing regular blue jerseys at home. The last time they did it they were in the Cotton Bowl.
2.) In an even more unlikely event, Matt McGloin, is starting his third NFL game for as Raiders quarterback. From Penn State walk-on out of West Scranton to starting NFL quarterback — McGloin’s story is incredible. MOXIE!
Maybe Mike Francesa will learn his name:
Just another thing to make the chip on McGloin’s shoulder get bigger.
Back when we had a social contract, the commercial that Ed McMahon wished “you and yours the very best this holiday season” with the Clydesdales in the snow was the official beginning of the Christmas season. Then Ed’s narration was replaced in the mid-1990s and now that beer has been made even blander by the multinational conglomerate that owns it. And the Christmas season is forced on us by advertisers and radio stations long before Thanksgiving. Boo.
I don’t seem to be able to have a turkey leg on the couch during the 4th quarter anymore, but if you can, go for it.
Sleep in. Go to work. Clean up. Just don’t go to the damn mall or sprawling big box development.
Do it all over again on Sunday. Some say it’s even better.