Happy Thanksgiving

Posted On: Thursday - November 24th 2022 6:14PM MST
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  Holiday from Stupidity

There's still plenty to be thankful for on this end. Along with everything, I am thankful to be able to entertain and sometimes inform all the Peak Stupidity readers. I am thankful for the great group of commenters!

We give a shout-out to Adam Smith for the ASCII graphic today. It looks good in Peak Stupidity mint green!

We've got something planned for 3 days from now, so I can't guarantee more than 1 post through the end of the blog week. There's plenty to write about though.

Happy Thanksgiving from Peak Stupidity!

Adam Smith
Sunday - November 27th 2022 11:08AM MST
PS: Good afternoon,

Mr. Blanc: I had a very enjoyable holiday. Thanks. I hope your Thanksgiving was just as enjoyable! Cheers!

Robert: Happy Turkey Day to you too! Thanks for the fun travel stories. Always nice to hear about people having a good time.

Mr. Alarmist: Mrs. Smith is an artist (watercolorist mostly) but when she was younger she worked the telex machine at Sundstrand. I wonder if she ever made any punch tape art?

The Alarmist
Sunday - November 27th 2022 5:08AM MST

Mr. Smith, you are taking me back to my wasted youth banging out these sorts of things on a teletype ... I think I still have a few punched tapes somewhere.
Saturday - November 26th 2022 4:46PM MST
PS: First, Happy Turkey Day to all!

Second, I had a nice visit with family, but had to fly. It has been many years since I was in an airport --- less than ten, but not by many. So a couple of airport anecdotes.

A) A young dad (mid-twenties?) with two young girls (four and six?) spent almost an hour riding one of the moving sidewalk things at high speed. The older girl would race ahead (between the sidewalk and her, she could really move) and then wait for her sister and Dad. Dad would pick up the younger girl, and they would run to the beginning of the sidewalk, to start all over again. They were obviously having a great time. Family.

B) A young boy (five or six) was in a wheel-chair, and looking a little down. His older brother (seven or eight) came by, grabbed the wheel-chair, and set off at great speed, weaving in and out of the crowds heading home after the holiday. Wheelies, sliding skids, near (oh so near) collisions with seats and walls (but not any of the other people). Much merriment. Family.
Friday - November 25th 2022 7:30PM MST
PS: Mr. Hail, that and "Cyber Monday" (big on-line shopping day from work, first work day after the holiday) sure did commercialize Thanksgiving more than it already was.

That "Black" part of the Friday has some bad, bad connotations now, due to youtube and - from what I hear - World Star Hip-Hop. Besides, the fact that it's so Black puts the stores in the Red nowaday. ;-}
Adam Smith
Friday - November 25th 2022 1:44PM MST
PS: Greetings, Mr. Hail,

“𝘈 '𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘪𝘥𝘢𝘺' 𝘥𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘱𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘨?, 𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺.”

Like Boxing Day in Toronto?

Friday - November 25th 2022 12:43PM MST

One thing I notice about Thanksgiving, which I think is different from ten years ago and very much from twenty years ago (curious if others share this impression), is the hardening and quasi-official status of something called "Black Friday."

People now refer to this "Black Friday" as if it is Christmas Eve, some kind of official sub-holiday associated with a major holiday. I am sure I am not the only one to observe this. "Black" because people shop a lot and put stores in the black instead of in the red.

The "Black Friday" thing also made major gains around the world in the 2010s or so. But the casual references I now hear to it are disturbing. A 'holiday' dedicated to shopping?, treated unironically.

The World Cup USA vs England match was exclusively marketed as being of special significance because it is on "Black Friday." The British soccer-commentators hired by Fox News also said this. So this is a 21st-century US cultural export.
Friday - November 25th 2022 8:25AM MST
PS Hope everyone here had an enjoyable holiday.
Adam Smith
Thursday - November 24th 2022 7:28PM MST


Historic Jenkem Czar
Thursday - November 24th 2022 7:12PM MST
PS Thanky Happsgiving!
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