Monday, December 1, 2008

Thanksgiving Recap

After the smoked Turkey, jalepeno grits, and ultimate pumpkin pie, chocolate, cheesecake layer pie was eaten, we decided to work off some of the excess by partaking of a family tradition, chopping down a red cedar tree to use as our Christmas tree. They grow wild all over the place so it didn't take a lot of searching before we found the perfect one in the ditch of one of our farms.

After we had the tree safely in the back of the truck, we decided to spread some cheer by visiting some former landlords in town. These former neighbors for many years and then former landlords before they sold out to my parents and moved to town, live in a retirement apartment complex where they are close to ammenities like home cooked meals at the townhall. I recently wrote about their son on Veteran's Day.

I hadn't visited with them in many years so it was nice to see them again. They are both getting long in the tooth and frail so it is perhaps the last time I will get to visit with them. During our visit, I noticed a picture of their son up on the wall dressed in his best sailor suit and looking so full of promise. It was a shame that he died near the beginning of the Vietnam war in the tragedy that occurred on the U.S.S. Forrestall. I always wondered what he would have said about John McCain who was also on that ship that day.

We spent Black Friday decorating our Christmas tree which had turned green again thanks to some green food coloring in the water. It was a pleasant way to spend a day with a nice fire, some Christmas music and family while others were being trampled to death for a piece of Chinese made plastic.

Saturday we hosted some others far from families over to our place for a nice dinner and a tour around town to all the Maharishi sites, including the Tower of Invincibility, World Capital of Peace, Twin Peace mansions, the Golden Domes where the Yogic Flying takes place, and the chained in prison like compound where the square root of one percent of the U.S. population is praying for our peace.

Yesterday, I spent the day watching it snow and playing with my daughter while the Mrs. decided to brave the crowds to do some shopping. I have no desire to share in that joy and have my shopping all done via the internet and delivered right to my door. Besides, I'm going to be gone most of next week on a trip out east and want to enjoy time at home. Hope you all had a good holiday.

8 comments:

sage said...

Sounds like a productive Thanksgiving... I never knew that your little town was such a tourist attraction... One percent of the population would be roughly 3 million, and the square root of that would be approximately 1732... do they really have that many folks praying constantly? Do they constantly adjust the number of folks praying to make up for the changes in the population (their gods must of been math teachers in previous life to be so hung up on numbers)? Just wondering because it's obvious something ain't working...

Ed Abbey said...

Sage - They use a number closer to 1750 as the amount required for peace. Maharishi used to say one percent but as their movement never was able to supply that many, he later changed it to the square root of one percent. Currently in the trailor prison out in the country, they have somewhere around 1500 pandits from India who rotate in an out on 6 month visas whose full time job is to pray and walk around their compound. (Occasionally a group escapes and terrorize the local farmers by banging on doors and demanding something in Hindu. The law will show up and shoo them back to their compound.) With the rest of the Meditators here in town, their numbers should be close to 2000 but I have yet to see world peace. On the build up to 1750 people earlier this year, they were quick to claim that their efforts were responsible for the good stock market and slow down in terrorism. Based off a recent events, I'm guessing they will stay mum on those two subjects for awhile.

The Real Mother Hen said...

Hey your Thanksgiving dinner menu sounds delicious! If you're doing the same food next year, I would probably want to invite myself over! What's the nearest airport to your place? Ha, now I bet you're scared!

There is absolutely NO snow here, with the weather back up to the 50s! :()

Murf said...

You bad mouth cream of wheat but you eat grits?!?

Ed Abbey said...

Mother Hen - Well you are more than welcome to stop by where ever the next one may be. In the last three years, we have had Thanksgiving in three different states. No telling where it will be held next year.

Murf - Absolutely. At least grits have taste associated with them which is more than I can say for Cream of Bleak!

Woody said...

turkey, grits and pie,pie,pie...works for me.

R. Sherman said...

I salute anyone who Christmas shops "live" these days, given that the internet is so much easier.

BTW, the grits sounds good.

Cheers.

Beau said...

I'm with you on the internet shopping... enjoyed staying at home as well. Spent some time on the Forrestal once before it was decommissioned. Very difficult story, and movie if you've ever seen it.