Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving...

...a day when we give thanks to God in heaven...just as the Pilgrims did in November of 1621 for His gracious provision and mercy.

For many, the day has become little more than a time for overeating, watching football, arguing with relatives and planning their assault on the bastions of retail the day following.

But the origin of the day is rooted in giving thanks to God, plain and simple.

And though many there be who deny it, this is an historical reality, the evidence of which is George Washington's original Thanksgiving proclamation written on October 3rd, 1789.

To wit:

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor-- 

and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be--

That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks--

for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation--

for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war--

for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed--

for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted--

for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions--

to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually--

to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed--

to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord--

To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us--

and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

Go: Washington

So Happy Thanksgiving, y'all...hope it's a good one for you and yours.

Karen has been hard at work preparing the feast for our motley crew -

(not to be confused with the group Motley Crue...
...whose songs I can honestly say I've never heard)

- consisting of Karen, my oldest son Micah, his sons Isaiah and Isaac, and your humble correspondent.

And it is a lot of work...turkey (of course), stuffing, corn, green bean casserole, fruit salad, cranberry sauce, potatoes, rolls and four different kinds of pies.

Not to mention various libations for all the hail fellows well met.

Details to follow as the big day happens tomorrow.

[ hey, I could recycle some of last year's pics...

...but new pics of 2019's gala are forthcoming ]

My friend Larry is up north for Thanksgiving with his family, and also doing some deer hunting...and he sent me this pic of what he's seen so far:
...but the problem is he needs to put on his X-mas X-ray glasses...
...and then he'd see this:
...BIG difference, yes?

(Larry, please do NOT shoot Yukon Cornelius)

Papa's Model T: The Bambino is coming along...
...Ike and Papa X are currently visiting 1916 and dealing with issues there...I'm at 10,000 words and counting, which means we're more than halfway through.

Hoping to bring it in for a landing in the next week or so.

And speaking of coming in for a landing...
...we've managed to negotiate another wildly successful edition of the Atomic Monster Cafe.

Hey, don't let the photographic evidence to the contrary fool you.

As Groucho Marx famously asked, who are you going to believe?  Me, or your own eyes?

later, mcm fans...

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Afraid Of Having Your Phone Hacked?

Do what I did and a more secure model.

No more worries about losing personal information or sensitive data.

Plus, it's guaranteed you'll never accidentally butt dial anyone again.

Finally, it's incomprehensible to most folks born after 1990.

Ever seen a millennial try to figure out how a rotary phone works?

Even though it's a little early, I decorated my cubicle sweet cubicle for the holidays...
If that ain't festive I don't know what is.

Of course I still have Franky overseeing things, no matter the current season...

Someone's got to try and make sense of the chaos.

Have you noticed everyone is jumping the gun this year... 
...even more so than usual?

And yes I know, I just said I decorated my cube, but c'mon...that was tongue in cheek.

I assume it's because Thanksgiving is as late in the month as it can be this year.

Always the 4th Thursday in November, the actual date varies between the 22nd and 28th.

Since it's on the 28th this year there's basically a week less between Thanksgiving and Christmas than there could be.

And so a sort of primal holiday panic...
...has gripped a certain percentage of the population as they realize...

We've seen Christmas trees lit up in living rooms for 2 weeks now, and it's still a week before Thanksgiving!

The retailers do this every year, of course...and our town is no exception...they had their annual "shop hop" event this past weekend...replete with Christmas minstrels...
...groups of carolers...
...and of course the Jolly Old Elf himself...
I'm not a grinch...
...I enjoy the season for sure...but we ARE going to celebrate Thanksgiving first...
...right alongside all those angry Pilgrims...and then we'll do that Christmas thang...

I've mostly got my next story figured out...
...and I'm about 5,000 words into it now.

I did say "mostly", because as always there are still some details to iron out, and I know my best laid plans will gang aft agley a little bit here and there...
...but I'm liking this story so far and sincerely hope I don't screw it up...

Today - November 22nd - is the 56th memorial of the assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas, Texas in 1963.

I was a first grader attending the William B. Travis elementary school in Marshall, Texas when it happened.

The principal came into our classroom and explained in hushed tones to our pretty young teacher what had just occurred.

She burst into tears, we were dismissed, and I climbed on my bike and rode home.

For the next few days there was nothing on TV but serious looking newsmen...
...and then the somber funeral of our 35th President.
Obviously my 7 year old self didn't fully comprehend all that was happening, but I did understand the sadness and tears all around me.

So tonight we watched Parkland, the excellent movie about that pivotal moment in history.
Very well done, it covers the day of the assassination and the 2 days following, totally capturing the sense of drama, panic and overwhelming loss.

Everyone in this movie does well, but Paul Giamatti as Abraham Zapruder truly shines.

This one is well worth your time.

It's been a slow week when it comes to collecting parting shots...
if honesty and integrity were 100 dollar bills, these people would be flat broke...
...part of that is the circus like distraction caused by the morons in Washington...sad, but the collective IQ of the people we pay to run the country barely reaches double digits...
...and part of it is because it's turning into winter now and it's too dang cold to be out and about for these old bones...
well, not those old bones...
I did however see a few sights that piqued my interest...
I spy a beautiful woman...

mr. squirrel on the lookout...

late fall and ready for Thanksgiving...

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Can We Please Go Back... when we were just frozen...and not also buried in the white stuff?
You don't have to twist my arm...I admit it's very pretty...but November 12th?

C'mon...even Ol' Man Winter...
...knows it's too early...
...see all the brown leaves?

Ok, let's review:

First the leaves change colors and fall, then it gets cold and snows.

Are we clear on this?

Heck, even the Tree Creature is wondering what happened...

* heavy sigh *

It was Veteran's Day this past Monday.
my favorite veteran, getting pinned in Afghanistan
Originally called Armistice Day, it was meant to commemorate the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 when they signed the armistice to cease hostilities in World War I.

It's worth noting November 11th wasn't the actual end of the war; that didn't happen officially until June 28, 1919, with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.

But it was when armies laid down their arms, and so in 1920 the first official observance of Armistice Day occurred.

In 1921 it was observed again, and this time with the somber burial at Arlington National Cemetery of the remains of The Unknown Soldier  
Inscribed on the back of the tomb are these words:

"Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God."

In 1926 Congress passed a resolution that November 11th should be observed every year as Armistice Day.

In 1938 Congress made it a Federal Holiday..."dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as Armistice Day."

Unfortunately we all know how that whole "world peace" thing has gone, so in 1954 Congress amended the 1938 act, changing the word Armistice to Veteran's.

So there's your history lesson for the day, but the real point of this is for all of us to stop and give thanks to those men and women who, through the years, have dedicated their life to service.

Many of them were called to give the ultimate sacrifice, and it is due to their bravery, dedication and sacrifice that we enjoy our God given rights of Life, Liberty and The Pursuit of Happiness.

So thank a veteran, ya'll...
...and God Bless America!

Starting to zero in on Papa's Model T: The Bambino
...when Papa X and Ike time travel back to 1916.

Researching and formulating at the moment, but I'm hoping to start writing this weekend.

I've got the time travel part outlined, and the "cherry on top" of their service mission...but still working on what Ike's challenge is.

More to come...

Slowly making progress on turning our former carport into a guest roof and new windows this past summer...and now we've insulated the ceiling...before:

...and after:

Still have a long way to lights / electrical, plumbing for a bathroom, murphy bed, etc, but thankful for every step of progress along the way.

Not much shaking as we go 'round the horn this week...

I've been looking for this particular TV for years, and it finally came up for sale on ebay...a Telstar Predicta Chalet...too bad I'm not going to bid on it...

more of the same...suffering from an appalling excess of the white stuff...

if that's how the great Steinbeck saw it, there may actually be hope...

cool sign on a restaurant up north where Larry and his dad like to eat

when you need a break from hunting...

"when fixing the dent isn't in the budget"...I can relate

When I was 20 years old and working in the oilfields, I drove to the rig early in the mornings with an older gent from Oklahoma.  This was during the CB craze of the 70's...
...and he spent most of the ride there doing that "breaker breaker 19" thing, and endlessly asking about the smokey report, if there were any Kojaks with a Kodak around, whatsyur 20, etc.

All of this nonsense was simply the preamble for what everyone really wanted to get to...and that was the big sign off when they could wow 'em with their handle and clever farewell...

"This is the High Plains Drifter with the hammer down, my noise between the ditches and Smokey out of my britches..."

Hey, no one said it was easy...endings are hard.

Well...some are easy.

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