Tomorrow is thanksgiving in the US of A, and according to tradition, there must be a turkey carcass involved in the festivities. Traditions are great, and are to be supported within reason, as they provide the glue that keeps a society from fragmenting.
However, our problem is that we are torn between providing Andrea with a traditional thanksgiving, and the fact that the traditional thanksgiving dinner just isn’t all that good. Turkey is not a good meat. Sorry, but there it is. Turkey doesn’t taste all that great. Flame all you want—there’s a reason you only eat it on thanksgiving.
Since neither me nor my wife grew up with thanksgiving, it’s kind of hard for us to get in to the proper forms. This wasn’t an issue when it was just us two around the table, but now as Andrea is growing up and starting to form her memories of How Things Should Be, it’s s becoming a bit of an issue: Should we suck it up and do the turkey thing in order to normalize her on the tradition, or should we eat something we actually enjoy?
This year we will have our usual thanksgiving ersatz meal of scrumptious shrimp pie (mmm … so tasty), but next year Andrea will be four and we’ll have to give some serious thought to what kind of tradition we want to provide her.
Kid complicate things.
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Posted Thursday, 24 November, 2005 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.