November 29, 2003

Two Nations

I recently finished the next compilation in the Miles series, "Miles, Mystery and Mayhem", which contains "Cetaganda", "Ethan of Athos" and "Labyrinth". Another winner in the series, though I didn't like these three as much as the first stories in the series.

We also watched the extra crispy extended version of "The Two Towers" yesterday, and it was very good. I was surprised so many critical plot/exposition points were left out of the cinematic version. They were very welcome here. We'll try to find time to watch the extra stuff later today on discs 3 and 4, but I have a lot on the plate this weekend.

I started to put up the Xmas lights yesterday. We use nine strings of white icicle lights to hang from the front of the house, plus six strings of regular red and white lights to frame the front windows and wrap the poles on the front porch. So I pulled out the first string of icicle lights from storage, and about 1/4 of the string was out. It took about an hour total to replace all the bad bulbs, test and retest and finally get that stupid string lit.

I was at the point where if any of the other strings were bad, I would have just tossed it and bought a new one. Hell, they're only a few bucks, and my time is worth more than that. Later, I tested the rest of the strands, and they all work perfectly! Well, that's one less trip to the store. I'll be putting them up today, now that I know they all work.

I went to the store twice yesterday. Knowing it was Super Walmart on the day after Thanksgiving, I feared the worst, but it was no problem. Their big sale was early in the morning, and I missed it. I had to go get stuff for a turkey dinner for us. We went to both my parents' houses Thursday, but we didn't eat much at either place. Both were really crowded, and by the time we got the food, it was cold (that's par for the course at a crowded meal, of course), and we all really like the way Michelle prepares things. Plus we didn't get much for leftovers (I love leftover turkey sammiches), so we're cooking our own turkey Sunday.

There was a huge line in the store for the layaway cashier. I swear it was 50+ carts long, each full to overflowing with big-ticket items. Not a single white person in the whole line, too, I noticed. I guess that's life as a minority in a red (Bush-supporting) state. I'd like to see some anti-affirmative-action asshole from one of those conservative think thanks with the pasty white face, the bowtie and expensive suit (George Will, Tucker Carson, or any of the endless line of clones come to mind) walking around in that 2+ hour long line, talking about life with these people (better yet, trying to convince them of just how *lucky* and *overprivileged* they are to get the benefits of affirmative action). After all these years, it's still "Two Nations".

Posted by Observer at November 29, 2003 08:28 AM

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We call that Thanksgiving 2.0, we usually go to one on Sat or Sunday at our friend's parents place every year, but since we're flying to Cabo San Lucas early Monday morning, we have to skip it.

Posted by: Humbaba on November 29, 2003 11:39 AM

Ooo, I'm jealous. Cabo San Lucas is very pretty, I hear. And not too expensive.

Posted by: Observer on November 29, 2003 12:11 PM

"Where is that?" asks the naive Canadian.

Posted by: Felicity on November 29, 2003 12:41 PM

Southern tip of Baja California, Mexico.

Posted by: Humbaba on November 29, 2003 05:51 PM

Enjoyed your thanksgiving day write-up - my thanksgiving day was not as rewarding as yours - I did not score!

Posted by: John Rimel on November 30, 2003 10:59 AM