Wherever you are today, be it boondocking in the Arizona desert, attending a potluck at your favorite RV resort, or having dinner at home with lots of family surrounding you, Miss Terry and I wish you a very, very happy Thanksgiving.
This is our first major holiday since we bought our house and left the world of fulltime RVers. I believe our little manufactured home community is having a potluck, with the residents association buying the turkeys and ham, but we plan to spend a quiet day at home, just the two of us.
Terry bought a turkey breast, cranberries, and a lot of other stuff and she’s looking forward to making dinner here. After years of cooking in an RV kitchen, she says it’s going to be a bit of a different experience for her. I don’t know about that, but I do know that I’m in for some good eating later on today. I even heard a rumor about pie!
And of course, this marks the day I make my annual vow to avoid any big box store until after the holidays. I’m not always successful at that, but I really try. I can’t handle the crowds and all of the commercialism. When I do have to buy something, I’m happy to pay a buck or two more and buy it from a small businessman (or woman) running a mom-and-pop shop anyway. Those were the folks who bought the ads that kept my small-town weekly newspapers going for most of my working life.
Now I’m not saying I won’t find myself venturing into some kind of chain store in the next two months, because sometimes it happens. But I really work hard to avoid it if I can.
And Black Friday shopping? Forget about it! I wouldn’t go into any store on Friday even to buy bandages if I was bleeding to death. Those people are crazy!
If you don’t believe me, get a copy of my book Black Friday and see what happened to an average guy from just down the road from us in Titusville when he went shopping the day after Thanksgiving. I guarantee you, it’s a page turner.
It’s Thursday, and you know what that means. It’s time to kick off a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Point Taken, the tenth book in my friend Ben Rehder’s excellent Blanco County mystery series. I’ve read just about all of Ben’s books, and I don’t think he could write a bad story if he tried. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.
Thought For The Day – It doesn’t matter if the glass is half empty or half full, there is clearly room for more wine.