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Just Another Day

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It’s just another Thanksgiving which will be for many just another day to struggle through. How much things may change with this new administration is unclear.
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Good Lord Show Me the Way.

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Turkey & Jesus in Bread Together
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magiamma's picture

Prepare three days before using

48oz fresh cranberries
Crush - i put them through my juicer without the strainer. I have also used a blender.

Grated rinds of three Valencia oranges
After grating cut the oranges in half and juice

2T Grand Marnier

1.5 - 2 cups sugar to taste

Mix and put in jars. Refrigerate. (Not to be cooked). Let sit for three days. Or more. Keeps for weeks.

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The first nation's peoples consider today to be a national day of mourning any way.

None the less I hope you all have a nice day with a good meal and (very) few friends. We're staying home, so it is just the two of us. We've got several calls to make to family and friends. Made our cranberry sauce a couple of days ago. Ironically found fresh organic cranberries at our local grocery...who knew? Also got a bargain on the turkey...47 cents/lb. Going to crank up the smoker here soon...the crock pot of outdoor cookery.

Thanks for the OT, MA. Have a good one everybody!

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

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This article popped up last week. There's an embedded video that I haven't watched, maybe I'll do that while I make coffee.

Roger Hallam, co-founder of Extinction Rebellion/XR recently interviewed Peter Carter, M.D., who has the distinguished title – Expert IPCC Reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. ... Dr. Carter is currently reviewing the 6th Assessment (AR6) of the IPCC. Additionally, he reviewed the IPCC Special 1.5°C Report of 2018 ...

You know your title is distinguished when it has the acronym AND the full name in it.

The upcoming 26th COP (Conference of the Parties) to be held November 2021 in Glasgow ... ever since COP1 in Berlin in 1995 ... the annualized CO2 emissions rate is +60% since COP1, not decreasing, not going down, not once.

Whatever they're doing at those conferences, it doesn't seem to be helping.

Dr. Carter praised the current Secretary-General of the UN António Guterres (Portuguese) for telling the truth. In his first public statement about climate change, he famously zeroed in on the heart of the issue: “Climate change is an existential threat to the survival of life on Earth, particularly including human kind.”

We hear Bernie Sanders (correctly) refer to climate change as an "existential threat" as well. The language is plain, but I don't think the point is getting across. If we get this wrong we will cease to exist, aka die, hence "crisis". OTOH we can't even get people to wear masks.

global temperature for the first six months of 2020 registered 1.3°C above baseline, a number that has new significance ever since the IPCC Special Report/2018 about the risks of exceeding 1.5°C.

Global average temperature rise as of last year 1.1 C, this says first half of this year 1.3 C. 0.2 C in one year? Yeah, that's going to go well. IIRC the full year data is released in late February or early March.

2.0°C above baseline is, in Dr. Carter’s words: “Out of the question, a catastrophe!”
Carter: “A world at 1.5°C is a disastrous world, no question.”
Carter: “2°C is an impossible world.”
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New research published only a couple of weeks ago shows atmospheric carbon dioxide now at the highest level in twenty-three million (23,000,000) years.
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Moreover, there is random CO2 data that goes back as far as 40 million years, bringing to light one more bleak data point, namely: We are increasing CO2 faster than at any time over the past 40 million years that’s 100 to 200 times faster than natural background rates.

In the final analysis, survival of civilization that resembles the current setup means the notorious neoliberal brand of capitalism needs a major work-over. ...

According to Dr. Carter: We must-must-must change the world’s economic direction as the current system destroys our planet faster and ever faster. It’s the sixth mass extinction, accelerating at an unbelievable pace: “It is, for certain, the most rapid extinction Earth has ever experienced.” (Carter)...

Roger Hallam: “We’ve established two things so far in this interview: (1) If this (abuse, overuse of the climate) carries on, they’ll be no humans left; humans are going to die and it’ll be the end of the human race. (2) The mechanism for which this happens is the compounding effect of feedbacks triggering, and thereafter triggering more and more feedback loops and more trigger points.”

Accordingly, what’s evolving is a “slow death scenario” with hundreds of millions starving, which is the end game of excessive global warming.

"Hundreds of millions" seems like a quaint euphemism for "everyone".

“We’ll lose food production at 1.5°C.” (Carter)
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“All of the accelerating data trends together result in a trend that the biosphere is headed in direction of collapse, meaning the human species will be lost.” (Carter)

Phew! Another 0.2 C, that's gotta take a long time to happen. We'll have plenty of time for gradual, incremental change that doesn't impact the stock market! Oh, wait, we had a 0.2 C increase this year. Oops.

Hallam: “If you have not got enough food and if you have infectious diseases, then, you’re going to get social breakdown ... they go exponential, they happen fast, it doesn’t just gradually creep up on societies; once a society passes a certain point, it will cascade downwards with slaughter and death. That’s what we’re looking at.”

It's the most basic social contract. People will put up with almost anything if you feed them. Once the food is gone they burn the place down.

But hey, did you see the Dow set a new record? Trump called a press conference and everything!

At the end of the day, Dr. Carter suggests a glimmer of hope

Because otherwise nobody will publish your article.

If you're still reading, let me recommend a tiny YouTube channel, Environmental Coffee House. Sandy runs it along with a few other folks. There usually aren't more than 50 of us in chat, we could use some more company. Sometimes it's just Sandy ranting, but they frequently review articles and do interviews. Here's last night's show:

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"The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function." -- Albert Bartlett
"A species that is hurtling toward extinction has no business promoting slow incremental change." -- Caitlin Johnstone

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@WoodsDweller getting people to understand the seriousness of climate change is that the numbers of the temperature increase seem so small. Even converted to Fahrenheit instead of Celsius temperatures, it a small number. As far as I know, the sensitivity of the earth to very small temperature changes is not discussed in schools. I don't think kids hear about the very small temperature differences that affect growing climates, the difference in temperatures between tropical and temperate zones, etc. or even the small differences in rainfall amounts that make the difference between a desert and a farming area.

And that can make it hard to grasp the idea that a 1.5 or 2.0 increase can make or break the earth and its ability to support life. People my age were well into adulthood before we ever heard about these things or carbon or methane. And by the time we were adults, drastic changes in western lifestyles were already needed.

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@Granma
but that's definitely one of them. I saw one of the guys on Alex Jones' channel commenting on some climate change thing "what difference can one degree make?". It's a convincing rhetorical point. Can you tell the temperature in your room within one degree?
There's also a name for this, that I don't remember, that we expect the future to look like the past. Hence we simply can't conceive exponential change. We're likely to go from where we are to widespread famine within the Biden (or Harris) administration. Have you heard any mention about post-agriculture food production? I haven't.
It also does not fit any of the widespread narratives of our society. So you would need to write fiction, make movies, start to integrate it into our discourse, but that takes decades.

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"The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function." -- Albert Bartlett
"A species that is hurtling toward extinction has no business promoting slow incremental change." -- Caitlin Johnstone

@WoodsDweller

been going on for donkey years
most of our dystopian future has been
described in various forms for decades

what a thrill to witness this!

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@WoodsDweller

be biden's 'climate czar' and integrate his job with the national security state to show they're serious. thanks for bringing the hunziker piece; can't see the glimmer of hope, myself. he did such a good job on synopsizing hallam's interview that i'd never even finished it! dinnae watch, but iirc, it was 45 minutes long.

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@WoodsDweller
Learned a few things. Listened whilebpuzzling. Will put in my calendar.

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@WoodsDweller this Thanksgiving. This is their "Last Supper." And, hey, if we're challenged on it, we can say it's religious and the Supreme Court will back us up. Let the superspreaders begin!

I have yet to see the argument in favor of something else, something other than what we're getting. Instead our completely-avoidable "destiny" will be promoted as a "natural" event, something as unavoidable as the next climate-inflamed catastrophe, the one which destroyed my neighborhood (the "Almeda Fire" -- likely to have been several fires, started at least in part by arsonists, but nobody will discuss that either. Bad social policies will have bad outcomes). It's clearly time for the government to offer something to the public that isn't "everyone die of climate change and COVID-19 and quitcher whining because the alternative is those evil Republicans."

But it would take a real uprising to get that. A real uprising would be something other than "we gotta get a (D) in the White House because Trump is a FASCIST" when it was clear that Trump was and is an idiot and a fool who thought playing a fascist on TV and recruiting followers from police who were allied with militias was the sure path to power. Trump was and is a President whose policy achievements were minimal and who only achieved his office because the opposing campaign couldn't be bothered with states full of what their candidate considered "deplorables." even though that campaign spent twice what Trump spent to get to the White House.

I feel that we might be "locked in" for 1.5 degrees warming, but we're not locked in in any way that can be called "natural." Rather, we're locked in SOCIALLY, in that the only effective resistance to the career neoliberals that ran Clinton's losing campaign (and who are now back in power thanks to Trump's idiocy) will be the Republicans. We are not going to get any resistance to the climate change juggernaut from either of those groups, and yet people still continue to behave as if those were the only two options, that a "third party" is merely a "spoiler" option.

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"Every election is fake." -- Janna Ordonia, from "Star vs. the Forces of Evil"

Jimi Hendrix - In Sessions with Stephen Stills - Full Album (1968)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTHhX1IvsIY (1h 04m 24s)

Jimi Hendrix and Stephen Stills - Live at Still's Basement (1968) - Full Jam Session.
- San Francisco Bay Jam (Parts 1-5)
- Mellow Jam #1
- Cool Jazz Jam
- Middle East Blues Jam
- Mellow Jam #2

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I might try to make a turkey and jesus sandwich today, if the ingredients become available.
One TJ Sammie:
over slice bread
slice of turkey life
slice of red cranberry jelly-painted cross on top of
slice of white cream cheese
under slice bread

Already decided to visit the corner store today, it is open the guy running it has no family here so why not. Indian Cold Remedy:
One thick slice of red onion, encrust with salt and leave overnight or 8 hours. Eat it raw.

LOL! OMG that would kill me but it is the same idea as my garlic remedies I think. Better health, less disease. right on

thanks magi
thanks JtC
thanks c99
thanks youtube
PEACE

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@eyo
I think I read somewhere that he was so stoned that he played for a half an hour in the wrong key.

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It didn't have to be this way.

@Azazello

even being stoned. High on life!

Any good streaming concerts coming up?

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If I'm wrong, it's the first time I'm happy to be confused. -Don Van Vliet

@eyo

Be sure to discuss politics during thanksgiving dinner.
Saves on Christmas presents.

Ask your doctor if a drug with 32 pages
of side effects is right for you.

Seeing how some people wear their masks, I now know why
contraceptives fail.

During the Middle Ages they celebrated the end of the plague
with wine and orgies.
Does anyone know if they have anything like that planned
when this one ends?

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and all.

It looks as if Food Not Bombs is going to need to exponentially expand its operation to keep up. Lets see if our government helps.

I like your cranberry recipe, sounds good. We make a homemade cranberry sauce and put a dash of Grand Marnier in it. I do like cranberries.

Wishing everyone a quiet, relaxed, calm, safe day.

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@randtntx What little attention it grants to FNB is devoted to citing them for not having Health-Department-certified kitchens.

In Santa Cruz the Postal Commissioner had a fence erected around the Post Office so that FNB patrons couldn't use the steps. Really important use of taxpayer money, guys.

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"Every election is fake." -- Janna Ordonia, from "Star vs. the Forces of Evil"

@randtntx

me too

and been down on the bayous smelling that burning cane

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@QMS @QMS she's really good. I like her partner in that particular performance (Tania Elizabeth) on the fiddle. They are excellent together.
Good stuff.

edited for incoherence. Smile

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Wishing a peaceful day to all.

Pleasantry

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"We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us." E.M.Foster

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Thank you for sounds and images. It is strange to live with my heart close to Americans and forced to live with my body in what I would describe my German cage. The isolation of one's mind... has to stop. Fight it.

May you all find something to be thankful for.

Freedom for all the Turkeys!
Turkeys matter!

The wild turkey is one of America's most tenacious birds, known for fearlessly confronting and even chasing away potential threats. Benjamin Franklin famously preferred it as the national symbol over a bald eagle, writing in 1784 that "the Turk'y is in comparison a much more respectable Bird."

Signed - Turkeys United for Change.

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"heh, as they say, if you don't dig the blues, you got a hole in your soul" - JS

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@mimi
but we sure like watching them forage for bugs!
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"An oligarchy of private capital cannot be effectively checked.... because under existing conditions, private capitalists inevitably control, directly or indirectly, the main sources of information."
-- Albert Einstein

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Will be slow cooking a beef brisket today and serving it with roasted broccoli and squash, and a glass of Cabernet. Don’t plan on doing much else today. Have already cued up “Hillbilly Elegy” on Netflix, as well as my annual Thanksgiving viewing of “Trains, Plains, & Automobiles” because John Candy always makes me laugh.

Love Allison Krause’ version of “Down by the River”. Nice choice Smile

Hope everyone has a peaceful and safe Thanksgiving today!

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There is always Music amongst the trees in the Garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it. ~ Minnie Aumonier

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after reading some of American Dirt until I could no longer read through my tears. I have been warned not to read further, because it gets worse from where I left off. I intend to heed that warning.

Almost fifty one years ago, on February 15, 1969, Janis Joplin played at the University of Vermont, at a time when wearing bell bottoms on campus was frowned upon by some of my fraternity brothers. The concert started with a local band, then Janis Joplin and her group Big Brother & the Holding Company Main Squeeze (aka Southern Comfort) started playing about 10pm. They played a great first set, including “Piece of My Heart” and then retreated behind the curtains for a break to only modest applause. Within seconds, people began to get up and leave. There was grumbling heard about how short the main attraction was. “What a rip off!” Moments later Janis stuck her head out from behind the curtains with a big WTF!! look on her face. They never came out to play their second set.

A fraternity brother of mine bumped into the band later that night at a local bar/pool hall. To say Janis and the band were upset would be an understatement. They were prepared to play well into the night, as was their custom. But this was Vermont in 1969, ten years behind the rest of the country. Bummer.

Even as short as it was, it was raw and powerful. When she sang, she ripped her chest wide open and sang from her heart. Fearless.

[Edited to include date and Janice’s new band, her first performance after leaving BBHC. It was also the last year of the University of Vermont’s lamentable tradition of “Kake Walk”. The concert was put on by the Kake Walk Committee.]

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"An oligarchy of private capital cannot be effectively checked.... because under existing conditions, private capitalists inevitably control, directly or indirectly, the main sources of information."
-- Albert Einstein

Quite a smorgasbord of offerings magi!
Chef A spatchcocked the chicken yesterday
boiled down the giblets and roasted the acorn squash.
Today have the Russian rye bread rising...
cocoa, coffee crystals, fennel and caraway,
mustard and brown sugar, etc. smells good

Chef B is working on a quinoa stuffing for the squash,
stuffing mushrooms, Brussel sprouts, asparagus
and clearing out the sink.

Todays poem...

In the land of plenty
there are far too many
that don't have any.

like your turkey Jesus sammich
in the report all injuries column Wink

cheers

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sandwich of the deity day. Yum.

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Maybe, but for me today begins a season of dread. Did I say dread ? It's becoming an active hatred. From now until January 1, from one lame parade to the other one. It's all bullshit, from the bullshit Indian story to the bullshit Jesus story. All bullshit. A parade ? I hate a parade. Why must I pretend to care about some department store in New York City that is going bankrupt, if it isn't in bankruptcy already ? Fuck it, I say. Fuck Macy's. Fuck the Detroit Lions. Did I say bankrupt ? Yes. The whole Greatest Gen/Boomer/TV/consumer culture, it's all bankrupt. We're all supposed to eat too much today. And then we're all supposed to have a "New Year's Resolution" where we all resolve to lose the weight that we shouldn't have put on in the first place. Do you see ? The conformity, the awful conformity of the TV culture ? Then the other parade, the one in Pasadena. I think that one was once associated with an important football game. But there are no important football games. Fuck football, fuck it all the way down Colorado Boulevard. Black Friday ? Fuck Black Friday especially, one of the most recent innovations in the fake, corporate "holiday season." And the worst part ? The horrible inertia of the thing. It. Never. Changes. And buried within it all is the WW2 victory culture and the wars and the violence and the greed and the waste and the pressure to conform. Oh, it's all in there all right. Don't ever doubt that. This is 'Murka after all. Fuck Snoopy and Charlie Brown. Fuck the Grinch too. Fuck Santa Claus and that lame song about a white christmas. Fuck all those tired old tunes, sleigh rides and chestnuts and all of 'em. Fuck Judy Garland, and Paul McCartney and Mariah Carey while we're at it. Thankful ? I'm supposed to be thankful ? To who ? And for what ?
I will not be thankful. I will not eat too much and I will not go shopping. Fuck it all.
Happy Thanksgiving.

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It didn't have to be this way.

@Azazello

(seem to remember something about some rich dude in Carolina in the 30's)
it all got so cheap, mixing family gatherings with buying shit. With you there.
Christ on a turkey sammich. Doesn't get much more gluttonous than that.
The spirit of giving thanks to nature with the harvest, the change of seasons
and basic appreciation of our world has been sold out to the trinket peddlers.

It's such a damn long way back.

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@QMS

out or in, your choice.

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@Azazello

if viewed on the tube.

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@enhydra lutris

Definitely worth watching. Smile

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There is always Music amongst the trees in the Garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it. ~ Minnie Aumonier

We have steaks to grill this evening.
There is a grocery store 15 miles away that is open until 2 p.m. We couldn't pack up everything and in truth, forgot some things in our haste.
The neighbors in the cabin on both sides of us are very quiet. The water is beautiful. The shore line across the lake is Louisiana, and the lone fishing boat was a father and son team from Leesville. The next time we come, we will bring poles and fish off the boat ramp.
Hope everyone is well, and enjoying the day.

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@on the cusp
Fisherfolk call them fishing rods, not poles.
Happy Thanksgiving.

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It didn't have to be this way.

@Azazello So, my Guy was on the pier, talking to a man in a boat while he was fishing. The guy in the boat got interested in the chat, ignored his rod and a fish caught the hook, drug the rod and reel into the lake where it disappeared.
My Guy said, "We better stop talking, Dude."
I agree with you about the fakeness of holidays. And football.
I can't think of any holiday I have celebrated in 45 years. They are just a day when I might not have to work. Gotta go stack some more wood on the fire pit, get ready to fire it up this afternoon.
We did shop for groceries, and found a liquor store open over in Louisiana.
When I wish anyone a happy holiday, I mean to express a with they do not have to work.

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@on the cusp

and Fla too. Drive thru booze stores. Gas, cigs and beer. What moreya want?
Have fun!

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How is Keith McHenry doing these days?

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"Every election is fake." -- Janna Ordonia, from "Star vs. the Forces of Evil"

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@Cassiodorus
Going strong. They are staring to finally address homelessness at the city level here as of last week. I imagine he will have input. One hopes.

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Let's to be thankful for this year. Spent yesterday sending donations to food banks.

Going to be a low key day with brother and sister in law. Their son is bringing over a Turkey, dressing rolls and half a pumpkin pie.

Not a real fan of turkey but the spirit of giving is nice. Have to agree with Arazello, the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is awful on the super consumer attitude. My thanks is going to food banks in area that need more than anyone I know.

Thanks Magi for great tunes and maybe someday the cranberry recipe.

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Life is what you make it, so make it something worthwhile.

This ain't no dress rehearsal!

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@jakkalbessie

Saw your PM from the other day and sent you a reply. Wishing you a good day, with good food, good wine, and good company. Smile

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@jakkalbessie
I'll cut Las Posadas some slack since it has deeper roots than the Macy's parade.

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With a few side dishes. But what I will miss is the wonderful relaxed conversations with, and of, family and friends. Holidays are usually slower paced days, a change from rushed, busy lives.

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@Granma

new normal perhaps
zoom is safer
but ain't the same as
in person contact.

enjoy ok

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@Granma

Our gathering was 19 people last year. This year there will be 8 of us total. We are eating outside, at separate tables set up for each "pod" of people who live together, with enough distance between tables that we hope it will allow for conversation and group interaction, while maintaining the necessary distance. We are lucky to have good enough weather today that we can gather outside. Otherwise, the whole event was going to be called off.

It's a pot-luck style dinner where everyone will provide one part of the meal, so no one does a huge amount of work. I'm making mashed potatoes. We don't plan to overeat or get stuffed, and there will be no football or parades on TV, no TV at all in fact, nor any family drama or bullshit. We rejected all of that a very long time ago, deciding it was better to just take a day off and stay home and do nothing, rather than attend the expected family events that were inevitably full of stress and unpleasantness.

With our current chosen family/friends, gathering today is mainly about tending to our traditions as a community of friends, to do these annual 'family times' for those of us whose "real" families are not really there for us. We have created family bonds and kinship like connections with these people over the past 15-20 years. We are stubbornly keeping it alive this year, but, we hope, in a safe way. I am very thankful for this group of friends, and I'm thankful to be in good health today and able to participate this year.

And I'm also thankful to all of you and to JtC for being here.
Wishing everyone a peaceful day.

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@CS in AZ

sounds good friend

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@CS in AZ

I’m hoping to do the same for Christmas with some friends now that I probably won’t be spending it with my Sister this year.

Enjoy and stay safe.

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There is always Music amongst the trees in the Garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it. ~ Minnie Aumonier

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celebrate our National Day of Mourning by, you know, actually mourning. We will do turkey and have tons leftover to make other meals on other days out of, having assuaged incipient guilt by dumping plenty coin on the food bank, meals on wheels, rescue mission and such. In addition to things like tetrazzini, turkey-mushroom risotto, enchiladas, sandwiches and such, a lot gets shredded and frozen and used for lots of breakfasts/lunches of the form (a little shredded (pick a protein)+some rice+onion+veggies and greens+broth & seasonings). It actually works out to be a very good deal as far as a "pantry item".

The rise of the internet has also led to a behavior modification as to holiday sales and pre-holiday sales here. There is stuff not readily available from our local retailers that, somewhere during the year, begins to go south. We nurse it along and/or do without while researching the best replacement. We order one from the manufacturer/importer or nearest major non-boycotted brick and mortar retailer, preferably in the bay area, during their black friday internet only sale. Fill out some forms that load some databases and no human has to process until the holiday is over. A couple of weeks from now USPS, UPS or FedEx shows up and the replacement whatever gets unboxed and set up.

Time to go set up the grill

be well and have a good one.

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Jaffa, Kree, drinks for everybody!

Drinks

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@RantingRooster

tanks man

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About to do a Zoom with the oldest daughter's family. They live about five miles from us, but we haven't seen them (in RL) since the pandemic began. Husband is able to work from home, daughter doesn't do the paycheck thing, and kiddos are doing online learning (we hope it's "learning," anyway). So, they have been holed up like bandits the entire time.

The younger daughter lives about a block from the oldest. Her kids haven't seen their cousins the entire time of Covid. That family has no choice but to work; kids have to attend physical school buildings. Quite a difference between the two families. Even though that family is out and about, they won't come to our house, as they realize it would be risky. They're not going to take that chance.

So, it's a weird holiday for us. Kids all so close, but so far.

We will probably have to avoid phone calls to my family in Kansas, as it would certainly turn political within thirty seconds. They are in a total-disconnet Trump world. It's gotten nearly impossible to talk to them. Sad. Oh, well.

I'd mentioned here earlier that due to my wife's restricted diet, we're slumming. She is allowed some turkey, and we're doing that. We're cooking only a portion of turkey breast, some canned stuff (Yes, Anja, canned ...LOL), and some non-starchy veggies. That's it ...and we'll be fine.

A year ago at this time the house was packed. Well over twenty folks, with almost no where to even sit. What a change!

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@travelerxxx

Lived fairly close to the both of you. That must feel a little strange to, as you said it, be so close yet so far away? How old are your grandkids?

It is a weirdly adaptive holiday. Spending it alone. Not Awful, but strange. My neighbors just sent a group text to 20 of us who all live on the same block which included a picture of her 90 year old grandfather in the kitchen with an apron on. Like I said. We’ve all adapted.

Enjoy the turkey dinner. (And the gravy!)

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@Anja Geitz

Yes, both families live about five miles from us. And, they live less than a block from each other. Usually, all the kids from both families are together constantly, even in school, but not now with one family in self-imposed isolation. Even the babysitting chores which were shared back and forth are out the door. Hard for all.

So, for us it's especially odd. In particular, it's no fun for my wife. I occasionally run errands to take things to either of the two families, so I see them all briefly (even if at a distance), but my wife is only getting out for absolute necessities such as doctor appointments, drivers license renewal, etc. It's rough on her.

There are a total of seven kids in these families. The oldest daughter has her two, and the youngest has a yours-mine-and-ours bunch – she and her husband have one together, and each brought two others into the mix. The youngest of all of them just started kindergarten this year and the oldest of them all is in his first year of middle school.

We did a Zoom thingy with the oldest daughter's family this evening while they were eating Thanksgiving supper. That was nice. Their menu was crazy: Smoked garlic sausage from the Texas hill country (only the guys would touch that stuff), sweet potato casserole (which was a gifted excess from our deep freezer), mac and cheese, smashed and loaded potatoes, dinner rolls, deviled eggs, and corn on the cob. For desert, deconstructed apple pie done in an InstaPot. Like I said, crazy. That family is nowhere near status quo...

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Day got away from me. Zoomed with daughter and family and while doing the same puzzle together for hours. Now off to have a zoom dinner with some folks I worked with on the bernie campaign. Damn I love you peeps. You’re the best.

Thanks to everyone. Stay safe.

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