Yes, my grammarians out there, I understand the significance of the title. It suggests that my friends are the main course. I like it because it reminds me of Hannibal Lecter’s little closing line, “I do wish we could chat longer, but I’m having an old friend for dinner.” Hannibal meant it, as intended. We should rightly assume.
I, however, am just playing around. After all, I’m not on a Chilean soccer team that has crash landed somewhere in the Andes. I’m comfortable and sitting at my desk chair in Los Angeles.
So, it would be better said…I’m having a Thanksgiving with friends.
There are some major benefits to having Thanksgiving with friends over fam. Let’s go through them. Shall we?
1. Everyone at the table will have voted on the same side. Wifesy can not go a day without saying, “My boss complained about Obamacare again…” Oh, lawd. Such crybabies. I get it. You think it’s going to cost you more. You think it’s going to be a mess. We hear you. Yet, the problem is, no one really knows for sure. I’m guessing there was a very similar outcry -long ago- over another medical plan, let’s call it, “Medicare.” And now no one wants to part with it. Let’s discuss what we do know — every civilized nation on the planet has some sort of universal healthcare. We are the 10th richest country in the world. Not making sure our citizens are insured is embarrassing at best and incomprehensible at worst. Not insuring people due to pre-existing conditions is barbaric. Forcing everyone to have healthcare, so that the rest of us don’t have to absorb the costs of the uninsured who must go to the hospital is a good thing. The costs of prescriptions are too high…for PEOPLE WITH JOBS. Not, for the trying to buck the system sorts or the 47% that Romney believes lie around and do nothing, but for the people with jobs – prescriptions are too high. That’s what we all know. Let’s wait and see what happens with the rest. As for my Thanksgiving, I’m rejoicing in the fact that we are all -most likely- going to talk about something else!
2. I get to learn how to make a ham. I have no feckin’ idea how to make a ham, but I have been assigned it like a project at school and I’m going to try and make it edible. I am also going to try and get it to smell like those clove-ish things.
3. People will be drinking booze for the right reasons. At my friends gathering, there will be booze, but none of it will be consumed -most likely- to shut off any feelings! Okay, maybe that’s not how you dealt with it at your house, but that’s how we dealt with it at mine. A memory from a Thanksgiving past: Did Mom just say to me, “I don’t understand why a single person has a queen sized bed??!!” Well, no point in analyzing it. Where’s the pinot grigio?
4. We can make horrible, “We abused the Indians jokes…” My stable of friends on fb and elsewhere have been unleashing a stream of, “Thanks for the corn, sorry for the smallpox” type jokes. The truth is while giving thanks is a great idea, we really did do it at the expense of an entire people. They helped us, we robbed from them. “Are you enjoying those shiny beads, Chief Shoulder-pads? Thank you for Manhattan.” See what I mean? It’s fun to soothe some collective guilt this way. But, the traditionalists (if they were at my Thanksgiving) would scream, “First you don’t want to celebrate Thanksgiving! What’s next a ficus on Christmas?” You see, there’s the exaggeration component that I just don’t understand. I never said I don’t want to celebrate Thanksgiving. I simply want to do it surrounded by a stream of, “Boy, we fecked over the Indians” jokes. I don’t know why, but it makes me feel better. It makes me feel…more American.
While I love my fam, I’m going to thoroughly enjoy this Turkey day full of friends with NONE of them related to me. I’ll think of it as my way of giving thanks…to myself.
End note: Not sure, but I may take a break from the blog for a few days, just to re-group, check-in, and gather up some post ideas. But, I will be lurking around the internet doing other things. So, feel free to join me here – twitter – or here – facebook – or here – linked in.
Super end note: I believe there’s a brand spanking new post up over at Canadica by the wonderful Kimberly. Be sure to check that out and show her some love by clicking HERE. And of course, to all of my American blogger friends, have a wonderful Thanksgiving. To my int’l ones, carry on. ;)
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