312 thoughts on “Give Un Thanks

  1. One of the many things that bothers me about this US holiday is many Canadian stores have started to embrace the idea of Black Friday. They do it on the same day the US Black Friday is. Wouldn’t it make more sense to have this shopping day after Canadian Thanksgiving? Of course, our Thanksgiving is always on a Monday so maybe we’d have to have Black Tuesday?

  2. Watching the news. Shaking my head at the… Insanity that is Black Friday in the US. I think it should really be called Red Friday for the blood and injuries caused by mobs of shoppers. Really, is it so important you get that special deal that you’re willing to risk yourself?

  3. The deer was hanging the same way as the one in the home movie.

    I’m not a hunter but even I know, if you’re draining the blood from an animal, you hang it, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see two deer hanging the same way

  4. Ack! My DVR quit recording with about 5 minutes left in the movie.

    Oh well *shrug*. All that was left, really, was for the couple to pick themselves up and go into the house with her dead mom watching over them.

    The end

  5. fairly certain there’s nothing better than a black friday filled with Boulder Beer Shakin’ (or the beer of your choice) and Avalanche hockey (or team of your choice)

    It being 65 degrees and ultra sunny for Nov 29 doesnt hurt either

  6. Bleh, been in bed for the last twelve hours with a stomach bug. Thankfully, it didn’t really hit me until I got the family back home from Thanksgiving Day travels. Looks like I gotta bit of catching up to do.

  7. 46/75 on the animated movies. Although, I think several of those don’t fit into a “best” list so much as “you’ve probably heard of it”.

  8. Paul Walker’s dead. Car accident.

    No bad taste ‘Fast and Furious’ joke here, but I’m sure there’s plenty on the way around the internet.

  9. Hubby’s at a work Christmas party. Apparently, nobody at central office were bringing their wives in a sort of passive aggressive protest on having to attend this party. Apparently it usually is a veiled excuse for the board to get other with head office people to question them in a friendly setting

  10. Then, next Friday hubby leaves for Dallas for a week. We are suppose to get stupid amounts of snow and it’s suppose to get stupid cold starting late tomorrow night. I wish I was going with him.

  11. Thanks to Van for catching my error posting to the wrong damn show comments.

    Went to this beer and tea shop (yes… I said beer and tea shop) in North Carolina when I was there on vacation. I’ve passed by it every year thinking it was a neighborhood bar. Turns out it is a house that someone converted into an astounding selection of beer and teas. I got off easy at about $30 for 14 beers. I’ve done much worse.


  12. Your crap joke this chilly morning :

    A man is walking down the beach and comes across an old bottle. He picks it up, pulls out the cork and out pops a genie. The genie says “Thank you for freeing me from the bottle. In return I will grant you three wishes.” The man says “Great. I always dreamed of this and I know exactly what I want. First, I want 1 Billion dollars in a Swiss bank account.”Phoof! There is a flash of light and a piece of paper with account numbers appears in his hand.He continues, “Next, I want a brand new red Ferrari right here.” Phoof! There is a flash of light and abright red brand-new Ferrari appears right next to him.He continues, “Finally, I want to be irresistible to women.” Phoof! There is a flash of light and he turns into a box of chocolates

  13. I wonder what the chances are hubby will come home early. Half the schools in the city are closed. And while he no longer works in an actual school, he had meetings today at both an elementary (this morning) and high school (this afternoon).

  14. So I have a pet peeve about tv and movies. Often, when people are talking on the phone, they will just hang up without saying goodbye or any other closer. An example, “ok, now we know who committed the crime” *click* Or any number of conversations that don’t actually close but people hang up anyway. Does this happen in real life? Hubby laughs at me because whenever this happens, I always say. “goodbye” on behalf of those on the phone.

    Second, why do people very rarely wash their hands on visual media? Sometimes you’ll see people wash their hands after going to the washroom but not very often otherwise. We were watching Castle the other day, they changed a poopy baby diaper, threw the diaper in the garbage, then went on with what ever they were doing before the diaper needed changing. Again, hubby was laughing at me because I kept telling them to wash their hands the whole time until the scene changed.

    Maybe it’s just me.

  15. So I’m not sure if they have a US site (I suspect they do):


    Basically you supply an email and they will send you the price drops on kindle books on Amazon.

    Picked up a couple of books I’ve never got round to getting on the cheap.

    • Maybe just a hot chocolate? As long as they don’t have a bad snow pun in their name or slogan, e.g. Snow Biz, Snow-Be-Gone, The 12 Inch Specialists, “We Won’t Flake on You!”, etc.

  16. Your crap joke on this dark and damp morning:

    It’s a beautiful warm spring day and a man and his wife are at the zoo. She’s wearing a cute, loose-fitting, pink spring dress, sleeveless with straps. As they walk through the ape exhibit and pass in front of a very large gorilla, the gorilla goes ape. He jumps up on the bars, holding on with one hand (and 2 feet), grunting and pounding his chest with the free hand. He is obviously excited at the pretty lady in the wavy dress. The husband, noticing the excitement, suggests that his wife tease the poor fellow. The husband suggests she pucker her lips, wiggle her bottom, and play along. She does and Mr. Gorilla gets even more excited, making noises that would wake the dead. Then the husband suggests that she let one of her straps fall, she does, and Mr. Gorilla is just about to tear the bars down. “Now try lifting your dress up your thighs” … this drives the gorilla absolutely crazy. Then, quickly the husband grabs his wife by the hair, rips open the door to the cage, slings her in with the gorilla and says, “Now, tell HIM you have a headache.”

  17. Spoke to my grandmother today. Turns out she’s not moving to BC. They found… something on her liver and want to take biopsies. They would rather she not move until they either know what it is or she has arranged a really good doctor to take care of her in BC. This morning she had me look up palliative care options. *sigh*

  18. So iPod nano arrived today (present for my mother)’ I now have the unenviable task of ripping a bucketload of Elvis Presley CDs.

    The horror, the horror…

  19. Another Van link to follow up tonight!
    It’s good to see Gareth L. Powell becoming a name in British SF. He and I were ToC-Mates in Interzone #202, and have connected through social media since. I should read more of his stuff…

    • OK, so I caught a spare minute to read the article.
      Kudos to Powell for responding with professionalism to crusty, cranky, geezery comments.

  20. Morning Pan

    Hubby introduced me to two new apps yesterday. One is especially good if you have youngsters. It’s called colAR Mix. You print out some colouring pages. Once they are coloured, open the app and point your IPad to it. It will make the picture 3D and animate it. The dragon is quite cool. (some pictures are free, we had to pay for the dragon)

    The second is from NASA called Spacecraft 3D. Again, you print out what looks a lot like a QR code. Open the app and point it at the printout and you can get 3D renderings of various NASA crafts. This one is cool in that you can turn the paper and it will turn the craft so you will see it from all sides. Some of them are slightl animated (the mars rover moves its arm). And you can make them smaller or larger by printing out the code a different size.

    • “Sometimes, it’s best just to let places be. Especially if they have been touched by evil. Or Soviets.”

      In Soviet Russia, you touch evil.

  21. Lunch ate. Now time to address Christmas cards. Then I’m phoning the people who clear our snow to ask them why it hasn’t happened yet. I would like to use my car at some point

  22. Bunny: I’d like to get started on Christmas cards, but that’ll have to wait until next week.

    I did get started on Christmas shopping today, though. Today I bought presents for my Deadpan Secret Santa recipient, a local friend of mine, and a kid somewhere in the world. (I put together and shipped out a shoebox gift for Operation Christmas Child.) It’s been a good day. :happy:

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