EDITION OF THANKSGIVING 2017 (PetPowellPress) -- It must be Thanksgiving weekend. Our Christmas tree is in the garage awaiting my Yulespouse Martha’s fine touch.
Before we get to wondering why Rudolph’s nose was red or why 8 tiny reindeer have the lifting power of a Saturn V rocket, we figured we should do a little bit of figuring out what to be thankful for this year. Here's one of our wedding photos -- you think I'm not thankful? That's from our wedding last week. I mean last century. I'm the luckiest turkey on the planet today.
For those of you who didn’t create an entire Thanksgiving feast for 2017, we’re using that late 1950s/early ‘60s Banquet ad to suggest TV dinners are still good for this particular holiday more than six decades after Swanson created the concept in 1953. Of course, you couldn’t “nuke ‘em” back then -- too much aluminum foil? No, nothing to nuke ‘em with. (No household microwave ovens until 1967 -- around $500 until the ‘70s when use went up and prices went down. Anybody else’s family gather around the new microwave to watch it cook?)
Naturally, we’re all thankful for family and for the close friends we can complain to about the family. It all works out. Everybody is understanding, so we’ll be thankful for the concept and application of understanding.
The folks at the SPCA of Texas have a good start on being thankful with that 27th Annual Home for the Holidays event at NorthPark Center. They’re raising money at a good clip, but of course, would be thankful for even more. Here’s THE SITE TO HELP DOGS AND CATS.
And at Dallas Animal Services, there are deals on dogs and cats -- this fellow Ninja (A1014916) is a new arrival and, apparently, already ready to go to a new home! Got that “Hey, get me out of this post office storage box” look.
Also at DAS is Blue (A1014693) described on the shelter’s adoptable dogs site at dallasanimalservices.org as a “Basset Hound.” I’m betting the word “mix” might have been left off of that. Clearly when someone looked at Blue and said, “Basset,” the dog was half-surprised, as his ear indicates. Obviously, he is an Earhound first. Blue is the kind of dog you’d like to have around the house just to explain to people at parties. He’s the perfect segue to this next sentence. How many of us are thankful for biscuits? Bet Blue likes biscuits. All the canines in our house like biscuits. (That's the artwork to DAS's Home for the Pawlidayz event Nov. 24-26.)
As I’m typing this, I’m thankful for my funspouse Martha who is sitting at her harp and playing Silent Night. Why? Because there is no Thanksgiving harp song. I’m working on writing the Glissando Cranberry Drumstick Blues. May take a while. I can’t read or write music. [That ad on the left is from the 1950s, before all the prices went up.]
How about being thankful for kittens, puppies, dogs and cats. And horses. Tigers. Elephants and the people who protect them. Be thankful, also, for people who put down their weapons and pick up the decision to protect animals in the wild. Be thankful for vegetarians: Simultaneously we keep animals alive and promote the raising of pinto beans, soy-base faux ground meat, onions, peppers and tomatoes -- you know, everything you need to make good chili and bean nachos snack without having to off an animal!
TIME OUT FOR VEGETARIAN RELATED QUOTES
Chicago Sun-Times columnist Irv Kupcinet wrote, “An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.”
Jim Davis, the creator of cartoon cat Garfield, said, “Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.”
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Are you thankful for today’s big screen TVs. They beat the pixels out of those big square things we were all so proud of 20 years ago. We had a big screen TV that was about 5 feet wide, 3 feet deep and 4 feet high -- it weighed a ton. The big screen we have now was carried in under my arm -- almost lighter than a card table. Do they still have card tables? Everybody plays cards on their LITTLE computer screens now, right?
And that ad is from 1965 and it features Sony’s latest TV advancement.
Yes, I’m thankful the downtown Dallas freeway project has been completed. But when your start driving into it from any direction, you feel just like Jonah did as he was entering the whale’s mouth -- you can see where you’re going in, you just don’t know how you’re getting out. Signage -- you’ve got to either watch the traffic or the signs. Watch one and the other gets you.
OK, so for Thanksgiving here’s a good way to give yourself a treat: Hug somebody you love. Ask them first, Senator, but, honestly, find someone you adore to hug. You’ll be thankful you did. Maybe the target of your hugs will have needed one. How about those suggestive Pepsi advertisements from the 1960s? Suggestive? Yeah, suggesting you need a Pepsi to keep up the pace in society and add an element of romance in your dressed-up early '60s lives.
Who will you hug? Could be a dog, a cat, a horse’s neck, a potbellied pig, a potbellied uncle, an aunt, a cousin, a sibling, a neighbor, a friend from school, etc.
I’ll be as surprised as the next guy when I see what artwork I’ve use to illustrate this Thanksgiving column. I adore the Pilgrim stories, the stories of the Native Americans helping them, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the memories of afternoon football games with my pals in the ol‘ Hazel Street neighborhood in Texarkana, memories of mom cooking Thanksgiving while pop picked up an early shift that day to make time-and-a-half holiday pay to help Santa with his Christmas deliveries.
Another thing, I’m thankful I was around before 1996 when NBC got the exclusive rights to televising the film It’s a Wonderful Life and cut it back to two viewings a year. By cracky, between 1955 and 1996, you could turn the TV on any time of year and you might find your UHF and independent channels showing It’s a Wonderful Life. After Halloween each year, the film might show up three or four times a night (before midnight when TV shut off)! Maybe two or three times a day once we got past Thanksgiving.
We do need to point out that even though It’s a Wonderful Life is a movie associated with Christmas, the plot of the other great black and white Christmas film, Miracle on 34th Street, is launched on Thanksgiving Day.
That Macy’s parade picture is one of my favorite New Yorker covers -- as you can see, it’s a reminder to see what’s in the shadows.
Thanksgiving Day is a wonderful time to begin traditions -- not just on the menu or on TV (parades, football, movies), but in the heart.
So, happy Thanksgiving, Dear Readers and anyone else who took the time to read this greeting for the great American holiday. At readlarrypowell.com we’re thankful for all of you Dear Readers and all of you dear people who help animals and help people who help animals.
Remember to go light on the desserts at Thanksgiving.
Oops, sorry. That was a note from my doctor.
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