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Old 11-26-2008, 12:21 PM   #21
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I best shut my mouth! I asked some at class this morning if they were going to do any shopping tomorrow (Thanksgiving)? Some said they enjoyed shopping knowing that most would not be in the store till Friday. Then two people told me they were going to go to bed early as the store they both worked at is opening up at 4 in morning! Who would shop at that time? This is really putting lot of pressure on everybody. Who can really stop to enjoy the holidays if they want to try to beat the others to some kind of sale? First, I thought open on Thanksgiving was unusual, now opening so early on Friday? Who even has time to clean the dishes? Oh, I don't have dishwasher. Got to keep up with things by hand, one thing that hasn't changed.
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Old 11-26-2008, 08:39 PM   #22
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Commercialized is right, GG.
I will know Friday is the day after Thanksgiving because my one neighbor will be deflating the blow-up Turkey and inflating the Santa, snowman or whatever she has for this year. The orange lights will come down and blue or some other color will go up. It reminds me of an old "Mad Magazine" cartoon where a father and son are standing in front of two houses, one all ablaze with Christmas decorations and the other with a single candlelight and cross. The boy points to the second house and says, They must not celebrate Christmas.
I don't recall seeing holiday decorations like they are done today when I was a kid. being put a month in advance and with all the fanfare. Commercialism can happen on the home front, too. IMO. It's just the way things are now.
i hate those blow up things. its the same as giving a child all plastic toys. nothing much is real anymore. a child will get much more from a book, or even crayons and paper, than the lastest plastic thing, that lights up and makes noise. they will play with it one or twice and then in the discard pile it goes.

the plastic blow ups are in my opinion tacky beyond belief. half of them lose air and then they slump to the ground. sorry!! pet peeve. i live in a mobile home park and a lot of the people in here stick em on there lawns. and they are not cheap.
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Old 11-26-2008, 09:19 PM   #23
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I can't stand them either Babe, especially because hers lay limp in the yard all day when I have to look at them. Criminy, at least leave the air in them all day like everyone else does. They look like garbage out there uninflated.
But this is the same neighbor who hates when I landscape and plant trees and shrubs.....
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Old 11-27-2008, 12:18 AM   #24
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I have the same values as Charley D I thank G D every day for the blessings he has bestowed on me. When I had my restaurant I was open for lunch only on Thanksgiving manly to serve a lot of old folks that did not have family. I locked up at 2 pm and then we all cleaned up and went home to dinner. and the old folks realy liked it.
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Old 11-27-2008, 09:03 AM   #25
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I have the same values as Charley D I thank G D every day for the blessings he has bestowed on me. When I had my restaurant I was open for lunch only on Thanksgiving manly to serve a lot of old folks that did not have family. I locked up at 2 pm and then we all cleaned up and went home to dinner. and the old folks realy liked it.
Oh, how beautiful! But also very sad. I bet those people are all gone now. That memory is something to be grateful about that you considered them on this day and made exception to give them the love they needed. If only each one of us would consider 'walking' in another's shoes, our world would be different. Thanks for sharing such a special memory. This made me feel good too.

I agree with not liking those big balloons. Just seem to look so cheap. Must be hard to inflate them as lot of them seem to lay around for long time.
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Old 11-27-2008, 03:21 PM   #26
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So I got up at 6am this morning, went outside, and fired up my gas grill. I grilled 5 lbs of oriental hot wings which had been marinating the last 24 hours.
I took all of them to work this morning to my co-workers. They went absolutely crazy over them. They were all gone by noon. Yes, these wings were that good.

On that note, I'm closing shop early today. No cycling for me today. Instead, I will be eating a lot today.

Have a great Thanksgiving Day!

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Old 11-27-2008, 07:21 PM   #27
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I have had jobs where I have had to work holidays and jobs that I didn't. The ones that I had to work I had no choice, most of the time they would split all the shifts and everyone would have to work a few hours. I hated working holidays.
I understand there are jobs that require people to work. If you are in those lines of work you plan on working the holidays.My mom is a nurse and if the holiday falls on her day off then she's lucky. My hubby works for the state and if it snows, he works. Yes he gets overtime, but he has no choice either, thats his job and he works so everyone else can get where the need to go safely.
As far as stores, I don't feel they need to be open on holidays. Although I did need to go get sugar today and was grateful the grocery store was open, I would not have died without sugar. My DD had to go to work today, at a pharmacy, now what reason do they have to be open. With all the major stores open I would think it would cost them more to open.
Ok that's my little rant.
Hope everyone had a very good Thanksgiving
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Old 11-27-2008, 08:17 PM   #28
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I've worked in restaurants most of my adult life. I've only had one job, at J.C Penney's, where I was guaranteed to get Thanksgiving and Christmas off.

Some of the restaurants I've worked at closed for Thanksgiving. Two, both of those country clubs, were open Thanksgiving to feed the members and their families. ALL of the restaurants that I've worked at were closed Christmas Day.

I'll never forget something my old Chef told a guy that was working at the club years ago. This kid was working his way through Culinary School, so I, as well as the Chef, could understand that he couldn't work most times during the day. One week, the kid came up to the Chef and had the GALL to tell the boss that his GIRLFRIEND didn't want him working on Saturadays, starting that weekend. The Chef turned about three shades of red, and told the kid that he was scheduled to carve at a wedding reception that Saturday. The Chef also told the kid that yes, he'll give the kid the day off, even though it's putting us in a bind. Then, the Chef told this kid that in the Culinary industry, we work when everyone else usually has off. That means nights, weekend, and in the case of a country club, most holidays as well. He needed to decide if he was going to make that commitment, or if he just needed to find another career path. The kid quit the next week.

I made my peace with having to work the kinds of hours I do years ago. My family has made their peace with it as well, although they don't like it.
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Old 11-27-2008, 08:57 PM   #29
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Well said, Allen. Things just can't close, just because it's a holiday. Not when you're in the service industry.
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Old 11-28-2008, 03:08 PM   #30
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On the issue of Holidays being not so holidaylike and more commericial Seems like every year something like this happens... This time the honors go to Long Island

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/29/bu...9walmart.html?

Seriously folks its a sale at WALMART do people really need to die? Unfathomable.
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