Friday, November 21, 2008

Bottom of the News… Friday, November 21, 2008

Good morning. Well thankfully we are out of election season and into one of my very favorite holiday times of the year… Thanksgiving! It is awesome to have a time to celebrate gratitude and thankfulness. And I thought I would share my thoughts on the Top 10 Reasons Thanksgiving rocks! Here we go…

Top Ten reasons why Thanksgiving ROCKS!

10. The newspaper if chock full of great ads, just like on Sundays. Mind you I won’t go shopping on Friday, but I like to look.

9. Macy’s Parade - my family always watched this when I was growing up. I love the floats and balloons.

8. Westminster Dog Show - 2 years ago, it was only my parents and I at Thanksgiving, and my dad and I watched the dog show - it was hilarious (sorry dog lovers). We couldn't stop laughing at the fussy dogs.

7. Stuffing – some can’t stand it, others I love stuffing and could eat it all day!

6. Santa starts his appearances for the season. I love seeing kids so excited to see Santa.

5. Christmas decorations and lights officially can go up!

4. Being able to relax and enjoy the day.

3. Taking a nap after eating too much turkey.

2. Watching Thanksgiving football games.

1. Leftovers.

Do you remember learning about the Pilgrims and Thanksgiving in elementary school? Did you ever color one of those big turkeys? We all have fond memories of Thanksgiving reunions. But as a society we seem to have lost a sense of what Thanksgiving means.

Most of us, for example, do not participate in a harvest. Thanksgiving Day itself is sandwiched tightly between an ever-expanding Christmas shopping season and the growing marketing blitz that surrounds Halloween. Also, sporting events also tend to distract us on Thanksgiving.

Perhaps Thanksgiving may be the only holiday we have that is shrinking in appeal.

Ironically, with the exception of the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving is the most peculiarly American holiday that we recognizes. The celebration of it fits perfectly into the story of American history. To be thankful to God for the abundance of this great land was a natural duty for our forefathers. The ensuing institutionalization of it made perfect sense. Let’s also keep in history that has surrounded this most appropriate holiday.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

And there you have it, a “thankful” look at the Bottom of the News for this Friday, November 21, 2008!


Thursday, November 13, 2008

Bottom of the News… Friday, November 14, 2008

Good morning my fellow Rotarians. Well the longest election in history is finally over! Is that something to be thankful for or not?! Amen! In case you missed the late night talk show following the election, here is a sampling… (thanks to Steve Carpenter)

Late Show with David Letterman
-Attention passengers: The Straight Talk Express is no longer in service.
-I went to bed early ― how did Ralph Nader do?

Late Night with Conan O'Brien
-All of the major networks declared Barack Obama the winner at 11 o’clock last night ― except for MSNBC, which declared Obama the winner six months ago.
-Last night, history was made. That’s right, John McCain stayed up past 11 p.m.

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
-It’s a great day for America. I TiVoed the election so don’t tell me who won . . .
-People all over the world are celebrating Obama’s victory. Sarah Palin watched the Russians celebrating from her house.
-It going to be terrible for late-night talk-show hosts. Obama doesn’t make that many mistakes. How can I do my job? My only hope is Joe Biden!

Jimmy Kimmel Live!
-If not for the first ever African-American president, be happy for the first vice president with hair plugs.
-President Bush called Barack Obama to congratulate him. He said, “What an awesome night for you and your family.” I think his eloquence is what we’ll remember most about President Bush.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
-This is our first black president since the first season of “24.”
-And finally… After sleeping on his win and getting a closer look at the mess he will inherit, it was rumored that Obama was considering asking for a recount!

And there you have it, a post-election look at the Bottom of the News for this Friday, November 14, 2008!