I just want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.
Speaking of which, I'm sure you all know the "real story" of Thanksgiving, in which the Pilgrims "shared" everything among themselves à la socialistic principles. As with all such schemes, the Pilgrims predictably almost starved. It was a good thing their "Dear Leader," Governor Bradford, realized the folly of the scheme and changed it to one of private property and capitalistic principles that encouraged the Pilgrims to "sink or swim."
Lest I forget, I should like to wish everyone a Happy Hanukkah, as well. Even if you're not of the Jewish persuasion, you can appreciate the rare confluence of these two holidays. (I believe the first time this happened was when Moses parted the Red Sea. Or was it Charlton Heston?) And as I understand it, this won't happen again for another millennium or two, give or take a few hundred years. (Maybe Obama could do something to fix this so we may experience another such confluence in our lifetimes, yes?)
So Happy Thanksgiving/Hanukkah to all. (And do take a moment to think of the 50,000 less fortunate, underprivileged, homeless occupying your fair city who are enjoying their "Big Meals" on your dimes.)
Yes, a good Thanksgiving/Hanukkah to everybody -- whether we remember the holiday as sharing and giving or as capitalist self-preservation. Regarding the confluence of the two holidays, the guest host on NPR's Michael Krasney show called it Thanukkah, and said another confluence will occur in 79 years. Not that whether it is 79 years or a millennia would matter to someone my age, but I really must look this up on Wikipedia.
Good to hear from your. I hope your Thanksgiving was a festive and thankful one.
Speaking of "thankful," I thank for your reply, in which you said, partly: "Regarding the confluence of the two holidays, the guest host on NPR's Michael Krasney show called it Thanukkah, and said another confluence will occur in 79 years. Not that whether it is 79 years or a millennia would matter to someone my age, but I really must look this up on Wikipedia."
I'm uncertain whether you determined Krasney's calculation is correct, but I'm certain of one thing: If Krasney is correct, you will live to see another confluence of "Thanukkah" after you enroll in Obamacare and select the "Live Long and Prosper" option, but you'll lose maternity benefits and will be required to be a lifetime AARP member.
Anyhow, how many Thanksgiving meals did your Mayor Ed feed the homeless, the poor, the underprivileged, the disenfranchised, the hungry, the - - - did I forget anyone? I hope all the scraps were recycled for composting, an idea that our Mayor Mike and his Mighty City Council are considering. (Did SF beat us to it?)