American Thanksgiving Adventures Part 2

It is almost impossible to explain to an outsider (that part of the universe outside of America) what Thanksgiving Day is or means.  Everyone knows the original story, but it has moved way past that, especially during my lifetime.  For the last couple of decades is has been a hallowed day of family and thanksgiving with no commercial significance whatsoever.  The day after Thanksgiving, Friday had always been a big shopping day, however, it has moved from being the first day of the Christmas shopping season, to its own shopping season.  Because it became such a popular day, it took on the term: Black Friday. Mostly because the males of the species could not bear tromping around the shops and malls with several hundred thousand of their closest friends and neighbours, and became quite “black” at the concept (me included).

The beauty of the American media, of course, is that they are never ones to miss a trick, so, 2 years ago they started “Black Friday” at the very start of  the day, meaning midnight the night before, technically the start of the day (at least on the clock). Most of the shops launched ridiculous discounts if you would come out at midnight and brave the cold and darkness. Shockingly, it worked, and this year, midnight became 8:00 pm on Thanksgiving day itself. The widely held belief is that all the thanks has been given, and all the food that can be consumed has been chowed down. 
So, we had today’s paper delivered to our room in the hotel, and it had 2 inches thick of ads for all the discounts that you can get tonight at at 8:00’s start. Some of the deals are truly amazing, but that’s not really the point… Anyway the hordes will be descending on Sean & Melissa’s in a few hours and the pre-shopping meal will commence…  

American Thanksgiving Adventures Part 1

 So, this week we are on our annual “trek to the kids” thrash around Middle America, otherwise known as the Thanksgiving holiday.  On the fourth Thursday of every November the country stops to indulge itself in mountainous portions of roast turkey, mashed potatoes, vegetables, and gravy under the guise of being thankful for the great blessings bestowed on them by God.  Now there isn’t too much about what goes on in America that you would associate with either God or blessings, but that’s a topic for another day…

So, we normally fly from Europe into Chicago, because, speaking of God, whether Americans are going to heaven or hell they’ll be going through Chicago… All the airlines seem to use that as their main hubs, So if you want to fly anywhere you’ll be flying through Chicago… And then, as this holiday is always in November, it is usually cold and snowing. And I don’t mean that girly cold and snow like you get in England, this is the real stuff.  I’m pleased to tell you that this year is the proper stuff. It’s seriously cold and we’ve seen driving snow everywhere we’ve been…
So we got everywhere we needed to go safely, andnow to tuck into the American obscenity called Thanksgiving, more tomorrow…

Labour? Coop Bank? Are You Serious???

So today we hear in the Times that the chairman of the Co-operative Group resigned with immediate effect after “serious questions” were raised by the scandal surrounding Paul Flowers, the former chairman of the Co-op Bank. He said today that the recent revelations about the behaviour of Mr Flowers raised numerous issues for both the Bank and the wider Group. “I led the board that appointed Paul Flowers to lead the Bank board and under those circumstances I feel that it is right that I step down now, ahead of my planned retirement in May next year,” he said. “I have already made it clear that I believe the time is right for real change in our operations and our governance and the Board recently started a detailed review of our democracy. I hope that the Group now takes the chance to put in place a new democratic structure so we can modernise in the interests of all our members.”

A new structure? We have more structure than we’ll ever need. We just need people who are not morally bankrupt running our banks…

Mr Flowers, 63, is being investigated by police after he was filmed in a car in Leeds counting out cash to be spent on drugs including cocaine. His texts to a friend, published by a Sunday newspaper, detailed use of illegal recreational drugs at sex parties.

Are you kidding? Labours’ bankers are coke snorting corrupt low-life’s. Why is Red Ed not demanding that these two are jailed with immediate effect? The guy is still a supposed Methodist Minister. So why hasn’t the Methodist Church disowned these blokes? Every Labour member needs to tell us why these guys are still here…

The Best Twitter Conversation You Will Read Today

This is screaming funny, this tells the story of how Twitter actually works:

It starts as a chat between a mobile operator and a customer, and then it just gets weirder and weirder.posted on November 14, 2013 at 5:56am EST

So a customer tweeted this to Tesco Mobile.
So a customer tweeted this to Tesco Mobile.

No, I don’t really understand it either.

But Tesco Mobile replied in memorable fashion.

But Tesco Mobile replied in memorable fashion.

Then it escalated, in a way you didn’t expect.

Then it escalated, in a way you didn't expect.

It became a party, and more companies joined in.

It became a party, and more companies joined in.

And then even more joined. Big issues were debated.

And then even more joined. Big issues were debated.

But sadly, the party had to come to an end 😦

But sadly, the party had to come to an end :(

Twitter: @tescomobile

It’s probably still going on. You can follow it here