Thanks & GIG’EM, for the last time?

Thanks & GIG’EM!

This Thanksgiving week has been good, but very busy and harried. We had the big meal here this year on Friday, because that’s when everyone could come. Wednesday was spent having dinner at my in-laws. I spent most of Thursday and part of Friday rushing to put up all the outside Christmas lights, since bad weather’s due this weekend. This seemed to take a lot longer than normal this year partly owing to one string being completely burned out and requiring electrical repairs. Not sure why otherwise, guess I’m just getting older and slower, maybe?

Despite all this week’s busification, shopping was definitely NOT part of it! Instead, it was all about getting ready for and enjoying friends and family, and rigging up all the lights! I REFUSE to participate in the Black Friday pandemonium and my family all pretty much feel the same way. I could never see myself spending my holiday camped out outside of a store, then stampeding in in the wee hours of the morning and spending the rest of the day being jostled around in crowded store aisles serenaded by horrible holiday muzak, screaming babies and cranky kids all to save a few bucks on cheap Chinese-made flotsam that’ll probably be occupying a landfill by the time this annual day of ritual sacrifice to the gods of commercialism is repeated next autumn. I will, most likely however, do some shopping online this weekend as we buy each other some simple stuff that we would otherwise normally order for ourselves.

Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with shopping other than that I just personally hate doing it. My main issue with Black Friday is that it forces people to have to work during holidays that they should be able to spend with THEIR families and friends. I believe that people have a finite amount of money to spend and that they will spend it even if retailers are not open during holidays. I’m the same way about not generally eating out for Sunday lunch after church, which is a tradition for many, because this prevents many people from being able to go to Sunday church services themselves. I was one of these back when I worked in a restaurant in high school. The Sunday lunch crowd was often our busiest and, I might add, messiest shifts. People used to often come in just after worship and expect you to wait on them hand and foot, then treat you like scum because you were working instead of attending church. :/

The most depressing thing this week has been the total snatch of defeat from the jaws of victory by my Texas Aggie football team at the hands of our traditional Thanksgiving rival the t.u. Longhorns. This was particularly hard to swallow because this is the last time this game is scheduled to be played since the Aggies are leaving the “Longhorn conference” for the Southeast Conference next year and t.u. claims that their football schedule is booked for several years. Tradition was, when we get outscored, to sneer back “Wait ’til Next year”, but this time there will be no “next year”, so we’ll have to live with their annoying boasting for the foreseeable future. We didn’t even allow them a first down in the first quarter and had a 16-7 lead at half, but, as has been the horrible case all season, we collapsed completely in the third quarter with several huge turnovers and stupid penalties.

Photo by Ariana Cubillos (c) 2011.

Autumn color IISome of my Autumn color photography, more coming soon (Flickr)!

The Fort from on Vimeo.
Photographed and Edited by Erik Clapp
Produced by Erik Clapp and Coleman Anderson
Music by Parsley Edwards

This is a time-lapse journey in the city of Fort Worth, Texas during the hot summer of 2011. This was an official selection of the 2011 Lone Star International Film Festival.

All Glass Steam Engine   me:cool video!

A Very Sad Day for Reveille and Aggies everywhere.
Photo by Brett Coomer / (c) 2011 Houston Chronicle
me:Pretty much says it all¡

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