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BS: The Mother of all BS threads

Rapparee 02 Dec 05 - 09:10 AM
Bunnahabhain 02 Dec 05 - 08:51 AM
Acme 01 Dec 05 - 10:45 PM
Bunnahabhain 01 Dec 05 - 08:40 PM
MMario 01 Dec 05 - 08:52 AM
Rapparee 01 Dec 05 - 08:48 AM
MMario 01 Dec 05 - 08:34 AM
Bunnahabhain 01 Dec 05 - 07:11 AM
Acme 01 Dec 05 - 01:01 AM
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Bunnahabhain 30 Nov 05 - 04:37 PM
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Bunnahabhain 30 Nov 05 - 11:08 AM
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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 02 Dec 05 - 09:10 AM

Oh yeah. The possiblities are endless. I could even have folks over for a barbecue and cook their food for them while they're on the way.

But for hunting and things, consider that you can reload shotgun shells. So you could actually shoot a moose, fire a special incendiary round (or use the so-called "Dragon's Breath" shell) to cook it, another special round containing barbecue sauce for flavoring, and use a grappling hook to bring it to you. That way you don't have to get up and actually DO anything at all.

But I want an FEL for Very Special Purposes. And I have a little list.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Bunnahabhain
Date: 02 Dec 05 - 08:51 AM

If it's tunable to the near IR, you could go hunting and barbequeing at the same time. Just think of the new dishes:

'Elk smoked in whatever wild mushrooms were within 10' of it'


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 01 Dec 05 - 10:45 PM

I posted but it didn't stick. It bears repeating--if you take that laser thingie to the tavern, Rap, you'll have to play with it out on the porch. You could cook a duck or a cat, or you'd put someone's eye out with that thing indoors.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Bunnahabhain
Date: 01 Dec 05 - 08:40 PM

I actually have a serious purpose on mudcat for once. I'm trying to learn sets of words to various tunes. Mainly ealy 19 c broadsides, I think.

It is very, very distarcting trying to dance 'Blue bonnets' when you can only remember half the words.

"Pas-de-bas right, two high cuts with extentions, mirror left and break ...beacon is blazing, Come with the buckler, the lance, and the bow."

as a thought process doesn't help dancing!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: MMario
Date: 01 Dec 05 - 08:52 AM

If you do get one - why not bring it by the Tavern? should be interesting.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 01 Dec 05 - 08:48 AM

Actually, what I really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, want is something I learned about over Thanksgiving from a friend who works at Argonne National Labs.

What I want is an FEL.

A Free Electron Laser [FEL] generates tunable, coherent, high power radiation, currently spanning wavelengths from millimeter to visible and potentially ultraviolet to x-ray. It can have the optical properties characteristic of conventional lasers such as high spatial coherence and a near diffraction limited radiation beam. It differs from conventional lasers in using a relativistic electron beam as its lasing medium, as opposed to bound atomic or molecular states, hence the term free-electron.

It's the fact that it works in the mid- to high- infrared that makes it attractive to me. You see, it'll literally evaporate things (including certain people) out to about 12 kilometers!

ZAP! POOF!
ZAP! POOF!

YEE-HA! This would be the most fun since Sam Colt invented the revolver!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: MMario
Date: 01 Dec 05 - 08:34 AM

If it is totaly impractical - why not apply for a government grant to fund research on it? Since it is totaly impractical you are sure to get the funds!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Bunnahabhain
Date: 01 Dec 05 - 07:11 AM

Now you're being silly. What would you do with a supercollider?

I wanted to make an high energy Lamp . Nothing over the top, just an electron gun capable of getting them up to a high enough speed to produce cerkanhof radiation. I did the numbers, and it would require a rather large vacuum chamber, and have to run at several hundered thousand volts, which I though excessive for a lamp....


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 01 Dec 05 - 01:01 AM

Colliding beavers and tails. . . pause a moment to consider it. Now that's a dance!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: MMario
Date: 30 Nov 05 - 10:11 PM

dang! the only ads I ever seem to get are "listen to music" and "download music" - same two stinking adss all the time!

I'd love to see ads to build your own supercollider out of beavertails.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 30 Nov 05 - 10:04 PM

I want to build a supercolliding superconductor.

From a kit.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Little Hawk
Date: 30 Nov 05 - 08:06 PM

Hi. I was away for three days and I am concerned that I might have missed something important, like Shatner being elected Man of the Year...that sort of thing...

You know?

Anything like that?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 30 Nov 05 - 05:51 PM

hmmm. ads for Japanese swords and Ninja training weapons appear below. Nothing about building your own superconducting supercollider.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Bunnahabhain
Date: 30 Nov 05 - 04:37 PM

I read the comments below the photo. Apparently 'Beavertail' is a chain of bakeries selling something hot and Canadaian.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 30 Nov 05 - 12:11 PM

Hah! A sword? It is to laugh, yuck yuck yuck! I have a smallsword, a cavalry saber, three epees (two french and one italian), and a fencing saber. I also have a poinard, a main gauche, a rifleman's knife, and a whole bunch of other pointy, sharp, things. I do not, at this point, have a bayonet.

And I too wondered about the name of that pub.

BUT!! a far more pressing issue has arisen:

Should I go to a conference in Nashville in early March?

It will be March 4 - 8 at the Gaylord Grand Opry thigamajig. Is there good musis (e.g., folk, jazz, blues, etc.) in Nashville? I'm not really into Country & Western (although bluegrass and real western are fine).


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Bunnahabhain
Date: 30 Nov 05 - 11:08 AM

No, I call those sword shape props. They're cheaper, but just not right!

I have a proper sword, not that ornamental letter opener yoy just linked to...


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 30 Nov 05 - 11:05 AM

Those women are dancing in front of a place called the "Beavertail." Hmmmmm.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 30 Nov 05 - 09:14 AM

Foo. You call those wimpy little paring knives swords??? It is to laugh, ha ha! Now, THIS is a SWORD!

Not them little ol' cheese slicers them gals are pussy-footin' around.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Bunnahabhain
Date: 30 Nov 05 - 09:01 AM

I'd leave the swords for the rapper and Highland dancers to attack each other with.

Morris dancers are quite enough with sticks and other blunt instuments( north west morris), beer, or very blunt instruments (ballistic accordians). besides, they spend a fair amount of time attacking the ground, which would not be at all good for your fancy swords.

Or for the ultimatly dangerous weapon you have to go to the BroadWomen sword dance. Instead of 4 swords laid to form a cross to dance round, broardswords, we use 4 of our ladies are laid to make a cross.... um four of our ladies are crossed

I give up. The ladies are not crossed. We wouldn't dare do that. They're certainly not laid on stage. We don't do that kind of dancing. This is broadswords, and now replace the women with men, and the swords with women. You get the idea...


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 29 Nov 05 - 11:26 PM

Good to see your bright shining faces, KK and RR! And the Tavern is open also, if you don't get enough nonsense over here. :)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: GUEST,Rustic Rebel
Date: 29 Nov 05 - 08:47 PM

Morris is fencing, Less is fencing, tearing off the pig in the pie hat and wearing a kilt made of grass.
They all tend to get together to make fun and merry, get drunk and fall on their ass..tro..turf.
Da turf is up...put on your happy slippers and fall in the waters..
of the giant pool that lies somewhere behind the dancers, that like to show off their legs as they fence with the midnight marauders.


Hello all! Good to be back. My computer was struck down by a destructive force of electric current that caused explosive, crushing, electric-magnetic effects. It will never be the same again, I, on the other hand, have changed little.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: GUEST,khandu
Date: 29 Nov 05 - 08:19 PM

No no...Morris fencing is as old as Adam's shit. It was with a Morris Fence that God kept Adam out of Eden after he serve eviction papers on him and his ilk. The Bible says he had an angel with a flaming sword stand at the entrance, but that was all a part of the Morris Fence Company's ad campaign, being as how the logo stamp on every one of Morris' fence caps was that of an angel with a flaming sword.

Kk


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 29 Nov 05 - 04:06 PM

Methinks I sight a new musical sport: Morris Fencing! You dress up in funny costumes with little porkpie hats and streamers and slash at each other with smallswords, bastard swords, falchions, scimitars, halberds, double-bit axes, dirks, claymores, bayonets, tomahawks, and other edged things, all to the music of an accordion and bodhran playing traditional Morris Fencing music (like "Fightin' In The Streets" and "A Boy Named Sue").


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: MMario
Date: 29 Nov 05 - 03:15 PM

Will; a frog be very good at fencing though? And make sure you make him take the streamers and things off before fencing - thoose may be appropriate for Morris dancing, but a little dangerous for fencing!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 29 Nov 05 - 03:01 PM

So much for following directions!

I don't have the great cooler nearby, but there is a Superconducting Super Collider in the back yard.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 29 Nov 05 - 08:53 AM

Did I mention that my smallsword came? And the frog as well? It was in my office when I got back, with crepe paper streamers and things on it and a note from the staff that said, "Do not open 'til Christmas." I opened it anyway. Now there is a reproduction of a mid-18th Century smallsword in my office.

I'll take it to fencing tonight, BWAHAHAHAHAHA!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: MMario
Date: 29 Nov 05 - 08:46 AM

What about gravity? Don't gravity waves propagate in/through aether? Of course, you should always treat gravity waves with a 3% solution of bleach before propagation to prevent damping off, but that's a complete different subject.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 29 Nov 05 - 08:44 AM

Thank you, but no. I'd prefer one of them semiconducting supercoolers or whatever they are called. There's five (5) linear accelerators right here in town, so I can use one of those whenever I want to, but one of them supercoolers would be great for the beer.

Gluon doesn't have to "come back" because Gluon is here right now -- as well as everywhere/when else. The math of this is beyond my simple grasp of addition or I'd example it all to you, but Gluon might, just might, have become deified.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Bunnahabhain
Date: 29 Nov 05 - 07:35 AM

It's all just Gluons playground. He'll find a tachyon hole at some point you know, and come back and stand next to us and shake himself off, and look pleased with a job well done...

BTW, Google is now selling us laser inferometers. Those are fun toys, which generate some really pretty patterns.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: GUEST,Amos
Date: 28 Nov 05 - 11:49 PM

Michelson-Morley was a failed experiment as far as philosophical aether is concerned. They merely demonstrated that energy waves of the normal material sort don't travel in an invisible aether. But this does not address the set of phenomena which DO depend on an aether of a on-material sort including Akashic record-keeping, transmigration, telepathic communication, love, and people who cheat at State Lotteries.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 28 Nov 05 - 10:16 PM

Oh, well then, it doesn't exist. Al Michelson and Ed Morley, back in 1887, did this experiment that disproved the existence of ether (or aether, if you prefer). N.B.: they did this at Case Western Reserve University, the graduate alma mater of, ahem, moi.

(If you want to know about it, do a websearch for "Michelson-Morley Experiment" and you'll find all sorts of information. I'd do it for you, but then you'd never learn.)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 28 Nov 05 - 09:40 PM

This is the philosophical ether, the stuff that Old World types presumed filled up all of the heavens (before they learned about the limitations of the earth's atmosphere and what is beyond it).


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 28 Nov 05 - 07:15 PM

Doesn't the ether make you sleepy? I know when I had my tonsils out they used ether and I went right to sleep.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 28 Nov 05 - 05:20 PM

It's in the ether.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: MMario
Date: 28 Nov 05 - 03:40 PM

It's the sub-space hyper-ganglionic connections.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 28 Nov 05 - 03:38 PM

Great minds think alike, Leo! I was just wishing for a little elbow room and witty conversation in an overheated space--sounds good about now, doesn't it? I kicked some of the clutter out of the Mudcat Tavern at lunchtime and put a pot of cider on to simmer.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: MMario
Date: 28 Nov 05 - 09:32 AM

when we say "Rural New York" we mean RURAL - heck - there are folks around here that are still fighting the French and Indian war - let alone the American Revolution!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 28 Nov 05 - 09:30 AM

Historic Herkimer County murder trial hits the stage??????? Stage? Don't you folks have cars, buses, and/or trains yet?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: MMario
Date: 28 Nov 05 - 09:27 AM

Time travel in the real world (as oppossed to time travel in fictional works) is achieved via accessing a sub-space continuim of L-space via hyper-ganglionic connections. The degree of meditation and concentration necessary for the willing suspension of dis-belief to achieve the transport is both physically and mentally exhausting - so I usually cheat and use "the door" over at the mudcat tavern - but I wasn't able to find the Tavern - it doesn't appear to be open, so I had to use the hard way.

But I did get shown on a local TV news cast Saturday and they still have the clip up in their archives. www.news10now.com


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 28 Nov 05 - 09:19 AM

Time travel didn't SEEM exhausting the movies. You just jumped into a special car or a special machine and ZAP! you were there (usually). Or you got into a special chamber, like in the Alley Oop cartoon strip. Are you walking or using a bicycle or something?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: MMario
Date: 28 Nov 05 - 09:13 AM

Morning Mom! Three days of Christmas behind me, only 9 more to go...7 of them in 1842, one in 2005 and one in the 1500's. This season is exhausting!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 27 Nov 05 - 10:47 AM

. . .still flapping and flapping and flapping and flapping. . .don't let your arms get too tired. . .


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 26 Nov 05 - 10:14 PM

Fly home safe, y'all.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 26 Nov 05 - 06:25 PM

Tomorrow my first (and so far only) wife and I shall wing our way back to The West, borne aloft upon our hopes, our dreams, and a 737. And Monday I will again embrace my work, joyously fulfilled by catering to the informational, educational, and recreational needs of the Pocatello Populace, bless their hearts. And Monday afternoon I shall wend my way to Chubbuck, battling the elements all the way, subjecting myself to snow and cold, to ice, to other drivers, in a vain attempt to Keep The Consortium Together just a bit longer.

Fortunate Amos, to hear such music!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 26 Nov 05 - 11:20 AM

Speaking of pe-anners, I have to move the furniture so I can reach mine to play again. I've missed it during the remodeling. This weekend I'm bailing out the living room and putting boxes of stuff in the garage (and hopefully it will stay out there and then go away altogether during a garage sale one of these days).


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Bunnahabhain
Date: 26 Nov 05 - 05:38 AM

This is FT, he's always missing something.....

(and if this is MOAAB, then it's either the point, which has never existed round here, or something with lots of zero's on the end.)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 25 Nov 05 - 01:56 PM

You're missing a zero. It's only symetrical in a phantom sort of way.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Paco Rabanne
Date: 25 Nov 05 - 11:23 AM

This post is symmetrical.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Rapparee
Date: 25 Nov 05 - 11:04 AM

Oh, wonderful, wonderful! Amos is with Barky, who plays trumpet! Finally Amos will hear GOOD music instead of banjos, mandolins, ukeleles, bodhrans, sackbuts, bagpipes, violins, cellos, pee-aners, guitars, accordions, timpanies, xylophones, kazoos, and other deceits. The trumpet, and its twin brother, the cornet! The instruments chosen by God Almighty to signal The End! Instruments played by angels (and obviously Barky is such, for she plays trumpet)! The instruments which brought down the walls of Jericho! The instrument of Diz and Miles! How fortunate Amos is, how enchanted his holiday must be, to be with a trumpeter and hear the music of the Celestial Spheres!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
From: Acme
Date: 25 Nov 05 - 10:31 AM

THIS Mom waded through enough pots and pans and dishes last night that she didn't face anything but a clean sink and counter and easy access to my tea kettle this morning. Nose is a little stuffy from a couple of dairy hits yesterday, but the condition is manageable.

My cooking yesterday was interrupted with the arrival of an injured stray pitbull (not my dog, who was an injured stray pitbull in May). Poor guy had gashes around his neck and was dragging a leash that had been looped on itself around his neck. Three of us spotted him at once, I from my kitchen window, a neighbor driving up the road, and the county sheriff. The neighbor caught him, we consulted as we patted the happy sweet natured neutered dog. I called the Humane Society and after hanging out in my pickup camper shell for a couple of hours, I drove to the Humane Society to meet the emergency staff and drop him off. They say his gashes are from a collar that was criminally tight and was embedded in his neck. They do not return dogs to owners who allow this to happen, so this happy boy should have a new good home after he heals. My good deed for the day. I got home and resumed my cooking--the only thing I didn't get made in time for dinner was the dish of stuffing, but I made that later and it awaits plates destined for the microwave.

We're not stirring from this house today. Not to go near any commercial establishments, at any rate. I have a book due at the libary. Let the shopping fools go bend each other's fenders in the stuffed-to-capacity parking lots, or rear-end each other at the freeway exit ramps that backed up onto the highway. I've shopped all year and have very few things to pick up now. Time to start packing and mailing things stashed in my closet.

The dogs have been fed, I've had a nice big piece of apple pie for breakfast, and am nursing along a cuppa hot tea. We'll go work in the yard this morning and I'll have my son rake leaves and throw them on top of the compost. I don't have to cook dinner for a couple of days (at least!) and will probably make my son's day by fixing him an open-face turkey sandwich for a late lunch today. His sister will grouse that she missed them, but she's at a friend's house. First time the kids came in and saw me eating one of these they said "Ewww!" but I gave them each a taste and they devoured the rest of my dinner before my eyes. Now they politely wait through all of the Thanksgiving tradition, knowing that the fresh homemade bread, turkey and gravy is just a day away.

Let "Black Friday" take care of itself. We'll enjoy our own company.


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