Max wants a drumstick

Hello and welcome back to the thankful world of the Dogpound.  Hard to believe it is almost time for the major holidays to start; Ok…let me back up...they actually started [per the stores] back in October...pre-Halloween….but you know what I mean.  Thanksgiving is coming earlier than ever this year as stores try to one-upish on who can start Black Friday the earliest.  What started out with 6 a.m...5 a.m…starts…has been pushed back by many stores to midnight openings [do people really line up at the bewitching hour for sales?], but one store now leads the pack.  Target has their shopping carts at the starting line revving up for a 9 p.m. “Thursday” Thanksgiving  Black Friday. 

I mean we have not even had time for our turkey dinner to settle and folks are expected to load the family into the car and head to the stores to do some heavy credit card shopping.  Seems ridiculous to us in the Dogpound but again stores will only do what is supported by the almighty customer. If no one showed up at 9 p.m…I would think the stores would very quickly get the message that there are lines that we will not cross.  Let the holiday be a family holiday...not only for the customers but for the poor store workers who have to leave their families to indulge our inescapable thirst for that “special” sales item.  Forget about bragging rights that we got the only IPad in the store that was on sale for 50 percent off and had the scars to prove it.  Enough of the crazy stuff!  We should use this holiday for what it was set aside to be…a day when we give thanks for all of the blessings we have received ; thanks for the bounty on our table and in our cupboards… thanks for our family and friends…and thanks for the freedom we enjoy that so many envy.  Take the extra time to reflect, enjoy, relax, and share our good fortune with others who are less fortunate.  I know we in the Dogpound will be doing exactly that.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

“If you think Independence Day is America’s defining holiday, think again. Thanksgiving deserves that title, hands-down.”  
–Tony Snow

QUICKIES

• What happened when the turkey got into a fight? He got the stuffing knocked out of him.
• Can a turkey jump higher than the Empire State Building? Yes - a building can’t jump at all.
• What always comes at the end of Thanksgiving? The letter G!
• Overheard; In my day we only had one screen to gather around.

FAST TURKEY
I was driving down the interstate in a rural area when a turkey passed me doing 65 mph. I sped up and passed the turkey. A few minutes later, the same bird passed me again; this time he was doing 75 mph. Startled, I floored the accelerator, got my car up to 85, and blew by the bird, for good I thought. But sure enough, five minutes later he went by me again. This time he passed me at 95 mph and made a right turn off the freeway onto a farm next to the interstate. I immediately exited and drove up to the farmhouse and knocked on the door. When the farmer opened the door, I told  the farmer of my experience with his speedy poultry and he told me, “Oh that must be one of my three-legged turkeys!”I asked, “How did you end up with three-legged turkeys?” He responded, “I have nine children. They all love drumsticks, so I bred three-legged turkeys to keep my kids satisfied.” It sounded logical to me, so I curiously asked, “How do they taste?”The farmer answered, “Don’t know. Never been able to catch one to find out.”

That is a wrap.  As always be good, play safe and remember to give thanks for all of your blessings.  

JR and Max

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