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Black-Eye Friday

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By John Pawlak

Yesterday was Thanksgiving. Families and friends spent the day together to commemorate a day of thanks, a time to reflect on the good times past and the good times to come.
When I was younger, Thanksgiving meant a family dinner at my parents’ house, gaining 10 pounds by the evening’s end. As I grew older, it meant going out with friends and being very sophisticated as we sampled four-dozen different wines (usually cleaning our palettes with shots of whiskey). And as the years went on, the dinners became more sedated, the conversation more civilized and the party animal put to bed before midnight.
I’ve learned over time that what makes Thanksgiving a time to be thankful is not the past nor the future, but simply the moment itself.
Ah, but Thanksgiving is over, and the moment is gone. It’s Friday and no one is fighting over who gets the last drumstick. The fight is now focused on who gets the last computer tablet, who gets the last set of discounted bathroom towels, who gets the last Barbie Fantasy Castle.
It’s a contest to find out who has the most stupid stuffed in their head.


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