Only a few words on Thanksgiving. Apparently, I was under the wrong impression as to what "giving thanks" is all about. I thought it was about reflecting on the undeserved things that are good in your life, including the genetic and material fortunes of birth that almost everyone reading this certainly enjoys.
But from my own experience and that of pretty much everyone else that I talked too, "giving thanks" in the context of Thanksgiving Day in this country means gorging yourself and tolerating the company of people you wouldn't normally lend a pen to at work if they didn't happen to share more of your genetic code than the general population. And lots and lots of travelling.
Oh well. Live and learn.
Edit: Sorry for this post. I'm sure it represents only a small portion of the population, not even really including me, most of the time.