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11-26-2008, 02:35 AM
To one and all, and while its a couple days early, I want to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving. This is a very special holiday for me and my family, near and far. A couple years ago, I sent in a letter to Smithsonian which they published in the January 2007 issue that read, "To the best of my knowledge, only the Mayflower compact united religious leaders, military men, merchants and servants. Pilgrim father William Brewster's name stood alongside the servant John Howland's. Alas, gender bias still ruled, but it was a first step toward the realization that we are all in this together." Scattered all across the United States and Canada are folks who are descended from those men who put pen to paper on board that little ship anchored off the Cape Cod coast, descended from those women who held their families together through poor harvests and cold winters, who gave each other a hand, who shred their food, who laughed together when one of their number had his or her family enlarged by another babe, who cried together when one passed on. Some had names well known to us--George Walker Bush, Franklin Roosevelt, Sandra Day O'Connor and so on. Some wrote books that we read as children, such as Laura Ingalls Wilder or acted in movies we watched like Henry Fonda, Humphrey Bogart, Alec Baldwin, Clint Eastwood or Marilyn Monroe, or made us laugh like Dick van Dyke & Don Knotts. Some sang words that touched our hearts like Jewel Kilcher, Ann & Nancy Wilson of Heart, or Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson of The Beach Boys. Some put their bodies in harms way and defended us or others, people like Tom Stone who died a few years' back in Afghanistan, or his big brother, Dana, who died in Cambodia a few decades ago, or Matt Tallman who died in Iraq, or folks like Audie Murphy, Douglas MacArthur, Bull Halsey. Some inspired us by flying higher than anyone else had, people like Alan Shepard, who is to date the only fellow to play golf on the moon, or who inspired in us a desire to make tomorrow better, men like Gene Roddenberry. Some, like Richard Sears or L.L. Bean or James Folger put their names on products or stores we all know. Mayflower descendents have even made their way into the ranks of royalty--Serena, Viscountess Linley, married to the nephew of Queen Elizabeth II, can count among her noble forebears two men who added their names to that Compact in Massachusetts Bay all those years ago. And there are some who contributed to the creation of the medium through which you're reading this--Philo T. Farnsworth, Steve Case or David Packard for starters. In and amongst all of those famous names, some the names of great families, others common people who accomplished more than their humble beginnings foreshadowed, are literally thousands upon tens of thousands of others like yours truly who look back on that ancestry, that heritage with the knowledge that its a heritage shared. For every famous name, how many unnamed but no less important people may count themselves heirs to those people--how many factory workers, farmers, ranchers, sales associates that you meet at the store, waiting in line, or sits next to you on the bus or plane is a direct descendant of those few dozen people who took that giant leap and left behind all they knew for a fresh start in a foreign world? You don't have to be descended from one of those Mayflower families to share in that legacy--what was just theory confined to the writings of dreamers like Locke and Rousseau became real and in its own way set the stage for what would come 150 years later, and what continues on right down to this very day, this idea that we are all one nation, one extended family working together through thick and thin to make things better for our kids, grandkids and great-grandkids. For those people who came before, inspired by the example of those lives, I'm grateful, and for my family, near and far, living, deceased or not yet even a glimmer in some infant's eye, I'm grateful, and I'm grateful to each of you whom I've come to know over the past 2 months here--Rob, LeoRex, WhyYou, Geezer, Ryan, Ugo, Captnjack, Tigger, Laranger, Danielle and all those I have yet to meet, thanks, and a very happy thanksgiving to all of you.

11-26-2008, 06:16 PM
Happy early Thanksgiving everyone.

11-26-2008, 09:33 PM
A Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Remember what you are thankful for. Also for those in your lives family and friends and aquaintences who soon to be friends, for all of them affect you and help you through the day by day.

11-26-2008, 09:36 PM
Happy Thanksgiving everyone, remember; "Don't let Granpa stuff the turkey." :D

11-26-2008, 11:48 PM
Happy Thanksgivings heading out to TN to see my parents, sister, niece & nephew.

11-27-2008, 12:12 AM
Everyone have a very happy Thanksgiving...:)

11-27-2008, 01:02 AM
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! :)

Please be safe when you're out there driving!

11-27-2008, 01:03 AM
Gobble gobble gobble...

11-27-2008, 01:36 AM
If you're a major carnivore like myself, don't just have a turkey but have a turducken!!! :p

11-27-2008, 01:59 AM
If you're a major carnivore like myself, don't just have a turkey but have a turducken!!! :p

Never had a turducken--I am, I have to say, amazed they fit together like that (must start with a very big turkey). When I was a kid in Colorado, we had huge feasts with friends, neighbors and distant cousins--in addition to turkey there was venison & pheasant (going over to their house you'd inevitably find a deer hanging in their garage and pheasants from the awning on their patio). Sometimes there'd be a roast beef or ham, too. Then there was fresh corn on the cob, asparagus collected from around the South Platte, green beans, sweet potatoes & mashed potatoes (sometimes baked or 2x baked), fresh made bread & fresh rolls, pumpkin, apple & mincemeat pies--the whole nine yards and then some. But like I said, these were big affairs feeding right around 20 people across two adult tables and 1 kids table, with everyone bringing something or spending the day helping in the kitchen before or cleaning up after (I still like cleaning up after--Leo di Caprio may be King of the World, but I'm the King of the Dishwasher!). Our day is much smaller now, with just my Mom, brother, sis-in-law and my 2 nieces, plus yours truly, and the meal is much simpler--this year its a big Tom, sweet & mashed tatties, green beans and I'm not sure what else. Anyway its the company you keep and the time you spend with your loved ones that matters most, isn't it?

11-27-2008, 02:39 AM
I wish a very Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and your families and loved ones. We are a very fortunate people and we rarely, if ever, take the time to appreciate all that we have in our lives. As bad as it may get, we are 99% better off than the rest of the world. Where else do you get paid to take the day off, eat a huge meal and watch football all day. Life is good my friends. Be Thankfull and Enjoy!!

11-27-2008, 03:36 AM
Happy Thanksgiving to all and stay safe... especially for those brave enough to go out on black Friday. having worked retail most of my life and now working at a university where i have a four day weekend, you will not catch me anywhere near a store this weekend... well, maybe the supermarket but i will need supplies for making sandwiches next week. :)

11-27-2008, 08:54 AM
Is nice to make thanks giving to someone. I have not had nobody. But I thank God that can try to assist a family common good: my mom.
However I unite me to your American celebrations : Happy Thanksgiving !!

11-25-2009, 10:32 PM
Its been a year and I had to do a search to double-check. There is a Thanksgiving thread (something I'm thankful for, as much as I'm thankful there was a search function so I could check before starting a second Thanksgiving thread!).

I sincerely hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving (except for the Canadians--I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving). For those outside of the US and Canada, I hope that you have in the past year had something in your lives for which you are thankful for. Cheers, folks!

T-bone Thomas
11-26-2009, 12:43 AM
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
I won't be at home for Thanksgiving this year, sigh. I'm still on a trip.

11-26-2009, 01:46 AM
Everybody have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving!!

11-26-2009, 01:53 AM
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
I won't be at home for Thanksgiving this year, sigh. I'm still on a trip.

I hope it's the great trip I imagine it to be.

Happy Tanksgiving everybody!

11-26-2009, 09:56 AM
Happy Thanksgiving!!!

For myself I am glad to have a 4 day weekend and I don't intend on getting within a mile of any store on Black Friday!!!!

11-26-2009, 10:56 AM
Gobble till ya wobble! im away from home as well. but ill be home in a few days and we will haue turky then. it has been a hard year for me but i have a lot to be thankfull for too.

11-26-2009, 11:03 AM
Lets remember all the brave men and women serving who are unable to be with family. and our fire, police, doctors and nurses too

11-26-2009, 06:27 PM
"Happy Thanksgiving everyone"!!!:)

OC Bob
11-27-2009, 05:37 AM

11-27-2009, 05:56 PM
Happy Thanksgiving, I've just recovered from spending my Saturday night passing a kidney stone, but I had a good Thanksgiving with my family, and I hope all of you did.

11-27-2009, 07:30 PM
Happy Thanksgiving guys!!!:)

11-27-2009, 07:33 PM
Oh, yes, Happy Thanksgiving!

(Or what's left of it. ;))

11-27-2009, 07:36 PM

Am I fixated, or does that girl remind you of Danielle, too?

11-27-2009, 09:53 PM
Am I fixated, or does that girl remind you of Danielle, too?

It's not just you, Anoree. I've see that photo before and there is definitely a resembalence between the "Turkey Girl" and Danielle!

I wonder who she is?

11-29-2009, 04:24 PM

11-30-2009, 01:08 AM
I believe the "turkey girl" might actually be a woman named Nikki who's been posting on Voyeurweb for years. She's 38 years old, BTW!

http://images53.fotki.com/v419/photos/2/41642/7736360/Nikki2-vi.jpg http://images54.fotki.com/v555/photos/2/41642/7736360/01Nikki-vi.jpg

12-23-2009, 04:12 PM
It is the thanksgiving holiday weekend in Canada so happy thanksgiving folks.

Im thankful to have a healthy family, a roof over my head and a decent job. Im also thankful Canada continues to help the unfortunate people around the world who find themselves caught in the middle of armed conflict.

Im also thankful to have our community here at R7R back and to be able to help bring the fun of RC to others who happen to stop by.


11-25-2010, 05:33 PM
Happy Thanksgiving!


11-25-2010, 06:43 PM
Gobble till ya wobble! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

11-26-2010, 02:01 AM
Happy Thanksgiving ! I have eaten toooooo much!