Friday, November 30, 2012
Black Friday's Best Deal
The media have not managed to destroy Thanksgiving.....yet.......as they have Christmas. The focus of the day is still on family, roots, gratitude and home cooking, and whether I'm expecting two or twenty [in my dreams!] I always prepare everything, turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie....oh, and coleslaw. Except this year I forgot,and duly heard the plaintive cry of "Where's the coleslaw?" The OC roasts the turkey outside on the grill, having soaked it overnight in an apple cider brine......scrumptious!
But, the very next day it all starts to go downhill. And this year they didn't wait 'til the next day. The madness started on Thanksgiving evening. Black Friday, they call it. Black Friday is not over this year until December 3rd! My response to the shouting and hollering on TV is to turn it off. My other response is not to go within an ass's roar of a store for the few days after Turkey Day, my own small protest against the greed and commercialism with which the media defines Christmas, and the weeks leading up to it.
But, we weren't completely alone. It was a beautiful sunny day and the birds were busy foraging and enjoying the sunshine.
I was in my element, squishing about in the mud, trying to reason with this pair of sand hill cranes, to pull their heads out and co-operate so I could get a decent picture.....
.........when, out of the corner of my eye, I noticed the OC, waving excitedly, and gesticulating for me to come see
Looks like --- a log?
Someone's lost umbrella?
Oh, Mr. Gator, what big eyes you have!
Just a little guy, six feet the OC estimated.
The cranes, at least one of them, finally co-operated.
But, the gator stole the day!