there are things that are less than perfect about today (food, ugly national history whitewashing, etc), but on the whole, the idea of being together with your family and giving thanks for the things you have is in the best tradition of secular humanism great.
also, thursday! good public planning. get it out of the way early.
we won at trivia tonight, again. steve came along and helped. dana's hunches were all correct. gabrielle knows a friend of mine, randomly! (the other guy i didn't know was next door neighbors for my mom's old principal/boss at the elementary school where she teaches! WEIRD.) she also did research on puppet movies, when i thought they were puppy movies, so that helped the team knowledge and allowed jessica to finally understood my turner & hooch joke. steve and my joanna newsom love helped us successfully answer an astronomy question.jessica also threatened me but also offered to give me a pep talk, which is a very jessica thing to do, by which i mean an awesome thing. i didn't get punched in the neck, my lymph node didn't explode, and my brief whining was tolerated long enough for me to turn around my crappy two days.
i don't anticipate this ever getting to you, since i'm not sending it, but i thought you'd appreciate it. my friend beth and i went to see synecdoche, new york and afterward she overheard this from a man outside the theater:
"i didn't get it. it felt really long, but it was only two hours!"