I’ll be off line most of the day, shopping those Black Thursday deals

I saw it first, damn it

Well no, actually, that’s not where I’ll be. I don’t do malls to begin with and I can’t see the utility in fighting shoppers and Occupy Whatever protestors to buy unwanted items that will be discarded junk a year from now.

On the other hand, I do intend to celebrate this Thanksgiving with family, and I have a lot to be thankful for. My kids are fine, albeit doing what they want to do rather than what I think they should do – no change there – the rest of the family is healthy and successful and with the help of a large number of caring individuals I’ve recovered, or am recovering from, a heart attack in February and some personal problems that were dragging me down.

So I’m grateful to my family, my friends and of course, all you readers who put up with my bilge every day. And I’m grateful for whatever power put all of you in my path and my life. God bless you all. Now, start your engines and head for Costco!


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29 responses to “I’ll be off line most of the day, shopping those Black Thursday deals

  1. I’m with you, CF. Much to be thankful for in spite of bumps in the road.

    In my family, big news is my husband’s new job (a real job with actual benefits, which he landed a week before his 61st birthday!), our daughter’s successful first semester at college, our son’s safe passage — so far — on his sport motorcycle, and my sanity.

    The Happy Four. Never truer.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, Walt, et al.

  2. Pete

    Happy Thanksgiving right back to you and yours.

  3. CF: Best wishes to you from the left coast.

  4. Martha

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, too, Chris! Thank you for helping us get our dream house ( even if it *is* in Cos Cob!). And, thanks to you and Cos Cobber for the snow plow tips.

  5. Anonymous

    I love you Bro..

  6. Peg

    Every day, I’m recovering … and every day, I’m grateful (even though SOME days it is tougher to appreciate that for which I am grateful than on others!)

    Here’s to a very merry Thanksgiving, Chris – to you and all the “For What It’s Worth” folks.

    SO glad you’re back; boy, am I grateful for THAT! πŸ™‚

  7. Walt

    Dude –
    That was very well written and poignant. Who wrote it for you? And it is β€œreader”. No plural.
    Delving – That is great news, and makes Thanksgiving all the more enjoyable. I am happy for you. And if your kids ever need a job, let me know. Seriously.
    What I really want to know is why they leave the frigging neck and heart inside the turkey. What is that all about? Skeeved me out.
    Your Pal,

  8. Anonymous

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Chris, here’s to hoping 2012 is a more peaceful and happy year for us all.

    -One of the many anonymii πŸ™‚

  9. Tokenekebozo

    Perfect perspective on the holidays. Happy Thanksgiving and, again, welcome back from all of us in bozo nation.

  10. Walt

    Dude –
    I know I have issues that I need to deal with. And I am trying to. I really am. But so do you, you slob.
    But what troubles me, a lot, and this is hard for me to admit, but I am compelled to Peeps. YES THAT IS RIGHT!! I am not proud of it, she writes incoherently, has an IQ somewhere below my asshole, but somehow, she draws me in. That illiterate little vixen. YES I ADMIT IT!!! She writes babble that is borderline brilliant!! And I write babble as good as anyone, so I know she is the real deal.
    The only thing I can guess is she has a massive rack. And that draws me in against my better judgment. What do you think? She is an illiterate genius!!! I wuv her!!
    Your Pal,

  11. Walt, you’re a gem. That goes for you too, CF, thanks to this blog. Wow, it’s nice to have friends.

  12. Usually Another Name

    beautiful sentiments all, from delving, peg, chris and walt. we were up at 4am, heading to a large soup kitchen where we secretly funded the entire feed of 2500 homeless and needy families and quietly fed those wonderful people most of the day. we are grateful for much in this world but it never stops us from giving back as much as we can. but for the grace of god go I.
    Hope you had a good day chris. it’s all about family and you are blessed to have so much support and love around you.

  13. Anonymous


    Great to have you back and happy thanksgiving. I think I speak for many when I say that you were missed. Enjoy the holidays..

  14. Libertarian Advocate

    Hello Chris: Happy Thanksgiving to you too! Glad to hear that you didn’t go through with that SRS procedure in Thailand that Walt mentioned during your blogging sabbatical. I’m not sure I’d have known how to react to bumping into you on the Avenue had you opted to return as Christine.

    Enjoy the day.

  15. Afan

    While not a fan of the local daily, the quote today from Cicero- ” Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others”- is newsworthy. One question-where is Inagua? Glad you are here, Chris.

  16. Peg

    Usually Another – thank you. “There but for the grace of God” indeed.

  17. Greenwich Gal

    Yep, glad you are back and feeling better.

  18. Happiness

    I want to say thank you to you, as I arrived here not knowing anyone and I found things out about Greenwich and the US that helped me get through.
    I must be one of the many that log in several times a day just to see if……
    Thank you and I wish you well.
    To all those that contribute to this dialogue, thank you too.

  19. Whassup

    Made it through another Turkey Day – no shots fired!
    CF – good to have you back, it was scary there for a while without your rants and chants. Enjoys the holidays.

  20. Anonymous #2

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Hope you all had a great day and a good sleep. Now… onto the next holiday! We are new here– could anyone please suggest where to get a Christmas Tree? thank you

    • Hi Anon #2 – My family has bought our trees from the Jerombek brothers (Jerry and ) for something like 30 years and always found their trees to be fairly priced and of excellent quality. They are from, and grow some of their trees in Kent, CT but also import from Canada. Either way, a good tree. They set up shop in the St. Catherine’s parking lot in Riverside, across from the church itself. Good guys.
      But I’d nbe remiss not to mention the various churches in town who sell trees to benefit their various charities. The First Congo, across from Binney Park in OG has long held such a sale and I believe they, too have nice trees – But we use the Jerombeks and Pal Nancy takes care of contributions to her church. Can’t go wrong either way. Merry Christmas!

  21. pulled up in OG

    LOS ANGELES (AP) β€” A woman shot pepper spray to keep shoppers from merchandise she wanted during a Black Friday sale, and 20 people suffered minor injuries, authorities said.
    The incident occurred shortly after 10:20 p.m. Thursday in a crowded Los Angeles-area Walmart as shoppers hungry for deals were let inside the store.

  22. Anonymous #2

    thanks CF! When do they start selling the trees (the Jerombeks)? I’m in Darien btw.

  23. Anonymous #2

    thanks! I will look for your Christmas Tree post. (The family is campaigning for an artificial tree in the meantime….)

  24. Anonymous

    no artificial trees!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. peeps

    To Walt: Thank you for informing me that my IQ is somewhere below your asshole because I’ve been wanting to find out what it is. Although I keep getting spam about IQ tests emailed to me, I figure that it’s just phishing. I am very happy to find out that I can get it for free, without having to divulge my credit card information over the internet just by getting you to bend over sufficiently. Now where can we meet? If we meet behind Richards, the coffee will be complimentary.

  26. Peeps rules!!!!!! AND gives Walt a run for his money writing humor. Love it.