WIDLM: Christmas Lights Before Thanksgiving

I’m gonna be ahead of the curve on this one. I don’t really like Christmas lights in general, waste of electricity, but it bugs me way more when people put them up before Thanksgiving. Makes me feel like they’re skipping Thanksgiving, or merging it with Christmas, which I’m not okay with.

Thanksgiving probably means something different to everyone, but what I think it’s supposed to be about is taking of a bit of time to recognize and be thankful for what we’ve got, especially the simple necessities we take for granted (because we have it so good), and to remember how we got here. That’s just a good thing for a holiday to be built around, and way more important than the other popular holidays, I think. It merges European and Native American traditions, one of the few ways we typical modern Americans recognize the Native American contribution to our prosperity. Also, it is a national holiday, with no real tie to religion, one of the few we have, so it’s truly inclusive. I don’t have to buy anyone gifts, which is a plus. Also, I like turkey.

Sure there’s a bit of gluttony involved, but at least it’s real food gluttony. It’s more to do with meat and stuffing and less to do with cookies and candy. Plus, the ability to be occasionally gluttonous¬†is one of the things we’re celebrating and being grateful for. Of course Thanksgiving is being ever more tainted by Black Friday and ridiculous nonsense like that, but some people can ruin anything.

At it’s core Thanksgiving is a better holiday than Christmas, and even if you don’t agree, you should at least agree that Thanksgiving deserves its limited time and should not be skipped over, even symbolically.

Please, think of the children. Wait until December to start wasting electricity.

Since I’ve been gone

I’ve been fairly absent for like a week, so now you get treated to the quick update post.

Thanksgiving break happened. Yusuke came home with me and the dinner was just the parents and us. I think Yusuke fed himself better this year. The dinner was good. I like turkey.

Other than eating I hung out with Kim and Aaron a bit and watched a bunch of podcasts and TV shows. I watched all of Undergrads under recommendation from fairly trusted sources but didn’t like it. I don’t think I really loled once except on the episode I watched with Kim and Aaron, and that was mostly because of our jokes, not the show’s. /shrug

Since I’ve been back at school I’ve been working long hours on a Software Engineering presentation I gave today. We were the first group. I think our group did the best, and I did as well as can be expected for my part. Now we have this ridiculous design document due Friday we’ve got to work on. Once that’s done, and I finish up some crappy mundane assignments for Algorithms, all I have left is finals. Can go home on Thursday.

The other big news is photographed below. Merry Christmas to those who celebrate, and to those who don’t, please enjoy this arbitrary gift I give you.

this is what I looked like for a day
up to the minute facial hair status
proof of pants

All pictures taken by Aki. Miho would have gotten some up here, but she deleted hers. tsk tsk.