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November 28, 2003

Turkey Day, 2003

Spent Thanksgiving day at the House of the Maenads, where the boards groaned beneath the weight of the feast, and the wine flowed like a liquid that was not beer.

I had two glasses of a Gallo Merlot, and a nap in front of the Lions/Packers game. Scotty M had strained peas and a four-second nap in a strange crib before he was picked up and comforted by a maiden great-aunt who obviously suspected us of child abuse, so long had we let him scream. I'm not sure what the Sainted Wife had, as she, starved for conversation that didn't revolve around poopies, playtime, or this cool thing I read on the Internet today, honey, spent her time socializing.

Ngnat had a handful of meat and a fight with her younger cousin over who was the more able of the two when it came to incessantly ringing the bells beside the basement fireplace. Various female relatives of the two attempted, U.N.-like, to draw up an equitable agreement alowing a shared use of the valued auditory resource--with as much success as one would suspect given a metaphor involving the United Nations.

My input into the situation, which consisted of shouting "You can take him, Ngnat. You're bigger than he is!" from across the room, was not appreciated at all by the presumptive referees, though they occasioned some amusement among the male relatives present, thus illustrating yet another gulf between the sexes.

Women are from the United Nations. Men are from Texas.

For those males now standing, or sitting, as is the more likely case, aghast at the sheer wrongness of the metaphor when applied to themselves, rest assured that there is an alternate location available.

You can be from France.

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Ngnat also spent some time in the company of her great-grandfather, playing dolls in front of the fireplace. He's a WWII veteran--spent his service time as part of the Marine contingent aboard a pocket carrier in the Pacific, the USS Cape Gloucester.

60 years ago a West Virginia mountain boy gave two years of his life to America. Yesterday was part of his reward. Pray that 60 years from today those now serving receive a similar gift.

Posted by Bigwig at November 28, 2003 11:33 AM | TrackBack
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I dunno about men standing up but I certainly wish to protest. I would have been giving her advice on how to take him.
I'm from Florida. We're as well armed as Texas. :)

Posted by: Kathy K at November 28, 2003 06:48 PM

The actual term for the Kaiser-built light aircraft carriers in WWII was Jeep Carrier: A pocket battleship is what the dinky, under-armoured Luetzow/Graf Spee/Adm. Scheer were called when the Nazis built them.

Still, you express noble sentiments and don't deserve to be razzed be a dweeb.

Posted by: Rich at December 3, 2003 09:55 AM

Well, if we want to get technical, "escort carrier" is the actual term.

:)

As slang, "jeep carrier" does win in a google war with "pocket carrier," though both are found.


Posted by: bigwig at December 3, 2003 11:46 AM
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