Nov 28 2013
If you are off work today and plan on shopping or dining out; remember to show a little patience and courtesy to those who are at work making it possible for you to catch those sales and not have to cook for yourself. Chances are they’re not making that much, if anything extra for working today. In recent years, we’ve been told that we have to be there and open for business on those few days a year that used to be reserved for staying home with family and friends. And if we’re a little cranky… it’s probably because we’d rather be off today too.
Special thanks to those who are working today because they have chosen one of the noble professions that are necessary 24/7, 365 days a year… military, emergency medical, law enforcement, firefighters …
Rose refuses to participate in all this Black Friday, and now Pre-Black Friday shopping mania. We will NEVER understand the need to purchase stuff so desperately that you will risk your life and limb to grab that “sale”. WTF? It’s JUST STUFF!! There is nothing in this world that Rose needs so badly that she will be found in ANY store this Friday. Nope, probably not even 7-11. If we are going to get our bones crushed, we’d rather do it in the mosh pit … where at least there’s good music!
And the more we think about this wicked turn of events whereby stores, dining establishments, and theme parks simply MUST be open to make more money on Thanksgiving Day, the more repulsed we are by the society that feeds into this frenzy. And the more I think our present and past are really the same. People are as greedy to acquire things now as they were to acquire land and resources back in the early days when the natives were naive enough to help the Europeans who sailed across the big pond to obliterate their wild asses.
Oh sure, we tried for many generations to make Thanksgiving a nice quiet day at home. You had to have it all together the day before, because you weren’t getting shit on Thanksgiving day … everything was closed. What you had was the Macy’s Parade, Football, a good meal, and you simply had no choice but to put up with the family for the whole entire day.
Are we thankful? … yes, very. Thankful to wake up in the morning with a home, family, friends, good health and good music around me. Are we going shopping to buy irrelevant crap that we don’t really need? Hell no! Are we going out for dinner? Hell no! We have to go to work…..
In light of all this, we decided to re-post a portion of our turkey day opinion from a few years ago.
November 29, 2011 by rosesopinion
In the aftermath of Thanksgiving, we’ve decided to reflect for a moment on this most honorable, yet hypocritical holiday. This writer would much prefer a discussion on the post-Halloween rotting pumpkin corpses on the front porch or the ritual New Year’s burning of the Christmas tree in the backyard…..but alas, it is the week after Thanksgiving…..and this is my two cents worth of bullshit on the subject:
Rose did not partake in the annual gorging on too much food and drink, and laying about watching football, mindlessly proclaiming her “thanks” for all the things she’s acquired in this life. Instead, we worked and watched people, and thought about all this sappy, pre-meditated thankfulness.
The original holiday was a celebration of abundant harvest and harmonious relationship between two newly introduced cultures. Awwww……such a nice idea. Ironically, the lovely dinner party would be followed by three centuries of forced submission and near extinction of the indigenous peoples at the hands of the imposing foreigners they once hosted.
Thus proving two things; (1) We are all inherently part good and part evil, and (2) There is nothing tangible that can not be lost or taken away from us.
Wherever it is that we all go from this dimension, I’m sure it’s not going to matter how much stuff we owned, how much money we made, or how important a title we held.
And by the way, Rose and her Damned Opinion are back (and more frightening than ever) after a few months to regroup and gather our scattered little thoughts. So, be on the look out for more … soon! Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Chanukah and whatever else you want stay home and celebrate!
“In the end, everything we do, is just everything we’ve done”. Corey Taylor