Aaah, de Holydays are here, again!
This dog has eaten, “celebrated”, and now feels more stuffed than any turkey! (the travels a dog will endure for a decent meal!) Now that this latest holiday is over let me reserve some time to update this blog with a post catered to ThanksGiving 2009.
Seems like each month we have a major & several minor holidays. Each commemorating something “special.” Although we celebrate them in the usual way:
- Take a day off to make it a 4 or more day weekend
- Gather with friends and/or family
- Get in lines or crowds
- Spend or eat dough we can’t afford
- Watch sporting events
- Eat & Drink – more. Turkey, sweets, sugar, fat, etc., and gain more weight
- Shop til you drop or go bankrupt
- Or, just ignore it, period! Etc, etc.
I’m gonna break with these time honored traditions and commemorate this Thanksgiving holiday in an unusual way by:
I notice when we give thanks on this holiday mostly it’s to give thanks for something rather than to a person. Although, I assume our intention is to always include people. So, this tradition violator is gonna break yet another by giving thanks toooo…people!
My list of people to be thankful to this year is unending. To keep this posting “short” I’m gonna limit these “thank you’s” to a few of my online friends. How I met most of these people, I don’t recall.
Time will further restrict the handouts of the ‘thank you’s” to my current group of small but dependable band of regular commenter’s. These homo-sapiens take the time to both visit and make comments on at least one-half of my postings re my blog profundity. (profanity? I’m a canine – bark is my 1st language). Anywhichows, I will take the time here to make a few comments about them:
Liz de PA: My earliest experience with the artist formerly known as Palm Axis was to bring her to the heights of ecstasy by saving one of her bank accounts from a probable online scam. Later, I would piss her off with my profound commentaries. Politician, I could never be.
Thank you, PA, for your weekly trash pickups, creative writings (you must’ve been good at term papers) & your artistic understanding of the way of the K9.
KB de ADHiker: We first met on a hike, of course, among some of the old-growth houses of Pasadena. She began laughing at all my “material.” I realized then, KB was gonna explode in a vomit of laughter if I didn’t immediately reduce my humor intensity a notch down to zero.
I have been smiling, or at least laughing, at her blog journaling ever since. She is the live-in servant to two dogs, and a horse, so you gotta love her. I have sampled lots of bloggers and you don’t really know what you’ve got until you’ve…with her; How true. So, KB deserves to be the most popular girl in our area!
Thank you, KB, for spreading the humor around during this repressionary period.
FA de Monk: A monk locked up in a Monastery in the cold & harshness of northern California. He uncloisters the otherwise cloistered, secretive world of monastery life we’ve long heard whisperings about from ancient texts. Great photos & thought. I’m not sure exactly what else he does except it appears to be all the work the other monks can get him to do. He also used to be a southern Californian, so you just know he wood trade northern life in a minute to come back to sunny weather, openness & freedom of life down here in the south.
Thanks, FA, for your prayers and peak inside the monastic world!
Restless Chef Dez: Finnegan probably is implicated in my discovering of The Restless One. First & only meeting was briefly at our Altadena Potluck back in the spring. Desiree has a constant Desire to cook or eat, which I much appreciate.
Thanks, RCD, for your food postings, and thanks for hanging around regularly with your comments. Btw, no one looks better at a 100 than her.
Justin de Immovable Eater: We share a love of food. Actually, I think love sometimes has nothing to do with some of the things he’ll chow down.
Thanks, J, for your regular comments and great blog on a favorite subject!
Ann Erdman dePio: Anyone who gives me fabulous gifts/prizes, not just once, has to be Thanked! – even if she had never left a comment on my site. She is currently working on a major, long-running blogger project. If she ever completes it, it may end up being her major accomplishment in Pasadena. I like to occasionally check up on her work in progress. 2010?!
PIO, thanks for da makin us feel like we know like what’s ah happenin in this city, for making me feel like a city historian (hoho), for your kindness, and for being “one of us.” (Are you still at work in your Citihall office?!)
Goddess of the Sweet Tooth: Margaret. First met MF at our blogger Breakfast/DooDahParade gathering in January. Since then I’ve caught her chowing down in the dark corners of numerous restaurants, and bakeries such as EuroPane! Somehow, I’ve found myself reading each of her blog writings.
Thank You, MF, for your humor, humility, shared love of food, devoted comments, and service to your own dog master. You write like a goddess.
Shanna deArtist of Views: Part of the infamous So Pasa Laurie clan reaching back to last century Texas. The Photog of Sky Views, Teacher, Shutterbug, Painter, Artist, but most importantly: regular Commenter of this blog! Accomplished is an understatement. Yet with all that, probably her major accomplishment to date: a past winner of my most prestigious & fabulous blog prize!! How many blogger’s can say that!
Thank you, SG, for your regular devotion to my blog profundity, understanding, and for making me look up at the clouds and see the heavens.
Shell Sherree dePainter: a pretty, positive looking French-Aussie themed blog. Just one look at her blog brings a smile on an overcast day. ShSh can transform the basic into the special. She has a unique way with colors. Don’t know what it is.
Thank You, ShSh, for brightening my day with your every blog postings, for your love of cafes and the macaron, and devotion to checking out my own blog.
These are the few, the proud, the regulars, the people who I can pick up the phone at 3am and know they will get out of their bed, or anyone else’s, and be there for me!!: The Commenters! Up til now, all they’ve asked is that I remember them when I come into my lottery winnings.
Of course, there are many more others in my online family I could thank, who while they may visit often, choose not to leave a comment and therefore I know not of them.
And then there is yet another brunch who I do know something about, maybe don’t leave a brunch of comments, yet I know they are listening to my every bark. Here is just a tiny sample of these people who I appreciate and could heap praises and thank you’s onto:
Irina: A wunderful Pasadena realtor, foodie, and more. One of the hardest working Pasadenan’s online. How she does it when I have more than I can handle with this one website is a real miracle. I owe her, and myself, some online work! You have to be a people person to be most successful in her line of work. With me around, she’s obviously also a K9 person.
One of Irina’s many wunderful websites won national recognition this year! I said she is wunderful: Well, Irina said I shared in her award. No way. My contribution was only 1% of her work – Realty (or, Really?).
Then there is that lovely couple, our two tireless daily photo bloggers, biker Ben & the renaissance woman & my online conscience Petrea, who blog 24/7 to allow the resta us some days of rest and nights of pleasure between our own blog postings.
Last but certainly not least is CDB, aka, Colleen Dunn Bates: A hometown Pasadena foodie who works infinitely harder than I wood even want to imagine. Thank you for, just as one example, accepting my invitation to eat & speak at our January blog gathering in Old Town and publishing the Eat L.A. foodie guide.
Basically, everyone you see on my blogrolls (and more) deserve my thanks. Forgive me if I didn’t specifically mention you today. I’m a lazy dog. But, you know who you are! I appreciate reading your websites more than my own. I consider y’all my online betters.
Next Thanksgiving I may devote something about my irregulars. So truly, you aren’t forgotten.
I appreciate an attitude of gratitude. And with that, some of my staff at de Cafe Pasadena toast you all!
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Since Thanksgiving Eve night when I passed a pizza parlour in San Marino, I’ve had cravings for an untraditional ThanksGiving Pizza. So, on this The Day After I…
Gotta Take Off. Gotta Eat! Thanks Y’al!