Military deserves our thanks

Published: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 01:41 PM.

Thanksgiving 2012 has rolled by! I know our rotational and revolution speeds are relatively constant, but sometimes it seems earth pirouettes and spins like a ballet dancer, ripping calendar pages into the wind.

With no siblings and dead parents, my observance has lost much of its traditional feel but memories of decades past remain delicious. My wife Ann and I are attempting to put our personal stamp on this holiday given that our kids are scattered from Tokyo to Tampa.

To this end we’ve substituted traditional turkey and dressing with lobster and melted butter.

But not to worry, we’ll still get our absolutely vital giblet gravy fix at Christmas. Without at least one turkey-with-all-the-fixings dinner per year, we southerners lose our drawls. Bless our hearts.

This year we planned to add a new personal tradition. With all the hype about "Black Friday" shopping, we thought it might be neat to give this wee-hour ritual a toss.

Now to properly join the markdown hordes we needed a target, a specific "deal." Voila! Belks has a CD player Ann likes, and would you believe that player was listed to be seriously reduced at midnight on Thanksgiving?

So we planned. We’d hit Belks at the bewitching hour. Earlier that day at 8 p.m., our in-laws Ralph and Connie launched a shopping strike on Walmart.

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