Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy, but somber, Thanksgiving!

I set my home page to a while ago to force myself to pay more attention to what's going on in the world. Usually the featured articles are things like "Woman has 1000-pound tumor removed from leg". But in this visual era, you can tell when something serious is going on by the design of the page. So I knew that the terrorist attacks in India were a big deal without even reading through. I was even more surprised this morning to learn that they're not over and the group responsible is still holding hostages and killing people.

It's so terrifying to think about, and so odd that the rest of us on the other side of the globe will go on with their days, eating turkey, hanging with family, and watching football. It's going to be a shitty Thanksgiving for lots of Americans, who maybe haven't worked in a while, or are looking at heading back to work after retirement, or are wondering how they're going to provide any kind of holiday for their families. I guess this kind of puts it in a grim perspective. Even if you don't think you have anything to be thankful about this day, there are about 125 people -- and counting -- who would gladly trade places with you.

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