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Friday, 23 November 2012


It is a famous American day but is there any equivalent in other cultures?

"Clean. Modest. Continent."


Content maybe. But I try to be continent every day of the year.

Perhaps you meant modest or restrained. But that hardly seems appropriate on a day devoted to gluttony, hedonism and excess.

Why the hostility, Will?

Continent: exercising continence. Continence: 1. Self-restraint; moderation. Source: American Heritage English Dictionary.

And what in the world is hedonistic about a good dinner? We had turkey and a choice of two more side dishes than usual, and a choice of three desserts instead of one. By whose standards is that hedonism? There was certainly no "devotion" to "gluttony" at our table.


Mike wrote, "Too much preamble?". Perhaps a pre-ramble now and again. A good thing, too because there's good stuff there as well as in what follows.

Our esteemed Editor wrote;

"...because it seems like such a simple and useful holiday. You gather with friends or loved ones and have a feast, and hopefully spend at least a few minutes meditating on what you have to be thankful for. "

And that is the best description I have ever read of what the holiday should be. Although some forget and or get distracted by other things, that thought and sentiment is the every and the all of our 4th Thursday in November.

Thanks for saying it so well.

"It is a famous American day but is there any equivalent in other cultures?"

In the UK Boxing Day (the day after Christmas) used to be the start of the post-Christmas sales with similar large discounts on a day after a large meal involving a turkey. Large numbers of shoppers would turn out early to grab the bargains.

But I that that was when I was a lad in the 1960s and 1970s. I suspect that idea has long since passed since t'Internet took off and department stores moved out of the town centers.

Shopping tip for m43 and Sony E-mount camera users:

The well reviewed Sigma f/2.8 19mm and 30mm lenses have dropped in price to $150 with free shipping at B&H and Amazon. This is the same lens that Sigma is using on the DP1M and DP2M.

On m43 the 19mm is "38mm eq".

On Sony 19mm is "28mm eq" and 30mm is "50mm eq".

[Mike could add some links ...]

Thanksgiving is my favorite US holiday: a day free of gifts and superstitious mumbo-jumbo, just a gathering of friends to eat, drink, and share our thoughts.

- James

"It is a famous American day but is there any equivalent in other cultures?"

Yes, Dennis. In Canada we have the second Monday in October, also called "Jour de l'Action de grâce" or Thanksgiving Day. :) Turkey, stuffing, the whole deal... just no big sales the following day.

Another one for m43 Olympus users in need of a eye-level viewfinder.

The VF-2 and VF-3 EVFs have dropped by $50 bringing the VF3 down to $99 (a good match for a cheap E-PL1) at B&H and Amazon.

Annoying as I finally decided to get a VF-3 a month or so back because they'll never come down in price. Oh, well :-)

Hostility?? No hostility. I was bemused by your use of the word continent which I normally associate with containment as in the definition given by thefreedictionary.com:

"1. (Medicine) able to control urination and defecation."

So its use surprised caught me off guard. But now I realize it has a more general definition.

As for hedonism and gluttony, I was of course not referring to your table (which I've never seen). I was referring to the commercial aspect of the holiday which will only become more overbearing as the season progresses.

But hostile I am not.

Chinese New Year in Chinese cultures probably pretty close too.

Also, LX7 for US$300. This is a very new and excellent camera. Can't believe it's on discount *already*!

@ Mike: "like what in the world a giant bunny has to do with eggs"

That's because it's a hare, not a rabbit. I hope that's cleared things up for you, Mike.... : ]

Sigma 30mm ƒ/2.8 at B&H Photo, only $149


Maybe if it weighed a lot more and cost $1149 they'd sell more of them.

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