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Location: United States

One learns, as nothing endures but change.

22 November 2007

Happy Tofurkey Day!

"In the United States, Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Day is an annual one-day holiday to give thanks to God for the things one has at the end of the harvest season. It is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. The period from Thanksgiving Day to New Year's Day is often collectively referred to as the 'holiday season', and the holiday itself is often nicknamed Turkey Day.

Thanksgiving is generally considered a secular holiday, and is not directly based in religious canon or dogma."*

As the single remaining reader knows, this is a secular blog. While tolerant of the superstitious, this writer does not proselytize his rudimentary understanding of science. The laws of nature, aka the laws of physics, govern his life.

For those of my generation, which is to say too young to have been drafted for Vietnam, who love politics, one must always hear "Alice's Restaurant" on this day. This is the masterpiece by Arlo Guthrie; you can read the rest here:

"Alice's Restaurant Massacree" (commonly referred to simply as "Alice's Restaurant") is one of singer-songwriter Arlo Guthrie's most prominent works, a musical monologue based on a true story that began on Thanksgiving Day 1965, and which inspired a 1969 movie of the same name.

The song lasts 18 minutes and 20 seconds, occupying the entire A-side of Guthrie's 1967 debut record album, titled Alice's Restaurant (Warner Reprise Records). It is notable as a satirical, first-person account of 1960s counterculture, in addition to being a hit song in its own right. The final part of the song is an encouragement for the listeners to sing along, to resist the draft, and to end war."**

Next post: Buy Nothing Day, tomorrow!




Blogger Renegade Eye said...

"Alice's Restaraunt" was great.

After "Mellow Yellow" people smoked dried banana peels.

Blogger Yoga Korunta said...

It wouldn't be Turk Day without Alice! Glad to miss the banana smoke. Thanks for reading, Renegade Eye!


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