Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

I love the John Hughes film starring John Candy and Steve Martin in which the two of them go to great effort to get home from NYC to Chicago in time for Thanksgiving dinner. I might put it on this morning while the Gotham Gal is cooking in the kitchen.

I thought of that film yesterday as I was coming out of the subway and person after person was coming down the subway stairs with their luggage. On most days you don't see people dragging their luggage into the subway. But the day before thanksgiving is different. Thanksgiving is a day you spend with your family. And so people get on planes, trains, and automobiles and get to their loved ones.

I saw this photo on tumblr this morning.


That was sometime yesterday. Not sure when. Those planes were filled with people heading to family for Thanksgiving.

Fortunately the Gotham Gal's family decided to fly to NYC this year so we are not on planes, trains, and automobiles this weekend. But we will be with family and have been all week. It's a great thing and one of the many reasons why Thanksgiving is a great holiday.

Have a great one with your family today.

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Comments (Archived):

  1. William Mougayar

    Happy Thanksgiving Fred and all in the US. That’s when Canada’s tech slows down too. I’m still hopeful for the hyperloop or another sonic plane to make it.Speaking of plains and trains, we were once in Ilha de Comandatuba in Brazil in the Bahia region, and we went through this sequence of transportation:plane to Sao Paolo -> 2nd plane to private landing strip owned by the hotel -> bus to river -> open barge to cross the river -> little train to hotel -> golf carts to the room.

    1. JimHirshfield

      That’s quite a trek!

      1. William Mougayar

        the barge crossing was interesting. operated by the native Amazonians

        1. JimHirshfield

          Bezos? Free shipping?

          1. John Revay

            It came w/ the Prime membership

          2. JimHirshfield

            Happy Thanksgiving John!

          3. William Mougayar

            Where do you think Bezos got the Amazon name from.

          4. William Mougayar

            nooo….the real Amazon…”The Amazon spreads across much of South America. Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil and Venezuela all have Amazonian regions.”…We were at the edges of the Amazon.

          5. JimHirshfield

            No. I think Bezos patented and copyrighted it first. The geographic region got a cease and desist letter.

          6. William Mougayar

            right…i’m surprised they didn’t sue him for trademark infringement.

        2. JamesHRH

          barges & ferries are fun.

    2. awaldstein

      Beats anything I”ve done William.Did a private island off Belize once with a sea plane as the last leg but this is really impressive.

    3. fredwilson


    4. Donna Brewington White

      That is amazing. With a trip like that who cares about a destination. Just the travel itself is enough.

    5. panterosa,

      Getting to out islands in Bahamas can be as arduous…

    6. PhilipSugar

      I was in Toronto for your Thanksgiving many Monday’s ago. We ate at the only place open Jack Astor’s. I learned two things that day.How you score one point in Canadian Football.Who Rob Ford was (it was before the scandals) The bartender was wearing a shirt that said “Are you hungry? Or Rob Ford Hungry?”

      1. JamesHRH

        OMG you got robbed. TO is truly a great place for restaurant experiences & Jack Astors is TGIF Canada style.My current fave is a place called Hopgood’s Foodliner – – my wife is from the East Coast & admits that this is equal to or better than many of our favourite cottage haunts in NB or hangouts in Halifax / St Johns NF.

        1. PhilipSugar

          I have eaten at many very nice places in Toronto. Business travel is not glamourous. Actually was totally acceptable. Much better than sitting in my room which I find depressing.

          1. JamesHRH

            Good to hear. The Jack Astors location in CGY was not good.Agreed on biz travel -whenever we are being herded onto a plane and shoving bags into overheads, i think of Mom & Dad putting us in suits & ties to fly (in the late 70’s).Its great that everyone can get around now. Its not so great that planes today are like travelling on buses in the 70s.Whaddaya do?

      2. William Mougayar

        You did and didn’t give me a heads-up?It was still warm in Toronto. We only got first snow a few days ago.Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  2. Ruth BT

    Happy Thanksgiving from sunny Australia. It’s the one holiday I wish we celebrated here. One thing I have to ask – do people seriously eat sweet potato with marshmallows or is that just another cultural myth?

    1. JimHirshfield

      Yes, they do. Not me. But I’ve seen it. I think they’re sweet enough as is.

      1. Ruth BT

        Agreed. So besides the turkey and sweet potato, what does everyone eat?

        1. JimHirshfield

          Squash, potatoes, greens, anything I suppose.

        2. Donna Brewington White

          The classic accompaniments to turkey are stuffing and cranberry sauce. Popular additions are mashed potatoes and gravy and green bean casserole. Pumpkin pie is a standard dessert. We are having all the above and a few more things.

          1. pointsnfigures

            Make my grandfather’s dressing recipe every year. Maybe I will publish it on Tumblr.

    2. fredwilson

      my friend Steve does. he adds maple syrup and jack daniels whiskey as well. i can’t imagine it but he says it is great

      1. Donna Brewington White

        A nearby restaurant does something similar. They call it sweet mash. Yum.

    3. Donna Brewington White

      Ruth — I resisted for years and finally gave in because it is what my kids (and husband) wanted. The marshmallows are on top and lightly toasted. I also add nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla. It ends up tasting like pie. Personally, I prefer a pecan topping rather than marshmallows.

      1. JamesHRH

        There is no really bad decision there…..

    4. jason wright

      i don’t know, but here in England there’s been a complete absence of organic sweet potatoes in the supermarkets for the last three weeks. i wonder if it has anything to do with Thanksgiving and diverted supplying?

    5. JLM

      .Oh, Ruthie, you have to come to the American South where sweet potatoes are doctored with brown sugar, honey and pecans. And, yes, you want some mini-marshmallowsThis is such a secret, we don’t even tell Yankees about it but it is the best thing you have ever tasted.Australia is just like Texas, so I don’t feel like I am betraying anyone here but just keep it to us.I am writing this with the smell of turkey and sweet potatoes wafting into my office.So, yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus and he makes his sweet potatoes in Texas.On Earth as it is in Texas!Happy Thanksgiving.JLM.

      1. Ruth BT

        Thanks for the tips everyone! @JLM I don’t doubt for a minute that Texas is like a mini Australia! The pecan variation sounds good I might try this today – without the marshmallows.

        1. JLM

          .Uhhh, Ruth you were doing just fine until the “mini” thing.Yes, we acknowledge that Australia is a little bit bigger than Texas but it’s impolite to remind us. We’re very sensitive that way.Texans are very, very, very sensitive. Kind of like Rhode Island.Happy Thanksgiving from your mates in Texas.JLM.

          1. Cam MacRae

            Smug Alaskans must kill you.

          2. JLM

            .We operate under the notion that if they melted all that permafrost and tundra — well they would be a drowned rat, no?I always wonder what the world might have been like if the Russians had not sold us Alaska. What a real estate deal.Happy Thanksgiving to all!JLM.

  3. JimHirshfield

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Thankful for this community, Fred. It’s got all the fixin’s without the stuffing.And FYI, turkey has very little tryptophan as compared to most other foods. So if you’re tired after your feast, it’s just because you ate too much. For real. Google it. πŸ™‚

  4. awaldstein

    Back at ya Fred and a Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the community.I have about 20 bottles of wine on the dining table sorting through, deciding what to take to Jersey to see my mom and family.

    1. JimHirshfield

      Enjoy! Likely no bad decisions therein.

      1. awaldstein

        Nope…and all natural as always.Going to be eclectic for certain.Have a great one Jim.

        1. JimHirshfield

          You too my friend.

        2. fredwilson

          is there a grape or a style of wine that you think works best with Turkey?

          1. awaldstein

            Eric Asimov (my fave wine expert) did a Twitter chat on this recently:…I agree that something versatile as there are so many flavors on the table is the way to go.I’m going to go a bit bold this year.Non-dosage, single vintage bubbly to start. Some natural dry Reisling (11%) and an Altesse from Savoie for the whites. Then I think (still sorting) a crowd pleaser for the light reds (Cos PIthos (Nero D’avola/Frappato blend in amphora) from my friend Giusto in Sicily and an older vintage Vina Tondonia from Lopez in Rioja as a sure head nodder.Although just realized there is no US here so going to run out and maybe get something Donkey & Goat or La Clarine to put some national (natural) pride in her.I’m a wacko obviously.

          2. pointsnfigures

            I like a good Dry Creek Zinfandel.

          3. awaldstein

            As close as you can get to an American indigenous grape.Check out Forlorn Hope. Tiny, wonderful, natural west coast producer of Zin.

          4. pointsnfigures

            will check that one our. Big fan of A. Rafenelli.

          5. fredwilson

            Not at all. I could read about this topic for hours!

          6. fredwilson

            Eric says a nothern Rhone syrah for turkey. I will take that advice since I am already biased toward those wines to begin with

          7. awaldstein

            Enjoy..a good choice.

          8. William Mougayar

            Condrieu is in the Northern Rhone, but Viognier grape.

          9. Salt Shaker

            We’ve been to Lopez de Heredia in the Rioja region of Spain. Muga conveniently located across the street. Love Spanish wines!

          10. awaldstein

            Lucky you.I was a few years ago but am still a big fan of their wines. Traditional. Authentic and really crisply untampered with.Large enthusiast for the Canary Islands, Ribiera Sacra and the one lone, magnificent natural winemaker from Manchuela, Juan Ponce, the Bobal Whisperer.You might enjoy my wine blog.

          11. Salt Shaker

            Will def check out your wine blog. Thanks for the tip. We were in Loire Valley and Tuscany this summer for a few weeks. Wasn’t too shabby. Prob in Manhattan, as you likely know, is storage. Our so called “wine cellar” is a 36 bottle wine frig. Although we’re hardly oenophiles, we do enjoy travel to various wine regions and exploring…I look forward to learning more from your blog. Happy Holiday!

          12. awaldstein

            Storage..heard of it ;)In NYC we do have the best selection of wines from the most astounding selection of local shops (my local one is Chambers Street) and sommeliers like Pascaline at Rouge Tomate who just have changed the wine world.My trips for next year are most definitely Jura and Savoie, with Etna hopefully in September again.Great to connect and have a great holiday yourself. Heading to Jersey right now.

          13. William Mougayar

            my take would be a bold Pinot Noir or a creamy/buttery Chardonnay. Or go all out with a Condrieu.

          14. awaldstein

            Ahhh…the traditionalist!

          15. William Mougayar

            i dunno these…but we recently discovered Alfredo Roca 2010 Pinot Noir reserve from Argentina which is a gem for $20. the nose and bite and follow are like at $50+ bottle.

          16. awaldstein

            I”m spoiled.New York is the very best place to be living right now for the wine enthusiast. We have around-the-corner access to the largest assortment of artisanal wines from everywhere.

          17. William Mougayar

            Waiting for your wine blog report on these wines, or Tumblr πŸ™‚

          18. Salt Shaker

            We traveled to a relatively new wine region east of Montreal the summer before last. Brought back a half case of very good and very reasonably priced wine. Best value in U.S. IMHO is Central Coast Ca. (Paso Robles).

          19. William Mougayar

            Prince Edward Island? It’s fairly new. The weather is so unpredictable there, resulting in wide swings in quality.

          20. Salt Shaker

            No, I was talking about a wine region in southeastern Quebec. Eastern Township. Not particularly high end or coveted, but what relatively young region is? Separately, although I’m from NYC I have a strong family connect w/ Toronto. My brother met his wife at McMaster and they lived in Toronto for years before heading back to NYC. Lovely city (and country). We’ve spent a lot of time in Montreal, Toronto, Quebec City, Nova Scotia. I’m now bicoastal (half NYC, half Seattle) so plan on visiting Vancouver often too.

          21. William Mougayar

            I don’t know it. Vancouverite here, via Seattle @ Udab, then Toronto. I also lived in Edmonton and Montreal.I would go for Okanagan wines. They are killing it in that region.

          22. Dayna Gant

            My vote is drink something you love surrounded by family and food you love. And toast to so many things to be thankful for. Having an extra glass always helps napping later πŸ˜‰ Happy Thanksgiving to everyone at avc!

          23. Vineeth Kariappa

            Alcohol is “bad”. Try water.

    2. panterosa,

      Enjoy the day Arnold.We have always done Beaujolais Nouveau on Tday. A habit I guess.

  5. Tom Labus

    Have a good one everybody. We have family and friends coming and I’ll be making some bloody Mary’s

    1. fredwilson

      put these in the bloody marys if you have some handy…

      1. awaldstein

        Great idea.We are trying to organize a few local spirit and vermouth makers to come up with some all natural, all local cocktail recipes with Lianna’s blends and potions.Sure green mary’s are not as traditional as bloodies but it’s fun and gathers the community together.There is a really interesting group of artiisanal spirit and vermouth makers (Brooklyn mostly) that I just like supporting.

      2. Brandon Burns

        May I suggest that you layer the flavor with some smoky bacon pickles, instead?These quirky foodie delicacies are so very Portland (where they’re from). They’ll be up on in a week or so, but for now you can get them at:

      3. PhilipSugar

        I think his beans are even better.

      4. Robert Holtz

        OMG, I can’t believe I forgot all about those delicious pickles. Ordered some a over a year ago when you mentioned them in a different context and they were easily some of the best I’d ever tasted. If memory serves, this was a Gotham Gal portfolio company. Guys, these pickles are amazing. You gotta try ’em!

    2. panterosa,

      Our bloody’s have always featured Clamato. I guess it’s the perils of celebrating many years in New England on an island, because otherwise I find Clam juice repulsive!

      1. Tom Labus

        extra vodka helps

  6. Carl Rahn Griffith

    Wonderful film indeed. Great occasion. Enjoy!

    1. pointsnfigures

      “Those aren’t pillows”

  7. Mac


  8. jason wright

    it all sounds very convivial (i feel i’m missing out on something), and for auslanders, what is Thanksgiving all about?

    1. Donna Brewington White

      It’s nice to hava a holiday where the focus is on gratitude.Well, actually the focus is on food which rhymes with gratitude.

  9. Kasi Viswanathan Agilandam

    Happy Thanksgiving to everyone @ AVC. Enjoy your turkey and wine …eat well and drink less.Hope no-one train-travels like we Indians travel back to their home-town during Diwali πŸ™‚

    1. jason wright

      are they all full fair paying passengers, or is there the ‘outside’ ticket option?

      1. Vineeth Kariappa

        if a cop tells them to get off, he gets thrashed.

      2. Kasi Viswanathan Agilandam

        normally they are full paid (very cheap) … but on occasions like this no-one cares.(many go without ticket)….not even the railway authorities …they will be happy if no accident happens and screw-up their holiday hours.

    2. Javier_Noris

      Been in India for 6 months now and still amazed at this..

      1. Kasi Viswanathan Agilandam

        I am here from birth…I am still amazed :-)Enjoy your stay…make some trips across …you will feel like u are entering into another country every 200-miles…this is the best time for travel …summer is really hot across India.

        1. Javier_Noris

          I’ve made my way around for pleasure and work purposes, but I’ll be shifting to LA in a few weeks. Definitely coming back at some point though. Just out of curiosity where in India are you from?

          1. Kasi Viswanathan Agilandam

            Right now I am in Mysore (for the past 7-years) and am shifting to my home-town Tirunelveli from next month (almost the southern most part of india …about 80-km up from Kanyakumari ).

          2. Javier_Noris

            I am familiar, been to Mysore a few times, in Bangalore currently, Mumbai next week though. Cool to connect with a fellow techie/entrepreneur geek halfway across the world on a platform like this.

          3. Kasi Viswanathan Agilandam

            same here…Let me know if you plan to visit down-south I can suggest good places… I regularly comment here at AVC…you can also reach me at kagilandamatyahoocom

  10. jason wright

    will the price of bitcoin go up or down over Thanksgiving and Black Friday? The mass psychology of the bitcoin market interests me, and when so many people travel to meet each other at the same time i wonder if the outcome will result in a buy/sell hiatus or a buy super spike?Soros has his philosophy of markets. i wonder if he ever factored in these single day events?

  11. jschless

    I’m currently studying in London, and although this is the first t’giving I won’t be spending with family, the Londoners whom I interact with have been bidding me a happy thanksgiving..completely different perspective being away from the country on this holiday. one can gather a real appreciation for it. Few nations, people etc have a non-religious holiday that gathers family, friends and all..happy day, all

  12. Donna Brewington White

    My husband recently showed that film to our 15 and 12 y.o. sons as part of their “education.” I was not tempted to watch it with them, but I didn’t need to anyway since they continued to repeat the lines for several days followed by cracking up laughing.

    1. JamesHRH

      you missed out. Hughes is under rated and it has nothing to do with his fondness for O’Hara & Candy (CDN).

      1. Donna Brewington White

        I will take your word for it. πŸ™‚

    2. fredwilson

      I ended up watching the parade instead but may put it on later

    3. Aaron Klein

      One of the greatest movies of all time! You must see it, Donna. :)Happy Thanksgiving, Fred and AVC!

      1. ShanaC

        I haven’t yet

        1. Aaron Klein

          Do it. You won’t regret it. πŸ™‚

    1. fredwilson

      Yeah. That is hilarious

    2. JamesHRH

      Its near perfect.John Hughes loved Edie McClurg & rightfully so. She’s perfect in this scene. She’s quite accomplished too (a fellow ‘Cuse post-grad alum) –… .

  13. Donna Brewington White

    Happy Thanksgiving, Fred and AVC pals. Thankful for all of you!We are not traveling for the holiday (for which I’m grateful) but we are driving upstate with my daughter’s cross country team on Saturday for the state finals. We didn’t fly our son home from New York for Thanksgiving and it is very strange not having him here. He is sending us videos of your weather there.with commentary. Hilarious.And Happy Chanukah to those of you celebrating! Seems like you got gipped with having this Chanukah/Thanksgiving eclipse. I’m curious about how people are dealing with this?

    1. ShanaC

      We’re lighting candles during dinner… That’s about it

    2. LE

      Interesting side note re: Jewish Holidays.My dad used to sell religious goods. When the holidays were later in the year he always had a really great season because of the extra days.That was back when we had to wait until the sales that were after Christmas there were no sales prior to Christmas you paid full price.

      1. donnawhite

        You could have your own Wikipedia. WikiLEdia πŸ™‚

    3. Andy G

      My son was born on Nov 28th…. so we hit the trifecta – birthday, chanukah, thanksgiving. Since we are (ex) manhattan jews that can’t cook a good meal, we ate steak at the Old Homestead (son’s choice).

      1. fredwilson


  14. Jamyn

    Sitting by the fireplace, overlooking the choppy waters outside of Sag Harbor, educating my two girls on Star Wars, ordering Kano for them, giving thanks to friends and family who have made this one hell of a year. Happy Thanksgiving to you all, from this Anglo-American chap!

  15. JamesHRH

    Happy Happy to US AVCers.Please spend some of your time discussing this today –…A new low, even for the Nets.

    1. fredwilson

      I was there and watched it live. They are not good right now. Hopefully getting Lopez and Williams back will help. Pierce and Garnett are not the answer

      1. JamesHRH

        I am not sure DWill is the answer either.And I have always had a weird vibe from JKidd. That totally bush move didn’t make the vibe better. Desperation.

    2. matthughes

      That two Lakers were in the Nets’ huddle after-the-fact says it all.

      1. JamesHRH

        NO KIDDING.Bill Simmons called the Raps / Nets game this week a ‘classic Tic Tac Toe match’ between Casey & Kidd, then called for Casey to be fired (totally right on the money, BTW).Priceless.Unless you are a Raps fan…….

  16. BillMcNeely

    Fred have a Happy Thanksgiving! I will be spending some time with the extended family seeing my 2 brand new nephews and then heading into Target tonight at 7.

  17. Tracey Jackson

    Thankful this is not you and Gotahm Gal or Glenn and myself. Enjoy your day with your family. And Happy Thanksgiving to all at AVC!

    1. JamesHRH

      How much fun do you think they had, while filming this movie across the Midwest?I met Candy 20 years ago – an absolutely genuine guy. Steve Martin recently tweeted ‘ultimate dinner companion photos’ and included Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short & Eugene Levy (out of 5 guests).Made me proud to be CDN actually.(how much fun do you think they had making SCTV?)

      1. Tracey Jackson

        I think they had so much fun several didn’t live to tell about it!

        1. John Revay


      2. William Mougayar

        Funny I ran into Candy in Edmonton a couple of years prior to his passing. He was renting a car ahead of me. He got into a big pimpmobile car. I had the standard type as per HP policy.

        1. JamesHRH

          So, this is way too long a story, but it is worthwhile:I met John Candy when he was part owner of the Toronto Argonauts. They were barnstorming the country and came to CGY. John & Bruce McNall were there representing Gretz & the other owners.They came to a Flames game as guests of the Flames ownership group. Both McNall & Candy came on the pre game hockey show, in our tiny studio on the floor level of the Saddledome (this story is from my first job, with the terrific entrepreneur who was a 2nd generation radio industry person).McNall is in first. He is done with his interview and is chatting with another guest / our on air talent. A tall, striking young woman enters the studio and tells McNall that ‘he has to leave, he is supposed to be……..’. He steps outside.3 miuntes later, I (in my role as Prod Asst to the Flames broadcasts, which I had negotiated into my actual job as EA to the Founder / CEO) step outside to go look for John Candy (who is supposed to be on air in 15 minutes but is unaccounted for).When I step outside, i catch the last 15 seconds of McNall tearing a strip off of his tall, striking EA – who was supposed to have pulled him out of the studio 5 minutes before she did. He is VERY unhappy about spending any extra time with ‘nobodies from the radio station’.I eventually find John. We spend 15 minutes going down the back stairs of the Saddledome, He asks real questions about me and the guys who are on air. Real as the air you breathe.He goes on air and is terrific. He is in the last segment before the game starts, because we could not find him and he was late.We offer him a beer. He accepts. One of the on air guys tells him that his favourite all time CDN TV show was Big City Comedy, which did not even last a season. John starts into a ton of stories about writers & guests, how terrific they were and that he genuinely appreciated Pete remembering it, etc. He has more than one beer.At least 20 minutes later, someone we know from the Flames comes in, red faced and flustered. ‘John, you are supposed to be watching the game with the owners, in their suite!!!!’ The first period is at least half over.None of us knew or I would have done something about it.He says ‘OK’ and thanks us for the beer. Tells us he had a great time and that it was fun meeting us. Off he goes.It was an amazing contrast & no surprise when one of them ended up in jail for fraud.

          1. William Mougayar

            Nice story. He was a unique individual.

  18. pointsnfigures

    Happy Thanksgiving. Drove to Detroit. My sister is allergic to turkey, so we are having beef instead! Much easier wine choices. The Egg Bowl is on, and we will be pulling for Ole Miss since our daughter attends. Besides, the Mississippi State helmets look like cowbells. Hotty Toddy. Here’s to you.

    1. JamesHRH

      Hope the snow is not too bad – getting a blast of it here now, up the 94 in Sarnia.

    2. JLM

      .One of the last great Thanksgiving traditions of college football which could only happen in the South.Ii cried when Texas A & M went to the SEC destroying the Tx v Texas A&M Thanksgiving rivalry for all time.I think it is at Miss State this year?JLM.

  19. Todd

    Quick comment on the picture: it’s no different than any other same day in a different week. Airlines don’t have more flights on pre and post holiday days, they just have more people on each plane. The industry term is load factor and it goes up on busy days, but the number of flights remains the same.

    1. fredwilson


  20. Kirsten Lambertsen

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Fred, and to all the awesome people in this community.One of the many things I’m grateful for is the advice I got nearly two years ago: “You should start reading and commenting on Fred Wilson’s blog.”

  21. panterosa,

    Happy Thanksgiving to all here, and the friends I’ve made over the years on AVC and IRL.I am very thankful so many of you have supported me recently – you have all been amazing!In that vein, sadly today is a working day for me – we are finalizing our re-launch for our crowdfunding campaign. I hope you will all check in tomorrow on Black Friday when we go live. I have normally detested Black Friday for all the right reasons, and now must eat it on that front since I am selling wares for xmas!

  22. Salt Shaker

    In the spirit of yesterday’s post, I’m grappling with how transparent I need to be with family today. Directly proportionate to the amount of wine served (and imbibed). Exercising self control with Uncle Jack is the key to success today. Happy holidays AVC!

  23. Richard

    “Your a thief””Close, I’m an attorney”

    1. JLM

      .I am laughing typing this. Pretty damn………………………………………………funny!JLM.

    2. JamesHRH

      Great opening scene.

  24. JamesHRH

    Twitter served this up today: Instructions say, let the bird chill in the sink for a few hours. No problem.

    1. William Mougayar

      That’s too funny. I reminded me of Mr. Bean at Christmas when he got his head stuck inside the turkey while stuffing it.

    2. Kasi Viswanathan Agilandam

      Good one … a hat is missing though πŸ™‚ Or is she/he is in the bath tub?

  25. FlavioGomes

    Happy Thanksgiving. Thank-you all for sharing your wisdom and inspiring me to be better.

  26. Richard

    As to planes and pilots and the airline industry, watch “catch me if you can” to see how much trust and prestige the airline industry has given away over the years. Plus it’s a good film.

  27. Robert Holtz

    Happy Thanksgiving, Fred.And Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends at AVC.Be safe everyone — especially those traveling on planes, trains, or automobiles.Grateful for all the extra insights, ideas, and good laughs you each add to my life. Thank you. And YES… PT&A is one of my all-time favorite movies…Screaming Driver: “You’re going the wrong way! You’re going to kill somebody!” Neal: “He says we’re going the wrong way…”Del: “Oh, he’s drunk. How would he know where we’re going?”Classic. Enjoy the holiday everyone. πŸ˜€

  28. ShanaC

    Considering I’ve just finished up two sides and cookies… I’m glad I’m not flying. Happy Thanksgiving to all! πŸ˜€

  29. daryn

    Happy Thanksgiving!Planes, Trains, and Automobiles is a Thanksgiving Eve tradition in our house. Tonight, we watch Chevy Chase in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

  30. JLM

    .I was picking up No 1 Son, the Investment Banker from Charlotte at Killeen-Fort Hood International Airport right next to Fort Hood last night at about midnight.The plane was filled with GIs returning to Ft Hood from all over the world. Traveling in desert camo which was banned in my day.You always traveled in greens with all medals and ribbons. If you were a paratrooper, you wore your overseas hat with the Airborne patch on it and, if authorized, you wore your Corcoran jump boots shined well enough to shave in them. Different times.You got offered a lot of free beers from WWII vets.Lot of young kids with combat patches and CIBs (combat infantryman’s badge). Looked to be about 18 years old.They had a certain world weariness and savvy that you don’t see in the average American of that age. Lean, tough and salty looking at that tender age. They had seen some action.A few sergeants who have obviously been overseas. You could tell by the way they hugged their wives and kids. Once you’ve seen that tableau, you can recognize it forever. No dry eyes.This Thanksgiving, as for the last 10 years, we are still at war in a shitty corner of the world and there is more brewing in the future.When we sit down to dinner today remember our freedoms are bought and paid for by others. George Orwell had it right:”People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”It is hard to look at these young men and know that they are the “rough men” whose sacrifices pay the mortgage on our freedoms. But it is so.Happy Thanksgiving. Is this a great country or what?JLM.

    1. JamesHRH

      Fantastic as always. Thanks for paying the mortgage on the whole building, from your friends in the 2nd floor of the NA condo complex.

  31. John Revay

    automobile to Rockland, the Tap was backed up as usual

  32. matthughes

    Happy Thanksgiving to AVC.Thanks for the great conversation and insight.

  33. peteski

    Thanks Fred, for everything (I really was at the airport).

  34. William Mougayar

    This is a fun thread. Everyone is in a jovial mood. #MoreAmericanThanksgiving.

    1. Matt Zagaja

      Happy Thanksgiving William, Shana, Fred, and everyone else at AVC. Cheers.

      1. William Mougayar

        Thanks Matt. Same to you and yours.

  35. Rohan

    Happy thanksgiving all! πŸ™‚

  36. beloved

    HAPPY Thanksgiving.. this is the most precious and awesome time for me at this day.. as my family also arrived from chicago.. and certainly we ‘ll pass our time as best way as we can..Gudluck for your day..

  37. paramendra

    I fasted on the day. It was an amazing experience!