I went back and read all of the thanksgiving posts I have written here at AVC this morning. That’s a good way to remind myself of everything I have to be thankful for and I have a lot.
I found this picture of the Gotham Gal cutting a turkey up ten years ago. I remember that thanksgiving well.
I’m glad that our country takes a day off to give thanks. It’s my favorite holiday of the year because it is not tinged with religion or national pride. Thanksgiving has no baggage. It’s a day for friends, family, warmth, food, wine, and relaxation.
I plan to spend the day mindful of all that I am thankful for. Including all of you here at AVC.
Wishing AVC community much fun and happiness with their families and friends!One of these days I’ll actually master cooking a giant turkey as the Gotham Gal obviously has. Until then, I’ll enjoy the cooking talents in restaurants if I happen to be in the US on Thanksgiving!
They say timing is everything. If one loves technology, entrepreneurship and opportunity, these are the best of times.Thanks for health.
Happy thanksgiving Fred and AVC!
Fred, Here in Brazil we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, but thank you for sharing your thoughts and wisdom with all of us. I don’t comment much but I’ve been a regular reader for a few years now.Happy Thankggiving for you, your family and everyone in AVC.
My Brazilian friends here in the US love Thanksgiving – it’s become their favorite holiday.
And we are thankful that you give us insightful, meaningful, and thought provoking articles to read and start our entrepreneurial mornings off on the right foot. Enjoy your holiday!
You left off football, which as a fellow Jets fan, I guess I can’t blame you.
we might watch some football. the Jets are unwatchable
Chef Joanne! Loving the chef’s jacket. Happy Thanksgiving.
That is a big bird! And I too love the French Chef’s Jacket.
I’m guessing, 22-25 lbs?
I’m guessing 28 which was the biggest I ever cooked.
Happy Thanksgiving to the AVC community.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Travel safe and have a great day. Some great smells coming out of the kitchen.
Extra tipping on Thanksgiving 😉
is this the Mayflower celebration? I’m a foreigner.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!
Happy thanksgiving to all!
That’s a great looking turkey! Happy thanksgiving avc.
Yep, even a vegan could agree.
Not this one.
I hear ya. I’ve been a vegan for 10 years. But, my childhood memories make that picture a happy one, at least to comment on in a blog)
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because of the many happy childhood memories…happy family memories. And because it coincides with my birthday. :-)But I don’t miss eating turkeys.
Happy Birthday Jim.
What? No brisket? No lox? No kobe beef burger? No cream cheese.I actually had to check on the lox. Are you, um, “glatt kosher” vegan or just vegan? (By glatt kosher I mean “off the bell curve vegan”).http://www.answers.com/Q/Ca…My sister has been a vegan since high school. My sister in law is a vegan. If I had best friends some of them would be vegans.
What do you do for a main on thanksgiving
The concept of a main course is contrived.And that’s not a poultry excuse. ;-)We eat food. A variety of the bountiful.
I’d laugh but my lungs hurt already….:)
Thanksgiving in the RAW, organic apple pie for dessert.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. We are so lucky. Godspeed to you all.
Love the line “Thanksgiving has no baggage.” Have a wonderful day everybody.
Happy Thanksgiving you all. Enjoy the day with your families and friends!
Did the GG buy some freak ball hybrid Ostrich-Turkey that year?That bird is huge!Happy Thanksgiving Y’all.Back to work @wmoug:disqus !!!!!
One of the technologies developing is Genetic Modification. Currently turkey’s are not genetically modified.If genetic engineering could improve the environment (by making turkey farm runoff less toxic) is this a net win or a net loss?
Well it has to be large enough for Thanksgiving dinner including seconds, an encore the next day for whoever wants it, turkey sandwiches, and turkey hash. At least in our family. I’ve even been known to make soup from the carcass.
ooooooooo – turkey noodle soup!Yummy!Xmas is turkey season in Canada. My Mom used to refry the roasted potatoes and then serve them with opened faced hot turkey sandwiches for lunch, on Boxing Day.Enjoy!
Can I come over for the soup
That would be lovely.
Happy Thanksgiving Buster. Few thingsA) Joanne needs to update her chef’s coat with a fancy GGB) Josh was a #punk even back thenC) Columbus Circle parade watching = winD) Central Park!!!E) Did your posts back then really have no comments or is this just a pre-Disqus “thang”Best to you and the fam and all the AVCers and everyone out there. Have a great day.
i added Disqus comments in Aug 2007 (actually i gave daniel ha my typepad login and he added them). all posts before that had typepad comments which were spam filled (lots of porn spam links). there was no good way to moderate comments in the typepad system. so when i moved from typepad to wordpress a few years ago, i left the typepad comments behind. kind of tough to leave lots of good ones. but they were surrounded by crap. so i let them go.
I’ve always loved big birds. Happy American Thanksgiving everyone!
I wish that Thanksgiving had no baggage but it does. Just ask any Native American.
Indians held the balance of power in North America at the time of the first Thanksgiving. Over the centuries, they fought and lost. But so did the French, the Spanish, the Dutch, the English, etc. History moves on.
I’m no history expert by any means but to me the Indians are an example of a group of people who had (and still have) failed to adapt and advance with modern society. Same as the amish. When you boil it down it’s actually a selfish act on the part of the elders to keep everyone in the fold and not assimilate (might not be the right word) the race.You find that same thing in many immigrant groups as well. I remember having employees who were raised in South Philly and wouldn’t ever think of moving out of South Philly away from their parents. The parents didn’t think of what was best for their kids they simply thought in terms of what was good for them and their own survival. Many jewish families are like this as well (wanting to keep their kids close to the fold and in the family business for example). This is brainwashed into them at an early age.Here’s the interesting thing though. Way back, before social support services, this was an important to insure one’s survival. You had to have kids around so you had someone to take care of you when you got older. While this is still important it’s certainly less important today than it was 150 or even 80 years ago. When their was no safety net at all other than friends or family.  Another reason you couldn’t piss off people in your small community you might have to rely on them one day when you were in a time of need.
Yes off course. So do many nations, and now wild life and animals near extinction. Social darwinism is a great theory, and done marvellous things in human history. If your nomadic culture respects nature, how could you be selfish and not adapt to houses and industrial world?
The only thing that matter is the power. The secret formula for a better world. Let those with power exercise it, and history will move on.
Rivers and Streams didn’t fair to well either.
They’re actually doing pretty well now. A harbor seal swam up the Hackensack river recently: https://twitter.com/dpinsen…
Or a turkey
Couldn’t agree more. Thank you for your thoughts! If you’d like to see my list of reasons to be thankful for T’giving, check out alicewhitmoresblog.com
Nice Thanksgiving post here by a Brit: http://blogs.spectator.co.u…
Whoa, hadn’t heard of that particular history. That’s horrific http://en.m.wikipedia.org/w…
That’s a perfect opportunity to thank you Fred for being such a mensch and a source of inspiration!
Thanks Fred. My sentiments exactly.Save room for dessert.
Going for a 10k calorie day…thankful for all you guys
That’s a lot of beans 🙂
I initially read that as a 10k run…which might be in order to handle the caloric intake.
Certainly the most American of Holidays!3 Football gamesMass quantities of foodAll to power up for the biggest shopping day of the year!It’s a capitalist holiday – all about MORE!Happy Thanksgiving.
I am thankful for Fred for hosting, William and everyone else who put in the extra time to moderate and keep the discussions flowing, and the community that keeps things interesting here. Cheers!
Thanks Matt. Happy Thanksgiving to you; we had our Canadian Thanksgiving in October 😉
Childhood T-Giving: White, Jewish2014 T-giving: White, Black, Jewish, Catholic, Gay, Straight, American, Canadian, European….A mosaic, modern-day family!#toleranceHappy T-giving!
Happy thanksgiving everyone! 🙂
Your first American Thanksgiving?
Yes indeed! Was very very nice!
I want to take a minute and thank you, Fred. For taking your time everyday to write and share your experience & knowledge. No matter how big or small things are, we should be thankful for all of them. So, thank you.PS: tell the Gotham Gal that turkey looks magnificent.
I’m glad that our country takes a day off to give thanks.But I’m glad that the local Starbucks was open and actually was surprised to see the deli open so I could pick up my weekend belly lox and smoke salmon spread. And the lox was extra oily as well. That’s like fresh powder on the slopes. Mr. owner of deli was in a good mood so I’m guessing he’s doing great business today. Not everyone is a Joanne and there is this trend that never existed when I grew up (where Mom’s did what Joanne does and made the meal) where people pick up the food elsewhere and don’t cook. Same on the Jewish high holidays. The deli has two big refrigerated trailers in the parking lot for all the extra business they do on those days. That didn’t exist 30 years ago. Nobody bought food that way. Social proof in action. People do what they see others doing that they would never consider doing if others, with more batsim, didn’t blaze the trail first. <—- Important concept as far as why things like this change over time.
Happy Thanksgiving to Fred and the whole AVC gang.
Hope you have a good day too, Fred!
Thank Fred for what you do. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
Thanks you. And I’m going back to bed, because I’m wheezing mildly…Though I want some of that turkey
Ah, now understand desire for soup. Hope you are all better — or close.
Not yet. I’m going to the doctor tomorrow, Certain things are clearing up, but I’ve been essentially in bed since late wednesday and I can’t go to bed without coughing fits. So doctor time.
Yes go! Feel better soon.
Giving thanks is a good thing … maybe the best of things.
It seems that the happiest people… and more so the most joyful… are those who are the most thankful. Interesting how that works.
Great photo! I want a chef’s jacket like Joanne’s but no way I can do it the same justice.Thankful for you too, Fred. And for this AVC community. So much! Happy Thanksgiving AVCers!
That’s a bigass turkey.
http://avc.com/2004/11/than…were there really no comments? times change.
Happy Thanksgiving. So much going on in the world that we are not thankful for, and its true that Thanksgiving has its own baggage. But I like using it as a jumping off point for optimism. (and eating and parades and football). Enjoyed this post on it, from a Rabbi, but its non-denominational: http://goodmenproject.com/f…
Is Fred in the air on his way to Europe today?
What a warm and thoughtful piece – thanks, Fred. I’ve been a regular reader of your blog and have found them to be very insightful and full of optimism. Thanks you, Fred! 🙂
Just thinking out loud … if one is to be thankful for friends, family, health, etc., who are you thankful to? Chance? Luck? Providence? Your own effort and hard work? Especially for things such as health and safety? Who do you thank? ps138
Where is that, Carl?
Don’t know the exact area but have spent a lot of time in Yorkshire. 🙂