Happy Strange Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving 2011 at Meme’s House

It’s the start of the holiday season.  A holiday season like none of us has seen in our lifetime.  We’ve already seen changes in how we dine in restaurants, attend sports events, concerts and so many other activities.

The CDC is recommending that people not travel this season and to limit Thanksgiving gatherings to small groups in your normal group of family/friends you interact with on a regular basis.   Somehow the recommendation to help us remain safe has been come that somehow the Government is trying to take away Thanksgiving.  That is crazy.  If you want to ignore medical advice and have a big gathering, that is your choice.  I don’t understand how somehow being safe and taking precautions to protect those you love and yourself, has become political.    I don’t care if you voted Republican or Democrat or something else, I want each of you to be safe.  It sucks that we won’t have a big house full of people eating good food, drinking cold beverages & watching the Dallas Cowboys lose on Thursday (OK, they might win but based on what I’ve seen this season….).   However being safe this year, hopefully means that in the years ahead we will have many more chances to celebrate together.

For now, please be safe, remember to socially distance, wash your hands, wear a mask and if you don’t want to do any of those things, it is your right.  You have the right to choose what you want to do with your body (for now at least).  So please do what you think is best for you and those you love.    Love to all and please have a wonderful Thanksgiving (and for those of you not in the US, a wonderful weekend).

Holly Cara Price Remembered

Holly was a longtime lover of music, a ticket angel, a superfan, writer, researcher, and a trusted assistant to many members of the E Street Family.  Dan French joins Jesse to share his memories of Holly.   To celebrate her life, her family & friends are asked to donate to the Humane Society of NY.

http://www.humanesocietyny.org/donations/

https://medium.com/@hollycara

https://www.linkedin.com/in/hollycaraprice/

https://setlustingbruce.libsyn.com/holly-cara-price-remembered

What’s next for America

Penn Jillette is one of my favorite performers. I love his podcast, Penn Sunday School, I’ve seen the Penn & Teller show twice in Vegas and their TV Show Fool Us is mandatory viewing at the house. Penn is a very vocal atheist & Libertarian here is his take on what we need from a Joe Biden Administration. I think he is correct and I need to do my part to understand and love my fellow citizens who supported Trump. It won’t be easy for me and others but it needs to be done (In my opinion)

https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/09/opinions/post-election-roundup-what-now-america-opinion/index.html

Penn Jillette: You have one job, Joe

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Okay, so it’s not over, there will be court fights, but Joe has won. I used to identify as Libertarian, I used to have opinions on government. I used to think I disagreed with Joe Biden on most everything, but I voted for him. I wanted the other guy fired and I wanted Joe hired and for me the job description is now very simple. I need Joe to love all the Trump supporters. I don’t care if Joe raises taxes. I don’t care if Joe helps add stupid, counterproductive regulations. I don’t care about anything except love and kindness.I’ve never seen Joe as a hero, but now we need a Nelson Mandela. We need MLK. And it needs to be Joe. We need someone who can love the people who hated him and lied about him. He must rise to the occasion.Half the country voted for Trump. These people did not buy a pig in a poke like in 2016, these were people who knew what they were voting for and voted anyway. It’s appalling and horrifying, but these people are not monsters. These people are our neighbors and our relatives. These people are us, and we need someone who can teach us to love them again.Joe started saying the right things already, but he has to go all the way. Please, Joe, make me embarrassed to say anything bad about Trump supporters. Please fill all our hearts with love for each other. Please. This is Joe’s chance to have the situation make him better than he has any right to be. Please teach us to love and understand and move on together.

You have one job, Joe — love all of us.

Penn Jillette, a writer, television host and frequent guest on a wide range of shows, is half of the Emmy Award-winning magic act duo Penn & Teller. His most recent book is “Presto.”

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Bruce Springsteen on the cover of “Letter to You” / Photo ©Danny Clinch

In the summer of the plague year, my other half and I moved from San Mateo, California, where we had lived for 33 years, to Seattle, Washington, to be in the same city as our only child. We loved the Bay Area. We had friends there, family, purpose. But the pandemic came and with it, the clear, overriding imperative to reunite our family and weather this together. We sold the house that we had lived in for 17 years and embarked on a surreal 13-hour road trip on eerily empty highways. Every gas station rest stop felt like coronavirus Russian Roulette. The anxiety of feeling COVID lurking all around us was so overwhelming that I think I was in a trance for most of the drive.

And now we’re in Seattle in a rented house where I…

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