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  •  Missed it by "that" much! (3+ / 0-)

    Today is/was Thanksgiving Day in the Great White North. We had our Big Bird big bird yesterday, with friends over for dinner who we travelled with this past summer. (Sigh, summer in the past tense).

    "Let's have that conversation" - a phrase tossed about by people who have no intention, or no ability, or both, to honestly and intelligently discuss anything.

    by lotac on Mon Oct 14, 2013 at 08:13:06 PM PDT

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    •  I thought somehow it was last week. So, I'll (3+ / 0-)

      tell the story now.

      Thanksgiving is my father's favorite holiday. Always has been. So I was at school in the Detroit area some twenty years ago, and he happened to be there on business that week. He called me up at school and said "do you think we could go over to Windsor and get a good Thanksgiving dinner?"

      "Well,", I said, "I think so. I'm free from class tonight". So, over the Ambassador bridge we went and got a first class turkey dinner at a restaurant in Windsor, Ontario.

      Now, we were in my car, and I had several early instruments in my car. I was, well, dressed as a student. Dad, who was an insurance exec in Chicago at the time, was dressed in a dark pinstripe suit. Coming back into Michigan, we were flagged for a customs patdown (very rare in those days). The US guys were convinced we had drugs. So, they searched the car, and found a crummhorn, which is a renaissance reed instrument which might resemble something that a person could smoke pot out of. "Aha!" said the border guard. "What is this?" I said "it's a musical instrument, see?" and I played a tune on it.

      The border guard was deflated.

      "Who are you people?" the border guard/customs agent wanted to know.

      "I'm a music student." I responded. "And who are YOU?" he asked my father.

      "I'm a businessman from Chicago" my father said in his best Mob voice.

      We got back to Detroit. Laughing all the way.

      The "Shot heard 'round the world" is now known as the "Pinochet Ricochet". --commonmass

      by commonmass on Mon Oct 14, 2013 at 08:22:12 PM PDT

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    •  That story, by the way, is often told (3+ / 0-)

      at US Thanksgiving dinners in my family. Why we didn't go up to his relatives in Hamilton, I don't know. If we had had some notice, I suppose, we would have. But he did get his turkey dinner. Twice, that year.

      The "Shot heard 'round the world" is now known as the "Pinochet Ricochet". --commonmass

      by commonmass on Mon Oct 14, 2013 at 08:27:00 PM PDT

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