Happy Thanksgiving – Open Thread

2010 November 25
by bc3b

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  1. 2010 November 25 6:24 am
    retlaw permalink

    Wishing a blessed, peaceful, enjoyable, safe and happy Thanksgiving to all of you here at BJG.

    Asking for you all to keep my 30 year old son (and rest of us) in your prayers. He burned his had badly at his night shift at his manufacturing plant (hot glue, as hot as 400 degrees). Taken by ambulance to Johns Hopkins from our local hosp. to Hopkins. He bandaged it himself and finished the last 4 hours of his shift, and GF forced him to go to the local hosp. for medical attention at 3 A.M. Mrs. Retlaw and son’s GF and I drove the 80 miles down to Baltimore .

    Med people giving doses of morphine, but son is still in a lot of pain.

    2nd and 3rd degree burns to right hand. Apparently no nerve damage. Don’t know whether or not will need skin grafts. His main worry is not being able to work (had signed up to work W, Th, F, and Sat), giving up valuable overtime, why did this happen to him when he is trying so hard to do good things, and other such things.


  2. 2010 November 25 6:25 am
    bc3b permalink

    Best wishes to everyone. May anyone traveling have a safe journey and a special happy Thnaksgiving to MI Conservative and his mom.

  3. 2010 November 25 6:30 am
    bc3b permalink

    Best wishes and prayers for your son Retlaw.

  4. 2010 November 25 6:47 am
    bc3b permalink

    Since it’s Thanksgiving, we will postpone the college football thread with cheerleaders until tomorrow. Our only game today is Texas – Texas A&M.

    RP, RJH and MI Conservative picked Texas. Mullet, Deckard and bc3b have the Aggies
    JBoz hasn’t submitted this week’s picks yet. Get them in by game time.

  5. 2010 November 25 6:52 am


  6. 2010 November 25 6:56 am
    bc3b permalink

    It appears Spain, Portugal and Belgium are preparing to follow Ireland into a financial meltdown. First time I’ve seem Belgium mentioned.


  7. 2010 November 25 7:03 am
    bc3b permalink

    Interesting thread from FR. I follow football closely and didn’t know there was an NFL football team called the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1940.


  8. 2010 November 25 7:16 am

    7 Did they have cheerleaders?????

  9. 2010 November 25 7:16 am

    IF NOT PALIN, THEN WHO ??????????????????????????????

  10. 2010 November 25 7:35 am
    bc3b permalink

    Eph –

    Today you’ll find breasts and thighs on the dining room table. Bright and early tomorrow you’ll find the BJG college BJG thread with Oregon cheerleaders.

    Oregon cheerleaders may not be the USC Songbirds, but, like Avis of old, they try harder.

  11. 2010 November 25 8:01 am
    MI Conservative permalink

    Happy Thanksgiving. Thanks bc!

    Remember-According to liberal groups and Michelle Obama………

    Turkey is meat and you cannot eat it according to animal activist. Pies have too much sugar, calories and fat so they are off limits too. Potatoes have too much starch and gravy clogs your arteries. Layoff any vegetable that has butter on it. Salt is a real NO-NO!!!! Soda (pop for us in MI) is loaded with sugar and should be taxed it is so bad. Wine and beer contain alcohol and you will become a drunk.

    Enjoy your tofu everyone!!!

  12. 2010 November 25 8:06 am

    11 LMAO !

  13. 2010 November 25 8:08 am

    10 BC,

    Here is my schdule for the next three days:

    Thursday: Turkey thigh and breast
    Friday: NCAA Cheerleader thigh and breast
    Saturday: Previous weeks NFL cheerleaders thigh and breat
    Sunday: Current weeks NFL cheerleader thigh and breast

  14. 2010 November 25 8:33 am

    Monday – Fava beans and a nice chianti

  15. 2010 November 25 9:22 am
    bc3b permalink

    Eph –

    I aim to please. Seriously, some of the college cheerleaders uniforms are as risque as the NFL’s and Oregon is leading the way.

  16. 2010 November 25 9:35 am
    Colorado KnightOwl permalink

    Retlaw you and your family are in our prayers….

    May God Bless you one & all here at BJG.

    Happy Thanksgiving….

  17. 2010 November 25 9:54 am


    So sorry I missed your post.

    May the Good Lord watch over your son.

    Keep us updated on his progress.

  18. 2010 November 25 10:21 am
    MI Conservative permalink

    ret, Me too. I owe all you a bunch of prayers and will include you and son in my prayers.

    Hope all go well–

  19. 2010 November 25 10:38 am
    TLS permalink

    Finally have a minute to log on and wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving! I am certainly thankful for BJG and our family of posters who keep me from losing my mind over politics. I’ve been pretty busy lately, but even when I can’t post, it’s nice to be able to read some common sense in an insane world!

    We are adopting a few marines for Thanksgiving who are not able to make it home. Looking forward to the opportunity to thanks these fine young men for their service and give them something back.

    Special prayers to your son, Retlaw ~ for his recovery and ease of his pain on that journey.

    Also to your mom, MiCon, that her recovery is swift and complete.

    God bless you all!

  20. 2010 November 25 12:14 pm
    retlaw permalink

    Thanks for the prayers, keep ’em coming.

    Update is that perhaps all the burns are 2nd degree. Healing prognosis is good (IF–big IF since he is HARDHEADED) he listens to the medical folks and takes care of his wounds) and there should be no scaring. Total heal in several months.

    At J. Hopkins they attended to him (I’ll skip the medical details as it is Thanksgiving) bandaged him, gave him enough drugs to sedate a horse (which had little effect on him) and allowed him to come back home to his apartment. He finally did sleep about the last hour of the drive back to his apt. early this afternoon and GF is staying over there today to help out. She is a real sweetie.

    They do want to see him tomorrow in Balt., so I’ll do the 160 mile round trip to get him back down there on Fri. Also has to make an apptmnt. fo the burn center down there to go back down sometime next week.

    The medical stuff is fairly cut and dried and I can deal with that. There is an underlying part of the story that mushrooms from his work accident that I do not feel comfortable sharing and it would not be in son’s best interest for me to do so.

    He so needlessly complicates his life (and those around him) and that is the part that drives me crazy. He puts himself in catch 22 situations at times, and how he dealt with this work injury is one of them where both options have bad consequences and could easily lead to unpleasant work related slippery slopes. Calling in to work and only saying you will not be at work today for unspecified reasons (and not mentioning that it will be impossible for him to work Fri, or Sat, or …) is just kicking the can down the road. But his has his reasons (even though it may very well not be in his best interest to play it this way…)

    I love him to pieces but, boy his failure to play things straight sure is maddening. You give guidance, and prod and encourage, but in the end the adult kids have to make the final decisions.

    That is all I will ever say about the “rest of the story”. I may provide very brief medical update from time to time.

    Thanks for your continued prayers and for not asking too many questions.

  21. 2010 November 25 1:13 pm
    janzam permalink


    You are but one of many parents who learn that they have only so much control over their kid’s lives — and most of that “control” is when they are children. After that it is mainly watching, detaching with love, and hoping for the very best…..


    Good for you in taking on such worthy guests. In our family we invited a young plumber over, at the last minute, who has no immediate family to spend Thanksgiving with. I always view invitations, that are accepted at the last minute, as such an honor on my part to extend, as that is what this holiday is all about —-> sharing a meal with people, even those you don’t know well.

  22. 2010 November 25 2:41 pm
    RepublicanPundit permalink


    Ret. Prayers and good to know he will recover.

    Please pray for my family, who about to bury a beloved Nephew Tomorrow. He was a Good Christian and his family also, so we know where he is, but grief of us left behind is great.


  23. 2010 November 25 2:49 pm
    bc3b permalink

    RP –

    You have been going through a trying period. May God be with you and your family.

  24. 2010 November 25 3:23 pm
    judyt2009 permalink

    Finally a picture of breasts that I can enjoy….

  25. 2010 November 25 3:30 pm
    judyt2009 permalink

    Prayers for everyone this holiday….especially to RETlaw dealing with difficult times and family matters… prayers for his son’s healing

  26. 2010 November 25 4:36 pm
    beej permalink

    Hope everyone had a blessed day with family and friends…prayers from our family for Retlaw, MiC, and RP, and for any others of my BJG family in need…Family is the most precious thing in life…

  27. 2010 November 25 5:21 pm
    TLS permalink

    #25 LOL!! God bless you judy!

  28. 2010 November 25 5:23 pm
    gnqanq permalink

    Happy Thanksgiving to all.

    retlaw, I hope and pray your son recovers.

    RP – may God’s peace give you and your family comfort in the days ahead. The good news is that he is home and one day there will be a reunion.

    A little Thanksgiving video for all to enjoy.


  29. 2010 November 25 5:57 pm
    retlaw permalink

    Thanks to all for your kind words of concern and support and prayers.
    Mrs. Retlaw and I took much needed naps, and went out for restaurant turkey dinners this evening. We also bought and took several turkey dinners over to some lonely friends and two turkey dinners over to my son’s apartment for he and his wonderful GF. Our son met us at the door with a whole uncooked turkey in hand (his employer given one to each employee). Son gave turkey to Mrs. Retlaw and aked her to please find some needy soul or family to give it to.

    Son had just yesterday told me he had this turkey and was thinking about who he might give it to. He had ruled out the homeless guy who lives in a make shift shack thrown together in a woods near where my son lives. The homeless guy only has a fire pit to cook on and no refigerator, so not a good place for the whole turkey to end up. Son says the young homeless guys (30s or 40s) works everyday (in construction), gets paid daily, but is an alcoholic who drinks most of his pay up. Son (who grew up in a strong church family, but has drifted far from the church doors) on a number of occasions has told me he buys canned goods and other food and gives to this poor soul–but never buys him beer. This my son who fairly regularly struggles to pay his monthly bills.

    Whatever our lot or station in life, we need not look far to find others who are more in need than are we ourselves, regardless of what we may happen to be going through at the moment…

    For TLS–God Bless you and yours for providing some home comfort to some our military’s finest.

    For MiCon–my prayers go out to you as well for God’s comfort and healing for your Mom.

    For RP–Wishing you God’s comfort and understanding as you deal with your loss. The grief we go through for our loss is far overshadowed by the joy experienced by our loved ones who “go over to the other side” and hopefully await our arrival. Those who “pass over” live forever in our hearts and memories. Part of them becomes part of us and they still live on.

    Many blessings to all on this day.

  30. 2010 November 25 6:02 pm
    retlaw permalink

    Please overlook spelling and language usage errors above. Been a long day and I’m drained.

  31. 2010 November 25 8:26 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    For any that maybe traveling this holiday season. Here is your TSA pickme up –

    “Can’t see London. Can’t see France. Unless we can see in your underpants.”
    “Grope Discounts Available at the ticket counter.”
    “Only we know if Lady GaGa is really a Lady.”
    “Don’t worry my hands are still warm from the last guy.”
    “Wanna fly, drop your fly.”
    “We’ve handled more balls than Barney Frank.”
    “We are now free to move about your underpants.”
    “We rub you the wrong way, so you can be on your way.”
    “We handle more packages than UPS.”
    “Women, children and old ladies first.”
    “$250 to Houston and all I got was this proctology exam.”
    “A journey of a 1000 leagues…Starts with a blue glove?”

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