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happy thanksgiving!

Wild Thanksgiving Turkeys

First thing I did today was get up and go shoot a couple of turkeys. I see these wild turkeys almost every day driving into work. These two were the closest I could shoot. There were probably a couple dozen turkeys out there this morning.

Enjoy your turkey today…just please take more than 12 minutes to gobble down your turkey.

By the way, have you ever seen a turkey fly? It’s one of the most clumsy things you’ll ever see.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

(No animals were hurt during this process. As far as I can tell, these turkeys will make it through another Thanksgiving.)

the origin of halloween: christian?

I don’t know how you feel about Halloween, but I have mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, it’s a lot of harmless fun for the vast majority of families (at least in the US). On the other hand, many cults and demonic groups have taken full advantage of the day to hold their own satanic rituals.

But could the origin of Halloween be Christian? Even with all the symbols associated with it today?

David reprints a very interesting article about how halloween came about. It’s a long read, but worth it if you’re interested in it all. Here’s the intro:

For nearly a generation Hallowe’en has been a bone of contention among Christians. Some celebrate it blindly, not knowing (or caring) what it may represent. Many believe it is a pagan ritual whose roots are planted in the soil of historical Druidism. Others abstain from Hallowe’en, convinced that those who celebrate it are unknowingly worshipping Satan. More and more Christians are simply ignoring the day or creating alternatives to it.

And if it is Christian, what about the obvious secularization of the holiday today? Here’s a fun explanation of the jack-o-lantern:

According to tradition, the Jack-O-Lantern is the good-natured result of an old Irish-Christian wives-tale about a miser named Stingy Jack who refused his good wife’s exhortation to go to church. Jack instead frequented saloons, were he eventually met and tricked the Devil himself into paying for the drinks. A year later, on the eve of the Hallowed Day, Jack choked to death, eating a turnip. When he arrived at heaven’s gate he was turned away as an unrepentant sinner. At the gates of hell, Satan drove him off by throwing glowing embers of hell-fire at him, still angry over being tricked. Jack was doomed to walk between heaven and hell until the Judgment Day, still carrying his half-eaten turnip, in which burned the glowing embers he had caught. They called it Jack’s-Lantern, and Christians would put them up to mark the locations of their Hallowe’en parties. According to the legend, if Satan saw such a lantern he would turn and walk the other way rather than risk meeting Stingy Jack in such a gathering.

Bottom line for me is it can be a holiday full of fun for families. I wish the church did a better job emphasizing the importance of All Saints Day on November 1 – in essence the Memorial Day for Christians. I also wish the church wasn’t being pushed around by the ungodly.

As for Patricia and I, we don’t really celebrate it. We also don’t have kids. This year we’re taking the easy way out – we’re going on vacation!

Oh, and this year’s top 10 costumes according to AOL (via Marketing Pilgrim) are:

  1. Star Wars Costumes
  2. Pirate Costumes
  3. Tinkerbell Costumes
  4. Fairy Costumes
  5. Wonder Woman Costumes
  6. The Incredibles Costumes
  7. Power Rangers Costumes
  8. Yoda Costumes
  9. Police Costumes
  10. Alice in Wonderland Costumes

No word on why “Yoda Costumes” don’t count as “Star Wars Costumes” unless it’s just on what terms are searched for. Or if Yoda counts more as a Muppet than a Star Wars character!

irukandji jellyfish

Irukandji JellyfishHave you ever heard of the Irukandji Jellyfish? Don’t feel bad if you haven’t. I had not until this weekend. And now I have a mix of respect and freak-out for this aquatic thingamabob.

Scientists have only known about this particular jellyfish for a few years (1964 to be exact). One reason is it’s head is only the size of a thumbnail and virtually invisible in the water. But the world found out in 2002 when a couple of people were killed (that we know of) by irukandji jellyfish. It only takes a couple days. And if they don’t kill you, the pain can’t be calmed for weeks!

And you know the real freaky thing? Unlike most jellyfish that just float along the currents, Irukandji is a box jellyfish which means it swims, going where it wants, at about the speed of a human swimming!

They live in the waters off Queensland, Australia so I feel rather safe here in Orlando. But they expect a lot more this season in those warm waters.

rachael ray and oprah

My second favorite personality on the Food Network, Rachael Ray, is teaming up with Oprah to produce a new “lifestyle” show to air next fall. My favorite Food TV personality is Alton Brown.

Though I think my grandmothers would love this show (one can’t stop watching the Food Network and the other watches Oprah every day), I think I might like the show too. I feel like a Sally admitting it, but I think I’d like to see the show.

I think Kevin wants to see it too…though I can’t say for sure how much of a Sally he is.

love bugs

LovebugsI hate love bugs. I really do. They are all around our house right now. And they are dead inside my house. So that’s good and bad: good they are dead, bad because we gotta clean them up.

I used to believe they were here because of an experiment at the University of Florida gone awry. Alas, not true. Snopes proved it an urban legend once again.

They do come out twice a year — spring and fall — for a week or so. But it’s bad when they swarm. They usually swarm after long periods of rain. Now that Rita has finally gotten out of here, the love bugs are swarming again.

What a pain.