Flying home for Thanksgiving

Its amazing to think back now to the fact that it actually took the first pilgrims to the US in 1620, about 2 months to get there from England. By the time they sailed, it was autumn, heading into winter, so sailing against the winds was very hard work.

A hundred years or so ago, it would still have taken about a week, or slightly more, to reach the US from England by ship. Ships had far better speed to travel by then, due to the wonders of modern (for their time) engines. Planes were primitive beasts back then, far from capable of Atlantic crossings at that point. Of course, now, its possible to reach the East Coast, around Cape Cod at least, in about 6 hours! Jet planes are a wonderful thing, and the fares now, allowing for inflation, are probably cheaper than some of those ships of the past.

Of course, 50 years from now, flying home for Thanksgiving might be involving interplanetary flights, as well as Transatlantic ones. Yes, ancestors of those first pilgrims to Mars, and maybe by then, beyond, might be heading home to families too. Moon as well, I suspect, but I wont be around to find out, for sure. Though given gravity differentials, will that be possible?

Of course I’m assuming that tradition will stand then, but I cant imagine it changing, somehow. After nearly 400 years…!

This year, I havent flown anywhere for Thanksgiving. Have now done it once, and will possibly do it again, post retirement, but I suspect not before then. Well, unless…?

A friend, Stacie, sent me this, as a suggestion of a suitable Christmas present for me. Yes, I have to agree!

No, as far as I know, Amazon dont actually sell them, shame. Would be beyond my budget if they did, anyway! Of course, to fly such a craft, you need a suitable outfit to wear. For me, this seems pretty good! 😀

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Adult-Alien-Fancy-Costume-Standard/dp/B014WZ5UCQ/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1511340295&sr=8-3&keywords=adult%20alien%20costume

Of course, if you know of a better one that I can wear, going cheap…? 😉 Now, that would be a fun role to play, though I do wonder if you get out of that outfit again after putting it on! Or is it an alien life forever after that? Not that I would mind, but…?

Video time. This works for the present, and the future at least. Those early pilgrims probably wish they could have done a 6 hour flight (or whatever), rather than 2 months at sea!

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Is it Christmas already?

I know that in theory at least, the US tends to let Thanksgiving just about get out of the way before the Christmas celebrations begin, but unfortunately, over here in the UK, we dont have that buffer to get in the way. In truth, I think we were barely into November before the city centers over here were getting ‘dressed up’ for Christmas. Dont get me wrong, I dont object to all that fuss, but I do think the beginning of November is a bit early for all that. Me, I think beginning of December would be fine, but anyway…? Views?

I suspect a lot of it comes down to that matter called modern life. In truth, with so many people nowadays shopping online (guilty as charged, easier for me, even more so now) for their needs, I suppose the shops think the sooner they get people to think about spending ridiculous amounts on presents for Christmas, the better? Surely they are only going to buy presents once, regardless, but anyway…? I know, US literally goes crazy with Black Friday, one day after Thanksgiving, but at least thats nearly the end of November!

Thankfully, nowadays, I dont have many presents to buy, equally I dont get many, but that is all fine by me. If someone wants to get me a complete robot suit to wear, then fine, but in truth, my primary need is probably more some kind of very soft, lumbar supporting back that I could use on my chair. Oh, if it comes with soft seat too, all the better, but my back is sadly my main ailment now. I did have a link to something like that, but have lost it, but I’m sure its traceable on internet, but no one reading this will be looking anyway! Might get one myself, but it will have to wait until after November payday, as this is the month my reduced hours have caught up with me, so having to be careful, to avoid breaking into savings. I know, I could, but I’m crazy that way!

Yes, I’m sure I will look forward to, and enjoy the whole Christmas build up in time, but I still think the beginning of November is far too early, thats all!

Right, video time. What the shopping people seem to want it to be, for at least 2 months of the year! Yes, live version, never found that before!

Wonderful Land?

I wonder if thats how the first Pilgrims to move to North America, in 1620, saw what we now call the USA on their arrival on the Mayflower? The fact that they barely left the ship until the spring of 1621 suggests they may have seen it more as a way of getting away from the oppression of the UK, than anything else, but at this distance in time, it really is impossible for us to know.

The one thing we do know, or so history says, is that for 3 days in November, they, and the native Americans celebrated the completion of gathering in the harvest, by holding a feast, and other associated events, that we now relate back to as Thanksgiving. The likelihood of them calling it that? Pretty slim, I would say! But ever since then, and on the last Thursday in November, since 1863, it has been celebrated in the US. Well, there was one year, in the 1930’s, when it was moved forward one week, but otherwise…

Thankfully, the related ‘feast’ of shopping, known as Black Friday has been around for a far shorter time, though that one day seems to have grown into a fortnight this year, or does it just feel that way?

I know, big Ameriphile me, my grand total, one. Two years ago, thanks to a wonderful friend in Northern New York, I have celebrated the big event. Maybe I can again some day, though I suspect it might have to wait until I retire from work, but who knows? There is also someone, whose birthday clashes with the big event week, which makes it hard to do at present.

Therefore, unsurprisingly, I’ve never been involved in the cooking of a Thanksgiving Dinner, and unless I find someone over there crazy enough to take me on as a partner/wife, then I probably wont! Might be for the best now, my cooking skills are so out of practice, that I might be lousy at it now, but anyway…?

Anyway, to all my friends, and readers in the US, have a wonderful day tomorrow. But while you’re celebrating with all your modern technology, just stop, and think back to that first Thanksgiving nearly 400 years ago, when there were no ovens, let alone what we have now.

Fine, the video. As so often, the clue is in the title

Why today, and not tomorrow? Well, 2 years ago tomorrow, on 24th November, 2014, I met, err, me, for the first time!

And so, the (holiday) end is very near

And so, the end is near, though the video isnt going to be My Way…well, not the one you’re expecting at least!

Yesterday, as I’m sure everyone knows by now, was Thanksgiving Day, here in the US. And for the first time in my life, I got to experience what that magical day is like.

It started off with what I gather is another US tradition nowadays, the Macy’s parade in New York City. Lots of hype, lots of over exuberance from the commentators, so I kept the volume low, and survived. Then, a little NFL, a phone call to start getting ready (into dress, and low heels), and then over to the home of my wonderful host, James.

The afternoon was wonderful, the conversation, his family, and the meal, all of them. If, and when I repeat this delight, no idea, but I’m so glad I’ve done it once in my life now, at least. Put it this way, I had absolutely no need to eat again after that until this morning!

Black Friday is a crazy shopping extravaganza, that now seems to start at 6 pm, on Thursday! Yes, I know, but thats the way of life nowadays, seemingly. Anyway, I ignored it completely, both last night, and today. So I headed off down town by bus, and went to the New York State Museum, for a very interesting visit. Then back into town, via the State Plaza, and a lunch break, and then finally back to the hotel.

Yes, with all the snow still on the ground, I didnt go out to eat tonight. I know, I’ll probably regret it, but… and tomorrow, I head back to the UK, James very kindly running me back to the airport. Hard to believe, its less than 2 weeks to the Work Christmas dinner.

Not only that, but by the next time I return to the US (Hollywood, next April, if all goes to plan), I should look even more stunning than now, as I will be a beautifully made up lady, looking even more like Jean Harlow, I suspect.

Last, but not least, I’d like to thank my 2 wonderful hosts on this trip, James, for letting me fulfil that dream of celebrating Thanksgiving, and to S, for letting me discover that I was indeed a Hollywood actress in a previous life, and for letting me find out how much fun life as ‘Jean’ can be.

The next blog, probably a jet lagged one from the UK, on Monday.

As I said, the video isnt ‘My Way’, but…

So, given its November…

As a few around here might know, or otherwise, there is a sweet little Mind Control Forum, known to its members as The Garden Of MC ( http://mcgarden.org/forum/index.php ), of which I’m a moderator (2nd level management), mainly because of all the writing I used to do, and all the story reviews I still do. Having said that, in the next few weeks or so, I should be posting a new, short story, so be warned!

Well, normally, each month of late, we have a writing exhibition, started by one of a pair of lovely gentlemen, but this month, 6 days into the month, neither had appeared to start anything. So yes, I took control of matters, and posted one up myself. I thought at least 10 seconds over the title of the board, before coming up with ‘Harlean’s happenings’. Yes, I know, unoriginal, but with an edge of snappiness, so…

Well, given its November, there is a small celebration held each year in the US (where the majority of members are), called Thanksgiving. So given I was trying to think up a plot point, more or less on the spot, well, I thought that would do!

Quite simple, blog readers, write a short story, 5000 words or less, revolving around Thanksgiving, and related events. So if the NFL is your scene, or Black Friday is shopping heaven for you, then those count as much as the big day festivities. Indeed, if you want to put a historical bent, on the origins of the celebration, feel free.

Yes, fine, if you’re a member at the Garden, just jump in. If not, you have 2 choices. You can join, given we dont bite, you’d be perfectly safe, as mind control is purely fiction. Well, there is hypnosis, but…you cant do anything too naughty with that, unless the victim, sorry, other person is willing lol! The other option, if you want to join in, but not become a member, email me it, at robotunit8@hotmail.com , giving it a title that wont end up in my junk file, and I’ll post it for you!

No, you dont need to include that ‘nasty’ mind control stuff unless you want to, its an open contest in that sense. Clearly given the judge is me, mentions of Hollywood’s golden age, or silent era movie, might, and I do mean might earn bonus points! 😉 There may, or may not be judging, I’m not saying at this point!

But go on, if you’re experienced, turn your hand to it. If you’re not, then have some fun, try something, even if its only a few hundred words long.

There, publicity done!

The video, well the best known version of this is by the Monkees, but this is the original Carole King demo version! I’m sure they celebrate Thanksgiving in ‘Pleasant Valley’ lol

A Thanksgiving offer

Yes, this blog will at least make someone blush, I suspect, but he’s made me a very generous offer, and I want the world to know it. So fine, as some of you will point out, Thanksgiving isnt this Thursday, its a week on Thursday, but unfortunately, the calendar at the Garden has got it wrong, but I only realised that after all this had started to play out.

Fine, I’ve been in the US a few times, including a few bank holidays, but one event I’ve never been to, is Thanksgiving. Yes, I know the whole historical thing of it, as I’m sure most of you do, so I wont fill you in with all the details. Suffice to say, its a very important occasion, and I’m sure its not just an excuse to cook turkey twice, in a period of a month, instead of the once that we Brits do. But, and this is the important but, I’ve always seen it as a family occasion, not one for visiting Brits to bust in on.

But at the same time, as an Ameriphile (or whatever term they use), its something I’d love to experience, if just once.

And now, one wonderful gentleman, and friend has offered me the chance to do so, and to counter my argument about it being a family thing, has told me I can unofficially be adopted for the period of events…at least. I have not checked into the official full adoption period, we can work on that later. Thank you so much, James.

Now, as things stand, I’m planning to visit Albany next September, as the second of my US holidays for next year, after the big Kansas excursion in May. Clearly, subject to work situations, and other things that may be happening in the Albany area, its not final yet, just pencilled in. But now, do I go to Albany in September as well, do I go in November instead, or do I just stay over for 2 months? No, the latter isnt going to happen, I dont think my job would approve of the latter move lol! And if I dont go in September, do I stay at home then, as I normally do in November, keeping the count at 2 trips, or do I fit in a third? I may not be made of money, but I’m sure I could pull it off one year, without doing much real damage to the bank balance. Hmm…? Choices, choices…

Anyway, plenty of time to work all this out.

So, a very special thank you, James, I have a strong feeling you need to get those ‘adoption’ papers sorted out lol. Something else to truly look forward to next year, and something very special, that is really appreciated

The video, as I say, strictly, its a week early, but given the blog…

First they give thanks, then they go shopping…

Yes, in an ideal world, I wanted to post this yesterday, but various things caught up with me, so… Lets settle for belated Thansgiving greetings to all my American readers, and leave it at that. The poor turkeys over there get a raw deal, not only Christmas, they have to survive Thanksgiving first lol!

But thats not just it. Though this isnt an official holiday over there, for many, its akin to one, yes, its called Black Friday. Especially black for all shop staff, from what I’ve seen. It seems to be the day that everybody starts buying stuff for Christmas, lets just leave it at that. The amount of emails I’ve had today from over there, offering reduced price specials for Black Friday is nobody’s business! No, I havent bought anything there, delivery costs are too much for that, even if I’m sure there were some great bargains there. But I’ve seen you tube film, looks like its gone crazy over there!

To be fair, I’ve done some shopping this week myself, mainly because its been my main chance to do any Christmas shopping, so I’ve taken it. OK, I’ve got a few things for myself too, including the famous dress of course. For those who want to see it, and wont see it at the dinner, the link is

http://www.riverisland.com/women/dresses/maxi-dresses/gold-metallic-knit-maxi-dress-626065

Thanks to some shops in Dewsbury, I now have a clutch bag, and a few pieces of jewellery to match. Thanks to a store in Huddersfield, I now have a coat too. I must be crazy, given its all pretty much a one night thing, but its done now lol! The only thing I havent got in gold, shoes! And yes, I did find a pair of pumps in the right colour yesterday, but given I have wide feet, I couldnt squeeze into them. I’d prefer a wedge heel, or a very tiny heel anyway, but unless I see something relatively cheap, the shoes will be black lol! So if anyone has, or knows someone with such a pair locally, in size 8, I wouldnt mind…

And now is when I find out if anyone in this house still reads my blog! Someone has always teased me that I tend to go out in trousers, not a skirt, and definitely not a dress! The reaction when they heard I was wearing a dress for the dinner was quite good lol. So anyway, tomorrow is someone’s birthday here, and we are going out for a meal, and then to the theatre in Leeds. Funny thing is, not only do I not own a little black dress, I didnt own a black skirt either. Well I do, but its one of those short ones, which I wouldnt wear because of either the state of my knees, or because of the weather. No, I dont know why I got it, but I did get some daft stuff in the early days, I must admit. So, while in Huddersfield, I looked in a few charity shops for a suitable black skirt, and managed to find a couple that appealed, and were long. One was lined, one wasnt, so no contest given the time of year. And yes, I’m wearing the heels tomorrow, so…and they at least go with black, and silver, so should be fun! Yes, I have a great silver top to wear! I think its meant to be a short dress, but for me, its a top lol! 😛

So unless this gets read here, someone might be in for a surprise tomorrow afternoon.

So, in tribute to Black Friday, and what I’ve been doing this week, I present

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgWu37xXFkg