Let's face it. There's a lot not to be thankful for.



What not to be thankful for on Thanksgiving Day: A contrarian's top ten list

#10 Inattentive drivers

#9 Mind-numbing movies

#8 Discourteous shoppers

#7 Robocalls and telemarketers

#6 The flu season

#5 Bed bugs and other vermin

#4 Natural disasters, including forest fires, tornadoes, and hurricanes (no matter what you call them)

#3 The opioid epidemic

#2 Terrorists and other hate groups

#1 Donald Trump and his cohorts*


*If I omitted any of your favorites, feel free to add your misery.






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  • But you should be thankful that the nuclear war with the DPRK hasn't broken out yet.

    #7 I mitigated by getting Xfinity Voice (half the price) and telling the salesperson, No, I DEFINITELY do not want the same number. Only Lisa from Cardholder Services has found this one.Being in the overlay area code helps.

    I'll add one, reinforced from yesterday: From the Planet Fitness ad, lunkheads in the fitness center, from just yesterday, a 300 lb. trainer who walked away from a machine just to force me away because he had another 7 pulls and then another 7 pulls, to someone who honored the "don't pour water on the sauna" sign by squirting a water bottle on it. Of course, I've mentioned the dueling FNC/CNN flat screen TVs.

    Another one is a brain dead blogger in the right pane who denies #4.

  • Well I am thankful for your wonderful posts, AW.

    And thank you Jack, for your humor and insightful comments.

    Thank you both!

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    I second the motion. Thank you both.

  • Another one inspired by someone else in the right pane: Channel 20 going dark, except with Rough Cut Woodworking with Tommy Mac reportedly going out of production, doesn't matter.

  • In reply to jack:

    I second that, too. I found out only today. Let's hope to be thankful for their replacement(s).

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Channel 20 won't have one, unless you consider selling the spectrum to cell phone companies for a pittance a replacement. In response to the referred person in the right pane, there was some talk about WTTW taking over MHz (channel 20.3), but WTTW doesn't seem to have much interest, especially since it runs WGBH WORLD on 11.3 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. As for Tommy Mac, I suppose WGBH can come up with another woodworking show, but it probably would only show up on CREATE (11.3 at other times), What tipped me off was that CREATE should have started season 8, but went back to rerunning season 7.

    The other surprise is that the NBC (5 and 44), FOX (32 and 50) and Univision (60 and 66) duopolies each sold one station, but nothing has been said yet about the latter going on the former's signal, while WYCC is being rushed off the air.

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