The Best Season / Wherefore Art Thou, Gallows Humor

Part I: Let us join together in celebration of this, the best part of the year. November is the very heart of autumn, and as such, it features the maximum chance of true sweater weather. I'm finally not uncomfortably hot as I go about my quotidian rounds. Today, in fact, is supposed to feature a few drops of rain for the first time in weeks and the last time for weeks, so I'm in a better mood than usual.

Of course, the real cause for better moods than usual is that Thanksgiving is imminent. Both of the long-term readers of this blog know how I feel about Thanksgiving: it is the best holiday. Let's review why:
  • Not a holiday for teenagers to scream woooooo!
  • No fireworks.
  • No need to worry about presents.
  • Wine + tryptophan = sleepy.
Last year I managed two Thanksgiving celebrations, one in Paris and the other in Heidelberg. This year I get two yet again, one in San Francisco and one in Novato. Both will be staffed with friends and family and feature awesome stuffing.

Part II: It's been hard to keep up my sense of humor through all of the stress of job apps and future plans. ** It's just...not that funny. I spent the last five years telling myself that it was okay if this whole academic gig didn't work out, but now that I'm at the end of the degree, I would really like a job, please, and preferably one involving teaching history. That said, I am determined to find something funny about it. I'll be sure to let everyone know when I find it.

* Some people call it "dressing." My current theory is that it's stuffing in the bird and/or oven, then becomes dressing once it's on the plate. Or it's just one of those weird American English regional words, like soda / coke / pop. Anyway, I call it stuffing.

** I did make it past the first round of cuts at one of the places I applied to. Hope springs eternal.


El Chupacabra said...

For a long time Halloween was my favorite holiday, but as time goes on I give less and less of a damn about spending a bunch of money on a costume. The 4th of July was my favorite for a while due to the fireworks, BBQ, and CCR, but over the ears my desire to explode things has diminished somewhat. I am happy to report that I am now firmly on board with Thanksgiving being my number one now for all the reasons you mentioned PLUS the fact that it's the only holiday that doesn't truly begin until someone gets called a whore at the dinner table.

Beetlegirl said...

And you can't forget the Dog Show!

kungfuramone said...

Chup: dude, I am so happy to have you on board with this. Gentlemen of taste and learning we remain.

And yes, sweetie, thank you for reminding me to give props to the dog show.

theNerdPatrol said...

Where did you make it past the first round of cuts? Congrats!

kungfuramone said...

I shouldn't say on a public-type interweb thing. I shall e-mail you and let you know.

Also, this is only cut 1 of, like, 4, so I can't get too excited here...