Thanks for Everything

Halloween and Thanksgiving were some of the American experiences I got to sample in my four years in the US. I had two Thanksgiving dinners in New York, one in Providence and one in San Francisco. I met new people and got to try both new and traditional dishes. It was fun, and taught me that family can be a more expansive term than I had previously thought.

I’m on record for being opposed to importing Halloween to Norway. It’s so obviously a cash grab and an unnecessary, frankly irresponsible push to buy disposable plastic crap we really don’t need. On other hand, dressing up is fun, and I met my wife at a Halloween party, so who am I complain?

That said, I think Thanksgiving would be a far better custom to import. After all, we live in a blessed corner of the world. I want for little, and my children are healthy. Gathering your loved ones to appreciate the things we actually have seems more important than ever.

Instead, we watched people on TV literally getting trampled by consumerism and said: «You know, that Black Friday thing looks great».

Anyway, all the best to my American friends.

Slaget um Senatet

Demokratene spente buen for tredje gang. Da brast buen i to stykker. Da sa presidenten: «Hva brast så høyt?» Demokratene svarte: «Reformene av di hand, herr president.» «Det var vel ikke stor brist,» sa kongen, «ta min bue og skyt med den,» og så kastet han buen sin til dem. Demokratene tok buen og drog den straks ut forbi odden på pila, og sa: «For veik, for veik er presidentens bue!». Så skjøt de pila i sin egen fot. «Godt,» sa presidenten, «et skikkelig kompromiss.»

Fra Barack Obamasons saga.

OPPDATERING: Her gikk det jo andre veien enn forventet. Så da får vi heller se om denne posten blir aktuell som kommentar på utkåring av ny høyesterettsdommer istedet.