Leftovers, Jigsaw Puzzles, & the "Original Six"

Some random thoughts / observations / musings on this Thanksgiving weekend:

I've been keeping an "occasional" journal since 1992, jotting down my thoughts and ideas. Normally I pick it up two or three times a year and flip through it, reading an entry here and there, and then adding a new entry. For some reason, perhaps it was the grayness of the day, I don't know, but Thanksgiving was one of those days. So I reread some old entries and then began with the following for 11/23/06: "Thanksgiving Day. The year is ticking away and they're already playing Christmas music on the radio." Just three days into the 2006 Christmas season and I'm already sick and tired of "Santa Baby"!

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Looking back over my journal, I noticed I made an entry in September 2001, just prior to 9/11: "...Thinking seriously about buying a farm house in Maine...Maine sounds like my speed. I can become a gentleman farmer, like Henry Beston."

My next entry, on 1/1/2002: "A new year arrives as we bid farewell to an historic one that our grandchildren will read about decades from now. My earlier journal entry was written two days before the events that changed the world and began a war that continues today, and that will probably be waged for years into the future." How could I have known then how prophetic my words would become? Five years later and the daily battle in the Middle East wages on.

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Spoke with my cousin via telephone on Thanksgiving morning to exchange holiday wishes. Actually he's my third cousin (he's my late grandmother's cousin). During WWII he enlisted in the Navy at the tender age of 17 to serve aboard the USS Arkansas on D-Day. Later, the Arkansas arrived in the Pacific to battle the Japanese, and my cousin was present to witness the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima. All these years later and he still doesn't know how to swim. Talk about guts!

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Most sports fans associate Thanksgiving with football. Football's great, but hockey's my game ... especially when it involves two "Original Six" teams, like tonight's Boston Bruins - Toronto Maple Leafs game. When my daughter was young, she thought the team was called the Toronto Make Believes. She turns 18 tomorrow, and now she knows better. As for the rest of you, can you name the other four "Original Six" NHL teams? Answer below.

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We've been feasting on leftovers for the past two days - turkey, squash, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, etc. Sadly, we ran out of cranberry sauce early on. And the "good" eggnog is gone. (We had a container of light eggnog, but it was terrible so I poured it down the sink rather than subject my family and myself to its further wickedness.)

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The kids are working on a jigsaw puzzle this evening -- such a holiday weekend thing to do. For a few weeks now we've had an ongoing puzzle occupying the surface of a small table in the kitchen. The edge pieces have been in place for some time now, but nobody's had the energy to tackle the interior pieces. I dabbled at it earlier today, completing the red barn. The remaining pieces are all grass and flowers -- that's just too much effort!

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Our Boston Terrier, Lucy, has something on her mind this evening. She's staring at me, and occasionally whining. She's had her dinner -- Kibbles & Bits ... & Ravioli -- and she just had a treat, so I can't figure her out. Perhaps she, too, is upset that the eggnog is all gone!

Jack Sheedy

PS: "Original Six" NHL teams: Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Black Hawks, Detriot Red Wings, New York Rangers.

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