TigerBlog was in Dillon Gym yesterday morning.
There's an elevator in Dillon in the tower, where the offices for women's soccer, rowing and men's lacrosse are located. There's also a conference room up there.
TigerBlog usually likes to walk up stairs. It's extra, hidden exercise in his day.
Except in Dillon. He likes the elevator for some reason.
Maybe it's because it's old and slow and small. Maybe it's because it reminds him of the elevator in his grandparents' buildings.
MotherBlog's parents lived in Queens until both passed away, well into their 80s. FatherBlog's father died when he was 17, but his mother lived well past 90. She lived with her sister, who was also in her 90s.
MotherBlog's parents were Judy and Joe, and they lived on Talbot Street in the Kew Gardens section of Queens. FatherBlog's were Tobias and Bella. For most of the last half of her life, Bella lived on Quentin Road, a few blocks away from her daughter Edyth, over on Ocean Ave., off of Kings Highway. TB's Aunt Edie also lived well into her 80s before she passed away two years ago.
TigerBlog hasn't been in any of their buildings in a long time, but he can remember the elevators. They had a great New York City smell to them, the smell of cooking coming from all over the building, welcoming you into their collective homes.
TigerBlog spent more than one Thanksgiving in his youth in those buildings. They were times of true innocence, when the whole family got together to eat turkey and watch football. So many of them are gone now, some taken way too soon and others who lived for a long time. Only one person in TB's family ever died between their 60th and 80th birthdays, and that was MotherBlog's brother Larry, who was around 75 or so.
It was on the days that began in those elevators that TigerBlog developed his love for Thanksgiving, which is probably his favorite holiday of year.
He's written this before. Every year, actually.
If you're not going to click on the links, TB can sum it up with this,
which is something that appears word-for-word in four of them:
As holidays go, you can't do much
better than Thanksgiving. It's got it all, really: a huge meal (with
turkey, no less), football, family, history (dates back to 1621), start
of a four-day weekend for most people, leftovers. It's even a secular
holiday, so every American can dive right in, regardless of religion.
The Lions and the Cowboys, obviously, always play at home on
Thanksgiving, and the NFL has now added a third game (maybe a little too
much). Beyond watching football, how many out there have played their
own Thanksgiving football games, all of which, by the way, are named
"the Turkey Bowl?"
The holiday may lag behind Christmas in terms
of great Hollywood movies, and "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" is no
match for "A Charlie Brown Christmas" or "It's the Great Pumpkin,
Charlie Brown." Still, there are some great moments in movies and TV
shows around Thanksgiving.
Rocky and Adrian had their first date
on Thanksgiving – "To you it's Thanksgiving; to me it's Thursday," Rocky
said romantically – as did Meadow and Jackie Jr. on "The Sopranos" (it
didn't quite work out as well as it did for Rocky and Adrian).
"Everybody Loves Raymond" had two pretty good Thanksgiving episodes, the
one where Marie makes a low-fat dinner and the one where Debra makes
fish instead of turkey. As an aside, TigerBlog's Aunt Regina once made
Cornish game hens instead of turkey, so he knows how they all felt. And
of course, there was the Thanksgiving episode of "Cheers," which has the
big food fight at the end.
The Woody Allen movie "Hannah and Her
Sisters" starts and ends on two different Thanksgivings. "Miracle on
34th Street" is a Christmas movie, but it does start with the
Thanksgiving parade in New York City.
And of course, there is the
best of all Thanksgiving movies: "Planes, Trains and Automobiles."
It'll make you laugh a lot and cry a little, and it ends on
Here at Princeton, there are teams that will travel and play this time of year. The men's hockey team is going to get on a bus tomorrow morning early for the long drive to Maine. Women's hockey is at RIT. The wome'ns basketball team will fly to California.
Oh, and there's home men's basketball tonight, at 7, against Lafayette. And the wrestling team is at Madison Square Garden this weekend.
For most of the athletic department - and school - the next few days, though, are a time to get away and relax and slow down.
These are crazy times in this world. TigerBlog doesn't have to tell you that. The news will do it for you, every day.
It's a time of great divides, among religions, races, nations, neighbors, basically everyone.
Maybe it's because he's an adult now or maybe because of the times he's living in, but TB has grown fonder and fonder of the Thanksgivings of his youth.
And maybe there's a lesson in that. Find something to be thankful for and cherish it.
Hopefully everyone has a great Thanksgiving.