What follow are not necessarily my opinions, just a pulse taking around these parts.
Here are some cryptic comments that I predict will be uttered around various tables and rooms this coming Thanksgiving:
Small businessscrew Big Box, screw the banks that have shut off credit, neither the W nor the Obama administrations have offered meaningful help to small businesses
Returning Troopsthey are more disciplined than the people who sent them into combat
GOP Presidential Candidatescan't we do better? You can't park your brain when you get to the White House, so don't park your brain before you get there
Adult Children Finding Meaningful Workeven Palo Alto kids who have had great college experiences cannot find jobs. It is sad and it is scary
Adult Parents Finding Meaningful Workdespite the Google and Facebook tidal waves locally, even here people with great backgrounds and much to contribute cannot find work. "Too Old" never is mentioned, but that is why they get dinged
Aging Parents on Holidaysthe most stressful part of working with an aging parent is around the holidays. Should we invite them or not?
Steve Jobsgreat guy, good neighbor, or asshole? You decide
HPtragic, nobody can fix it
High Speed Railwhy are we even still discussing it? Pass the fork
Librarieswe only need one of themin the North! In the South! Umm…
Living in a Town of Smart People, Judgment Another Matterit makes no difference, Palo Altans can parse things with the best of them, don't look for wisdom from even these masses
The Meaning of Greenwe are way ahead of ourselves. Fine to try to set examples. Meanwhile, things like the Gulf Oil leak do untoward damage for decades to millions.
A Worrisome Futurewe have been through such cycles before, we are in a fog, it eventually will lift, and there will be "damage" along the way (there already has been damage)
What Is Possible/What is Not LikelyThe States still is a beacon and a great country/The States no longer can call all the shots/China already has won, those jobs will never come back
What We Can Do As Individualsdo not be discouraged, do not expect someone else to give you the answers
What We Can Do As a Local Communitywe are doing a great deal for those of us who live here, sometimes in isolation from what goes on beyond, and even within, our boundaries
What We Can Do As National Communitythere is too much ideology, and Potomac River drinking water. It is bad as it ever has been, how do these people get elected?
Holiday Shopping I am going on line, no lines!
Stanford Footballwhat a disaster that Oregon game was. QB Luck will follow in the footsteps of Elway and Plunkett.
Turkeyit is too dry, it is too moist, I am getting sleepy, who won the game?
Care to offer up some other conversation starters and conversation stoppers? Please do so.
I hope YOU have a good Thanksgiving.