ASK H.A.T. Thanksgiving Style (you know how we do it)

Programming and Personal Notes:

I had a big special Thanksgiving themed List planned for today, but when last week the opportunity came up to work with Tracy Lynn I of course had to rearrange my plans. However, since the work was mostly done I decided to run it anyway: tomorrow. I usually take Real Thanksgiving and the day after off, but special, just for you, at midnight tonight there will be the World's Greatest Thanksgiving List. Feel free to use it tomorrow over turkey as if you came up with it yourself.

On a sadder note, I heard last night that one of my idols died. Robert Altman was more than just an inspiration to me. He was a hero. By all rights I should be doing a retrospective today, but there is no room in the schedule, and in all honesty I don't think emotionally I'm ready to talk about what he means to me. I will try to work on something over the weekend for next week.

For those of you who miss my regular crazy Thanksgiving Columns, here is a Compilation I posted two years ago: #326 Thanksgiving Extravabonanza.


As many of you know, over on Monkey Barn we have taken each letter in Thanksgiving and had a different Monkey tell what he or she is thankful for. Today is the final letter (G, in case you're scoring at home), but before we get there, I thought I'd take a moment to recap in case you missed any.

T - Bear

H - Lost Goddess

A - Koz

N - Dominique

K - Lady Jane Scarlett

S - Schrodinger

G - Dragon

I - 'Chelle

V- Tracy Lynn

I - Sea Hag

N - Tiff

G - Group Effort!


For several weeks you all have been missing out on what had become a Friday tradition. It simply could not be helped. Tracy Lynn has been busy getting ready for her move to Seattle, where she hopes to spark the next Seattle Music Craze, this time a hybrid of Big Band and Gangsta Rap. (She doesn't yet know what to call it, but she's pretty sure there will be a good deal of bragging about the size of one's clarinet.) Hyperion is still living in the Outlaw Camp, where he has been inadvertently been sucked into Criminal Class politics, and now finds himself running for Outlaw Mayor.

However, because you're such good readers, because you're so gentle, kind and steadfast in your support, Hyperion and Tracy Lynn found time in their crazy worlds to briefly come together and bring here to you, live and uncensored....

"If loving us is wrong, you don't want to be right"

Dear Ask H.A.T.,

I'm totally conflicted about Thanksgiving. I know we learned in school about the Pilgrims and the friendly Indians who helped them, blah blah blah, but that's not what happened. The Pilgrims may (may, I say) have been seeking religious freedom in the new world, but they also had some pretty intolerant views themselves. And as for the Indians....from the Pilgrims all the up until today America has a deplorable record for how it has treated Native Americans. Losing their homes again and again...small pox blankets, you name it. It seems like a sick joke to gather round and stuff yourself in honor of so much bloodshed.

On the other hand, I loves me some mashed and gravy. I could stuff myself on stuffing, I'm merry for cranberry, and I trip out on Triptophan. In other words: totally my favorite meal of the year, worth even putting up with relatives for. I feel guilty, but gravy always covers the shame.

So help me out Ask, Hat. Thanksgiving: can I hate the word but love the bird?

Closet Turkey

Dear Closurky,

Tracy Lynn: What I'd like to know is, Why us? Do we have a bug light over our mailbox? Some sort of sign that says Overthinkers Apply Here? Are we flypaper for freaks? Because it seems to me that other advice columnists don't get these questions.

IT IS TOO LATE TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT THE ORIGINAL THANKSGIVING. It happened over 200 years ago, and making obnoxious speeches at the dinner table is only going to piss off your dad and make your mom cry. Just shut up and eat your dinner and be grateful that you actually have food to eat and a place to eat it, dumbass.

Hyperion: Good Lord, TL. I've been away so long I forgot you New Englanders view logic the same way Frenchies do baths. The least of your problems is that the Pilgrims were a little more than “200 years ago,” but we'll let that pass and move on.

If you play your logic out, that means that if some day they have a day in Germany celebrating how the Third Reich made it through a tough winter by the helpful Savage Jews, everyone should just shut the hell up, as long as there is strudel involved.

Why must every Ask HAT somehow include you denying the Holocaust?


It is a big deal, or at least potentially can be. We've been fed a load of propaganda, although what else is new when it comes to American history? (Or any country, for that matter. You ought to see what these Maple sniffers up here believe about themselves.)

Of course, everyone--even sanctimonious liberals who hate America--have much to be thankful for, and there is nothing wrong per se with taking time to reflect on that. My problem with the whole ordeal is how much gluttony is involved. (And I say that full cognizant that I often eat like a predator on the Serengeti, never sure when my next meal is coming.)

I can vividly recall extended family Thanksgivings being absolutely embarrassed by the sheer volume of food. It was insane, and would take two pages just to describe. It would seem that if we are supposed to reflect on what we have to be thankful for, the day would be better spent not eating, and maybe donating time in a food kitchen or something, so see how the other half lives.

Tracy Lynn: If you are so concerned with how the other half lives, why wait til Thanksgiving? I have a problem with bleeding hearts bleating about shit like that just so other people feel bad, and so that they can feel righteous.

I'm not saying that it was right, you twit, just that Thanksgiving has more to do with being grateful for your blessings than pilgrim/Indian relations.

Moreover, however the hell long ago the Pilgrims allegedly happened, it was definitely over “200 years ago,” so sit on it.

And stop saying I'm a Holocaust denier or I will fucking kill you in ways that will make you wish you had lived in ye olde days, when people were more merciful.

Hyperion: So, you've sunk to threatening my life over what I say? You sound like a German to me. And since when were people more merciful? Was this in the time of Unicorns and vast cities made of chocolate?

I do totally agree that waiting for one day a year to feel bad for people is kind of lame. Much better to give and be thankful all year 'round. All I'm sayin' is that if you are going to pick a day to be grateful for what you have, why turn glutton? We need to bring privation back to these kids. (Of course for them, deprived means their cell phone minutes are capped, and no PS3 until all their homework is downloaded.)

Of course, I must not lie: I fully enjoy the Thanksgiving meal, and this makes me curious: what eats transpire at the Kaply stead? I've seen your fridge, so one hopes you're not left in charge.

Tracy Lynn: Well, the last two years we've had Indian food, and that's India Indians—not Great Plains. But my sister in law, Echo, has been threatening traditional turkey plus fixin's this year, so who the hell knows? It's always funny to watch her cook a turkey, though, since she's a vegetarian. HA!

Hyperion: Maybe she should make a Tofurkey. What's your favorite part of the traditional meal?

Tracy Lynn: Stuffing and Turkey skin. And I mean traditional stuffing, not some jacked up monstrosity with fruit or seafood. And gravy. I also like mashed potatoes. Basically I like all the stuff I would never cook myself.

How about you?

Hyperion: I love the turkey, although most every turkey I have tasted is overcooked and dry (but still good). I recently have come to like dressing, done right, and mashed potatoes are always a favorite. I eat as many black olives as I can conceivably eat without my mother catching me. Somewhat bizarrely, my family goes more for the Cranberry out of the can than any concoction. Also, my mom makes this special drink with one third 7-Up, one third Cranberry Juice and one third Orange juice, usually all slushy. Good times.

Anyway, even though I think Thanksgiving is Propaganda, never let it be said Hyperion is not all about contributing to heart disease. While I would wish you might take part of your day to serve those less fortunate, I do hope you are able to gather with family and friends and get to eat as much of your favorite foods as possible.

Tracy Lynn: Or drunk, which usually works better with the whole “family gathering” thing.

Hyperion: Sweet Jebus: I”m trying to have a Thanksgiving moment. Do you have to be a hateful harpy ALL THE TIME???

Tracy Lynn: Fine. I hope everyone has a good Thanksgiving and gets all their favorite foods too.

Hyperion: Speaking of faves, I noticed you said you liked stuffing. As it so happens, I got your stuffing right.....

Tracy Lynn:(hands over years and yelling in a high-pitched voice) ASSSSSSSSHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT!

And there it is, folks. Hope you enjoyed this holiday-themed ASK H.A.T. If you have a question, send it in to and we'll answer it in an upcoming column. Stay safe this week and remember: don't eat those pumpkins in the middle of the table. They're just for show.


tiff said...

Thanks the gods, ASK HAT is back!

Happy Thanksgiving y'all, and I mean that in the most humble and nongluttonous way possible.

Dragon said...

I love me some AskHat for Thanksgiving!