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Writer's Block: Family ties [Nov. 23rd, 2011|10:32 am]
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What do you love to do with your family?

Oh, ffs! I know that not all Americans embody the preppy, Pollyanna-ish inanity which is so much to the fore with these questions. The 'Occupy' movement started there, for example, and that is potentially the most significant and empowering development in politics (on a global scale) for decades. Why, then, is none of this intelligence brought to bear on the forum?

Anyway, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, and bearing in mind the fact that America is neck deep in a recession from which there seems no way out which does not involve genocide (or the even less likely scenario : taxing the rich and reigning in the banks), may I suggest the following family friendly activities as useful bonding exercises :

Queueing for food stamps
Hanging at the Mall (ready to swoop on discarded Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts detritus)
Swapping roadkill recipes
Playing knockout Twister to determine whose kidney is sold to fund next months medical treatment

As a coda to all this snarkiness, it should perhaps be noted that the British have a somewhat different take on family, ie. the secret of successful family life is to strive to spend as little time as possible with actual family members. This is typified by our Xmas-related collective trauma, prozac-gobbling panic at the approach of school holidays, and inordinate love of the garden shed...

[User Picture]From: ms_siobhan
2011-11-23 11:27 am (UTC)
Tell me about families at xmas - at least mine have had the manners to stay together and live on a beautiful holiday island ;-)

Although I think this year Pandy's Mum is going away for xmas itself and as Pandy'd Dad's wife is still refusing to leave the village it is narrowing down options. All being well I'll be at home with the girls.
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[User Picture]From: puritypersimmon
2011-11-23 12:08 pm (UTC)
My family has the hang of Xmas - ie. keep out of each others way! This might be the result of loads of miserable Xmases spent together before I left home...Sadly, Arthur's folks display far more congenial leanings. I can resist the hints at the moment; I just hope J inherits my antisocial bias in years to come ;-p
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[User Picture]From: randomstring
2011-11-24 05:29 pm (UTC)
Pah. I was thinking of going down on the train ;)
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[User Picture]From: puritypersimmon
2011-11-25 11:58 am (UTC)
I know you like railways, but isn't that a bit gratuitous ;-p
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[User Picture]From: ravensthorpe
2011-12-04 07:17 pm (UTC)
Opening scenes of The Wolves of Willoghby Chase come to mind.
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