Post-Election Thanksgiving Survival Guide

first_img18. Make sure to break out the good JINA.19. Wedding registry? Good. Baby shower registry? Beautiful. Muslim registry? ABSOLUTELY WRONG. 20. You know those crazy relatives? The ones you love, but maybe you shouldn’t admit it? You can seat them on the alt-right side of the table. 5. Refrain from building a wall with your mashed potatoes… 6. …and making your mother-in-law pay for it.7. When your cousin’s baby starts to cry at the table, do not shout: “Get that baby out of here!” 11. “Fat” “chubby”—are adjectives for turkey, not relatives. 12. No grabbing the family pussycat. 13. Wishbone pullers must mutually agree on “Time Machine!”14. No banning in-laws while you “figure out what’s going on.” Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Jaime Franchi and Michael ConfortiThanksgiving marks that fateful feast so long ago when European colonists and Native Americans shared freshly harvested food and celebrated their mutual appreciation of life together for a fleeting moment. Fleeting, yes. Eventually these sacred native peoples would be stripped of their ancestral lands and all but decimated.This Thanksgiving has a special hypocrisy in that it falls amid the ongoing, government-sanctioned human rights violations unfolding outside the Oceti Sakowin Camp—an unprecedented and historic gathering of Indigenous Nations and allies banding together in solidarity to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and protect the drinking water of countless families who depend on the Missouri River. Hundreds have been arrested, and recently a 21-year-old New York woman was critically wounded when law enforcement officers threw a concussion grenade at her.There’s much to genuinely be thankful for this Thanksgiving, for sure. Yet there’s also so much to be vocal about, and far too many injustices currently taking place here in the United States and across the globe worthy to fight against. So while Thanksgiving can typically be somewhat stressful in simply dealing with one’s family members and relatives, especially if they’re being really annoying and tiresome, take time to reflect upon and appreciate your loved ones—and recognize the importance of standing up for the rights of so many others.On the heels of such a polarizing and divisive presidential election, below are some lighthearted, useful tips on how to perhaps best navigate this year’s celebratory feast. Happy Thanksgiving!1. Stay away from Trump or Hillary-related topics. Stick to less-controversial subjects, like the death penalty, abortion or religion.2. Don’t snort when you talk to your relatives. It’s impolite. Plus, it implies you may either do drugs or have some serious psychological issues. 3. When asked if you are en route with Mom to the holiday, saying “I’m with her” is not a proper response. 4. If the turkey gets burnt or you forget to cook the candied yams, do not blame it on the Russians or a “rigged” stove. 15. No one is taking away your inalienable right to second helpings.16. Make sure you get there on time, but don’t Russia. 17. Don’t take more than your fair share. There’s enough thin skin to go around. 8. Acceptable responses to differing opinions: “Interesting. I’ve never thought of it that way. Please pass the stuffing.” Unacceptable: “WRONG!”9. Do not tweet anything. In fact, turn off all devices at the table.10. Don’t go Putin Russian dressing on anything.last_img read more

Memorial Day travelers explain their plans for safety

first_imgPamela Rosenthal and her grandsons, Nathan and Sam Jacobson, decided to head to the Adirondacks this weekend to visit family, but not before prepping safely for their trip. Additionally, Rosenthal explained the route mapped out for their trip included the Southern Tier Welcome Center as their only pit stop to help minimize their contact with others. “They’re probably really tired of being inside for the spring,” he said. All three of them wore masks, with the boys also donning gloves to limit the spread of the coronavirus.  (WBNG) – Despite quarantines and the coronavirus threat, many people are finding time to vacation this Memorial Day weekend.  Denise told 12 News she was happy to get out of the house. Going in the other direction of I-81 is the Great Bend Welcome Center, where supervisor Bill Prentice says this year’s Memorial Day travel is very different compared to years past.center_img For other travelers like Dan and Denise Sebesta, their fishing trip to Lake Ontario is more than just a holiday getaway, but part of the celebration of their 34th wedding anniversary. “Before [the coronavirus], we could have 500, 600 people a day,” Prentice said. “I haven’t taken a door count today but I would assume we’ll probably have 100, 200 people.” However, Prentice says he’s seen more people than expected. “So excited. I couldn’t wait,” she said. “I was packed early in the week and I’m so excited.” The center requires visitors to wear a mask when walking inside the building, as well as maintaining social distancing, in order to keep all travelers safe during the holiday.last_img read more