Funny Names in the News: Yingluck and Cornelis Lighten Black Friday


First off, let me just say that I had a wonderful Thanksgiving with my family yesterday. Waking up to my Facebook feed this morning, it helped me realize that I’m thankful to be thankful for more than just things. This Black Friday stuff bothers me. We spend a day slaving in a kitchen to celebrate a holiday where we express gratitude for the things we have, and then the next day, we trample over each other to buy new stuff. Just seems silly.

Call me old-fashioned, but I think Thanksgiving weekend should be a time of relaxation, reflection, and taking some time to regain perspective on the important things in life. Crazy, I know.

So what am I thankful for?

Well, funny names of course! And I’m thankful for the fact that for the first time in three weeks, I’ve written two posts in the same week. Still waiting on Arto to break his three-week hiatus…

And I thought the best things to come out of Thailand were pro boxing and panang curry! I really need to get out more!

In a sign that maybe too much media can be a bad thing (imagine that!), a minor late-night TV kerfuffle emerged when a few shrewd observers believed they saw President Barack Obama making flirtatious gestures toward Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Now, granted, she’s an attractive lady, but I just don’t think this mostly scandal-free president is the kind of guy who would ever attempt to have any sort of affair while in office, and secondly, if that weren’t the case, I know he’d be bright enough to avoid any affair that involved the foreign press corps of two countries doing everything they can to blow his cover. Nonetheless, Jay Leno got a laugh or two out of it.

In political news that we haven’t been able to post because we’ve been busy, Tya Eachus has a natural reaction and feels embarrassed about being from Florida around election time.

The Cornelis vase. $998

A Cornelis sighting in this amusing article about shopping at Anthropologie. I’ll just repost the original comments because it’s pure comedic genius I can’t possibly try to duplicate:

At first I thought it was just that the beach got drunk and threw up, but those aren’t seashells! They’re porcelain knick knacks, except they aren’t even the ones mentioned in the descriptions — the “kissing Dutch dancers” and “windmill.” Instead, it’s frogs with cherries on their butts and creepy baby clowns. For $1000 you can have this Ikea vase that was rolled over some grandmother’s treasure chest of crap. The treasure chest smells like Vicks Vapo-rub and dying. Which is what this lamp must feel like. Enjoy!

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8 Responses to Funny Names in the News: Yingluck and Cornelis Lighten Black Friday

  1. Liz says:

    THANK YOU for your Black Friday thoughts–exactly how I feel, though I seem to be the only one. (Now there are two of us:-)) This gimee gimee gimee thing just seems so wrong as we move into a season that’s supposed to be reflective and about thankfulness and giving. Silly indeed. Always enjoy your prose!

  2. I agree, people ought to sit at home and enjoy their family on Thanksgiving weekend. That’s why we get Friday off, unless you work retail, that is. Sad. I won’t start my shopping until Sunday, and I will take advantage of Cyber Monday, but at least I didn’t start on Thanksgiving. And this year our Christmas is going to be about the things we need or doing something special for each other, rather than buying up a lot of gifts that will never be used.

  3. Reblogged this on khrystleraineduste and commented:
    So so so true…ly sad… (the photo NOT the blog…)

  4. amb says:

    You know how much I love anything Cornelius-related.

    Speaking of which, I’m sure you’ve heard this already but – Chase is off Community!

    • Dave says:

      I hadn’t. Oh no! Oh well, at least I can still look forward to October 19th!

      • amb says:

        Glad I can be your source of super-important tv gossip 🙂 Apparently they had filmed all but a couple of episodes of the upcoming season when he left, so he’ll still be there for October 19th

    • Dave says:

      P.S. You should friend Arto on Facebook (he’s probably the only Arto you have mutual friends with) and heckle him until he posts again. His last post was 24 days ago! For a while there, I thought *I* was the one losing steam.

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