Sunday, November 18, 2018

Happy Saladsgiving?

Remember when the vaunted Nate Silver and his election prognosticators at FiveThirtyEight on the morning of Election Day 2016 declared Hillary Clinton had a 71.4 percent chance of being elected president?

Joe Concha of The Hill wrote, “Nate was arrogant.  His numbers were all over the place.  The title of ‘guru’ is now gone.  Silver’s career will survive, but never again will he be held in any revered regard.”

At noon on Sunday, those crystal ball readers tweeted a three-year-old map showing the most disproportionately common Thanksgiving side dishes by region in America.  Turns out there were only 931 respondents.  That’s less than 20 people per state.  I think this thing is bogus and needs a dressing [pun intended].  Are we prepared to then say the most popular dessert on the West Coast is fruitcake?  
Someone replied, “I'm a lifelong Californian who has never had salad on Thanksgiving. This is an odious lie.”  Yet another tweeted, “Why bring a salad to Thanksgiving when you can just step up and directly tell your family that you hate them?”

All I know for sure is you need to have plenty of vegetables on the table: carrot cake, zucchini bread and pumpkin pie.

American humorist Erma Bombeck famously said, “I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage.”

No matter what side dishes find their way to your Thanksgiving dinner table, here’s to a heaping helping of love, joy and fond memories.

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