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Happy Thanksgiving, Folks!

I know not everyone who reads my journal lives in the U.S. -- or even celebrates U.S. holidays, for those of you living elsewhere -- but I wanted to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to all who care. It always makes me think of the excellent "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" Thanksgiving episode, "Pangs," from the otherwise lackluster Season 4.

a ritual sacrifice ... with pie
BUFFY: With Mom at Aunt Darlene's this year, I'm not getting a Thanksgiving. Maybe it's just as well.

ANYA: Well, I think that's a shame. I love a ritual sacrifice.

BUFFY: It's not really a one of those.

ANYA: To commemorate a past event, you kill and eat an animal. It's a ritual sacrifice, with pie.

WILLOW: Buffy, earlier you agreed with me about Thanksgiving. It's a sham. It's all about death.

BUFFY: It is a sham, but it's a sham with yams. It's a yam sham.
So ... I hope you all have a very happy yam sham and enjoy your ritual sacrifice with pie.

[exit, pursued by a Native-American-turned-into-a-bear]


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Nov. 25th, 2010 10:25 am (UTC)
[exit, pursued by a Native-American-turned-into-a-bear]</i>

LOL LOL LOL. Thank you for that. I cannot stop laughing. I appreciate a well placed obscure-ish Shakespeare reference.

I'm an American who is living abroad, so I don't get to celebrate Thanksgiving. :(

Instead I have to go to class. Booooooo.
Nov. 25th, 2010 06:23 pm (UTC)
Wow! Someone got it! I honestly thought I was the only person who would find that funny, so I am now deliriously pleased that someone shares my literary geekiness. :)

I spent a year in Scotland when I was an undergrad, and there were a few other Americans attending the university (Stirling) at the same time as I was, and we all got together to make a Thanksgiving dinner, which was really neat. However, we discovered that grocery stores in Scotland do *not* sell canned pumpkin. What? Were we supposed to make our pumpkin pie out of whole pumpkins, like the pilgrims? We decided not to have pumpkin pie at all, but I really missed it.
Nov. 25th, 2010 09:06 pm (UTC)
haha. I did one of my undergraduate degrees in literature and I looooved Shakespeare. I took 3 different classes on him as an undergrad, so I've read enough of his body of work to get references like that. Also, it is one of Shakespeare's most ~famous~ stage directions and I have a good memory for random trivia like that.
Nov. 25th, 2010 09:17 pm (UTC)
I think it may, in fact, be Shakespeare's *most* famous stage direction, because pretty much everyone in the world thinks it's bizarre. I mean: a bear? Out of nowhere? WTF?

Though I've also always been partial to Polonius's death scene, because the pedant in me is amused that the stage direction indicates his death ... but then he still has one more line afterward.
HAMLET: [draws] How now? a rat? Dead for a ducat, dead!

[Makes a pass through the arras and] kills Polonius.

POLONIUS: [behind] O, I am slain!
But it in no way compares to being chased off the stage by an ursus ex machina.

Edited at 2010-11-25 09:18 pm (UTC)
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Nov. 25th, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)
You too!
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