Costa Ricans, Ticos, are some of the nicest people in the world. They prepared a 1st class Thanksgiving dinner for us gringos, a dinner that was good enough and fancy enough and pretty enough to impress almost anyone, especially at a rainforest field station. And everyone had to really work like dogs (the station manager was washing dishes!) to do so because 44 hrs earlier a kitchen fire in a warming oven came very close to putting the kitchen out of commission. If you didn't know otherwise, you would not have known anything was amiss to see the results. Simply amazing! What great people!
Among our students there was much discussion of Thanksgiving traditions and how they differed. And what foods they liked and dislikes (marshmellows and sweet potatoes - yikes!). Yes, TPP has a Thanksgiving tradition in answer to their query, he always listens to Arlo Guthrie's Alice's Restaurant. A gallery of blank looks. One asked if Arlo was related to Woody because she'd learned something about an inherited degenerative disorder he had in a genetics class. Yes, they are father and son; both folk singers. More blank looks. Folk? Ah, well. No need trying to explain. No one had heard of This land is your land either. Anyone want to listen to the Alice's Restaurant song? How long is it? Probably about 25 mins. No. And no need really because a protest song about a war they probably don't know about would not make much of an impression. Makes you feel old. Did TPP mention that they did clean up and dress up nicely for the dinner? Still TPP was thankful, so he retired to his casa and listened to some Sidney Bechet recordings. Who? (Sorry can't provide the link to an earlier blog about Sidney; search function isn't working.)
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