The American holiday of Thanksgiving has its origins in the celebration of a successful harvest by
the Puritans -- the first permanent European settlers in New England -- after many deaths on the trip to America, a difficult first year and a summer drought. There may or may not have been a communal dinner. The settlers may or may not have invited the local natives to join them.
There is no record that the Puritans lined up at midnight to go shopping. Few of them played or watched football. And I am pretty sure that no Puritans put up Christmas decorations three weeks before Thanksgiving. (But I hope they had turkey, cranberry sauce and pies.)
The top photo is from the second time I visited Josh. The first time, Josh's gallery was closed and he was dressed scruffy, to catch up with stuff. My camera rested on his glass table.
I liked that photo (below) EXCEPT that one of the pictures behind Josh was
glossy and reflected a car outside the gallery. So, I came back.
This time he was dressed neatly but not as "artistically."
Would you have ignored the unwanted reflection and shown the bottom photo anyways?
Or would you have gone with the more conventional top photo?
The Little Bar is a quaint restaurant in Goodland. The founder scoured his native Chicago for interesting old buildings being demolished, and constructed the Little Bar with the remnants.
Some tables are made from bowling alleys and some walls are made from organ pipes.
The bar is more than 100 years old. It came from a neighborhood joint in Cicero, Illinois.
The owner has a weakness for nutcrackers.
Nikki (on the right) is the granddaughter of the founder. Karen is the hostess and cashier.
Old photos of Nikki's family line the walls of one of the rooms.