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Thankfully, there’s more than ever to do on Thanksgiving week

Posted 11/15/17

My, how time flies. Can you believe that Thanksgiving is right around the corner?

That seems to be the kind of thing we say about every special occasion once we start to get older. “Can you believe it’s almost the Fourth of July?” Well, …

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Thankfully, there’s more than ever to do on Thanksgiving week

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My, how time flies. Can you believe that Thanksgiving is right around the corner?

That seems to be the kind of thing we say about every special occasion once we start to get older. “Can you believe it’s almost the Fourth of July?” Well, yes, these things come up about the same time every year. The calendar doesn’t speed up, just our perception of time, I guess. Now I understand why people in their 90’s seem to get so confused. Everything must feel like it just happened yesterday.

But, Thanksgiving is upon us and I do want to mention it here because it kind of gets lost in the Christmas rush. Every family has their Thanksgiving traditions, but as I do every year, I do want to mention that you don’t have to spend the entire day cooking if you don’t want to. Both of our downtown hotels here in Golden are offering Thanksgiving Day buffets that have so many things on their menus that I couldn’t even begin to list them in the space for this column. Just go to their websites and check them out, but if you are inclined to go that direction, make a reservation as soon as possible because they both get filled up fast.

You can see the Table Mountain Inn’s offerings at www.tablemountaininn.com then click on “Menus”. You can compare it to the Golden Hotel’s Bridgewater Grill spread at www.bridgewatergrill.com/special-events/thanksgiving/. They both have the complete menu, prices, hours and reservation information on their websites and both offer discounts for seniors and kids.

Every Thanksgiving I can’t help but think of one of my old friends who is an officer in the New York City Police Department. For years his Thanksgiving tradition means getting up at around 1 a.m., going into the station and donning his uniform, then reporting for the mandatory “all department” crowd control detail and heading out to watch over the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. Once the parade is over, they have to stick around for several hours to make sure the crowds get out safely and he finally gets to go home to his own family sometime in the late afternoon. He tells me they always have a pillow and a blanket hand for him, and he crashes out on the couch for a few hours. Then he wakes up and eats the best leftovers in the world, or so he tells it.

This year, take a few minutes to be thankful for all of those people who dedicate their lives to keeping ours safe. While we are all enjoying a great meal, there will be police, fire, medical and military personnel at work so we can have this time with our families. Give them all a moment of thought and thanks.

Be a tool.

Ok, so you know my thoughts on Black Friday and the after Thanksgiving shopping madness that goes along with it. One thing I’m kind of thankful for is that it’s almost becoming a moot point since loads of stores have been running their Black Friday sales for more than a week now.

One way you can support your local merchants as well as a terrific community organization is to participate in the 4th Annual Be A Tool 5K Elf Run. It’s a charity run that helps support the Be A Tool Neighborhood Rehab Project that provide 1,100+ volunteers to help people in our area keep a ward, dry and safe living environment in their homes when they otherwise couldn’t afford to maintain them.

The Run will be happening on Saturday, Nov. 25 and goes through downtown Golden. Some of the things included in your entry fee are a free pancake breakfast, T-shirt, food and drinks, awards and there are even kids activities and you get a Jingle Around Golden Passport.

That enables you to get stamps from local merchants to redeem as an entry for a prize drawing.

You can find all the details about this event and organization as well as the Jingle Around Golden Passport at www.beatool.org.

John Akal is a well-known jazz artist/drummer and leader of the 20-piece Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra. He also is president of John Akal Imaging, professional commercial photography and multi-media production. He can be reached at jaimaging@aol.com

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