(Reprinted from Nov. 23, 2000)
For several years now, I’ve put up with complaints from friends and associates around this time of the year.
The point of contention is my temporarily reduced workload. Specifically, they chastise me for continually relying on what they deem a shopworn column to fill this space in our annual Thanksgiving edition of the paper.
(Actually, that paper is no different than any of our other editions, except for the fact it happens to come out on a holiday every year. But I digress.)
You see, back in 1989 I created a timeline column, which described in some detail my hour-by-hour — and occasionally minute-to-minute — plans for that particular Thanksgiving day. Each year since then, I’ve repeated the column and, whenever possible, the activities themselves.