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The Welcome Back to Otterville studio tour is this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, November 21 and 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

It’s a wonderful event for the visitors to our village and to the artists and craftspeople who are eager to show off their wares. We try to bring new and interesting items for you to see and hopefully help you get started on your Christmas shopping or at least get you in the mood.

Although we enjoy what we do it’s a lot of work, not just creating new wonders for you to see but we have to clean the house, get the yard raked and swept, bring in supplies, organize beautiful displays and make sure everything is ship shape for the throngs of folks who will, hopefully, be coming into our homes. Maybe that is why I am a bit stressed and just a tad irritable.

I don’t know why it bothers me but why do we have Black Friday? It’s an American thing, isn’t it? In the States Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, signals the opening of the Christmas shopping season. It’s called that because there were so many people out the sidewalks were crowded, the streets were congested which caused traffic jams, many accidents and violence often broke out amongst the shoppers.

So why do we take on an American idea that doesn’t even fit? We celebrate Thanksgiving in October but we do not have a Black Friday until after the American Thanksgiving which is celebrated in November. Can’t we just begin Christmas shopping when we want without using an American example as an indicator? Weird.

There is a certain coffee shop that has caused quite a stir with the introduction of non-discriminatory or non-denominational or non-Christmasy paper cups. I think there are much more important things to get worked up about. I did see they are also, as possible Christmas gifts, selling drinkware. I had to look it up because I never heard of drinkware. Quit making up words.

On a recent trip I noticed we have new signs up in some areas and I guess maybe the new post that have been planted nearby will soon also feature signs that say Share The Road. Is this something we need to be told! If there are people driving on our highways that do not know they are only supposed to drive on their half, I want to know how they got their licence? Do we have so much money in the public coffers we can afford the expense of manufacturing these stupid signs and the wages of personnel to install them all along our roadways? We all know it will not be an inexpensive project. And someone got paid good money to come up with that idea?

Anyway, drop by on Saturday and Sunday. I will be delighted to see each of you and I promise not to be tetchy.

twocentsworth40@hotmail.com

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