Central Snark

Thursday, 23 November 2006, 10:26am
Filed under: happy happy, holidays, Lampsha Spins

You know growing up in the New York City area all of my life (albeit in the armpit of New Jersey for the formative years), there is a Thanksgiving Tradition near and dear to us in the NYC radio market. So it just dawned on me at 5:08 am, that this is something worth sharing with my dear friends here. Perhaps a few who stop through may even have shared this tradition.

Every Thanksgiving as far back as I paid attention to these things, the radio station that was the classic of all classics in The Day, WNEW 102.7, played ARLO GUTHRIE’S, Alice’s Restaurant at 12 noon. And every Thanksgiving, wherever we were driving or sitting, we turned on the radio and listened. Idn’t that quaint? Anyway, the intervening years have not been kind to commercial radio and I have emmigrated to non-commercial turf where lo and behold, my station plays Alice’s Restaurant every Thanksgiving.

I suppose my appreciation for Arlo started long before I listened to him as I am (did I tell you this one already) the 7th of 10 children. I was thus influenced by my elders of the tribe, who protested Vietnam and listened to Arlo Guthrie (well that’s not all they did or listened to, but for the purpose of this discussion at 5:00 am…). So I proudly pass this tradition on to my youngfolk tribes people and share it here with you today. You may either scratch your head or laugh and sing along, but I hope you will at least listen a bit before you decide to go baste the bird for the umpteenth time.

By all means, please continue to watch the video below so that you know how to properly behave at your family’s table today. Or at least understand why people drank socially (heavily) and took a lot of pills quietly during the 50’s.


~DJ Lampsha


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man, what a FABULOUS Thangsgiving treat! i bow down to the delicious & wise DJ Lampsha, who got up early and whipped out this fine post like so many potatoes. (tho’ this is wa-a-ay better than my potatoes, but i digress)

had i seen fit to get out of bed a bit earlier, this terrific post would have been available for everyone’s collective enjoyment much MUCH sooner. alas…. ’tis a holiday, and i slept in (seeing’s how we’ll be staying home, and therefore had no reason to get out of bed one SECOND before 9).

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE… stay safe… and don’t forget to save room for dessert! xoxox

Comment by Pony up to the Table Snuppy

Happy Thanksgiving Snarkers from your friend in NJ….and she is hoping not the arm pit thereof.
You can come to me for left over turkey resipies….OK I will give it to you right now…..Place in plastic shopping bag and throw the sucker out :)Or give it to an unsuspecting neighbor…heee heee πŸ™‚

Comment by Pretty Kitten Heels in Turkey Land

Excellent way to start this T-Day…thanks DJ Lampsha for sharing your tradition. Happy Thanksgiving one and all…now, I don’t care what day it is I must have a TGSNWM so off we go to Starbucks, which thankfully if open 365 days a year.

Comment by Basted BoBo

Happy Thanksgiving to you all. I pretend I am just one of you, although my American treat today will be a chicken breast sandwhich at Subway! It is as close as I can get πŸ™‚
Lampy, thanks fo rsharing your tradition and there were some lovely images in that video.
*feels warm and fuzzy inside*

Comment by Penguin

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! My house is still asleep … except for me and Gracie. She and I are getting things ready to go to her uncle’s house with sweetpotatoes, pumpkin loaves, and even a pumpkin cream cheese roll.

Have a great holiday everyone!

Comment by cj

wow, you were thinking of your friends at 5 a.m.? What a pal.

Happy Thanksgiving G and all you other snarky rascals.

Comment by kyahgirl

Happy thanksgiving snarksters.

In honor of your thanksgiving I had a turkey burger for lunch. Now if only I wasn’t at work.

Comment by Little Blue Pill

PKH in Turkey Land: i see your approach to leftovers and/or dishes is the same as mine. Hope your day was a happy one and your meal a glorious success! xox

Basted BoBo: ah yes… too bad the A team wasn’t working the coffee bar this morning, eh? (those bastards, don’t they know how much we look forward to our TGSNWM’s?) xoxo

Penguin: chicken’s just another name for Turkey-lite, right? and yes…that song/those images are really wonderful. that said, are you sure your “fuzzy” feelings are from watching that? cuz Alice’s Restaurant was born out of the “make love, not war and, oh, do it while your high” period in American history… (ah… i miss those days. sort of) πŸ™‚ xox

CJ: mmmmm. mmmmm. mmmmmmmmm! πŸ™‚ xox

Kyahgirl: G’s the best! (i’m just glad she was the one gettin’ up early and not me.) hope you had a beautiful “thursday”! πŸ™‚ xox

LBP: you are such a doll! honestly, i think you should tell “work” that your friends are on holiday, and by golly you need to be, as well. you’re an honorary American anyway, right? (same goes for Kyahgirl) xox

Comment by pony-up to the table snuppy

Amazing. I am a tristate (and raised by pinko democrats) girl myself and woke up humming Alice’s Restaraunt this morning.
Happy Thanksgiving y’all.

Comment by mutha

Mutha: you know, Bobo and i have been scratching our heads for the past few days trying to figure out what the “Alice’s Restaurant”/Thanksgiving thing was, since that was never part of the Turkey Day celebration “ritual” in California (where we both grew up). naturally, i remember the song very well (heck, i remember sneaking into the theater to see the movie when it came out) — but honestly, this is the first we’ve heard of an annual tradition (apparently we haven’t been listening to the right radio stations on this day over the past 21 years.) we lived in Boston for 3 years and never made that kind of connection, either (is it a big deal up there? i can’t remember).

needless to say, we’re a little embarrassed by the fact that there was this whole “thing” going on that we managed to remain oblivious to, until this year. thanks to Lampsha, we now feel like we’re in the Thanksgiving “know”, and are all the better for being there with all you guys!

Happy Thanksgiving to you, Mutha, hope your day was a grand one! (and that you did not participate in any illegal dumping, which is what got Guthrie into all that “trouble” in the first place!) xox

Comment by Pony up to the Table Snuppy

Hope you all enjoyed your day! Sorry I didn’t get to drop by, but with 35 humans at my sister’s house, there was a lot of catching up to do. Thanks for that recipe Pretty Kitten Heels, it’s what I would have done.

See you all around and enjoy a quiet day after all that giving of Thanks!

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