Thursday, November 24, 2011
Overheard at the Counter: Thankgiving
Steppenwolf: Listen, Thankgiving as we know it is a complete fantasy.
Niall Carter: No way, man. There is a long and rich history behind it.
Steppenwolf: Complete fabrication! Every word.
Niall Carter: How do you know? Were you there?
Steppenwolf: Oh that's nice. Stoop to logical fallacies when you can't prove your point.
Niall Carter: The complete lack of evidence to support a position does NOT preclude the opposite position.
Steppenwolf: Exactly. Which is why you can not say for certain that there is a long and rich history, when there isn't.
Niall Carter: And neither can YOU assume that every extant contemporary text was fabricated only recently in order to establish a fabricated position of a historical origination to support a current cultural tradition.
Lucky Moran: When you two stop this lover's quarrel, will you tell me exactly what it is that you're fighting about? Thankgiving itself? Or the white/Indians thing? What?
The Barista: Cranberries.
Niall Carter: Steppenwolf here swears that there were no cranberries at the first Thankgiving.
Steppenwolf: And Niall here foolishly believes that there were.
Niall: There were. It's in John Smith's diary.
Steppenwolf: John Smith didn't even celebrate Thanksgiving. He preceded the first recorded instance by at least 60 years!
Niall: Let me just find . . .
Lucky (to the Barista): They do this all the time?
The Barista: Every year. Same argument, I hear. Verble says it only stops when he finally plays Alice's Restaurant on a loop.