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Macy's Thanksgiving Parade - Rant

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Dismalhead, Nov 27, 2014.

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  1. R. Stratenstein

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    I could have written the OP's rant. When I was a kid growing up in Detroit area, JLHudson's department store had a t-giving day parade, and it was so exciting to watch it, then tune in the big one from New York. For a couple hours there my brothers and I didn't even fight! It's become a hideous parody of what it used to be, right down to the poorly written "commentary" scripts the network news Bozos have to read. NickJD's comment & link seem to be alarmingly creeping into reality, destroying this old, charming CHristmas tradition.
    Have not tuned it in for years.
     
  2. Colo Springs E

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    The parade appears to be raining on your parade.
     
  3. The Bone

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    I saw a few, and man did they bug me.:twisted:
     
  4. getbent

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    Is this really ONLY an american problem?

    I flipped on the parade (at the urging of the womenfolk) we saw sting singing in hoarse voice some kind of song and dancing around and... the girls said, 'ewww Sting' and we turned the tv off and went down to the water and a long walk before going to thanksgiving dinner...

    kind of our own parade... We had a mountain of great food the night before at a lovely place called Ozumo and it is possible I was a little bit gassy... toot toot toot! another wonderful morning!
     
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    Yeah, like they aren't in the back pulling all the strings.
     
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    Even Sting did a little Broadway number. I don't mind that kinda stuff, but as soon as the lip-syncing pop star yawners came on I exercised my God-given right to the on/off button and spent time with people I was actually in the room with.
     
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    +1.
     
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    I can't believe you guys actually watched this stuff.

    We had family members in from Boston and New York. and had a great time. The only TV on was the 7 year old helping the the 3 yer old doing "ABC MOUSE" when they weren't running around the kitchen Island.
     
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    I'm sure people can find something more interesting to watch ...

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    You want whine, I'll give you whine.

     
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    And that is the very reason why I - an annual attendee - no longer go.

    Think about what you are saying: "a process where each parade entry stops for three minutes and puts on a perfromance." Now think about how that affects the people watching the parade along the parade route. We watch a parade go by for a few minutes, then it is halted while those performances go on. So we stare at the same thing for a good three to five minutes. Parade starts up again...halted...stare at something else for five minutes...parade continues briefly...halted again...and on and on like that for two and a half hours.

    It has to do with the TV networks. They now show the pardade for THREE HOURS! The actual parade just runs for forty-five minutes! But stoppages, commercial breaks have turned a fast-moving, wonderful 45 minute parade into "War And Peace."

    We used to go to the parade, watch it from the start uptown - 9 o'clock - and the parade would actually end before ten. We'd then drive home, and be in front of our TVs by 11 and watch what we just saw. It was a fast-moving, fun morning. But now NBC has stretched that parade out to a three hour slog. It is near impossible to watch that parade in person. Stoppage after stoppage after stoppage. We no longer go. An incredibly fun holiday tradition utterly destroyed.
     
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    76 of 'em, to be exact.
     
  13. lewis

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    So something isn't the same as what you remember?
     
  14. getbent

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    apparently, to the viewer it was like 76 rusty trombones.
     
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    Not at all, but it's American Thanksgiving, and it's an American parade, and the thread was started by an American, as are many of the threads complaining about stuff.

    However, I'm sure some people will complain about the Grey Cup parade tomorrow.
     
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    Don't get me started on how the US rips off Canadian traditions. That Super Bowl is just a johnny-come-lately copy of the Grey Cup.
     
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    Duh?
     
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    Dude, you're in Canada. Canada is so big geographically that it tends to forget its population and GDP are both smaller than a one of our 50 states (California). We have more of everything down here, save for perhaps moose and snow.
     
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    Has anyone counted recently, we may have more Canadians in California than Canada does.
     
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    The "Canadian problem" is a frequent topic of discussion.
     
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