And speaking of hello, Nov. 21 is the 40th annual World Hello Day. I would never have known that if I didn't receive a press release from EarthCam, which has street cameras all over the world that stream video live.
The statement says, "this celebratory day was begun in response to the conflict between Egypt and Israel in the Fall of 1973 and has since then been observed in more than 180 countries." Obviously it hasn't really helped, but it's a nice gesture.
To celebrate the day, EarthCam has asked people where they have street cameras to wave or to stop and say hello to family and friends. Below are the links to four of its street cams in Times Square, New Orleans, Miami and London. Too bad they don't have one set up in my hometown of Spartanburg, S.C. There would be lots of people stopping to say, "Hey, y'all!"
I went online to watch, and to be honest I didn't see anyone who even realized the cameras were there. But, if you're a people watcher like me, it's really fun to get a live glimpse of another city. Times Square is as bustling as you would imagine. In New Orleans, I saw an SUV come thisclose to hitting a delivery truck - that was scary. In Miami, a lot of the men are super good looking and dress well. I couldn't see much in London because it's nighttime there.
Times Square: http://www.earthcam.com/usa/
If you're having a slow day at work and want another video to watch, I highly recommend a hilarious one the Observer wrote about this week. It was created by a Gaffney, S.C., native and three of her friends (one is from Spartanburg, whooo!, but to all of them I say, "Hey, y'all!" Yes, we really do say that. A lot.). They absolutely nail the funny things Southern women say. It's bawdy in places, but it's a hoot.
The only two things I couldn't relate to are the use of the word "dern" (I say dang); and the Bless Her Heart sequence. (I didn't grow up hearing anyone say that -whether they meant it as serious or sarcastic, so I'm puzzled as to why it's become such a Southern cliche). If you need to perk up your Thanksgiving gathering, share it with some of your family members who you think may appreciate its humor. Here's the link to the story and video:
The only thing I'll add is that when us Southerners say our prayers on Thanksgiving and every day, we always thank God for living in America, and then we thank God for living in the South. Wait. Why am I lying? We give thanks for living in the South first.
Gobble, gobble y'all!
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