Sunday, December 23, 2012

On Friends and Tribes...

Earlier today I was sitting in our local diner having a late breakfast with the family. It's a little hole-in-the-wall place, [G-land town name] Diner, and it's a throwback to the '50s in decor, menu, and atmosphere. If you stumbled into it, you'd think it was a kitschy place designed to mimic the old-time diner, but I've lived in this town my whole life, and it's been that way for as long as I've known it. The name has changed, the owners have changed hands (but only because the family that owned it died out), but the diner is the same.

It reminds me a lot of the "Obligatory Cow Reference" diner (thanks for that perfect pseudonym, Stingray!) where breakfast was served every morning when I was in CO. Good food, lots of it, served by friendly people (when we left, every single person working there wished us Merry Christmas, from our server to the cook to the owner), and enjoyed by all. I started thinking about my extended family - my "tribe" as it were - and how fortunate I am to know so many fine people.

Christmas is a time for family and friends, and it's one of the reasons I wanted to have the Northeast Blogger Winter dinner around this time. Generally it's been close to half a year since we've all gotten together, and around this time I figure it's good to get everyone together for a night of camaraderie, good food and good conversation. While I wish I could gather the entire tribe at one place and time, I'll have to settle for attending as many functions as I can (without driving the Mrs. insane *g*).
When I think of the things I'm fortunate to have, our extended family is quite high on the list.

That is all.


Nancy R. said...


greg said...

One thing thatthe Northeast has over the Northwest is little fmaily pizza places and family diners. When I was in New York for 7 months, I found this place did a normal breakfast(toast, 2 eggs, 2 pieces of meat and hashbrowns), plus bottomless coffee, for like $6.25. I've almost paid that much for drive through coffee in here in the Northwest.

Merry Chistmas to you and yours.

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bogie said...

Although I've never made it to any of your blogmeets (did get to one the Weekend Pundit hosted several years ago), I still consider you, and a lot of your commenters as a part of "my tribe".

I wish each and every one of you a Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas, Jay. Such places and moments are indeed to be cherished.


Anonymous said...

I have now long referred to those I have adopted into an extended family as my tribe. It is my family, these are the people I will do anything for. Blood relation has no bearing in adoption, in fact only one blood relative is part of my tribe.