Day Fourtyfour: 26 November 2009

Happy Thanksgiving! Another day in Ohio, and it was a lot of fun. I got up and went running. Some of Sam’s brother (Chris) ‘s friends (James and Beans) also went running. Then I came back and used their home gym area, then showered and got ready for Thanksgiving Diner. Some of the Tulisiak’s family came over, and we had a great meal. It was fairly traditional, and you would have loved all the different cheeses (jalapeno cheddar, smoked gouda, parma and brie to name a few). Several pies for dessert as well. After that, we went over to their other family’s house for more desert, mingling, football watching and seeing of the newest baby in the family. Finally, we came back to the house and watched ‘Ghost Town’ with Ricky Jervais, and now I’m going to bed.

Iranian authorities confiscated Nobel Peace laureate human right’s lawyer Shirin Ebadi’s medal in a sign of the increasingly drastic steps Tehran is taking against any dissenters.

As stores prepare for hordes of Black Friday shoppers and mark down high-definition TVs and hot toys, they’re also pushing deals on some more mundane necessities like socks and diapers. Toys R Us, Walmart and clothing stores in malls are responding to tough economic times by luring people who are making it a more practical holiday this year.

Just a year after the global downturn derailed Dubai’s explosive growth, the city is now so swamped in debt that it’s asking for a six-month reprieve on paying its bills, causing a drop on world markets and raising questions about Dubai’s reputation as a magnet for international investment.

The outgoing head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said his probe of Iran’s nuclear program is at “a dead end” and that trust in Tehran’s credibility is shrinking after its belated revelation that it was secretly building a nuclear facility.

Also, Anna said today she missed you more than ever! We need to have such an awesome Christmas, and associated break!

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