November 22nd Show : Blog Of The Nation On today's show, surviving family, absent friends, gadgets in your stocking, holiday lighting tips.
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November 22nd Show

It's Thanksgiving again, folks. A time to gather together with loved ones, give thanks— and do your best to ignore that one uncle who never ceases to drink too much at each and every family gathering. Or muster up a pleasant smile when you meet your daughter's punked-out boyfriend for the first time. And that long lost cousin just showed up. Remember her? The one who doesn't eat meat or dairy or sweets or non-organic or anything orange. Ah, family. But even in the best case scenarios, SOMEONE is bound to pluck your nerves. Chicago Tribune syndicated columnist Amy Dickinson will join us to offer the "dos" and "don'ts" of surviving your family. At the end of the first hour, YOU will be the guests of honor. We want to hear from you about the loved ones who are missing from your family gathering. Whether they are overseas on active duty, stuck in highway traffic or in some random airport, or at work writing a blog about an upcoming broadcast, email or call us and make a toast to the loved ones who are missing from your table this year.

So, following the elastic, stretch waist bands of Thanksgiving Day, we don the helmet, shoulder and knee pads of Black Friday. Tomorrow marks one of the busiest shopping days of the year... some stores are actually scheduled to open at 4:00 in the morning!! But before you put on your game face and stand in that impossibly long line, it may help to know exactly which gadgets are worth (literally) fighting for. David Pogue, personal technology columnist for The New York Times and Victor Godinez, technology reporter for The Dallas Morning News will give advice on the latest gizmos and gadgets on your "must-have" list. And if becoming the star decked-out home on your block is on your "must-do" list, Brad Finkle will give us some tips on how to creatively (and safely) hang your Christmas lights and decorations. Finkle is a professional holiday light installer and author of Holiday Hero: A Man's Manual for Holiday Lighting. He will join the program from his shop in Omaha, Nebraska where he is hard at work gearing up for this wonderland of lights holiday season.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!! Don't forget the cranberry sauce!