Pandora's Box:  It was full of ferrets.All of the evils that plague humanity? Or ferrets? The two may not be as far apart as you think.

Thursday: We loaded up the car with lunch and a very large turkey breast, then drove several hours to get to Sandy’s house. It was a long way to go, but we sort of had to, because it’s a tradition to see everybody.

Cousin Chris had apparently had good luck deer hunting. He got an 8-pointer, though he said he was a bit nervous about taking the shot, since the deer was looking right at him and didn’t want to turn sideways. Oh well, venison! We saw the Lions lose another football game. This surprised nobody. Most everyone is doing as well as can be expected. We all ate too much food. Then after dinner, we left, and it started raining like hell. I drove half of the way home and was glad to give up the steering wheel to someone else.

Friday: Nobody wanted to get up at 3am and go in search of bargains on consumer electronics. Probably a good idea. We spent time moving furniture and entertaining the cats. We all did end up going to Target later on for other reasons.

I also read most of The Road, by Cormac McCarthy. This is a post-apocalyptic novel, but it’s a Serious Book written by a Serious Author, so none of the main characters have names, there are no details about what caused 99% of all the people and things to die, and there is absolutely no hope at all for anyone. Parts of the author’s description of the world don’t ring true. Apparently, no plants have grown for at least 5 years, and all non-human land animals have died. The worst mass extinction we have records of wasn’t quite that bad, so whatever happened must’ve been a Plot Device, not something bound by physics or biology.