Thursday, November 22, 2007
Vicki & I attended the Boscov's Thanksgiving Day parade in Philadelphia today. The weather was wondeful with temps in the high 50's to low 60's and plenty of sunshine so it was a perfect day for a parade. This was a change as other years it's been very cold or rainy or both. It was a great day and the only thing that could have made it better was if the few officers from Phila PD had done their jobs w/out racism. We arrived an hour before the parade started so we could get a good seat where Vicki could sit in her wheel chair and still see. It was a great spot and there were others sitting there as well. Once the parade started a few people moved in front of us but the one officer moved them away. Then the officers shifted and another officer moved down to our area. She wasn't paying much attention and more people moved in, so we all moved forward, she and another officer moved us all back and moved a few people so we could see. This went on and as long as white people tried to stand there they were moved but if anyone black stood or sat in the way it was fine. We politely asked them to move then asked her but she did nothing about it. So hopefully she will enjoy the investigation when the complaints are filed against her this week by several people. But we will not let this ruin our holiday.
Today we give thanks for many things, for friends, family, our health, our country, or whatever may be important to us. I am thankful for my family being with me this day, for the wonderful food we will eat, and for the freedom to enjoy it all. I am very thankful that my wife is still here with us, and that my family is in the area this year. What are you thankful for?