Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

As Thanksgiving is here for our American friends, I wonder how many people have watched Planes, Trains and Automobiles with their families in preparation? Written, directed and produced by John Hughes this was certainly John Candy at his best, he will make you laugh and cry as well as quote lines for the rest of your life.

I am ashamed to say I didn't know Canada's Thanksgiving (Jour de l'Action de grĂ¢ce in Canadian French) was on the second Monday in October - something I believe Canuks also call John Candy day!

Although I am in the UK and we don't celebrate Thanksgiving over here, I am aware that I have a lot to be thankful for. In two days my boyfriend comes home from India and I just can't wait! I am just hoping he doesn't have a Planes, Trains and Automobiles experience getting home - however if he was to meet a Del Griffith that would be no bad thing.

I presume John would celebrate both Canadian and American Thanksgiving (any excuse for a party) and I found a lovely quote from his wife, Rose Candy, taken from The Second City Unscripted by Mike Thomas;

"John loved to gather friends and family. When we had people over, is was 'Enjoy, relax' as we cooked in our kitchen. One Thanksgiving, we invited the cast over from Second City Toronto. A small detail had been over looked - the turkey was still frozen. Thinking quickly, we put the bird under the shower to thaw, and at around two in the morning we celebrated Thanksgiving."

I believe this instance wasn't just isolated to Thanksgiving, it was quite common for people to be invited over for dinner and finally eat during the early hours in the morning.

As a small gift here is a deleted scene from Planes, Trains - I truly believe it should have been left in and god knows how many more of these gems didn't make it to the screen.

So Happy Thanksgiving to you all! I would love to know what you are thankful for...

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  1. Hi Tracey, another great blog. Planes, Trains and Automobiles is a fab film; I hope your boyfriend got back from India without incident though! ;-)
    I'm thankful for the fact that although 2013 has been the toughest year of my life, its events spurred me on to make a much-needed and long overdue life change which has been hugely positive. It was the realisation that life really is too short and I was the only one who could change it. Sometimes I wonder if I have been selfish and feel guilty but I never think that I made the wrong decision. Today I met up with someone who is probably my best friend. We've been friends since we were 17, we're now 46 (well she is, I'm still 45 just!!) and she commented that despite everything she hasn't seen me so happy for a very long time. This just confirmed that I had done the right thing and I am truly thankful that I did. In addition I'm thankful for the lovely friends I have in my life who are so kind and so supportive.
    Hope the book is going well. Keep up the good work! x

  2. Hi Eddie25, always lovely to hear from you! I am pleased to hear you are doing well and are so happy. It's amazing what can happen when you have strength like yours, they always say that the dark won't get you out of the dark, only the light can do that. Doesn't sound like you have been selfish at all, just following your path. Much love to you and thanks for your comments, they always spur me on. Bring on 2014! Tracey x PS he got back fine thank goodness :)