What can you say about a civilization that says that God is dead and Elvis is alive?

    The Lilly’s Coffee Shop 8:00 am group has a hypothesis on all subjects, including God and Elvis. If I recall the explanation regarding Elvis, Doug O’Brien remarked that it has something to do with global warming. Speaking of global warming, jovial Malibu Lion Jon Kaplan has joined the group and the 8 a.m. coffee bunch has been arriving earlier as the holiday season is approaching.

    Golden friends of dissimilar background, politics and religions are congregating, with one common topic. “What are you doing for Thanksgiving?”

    In the impartiality of Malibu gossiping and with the Thanksgiving spirit in the air, I inquired of the Lilly’s Coffee group what were they thankful for this Thanksgiving. Some of their responses are listed below.

    I’m thankful for:

    The mess to clean after Thanksgiving dinner because it means I have been surrounded by family and friends.

    The taxes I pay because it means that, unlike last year, I’m employed this Thanksgiving.

    The clothes that fit a little too snug, because they remind me that I have enough to eat all year long.

    My lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning and gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home.

    The lady behind me at Sunday Mass who sings off key, because it means that I can hear.

    My hearing aids that allow me to turn off the lady behind me at Sunday Mass who sings off key.

    Weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day because it means I have been productive.

    Getting too much e-mail bogs me down, but at least I know I have friends who are thinking of me.

    My favorite from George Wing: The alarm that goes off every morning, because it means that I’m still alive to delight in another day.

    And me, I’m thankful for being allowed to gripe about our Malibu City government because it means I have freedom of speech.

    Tom Fakehany