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Another reason to be glad I wasn't a member of the Donner party...



I've spent a lot of time lately being grateful I wasn't a member of the Donner party.  In my attempts to embrace stoicism I've been trying to truncate my self pity by thinking of how any given situation could be worse.  And freezing cold, in isolation with other people not of my choosing, and dining on the aforementioned other people is always worse than whatever I'm complaining about.

I won't even eat licorice...do you think I'm going to have some person for lunch?  Honestly, Heinz wouldn't even start bottling ketchup for another 30 years.  I'm not relying on some strangers homemade ketchup recipe.  I'm not an animal, ffs.

So as bad as all the frostbite and cannibalism was, the real tragedy wasn't in the struggle against death and the proof that starvation and survival instinct will override societies most deeply held taboos.

It was the hair.

There is just no excuse for that.






Doesn't Margaret Reed look a lot like character actor William Shallart?  






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My family used to travel over Donner Pass about once a year, on our way to or from a visit with my mom's family. So, I've considered the Donner party a few times over the years. But, I must say I never once considered their hairstyles! :pb_lol: 

Trust you to give me a new perspective, @HerNameIsBuffy:pb_biggrin:

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In college when students would run for SGA they’d make up a “party” name. Some friends and I considered running as the Donner Party. But we were too lazy and afraid we’d accidentally win.

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I don't think those hairdos were very efficient in keeping warm.

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I've worked at the Philly Folk Fest a few times.  The name of the name of the volunteer food tent is called. "The Alfred G. Packer Memorial food tent. I wonder if I still have the photo.

I've been through Donner Pass on the train.  I'm wondering now what was in that 'burger' I ate in the dining car.

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The ringlet hairstyle reminds me of the hairstyles of the children featured in 'Chelsea Instagram' on QF of Snark. Those poor kiddies and their traction alopecia! Let's hope they don't also have to eat 'long pig' and homemade ketchup.

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One year in college, over Spring Break,  a bunch of my friends and I got snowed in at another friend’s house by accident during a freak blizzard. There were about six of us, plus her parents and sister, and her mother hadn’t planned on feeding that many people for that long.

Toward the end of the weekend, our meals started getting a bit creative, and the guys started making jokes about the Donner Party. I was nominated as first to be eaten, as I was the smallest. I’m still not amused. 

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I just had to google the Donner Party to make head or tail of this post. At first I thought it was just a random selection of sentences, that made no sense...

NOW I get it! 

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