To be brutally honest ... it means more to me in theory than in practice.
In theory, I appreciate the freedoms that I enjoy because of the service of our veterans to all of us.
In practice ... Veteran's Day is another day at work, at church, and at home, doing the stuff I always do.
In theory, that's exactly what our armed forces fought for: the ability to live ordinary lives without fear.
In practice, I wish that there was more of an impact on my life today from Veteran's Day than the fact that I won't get postal mail and can't go to the bank.
I haven't gotten one yet, and I need to. We had the flu as a household once (mom, dad, and baby), and it was the most horrific weekend I've ever had. Every year since then, I've gotten a flu shot.
Regarding the Starbucks kerfuffle, Nate Lake has expressed my thoughts more eloquently than I.
Regarding the more general question of the earlyness of Christmas displays, I've written a long essay on that topic.
Hornets. They tend to hide in guardrails and lampposts where I'm looking for geocaches. :)
I think I would, if I had more experience with it. Most of the things I "build" are virtual -- documents, assignments, grading sheets. At times I wish I had skills in carpentry just to build little knick-knacks for the sheer pleasure of it.
My wife. This artist portrays the wonders of the everyday beauty of marriage.
I am weighed down by sixty midterm exams (for two courses); nothing I do allows me to get them graded. It's going to be a very long Saturday at this rate. *sigh*