+5 Richmond sees an influx of out-of-town family members and former residents here to celebrate Thanksgiving. For those visitors who couldn't wait to wake up to the smell of the cookie factory near the Boulevard, eat some Bill's Barbecue and watch Gene Cox on Channel 12, it was a sad, sad holiday.
-1 Some enthusiastic shoppers go all-out out for Black Friday deals, including setting up campsites at the Best Buy in Short Pump. We generally like to stay at the W when doing our overnight shopping in Short Pump, but hey, that's just us.
+2 Electricity kicks the holidays into gear, with local houses firing up for the popular tacky light tours. It's that time of the year when Dominion Virginia Power's Redneck Revenue Division sees all of its hard work pay off.
0 At the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas, the VCU men's basketball team beats Memphis but ultimately gets a reality check from Duke, which wins the tourney. On the upside, Shaka and Coach K get in some bro time down by the beach, sipping piña coladas from coconuts and discussing the pressures of being celebrities.
+1 A 12-foot Fraser fir arrives at Capitol Square, delivered by Mount Rogers Christmas Tree Farm in Whitetop for the Governor's Mansion. But before it gets decorated, it must undergo a trans-cambium ultrasound.
+3 Virginia tourism officials launch the Lincoln Movie Trail, a self-guided tour and website mixing history with filming and dining locations of Steven Spielberg's movie. Sadly left out is the Joseph Gordon-Levitt Topless Bar Crawl Down Route 420.
+4 The Richmond Tattoo Arts Festival marks its 20th anniversary, drawing the inked and their fans to a weekend at the convention center. One person conspicuously absent: that guy who got a Romney tattoo on his face.
-2 Holiday music floods local airwaves earlier this year — more than a week before Thanksgiving — with radio stations Big Oldies 107.3 and Lite 98 turning on their all-Christmas-music formats. Even the elves weren't ready.
+1 Hundreds of beer fans turn out to Hardywood Park Craft Brewery for the release of its award-winning Gingerbread Stout. Drink enough and your head feels like it got trampled by reindeer.
-1 Local unions mobilize to protest at a local Wal-Mart for starting Black Friday sales two hours earlier this year, complaining that it cuts deeper into workers' Thanksgiving time. In some families, this is considered a blessing.
-1 Election Day comes and goes, with some people noticing that "E pluribus unum" is misspelled on many "I Voted" stickers. So, more than $2 billion spent on a presidential campaign and no one can afford a dictionary?
0 In the Senate race between Tim Kaine and George Allen, Gawker reports that Virginians register more than 6,000 write-in votes to Hank the Cat. There goes our chance at a chicken in every pot and some nip before every nap.
+6 Richmond gets an official screening of the "Lincoln" movie, preceded by several long speeches by local officials including Gov. Bob McDonnell. They clearly haven't heard of the Gettsyburg Address.
+4 More than 4,000 runners take part in the Anthem Richmond Marathon, which is won by Kipkoech Ruto, a 23-year-old from Kenya. And then he ran home. +4
+1 RVA Magazine acquires GayRVA.com. So many skinny jeans under one roof.
+5 Richmonders set their clocks back as daylight saving time comes to an end. In related news, the microwave in our break room finally displays the correct time again.
+4 The Urbanna Oyster Festival draws Richmonders eastward in droves. You haven't lived until you've seen a pearl-spitting contest.
-2 In the stretch to Election Day, voters take a final blast of campaign ads, phone calls and candidate visits from politicians. After Tuesday, it's back to being ignored.
-3 The Times-Dispatch reports that state police and law-enforcement agencies of Henrico, Hanover and Chesterfield counties have estimated their security costs for presidential campaign visits at more than $219,000. Which begs the question: Will speeding tickets now count as campaign contributions?
0 We go to press not knowing who will become the next president of the United States. But one thing is certain: In four years, Bill's Barbecue will still be closed.