Thanksgiving is coming? Better Call Sal. . .

This month we introduce a new feature to the Quill that we like to call “Better Call Sal”. We will answer YOUR questions or touch on important legal news in a fun and informative Q&A-style article. If you have any questions you would like to submit, send them to us!

Q: Dear Better Call Sal – tell us something we don’t know about Thanksgiving.  Curious in Charlotte (C in C)

A: Why certainly C in C. Try these tidbits on for size. . .

  1. The very first Thanksgiving in America was not referred to as a Thanksgiving. It was likely a celebration of the Fall Harvest. A few years after that first Harvest celebration, the Pilgrims did hold what they called a “Thanksgiving”, but it was in July. This “Thanksgiving” was a religious day of prayer and fasting and was unrelated to the Harvest celebration. Over the years, the two events became intertwined and by the late 1600s, many communities were holding Thanksgiving feasts during the Autumn months.
  2. Thanksgiving, as a National Holiday, was first celebrated in 1777. In 1778, George Washington declared the last Thursday in November a “National Thanksgiving.” However, subsequent Presidents did not continue the Holiday. It wasn’t until 1863, under President Abraham Lincoln, that Thanksgiving truly became a National Holiday.
  3. The first Thanksgiving feast (in 1621) consisted of lobster, chestnuts, onions, leaks, dried fruit, cabbage, carrots, chicken, rabbit, honey and maple syrup, among other things. Perhaps astonishingly, no mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies or corn on the cob were served. I suppose there was no football on tv either. Yeah, right. . .

Q: Dear BCS – which is better, cranberry sauce from a can or from a jar.  Julie M, Huntersville

Thanks for the question, Julie. While acknowledging that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, since this is my opinion column, I get to give you the “answer”. And while I would freely admit that the shape of the cranberry sauce (it’s a gel really) out of the can is a little off-putting, the taste is clearly superior over anything out of a jar. What’s that you say, your homemade cranberry sauce is better than both? Well, invite me over to your house for Thanksgiving dinner and I will be the judge of that.

From all of us to all of yours, we hope you have a wonderful holiday full of fun and mirth and love (and football!!). Have an extra piece of pie on us!

Look for more Better Call Sal articles in future editions of The Quill. If you have a question you want answered, concerning just about anything, just remember you BETTER CALL SAL.


Meet The Family

McKinney Bullard
Customer Care Team

McKinny is a graduate from UNCC and was born and raised in Landis, a small town just 30 minutes north of Charlotte. She loves the small town vibe and enjoys being close to the city. McKinney is extremely adventurous and will do anything for an adrenaline rush. Most of her free time is spent hiking or baking.

1. What is something that not many people know about you?

I’m a very outgoing person full of personality but tend to be shy around people I don’t know.

2. What is your favorite movie?

Step Brothers

3. Name a person – alive or dead – you’d like to have dinner with and why?

My granny – best southern cook of all time!

4. If you were not working in the real estate field, what would you be doing?

If I weren’t working in the real estate field, I would potentially open up a store front bakery. I love baking and have a passion for cake decorating. I have a side gig called ‘Flourgirl Sweets by McKinney Kate’. I spend my weekends decorating cakes for customers.

5. Tell us about a brush with fame.

My husband works in Nascar, at Stewart-Haas. At his company Christmas party, I was in the way of Clint Bowyer (my all-time favorite driver). He scooted past me, and said, “sorry, excuse me” with a big smile on his face. TOTAL fan girl moment. My husband said my face turned blood red!

Newborn Announcement!

Congratulations to Holly and the Sommerhauser Family!

Morgan Ann Sommerhauser 
Born 10/19/2018
Weighing 6 lbs, 6 oz 

Everyone is doing well! Mom, dad and fur-sister, Jersey, are totally in love!




What’s The Word?

There is an intentional misspelling error in the The Better Call Sal Quill Article above. Be the first person to find the misspelled word in the article to win a prize! E-mail Summer with your guess!