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Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Nov 21, 2012 - 09:51pm PT
Try having food poisoning on Thanksgiving Day. I can't eat a thing.
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Nov 21, 2012 - 09:53pm PT
Historically, Thanksgiving has been an opportunity for me to get out of Dodge and into the mountains for a long 4-day weekend.

Just another one of the many advantages of belonging to a broken family! (:
Ricky D

Trad climber
Sierra Westside
Nov 21, 2012 - 09:53pm PT
My kid's too far away.
No parents to speak of.
Scheduled to work tomorrow.
I could give a crap about turkey.

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
Nov 21, 2012 - 09:53pm PT
I'm sorry that you're not well, Randisi.

But you do have something good: An excuse!

Mountain climber
Nov 21, 2012 - 09:59pm PT
Do something for someone else. It will fix what ails you.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Nov 21, 2012 - 10:16pm PT
we'll have a small family T-day...
watch football
and think about going up to the Valley for photos on Sunday

when we lived in western Massachusetts we'd visit my grandma in Boston, still a pretty small gathering, I remember crashing into sleep, since I always was exhausted from travel and teaching, once flying in from Geneva, Ch. from a meeting to Boston and meeting up with the family at grandma's... one year I awoke from sleep to watch Doug Flutie heave that Hail Marry pass into the end zone for the Boston U. win...

I can't remember T-day in graduate school, probably also a small affair, don't know if we had enough to buy a turkey, but probably

as an undergraduate at UCB in the last few years there we'd get friends together and sort of graze on the turkey and other stuff... we'd eat everything and anything in those times.

of all the holidays, this one is a good one since we all have something to be thankful for la the Pilgrims and all that... having friends over that share those same things seems appropriate, or family... no religious stuff, just thanks...

I'd understand if there were no football at your place... but maybe you could figure out what a desirable gathering would be if you can't be with your parents...

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Nov 21, 2012 - 10:31pm PT

Hey Melissa
Don't fret--just make it low key. . .
(easier said than done, agreed, but enjoy it for what it's worth).
I'm having a couple of buddies come by to eat either just vegetables(1),
and a bigger turkey than I wanted--waited too late to order a smaller one. . .

Have fun!

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Nov 21, 2012 - 10:38pm PT
I recall that the White Album came out at Thanksgiving. We went all the way from Berkeley to Oakland and listened to it and did a couple other things that improved our appetites.

To this day I still find it hard to believe that Mother Superior jumped the gun.

Credit: zBrown

We didn't have TV in those days.

Maybe they were on to something

I look at the world and I notice it's turning
While my guitar gently weeps
With every mistake we must surely be learning
Still my guitar gently weeps

Clickety-clack, don't look back.


Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Nov 21, 2012 - 10:45pm PT
Oh, Melissa, have you been working too hard? It can sometimes just be the time of year. I have to say, just having had 4 days of sunshine myself, that my mood is great. Hope you do have a wonderful day long weekend.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Nov 21, 2012 - 10:47pm PT
I'm with you Melissa.
While buffoons inhale fat rich gravy and get to visit with the relatives they most hate (but have to pretend they don't) I will hopefully have the rifle range all to myself.

Well I can dream can't I?

A long way from where I started
Nov 21, 2012 - 11:00pm PT
For us, Thanksgiving will be an afternoon/evening of friendship with a few other Supertopians. None of us has family that... Well, leave it that family thanksgiving isn't really an option for any of us. But tribe is family, right?

And for some of us who really never found a place in the family or community we grew up in, the climbing community is home. So what better way to enjoy thanksgiving than with a few like-minded souls who share something that most families don't share anyway.

And as bergbryce said:
Do something for someone else. It will fix what ails you.

Seriously, Melissa, there are people who have so close to nothing that anything at all is up. Do something for one of them and you'll have a thanksgiving worth remembering.

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
Nov 21, 2012 - 11:09pm PT
Thanks for your thoughtful responses.'re sort of onto smething.

If I was free to go labor for the truly needy, I'd be less anxious.

I'm slated to spend a dozen or so hours, two days in a row, eating with the group, walking with the group, doing whatever the group decides we are supposed to do, and it's not my group. No tv or do-gooder escapes. And turkey. So, I guess I'm having the panic attack of a cat about to be herded.

But I'm genuinely happy for all of you who are psyched for your plans.

And I don't want to overstate my beef. I love these people. I just am very challenged to do the holiday thing for them for such a long strech.

Love to you guys. You keep me sane through the holidays. This is just the first one where I've posted. notthativeeversnucktothepottyforasocialescapebefore....

Trad climber
Cali Hodad, surfing the galactic plane
Nov 21, 2012 - 11:16pm PT
Has it happened yet?

Don't mean sh#t to me.

I'm soloing TG this year, and most likely the rest of my life.

So, I guess i feel the same way.

edit: but if i get feeling REALLY thankful, maybe i'll cross the street to MacDonalds and get a turkey burger or sumpthin'!

Shut up Mouse! yer making me hungry!! I haven't eatin dinner yet!

I am not a cook. Bean burritos, grilled cheese sammy's, tuna samiches, tomato soup. that is about as complicated as it gets. microwave this and that!

Thanks for the invite Mouse. I was thinking that if I was in your area I would be welcome. I wish I was. Maybe next year! Thanks, bro!!

edit: "Fck the Cowboys, too." +1 ... Chargers all the way!!!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 21, 2012 - 11:17pm PT

I got a free turkey yesterday by NOT signing up for one. Each year the Key Club from the high school--God bless your shining faces and innocent hearts, kids--come through this old hotel and deliver a laundry basket filled with a turkey (eleven pounds!), various sides, stuffing mix, and an aluminum roasting pan. I was greatly pleased, because I do cook and like it. I even got waldorf salad that I was planning to make as a matter of course, and now I wonder who can share it with me. I need to find someone.

The video is to cheer you all up. It's a start.

Have fun Sunday, Ed.

Hey, Splitter, jump in the vehicle and come on up. It's six hours from LA to Merced. If you started now you'd get here in plenty of time for Thanksgiving sevices. I kind of think I might head over to St. Pat's tomorrow. Say thanks to Dad and Mom. Fck the Cowboys, too.

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
Nov 21, 2012 - 11:21pm PT
sully....OMG Tim and Tickle. How'd you know? I tried my own moonshine (poison), and they were my inspiration. All the way.

zBrown: Thanks for the Beatles smile too!

Thanks all you guys. I appreciate the sharing.

Social climber
So Cal
Nov 21, 2012 - 11:23pm PT
I even got waldorf salad

I knew I was forgetn' the fixins' for sumthin'

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Nov 21, 2012 - 11:28pm PT
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

The Wife, Parrots, and I, are having Turkey tomorrow.
John M

Nov 21, 2012 - 11:43pm PT
When family got too much for me, I would try to sneak out of the house early. 2 hours of surfing or mountain biking would set me up just right. One year I was dating this lady who lived in Berkley. She knew I had trouble with large groups, but she was very social and we had this big all day social event to go to with loads of her friends and family, so she took me kayaking on the bay very early that morning. It put a big smile on my face and I was good to go.

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Nov 21, 2012 - 11:45pm PT
Miss Melissa ...You are gorgeous , healthy, intelligent, loved, have a sweetie, a fulfilling Jay-oh-bee, a roof over your head, plus you have Turkey day off...
Plus + Plus....++ ++ Plus...

lecture here....
Hijole Malcriada....count your blessings....

The Pollyanna in me loves Thanksgiving.... and giving thanks...
The grinch in me...dislikes Christmas and all the excess.
ok, lecture over...

Cheers ...
and i hope you degrinch tomorrow.. and have a beautiful day.

Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
Nov 21, 2012 - 11:51pm PT
When I was young and on the road, Thanksgiving was a very lonely time. Sometimes spent with strangers or just alone with nothing to do.

Other times large family, or huge family gatherings, where I would sit on the fringe and wish I was out climbing or something.

Fortunately. the big family thing will be near an interesting beach up in Santa Barbara tomorrow.

My ideal Thanksgiving would be with a few hardy souls. Go out and kill something yummy, gather some seasonal fruits, squashes, etc. Make a big feast and pig out. Very hand-made.
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