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Dalian, Liaoning
Nov 22, 2012 - 12:11am PT
Melissa, as a vegetarian from the age of 14, I too found the sight of the cooked carcass objectionable. My mom would keep it in the kitchen for me.

One thing I am thankful for is that they still have not found a way to commercialize this holiday.

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chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Nov 22, 2012 - 12:20am PT
One thing I am thankful for is that they still have not found a way to commercialize this holiday.

Randisi.....+++...Big time...YUP!

edit: Miss Melissa, at some point after dinner... sneak away and do something fun......

edit:Qitnl ...Quiet is the new loud....That's the day after turkey-day....

Splitter, if you were in my Mom's hood, we would invite you over...always lots of food..


Social climber
Nov 22, 2012 - 12:32am PT
hey there say, melissa...

my grandkids and their home (up here not the south texas ones) are in a divorced family, suddenly, since last year... :O

the mom is now too far away, but still in town, and my ex son in law, helps out if there is car troubles, etc, but i am not on his list of
'folks to hang around with' even when my grandkids are with him (he was married, first, to my daughter, and i am the ex mother in law).... so:

i am just staying home with the critters... used to be kind of sad, when that happened, if the grandkids family was invited to her-or-his family...
but my friend usually asked me to stop by... it made things kind of like a holiday, then...

well, tue, i got a surprise:

a friend came and gave gas money to go see the grandkids, and brought so extra groceriers from there stuff... they wanted to help me go to the grankids' mom house...

but she's having the meal late, at supper, now--too hard to see well, to drive back in the dark, as it is not a familiar road... so i gave the friends their money back, today, and chose to stay home:

the neat part is: i kind of HAD a thankgivings:
just knowing that my friends cared, and came over, wanting to help me not be alone...
(they themselves, had an invite away, or they'd have had me over to their house) ... and--they also brought over those bits of groceries, so:

that eve, i bought a little piece of lamb for 3.36 on sale, and made a stew for me and critters that night....

so wonderful!!! we ARE thankful that we had that special treat, and i will not forget that.... otherwise, it would just be a same-old-same-old day...

which it will be--but with that fun 'early thanksgiving' alread done!
tomorrow i will paint (i had a part that i had to start all over again with, :( --but then, now i am TWICE glad i am not traveling, :))

i miss seeing my folks at this time, though, :(
they might be visiting family, instead of having a meal at home, i am not
sure yet... :)

get well soon...

happy thanksgiving to you all!!!

there are so many ways to be thankful, by 'making our own traditions'...

perhaps melissa, you can have a special day, on THE DAY after, :)
something new and speical, just for you--back a little dish and have a
glass of wine, etc... and put some flowers on the table,


wow, mouse, and cosmic, steveW, and ghost, and a few others are ready to cook! :)

Nov 22, 2012 - 02:06am PT
One thing I am thankful for is that they still have not found a way to commercialize this holiday.

I guess you don't work in retail.
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Nov 22, 2012 - 02:34am PT
I am having a hard time finding a good pseudonym.

Social climber
Portland, Oregon
Nov 22, 2012 - 03:22am PT
I actually enjoy Thanksgiving more than Xmas, but tomorrow (today I guess, it is after midnight) will spend the day with good friends as is my custom. This gathering has been going on for 20 years and I look forward to it. No obligations, just breaking bread (and wine!, can you break wine?) with a good crew. I don't eat meat, but will happily participate in the deep frying of the bird and content myself with the numerous other dishes that are meat free.

Melissa, and the rest of the Taco crew, I wish you a joyous day, however you choose to spend it.


David Plotnikoff

Mountain climber
Emerald Hills, CA
Nov 22, 2012 - 03:56am PT
To me this is the easiest holiday. Everyone has *something* to be thankful for, no matter what your personal situation. Hell, be thankful you got out of bed this morning. Because some people didn't. Eat the turkey or don't. (Personally, I'm going with roast duck, the traditional trimmings and champagne ... Leftover turkey quickly assumes the texture of balsa wood. Whereas duck fat cures all.)

And if you're really stuck in a serious Class A funk, consider this: There are plenty of people pretty close to you who don't have enough to eat, don't have any friends who are still alive, don't have a safe place to sleep, etc. Not just today. Every day. Doing anything, no matter how small, to connect to another person who's hurting is always a way to make the holiday significant. It's not the size of the gift or the flamboyance of the gesture. It's just saying through a deed to someone else, "Hey, I recognize you're a human being like me and I give a damn." Applying a little money to the situation is often helpful.

from out where the anecdotes roam
Nov 22, 2012 - 07:11am PT
may there be at least a game hen in every mailbox

The Granite State.
Nov 22, 2012 - 07:35am PT
F*#k thanksgiving. I'll be glad when the day is over.
Jebus H Bomz

Reno, Nuh VAAAA duh
Nov 22, 2012 - 08:14am PT
I don't need Thanksgiving to feel like an ingrate. Although, I am very thankful this day.

Trad climber
Cali Hodad, surfing the galactic plane
Nov 22, 2012 - 08:36am PT
Thanksgiving is for turkeys!

Nuf said!!

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 22, 2012 - 08:46am PT
I have known the feeling Melissa.
Today is going to have exercise before the eating.
And I'm going to make Sooze' mushroom pie.

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Nov 22, 2012 - 11:04am PT
They are beautiful people who are close talkers. Stepford Wives are people too, I've learned. Why should I worry about my large pores and flat chest when I'm around them?

Hahaha, Sullly! That ought to put a smile on her face!

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Nov 22, 2012 - 11:09am PT

Well, they're starting Black Friday later today. . .

Rick A

Boulder, Colorado
Nov 22, 2012 - 11:52am PT

Sounds like you could use a little social lubricant:

The Negroni:

1 part gin
1 part vermouth (the usual recipe calls for sweet, but I like to use dry)
1 part campari

A couple of these and you won't mind the relatives at all.



Gym climber
berkeley, ca
Nov 22, 2012 - 11:56am PT
Thanks, Rick. I'm providing the homemade booze this year. (I made plum wine, pear cider, and peach liqueur).

The trick is to drink just enough that I can give up control of my situation but not so much that I lose control of my tongue.

Boulder climber
member since 2002
Nov 22, 2012 - 12:07pm PT
T-giving is not a big deal to me, but I do give thanks for Supertopo. I like this site a lot
Big thanks to Chris for putting up with us.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Nov 22, 2012 - 12:19pm PT
The trick is to drink just enough that I can give up control of my situation but not so much that I lose control of my tongue.

think of it as performance art... work through your role before hand, spend a bit of time before to get into the role... and remember it's only for a limited time.

I always feel I can be charming in any situation as long as it has a definite time limit. Longer limits require pacing. The challenge to self is to actually figure out a way to engage everyone and in an interesting (for me) conversation. Find something positive in everyone... this can be a stretch for sure.

As for drinking, well, I have no control over my tongue, thus the preparations for role playing before, and at some point drinking too much (three beer equiv. max?) just shuts me down completely.

But then again, sitting on a coach with a big grin and being incapable of much else is ok too.


Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 22, 2012 - 01:04pm PT
The trick is to drink just enough that I can give up control of my situation but not so much that I lose control of my tongue.

I dunno, Melissa unleashed would be awesome to experience.

Though, that dilemma, is part of why I decided to stop all together
Mighty Hiker

Vancouver, B.C.
Nov 22, 2012 - 01:19pm PT
The Canadian Thanksgiving is the second Monday of October, and so well separated from commercial excess, and more or less coincidental with the end of harvest, which after all was the whole idea anyway. If you're lucky, we'll have left some turkeys for you.

Oddly, the expression "black friday" is being used by retailers here anyway, some sort of foreign decadence or something. Especially odd when it's used by Canadian companies. Today and tomorrow are nothing special in our retailing world.
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