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Old 11-24-10, 05:29 PM   #1
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Happy Thanksgiving

Enjoy the holiday and travel safely, no matter what mode you use.

BTW, how did you get the turkey home from the store this year?
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Happy Thanksgiving to all.

I bought a TV dinner with turkey. I carried it home in my back pack.
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The only place you can get a Turkey in Korea is Costco and I don't have a membership. Luckily I have lots of friends who were able to get one. Now all we need is to find an oven somewhere in this country. :.(
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Dunno where the turkey came from...we used to have one wandering around the home place here a while back

Actually that one went to live on a farm down the road, ours came from the local grocery store and came home in the panniers on my city bike along with last week's groceries. We only bought a turkey breast, there are only 4 of us going to be eating off of it and while I don't mind turkey sandwiches for a week or so I draw the line at turkey ice cream (gotta use those left over some where!)

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As Aaron mentioned, a turkey breast roast will easily fit in a pannier. I'm hosting a little Thanksgiving for my daughters family which includes two granddaughters, they'll all be driving into town to visit. On the menu -

Turkey breast roast
Glaced precooked ham
Macaroni & cheese (just in case)
Green bean casserole (green beans + mushroom soup + french fried onions, the old standby)
Sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top
Apple pie (the defrost & serve kind)

Partner, who is a much more ambitious cook than I am, observes ... "umm, adequate."

I'll let the grandkids play with the spinning wheel for a while after dinner, then let them decide what we'll do after that. We'll keep it as short & sweet as possible with the main goal being to get the kids back home before they get tired.
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I voted against having a turkey this year, but got out-voted. My wife picked up the turkey by car. I'll probably pick up the beer, dressing and the cranberry goop by bike since I don't think we have any in the house...
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No turkey for me this year. I'm doing a pork loin roast with apples.
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We took our little granny cart and walked to the store for turkey and to the Middle Eastern grocery for the pre-dinner snacks. Last night I rode my bike to another store and brought home the other food for dinner in my panniers.
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Our turkey this year was my Christmas gift from my employer last year. (I hope eating year-old turkey doesn't cause any problems in the next couple days. ) I brought it home on a very crowded bus because I had an injury and couldn't ride. This year, I'll be able to take my turkey home on my bike-- in my backpack with its little frozen knees digging into my shoulder blades.

Of course the best time was a few years ago, when I bought a live turkey, put a collar around its scrawny neck with a leash, and made it trot behind my bike.

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The turkey I was going to buy got pardoned by the President, so I guess I'm out of luck. It was going to be a solitary Thanksgiving anyway, so I just loaded up on goodies I'd like to eat.

I'm thankful that I'm not like my next door neighbor. She works at Kroger and will be at work all day, and then has to report in early for Black Friday. I did my shopping last night. Loaded my bike and panniers with enough food to last me till tomorrow because I don't believe that people should have to work on Thanksgiving unless it's absolutely necessary, so I boycott all stores on Thanksgiving.

It's been a quiet if interesting day. A major cold front came through quickly. At 10:30 am, I was sweating as I sat at my desk with the windows open. By noon, it was so cold that I had to put on a shirt and soon after a major thunderstorm passed over.

But I've had two naps, a nice steak dinner and all kinds of snacks. I've spent some time reflecting. I've worked on some projects and taken time to just sit and recreate. I'm watching a film called Red Cliff. Think Star Wars meets The Ring Trilogy meets Chinese History. So all in all, a nice Thanksgiving.
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The turkey I was going to buy got pardoned by the President, so I guess I'm out of luck. It was going to be a solitary Thanksgiving anyway, so I just loaded up on goodies I'd like to eat.

I'm thankful that I'm not like my next door neighbor. She works at Kroger and will be at work all day, and then has to report in early for Black Friday. I did my shopping last night. Loaded my bike and panniers with enough food to last me till tomorrow because I don't believe that people should have to work on Thanksgiving unless it's absolutely necessary, so I boycott all stores on Thanksgiving.

It's been a quiet if interesting day. A major cold front came through quickly. At 10:30 am, I was sweating as I sat at my desk with the windows open. By noon, it was so cold that I had to put on a shirt and soon after a major thunderstorm passed over.

But I've had two naps, a nice steak dinner and all kinds of snacks. I've spent some time reflecting. I've worked on some projects and taken time to just sit and recreate. I'm watching a film called Red Cliff So all in all, a nice Thanksgiving.
I'm with you on the idea of not making people work on Thanksgiving. But I work in a hospital so I would be one of the exceptions. I'm at work right now, actually. The hospital provided free dinners to all employees except those on my shift. So we brought in a potluck and had spaghetti, a fancy salad, and other goodies. I brought in a loaf of bread that I baked this morning, and that was well received. later we'll have Butterfinger ice cream cake.

My son and grandson brought me a big plate of turkey, pie and trimmings that I'll save for later. It was great to go down to the hospital lobby and get Thanksgiving hugs from the next 2 generations. I think it is a great source of pride and happiness to bring a dinner he paid for and cooked to his dad. It brings a little tear to my eye, especially since I've been so close to loosing him many times over the last few years.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It's probably the least commercial holiday. It isn't really a religious holiday, but it is very spiritual. I think it's very American--more so than even July 4th. I just love this day, even if I have to work.
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I had to work until 4:40 pm on Thanksgiving because it is not a holiday in Korea. Though, I can't complain much because I got to take three days off for Choseok (Korean Thankgsgiving) in September which is far more than I would have gotten working in the States.

As I said before, we had a hard time finding a bird, let alone an oven! Since we all had to work most of the day and many of my friends work at private cram schools that don't finish until 8pm or later, including my Korean girlfriend, we opted for a pick up dinner. We found out that the local American military base was cooking dinners that could be bought and picked up. Not bad at all for army cooking! Had turkey, pork roast, mash potatoes, REAL cranberry sauce, gravy, stuffing and some side dishes.

I spent last year in Korea as. Last year was better because the holiday was on a weekend and we were able to do the make shift family thing where we cook all day together. Its actual a lot more fun having holidays with close friends rather than family, at least for me. We cranked up the tunes, drank good wine, and watched some of our favorite TV shows while we cooked. Much more enjoyable than most of my previous Thanksgivings.
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I'm with you, Roody -- Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It's not religious, and yet remembering to be thankful is a great thing to do. If you woke up today, you are fortunate indeed -- one day you won't.

And I was born on Thanksgiving day and so was my mother! Different dates, but both born on the 4th Thursday in November.

We had a vegetarian English fry-up today. Eggs, fake sausage, fake bacon, tomatoes and mushrooms. It was exactly what we wanted.
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I will have to give a nod to the nearby grocery chain, they closed down at 3pm today so the employees could spend time with their families. Not sure about the regular big box offenders. I also noticed that most of, if not all the fast food joints were closed.

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Our turkey this year was my Christmas gift from my employer last year. (I hope eating year-old turkey doesn't cause any problems in the next couple days. ) I brought it home on a very crowded bus because I had an injury and couldn't ride. This year, I'll be able to take my turkey home on my bike-- in my backpack with its little frozen knees digging into my shoulder blades.

Of course the best time was a few years ago, when I bought a live turkey, put a collar around its scrawny neck with a leash, and made it trot behind my bike.

You know you have spent too much time on bikeforums when you remember Roody's Turkey joke from last year !
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I'm with you on the idea of not making people work on Thanksgiving. But I work in a hospital so I would be one of the exceptions. I'm at work right now, actually.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It's probably the least commercial holiday. It isn't really a religious holiday, but it is very spiritual. I think it's very American--more so than even July 4th. I just love this day, even if I have to work.
Yeah, Hospitals are one of those places that have to stay open, along with police departments, power companies and others. I'm glad you are enjoying yours. It's cool that your kids and grandkids showed up.
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You know you have spent too much time on bikeforums when you remember Roody's Turkey joke from last year !
I suppose everybody has heard the Thanksgiving joke that seems to be viral this year. Something like, "If the Indians had brought a donkey instead of a turkey to the Pilgrims, at least we'd all be guaranteed to get a piece of ass on Thanksgiving."
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I suppose everybody has heard the Thanksgiving joke that seems to be viral this year. Something like, "If the Indians had brought a donkey instead of a turkey to the Pilgrims, at least we'd all be guaranteed to get a piece of ass on Thanksgiving."
uhhhh that is bad!

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