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Thanksgiving 2013!

Today is the busiest travel day of the year they say which means Thanksgiving is tomorrow!I can’t make up my mind which is the better holiday, Thanksgiving or Opening Day. It’s a tough call, but I’m excited for family, food, football and fire in the fireplace — what’s not to love? Thanksgiving is why America wins, on points.

NOTHING CELEBRATES GIVING THANKS LIKE LITTERING

If the listening of “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” (I insist on the full name<) isn't one of you traditions, it should be. DC101 plays it annually and I typically hear on my way into work. Yup, I work on Thanksgiving -- time and half plus the holiday. Not bad and I don't miss dinner which is much more reasonable than the retailers who insist on opening on Thanksgiving night.

FIRE! FIRE! FIRE! FIRE!

First fire of the season

Thanksgiving is pretty much a mandatory day to build a fire in the fireplace if you have one. Gas fireplaces don’t count.

HAVE SOME TURKEY BEFORE YOUR TURKEY

I always have my turkey before my turkey
A shot of Wild Turkey in a snifter with just a drop of water is a great reward for building the fire. That’s real Wild Turkey too, not the harsh 81 proof stuff.

TURKEY FOOTBALL WITH MOXIE
This year’s Thanksgiving Day NFL games feature the Detroit Lions hosting the Green Bay Packers (seems like a semi-annual tradition) and the Dallas Cowboys hosting the Oakland Raiders. There is a night game too (only exceptable time for Thursday night football in my book) with the Pittsburgh Steelers playing the Baltimore Ravens. There are a couple of notes for the Dallas game:

1.) For the first time in nearly 50 years, the Cowboys are wearing regular blue jerseys at home. The last time they did it they were in the Cotton Bowl.

2.) In an even more unlikely event, Matt McGloin, is starting his third NFL game for as Raiders quarterback. From Penn State walk-on out of West Scranton to starting NFL quarterback — McGloin’s story is incredible. MOXIE!

Maybe Mike Francesa will learn his name:

Just another thing to make the chip on McGloin’s shoulder get bigger.

Washingtonians are just thankful that the Redskins don’t have to play again until Sunday night and that nobody has compared Robert Griffin III to a Jane Austen heroine. Aw, hamburgers.

THE BIRD

“We’d always have walking-bird on Thanksgiving, with all the trimmings: cranberries, injun eyes, yams stuffed with gunpowder. Then we’d all watch football, which in those days was called baseball…”

Abraham Simpson

Mom's turkey

Turkey is to be cooked on Thanksgiving, not the day before and NOT CHICKEN, like I once had to endure.

Here is how you carve it:

OVERFILLED TURKEY FRYER = CHINA SYNDROME

There’s more:

The Best Turkey Frying Disasters on the Internet
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LATE IN THE COWBOYS GAME

Back when we had a social contract, the commercial that Ed McMahon wished “you and yours the very best this holiday season” with the Clydesdales in the snow was the official beginning of the Christmas season. Then Ed’s narration was replaced in the mid-1990s and now that beer has been made even blander by the multinational conglomerate that owns it. And the Christmas season is forced on us by advertisers and radio stations long before Thanksgiving. Boo.

I don’t seem to be able to have a turkey leg on the couch during the 4th quarter anymore, but if you can, go for it.

BLACK FRIDAY

Sleep in. Go to work. Clean up. Just don’t go to the damn mall or sprawling big box development.

THANKSGIVING II

Do it all over again on Sunday. Some say it’s even better.

AS GOD AS MY WITNESS, I THOUGHT TURKEYS COULD FLY

Oh and of course there is an oral history of it now too h/t Vince Guerrieri

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Happy Thanksgiving 2012

My favorite holiday is a day away — Thanksgiving! Family, food, football fire in the fireplace — what’s not to love? Thanksgiving is why America wins, on points.

NOTHING CELEBRATES GIVING THANKS LIKE LITTERING

If the listening of “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” (I insist on the full name<) isn't one of you traditions, it should be. DC101 plays it annually and I typically hear on my way into work. Yup, I work on Thanksgiving -- time and half plus the holiday. Not bad and I don't miss dinner which is much more reasonable than the retailers who insist on opening on Thanksgiving night.

FIRE! FIRE! FIRE! FIRE!

First fire of the season

Thanksgiving is pretty much a mandatory day to build a fire in the fireplace if you have one. Gas fireplaces don’t count.

HAVE SOME TURKEY BEFORE YOUR TURKEY

I always have my turkey before my turkey
A shot of Wild Turkey in a snifter with just a drop of water is a great reward for building the fire. That’s real Wild Turkey too, not the harsh 81 proof stuff.

TRIUMPH OF THE UNCLUTTERED MIND

Football is a big part of the holiday too. The NFL is sending the Washington Redskins head to Texas to play the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday which is November 22, because 49 years ago a DC delegation going to Dallas worked out so well.

DC is 0 and 6 in Big D (or more accurately, Irving) on Turkey Day. The most memorable of course was 1974, so we might as well get Clint Longley out of the way:

Longley hasn’t been heard from in decades – sucker punching Roger Staubach will do that to you. DC Sports Bog provides a strong take on that memorable game that took place before we were born.

The Cowboys are probably wearing their stupid fauxback blue uniforms. This annoys me, Thanksgiving is a traditional game — wear the traditional uniform! The Redskins will probably wear white over gold which probably hasn’t been done down there since the Cotton Bowl days.

In the early game, the Detroit Lions will host the Houston Texans and almost certainly lose to them. The Lions also need to fix their uniforms. The New England Patriots visit the New York Jets in the night cap. Shouldn’t NEW ENGLAND be hosting on Thanksgiving? Seems like a no-brainer to me. Also, what took the NFL so long to add a third game on Thanksgiving?

By the way, I’m predicting the Redskins pull this on out, the Lions play valiantly and lose to the Texans and the Patriots roll over the Jets.

THE BIRD

“We’d always have walking-bird on Thanksgiving, with all the trimmings: cranberries, injun eyes, yams stuffed with gunpowder. Then we’d all watch football, which in those days was called baseball…”

Abraham Simpson

Mom's turkey

Turkey is to be cooked on Thanksgiving, not the day before and NOT CHICKEN, like I once had to endure.

Here is how you carve it:

OVERFILLED TURKEY FRYER = CHINA SYNDROME

LATE IN THE COWBOYS GAME

Back when we had a social contract, the commercial that Ed McMahon wished “you and yours the very best this holiday season” with the Clydesdales in the snow was the official beginning of the Christmas season. Then Ed’s narration was replaced in the mid-1990s and now that beer has been made even blander by the multinational conglomerate that owns it. Boo.

I don’t seem to be able to have a turkey leg on the couch during the 4th quarter anymore, but if you can, go for it.

BLACK FRIDAY

Sleep in. Go to work. Clean up. Just don’t go to the damn mall or sprawling big box development.

I THOUGHT TURKEYS COULD FLY

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Happy Thanksgiving 2011

Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday. Turkey and all the trimmings, a fire in my parents fireplace and football on TV is makes for America’s greatest holiday. We rule.

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YES, SIR, OFFICER OBIE, I CANNOT TELL A LIE, I PUT THAT ENVELOPE UNDER THAT GARBAGE:

Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant” is one of my Thanksgiving traditions, I usually hear it on DC 101, but I got out the door late. I always work on Thanksgiving (time & half, plus the holiday pay!) before heading over to my parents house. After I get there, I always have my turkey before my turkey

I always have my turkey before my turkey

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FOOTBAW

I am not the pro football fan I was before college, but I love me some NFL on Thanksgiving. The resurgent Detroit Lions host the undefeated Green Bay Packers. Good to see the Lions doing well, because the talk of them losing their Thanksgiving game was unfortunate. The second game is the Miami Dolphins visiting the Dallas Cowboys, so get ready for lots of references to this:

The one downside of the first two games are the likely throwbacks to be worn by the home teams. The Cowboys will be wearing blue fauxbacks from 1960 that remind you why they changed to their silver helmet and white at home look. The Lions will probably just wear utterly plan helmets and jerseys. What they ought to wear is anything from 1964 or so to 2008.

Sadly, Nickelback will play the halftime show of the first game. Why not have a crappy Detroit band instead of a crappy Canadian band?

The night game is the San Francisco 49ers coached by Jim Harbaugh visiting the Baltimore Ravens coached by Jon Harbaugh. Nice. Hard to believe it took the NFL until the 21st century to figure out people might want to watch more football after dinner. The Ravens don’t have

The Oatmeal, which works a little blue, has a comparison of Thanksgiving as a child and as an adult.

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OVERFILLED TURKEY FRYER = CHINA SYNDROME

There is a William Shatner safety deep fried turkey video out this year, but I much prefer the UL one that didn’t need CGI to remind us that overfilled

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Turkey!

CARVING THE BIRD

The best way I have seen to carve a turkey came from this 2008 Times video:

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YOU CAN START THINKING ABOUT CHRISTMAS WHEN ED McMAHON SAYS SO (WITHOUT SAYING IT)

Thanksgiving means that Christmas is coming. As far as I am concerned, there should be no mention of Christmas until the late third quarter (when I used to eat a turkey leg on the couch) of the Cowboys game when the “Holiday Greetings from Budweiser” came on

They ran it until 1996 and I think they broke the social contract when they replaced Ed.

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Have a great Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving

A Happy Thanksgiving to you wherever you may be. I’m at work and then headed over to my folks house where I will build a fire, have some Turkey before my turkey, greet my wife and son upon their arrival, watch some football, have a Thanksgiving dinner that couldn’t be beat and then go home.

And now, the traditional Thanksgiving favorite, “Alice’s Restaurant” by Arlo Guthrie, in two parts:

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Turkey tips

Butcher’s Method Takes Carving Off the TableThe Times
A good article, with an even better video, on the most effective way to carve a turkey. I have been cutting the breast right off the bone and carving it separately for several years now. These instructions will make carving even easier.

Of course, this is all a moot point for me this year, since we’ll be deep-frying our bird, with popcorn stuffing, in the basement.

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Second best day after Thanksgiving Friday outside

Yesterday, the unseasonable temperatures allowed me to take a bike ride up to Rock Creek Park. This was the second best activity I have ever done on the day after Thanksgiving. The first was going in the Atlantic Ocean with my brother Christopher and cousin Frank somewhere in Palm Beach County, Fla. in 1994 (I think). Of course, we had to drive 2,000 miles roundtrip for that privilege, so there was a downside too.

Another great outdoor activity on post-Thanksgiving: playing football in the snow with my cousins Tom and Jeff in Little Silver, N.J. It was the only white Thanksgiving I can remember, though I do not recall the year.

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Post-tryptophan


Company was over, so I had to wear pants this year. Grrrr!


Happy Black Friday
! Or Buy Nothing Day if that’s your thing. How was Thanksgiving for you? For me, it was great, I indulged in all the usual traditions; listening to Alice’s Restaurant Massacree*, making extra $ at work, building a fire at my parents (I used the fireplace this year though), watching Detroit lose, eating fresh, roasted turkey (splendid job Mom!) and of course eating a turkey leg during the fourth quarter of the Cowboys game. It’s fun, once a year for about thirty minutes I pretend I am still a Cowboys fan like I was for about 15 years.**

All in all, a good Thanksgiving. Erica pitched in with desserts too. Here is that spectacular turkey:


You see, back in those days, rich men would ride around in zeppelins, dropping coins on people, and one day I seen J. D. Rockefeller flying by. So I run out of the house with a big washtub and… hey! Where are you going?

Anyway, where was I? Oh yeah. I used my washtub that morning to clean my turkey, which back then was called a ‘walking bird’. We had walking bird on Thanksgiving with cranberry sauce, Injun eyes, and yams stuffed with gunpowder. We also sat around and watched football, which back then was called baseball.

*There was an article in The Post this week focused on Stockbridge, Mass. the setting for the first part of the song. I learned Alice’s last name, Brock, meant that she had the same name of someone I dealt with at work years ago. I doubt they were the same person.

** I ditched the Pokes as I got deeper and deeper into Penn State fandom. I didn’t know any of the players either and I couldn’t spend both days of the weekend following football. I think it makes me a better Washingtonian too.

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Happy Thanksgiving

One of my favorite holidays is finally here! I love Thanksgiving because what could be better than eating lots of good food and watching football in front of a roaring fire? Not much.

Per tradition, I will be at work today (Time and a half + the holiday!) and then head over to my folks house. I’ll build a fire, have a little Wild Turkey, watch football and eat my mom’s turkey dinner. In the fourth quarter of the Cowboys game, I’ll have another leg. Then we’ll go home and sleep in our own bed. It’s very sweet.

So Happy Thanksgiving to your and yours, wherever you might be.

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