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2020-11-25 8:53:36 AM  
"....Well, at least I have the Washington Post to keep me company..."
(paywall)
"DOH!"
 
2020-11-25 9:13:51 AM  
We'll be having Thanksgiving just like always.   It'll be me, the distaffbopper, the littlebopper, and my father.

Essentially no change from any other year.   Not enough family in the approximate area to have big Thanksgiving dinners anyway, and honestly, my father comes over (or I go over to his house) semi-regularly so it's not like an increased risk.
 
2020-11-25 9:15:55 AM  
Oh, and we're still making a big turkey, though.  For leftovers.
 
2020-11-25 9:17:07 AM  
You're like 9 months into this thing.  Can you figure out how to procure food for yourself yet?
 
2020-11-25 9:47:16 AM  
Having a funeral service tomorrow for our pet turkey who suddenly passed away this morning.
 
2020-11-25 9:48:56 AM  

dittybopper: We'll be having Thanksgiving just like always.   It'll be me, the distaffbopper, the littlebopper, and my father.

Essentially no change from any other year.   Not enough family in the approximate area to have big Thanksgiving dinners anyway, and honestly, my father comes over (or I go over to his house) semi-regularly so it's not like an increased risk.


We're in a similar situation. Thanksgiving is just an excuse for mashed potatoes and stuffing instead of a regular dinner. My dad's obsession with turkey soup and pot pie ensures the bird will be huge.
 
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2020-11-25 10:18:09 AM  
Today we're delivering side dishes and desserts to the doorstep of a friend who has COVID. We'll drop some stuff off for family too. We're not including turkey because nobody really likes it anyway.
 
2020-11-25 10:24:37 AM  
I'm having the opposite issue. Because Mrs. Plows isn't visiting her family, this will be the 1st year since the early 90's that I'm not spending Thanksgiving alone. We don't know what we're doing yet.

I can handle this single holiday w/ her here. But I think the wretched day near the end of the year will not be as enjoyable. I really like my 2-3 days alone completely shut-off from reminders of the stupid holiday going on around me. The same holiday I've been tired of hearing about since August.
 
2020-11-25 10:29:03 AM  
Popeye's is doing cajun turkey this year.  And there are 20 Popeye's franchises in the greater Washington area.
 
2020-11-25 10:29:38 AM  
Me, mrs edmo, my sister and her dog. My mom passed this year and so all the parents have gone on. We are thankful to be here and to remember the old days. May we eventually be worthy of someone else's memories of the old days.
 
2020-11-25 10:31:01 AM  
We're going all out this year! We got family coming in from around the country, 50-60 people so it'll be pretty cramped but I'm sure it'll be nice. Only bad thing is this damn cold I just got has totally robbed me of my sense of taste and smell. Oh well. I'll make up for it at our annual Christmas dinner party bash.
 
2020-11-25 10:31:26 AM  
There should be enough places open for take out that if one is literally alone (and one doesn't cook) that you shouldn't starve.
 
2020-11-25 10:33:32 AM  
This will be the first time in my adult life that we don't have our in laws and an exchange student over for Thanksgiving.

Its going to be weird and feel like just like any other day except for the 22 lb Turkey for 2 adults and 2 small kids to share.

As a kid it was almost always just me and my parents except the rare few times an uncle visited or we adopted a soldier for the holiday.
 
2020-11-25 10:33:46 AM  
I'm going to work, making overtime. As an "essential worker" it's important for me to be open and available for all of your junk food, coffee, cigarettes, and soda pop. Here to serve YOU!*

/how bout you put on a farking mask for one day, you farking cretin
//I dont; do holidays anyway, so no big deal
///*the corporate business model
 
2020-11-25 10:35:32 AM  

FrancoFile: Popeye's is doing cajun turkey this year.  And there are 20 Popeye's franchises in the greater Washington area.


I have no clue how they taste after being reheated, but when I use to work at a plant that use to make them, they are farking good fresh.
 
2020-11-25 10:40:29 AM  
I will be drinking lots of Belgian and Trappist beer while playing Assassins Creed Valhalla. It will be glorious!
 
2020-11-25 10:40:35 AM  

Subtonic: We're going all out this year! We got family coming in from around the country, 50-60 people so it'll be pretty cramped but I'm sure it'll be nice. Only bad thing is this damn cold I just got has totally robbed me of my sense of taste and smell. Oh well. I'll make up for it at our annual Christmas dinner party bash.


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2020-11-25 10:50:31 AM  
Considering I had gastric sleeve surgery last week, I am thinking protein drinks and lots of water.
 
2020-11-25 10:53:49 AM  

End_Of_Line: Considering I had gastric sleeve surgery last week, I am thinking protein drinks and lots of water.


Good luck!  If you need any encouragement or food pointers hit me up at my ultra fark email.  I'm down 220# from mine.
 
2020-11-25 11:03:09 AM  

drjekel_mrhyde: Subtonic: We're going all out this year! We got family coming in from around the country, 50-60 people so it'll be pretty cramped but I'm sure it'll be nice. Only bad thing is this damn cold I just got has totally robbed me of my sense of taste and smell. Oh well. I'll make up for it at our annual Christmas dinner party bash.
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You're gonna get a big bonus anywhere. Can you all stop with the class war for one second?

/part of the problem
 
2020-11-25 11:04:13 AM  
We are having a roast beast feast for two. A couple other years we were alone and tried turkey for two and it was too much work and not enough payoff and we like leftover roast beef more.

I made habanero fudge, not as much as usual (with Mr Spawn working from home since March, I didn't have to fill gift bags for his co-workers) and dropped it off to local family and friends.

Done with holidays now. Giving no other gifts, bought ourselves a 42" smart TV and soundbar as our Yule gift.  Limiting social interaction until mid to late January after xmas covid spike is hopefully over.  I'm supposed to have my second skin removal surgery in February, covid willing, so that takes me out of circulation at least a month.
 
2020-11-25 11:05:33 AM  
Just my wife, two boys and I this year. Usually we go to my parents and there are 15 of us, not this year, obviously. We are cooking a couple of turkey breasts (gonna miss the dark meat), mashed potatoes, dressing, green bean casserole, and dessert. Then Friday we are going to get our Christmas tree. Going for a Korean Fir again, they last long and should be fine for a month or so.
 
2020-11-25 11:07:23 AM  

Liadan: dittybopper: We'll be having Thanksgiving just like always.   It'll be me, the distaffbopper, the littlebopper, and my father.

Essentially no change from any other year.   Not enough family in the approximate area to have big Thanksgiving dinners anyway, and honestly, my father comes over (or I go over to his house) semi-regularly so it's not like an increased risk.

We're in a similar situation. Thanksgiving is just an excuse for mashed potatoes and stuffing instead of a regular dinner. My dad's obsession with turkey soup and pot pie ensures the bird will be huge.


Yeah, the best part of Thanksgiving is the leftovers.  Since we got a big bird and are having just 4 people, I'm thinking of hauling up the dehydrator and making turkey jerky.
 
2020-11-25 11:09:18 AM  
Hey, if you need some ideas on how to cook your turkey, here you go:

The Great Turkey Cook-Off Of 1796
Youtube tgWSa3nSfhc


/Always bet on the fat guy in a cooking competition.
 
2020-11-25 11:18:10 AM  
article: 'We moved to Dallas two years ago knowing the airport hub here would make travel direct and inexpensive'

Never heard that reason before for moving to TX.
 
2020-11-25 11:28:23 AM  

dittybopper: Hey, if you need some ideas on how to cook your turkey, here you go:

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/tgWSa3nS​fhc]

/Always bet on the fat guy in a cooking competition.


I love the Townsends watched that yesterday I wish I had the time and place to roast a turkey in a fireplace like that.
 
2020-11-25 11:29:29 AM  
Here you go subby, just combine the two.

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2020-11-25 11:40:40 AM  
Our plans were dashed by our Chinese restaurant's plans to close for Thanksgiving.  What are they, Americans?
Plan B is sending the kid over to the store to find a protein source of his choosing, enough for the two of us and the even more pathetic upstairs neighbor who won't be visiting his parents because of the circumstances in which we find ourselves.
 
2020-11-25 11:48:11 AM  

dittybopper: Oh, and we're still making a big turkey, though.  For leftovers.


My wife's family makes exactly enough food for the Thanksgiving meal, eats it all, and then there's nothing left.

I think they're aliens.
 
2020-11-25 11:49:01 AM  
Deleted my TMI rambling post about why I usually spend Thanksgiving alone anyway... You're welcome.

I figure a lot of people are in the same boat.  We just don't have the big, made for TV, traditional commercial family holidays.  In recent years I've been invited to various "friendsgivings" events, which have been far more honest and enjoyable than hanging out with racist/hateful relatives and pretend to get along.

I cooked a turkey breast on Monday, had it with potatoes and *broccoli.  Yesterday an open faced sandwich, Today, I made a tiny dish of stuffing/dressing/whatever you call it in your neck of the woods.  Later today, I'll call the people I love and chat with them, so as not to interrupt whatever tiny gatherings they have going on tomorrow.

*The fresh green beans for sale were rotted trash, I hate my supermarket's produce section.

/I forgot to buy Chex, I bought all the nuts and pretzels, Worcestershire, season salt and crap... forgot the actual cereal.
//I'd have just eaten the entire batch myself anyway, so it's probably better...
///Who am I kidding, I'll make a batch next time I grocery shop and eat the whole damned thing.
 
2020-11-25 12:03:45 PM  

Hooker with a Penis: This will be the first time in my adult life that we don't have our in laws and an exchange student over for Thanksgiving.

Its going to be weird and feel like just like any other day except for the 22 lb Turkey for 2 adults and 2 small kids to share.

As a kid it was almost always just me and my parents except the rare few times an uncle visited or we adopted a soldier for the holiday.


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2020-11-25 12:08:43 PM  
Sis's house for lunch and dog show.  Then home and maybe a video marathon for the weekend.  Corner Gas?
 
2020-11-25 12:10:28 PM  
The couple I was going to spend Thanksgiving with had to bow out because of a non-covid illness. So it's just me, pork tenderloin, spuds  veggies, a bottle of Irish whiskey and some fine Colorado bud.
 
2020-11-25 12:12:51 PM  

drjekel_mrhyde: Subtonic: We're going all out this year! We got family coming in from around the country, 50-60 people so it'll be pretty cramped but I'm sure it'll be nice. Only bad thing is this damn cold I just got has totally robbed me of my sense of taste and smell. Oh well. I'll make up for it at our annual Christmas dinner party bash.

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The 1970s called and would like their color palette back.
 
2020-11-25 12:22:07 PM  
As for Thanksgiving, it's just another workday.  Could have just ordered in but went for a heat-and-eat meal kit because leftover turkey and cranberry sauce on sourdough.
 
2020-11-25 12:31:37 PM  

Ker_Thwap: Today, I made a tiny dish of stuffing/dressing/whatever you call it in your neck of the woods.



Protip: if it's cooked inside the bird, it is stuffing; if it is made in a pan outside the bird it is called dressing.
 
2020-11-25 12:32:27 PM  
Usually the Mrs. and I go out of town to see her sisters and families and my StepKid would've been "stuck" having to "suffer" through "the pain" of having to go to her Aunt-and-Uncle's (the Uncle is her late father's brother) with her Grandparents (also on her father's side)

Background info: My StepKid's father spent the last 30+ years of his life hating his brother because of his brother's $ucce$$ and I'm reasonably (and unfortunately) certain he died with said unresolved jealously and hatred five years ago. My StepKid thinks she's "duty-bound" to continue to "hate" her Uncle "in my father's name" while, at the same time, my StepKid has refused to come spend Thanksgiving with us because she "... does not want to be stuck in a car for 3 1/2 hours..." (which is how far my in-laws live). Yes, she's an immature brat with unresolved daddy issues.

Fast forward to 2020: My StepKid's Grandparents (both in their 80's) are staying home due to COVID (smart!) and my StepKid does not want to go to her Aunt-and-Uncle's by herself (see "pain/suffering/anguish/hatred/etc" above).. so she sweet-talked her Mom into coming to our house tomorrow. Given that she's having a "girl's day" with the Mrs. today, I think my StepKid is going to be here for however long it takes her to finish her meal.
 
2020-11-25 1:19:23 PM  
Just me and the GF tomorrow, with a zoom session with my family.  I'm roasting a duck.  Then we get the kids on Friday for a typical turkey dinner.  Doing the turkey on the smoker.  Then on Sunday, we're going to her sister's house for Thanksgiving 3 (Revenge of the Sith).  Or something like that.  Whatever, there's going to be a lot of eating to do over the next 4 days.
 
2020-11-25 1:21:17 PM  
This is going to be my Thanksgiving dinner. Two of them so it will be a "feast"

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Grumpy old man. No family or friends.
 
2020-11-25 1:25:59 PM  
Me and two cats.  Plan on eating a lot of cannabis and embracing the spinst.
 
2020-11-25 1:57:18 PM  

Englebert Slaptyback: Ker_Thwap: Today, I made a tiny dish of stuffing/dressing/whatever you call it in your neck of the woods.


Protip: if it's cooked inside the bird, it is stuffing; if it is made in a pan outside the bird it is called dressing.


There are regional variants.  We called it stuffing in the bird, and the pan prepared outside the bird was also called stuffing.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/stuffi​n​g-vs-dressing-difference_n_5be30db0e4b​0769d24c8176b
 
2020-11-25 2:11:17 PM  
I'm waiting for my neighbors to leave so I can rob them.
 
2020-11-25 2:46:03 PM  
It's just the wife and I this year (we normally host my family of about 10 guests), with a turkey breast and all the fixings.  Plus plenty of extra wine for just the two of us.  I have to work on Friday so I won't be getting *that* drunk on turkey day.  We will do a zoom call with the family because my mom is super bummed that we all aren't getting together this year to hear my brother rant about whatever RW nonsense he is on about this year.

/good times
 
2020-11-25 3:10:18 PM  
I'll be spending it alone.
 
2020-11-25 3:13:28 PM  
I've been single for about 10 years, and I realized there's nothing wrong with spending a holiday alone.  I get to do the things I like without all of the traditional stress.  When I was married, Thanksgiving was a ton of prep, cleaning and associated stress just to spend time with people I didn't really care about.  There was usually a argument or two.

Last year, I spent it at my favorite bar - they had good food, and all they wanted was for you to kick in some money for a local food bank.  I also went to a Friendsgiving the Monday before Thanksgiving that was a ton of fun.

This year because of COVID, I'm staying home.  I ordered turkey/mashed potatoes/stuffing/gravy/mac and cheese, and roasted brussels sprouts from a local restaurant.  I'll pick it up tonight along with a pie and a Cinnabun for tomorrow's breakfast.

I'll get up tomorrow and turn on the Lions game - I live far away from MI and it's the only day I'll be sure their game is televised.  I'll have the cinnamon roll for breakfast.

Once the game is over, I'll put on the MST3K Turkey Day Marathon.  Later I'll much on a light lunch, and then put the turkey et al in the oven to heat.  When that's about done, I'll do my only cooking for the day - I'm making mashed rutabega.  That's one of my tradtions, my grandmother used to make that and this time of year is the only time I can get them.

I'll be alone, but I'm not lonely.  I have a grown son who I'll see next week.  I have good friends and a casual boyfriend.  I have a good job, and some success doing stand-up.  I do have stuff to be thankful for and being alone doesn't diminish that.
 
2020-11-25 3:17:00 PM  
Same as every holiday...deciding if this is the time that I decide to finally pull the trigger and eat that bullet that I scratched my name into.

/not really
//just chilling and watching some movies
///the introvert's best holiday evar!!!
 
2020-11-25 4:12:21 PM  
Honestly, rather bummed.  Thanksgiving is my holiday- I hate Christmas with a passion.  Get family together, make a big meal, eat it, watch football, what's not to like?

But my elderly parents can't come this year- my son is home from college and still quarantined and my Dad has respiratory issues.  I was hoping to maybe visit them but nobody's really comfortable with it.

So it's just us and the kids.  No need for a big meal- #2 son said all he wanted was stuffing and mashed potatoes and #1 son asked for hamburgers so that's what we're getting.  Have some nice porter in the fridge

But I'm not going to get many more Thanksgivings with my folks and COVID is taking this one.
 
2020-11-25 4:28:38 PM  

Glockenspiel Hero: Honestly, rather bummed.  Thanksgiving is my holiday- I hate Christmas with a passion.  Get family together, make a big meal, eat it, watch football, what's not to like?

But my elderly parents can't come this year- my son is home from college and still quarantined and my Dad has respiratory issues.  I was hoping to maybe visit them but nobody's really comfortable with it.

So it's just us and the kids.  No need for a big meal- #2 son said all he wanted was stuffing and mashed potatoes and #1 son asked for hamburgers so that's what we're getting.  Have some nice porter in the fridge

But I'm not going to get many more Thanksgivings with my folks and COVID is taking this one.


I hear you. Turkey day is my favorite family get together. So much less to-do than religious ones, yet people actually show up and get days off unlike a summer bbq/grillout.

I've got plenty of political disagreements with my extended family, but a good gathering reminds we really are there for one another and connected.

As much as I enjoy the internet and technology, we have lost something along the way and need to get it back.losing it is part of the reason we are disconnected as we are.

All in the family was about an ignorant shiat who meant well and a family and neighborhood that still connected and cared about one another, archies and Meatheads alike. That 70s show had Red calling everyone a dumbass. But even then people cared for one another. Maybe I'm just getting old, but I worry we are losing that. My extended family is being pulled apart by politics and Qanon. The timing of covid couldn't be worse. Now we are isolated AND getting split by beliefs. This won't end well.
 
2020-11-25 4:30:32 PM  
I know what I'll be eating - there's a community Thanksgiving dinner put on for free each year here. Naturally, it's curbside pickup this year. As to where I'm eating? The friends I'd planned on having dinner with just started quarantining for C-19 so I'm going to leave dinner on their porch, knock on the door and split. I hope everybody is doing as well as possible. Happy Thanksgiving!
 
2020-11-25 4:51:33 PM  
It will be just Mrs. Carte, my daughters and our son-in-law. All tested negative for the virus.

We will be having all the usual stuff, and if the Amazon delivery gets here soon with the Jello packets we can have Mrs. Carte's famous Black Cherry and Whipped Cream Jello mold. (Couldn't find black cherry Jello anywhere around here, had to order from Amazon at 3 times the usual price.)

I'll watch the Lions lose  like I always have since Bobby Lane was the quarterback and then do the turkey outside on the rotisserie grill.
 
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