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1901 clicks; posted to Main » on 26 Nov 2020 at 8:15 AM (8 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2020-11-25 10:36:38 PM  
I suggest rum, it goes well in coffee to start and a root beer float as desert.
 
2020-11-25 10:39:32 PM  
That's my secret, Cap.
 
2020-11-25 11:55:34 PM  
No one will care if I put my dick in the mashed potatoes.
 
2020-11-26 6:07:26 AM  
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2020-11-26 7:14:28 AM  
Think of it as a test run for Christmas.
 
2020-11-26 7:47:37 AM  
Found a bakery in Tel Aviv that makes and delivers pumpkin pie.

$10 a farking slice.

(No, I cannot make my own. My studio is small and has no oven.)

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2020-11-26 8:18:47 AM  

bostonguy: Found a bakery in Tel Aviv that makes and delivers pumpkin pie.

$10 a farking slice.

(No, I cannot make my own. My studio is small and has no oven.)

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https://www.thespruceeats.com/instant​-​pot-pumpkin-pie-4767139
 
2020-11-26 8:19:22 AM  
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2020-11-26 8:19:37 AM  
Literally baracade the door to your room? My best friend is going to have to do that this year as his family are farking idiots and he has to take immuno suppressors.

/How farking stupid? His mother has diabetes and a major stroke and went out to eat in Arizona.

// And told him hours after she did so and came home.

/// Oh and she didn't go to the hospital for an entire day after having the stroke because she didn't want to ruin his birthday.
 
2020-11-26 8:22:46 AM  
Well for starters, being alone doesn't equate to being lonely.
 
2020-11-26 8:23:22 AM  
My schedule for today:
Pancakes, sausage, Irish coffee.
Play with the cat
Take a short nap
BLT with some fresh pineapple, beer
Beer and video games
Beer and the final season of Star Wars Rebels
Crab legs, salad, cheesy biscuit, beer
Beer and video games
Play with the cat
Check out Fark periodically throughout
Sleep
 
2020-11-26 8:23:32 AM  
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2020-11-26 8:24:28 AM  
The little turkeys are adorable.
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2020-11-26 8:25:21 AM  
since I m on my own this year I'm doing steak. I have a bottle of mead and a fresh copy of Assassin's Creed: Valhalla

I'll probably call and bother friends and family but I have no intention of even opening my front door today.
 
2020-11-26 8:29:06 AM  
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2020-11-26 8:29:29 AM  
Step 1) Revel in the fact you're doing what is necessary to keep your friends and family safe
Step 2) Revel in the fact you're doing what is necessary to keep yourself safe
Step 3) Does it matter?
 
2020-11-26 8:30:20 AM  
I imagine that many Farkers stopped reading the article when it described "drinking too much alcohol" as a maladaptive coping strategy.
 
2020-11-26 8:31:21 AM  
I actually prefer spending it alone.  Been doing it for years.
Might cook up a big breakfast, or have pizza.  Play with fur babies.
Alcohol may or may not be involved.
 
2020-11-26 8:31:33 AM  
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2020-11-26 8:35:25 AM  
By not helping to spread a deadly plague.
 
2020-11-26 8:35:47 AM  
I'm 1000 miles from home, and 'stuck' in a hotel room by myself (no co-workers). It's going to be awesome. Bought some groceries last night to hack together something that resembles a Thanksgiving dinner. No oven, so the Turkey part had to be slightly modified. in a little bit, it will be time to head to the beach (I'm in Miami) for 3-4 hours, drink some Rum, then meander back to the hotel for my dinner and some debil's foozeball.
 
2020-11-26 8:36:24 AM  
I normally enjoy holidays alone. I really don't understand why there would be any issue, it's just another day. And now, due to the pandemic, it's a day without idiotic meetings.
 
2020-11-26 8:38:37 AM  
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2020-11-26 8:39:46 AM  

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2020-11-26 8:41:40 AM  

Krusty's Wench: I actually prefer spending it alone.  Been doing it for years.
Might cook up a big breakfast, or have pizza.  Play with fur babies.
Alcohol may or may not be involved.


I got my grand-dad, my buddy wiser, johnnie....
 
2020-11-26 8:47:42 AM  
Put some pants on and go for a walk with a friend

If I had pants and a friend I wouldn't be alone now would I.
 
2020-11-26 8:48:47 AM  

Aquapope: My schedule for today:
Pancakes, sausage, Irish coffee.
Play with the cat
Take a short nap
BLT with some fresh pineapple, beer
Beer and video games
Beer and the final season of Star Wars Rebels
Crab legs, salad, cheesy biscuit, beer
Beer and video games
Play with the cat
Check out Fark periodically throughout
Sleep


Don't miss the one-block-long Macy's Christmas Parade. Your Kitty will enjoy the Garfield balloon which makes most cats feel superior. (as if they need help with that)
 
2020-11-26 8:52:20 AM  
When I was about 23 my family all traveled and I couldn't for whatever reason. I decided to eat a quarter of mushrooms and watch the Halle Barry film Gothika.

I assume this is what the article suggests.
 
2020-11-26 8:53:38 AM  
Back when I was young and single, holidays were double time and a half.  I ALWAYS worked Thanksgiving and Christmas.

/never lonely
//loved counting the money
///now I have Mrs. SLEZE, SLEZE Jr, SLEZE Jr. Jr. and the pod family for the holidays
 
2020-11-26 8:58:33 AM  
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2020-11-26 9:01:52 AM  
I'm at home with my dog and cat and that's just fine with me.

My birthday was last week, so I've done more than enough binge eating
My family is 1000 miles away, but I'm not close with them anyway
I'm not risking getting or giving the Rona
I have two trade school final exams to take online by midnight Sunday night

I don't even mind that it's going to be cloudy and rainy for 4 consecutive days - good studying weather.
 
2020-11-26 9:03:17 AM  

bostonguy: Found a bakery in Tel Aviv that makes and delivers pumpkin pie.

$10 a farking slice.

(No, I cannot make my own. My studio is small and has no oven.)

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If you can make cheesecake in a slow cooker, you can make pumpkin pie in one.
 
2020-11-26 9:03:21 AM  
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Turkey Sub?
 
2020-11-26 9:04:01 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: No one will care if I put my dick in the mashed potatoes.


Ah, one of those great first lines of a novel.

The rest of the book travels through the past to unwind the journey that brought you to solitude at Thanksgiving.
 
2020-11-26 9:06:28 AM  
Start by not verbing nouns
 
2020-11-26 9:07:48 AM  
I'm going to dust off my guitar and amp and have a mini-concert for my neighbors. They won't be coming over but they can participate by laying down percussion tracks a.k.a. banging on the walls. Their rhythm isn't great but they play with passion.
 
2020-11-26 9:09:23 AM  
Well had breakfast, had a shower, right now I am watching Life of Brian and decorating. Gonna make some pudding to go with the apple tarts I have.
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Got some steaks and some good sides for tonight and will probably call the old roommate and check on her and my buddy.
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Probably gonna watch Planes , Trains & Automobiles tonight.
 
2020-11-26 9:09:42 AM  
Merry Thanksgiving to all, and to all a good lunch.
 
2020-11-26 9:11:41 AM  
Get drunk, Enjoy crappy football, and LUXURIATE in the golden silence?
 
2020-11-26 9:12:06 AM  
"Maladaptive Coping Strategy" is the name of my Insane Clown Posse/Survivor ragtime band.
 
2020-11-26 9:12:55 AM  
Happy Thanksgiving to all you wonderful bastards.  I'm truly grateful for you.
 
2020-11-26 9:13:26 AM  
About 30 years ago, the family court set the custody schedule for my kids.  She got Thanksgiving, I got Christmas.  Around the same time, my dad moved to Florida to hang out in the sunshine.  My options were Racist drunken sister side of the family, the occasional pity invite from a co-worker, so I most often chose to be alone on the holiday.

I'm not going to suggest I handled it well back then, there was a lot of bitterness, a lot of anger and eventually depression.  None of which were productive.  I eventually figured it out after a lot of mistakes.

Don't let your embarrassment/pride get in the way of living your life.  If you have a resource like, FARK for instance, feel free to connect with an internet community, especially if you are lonely.  Solitude doesn't have to equal loneliness, but then again... not everyone can flip a switch and immediately switch into calm solitude mode.

If you have friends and family and even co-workers who reach out to you, don't rebuff them.  I'm not saying you should break quarantine and hang out with them, but accept that phone call and chat with someone.  Think of it as allowing someone to do something nice and feel better about themselves.  You're not the object of pity, you're the one helping.

Comfort food?  I disagree with the article.  Enjoy some, maybe keep the portions in moderation however.  The rest of the article, sure, get some exercise.  Celebrate a little bit, in a way you enjoy.

I very much value my solitude these days, I read, I hike, I live simply, and balance my escapism habits with healthy activities.  Reach out to whatever family remains, or what new family you've found.  Everyone bright is in the same boat this year (the same physically isolated boats.)
 
2020-11-26 9:17:56 AM  
Casinos.
 
2020-11-26 9:22:54 AM  

thatboyoverthere: Literally baracade the door to your room? My best friend is going to have to do that this year as his family are farking idiots and he has to take immuno suppressors.

/How farking stupid? His mother has diabetes and a major stroke and went out to eat in Arizona.

// And told him hours after she did so and came home.

/// Oh and she didn't go to the hospital for an entire day after having the stroke because she didn't want to ruin his birthday.


Door to your room....lmao.  Let us know when you get your own place and experience the real world.
 
2020-11-26 9:24:17 AM  
While you are all enjoying your alone time, I'm stuck alone (family went out of state as I'm routinely exposed to COVID) except for the 8-10 hours I have to work today.

So enjoy but do so safely.  And follow the farking guidelines.
 
2020-11-26 9:26:52 AM  

Yoleus: I imagine that many Farkers stopped reading the article when it described "drinking too much alcohol" as a maladaptive coping strategy.


"... stopped reading the article ..."

So you think farkers read the articles?
 
2020-11-26 9:33:38 AM  

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She's gonna eat all that?! She must be an Olympic decathlete to stay that skinny.
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2020-11-26 9:34:17 AM  
Not alone. Me and Mrs. Pow and the cat. It's also my berfday today. Not going anywhere. Not doing anything. Maybe watch a few episodes of Designated Survivor to remind myself what a shiatshow this country is.
 
2020-11-26 9:42:33 AM  
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade started live-streaming on YouTube about a half an hour ago
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hKat​4​umL90
 
2020-11-26 9:47:01 AM  
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Have two for a "feast".
 
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