I woke up a little too late today, 1130 to be exact. I havent slept like that in a long time, I kind of feel bad for it. I grabbed a coffee and jumped right into Thanksgiving mode and helped out wherever I could with the prep work though mom and Larry had most of it under control. We were deep frying the turkey again this year, the only way to do it in my opinion, so I was in charge of frying the bird. Easy task when your equipment is working, but not so easy when people dont return your stuff like you leant it out. I didnt test the burner out before I put the oil on, but after 15 minutes I knew this wasnt going to work. Larry confirmed that the regulator wasnt working properly and on Thanksgiving Day we have to replace it or not have turkey. Lowe’s is closed and WalMart is the only place we could find. We had to buy a whole new setup and of course when we got it home and assembled, it didnt work correctly.
The burner wouldnt stay lit so after almost throwing it across the garage, we rigged it up with a nut and zip tie so the flame was wide open. Redneck ingenuity rules again!! Full flame burning and the peanut oil was ready in minutes. Its turkey time!! One 14 lb bird done and crispy in 45 minutes, ding dong! Yams, green bean casserole, oyster stuffing, regular stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry/orange zest relish, baked corn, and baked pineapple on the menu! Because of the turkey fiasco, we were behind the 8 ball with everyone of these fixins as well. Timing’s off in every aspect of the preparation and this really screwed with the day. We were almost 3 hours late on eating so tensions were a little high, a perfect thing on Thanksgiving Day. All in all we had a good meal even with all the troubles of the day. Im thankful for the company and for being home at this time. Im thankful for my friends and for my family being around to “enjoy” the day. I just wish little brother would have come through to make an appearance. Selfishness claims another family holiday. Not just for us, but for anyone who has been there and seen that. Just glad he is still around even if he isnt “around.”
If people could put aside their differences and really sit down to hash things out, life would be easier. Instead of being hardheaded, take a breath, calm down and realize time is short. My family is getting older and who knows how many more we all have together. Its sad to think about this, but its true. And its sad to think that my brother is missing out on these times. Selfishness get us nowhere. And nowhere is where “we” are right now little bro.
Yesterday I ended up riding the bus from 1130a until 8pm. It was an absolutely ridiculous time trying to get up here to the Cape. We were an hour and a half late into Providence and to top it off we sat on the outskirts of Providence at the Peter Pan bus terminal for another hour and a half. I understood the traffic on the way up 95, but the two “detours” that took us in circles didnt work out so well. I also understood the fact that a bus needs to be refueled, but that doesnt take nearly two hours. Another gripe is when asked what the hold up was, I was rudely told that we would get under way when the driver felt like it. Just so you know, Peter Pan buses dont give two shits about their customers, time constraints, or their own bus schedule. How are they celebrating 75 years with attitude like that. I get it, you’re cute. The buses are green and Peter Pan is painted on the outside, they even call the buses “Wendy’s House.” Its adorable, but your drivers are rude and that probably cost you 50 customers on this one trip. It cost you at least one and I hope none of you readers use them either. Blow smoke in my face and scoff at a not-so-out-of-this-world question like “when do we plan on leaving, we are over 2 hours late?” He almost earned a knuckle sandwich. Dont use em if you dont have to. Read more…
I wandered around Target today and got to thinking about how many hours I waste in this place. It has to be 100s. I mean, I go in there for a DVD and I come out 3 hours later with a cart full of nonsense. Today was actually the exception to the rule because I went in with a purpose and left in under 15 minutes. That absolutely has to be a record for me, maybe a record for all of mankind.
One time this winter Nick, Michelle and I actually walked to Target during a blizzard. We played video games, looked through all the isles, sampled some of the Target fare (put it back on the shelf) and left without buying a thing. We then trudged all the way back home in 8″ of snow. Call us weird, but we were stuck inside for days!
Its just so inviting in there. No clocks, well lit, infinite isles to peruse. They do well to keep people wandering aimlessly through the store. Their merchandising is top notch, the branding is world class, and the products are actually worth buying for the most part. It makes you wonder why you would ever be caught dead in Walmart. Dont you just feel better than the average Walmart-goer when you are in Target? Have you seen this website People of Walmart? If not, click the link and check it out. The outfits in here are amazing. This site automatically makes you feel better about yourself. If you are having a bad day, go to People of Walmart and know that you dress better than these poor saps. Well at least I hope you do.