And a pleasant Thursday to the rest of the world. I’m not going to bore you with a recitation of traditional Thanksgiving dishes I hope to consume, just assume if you know of one that is generic across the US I will probably consume some today, plus some Texas-specific dishes like Jalapeño corn casserole. This is kind of a group dinner with one person coordinating the menu and sides, someone else cooking the turkeys and other meats (smoked brisket is a popular Texas Thanksgiving entré) and the rest of us bringing the assigned sides.
We finished the Egyptian Run and brought back the Pyrite Cube of Great Power and up next is the barbecue and followed by Glorious Training! (trope stolen from dozens of anime and specifically Sparkling Generation Valkyrie Yuuki a goofy web comic that hasn’t updated in months but the creator assures me will update “soon”). I really need to upgrade my blades and pistols skills and also develop the Observe skill. I forgot to include that at character creation, so I will spend Karma points and nuyen to get it now. The group decided to go out for dinner and bought me some too, which was nice of them because I think I’m down to about $15 until the end of the month in my checking account, and while we have food at the house last night was the first calamari I’ve had in years. Of the group I had the cheapest dinner which gives you and idea of what kind of dinner they bought, everyone else had a pound of snow crab plus something else, and I got some of that too because who really eats that much crab in one sitting unless they have been starving all day. I should also mention for the sake of full disclosure that I had calamari since the last time I had crab of any type, so I was out of practice at extracting the meat from the shell.
So to recap, Happy Thanksgiving to my US readers, happy Thursday to everyone else, and all you still hanging on from when this was a bicycle safety blog, this is a good day for a ride.🚴♂️ 👍🏼
I do a lot of complaining, but here at Casa de El Poeta we still have a lot to be thankful for. We have enough to eat even when it’s not the most exciting food in the world, we have a house that’s paid for even if it needs a ton of work done to it, and in spite of my complaints everybody’s health is pretty good. We may have some aches and pains affecting the quality of our lives, but we are alive and mostly doing good.
So we are pretty grateful for our situation here.
And wishing as good or better for all my readers and friends.
Well we ate good on Celebrate American Genocide Day II. I actually had to skip the pumpkin pie this time (no room on the plate after getting apple, cherry cheesecake, and peanut butter pie slivers). Someone brought a creamed corn dish with jalapeño peppers that was absolutely out of this world. There were 3 different kinds of dressing including a vegan one made by my daughter visiting from Scotland. We even had canned cranberry sauce. It just isn’t Thanksgiving without “purple good stuff”.
And for those wondering what the II means, think October 12, 1492 and subsequent anniversaries as I.
There were 9 different pies at the feast my daughter and son-in-law hosted at their McMansion in Corinth TX, plus other foods (2 hams, turkey prepared 3 different ways, 2 variations of green bean casserole, plates of raw veggies with dips, tortillas wrapped around cream cheese and jalapeño peppers, and 4 different kinds of pickles). I was unable to sample all of the pies, particularly after trying to cover my plate with “healthy” choices (any other day of the year these would not have been considered healthy, but given the alternatives…). But I managed to sample 3 of them before they disappeared.
Beyond the feast I still have much to be thankful for: A roof over my head that can’t be taken away, heat and AC as appropriate, and enough food even if it isn’t always to my preference. Broadband internet. Eventually being able to ride my bike when I finally get my neck rehabbed. Kittens. A beautiful wife and grown children.
And a blog where I can reach a few people and make a small difference. I may get down in the dumps sometimes about my reach, but I get to people who can make a difference, so I’m going to accept quality over quantity.