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Happy Thanksgiving

TurkeyMy view of Thanksgiving was skewed by my Father’s attitude. Having grown up on a poultry farm, he saw the holiday as the culmination of weeks of work “processing” dozens of turkeys to be frozen and readying a few dozen more for fresh delivery. We generally ate ham when he was alive.

Having been on my Grandfather’s farm at this time of year I can understand my Dad’s attitude: our meal was subject to interruption by people picking up a fresh turkey at the last minute. A sale is a sale when you are business for yourself.

Thanks to Fox the WKRP turkey giveaway isn’t available on YouTube. Watching it was long a tradition at our house.

Enjoy your meal and try to forget about the world’s problems for a day – they’ll still be there on Friday.

[Please note that I heartily approve of people eating domesticated turkeys. They deserve to die. If you were ever unfortunate enough to deal with them, you would understand why I don’t like them. Wild turkeys are not the same, as they actually are capable of an independent existence. Wild Turkey is definitely not the same, and is an acquired taste.]


1 cookiejill { 11.25.10 at 12:55 am }

“As God as my witness…..”

Speaking of flying….have you tried http://flightaware.com/
a friend recommended it to track friend’s flights…just wanted a “second” opinion…

2 paintedjaguar { 11.25.10 at 12:56 am }

I hear you Bryan. So everybody thinks penguins are cute? My old job at the seaquarium including cleaning their domicile. Let me put it this way — if we ever run out of concrete, we can switch to penguin shit. Also, the little bastards stink to high heaven. Well they would, wouldn’t they?

3 hipparchia { 11.25.10 at 1:45 am }

happy thanksgiving to you and yours!

and thank you for reminding me of the wkrp turkey giveaway.

4 Rook { 11.25.10 at 6:42 am }

Boy, tell me about Wild Turkeys being different. I had the honor of watching 8 Wild Turkeys jump up in the air from the middle of the road to avoid cars coming around the corner and land in trees 20 to 30 feet high. It was amazing. And all while snow was lazily drifting down from the sky.

5 Bryan { 11.25.10 at 5:15 pm }

Jill, Flight Aware is used by a lot of sites, including those for airports and some of the airlines. It is as accurate as the information it receives, which tends to be iffy because most of it comes from the airlines themselves, but it is the best available at the moment.

PJ, every animal is cute as long as you don’t have to take care of it. A penguin house has to be about the same as a turkey coop, except turkeys don’t eat a lot of fish, so that probably changes the odor quotient.

Well, Hipparchia, dead turkeys always cheer me up.

Yep, Rook, the wild ones are real birds that do bird things, like flying. If that had been a domesticated flock there would have been turkey pâté to be cleaned off grills of a lot of cars, and probably a few busted windshields.

Happy thanksgiving to one and all.

6 Jim Bales { 11.25.10 at 9:03 pm }

So, we left the house at 9:30 AM to visit some friends for the day. Within 5 minutes of departing, traffic was at a dead stop. Why? Because 10 wild turkeys were blocking the state highway in beautiful Newton, MA!

After a few minutes, they sauntered down a side road, and let the rest of us go about our way.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

7 Bryan { 11.25.10 at 9:57 pm }

Just because they can fly, doesn’t mean they will. After all, Jim, they are still turkeys and have a reputation to uphold. They wouldn’t have done that in New Hampshire, but they knew that Massachusetts liberals wouldn’t run over them. 😉

8 Steve Bates { 11.26.10 at 1:13 am }

Happy T-Day, Bryan! Is anyone going to put up that video of Sarah Palin (?) with the turkey being slaughtered in the background? (Never mind… just google

   “sarah palin” turkey

and it will take you there.)

9 cookiejill { 11.26.10 at 1:52 am }

Steve – I posted Sarah pardoning the turkey up at skippy’s

10 JuanitaM { 11.26.10 at 4:19 pm }

Late Happy Thanksgiving! We often have wild turkeys walking through the back yard around here. A couple of years ago, there were two hens trailing their little ones behind like good little soldiers. As they came around the corner of the house, I started counting. Couldn’t believe there were 21 turkeys (counting mamas)!

It doesn’t seem to matter how often I see them, it’s still fun. Now, the three bears I saw were another story. And, no it wasn’t THOSE three bears 🙂 Goldilocks wasn’t in it.

11 Bryan { 11.26.10 at 7:58 pm }

I ignore the former governor of Alaska, Steve, just as I ignore most C-list celebrities.

We get turkey vultures down along the coast, Juanita, but you need to go inland for the real ones. The best thing about wild turkeys is that you don’t have to clean up after them.

We get black bears, but they will leave if you don’t box them in. They aren’t looking for trouble, just a quick meal. If people would compost or keep their garbage cans closed, the bears wouldn’t come down to the coast. Of course in rural farm areas I would think that food is harder to come by, so they would probably get more aggressive. Actually, I have always looked on Goldilocks as a burglar.

12 Kryten42 { 11.26.10 at 11:35 pm }

LOL A turkey pardoning a turkey! That’s just funny! 😆 😉 😀

C-list Bryan? I would suspect that any actual C-Lister would probably be insulted by that! Hmmm… No, come to think of it… maybe not. But they should be! 😉 😆

Anyway all.. I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. (It’s not something we celebrate in Aus of course). 🙂

13 Anya { 11.27.10 at 2:59 am }

People in New Hampster will not run over wild turkeys in the road. They wander through the town at will and stop traffic wherever they go. Now, if we could only convince them to use the crosswalks….

14 JuanitaM { 11.27.10 at 9:27 am }

Yes, Bryan, and in our case, I guess you could say that we more or less moved into their area rather than their coming into ours! So, we only have ourselves to blame for being in the path of their roaming site.

They were beautiful but “up close and personal” they look a LOT larger than they do in pictures. Strange how that works.

15 Bryan { 11.27.10 at 9:39 pm }

Kryten, C-Listers will do anything to be noticed, just look at Ted Nugent. They used to be employed on game show panels, but I think that has finally faded, so they go into politics when they aren’t in rehab.

See, Anya, I assumed that the gun-toting conservative in New Hampshire would ‘take them out’ with an SUV if a shotgun wasn’t available. My bad. Although, the turkeys may have sensed the presence of a institution of higher education, and known that there were liberals around.

They are big enough to cause significant damage if they decide to fight, Juanita. I don’t annoy them when I encounter them, as at the local university campus, but they usually choose to avoid humans. The problems usually start locally when the bears decide climbing a tree is a good idea.

Loss of habitat is a major problem down here, as St Joe Paper has started to develop a lot of the pine forests they own for pulp production. The critters can’t take on bulldozers.

16 Steve Bates { 11.28.10 at 5:50 pm }

Thanks, Jill; I believe that video almost defines the word “irony.” As for me, I didn’t even kill a tofurkey this year…