Coming Out of Left Field

Monday, November 28, 2005

Holiday weekend wrapup

Highlights of Turkey Day and the long weekend:

Thursday night - arrived at the airport, got picked up and went looking for someplace to have dinner. As the wife and I feared, we didn't find anything open besides the stray McDonald's, and there was no way we were going to have fast food on Thanksgiving. So we went home, and my dad cooked some potstickers and noodles instead. Not exactly traditional, but they hit the spot.

Friday - Went out for breakfast, did grocery shopping and rented some movies -- "Cold Mountain", "The Incredibles", and the Patrick Stewart version of "A Christmas Carol". Watched "The Incredibles" with the little brother (great fun), took a nap, then went to a family friend's house for dinner, where we had lots of yummy turkey, duck, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, etc. (while being urged not to stop eating), listened to how-people-met stories and looked at cute grandkid pictures.

Saturday - Slept in, had toast and tea, spent a lazy afternoon playing games (me) and checking in with other family members (the wife). Went out for dinner, then watched "A Christmas Carol", and laughed at the over-the-top special effects and equally ludicrous acting. It's been a while since I've read the story, but I'm pretty sure the ending does not have Scrooge falling into his grave, landing on top of his own corpse, and plunging through a black hole. Both the wife and I wondered what made Stewart sign up for the part; the little brother said that he's seen worse cases of good actors in terrible movies, such as Martin Sheen in "Spawn", but that this was pretty bad too.

Sunday - Made French toast for breakfast, packed up and joined the hordes in transit Left the house at 12:30, arrived back home around 8:30-9. Other than not having a direct flight home, it was a fine trip.


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