Your Thanksgiving Cluster Fk.

Uncle Vinnie

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I took Wednesday off from work so wifey and I could leave Wed a.m. from northern Mich to drive down state to Detroit area (4 hr drive) to spend TG with family.

Just as we're driving into Auburn Hills (.5 hr. from destination) mom calls me and says my sister and BIL have covid, TG is cancelled.

Turns out dumbass BIL who is vaccinated thought his one injection was akin to the Starship Enterprise deflector shields that would forever protect him from the bug. When he started feeling poorly a week ago he thought it was a cold and didn't get tested. Well, he contracted it and passed on to my sister.

Wifey and I spent the night in motel and drove back next day. Thanksgiving dinner turned out to be a bowl of chicken soup and a reuben at the Country Inn Restaurant.

Am I the only one, or did any of you have a bad acid trip on TG?
 

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I took Wednesday off from work so wifey and I could leave Wed a.m. from northern Mich to drive down state to Detroit area (4 hr drive) to spend TG with family.

Just as we're driving into Auburn Hills (.5 hr. from destination) mom calls me and says my sister and BIL have covid, TG is cancelled.

Turns out dumbass BIL who is vaccinated thought his one injection was akin to the Starship Enterprise deflector shields that would forever protect him from the bug. When he started feeling poorly a week ago he thought it was a cold and didn't get tested. Well, he contracted it and passed on to my sister.

Wifey and I spent the night in motel and drove back next day. Thanksgiving dinner turned out to be a bowl of chicken soup and a reuben at the Country Inn Restaurant.

Am I the only one, or did any of you have a bad acid trip on TG?

No. We spent TG with my wife's sister and BIL at their place with a few other family members and five dogs. Honey Baked turkey and a ham + Woodford Reserve Rye. It was pretty awesome.

2 years ago my wife's mom died on TG and the year before that my Stepfather passed the day before TG. Thankful no one died this year.
 

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Am I the only one, or did any of you have a bad acid trip on TG?
Man that sucks. Sorry to hear about that.
Was the drive pretty?
Did you and wifey get hoarse singing, “over the river and through the woods, to grandmothers house we go”, for 4 hours.
Look at the brite side, whisky and dry turkey woulda killed you to swallow, after all that singing anyway.
Yes, related to post # 5, how was the Rueben?
 

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I had a fine unmasked dinner with my son's family. 15+. Being a one-armed guy, I brought my Armitron watch and a battery and asked him to change it. It took him about 20mins to pop the back and install the battery. Popping the back back on took a little longer. All I could hear was hammering. Thus all those dents. It still wouldn't seat. He finally got a large socket. I heard a really loud hammer hit and Bob's your uncle. I will wear this watch until the battery dies and then put it a drawer. :rofl: :hippie:
 
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I've been taking care of my mom fulltime for the last 6 years.

We always spend Thanksgiving and Christmas alone because it is apparently too much trouble and too inconvenient for the rest of the family to celebrate on the actual holidays (you know, those days we have off of work so we can celebrate?).

Brother says he is coming over Friday (today) with his family for lunch. OK, I say. Please let us know what time to expect you. I took the day off work, planning to enjoy the whole day off. He checks in earlier this week. I remind him to let us know what time to expect him, so that we can plan our day around his visit.

He calls and talks to mom on Wednesday.

Today, I get up and straighten up the house and text him asking him what time we can expect him.

At this point I am starting to get pissed off about sitting around all day on the designated holiday and, now, I am sitting around on a vacation day waiting for my brother to turn up, who knows when?

F*** it. I take a shower and get ready to go out for the day. I give mom's caregiver instructions to just let her rest until my brother shows up. And if he doesn't, to carry on like a normal day.

Of course, walking out the door about 75% pissed off, my brother calls to say he is on his way. And, of course, he was put out that I got tired of waiting around to hear from him.

I had a nice drive in the countryside and I guess he had a nice visit with mom. I am still pissed at the utter lack of courtesy, though.

Now, my sister, she will only show up unannounced. We know it is coming. We just don't know when. What a joy she is.

:lol:
 

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Thankfully another uneventful Thanksgiving here - just me/Mrs and the dogs.

It used to be a big deal - growing up, it was EVERYONE coming back “home” to my grandparents - their sisters/neighbors/my parents - probably 40 or so people - start Wed night setting up and slaughtering hogs/scalding them and then Thursday morning we would begin butchering 4-6.

Big meal Thursday night and then Friday an all day party usually capped off with an evening jam session. Saturday women got together with kids and men went deer hunting - another dinner Saturday evening and church on Sunday morning before lunch and then going home.

Those days ended 30 years ago - all downhill from there. About 20 years ago was last “family” day we had - from there it was getting ready for deer gun season and an influx of customers it would bring.

My favorite thanksgiving aside from days with all the family as a kid - 25 years ago, bunch of us with no family obligations got together at a Dennys - bunch of 20 something kids - wound up to around 16 of us around the table. Having fun and I doubt anyone at that table had a dime to their name - but my friends at Citibank had given me my first credit card ever with 1000 limit - so we ate like kings. Wound up buying quite a few strangers meals that night too and shared some holiday cheer. Staff could have cared less - they were all pissed about working graveyard in a Dennys before Black Friday and joined in for the most part.

Last 10 or so - it’s just been me and Mrs - if she doesn’t do a turkey - we just hit a casino buffet or something. This is first year without both my parents - and of course no one bothered to invite us anywhere. Xmas is much of the same - but thinking of volunteering out this year. At a point the holidays are just more about memories of years past and reminders of those we lost. Can think of a dozen close family members/friends lost the last decade between Thanksgiving and New Years - so the next month just kinda sucks to me.
 

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My father had emergency heart surgery that didn’t go well last week and is in inpatient rehab right now. I’m in Alabama, he’s in Rhode Island. My father was there for me when I had my heart surgery, so I owe him. I was finally able to get on a plane Wednesday thus leaving my wife and kids to have Thanksgiving on there own. That part sucked. Saw my Dad yesterday morning and he looked frail like I’ve never seen before. Then I went to the hotel and took a nap. Woke up feeling horrible, headache and sore throat. Wasn’t able to go to the scaled down dinner that was happening with my sister and have spent most of today asleep in my hotel room sick. This stinks.
 

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My father had emergency heart surgery that didn’t go well last week and is in inpatient rehab right now. I’m in Alabama, he’s in Rhode Island. My father was there for me when I had my heart surgery, so I owe him. I was finally able to get on a plane Wednesday thus leaving my wife and kids to have Thanksgiving on there own. That part sucked. Saw my Dad yesterday morning and he looked frail like I’ve never seen before. Then I went to the hotel and took a nap. Woke up feeling horrible, headache and sore throat. Wasn’t able to go to the scaled down dinner that was happening with my sister and have spent most of today asleep in my hotel room sick. This stinks.

And I thought I had it bad. I'm sorry for you bro. Godspeed to dad.
 

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My father had emergency heart surgery that didn’t go well last week and is in inpatient rehab right now. I’m in Alabama, he’s in Rhode Island. My father was there for me when I had my heart surgery, so I owe him. I was finally able to get on a plane Wednesday thus leaving my wife and kids to have Thanksgiving on there own. That part sucked. Saw my Dad yesterday morning and he looked frail like I’ve never seen before. Then I went to the hotel and took a nap. Woke up feeling horrible, headache and sore throat. Wasn’t able to go to the scaled down dinner that was happening with my sister and have spent most of today asleep in my hotel room sick. This stinks.
Sorry to hear that, brother. I hope things turn around for both you and your dad. Holidays can always be the best and/or worst of times, unfortunately. Keep the faith in that better days are ahead.
 

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We had a nice Thanksgiving here in Seattle with my wife's parents and uncle. My 7 year old daughter absolutely adores her Nana, and didn't see her at all for a year and a half because of Covid, so she was delighted and the whole thing was lovely.

My original plan was visit my family in Connecticut, where I grew up, for the holiday. I haven't been for the last year and a half because of Covid. However, when it turned out the cost was roughly $2300 for plane tickets/rental car/taxes and fees etc, I decided it was too expensive and bailed. Pre-Covid it would be roughly $1000 to go there for a week. My brother typically blows it out for holidays and has a big feast with lots of people. The plan was to do only family this year, but it was still fifteen people or so.

The day before Thanksgiving my brother and his 22 year old son (both two-shot vaxxed) each tested positive for Covid. My brother (59 years old and pretty overweight) is currently pretty sick with a 103.5 fever. His son seems to have the sniffles and "kind of a sinus thing." Of course, Thanksgiving was cancelled.

My brother will probably be fine: one hears that if you're vaxxed and you do get sick, hardly anyone actually dies of it. The terrifying thing is that my 91 year old Dad intended to go to that gathering. He has received the booster shot, but still.

I'm sort of vibrating with this weird anxiety. I mean, I think that's what this is: anxiety that my Dad dodged a bullet, and that I dodged a bullet too, I guess. Maybe anxiety is the wrong word. It's a strange feeling, anyway.

In Seattle it feels like this Covid thing is over, or ending anyway - there's apparently a 90% vax rate here. But this situation suggests to me that it is not over at all, and that is a great big bummer.
 

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had a good one.put a 32 pound turkey in the oven,drove up to new port richey and brought my mom down her for dinner(60 miles,mom cant drive that far)daughter,SIL,4 grandkids and my family of 3 had a large dinner and birthday cake for dessert.yesterday i turned 64.drove mom home,stayed the night and my old high school buddy came to visit and we had a nice visit,he has been missing his mom since she passed a few years ago.mom always wanted me to marry his sister which would have been kind of wierd ,i am like a brother to him so it would be like marrying your sister...but weve been friends for 45 years.i am blessed to have a longtime friend/brother .oh yeah,sent mom home with some turkey so she wont have to cook for a while.
 

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