Ramblings from the Desert

The man who trades freedom for security does not deserve nor will he ever receive either. ~Benjamin Franklin

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Author of the urban fantasy novel, The Music of Chaos, and the paranormal romance, The Canvas Thief.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Thanksgiving Disasters?

A gun toting turkey might be a Thanksgiving disaster, unless you're the turkey.

In general, Thanksgiving disasters are avoided by keeping me out of the kitchen.

My mom, who can whip up a good feast, has been responsible for some culinary disasters in her day. I remember one Thanksgiving, eons ago, when she decided to substitute a duck for the traditional turkey. She basted, fluffed, folded and did whatever you do to a fowl before roasting, and popped it in the oven. Then we hopped in the car and headed out to the stable for some horse riding.

We returned a few hours later and found that "Zee duck, eet ees Cajun." Blackened.

The most recent disaster happened when the J-man and I hosted Thanksgiving dinner. The garbage disposal celebrated with a bout of creativity. Instead of macerating food scraps and sending them down the drain, it swirled the gunk around and sent it rushing upward, a food geyser. When we ran the dishwasher, the pressure release valve on the sink spewed more pureed food.

This year, the J-man is going to have dinner with his chain-smoking kinfolk who think I'm rude, crude and socially unacceptable. That's okay, the sentiment is mutual. I'm staying home and finishing up The Manuscript.

To all you American types, have a Happy and safe Thanksgiving.

Pat Kirby


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