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I am Thankful.

November 20, 2012

I can’t believe that it’s Thanksgiving week. I was just out today shopping for extra sides for Thursday’s meals and waiting in line at the supermarket longer than usual with others who had the same plans. I was planning on buying my turkey today, however my son came home from school with the basic essentials for a Thanksgiving meal. I’m assuming that because of the hurricane, there must have been holiday donations given out at the school. I’ve gotten rolls, sweet potatoes in a can, corn, carrots, a turkey, and Stove Top stuffing. I guess it does make sense since my neighborhood is basically a disaster area and there have been a tremendous amount of donations given in the area. Since things are tight at the moment, I’m not going to look a gift horse in the mouth.

I’ve taken a picture of the corn and carrots in the can because I did not recognize the logos or brand names. The carrots brand name is Happy Harvest and the corn is from Foodtown. Foodtown does sound a bit familiar but I couldn’t place it. I did a search and Foodtown is the name of a supermarket, which is around certain areas of NYC, but not around me. Happy Harvest is a brand name from the Aldi supermarkets, which have several stores in the local New Jersey area.

It’s also hard to see in the picture but the turkey brand is Round Hill, a brand that can locally be found in Wegman’s supermarket, which are also located in New Jersey. After completing this small sleuthing, it occurred to me that this food was donated here from surrounding areas looking to help out people affected by Hurricane Sandy. I think it shows the goodness in people, which is something to be thankful for, whether or not you see the generosity up close and personal.

I now also see the eagerness of others wanting to help with my new job. There are people making food and serving it for free near where I work. It helps the neighborhood because there are still people in the immediate area without power. People I work with and others who are cleaning up the area get free lunch willingly from these awesome people.

I started this week as part of park and beach cleanup, which has fellow coworkers and I relocating sand due to extreme beach erosion. The job is pretty tough and our crew is slowly getting smaller, but my body is adjusting to the work and I really like what the primary goal is. For the past year, I have been running on the boardwalk and bike paths in this area, but can no longer do so due to the storm. It was quite depressing to see all the damage in the area and a complete sense of normalcy will not come until the park and beach reopens.

Sand from the beach on the nearby street.

It’s also the tiredness of my job that has made me miss a few days of posting for Feastmas, but I plan to post daily until Thanksgiving, one of my most favorite holidays ever. It’s only three more posts left until Feastmas is over and I really want to get a few more articles in. Nothing specific, but just to celebrate Thanksgiving my way.

March of the Wooden Soldiers

November 11, 2012

I spent quite some time sitting in front of a blank screen thinking about how I’m going to start this blog post. How do I talk about a movie that’s very old yet very popular? What kind of perspective do I bring to a movie that practically everyone has seen and is aired every year. After pondering what to write, I guess eventually I came to this conclusion: I love this movie.

There are elements in this film that I do not like. For instance, I hate excessive singing. That is a reason why I don’t go to Broadway. But I don’t want to make a list of what I don’t like about it because it would be pointless. Anyone can make a nickpicky list about anything. This movie is entertaining and funny. I may have only watched one or two other movies with Laurel and Hardy, but this movie shows that they are great and play off each other very well. There is a lot of clever scheming when it comes to taking care of the mortgage. The movie turns to an action film when the Bogeymen show up with their rubber faces and puffy backs. This is a great movie that ages well.

Those wild and crazy guys!

I mention this movie because it has become a Thanksgiving Day tradition for many years of my life. I remember as a young boy that I used to flip the channels between the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and this movie every year. When I figured out how to use a VCR, I would tape the movie and watch the parade. When 12pm would hit, I would put on the movie. I had nothing to do since school was closed and I was too young to cook, so why not spend the day in front of the television? I used to do that lots of times.

The movie would air every Thanksgiving on W.P.I.X. 11 in New York City. That was the same channel where I discovered the Twilight Zone Marathon. Since I used to watch a lot of TV during the school summer break, it was also where I discovered the awesomeness of the Batman hour. Even though it was an hour long, the show would still say, “same bat time, same bat channel.” Television at it’s best.

It has actually been a few years since I’ve seen the movie on network television but it’s not because it hasn’t aired. I truly have no idea if it is still on at Thanksgiving. Some networks also air the movie on Christmas but many remember it playing on TV in November. I’m going to keep a look out for it this year and see if the tradition has been kept on TV. If not, I guess it’s another movie for my Blu-ray collection. Believe it or not, it has just been released for 3D Blu-ray. I have no idea how that looks, but I would give that a shot. I’m assuming that in 50 years from now, they’ll release the Holodeck version and that should be fun.


Fried Turkey.

November 5, 2012

Fried turkey has become popular in the media because of the foolishness of people who can’t follow directions and start fires. I have never had fried turkey before but I have heard of it many times on T.V. It does look pretty good and I do like fried chicken cutlets so I’m assuming I would enjoy this as well.

Probably the biggest reason why I never fried a turkey is because I currently live in an apartment. It is way too dangerous to try something like that indoors. However, if I ever wanted to commit arson,  I could play dumb and fry a turkey at someone else’s place (well, not anymore).

There are a lot of factors that are involved when frying a big turkey and I know I’ll forget something and burn down New York City. Fortunately, you can order a fried turkey and avoid the danger that comes with cooking it yourself. You can watch the video below and see what is involved. The guy fries a turkey while tailgating at a football stadium. I didn’t know you could do that. The turkey sharing requests must be a nightmare.

The danger with frying is the greasy oil hitting the open flame at the bottom. The oil can completely explode in flames and adding water to douse the flames only makes the fire worse. The trick is to make sure there isn’t too much oil in the pot so that it doesn’t overflow and touch the flames. .

That fire danger does make good video clips though. I have seen warnings about turkey grease fires on the news every November and they’ll usually have a fireman show what could happen if handled wrong. The video below is an example of what could go wrong and it stars William Shatner. Yeah, go figure. But if a major fire doesn’t make you sit up and take notice, maybe a Starfleet captain would.

I’ve also included videos showing a living room set go up in flames and a basketball hoop lighting up just to show how high the flames can go. Can there ever be enough videos with food explosions?

Watching these videos tempt me to get a frying kit just to purposely set it on fire. I remember when the Mentos and diet soda videos became big and I tried it out myself outside. When I dropped the candy into the soda, the fizz went as high as three stories. It was very much more impressive in person than watching it on YouTube and my cousin who wasn’t expecting such an significant effect immediately bought me more supplies to try it again. That’s why I think trying the turkey fryer fire would be incredible to watch. It really is dangerous though so I would really have to think about it. I do like having eyebrows.

But in all seriousness, if you do decide to fry a turkey, please be careful. Thanksgiving is a day of celebration and it would not be fun to have Thanksgiving dinner outside while your house is burnt to a crisp. The food would get cold.