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Chalk it up to my innate laziness, but I'm still in the process of breaking down the Thanksgiving setup.  Well, maybe not laziness; maybe a reluctance to put away things that evoke such happy memories.  I do need to do this, however, because I live in the present, and the present includes a winter holiday tree that I believe will go right where the Thanksgiving table now stands.

Speaking of winter holiday: [personal profile] oraien , you do realize that you and PJ absolutely have to celebrate same with me, right?  In a flash of inspiration, I thought of what I hope would be the perfect gift for PJ; I'm preparing it right now.  Fear not, I know that I can think of something for you, too.

And Raien, I had noticed you looking at my wall of 5"x7" prints from NASA's glory days.  What I had somehow missed telling you was that they are captioned on their reverse sides.  Do I have a favorite?  Of course I do.  Fourth file, second rank; Buzz Aldrin saluting the US flag on the lunar surface, in the very early morning EDT of 21 July 1969.  If you want to talk about gifts, that was one I shall always remember; I had turned 12 years of age on the previous day, the 20th, the day of the landing.

There are two chairs to take back to Melody's apartment; after a run through the washer, the tablecloth will also go back.  Then, let the decorating commence.
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I dismember a partially eaten turkey, remembering two people who shared it with me.  Stripping bones of meat that will become sandwiches tomorrow, I remember the people who sat with me at my table.  There are dishes to wash, dishes from which they ate as we conversed.  I remember a flash of utter bewilderment, disbelief that these people were here, that they were here of their own accord.  I remember a twinge of sadness when it was time for them to return to their own home, their own life.

The dishes will eventually be washed and put away.  The remainder of the soup and rosemary potatoes and turkey will eventually be eaten.  The table will be struck, the props put away.  But the memory of the day will always remain, the joy of this gathering shall never leave me.

Thank you Raien and PJ.  I thank you for all you have given me.  Mine is a debt of gratitude, a debt upon which I will gladly make payments, hopefully for the remainder of my days.
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Dear Mom and Dad,

Thank you so much for writing me off.  Yes, I'm serious.  I thank you for what you did, I thank you for making me want to avoid loneliness so much that I threw caution to the wind and invited two essentially complete strangers to share my Thanksgiving table.  I thank you for this because they are the most amazing people I have met in my fifty-four years.

Thank you Raien and PJ for visiting me, for dining with me, for conversing with me.  Thank you for petting the kitties.  I was instantly comfortable around you, and I hope that you felt even the tenth part of that comfort around me.  Yes, I am selfish when I say this, but I hope that our newfound friendship can grow.

Yes, Diana, there is a Santa Claus, and he came early this year.  I will always remember this Thanksgiving as one that gave me more to be thankful for by the time of its completion than I had had at its inception.  Raien and PJ, I thank you once more, and I will thank you each day of my life.
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This is Thanksgiving Festivities Control, at T(urkey) -0:25:00 and counting.

At approximately 12:05 PM EST, the Prime Guests called to state that they were boarding the bus to the festivities site, and should arrive on schedule.

Festivities Venue Manager Diana Clarion reports that the Studio carpet has been vacuumed, and that the ceiling has not fallen in.

Thanksgiving Feast Co-ordinator Diana Clarion reports that preparation of the potato wedge dish is completed, and that it and the turkey, and the soup are now in Warming Mode.

Chief Festivities Director Diana Clarion is unconscious on the floor.  Three cats are attempting to revive her, to no avail.

At T(urkey) -0:23:30 and counting, This is Thanksgiving Festivities Control.

<cut to unconscious person on floor>
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This is Thanksgiving Festivities Control, at T(urkey) -1:15:00 and counting.

Festivities Venue Manager Diana Clarion reports that the rubber chicken centerpiece has been placed on the dining table, and that place settings are also being put out.

Thanksgiving Feast Co-ordinator Diana Clarion reports that preparation of the potato wedge dish is underway, and that the soup will be set to warm upon arrival of the Prime Guests.

Chief Festivities Director Diana Clarion is officially in Panic Mode.  Her last report to the Public Affairs Officer was something that sounded vaguely like "Grufle blegfarg, aack barf blecch gag thptphtphtphtphtph!"

At T(urkey) -1:13:30 and counting, This is Thanksgiving Festivities Control.

(Ack! Ack! Ack! Ack! Ack!)
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This is Thanksgiving Festivities Control, at T(urkey) -2:55:00 and counting.  The Automatic Sequence is now in.  The rest, the remainder of the count will be handled with Chief Festivities Director Diana Clarion in a barely cognizant state and operating on autopilot.

Festivities Venue Manager Diana Clarion reports that chaos-clearing in the dining area is complete, and has given a GO to roll out the dining table.

Thanksgiving Feast Co-ordinator Diana Clarion reports a potential difficulty: the first-warning temperature indicator built into the turkey tripped at the T(urkey) -2:30:00 mark in the count.  While this indicator usually trips early, this is earlier than expected.  The Thanksgiving Feast Co-ordinator will keep a close watch on the turkey in an attempt to prevent its drying out.  She has given a GO for coffee-brewing, and indicates that preparation of the potato wedge dish will begin at the T(urkey) -2:00:00 mark in the count.

Chief Festivities Director Diana Clarion reports that a camera has been prepared to record the day's fun and frolic.

At T(urkey) -2:53:30 and counting, This is Thanksgiving Festivities Control.

(Almost there.)
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This is Thanksgiving Festivities Control, at T(urkey) -3:49:00 and counting.

All elements are reporting GO at this time for Thanksgiving festivities later today.

Thanksgiving Feast Co-ordinator Diana Clarion reports that the oven temperature appears to be running low -- about 100° low, in fact -- but that feast technicians detected the problem quite early in the roasting process, that they have made the necessary adjustments, and are monitoring the temperature manually. Clarion indicates that although the feast may begin later in the window than planned, the feast should begin in time to be successfully completed.

Meanwhile, Festivities Venue Manager Diana Clarion reports that chaos-clearing is nearly complete, and that she will shortly poll her controllers for a GO/NOGO for table-setting.

Chief Festivities Director Diana Clarion reports that she is satisfied with the progress of preparations. She continues to monitor activity leading up to the start of festivities.

At T(urkey) -3:47:30 and counting, This is Thanksgiving Festivities Control.

(Aren't you going to be overjoyed when this is over?)
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This is Thanksgiving Festivities Control, at T(urkey) -5:35:00 and counting.

All elements are reporting GO at this time for Thanksgiving festivities.

Thanksgiving Feast Co-ordinator Diana Clarion reports that the turkey, stuffed with garlic, sage, thyme, and rosemary, went over the sill into the oven; we have it logged at 7:05 AM Eastern Standard Time this morning.

Festivities Venue Manager Diana Clarion reports that chaos-clearing is again underway, and that all will be in readiness for the arrival of the prime guests in approximately six hours.

Chief Festivities Director Diana Clarion is going through the pre-festivities checklist; she reports that all is on time at the present time.

At T(urkey) -5:33:30 and counting, This is Thanksgiving Festivities Control.

(And you thought that I was going to find my senses by now?)
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This is Thanksgiving Festivities Control, at T(urkey) -12:10:00 and counting.

All elements are reporting GO at this time for Thanksgiving festivities tomorrow.

Thanksgiving Feast Co-ordinator Diana Clarion reports that bread has been wrapped for storage, and that soup has been refrigerated offsite.  She also indicated that the decision was made to bake brownies immediately after baking bread, for reasons of efficiency.  She further reported that, upon oven shutdown after completion of the brownie baking, an error condition occurred in the oven control equipment, but that feast technicians were able to reset the equipment and overcome the error.  Clarion indicated that if the error were to recur, it might indicate a potentially serious condition in that equipment, but that that should not have a negative impact upon the feast, as a backup oven is available.

Festivities Venue Manager Diana Clarion reported that the error condition in the oven delayed completion of the chaos-clearing, but also indicated that this would not negatively impact the festivities, as there is sufficient time for completion of that activity built into the turkey-roasting process.

Chief Festivities Director Diana Clarion has given a GO for commencement of a rest period of approximately four and a half hours, after which festivities preparations will resume at the T(urkey) -7:30:00 mark in the count.

At T(urkey) -12:08:30 and counting, This is Thanksgiving Festivities Control.

(I do believe that I am deranged.)
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This is Thanksgiving Festivities Control, at T(urkey) -14:40:00 and counting.

Chief Festivities Director Diana Clarion reports that all elements are GO at this time for Thanksgiving festivities tomorrow.

Thanksgiving Feast Co-ordinator Diana Clarion reports that bread baking has started, after a 15-minute extension of the second rise. Over the next 30 minutes or so, the dough in the bread pans will be heated to a temperature of 350° Farenheit, becoming loaves of bread by the end of that procedure. She has also indicated that the beans and other ingredients on the rangetop have become soup, and that the soup is GO. Discussion is now underway at the Thanksgiving Feast console as to whether brownies should be baked at this time or delayed until the day of the feast.

Festivities Venue Manager Diana Clarion reports that chaos-clearing is progressing smoothly, and that all will be in readiness within the hour for the transport of extra chairs to the site. Assistant Venue Managers Winston and DC are in the process of securing spaces on the floor to prevent the impact of meteors and other space debris at the site.

At T(urkey) -14:38:30, This is Thanksgiving Festivities Control.

(I really need a hobby.)
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This is Thanksgiving Festivities Control, at T(urkey) -16:00:00 and counting.

Thanksgiving Feast Co-ordinator Diana Clarion reports that the bread dough has been kneaded and is about halfway through its first rise.  During the kneading phase, one small problem was encountered; a small crack in the left thumbnail of the Thanksgiving Feast Co-ordinator re-opened due to stresses placed upon it by the kneading process.  A team of engineers headed by Chief Festivities Director Diana Clarion was dispatched, and the cracked thumbnail was quickly repaired using a high-tech adhesive known as Super Glue.

Meanwhile, at the rangetop, black beans have been boiled to softness.  At this point, various ingredients are being added to the beans which will, upon further simmering, produce a soup.  The soup will then be allowed to age overnight, in the refrigerator, in preparation for the feast at the zero mark in the count.

Festivities Venue Manager Diana Clarion reports that the chaos at the site is being cleared.  This process consists of scooping items from the floor and dropping them in a temporary storage area at the north end of the site.  Clarion indicates that once the items have been placed in temporary storage, their existence will probably be forgotten until the approach of the Vernal Equinox.

At T(urkey) -15:58:30 and counting, this is Thanksgiving Festivities Control.

(You know, I should probably find something to listen to besides the Apollo 11 air-to-ground.)
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After a nice hour's nap, it's time to get started on preparing vaguely foodlike items and making the place look habitable, for values of "habitable" that include the bottom of a hamster cage.  Beans are coming to a boil for soup; I will shortly begin combining wheat, milk, butter, sugar, and salt into what will become something resembling bread; then I will commence scooping stuff from the floor and dropping it in the Back Office.

This, dear friends, is what is known as the Thanksgiving Countdown.  T(urkey) -19:03:00, and counting.
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Thomas J Turkey has been in a pot of brine in my defrigonator since Sunday evening. Earlier today, during a brine change, I was able to extract the TurkeyStuff™ from the cavity. It was still pretty well iced up, but the outside of the bird is softening up. Tonight, I'll put a pound of black beans to soak, and start a soup tomorrow; this way, it can age for a day before serving. I'm still not sure how I'll do the bread, but I'm tempted to get it going Thursday morning, to be risen and ready to shove into the oven while the turkey is coming down to carving temperature.

[personal profile] oraien , I'm hoping that you and PJ find your visit here enjoyable, and I want to thank you again for assenting to share my table.

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My theory of chaos is that order exists in the universe because all of the chaos ended up here.

That said, I am slowly picking my through this place, trying to clear some floor, and maybe even some table, for the Thanksgiving holiday.  And speaking of the Thanksgiving holiday, it looks like I will be having guests for same, as long as a Russian ICBM doesn't go wild and vaporize everything east of Steubenville.  [personal profile] oraien , I can't thank you and Parker enough for assenting to share my table.

I'M SO EXCITED!

Please understand that this will be the very first time that I will be doing something like this without a spouse/partner/RealDoll hanging over me, so I hope that I get it right.  At the very least, I can serve up popcorn and buttered toast, yes?

This is so amazing!  Thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou!  Yay!

We now return you to non-manic behavior, which is in progress somewhere, I think.

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Well, I already know the general answer to that question, but my specific point is this:

I'm seriously considering advertising for someone to share my Thanksgiving table.  This will be my third Thanksgiving alone since the ex- took me to the curb, and I'm honestly not sure that I'm going to be able to take this one, what with the events of the last few weeks.  I don't have very much, but I am happy to share what I do have.  The place is a picture of abject chaos, but I suppose that I could clear a few square feet to fit a person or two.

Yes, there is the annual "slice of turkey and spoonful of mashed potatoes" dinner at the local Salivation Army (it's just a block down the street), but that would only serve to underscore my position.  I'd rather pull the covers over my head and sleep through the day, if that's all that I could have.  I know that opening my home to some strange person(s) might also remind me of my position and place me at risk besides, but I'm willing to take to take that chance.

I just don't want to be alone, not on that day.  I just want to share.

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