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12/2/2009
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West Coast American Turkey Holiday 2009

Sunny Turkey
Both sides of the Robot families have pretty boring American Thanksgivings. On the in-law side, I don't even know what they do - it's that uneventful. On my side, my parents crowd into my uncle's kitchen and eat take-out turkey.
I think I made this more boring that it actually is. Who knows. I haven't spent Turkey Day with my family since... 1997. For reals.

11:38amFor the past three or so years we've spent Turkey Day in the lovely town of Los Angeles - or "LA" as they call it. My college roommate Kristy lives out there with her handsome husband (AKA "K&M") and it's always a good time. For reals. It's a grand time. You can't get much grander. Grand!


Time Diff
As you may remember from past "We went to LA for turkey" posts (2008. 2006.), our trick is that we fly out Thursday morning. It's a much more peaceful time to do anything. Thanksgiving morning is like the eye of the holiday storm. All calm and quiet. You made it through Wednesday and the travel madness and you have stupid "Black Friday" ahead of you and the rest of the holiday season.
The flight was peaceful. We arrived an hour early (I think they pushed that little "overdrive" button on the gearshift in the plane) and made it to Kristy's house by 1pm. Time win!

Pre-Thanksgiving
Turkey
The actual Thanksgiving meal was lovely. So much good food with the standouts being the stuffing with sausage and the sweet potato au gratin. There was wine.



Bloody Friday
Instead of Black Friday, we do Bloody Friday: Bloody Marys, leftovers, and James Bond movies. K&M bought this crazy digital projector thing for Bloody Friday that along with the nutso surround-sound and the big screen turned their basement into a very nicely appointed home theatre. The screen was huge.
Saber #1
Highlights included sabering bottles of sparkling wine, eating "hot dish" (has tater-tots), and either sitting out in the sunshine (or in the hot tub (and with a stormtrooper helmet on)) or watching Bond films indoors.
Roger Moore. What were they thinking?

Hot Tub Trooper


I win!
2:09pmSaturday we and saw the ponies. Or, the horses. I have never been to horse races and have never actually gambled (except in love) so it was quite exciting when my first bet was on a horse with 17-1 odds. And he won. And I had bet that he would win and that he would either place first or second.
$4 yielded me $40.
Sweet. I don't know why people have issues with gambling. It's really easy to win.
Except of course that I didn't win a single dollar after that - even on the horse that had my grandmother's name.



Sunday = Funday
Sunshine Jen joined us on Sunday and we did the following: ate too much Dim Sum. Got foot massages (actually "chair" massages). Had a meeting of the west coast Wine Club and drank some nice Syrah. Sabered some sparkling wine. Ate some Thai and watched that "America Team World Police Team" movie on the huge screen.
Sunday was awesome. Just like Jesus would have wanted.


NYC is cold
Why does NYC always have to be dark, rainy, and cold when you come back from somewhere sunny?


Final Notes
If you look at my mobile account, you'll see lots of fun CatPaint fun in the photos. Like this. And this.
Also, we ate no tacos.


Final Final Notes
Shout out to Daisy who threw a great pre-Thanksgiving dinner the weekend before. Did I say "dinner"? I meant "party" with food.


Sunday was definitely funday. So much fun in a single day. Good times that was, good times.
»j ||  12/3/2009 ||  1:50:12 PM
I might have to try this L.A. Thanksgiving you speak of.
»lisa ||  12/5/2009 ||  3:37:28 PM



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