Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the Egg!
Happy Turkey Day!
I hope you enjoy:
You can do as much or as little as you like — that’s something to be thankful right there.
And as you consider your entertainment choices, I want to point out one available to you online — a collection of ten of the greatest Thanksgiving episodes from television, comedy and drama.
I found the list on TVSquad.com, and I have to say — they hit the turkey right in the stuffing on this one. These truly are the greatest Turkey Day TV celebrations of all time — ranked in the correct order, I might add — complete with clips for your viewing pleasure.
Gilmore Girls. Friends. Cheers. Everybody Loves Raymond. WKRP in Cincinnati. Plus five more. (It is a list of ten, you know.) I guarantee you’ll laugh.
And it should clear up any lingering confusion you might have about turkeys flying.
The question of the week is:
“So…big dinner plans for Thursday?”
And my answer is: No, actually. I don’t.
I don’t do the big Thanksgiving dinner anymore. And it’s not because I’m sad or lonely or have no friends or family.
It’s a conscious choice.
But, man — the way folks look at you when you say that! Their eyes get sad, and they immediately try to include you in their family dinners.
It’s so sweet and very much appreciated, but unnecessary. There are just other ways I’d rather give thanks besides eating a big meal.
You see, I don’t like turkey…never have. (I do like some of the sides, though.) And that huge meal and the pressure to eat a lot all at once is a bit overwhelming. So my tradition is to go to the Macy’s Parade and watch the balloons, and then eat popcorn at the movie theater.
Heck, I probably eat more calories!
And to show I’m not a total buzz kill for this all-American holiday, I’ve created a poll so we can all vote on our favorite Turkey Day foods (’cause even I’ve got one of those).
As long as I can remember, the Macy’s Parade has been a big part of my holiday morning. The floats, the marching bands, and the balloons — Snoopy is still my favorite — were the sights and sounds that woke me up and provided the soundtrack for our family’s holiday preparations.
Now that I live in Manhattan’s Upper West Side — one block from the parade route and just around the corner from the Museum of Natural History where they inflate the balloons — the Macy’s Parade has gone from television spectacle to neighborhood block party.
From mid-day Wednesday until Thursday afternoon, throngs of people — including a celebrity or two — invade my block to witness the festivities.
My favorite Turkey Day celebrity encounter to date?
On my second year in New York, Rory and I took an early walk in Central Park on Thanksgiving — but not quite early enough, as it turned out. We got ‘caught’ on the park side of Central Park West in the gathering crowd, and I couldn’t cross the street without police escort.
As I stood there waiting, Rory in my arms so he wouldn’t get trampled, a boy’s hand reached over to pet him on the head.
“Your dog is cute,” his quiet voice said.
As I turned to say thank you, I realized the hand and voice belonged to Michael Cera of “Arrested Development,” “Superbad,” and “Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist.”
He and I chatted for a few moments about typical dog topics (breed, age, name) until his mom told him it was time to meet the producer from NBC. He never introduced himself, and I never acknowledged who he was.
We were just two people hanging out, talking puppy dogs, at the Turkey Day block party in the ‘hood.