November 28th, 2002

chestnut ramune

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. I think I have everything I need to make the turkey lunch/dinner with a few trimmings (no need to get complicated) tomorrow. Then later this weekend, I'll take a tour of NY State, maybe North to Sullivan and Ulster Counties. Haven't done that in a while.

Taking was1's lead, I too have been thinking about some of the things for which I am thankful.

I am thankful for my parents, who have always been supportive in everything I've done and who have worked and sacrificed to give me a good start in life.

I am thankful for friends I've met at conventions, meets, and through geocaching, Where's George, and the Internet in general. I know I won't be able to make it day to day without all of you.

I am thankful for good health.

I am thankful to be able to live in a land where one is not persecuted for one's speech, beliefs or lifestyle.

I am thankful for the job that I have. Yes, I complain a lot and get ticked off way too much but it's a good living and I know things could be much, much worse elsewhere.

I am thankful the timing chain in my car didn't break before I got a chance to have it replaced. :)

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chestnut ramune

Thanksgiving Day

Got up early to prepare the turkey, except that early somehow became 7am, which is still pretty early. The intent was to have the turkey ready before lunch so that it takes care of both meals today. It didn't take very long though. The rule of thumb I used is 12 minutes (at 325°F) per pound and this wasn't a big turkey.

It turned out not too bad. About as good as turkeys I've roasted in past years. I also made the stuffing from off-the-shelf boxed stuffing and gravy from canned gravy. Didn't use the cranberry sauce yet. Maybe I'll have that with the leftovers tomorrow.

After lunch, hey... let's go geocaching. There were two in Essex County that weren't too far away. This one was a visit to two monuments in the Arts District of Newark. It was a good day to do that because traffic in Newark was minimal and parking was abundant. I think I could have parked practically at one of the monuments but I didn't realize that the parking lot would be unattended and open.

This cache was pretty interesting too. If you decode the clues on the page, you can pretty much guess where it is but there's a twist that I won't spoil, in case any other North Jersey cachers are reading and want to try it.

Came home and finished another part of the turkey for dinner. Still about half left so I carved the rest of it and placed the meat into plastic containers. I think there'll be turkey sandwiches for the next few days.

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