Well it’s just about time to hit the road, or tarmac, or rails. Whatever your mode of travel it’s time to pack, the absolute worst part of travelling in my opinion.
The amount of thought that has to go into it can be exhausting. If you’re road-tripping you only have so much trunk space, the bus or train have space limits as well, and flying has all of the above and TSA regulations.
Plus, it’s amazing the number of unlikely scenarios you can concoct when it comes time to load up your suitcase:
Yes, you may be headed to the center of an arctic tundra…but what if there’s an indoor pool? Better bring the swimsuit.
Sure, you’re going to be spending the next four days hanging with family and eating…but who’s to say some formal event requiring each and every pair of shoes that you own won’t spring up out of the blue? What’s a second suitcase when compared to being unprepared?
Four different pairs of jeans? Definitely.
Entire hat collection? How could you live without it?
Assortment of jackets, cardigans, wraps, shrugs, and other layers? An absolute must.
Plus, a girl needs options, so yes, 4 different outfits for Thanksgiving dinner are necessary.
Being able to close your suitcase? Optional.
Okay, so maybe scaling down might be a good idea, lose a few pairs of shoes or so. After all, you’re going to need room for the turkey, and yes they’re allowed by the TSA*.
Huffington Post: Travelocity’s Top 10 Thanksgiving Travel Tips
*When properly packaged of course, but who doesn’t fly with a cooler?
Try not to smile while listening to this…I dare you:
Today the time-honored tradition of presidential turkey pardoning takes place.
It’s a day of excitement, happiness and joy. One favored fowl is given a new lease on life, and allowed to live out its life in peace.
However, this year a dark cloud hangs over the ceremony. This year, the lucky bird has a little bit less to look forward to.
Unlike it’s recent predecessors, this years turkey will not be celebrating with an all expenses paid trip to the happiest place on earth—Disneyland.
Since 2005, the pardoned poultry have been serving as the grand marshal of the Disney Thanksgiving parade. The birds then retire to a coop at the park’s Big Thunder Ranch where they live out the rest of their days far from any Thanksgiving table.
There will be no such honor for this year’s bird. No this year’s turkey will just have to make do with its lot at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate in Virginia.
Washington was a lover of turkeys, in fact he raised turkey’s on the estate. Unfortunately for this years grateful gobbler, he also enjoyed then with gravy and a side of dressing.
Although, this year’s turkey’s accommodations are still a step up from prior to 2005.
Until 2004, the birds went to a historic farm in Herndon, Va.—Frying Pan Farm Park (a coincidence I’m sure).
I guess this year’s turkey does have a little to be thankful for.
More on the Story: Pardoned Turkey Ousted by the Mouse
…just for fun:
With that holiday of thankfulness just days away everyone is a little bit frazzled.
As I write this I have two loads of laundry going, a suitcase that’s half-packed, and an apartment that’s half clean, oh and of course a bus that leaves in four hours…but I’ll make it work.
So in light of the pre-holiday rush I thought I’d keep it light today and talk about gluttony (in a light, airy, and comical way…prepare yourself).
Let’s face it as much as Thanksgiving is about being with friends and family and being thankful for what you have, it is also most definitely about stuffing your face.
How much more American can you get?
Well, I suppose you could create a pair of pants especially for this annual food fest.
They’re called Gluttony Pants. And they’re brought to you by the culinary mind of Chef Chris Cosentino (from the Food Network).
All of you television foodies out there would recognize him from the Next Iron Chef (he did not win).
These Turkey Day pants feature an expandable waist with sizes ranging from “Piglet” to “Sow” to “Boar.” Also included (in addition to the resulting indigestion) is a napkin perfect for tucking into any shirt collar.
And just a small thought/suggestion Mr. Cosentino, next year you might consider including some antacids with the set.
Now, neither Mr. Cosentino nor the Crusade promote or approve of a gluttonous lifestyle. I think the current obesity epidemic in this country speaks for itself.
But we do encourage having a sense of humor.
And these pants have one. Own it America. This is your day of thanks and face stuffing. Why not have a little fun with it?
So this Thanksgiving remember to be thankful for friends, family, and of course the fact that you live in a country where true fat pants exist…and we can laugh about it.
“‘Gluttony Pants’ Make Room for Stuffing Yourself”: MSNBC
I couldn’t let the holiday pass without this video…