Ordinary World: Thanksgiving

Andrew Donaldson

Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire and his writing website Yonder and Home.

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  1. Avatar Michael Cain says:

    Th8: We were in the market for a new television. We got pretty much exactly what we wanted three weeks ago for more than $100 off what it had been selling for a week earlier. When I picked it up, the woman working the desk told me that they were trying desperately to clear out the smaller TVs in order to make room for the truckloads of much larger sets that were going to be the Black Friday focus this year.

    I don’t think we could use a bigger TV. With this one, if I’m standing in front of the couch and there’s a fast horizontal pan in the content, the image is big enough that there’s a moment of queasiness because my eyes and ears don’t agree about whether I’m moving (I don’t get along well with IMAX theaters either).Report

    • Avatar Pinky in reply to Michael Cain says:

      I don’t think I have a wall big enough for what seems like the average TV I see in the stores.Report

      • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Pinky says:

        There was a commercial for a sale during the football game and it mentioned a 50″ television as well as a really awesome dollhouse. The dollhouse was $189. The television was $199.Report

      • Avatar Michael Cain in reply to Pinky says:

        4K UHD resolution allows people to sit close enough to the screen, but outside the distance where they can resolve pixels, that head-and-neck closeups will show many complexion flaws. At 8K UHD, we’re into “that shaving nick that makeup doesn’t quite cover is annoying” sorts of resolution. I foresee the day when “I’m ready for my close-up” means “the CGI skin specialist says they’re confident they can fix everything”.Report

  2. Avatar Saul Degraw says:

    T1 and T2: Aww man, why couldn’t venison and duck be our Tday dishes? Did someone just really like aliteration? Thursday Thanksgiving Turkey….

    I just really like Vension and Duck.Report

    • Growing up most family thanksgivings were wild game and not turkey. Deer season in WV is such a thing that “thanksgiving break” from school is a full week minimum to coincide with hunting season. They tried a few times to change it but nobody came to school. Deer and bear meat were always staples at family get togethers, and ham was the star more so than turkey.Report

    • Avatar Aaron David in reply to Saul Degraw says:

      After my parent’s divorce, my father went back to his family roots for holiday meals. And as his mother was part of the German diaspora it meant duck for Thanksgiving (helped by the small size of his family compared to my moms sprawling brood) and goose for Christmas, both followed by a Linzer tort, as that was his favorite dessert.Report

    • Avatar LeeEsq in reply to Saul Degraw says:

      Venison is hard to provide at commercial levels. It would be on the experience expensive side for even very affluent families if they can’t kill and dress one themselves. Ducks tend to be smaller than turkeys and most Americans do not eat them I gather. They are also more associated with haute cuisine or Chinese good than American style family eating.Report

    • Avatar Maribou in reply to Saul Degraw says:

      @saul-degraw Stay tuned for a Friday post from @atomickristin which will, among other things, delve into the historical reasons why the turkey reigns supreme….Report