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Sat Nov 10, 2012, 08:43 PM

Anyone else skipping the big Thanksgiving dinner with the family this year?

I am.
The tears of my GOP family will make the turkey taste funny.
And I just don't want to hear it.
The complaints, the excuses, The bullshit misinformation.
We are enjoying this and not going to let "them" spoil it for us.
The spouse and I will be holding our own Thanksgiving dinner for two (and a dog) where we can give thanks for what we care about.

Now where can I find a really tiny turkey?

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 08:45 PM

1. How about a cornish hen?

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Response to GreenPartyVoter (Reply #1)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 08:47 PM

5. no, we want to stay here in town....

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Response to TeamPooka (Reply #5)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 08:51 PM

10. LOL! Seriously though, COSTCO has these tiny white meat roasts. Made it for someone last year.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #10)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 10:23 PM

46. I had already planned on a turkey breast. nice and simple.

with all the trimmings of course.

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Response to TeamPooka (Reply #46)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 12:01 AM

68. Well, see, there you are! I've got some sweet potatoes, cranberries and cornbread and away I'll go.

And I hate to say it but I called my wingnut sis and asked to talk to her husband about the military oath and found out he has gone around the bend as well. It was a bummer.

But I haven't eaten with them in years. Just can't handle it.

You guys and puppy settle down and you can watch some of the great Obama videos in the BOG and V & MM and celebrate America moving forward!

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Response to TeamPooka (Reply #46)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 06:02 AM

107. That's what I did years ago

when my husband and I weren't up for the giant family extravaganza.

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 08:45 PM

2. Yes. But it's partly because I have other plans. nt

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 08:45 PM

3. Hmmm. DU'ers thanksgiving?

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Response to geckosfeet (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 01:27 AM

103. that sounds amazing!! n/t

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 08:47 PM

4. you don't have to buy the whole turkey. like with chicken you can get

turkey breasts. just a thought. I cannot NOT go to Thanksgiving. We usually try to avoid the tricky subjects. My brother shouldn't be coming until later which will make it easier.... he actually pays to watch glen beck. he bought a roku JUST so he could watch glen beck. We've had our issues.... but generally we all try to avoid the discussion altogether.

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 08:47 PM

6. nope. in 2004 we put our foot down and said NO politics. it works better for my family.

and i love them dearly. i want to spend thanksgiving with them.

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 08:48 PM

7. I'm cooking...so hard for me to skip it. We're a "mixed" family...but Obama peeps are the

Decided majority!

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 08:50 PM

8. I celebrate with the liberal side...

I don't subject myself to the others. Thanksgiving is our favorite holiday so it will be a fun family time as usual.

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Response to Phentex (Reply #8)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 10:06 AM

85. Me too.

I chose to spend it with my liberal family and our token conservative. I feel bad for people who need to spend it with Bullshit Mountain News viewers.

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 08:50 PM

9. I got an invite to my sister in laws

Parents house. They are Repukes, and so is my brother and my sister in law. I can't wait to go. I haven't talked to my brother since before the election. He assured me they were going to win Ala Faux News. All I'm gonna do is laugh and smile like the cat that ate the canary. His kids right now are going through some real bad medical issues, and he complains about the bills. But yet he was willing to risk their well being on pre-existing conditions with Rmoney.

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 08:52 PM

11. My family doesn't discuss politics.

Anyway, there are going to be people there who I see only a few times a year. I am looking forward to it.

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Response to greatauntoftriplets (Reply #11)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:32 PM

31. Same here, we only see each other Thanksgiving, Christmas & for wedding & funeral. We enjoy talking

to each other about so many things. No point in letting our differences in politics drive us apart.

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 08:52 PM

12. Check this link for a sustainably-sourced turkey ---

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/sustainably-raised-turkey-thanksgiving.html

Any of the farmers at that link in your area will be able to help you choose a good option ---

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 08:52 PM

13. Nah. Family is really important, even though about 1/3 are repubs. I really don't think they will.

We're still trying to get over a big blow up from the last election that happened at our Christmas celebration in 08. We just don't talk politics anymore. Hoping anyway!

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 08:52 PM

14. Why do you guys let politics ruin your family relationships?

Can't you just agree to not discuss politics and enjoy each other's company?

I find this all ludicrous.

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Response to KatyAnn (Reply #14)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 08:57 PM

16. These people are emotionally crushed. In a lot of cases THEY are bringing it up.

Their whole world is destroyed, they think.

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Response to Manifestor_of_Light (Reply #16)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 10:36 PM

51. Tell them "Hey, 12 years ago your team told us to 'Get over it.' You might try to take that advice!"

Then snicker like hell behind your hand....

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Response to KatyAnn (Reply #14)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:06 PM

21. I agree. This is sad.

Some families love arguing about politics; it works for them. If all it does for your family is create hard feelings, then ban the political talk.

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Response to KatyAnn (Reply #14)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 10:41 PM

54. Wish it were so easy. My Faux brainwashed mother usually leads the charge into the fray

she loves to bait the conversation and believes she's so knowledgeable. Its terrifically painful.

I wish it were ludicrous but clearly some families just can't/won't leave it alone no matter how much we might beg....





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Response to riderinthestorm (Reply #54)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 02:29 AM

72. same thing happens here with my Mom.

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Response to KatyAnn (Reply #14)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 03:18 AM

78. when you are gay

And you discover they voted to destroy and did destroy your marriage rights, it's practically impossible.

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Response to Mothdust (Reply #78)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 03:26 AM

79. I got you.

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 08:55 PM

15. Get a turkey breast, not a whole turkey.

Looks like it's gonna be me and hubby on Turkey Day as well.

At least my daughter is a good fourth-generation Democrat (on my side)!!

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:00 PM

17. Its disturbing to me how one can just accept racism

 

my family is openly racist(many members) and I shut them out completely...facebook and in real life

Its more than a difference of opinion.

These assfucks believe in profiting off of people. They are homophobic. and racist


Sociopaths.

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Response to argiel1234 (Reply #17)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:22 PM

27. exactly

It's not just about turning aside and ignoring stupidity - there is actual racism and hate spewed. When our son was about 4 or 5 years old, we had to get up and leave his grandparents' house due to the "n word" being used. When our son, who is now in his 20's, stated on Facebook that he supported gay rights, marriage equality, his own aunt called him stupid!!

And all of this hate and stupidity comes from "evangelical, right-wing Christians" who were supporting Romney!!! Their own churches used to have hate-fests about the Mormons, but once it was a choice between a black guy and a white Mormon, guess who they chose??

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:01 PM

18. Nnnnope.

I know how to separate family life from politics.

There will be over 20 people at our Thanksgiving this year and I'm POSITIVE at least 5 of them voted straight republican ballots. I am also positive that the issue of politics will not come up at all.

We'll drink, watch football, eat, watch football, drink some more, play pool, and drink some more. A good time will be had by all.

I pity those with friends and family whose politics cause them to feel fear and dismay before each and every holiday get-together, and thank my lucky stars I'm not like them.

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Response to cherokeeprogressive (Reply #18)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 10:25 PM

48. big groups are better. Ours is relatively small and they keep bringing politics up

not us.

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:03 PM

19. My closest relative is 1016 miles away. This was intentional.

Plus, we don't celebrate holidays commemorating religious extremism.

Our local Japanese restaurant will be open on the day - sushi, teppanyaki and seaweed salad!

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Response to politicat (Reply #19)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 11:03 PM

62. Just so you know...

turkey, yams, potatoes, cranberries--all Native American foods. I celebrate them. Except I don't like turkey so we grill salmon instead, and do wild rice with nuts and dried fruit instead of stuffing.

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Response to truebluegreen (Reply #62)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 09:22 PM

88. We're vegetarian, so we eat a lot of sweet potatoes and regular potatoes year round.

It's nice to have the change sometimes. And I've already bought 8 pounds of cranberries and frozen them for cranberry muffins and compote for the rest of the winter. I adore autumnal New World foods - winter squash is food of the gods, and wild rice and nuts. Add in apples and Beaujolais and I'm in heaven.

I love sweet potatoes - I alternate between a baked potato and a baked sweet potato almost every day for lunch.

(the no religious extremist holidays is something of a household joke - my parents announced their divorce at Thanksgiving, DH's parents announced theirs at Christmas, we both had other family traumas at Easter, and we both have the sort of families that stress out over holidays and end up having a cold, tense sit down, so these holidays don't have many cheerful associations for us. Since we're nontheists, with Mormons, Catholics and Baptists in the near family tree, making the blanket rule makes it much easier to be firm with our Family First Fundies. Also, the long distance cuts the demands.)

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Response to politicat (Reply #19)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 12:50 AM

97. Smart move .

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:06 PM

20. I always do. Nothing to do with politics.

We all live in the same town, so getting together isn't a huge deal to begin with, and literally every adult involved is on a different medical diet, so having a meal together involves more coordination and planning than the Normandy invasion. Totally not worth the trouble.

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:10 PM

22. You can find pheasant this time of year...

nothing better. I have a recipe for pheasant in a mushroom white sauce
to die for. And good for you for choosing a peaceful day.

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:14 PM

23. C'mon

I would just sit there with a huge smile on my face saying nothing, while they spew. I'm sure you just sitting there grinning would piss them off even more as they sputter away talking points trying to get you to bite. Then, after a few hours, just sit back and say "The people have spoken....get over it."

Hope their exploding heads don't land in the cranberry sauce....

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:14 PM

24. This is an email that my sister sent after Obama won re-election:

Sister:
Hi,
I'm not going to do Thanksgiving this year. (Husband's name) and I now owe a chunk of money in taxes that didn't exist before and we didn't plan for. Prop 30 passed and it puts a tax on us retroactively to the beginning of 2012. It's money we have already spent and now they tell us we owe it retroactively. Are taxes overall, with all upcoming taxes combined, take us to 64% of what we make, we pay. I have to let (cleaning lady's name) go. And I am not feeling thankful.


My reply:
Well why don't you jump off the Golden Gate bridge? And it's "our", not "are".


My parents are away, so I'll be having a gloriously stress-free Thanksgiving this year, with lots of football and food and no Republicans.

(By the way, the Prop 30 that she's talking about involves a seven-year tax increase on people making over $250,000, which she doesn't, and a sales tax increase of 1/4 cent for four years).

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Response to LancetChick (Reply #24)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 10:45 PM

55. Haha! I love your response! Didn't get into the nitty gritty, didn't bust her for the Prop 30

bullshit, just kept it short and sweet and scathing.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:16 PM

25. Thankfully, I come from a small family of fierce Democrats.

Thanksgiving is a joy.

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:18 PM

26. Instead of the whole turkey

why not just get a turkey breast and roast it (about 3 lbs or so)? That's what I usually do if I don't go out (dinner for 1).

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:22 PM

28. I am fortunate, my family are relatively liberal

And we have an unwritten rule about arguments at family gatherings. In fact in all my 42 years I hear bickering at a family party for the first time last month.... but I think that had more to do with my elderly aunts getting on each others nerves while one recovers from an injury at the others home One was convinced her burger was made with the wrong percentage fat hamburg....

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Response to Marrah_G (Reply #28)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 02:49 AM

75. mine too. No Romney voters in the family

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:28 PM

29. Plans Were Made for Me

I had every intention on spending Thanksgiving at home with just me and my son (husband is deployed). We were going to sit around in our pajamas all day and eat and watch holiday movies. But my in laws just could not have that! They decided to invite themselves over for the day. I hate entertaining my in laws when my husband is not around. They are not bad people, just loud and a little annoying. I'm also very much an introvert, and I cannot tolerate boisterous people for too long.

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:28 PM

30. I just stay as short a time as possible.

Most of the family is either moderate or liberal with only a couple of brainwashed righties. Actually, I can't wait to see them though I will try my best not to gloat.

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:32 PM

32. Pretty easy when you don't have a family

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:32 PM

33. I agree! And they have lil butterballs ;-)

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:34 PM

34. Intentionally made plans

Intentionally made plans months ago. Did not want to hear the whining, or gloating if the unthinkable had happened! Fortunately, I will be with my sister, instead of the in-laws.

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:35 PM

35. I always just have Thanksgiving with my husband and two little girls.

Christmas is pure chaos for us so Thanksgiving is the time to chill out and no travelling everywhere. My husband plays 3 church services for Christmas being a church organist. We are liberal Christians, such a concept. And we see all sides of our family, it's really busy.

Hopefully, the girls having fun will ease the tension. My conservative mother had a bit of a freak out the day after. It is only getting somewhat better. I love her and my equally conservative father and my conservative father and law and his wife. But it's time to move on already.

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:36 PM

36. We'll only have one lonely Republican there.

Should be interesting.

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:38 PM

37. I suggest duck

That is what we, hubby, me and the two conures have.

There is a little left over, but nothing insane.

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:38 PM

38. Your entire concept is incredibly biased

 

Other than the racists in this country, is there any other group that does what you describe? I have never seen another group do so.

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Response to jenw2 (Reply #38)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 10:47 PM

57. My mother does it. It's not biased. Its reality for some of us.

Dammit.

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:41 PM

39. Only one of my cousins is a Repuke

He's deep-frying the turkey and is a super guy. He'll take some major ribbing from the rest of us, but he'll be cool and we'll all hug. Why do so many folks take this to extremes? He's family. We love him. He loves us. Done deal.

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Response to OldHippieChick (Reply #39)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 10:15 PM

43. He's one of the few exception. Lucky you.

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 09:47 PM

40. It'll definitely be more fun than thanksgiving 2000...

 

I ended up calling my babs bush clone of a mother-in-law a partsan bitch at the table, after she wouldn't shut up- after having promised not to bring up politics that day to her daughter(my wife's sis), the hostess.
my wife and i left in a hurry after that, and we weren't back for almost 6 years.

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 10:08 PM

41. Nope.

I live in MA and my whole family is a bunch of screaming liberals, as are my aunt, uncle, and my cousin and his wife.

We'll talk politics, all right-mostly about how much we hate Republicans.

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 10:13 PM

42. I guess I'm really fortunate because all of my family living the Oakland Metro area are die hard

dems. Most grew up in union house holds and the ones who didn't, work at union jobs.

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 10:20 PM

44. I just got home from the store with a 26-pounder!

Planning a big huge delicious feast, though its only us four. But now that I think of it, a close (and like-minded) neighbor has three daughters in town, maybe I'll ask tomorrow if they want to combine resources for the day.

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 10:22 PM

45. get a turkey breast

We usually get a 6 or 7 lb turkey breast.

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 10:23 PM

47. Why not just agree not to discuss politics?

There are many, many other things to talk about.

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Response to Nye Bevan (Reply #47)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 10:33 PM

50. they bring it up. every thing turns to politics....

I made a joke about a book author's three names yesterday and Mom's reply was
"well The President has three names but we're not allowed to use the middle one or we're racists..."
Me - ""Talk to you later Mom."

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 10:26 PM

49. Nope.

I plan on having a family dinner even with my republican family. I love them and they love me. We will share a turkey...or a tofurkey in my case.

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 10:37 PM

52. wouldn't miss it for the world, we never bring up politics

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 10:39 PM

53. Heres an easy way to do it.

A frozen pie baked the night before. A turkey breast baked in a cooking bag. Baked potatos in the microwave. Brown and serve rolls. The obligatory green bean casserole. A bottle of nice white wine - I recommend a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. A favorite movie or football on the TV. Some friskiness after the meal digests a bit. If you plan it right, gthe prep time is about 45 minutes and nice memories that can last a long time.

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Response to mysuzuki2 (Reply #53)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 01:02 PM

112. good plan

I'll try it!

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 10:46 PM

56. Yep, but not because of politics

We cleaned up that situation a couple years ago by un-inviting my nephew.

But Mrs. tom was just flat wore out from preparing Thanksgiving dinner for 30 plus people with basically no help from sons, daughters, grandkids, nieces and nephews and whoever else. So she asked me if I would mind not having dinner at our house this year and I said I'd welcome the rest as well.

So we fired up the RV and headed out and we're spending the rest of the year camping on the lovely central coast of CA. Maybe I'll grill a small turkey for Thanksgiving or maybe we'll just go out for Chinese like in the Christmas story movie.

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 10:49 PM

58. It's a tradition to skip out

I was disinvited after the 2004 election. I admitted to voting for John Kerry and my entire family is still convinced I have forfeited my soul by contributing to abortion. So, unless I come to Jesus, I am not allowed near them.

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Response to Generic Brad (Reply #58)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 02:40 AM

74. My dear Generic Brad...

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 10:50 PM

59. Me!

Brother's going to his daughter's boyfriends's mom's.
Brother's girlfriend's going to Hawaii for her brother's wedding.
Niece is going to her mom's.

That leaves me and dad and a couple of nice steaks.

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 10:52 PM

60. As a practical matter, you can get a turkey breast

and still have enough left over for sandwiches.

For just two people, I'd be more likely to do a duck. I don't think turkey has a lot of flavor but duck has more than its share. In addition, you get duck fat for cooking potatoes and there is nothing better than duck fat for cooking potatoes.

I might also get a capon. They're much larger than the average whole broiler, more flavorful than turkey and they give you drumsticks, something the turkey breast doesn't do.

I'd suggest goose, but it's a bit much for two people and can get very pricey, even frozen.

Or you could be utterly unconventional and eat prime rib or filet mignon or fancy ham. It's your Thanksgiving. Make your own tradition.

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 10:56 PM

61. Good for you!

Enjoy the peace and thankfulness.

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 11:08 PM

63. Heck NO! We're going to Vermont...

where my son lives--he was for Obama before it was even cool in 2007

My husband's the one who is politically-challenged.


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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 11:19 PM

64. Yup, don't want to hear it

Instead, I am having dinner with my hubby, kids and some good liberal friends!

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Response to adigal (Reply #64)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 01:35 AM

110. us too!

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 11:23 PM

65. There are usually some wonderful restaurants open on Thanksgiving

that have Thanksgiving buffets. We went to one last year. The staff at the small restaurant we went to was so proud of their handiwork that I enjoyed their attitude as much as the meal. Maybe you could do something like that.

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 11:30 PM

66. All of our parental units have passed.

Our sibs live in other states, although they're all decent--whether Dems or Repubs--so it wouldn't matter. However, we're still enjoying being on our own for the holidays, so we have no plans to spend them with anyone other than dear, local friends. My sympathy is with those who don't feel they have a choice other than to grit their teeth and try to get through the day(s).

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 11:32 PM

67. Ha, my batshit crazy repub family has canceled Thanksgiving this year....

Good, it's a 300 mile drive out there anyway.

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 12:17 AM

69. some of my family is GOP but more are Dems

I don't mind having a meal with any of my family, even the fundies, although I am a pain in the ass to have over for dinner because of my dietary restrictions anymore. Just meat and non-starchy veggies for me...

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 12:22 AM

70. Dear God, no. You'd have to be an absolute idiot to do so.

Politics trumps blood? Really?

When you talk about giving thanks for what you care about, it should include "them" so to speak.

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Response to flvegan (Reply #70)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 02:09 PM

86. another person that hasn't met my family.....

I think your idiot remark is a little uncalled for since we all have different situations in life don't you agree?

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Response to TeamPooka (Reply #86)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 11:36 PM

92. No I don't. Sorry.

Writing off family based on politics is...stupid.

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Response to flvegan (Reply #92)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 01:45 AM

93. not as stupid as judging the lives of others.

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Response to TeamPooka (Reply #93)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 12:38 AM

94. Are you done with the "I know you are but what am I?" responses?

Here is what you said:
I am.
The tears of my GOP family will make the turkey taste funny.
And I just don't want to hear it.
The complaints, the excuses, The bullshit misinformation.
We are enjoying this and not going to let "them" spoil it for us.
The spouse and I will be holding our own Thanksgiving dinner for two (and a dog) where we can give thanks for what we care about.

And no, I haven't met your family and reserve judgment on your "idiot remark" statement.

But, I hate to make it an issue but you've judged the lives of others.

Don't hate the messenger for pointing out the obvious.

Just saying. LOL!

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Response to flvegan (Reply #94)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 01:55 PM

108. pity not hate.

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Response to flvegan (Reply #70)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 01:00 AM

100. consider your response

 

politics often trumps blood literally

I dont include homophobic greedy racists.Perhaps you are more accommodating.


I'm not

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 12:25 AM

71. I am tempted to (but not for political reasons)

It's the first Thanksgiving that my parents are doing separate dinners, having split up 2 years ago (last year we all got together as a family anyway). Also, it's the first Thanksgiving without my grandmother, who passed away last January. It's going to be really sad because it was her favorite holiday.

On the bright side, my best friend is coming in from Milwaukee to have dinner with her family, so I will get to see her.

You make me realize that things could be a lot worse...I could have Republicans in my family.

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 02:39 AM

73. No, don't skip it.

 

Just calmly rise from the table when they begin whining and moaning. Then, like Kevin Spacey in American Beauty, take the big long dish of dressing and just plaster it against the dining room wall. Then growl, "There's your George Bush".

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 03:12 AM

76. perhaps there should be a special forum

Like a support group for liberals coping with GOP families? I don't know if others can understand how conflicting it can actually be?

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Response to Mothdust (Reply #76)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 10:00 PM

91. great idea

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 03:12 AM

77. Can I go in your stead?

I'd love to discuss the shortcomings of your family's political party.

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 03:31 AM

80. 'Twere me, I'd just serve...

Wild Turkey. Mixes well with tears...

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 04:29 AM

81. All Democrats and Progressives in my family except for 83 yr old Dad.

Even he voted for Obama this year (finally figured out he IS the 47%). I never go anyway. I'd rather stay home with the dogs, have a turkey sandwich and watch old movies. I'll phone it in as usual!

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 04:31 AM

82. We're spending it with another family

Our two families have been friends for years.

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 04:31 AM

83. last year we got two Hungry Man turkey TV dinners

slept in and wore pajamas all day

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Response to eShirl (Reply #83)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 09:59 PM

90. i loved those as a kid

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 04:46 AM

84. i hope we have another family reunion. there are a lot of older whites/MALES.

not that i wanna hear the bitching. i believe its mostly familial as our great-grandfather or great-great was a republican secretary of state. my politics is from my other grandpa, + also, my brother didn't get breast fed. now, what if she had?

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 02:11 PM

87. You can make a roasting chicken--about 7-8 lbs--and all the fixin's

That way you can still stuff it--have dark and white meat--and some leftovers.

Or better still, invite some friends of your same political persuasion who don't have family
in the area and bask in the glow of the win!

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 09:23 PM

89. I WISH I could have a big Thanksgiving dinner with the family.

My folks are dead and the kids grown and gone. It will be just me and the husband.

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 12:40 AM

95. I look forward to meeting my family. All democrats that voted for Obama. nt

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 12:49 AM

96. Out of town on purpose, the wife and I will enjoy our time away from the cry babies.

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Response to sarcasmo (Reply #96)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 01:14 AM

102. :)

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 12:52 AM

98. My in-laws always have cornish hens on Thanksgiving...

We will always have big Thanksgiving dinners, but I see no problem with anyone who opts for their own small one.

If they throw a fit, drop in for desert and coffee for 1/2 an hour.

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 12:56 AM

99. Just my husband and I and my dem mom

So no problem....should be relaxing.

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 01:06 AM

101. how about a tofurky?

Then no one gets hurt!

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 01:28 AM

104. they stopped inviting me when I said Limbaugh was just a drug addict.

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Response to hollysmom (Reply #104)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 01:34 AM

109. nice

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Response to TeamPooka (Reply #109)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 03:09 AM

111. hey, I had to listen to all these Limbaugh quotes and horrendous things they said about democrats

Family values: I felt justified in describing Limbaugh as a drug addict who was divorced a lot and draft dodger. I never said anything about suspected pedophilia, just the stuff covered in mainstream news.

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 03:19 AM

105. I can't remember the last time I was at a family Thanksgiving dinner.

I think Reagan was president then.

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 05:56 AM

106. It has already been canceled by my former-Obama-voting sister

She went "Fox Newz Mitt Romney nuts" and blasted the entire family via e-mail. Oh, well. Less travel for us.

mikey_the_rat

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 01:04 PM

113. k+r!

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Response to TeamPooka (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 04:59 PM

114. Last minute invite from family...

GOP side of fam.,haven't heard from them in 6 months,I was wondering what a good response would be since they just called couple hrs.ago.I am a single person,and am just not feelin' it given there are unresolved issues with this side,I have done the single dinner scenario before,I love my family but the last minute invite isn't sitting well with me,help me out,thanks

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Response to metaphor (Reply #114)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 09:46 PM

115. Welcome to DU!

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