Open Thread: WKRP’s Turkey Drop

A laugh-out-loud classic clip:

This is an all-you-can-eat off topic bar, belly up and dive in πŸ˜€

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87 Responses to Open Thread: WKRP’s Turkey Drop

  1. DeniseVB says:

    What are your plans for Thanksgiving ? We love staying home, cooking up a storm, eating off the carcus all weekend, then visit family and friends at less hectic and cheaper travel times of the year. (I should put this in the Poverty thread πŸ˜‰ )

  2. DandyTiger says:

    Visiting the extended family for turkey day. Needs to start drinking now to prepare.

  3. lyn5 says:

    Holidays are quiet here in hermitville. We live far enough away from family and have no children. The three cats boss us around.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Sounds lovely to me. Enjoy lyn!

    • elliesmom says:

      I have two married children. I send them to their in-laws for Thanksgiving with my blessings. One needs to travel halfway across the country, but the other is still local. In return, they’re all mine for Christmas so it’s a fair trade. We have friends who always invite us to join them for dinner, and sometimes we go, but it’s actually less lonely to be just the two of us than to be part of someone’s else’s family for the day. I cook a beef rib roast with a big bone in it for Ellie. We usually plan a museum trip or the movies for Friday – anywhere but the mall. Sometimes our son joins us while his wife hits the stores with her mom. Then Saturday night we make our annual trip into Cambridge to see the Capitol Steps perform at Harvard and have dinner out in the city. Sunday night the travelers will stop by on their way home. Then we start planning for Christmas.

  4. angienc says:

    Going to see my parents in NOLA. We just do an at home thing — mom cooks, dad watches football all day, we all eat too much & pass out, wake up a little while later & eat again. The norm.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Sounds perfect πŸ™‚ Enjoy your day angie!

    • catarina says:


      Since this is an open thread and the election is now over i’d just like to say ftr that I did everything possible to save that tooth.

      That is all.

      • angienc says:

        Sorry catarina I’m not “getting” the reference. Please explain because it sounds hilarious.

        • catarina says:

          Oh jeez, wish I could find the comment now!

          I responded to a really good “toothless rubes” rant by telling you I was missing a tooth and pretending to be offended. Had you going pretty good, lol!

          (Damned root canal gone bad, what a nightmare. I’m too chicken to get an implant. Dentists have been telling me for years terrible things will happen if I don’t do something about the empty space, but so far, nuthin’. πŸ™‚ Dentists are teh evil!

        • angienc says:

          LOL catarina — I remember that now — with that video with the woman saying the MSM were suck ups!!

  5. DeniseVB says:

    MOTUS has a great history on Hostess Brands and how they tried to evolve and failed miserably, with much snark of course:

  6. DandyTiger says:

    (previous topic:) Wait, Hostess is going out of business, right as they legalize marijuana? Bad timing.

  7. piper says:

    we’re trying something different this year – going to the casino in town to partake in the buffet and the slot machines.

  8. I sort of miss the days when I did the big family Thanksgiving. Just he and I now- so no pressure. Doesn’t seem right somehow.
    Daughter and her wife go to her family’s. Last year they tried to do both. That SOOO did not work out. We rearranged our traditional time to accommodate her- and they were still two hours late and last minute called to tell us they were bringing her nieces.
    Not happening this year. They can come for pie if they want to.
    Jeebus. What the hell happened to “A son is a son til he gets him a wife, a daughters a daughter for the rest of your life.”
    hell, if I wanted another daughter in law I would have made arrangements to have another boy lol.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Been there πŸ™‚ I miss the old family gatherings, but times have changed, so I stopped trying to schedule everyone’s happiness. Yum, pie !

      • Yup. I started “doing” the big family events when I was 17 – and did them until I moved out here to PA when I was in my early(ish) 40’s.
        IIRC the biggest turkey I ever did was 32 pounds!

  9. Oh and lol ftr- turkeys do fly- wild ones anyway. As a matter of fact, they will fly right AT YOU if you get to close to the nest.

  10. DeniseVB says:

    You can catch up with the Alan West recount madness here:

    I don’t think we’ve heard the last of West and I feel an uprising coming, yay!

    • angienc says:

      If West isn’t careful, he’s going to expose how the entire presidential election was rigged too — and it doesn’t seem like anybody in DC (left or right) wants that.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Really ! I noticed that too. The GOP smackdown on Romney, questionable voter fraud in several states’ districts, Miss Sarah doing the I told you so dance …. this could be fun πŸ˜‰

        We need reform, but most importantly, we need a voice.

        • Underwhelmed says:

          Yeah. For my money, SP doesn’t get to do the told you so dance. She pulled out, she pretty much sat it out, so she can be quiet now.

        • angienc says:

          IMO, it has been pretty obvious that the GOP started freaking out when it became clear that Romney was going to pull it off & beat Obama, which has been confirmed by their huge sigh of relief when Obama won by their complete silence on the questionable margins of victory in FL, VA, NH & OH (not to mention WI & CO), their quickness to throw Romney under the bus, as well as their sudden interest in “outreach” to minorities that the GOP has no problem whatsoever with pandering to minorities/special interest voters, they are just upset the Dems have cornered the market. If Romney had won, he would have actually tackled entitlement reform & that would have stopped all the money pouring in (because in case anyone hasn’t noticed– the mega rich have been getting richer while everyone else has been getting poorer).

        • DeniseVB says:

          (we need deeper nesting, but I’ll bring that up at the next TCH board meeting in Vegas/snort)

          Mr./Ms. Under, or should I call you Whelmed? Sarah was the most trashed political woman, next to Hillary, I think she did warn us about the impending GOP “doom” of 2012? I’m still in awe of her for bringing out 10k people in the middle of the desert, in Harry Reid’s backyard to rally for something or other. She resigned as Gov to save her state the nuisance civil suits against her. The AK GOP didn’t even defend her 😦

        • DeniseVB says:

          angie, if we’re ever going to challenge the duopoly Rs and Ds it has to start now. Not 6 months before the next Presidential election.

          I’m sad for the results of 2012 mostly because Obama’s victory was due to the TVLand voters, not common sense, not, well not anything I recognize….I’ll get back to you πŸ˜‰

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  11. angienc says:

    Oh, and btw — when I wrote above that we do “the norm” — I mean that — a turkey with cornbread stuffing, green bean casserole (canned green beans with cream of mushroom soup, cheese & those fried onion things), baked yams with marshmallows, cranberry sauce straight from the can etc –none of that fancy shit like sage rubbed turkey with sage dressing, fresh green bean almondine, sweat potato souffle, cranberry chutney etc.

    • LOL Yup. Though I do a bread stuffing not cornbread. We like “trees and cheese” (broccoli and cheese sauce) mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce out of the can, butternut squash, more gravy. Apple pie, punkin pie, and pecan tarts for the husband.
      Dinner is served at half time.

      • mcnorman says:

        One of the nuts in our family cut loose with a syringe filled with sherry on the turkey. It was actually very good. Personally, I could for for anything as long as the guests are nice. Unfortunately, this year I foresee catering to the whiners. Eh, I’ve got a nice bottle of aged whiskey ready so they can whine away.

    • Underwhelmed says:

      Please tell me you didn’t really mean ‘sweat’ potato. Because, y’know … ewwww.

      Although from what I”ve seen in some reality cooking shows it might not be far off the mark …

  12. catarina says:

    When I found out a favorite restaurant was doing Thanksgiving dinner
    I broke with tradition and made a reservation.
    My husband didn’t grow up in the US so he’s happy to go out-and not have to clean up the mess I make cooking πŸ™‚

    • elliesmom says:

      The year we were remodeling our kitchen, we went out for Thanksgiving at the Colonial Inn in Concord. It was lovely.

      • catarina says:

        Love the Colonial Inn.
        I used to sing there with some jazz musicians years ago in another life.

      • leslie says:

        The year we were remodeling the kitchen, I made Cornish hen w/orange sauce and wild rice and broccoli and then hot fudge sundaes for dessert. Unfortunately we had to eat in the basement because the rest of the house was under reconstruction, too. My oldest – the daughter who just moved back here – pitched a huge fit saying I was unAmerican and she wasn’t about to eat hen on Thanksgiving. I think she was 13 and she was very good at it. She was allowed to watch us have dinner or join us.

        That was the year we began having family Thanksgiving on the Saturday after Thanksgiving do everyone could go where they wanted and could still have the big dinner together. (The reconstruction was completed the day after Thanksgiving.

        • elliesmom says:

          The year we remodeled, they turned the power on to the kitchen appliances on Christmas Eve. The first meal I cooked was Christmas dinner.

    • angienc says:

      We went out to a nice dinner for Thanksgiving one year. The only downside with that is no left overs.

      But that’s a pretty big downside.

  13. Totally OT- but the Patriots are blowing the Colts away.

  14. Lulu says:

    Six people invited themselves yesterday for a total of 13. The turkey I had already purchased is too small so I have to buy a ham also. I refuse to use marshmallows any longer with sweet potatoes because no children are coming and I don’t like it so baked sweet potatoes with apple and cinnamon this year. Green beans with bacon and vinaigrette, about four dozen rolls, relish tray with anything pickled that I can buy, baked fruit with brandy, green salad, cranberries with Triple sec, pecan pie, Kahlua cheesecake, and chocolate cake. And my largest baking dish which is a 60 year old cast iron doufeu of about 10 quarts will be full of cornbread dressing. And gravy, lots of gravy. Thanksgiving lunch at 12 and leftovers until it is all gone at about 8 that night. I am thankful that we can still pay for this.

  15. The part I miss the most about the big family Thanksgiving is a) I cook it, you clean it up b) the big family sing along after dinner.
    I would like to go out, but I would fell bad about all the poor souls that are forced to miss the holiday with their families. I did too many years in restaurants and well remember how awful it was for the staff. Though I was lucky for most of my career to work for companies who valued their employees over the almighty dollar on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

    • insanelysane says:

      Waitressing put me through college and I often worked the holidays when I was single and alone. I loved it. My work family was really a savior. The mood was light and we’d be celebrating and we got a free meal that was really good and the tips on holidays make it worth every minute.
      It’s really hard work but the time flies. It is good memories of holidays with my working comrades.


      • elliesmom says:

        I worked retail on Black Friday while I was in college. It’s why you’ll never catch me at the mall the day after Thanksgiving. I also did Christmas gift wrap, and for years my family got their gifts in the bags they came in. Many years later I’m grateful for knowing how to craft a professional bow, but it took a lot of years of intense stick on bow therapy to get here.

        • myiq2xu says:

          I worked retail 4 years in a row. I learned to hate Christmas music.

          I was in Sears the other day and they were already playing that shit.

  16. HELENK says:

    the solution in our house for holidays was our house the weekend before because i usually had to work on the actual holiday and the other in-laws on the holiday. My grandkids grew up thinking there were two Christmas celebrations. It did save a lot of grief and bad feelings. It is the spirit of the holiday not the day itself that counts

    found this for left overs.
    take stuffing, mashed potatoes, chop some turkey, mix together and make a cake (like a crab cake) smother with gravy and heat up in oven. really good

  17. We don’t have family here and can’t afford the funds or the time to travel home. So this year I’m breaking a major rule: We’re eating out on Thanksgiving day. Normally I refuse to patronize businesses on Thanksgiving or Christmas, the theory being it’s normally hourly workers who bear the brunt, and the money machine ought to come to a full stop two days out of the year. But I don’t want to cook a big meal for just the three of us, so we’re going to Cracker Barrel instead. My penance will be doubling the tip.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Love Cracker Barrel, enjoy !

    • catarina says:

      My niece told me her friends in the restaurant biz love to work on Thanksgiving because people leave huge tips even at buffet places. And some don’t “get” Thanksgiving or don’t like their families and have an excuse to get out of going to dinner!

      She’s a wealth of information. She told me recently about Barnes and Noble taking over all the college bookstores and raking in all sorts of student grant money.
      So I bought a few shares of their crappy stock, and sure enough it’s been doing great, even with the market ups and downs.
      The Barnes and Noble bailout, who knew?

    • 49erDweet says:

      HONK! But the nearest one is in the next state. 😦

  18. leslie says:

    So, because I now do Thanksgiving on the Saturday after turkey day, I am doing appetizers, and a spinach lasagne and a everyone is contributing something to share from fruits to desserts and wine. We play games from 3 – until everyone leaves. There’s plenty of food and lots of fun, and everyone seems to really enjoy this new tradition.
    (I do miss the turkey leftovers, though.)

    I do love hearing about everyone’s plans. And HELENK, your turkey “cake” sounds great….

  19. votermom says:

    We are not fans of turkey so we do a more ethnic thanksgiving. Just us.

  20. DeniseVB says:

    Great movie, catch it if you can on your local channels….should be on the free ones by now for T’giving πŸ˜€

    • swanspirit says:

      I am invited to a friends for Thanksgiving ,as my kids are all elsewhere this year , , but I am still making my own turkey , a small fresh bird , with sausage and oyster stuffing , along with mashed potatoes , sweet potatoes , asparagus wrapped in bacon , deviled eggs , and pumpkin pie . I make my pumpkin pie with egg nog instead instead of condensed milk , it is very smooth . I love turkey , and i can live on it and leftovers for a long time !
      I am making some pumpkin butter as a gift to take to my friends . It is so easy and delish . All your dinners sound so scrumptious , even the regular ones , makes me want to start cooking now !

  21. elliesmom says:

    This thread has brought back a lot of memories. It’s made me realize that some of my favorite Thanksgiving memories have been the years we had to improvise. My mom’s dad died on Thanksgiving Day when I was two, and my grandmother made it an “official day of mourning” for the rest of her life. I think it may be why I’m not particularly fond of turkey or overly invested in the holiday. The year my grandmother died, my dad was determined the mourning tradition would end, and we spent Thanksgiving at Niagara Falls. We had turkey sandwiches for dinner, but it broke the dour mood that always took over the day. On mom’s last Thanksgiving she wasn’t well enough to leave home, but her kitchen wasn’t big enough to really cook a big meal in. I stopped at Boston Market and picked up takeout. We ate dinner on tray tables in her small living room, but she had her whole family there (It took a lot of tray tables), and she got to be “hostess” for one last time. My dad’s last Thanksgiving what he wanted most was to go to the high school football game. We all went and cheered the home team, and then went out to dinner. Then there was the year I pretended to be sick and sent my husband off with the kids to his mother’s, and I spent the day reading a book cover to cover. While my mother-in-law and I had a truly wonderful relationship, I bet it was one of her favorite Thanksgivings, too.

  22. HELENK says:

    for something different, you could go to the TURKEY TESTICLE FESTIVAL

  23. myiq2xu says:

    Me and the cats are playing “Door into Summer” again.

    That’s where they keep looking for warm weather. I open a door, they run out. 60 seconds later I re-open the door and they run back in. Sometimes we try all the doors in the house before they decide to stay inside.

  24. Constance says:

    I love Thanksgiving even though the old folks have all passed on, WAIT, that means I am the old folks! Yikes, I can’t figure out how that happened! Well I cook the standard turkey dinner and we bake 6 pies the night before, By Thanksgiving morning people have started cutting into them for breakfast. I always set up a jigsaw puzzle and of course there is football. I also pull out the the old photograph albums. I’ve started drafting whoever sticks around awhile to put up the Christmas lights and tree, as I find it’s best to keep my relatives busy or they nag at each other. It’s a great time.

  25. gram cracker says:

    Not quite a turkey drop but family legend has it that one year prepping the bird didn’t go quite as planned. My mom wrung the bird’s neck and plucked off most of its feathers. At some point she put the bird in the refrigerator. Later when she opened the refrig the naked bird stepped out and startled her.

    Now mom never told a lie that I am aware of, but I always suspected that the story got embellished over time. Anyway she enjoyed retelling the tale from time to time. Mom was a great cook and prepping the Thanksgiving feast and being part of the large family gathering was always a highlight of the year. Mom would have been 101 this year. She’s been gone 9 years now and I still really miss her and all the other relatives who have passed on. This is a bittersweet time of year full of good memories and sadness that so many aren’t here anymore.

    • 49erDweet says:

      As a five year old watched great grandmother wring chicken necks. Two at a time. One in each hand. Up in the air, overhead, whirling in contra-rotation until the heads came off, bodies fell to the ground and scurried about pell mell for awhile. Bloody sight. But it didn’t affect me. No, really, it didn’t. Honest!
      None of her chickens would of stepped out of the fridge and startled anyone. Tasted good, though.

      • gram cracker says:

        Wow! What a sight that must have been. I never saw anything quite like that. I remember seeing still flopping catfish nailed to a board and being skinned out. Got to admit I was and still am a little squeamish around butchering. A long time ago my young stepson was watching his father hang up a hog to bleed out and commented, ” we’re not going to eat him with his shoes (hooves) still on are we?”. The kids had wanted to name the piglets and their dad had said yea, we’ll call this one “pork chop”, this one “bacon”, another one, “ham” and so on.

        When I was a child my family and our neighbors fished and hunted and we ate fish, deer, rabbits and squirrels. Some neighbors raised chickens, rabbits, cows, sheep and goats for food and milk. We all canned and froze food from our pastures and gardens. You don’t waste much when you have to produce and prep your own food to survive.

        Kids didn’t do much whining and complaining about not liking what there was to eat when they had to help hoe the rows of vegetables, feed the chickens, gather the eggs, shell the peas, break the beans, pick the berries and in general were expected to contribute to the well being of the family. If you wanted to eat, you had to work.

        Times have changed. My 7 year old granddaughter sat down with her 5 year old brother and wrote out their Christmas gift wish list. She wants an iPhone, iPod, iPad and laptop computer. She is going to be disappointed cause it’s not going to happen.

  26. my children have recently married so we are trying to figure out how to handle it all. i used to go with my siblings and have Thanksgiving, but they are out of town and truly a pain the ass anyways. Still treating me like an alien for leaving the Democrats—-LOL!!!

    Last year I took my son and his wife and their two dogs and hubby to Virginia Beach. We rented a house right on the beach. Thanksgiving day, my son and I did a 5K turkey trot race together, first one together since I’d finished chemo—I still didn’t have hair but wore a ponytail wig. I always wanted a ponytail, and damn, I had one!! My daughter-in-law wanted to cook the meal and she’s a fabulous cook!! The weather was so beautiful that day that we ate outside on the deck overlooking the ocean.

    This year the kids just moved to Honolulu for three years. They just found a house a couple of days ago, so we’re going to visit them right after Christmas (darn!! :)). My daughter-in-law is an intelligence officer in the Air Force and will likely be deployed to Afghanistan soon. My son got lucky and his company where he worked in DC found him a job in their Honolulu office.

    So, their dogs are quarantined for 4 months and are staying with us until they can ship out. We’ll be spending Thanksgiving with my best friend and her family. My husband is from Italy and our Thanksgivings always have a few Italian twists to them—-fresh mozzarella salad, steamed veggies drizzled with olive oil and some freshly grated reggiano parmigiana sprinkled liberally on top, oven roasted potatoes with olive oil and oregano. mmmmmm

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