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Well, that was a unique Thanksgiving. Let’s hope we never have to celebrate like that again.

On Thursday, I had a perfect plate for Thanksgiving dinner, which was around 1 in the afternoon. I’ll never understand why some people wait to eat until 7 p.m. That’s too late for a tryptophan nap.

If you take a nap that late, it will throw off your sleep cycles. Also, you don’t want to go to bed with a full stomach.

Before I got the food, I had a Zoom call with the Richie side of the family. My brother, his wife, and their kids made an appearance. On the call were Grandma and Grandpa Richie, Aunt Martha and Uncle Roger and Aunt Martina, Uncle Ray and their kids were there.

It seems that everyone is making big plans for the future and got a lot done over the last year. Meanwhile, my life is pretty much the same. Plus, I tend to be quiet at these family events.

As a kid, I would stand near (or behind) my older brother and let him do the talking. Then I would periodically throw in my one-liners to get the laughs. We were quite the team.

Towards the end of the Zoom call on Thursday, Aunt Martha told me it was my job to say when the meeting is over.

“No, no, no. I don’t make decisions. I react to other people making decisions,” then my brother promptly ended the meeting.

My mother taught me to be a leader, not a follower, but I tend to be a Zoom follower.

Anywho, my plate was a beautiful heap of food a few hours later. It was full of turkey, potato filling, sausage stuffing, gravy, yams, roasted cauliflower, and roasted Brussels sprouts. Then on the side I had a salad, roll and cranberry sauce.

Some of you might not know about potato filling, which is fine. It is a Pennsylvania Dutch dish – a more distinguished type of mashed potatoes.

I hope you and your family had a pleasant Thanksgiving, no matter where or how you celebrated.

The Pack is Back

The Green Bay Packers may have lost to the Vikings a few weeks ago and then they lost to the Colts two weeks ago. Those two losses make the dismantling of the Bears Sunday night feel so good. It’s not often I can turn the game off at halftime and know the team will hold onto the win.

But it was the Bears and they are almost always a tire fire of a football team.

All is right in the world as the Packers enter December with a 8-3 record and on top of the NFC North.


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See ya next week!