Celebrating Thanksgiving by Consuming

P1010882I woke up a little late this morning, promptly rolled over and went back to sleep. There are few things more decadent than sleeping in on a Thursday morning. The autumn sun was streaming in through my balcony’s glass door when I eventually made my languid way out of bed. One of the nice things about Texas is you really do notice the seasons changing. Summer was very hot, autumn cooled considerably and the changing of the leaves promise an even colder winter to come.

I retired to the lounge, munching on a “South Beach” friendly breakfast bar. There I sat and made a list of things I wanted to get done in the holidays. It’s a long and ambitious list.

One of my goals was to do something nice for Thanksgiving dinner. I decided I would cook it myself since eating out doesn’t quite seem special enough for thanksgiving, nor does warming up some pre-cooked turkey burger sound particularly in the holiday spirit. A few Internet searches later and I had the list of ingredients I needed for a fantastic thanksgiving meal.

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Glass half full

Grey Goose VodkaToday is Thursday the 23rd of November. For most of the world it’s just like any other day, or perhaps it’s celebrated as a harvest festival. For Americans it’s a special holiday: thanksgiving. It’s a time in which the Americans remember their history and the hardships faced by the early settlers (along with some of the less edifying aspects of their history).

One of the most interesting developments of this holiday, however, is it has become a time for reflection and for family. A time to sit back, take stock and appreciate one’s family and friends. The Americans have a saying: “no one should spend thanksgiving alone”.

Well, I was planning on doing a weekend trip to somewhere over thanksgiving but I decided not to, instead I am going to slow down, take a break and take stock of where I am. I have bought some stationary and plan on writing hand-written letters to family, because I know it’s always nice to receive a handwritten letter.

Thinking about family, it’s so easy to get disillusioned: alone in a foreign country, no close friends, no family: not much in the way of a social network to fall back on. Still, even faced with yet another long weekend to spend by myself I have to admit that I have a lot to be thankful for. Career, car, savings, travel, life really hasn’t been much better than this and it’s only looking to improving.

To top it all off, I have discovered a good quality Vodka I can actually drink here. It’s called “Grey Goose” and it’s from France. The quality of the Vodka makes an incredible difference to the drinking experience. I highly recommend spending the extra money and getting something decent.

So for these reasons, my glass is more than a little half full this year. Happy thanksgiving, everyone!

Gay Marriage

Passion Fruit (Granadilla)I apologise for yet another “gay” post. This will be the last for a while, I promise, but given the referendum in the US and the recent law change in South Africa, I thought it was timely.

In a recent referendum, 8 American states recently voted on constitutional changes to “protect” marriage. Only one state did not pass that referendum. The vote in most states was pretty emphatic and overwhelmingly: “yes, protect marriage by making it only between a man and a woman”.

Why? Most gays wonder why other people feel so strongly about our private lives that they feel they should make new laws specifically preventing us from legally legitemising our existing monogamous, long-term relationships.

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Geek Mobile

Dallas SunsetI love my car. I know I have said this before but let me say it again: I love my car.

I wish I could say that I always wanted a hybrid car since I was a child, but that would be lying. As a child, what I really wanted was a car that could fly. I designed one with Lego. It was basically a helicopter car and mobile home all in one. I would have preferred jet propulsion but my logo set didn’t allow for jets.

In my dream world, I had my flying car parked outside my own little corner store that had a secret elevator leading to my subterranean home which doubled as a self-sufficient bomb shelter. I planned on living off yoghurt, protected from the world by complicated layers of water and lead shielding. I never imagined wanting a wife but I always assumed I would need one for the purposes of having kids or something.

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Ted Haggard

Ok, so Ted Haggard’s been all over the news and, in my arrogance, I feel like I have something to say on the matter.

What? You don’t know about him? Well, I guess maybe it’s only big news here in the US, or maybe only big news in Christian circles.

Essentially, it’s a story of a man, just a man. A man who (it turns out) has been living with a big secret his entire adult life. You see, from the current evidence, it looks like he’s gay. “Huh” you say “that’s not a problem, some of my best friends are gay.” Yeah, true. I agree, I don’t have a problem with him being gay. I know many gay people, and I consider myself gay. There’s nothing wrong with that.

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