As with last year, the Monday before Thanksgiving, turkeys were distributed to all Lucas employees. Once again, the smallest bird I could get was a 21-pounder. What was different this year, though, was that I had Steve, which means we had 2 huge turkeys! That very night Steve went out and bought a chest freezer for the second bird. We’d been talking about it for months. Before I even RSVP’d for a turkey, I made sure he was planning to get a freezer lest we be stuck with an extra bird and no room in the fridge. But he waited until that very night. A word of warning: Most appliance stores don’t have their appliances in stock. They have to order them for you and that can take a few days. Luckily Circuit City had one on hand for us.
So, on Thanksgiving day, we started a bird. As it always does, it took longer to cook than we’d anticipated. But it all ended up well enough, with plenty of time to talk to our guests, Aaron and Vera, and plenty of food and booze to go around. As always, the whisky sours were big hit!
That weekend, Steve and I made a trip down to San Jose to an Egyptian Museum we’d been talking about seeing for months. The Rosicrucian has the largest collection of Egyptian antiquities on the west coast. We saw mummies and tomb re-creations and lots and lots of artifacts. They had a lot of little stuff and we spent the day there reading the tiny placards and posing with the bigger landmarks outside.
On the way back north, we stopped at Union Square in San Francisco, and then the Caribbean Zone restaurant for dinner. This is a really cool place that serves Caribbean food and drinks (yum!) and is set in the forest. There’s a waterfall and plants and a small plane that has “crashed” in the jungle. The plane has the bar. We both had jambalaya, but I added a bit too much hot sauce to mine. My nose was running and my mouth was burning. But that was okay, because I just got another frozen rum beverage!