Wednesday, November 30, 2011
There's not much to say about Thanksgiving besides the fact that it was wonderful. Four generations around the table -- a table nearly buckling under the weight of so much good food, most of it prepared by my beautiful wife/executive chef, L. My grandma said the turkey was the best she's ever eaten. The weather was nice enough to allow for plenty of long walks and an excursion to Central Park. We all had the chance to express our gratitude for the chance to be together to celebrate the holiday and enjoy the gifts and blessings of a growing family. I don't know what more one could want.
...Oh wait! I DO know what more one could want. We had a huge debacle in the morning thanks to the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade. We had received tickets from an extremely kind colleague of L's, so my parents and I, along with Alice, trooped down to Columbus Circle early in the morning to claim our seats in the bleachers in Central Park. We unexpectedly had to walk ten blocks north to get to the only available entrance, and by the time we got there, the police weren't allowing anybody else in. People were walking out of the parade route area a block away, telling all of us who were assembled, "Don't bother! There's nowhere to sit and you can't even see! We had tickets too!" As you may be able to tell, the people telling us this were fashionable gay men who were waving their hands in disgust. We bought Alice a blow-up Dora the Explorer doll as a consolation prize (she loves it - ever since she has been pushing Dora in the stroller, dancing with Dora, making us include Dora in "Ring Around the Rosy," and dragging Dora to the table to eat with us).
So, rejected by the parade, we went to a little cafe to eat some breakfast, where we encountered the people I will always think of fondly as the Thanksgiving Assholes of 2011. Let me set the scene: picture three rectangular two-top tables lined up along the window. Simple, right? We pushed two tables together to accommodate our party, dumped our stuff there, and went to get our food. When we returned, we found that the Thanksgiving Assholes - a well-dressed middle aged couple - had turned the remaining two-top around, so that both seats were now parallel to the window I guess, which had the effect of blocking us from getting into our table. I said, excuse me, please let us in, and my polite mom said, oh, we'll just sit elsewhere (forcing us to crowd around a skimpy little table), and the male Thanksgiving Asshole said, "Oh, you'll be fine, there's plenty of room there." The woman concurred, and after a bit more completely disrespectful small talk, the encounter was formally over.
But not for me, of course! I spent the rest of the meal shooting them dirty looks, saying loud remarks like "that was really rude" and "we have no room for my daughter now," and subtly jabbing the man with our inflatable Dora. Even days later, while out on a run, I thought about them and their absolute thoughtlessness and blithe disregard for us and got irritated again. I hope their turkey tasted like sand. Happy Thanksgiving!