November 25th, 2004

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Thanksgiving Day buffet

The Marriott Hotel opened a huge banquet room for the Thanksgiving diners. The place was far from full, but numerous other people came to enjoy the buffets. One table had turkey, roast beef, crab cakes, bass,
and various other edible proteins. Another table had various vegetables and stuffings, while a third table had pies and other sweet things. A separate table had breads and muffins. We all arrived in time for our 11:30 a.m. start, enjoyed a nice meal together, and then went happily home to our respective places. It was a good day, and I felt that in a year of difficult things, it was still good to take a moment to be thankful.

I watched the Dallas Cowboys and the Chicago Bears try to prove on national television which team was the more ineffective, adjourning during half-time to get my car cleaned out and ready for the drive to Arkansas. My wife and I spent part of the afternoon comparing the cost/benefit of various health plan options. I began to read John Moore's "Brensham Village", an English provincial novel of the type I usually like quite well.

Tomorrow I will work into the early afternoon, and then we will drive to see my parents. Sunday evening I must fly to San Francisco for a quick day trip, so I am in a life phase filled with travel once again.