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Nov. 25th, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today is Thanksgiving Day, for everyone in the U.S. For my family, it's a time when we get together, make traditional Thanksgiving food (minus sweet potatoes and green bean casserole. Everyone in my family except my mother hates sweet potatoes, and my dad absolutely despises green beans), and traditional Lithuanian food (kugelis, anyone?). So far, everything is cooking well. It took about an  hour to get the kugelis ready to cook (grating five pounds of potatoes tends to take a long time), and as usual I grated myself in the process. At least I didn't majorly cut myself this year, like I have in the past. Bleeding all over the potatoes is kind of disgusting and ruins the dish. Thankfully that didn't happen this year.

My one major complaint about Thanksgiving? The turkey. I don't like turkey. I don't like the game-y taste, and other than that, I find it to be incredibly bland. Every year I try to get the parental units to get a chicken, or a ham, or even a duck, just because I really do not like turkey. It hasn't worked. And the one year I suggested Tofurkey? My dad threw something at me and started yelling about how while he was alive this family would never have Tofurkey for Thanksgiving. Which I can kind of see his point. I like tofu, but Tofurkey might be a bit much. (And I really like typing Tofurkey because it's a funny word).

Yesterday I took the AMTRAK home from university. Usually the station where I get on is relatively quiet. There might be twenty or so people, max, and TSA is nowhere to be found. Yesterday, there were about 150 people trying to get on the train, and TSA officials were there waving those wand things at people. So many people were taking the AMTRAK because they wanted to avoid flying with those new security measures in place, the pat-down and the naked body scan, which apparently causes cancer as well. But I guess the government wasn't about to let people go over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house without having some security measures, so they sent TSA in. Which a lot of good that did for them. There's no baggage scanner, no metal detector, no "take your shoes and your belt and your sweatshirt and everything else that might cause the scanner to go off, off and walk through this thing that will beep if you even have a little tiny bit of metal on you, then get patted down." I like to travel, but seriously, air security is getting crazy, and I'm really not sure how much safer it makes us. After all, all the metal detectors in the world can't pick up a ceramic knife in a body cavity, and the whole thing is just causing problems for people who legitimately need liquids/metals on the airplane. What if you're diabetic? You're going to need your insulin and your sharps to jab yourself with. I guess TSA would be smart enough to be able to tell "This person is diabetic and needs these things to be healthy," instead of thinking, "OMFG! INSULIN TERRORIST!"

I do appreciate the work they do to keep us safe, but there's a difference between keeping people safe and treating the elderly and people with medical conditions like terrorists because they try to take their meds on the plane. I'm just glad that my meds are pill format so that I don't have to worry about not being allowed to have them if I need to travel by plane.

Unfortunately, this break is too short before I have to go back to university, but then it's only two weeks until the end of the semester. With any luck I can manage to survive until then, and not go berserk. Only with exams coming up, good luck with that. :P

Anyway, have a great holiday and remember to reflect on things you're thankful for. I'm thankful for the Internet. I'm thankful for my friends and family. I'm thankful for soda. I'm thankful for slash!! :D (Hey, everyone's got to have something less serious to be thankful for, otherwise the holiday isn't as entertaining!)