First of all, Happy Thanksgiving to whoever might be reading this.
It was another quiet Thanksgiving in our house. We don’t go visiting relatives: my wife and I are both only children; our parents have all passed away; our other relatives don’t live nearby.
For many years, I didn’t have much to do with my relatives. It wasn’t that I had anything against them, but later I understood that my relatives thought there was something vaguely wrong with me. Or maybe it’s just that we have don’t have much in common.
So for Thanksgiving it was just my wife, my son, and myself. I think I like it that way.
This morning, I made a traditional dinner. I cooked the turkey according to the directions on the Butterball Web site, and it came out slightly overcooked. Not terribly badly, but a little bit dry: it would have been better if I had taken it out of the oven about 20 minutes earlier.
I have to believe that the lawyers have figured out that nobody will sue them for an overcooked bird, but people will sue for an undercooked bird that makes them sick. The published cooking times are therefore overly long for their protection.
In the evening, we went to see the new James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace. The ‘rebooted’ Bond, in his second outing, has already gotten tiresome. Whereas the old-school Bonds (Connery through Brosnan) got by on their wits and Q’s clever gizmos, Daniel Craig’s Bond is simply indestructible. If you try to shoot him, he wil simply bounce out of the way. It was clever at first, and now it’s just repetitive.
Quantum is, apparently, a secret organization of powerful men who hold meetings during live opera. And their sinister plan for world domination is actually a part of the normal business-school curriculum (How to Screw Over Third-World Peasants).
So are they really villains after all?
Even the Bond-movie-as-travelogue disappoints: we’re told that Bond is traveling to Haiti and Bolivia, when in fact, the scenes in those countries are actually shot in Mexico, Panama, and Chile.
Perhaps I can’t go home again.