Mark (mhaithaca) wrote,
Mark
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Thanksgiving (199.4) (probably not any more)

Imagine if you flew 7,000 miles to have a Thanksgiving visit with a relative who's serving in the U.S. Navy's Pacific Fleet, were waiting for their ship in Hong Kong, and they got turned away at the port? (Sorry, can't figure out who I just got this link from, but thanks for sharing it.)

Canopyhttp://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/23/world/asia/23ship.html

This morning, I was at my lowest weight in quite some time! I bet that won't still be true when I get back to Ithaca on Monday. Ah well. :-) I can get there again.

This afternoon, I made good enough time on the way down from Ithaca to my cousins' house that I arrived just in time for the walk through the Juhring Estate before Thanksgiving dinner. This is a 76-acre plot of land on the edge of town that now belongs to the Village of Dobbs Ferry, but was once a massive family estate. The couple that inhabited it last got divorced, and ended up living in two houses on the property. This is just a few miles from where I lived and went to school for 15 years, but while I'm pretty sure this wasn't the first time I was there, I didn't really take as much advantage of it as I should have. I was especially intrigued by what I gather was the old foundation of a long-ago inn or hotel. I'm going to have to look into that further. The walk certainly helped counteract four hours in the car, and five of us hanging out for a while was a nice way of easing into dealing with the mob of 30. :-)

Dinner itself was awfully good, mixing some of the obvious and standard Thanksgiving fare with such creative dishes as lightly sautéed kale with shaved romano, and awesome shredded brussels sprouts. (We're guessing there were leeks in the latter, and probably a fair amount of butter.)

I got to talk with my sort-of-cousin-in-law, who works at Aquavit in NYC, for a bit. He's going to be involved in opening their new Stockholm and Tokyo restaurants, and is very excited about the travel, and the slight differences planned in the locations. The one in Stockholm will be a Grill & Raw Bar, which is unique to that location. In addition to raw seafoods that I'm used to, they'll have raw rock lobster. I need to try that!

Only evening plans each of the next three days. Some daytime R&R would seem to be in order. Though I may walk into the village tomorrow to check out what's left at the cheese shop's going-out-of-business sale. :-\ (Mmm, cheese.)
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