Daily Archives: 11/27/2002

The Ghosts of Thanksgivings Past

This morning I got to thinking that it has been ten years since I shared Thanksgiving with anyone in my family. That got me thinking about where I was for each Thanksgiving since I left St. Louis in 1987 for Beloit. There’s a couple I don’t exactly recall, the one in 1991 and the one in 1988

  • 1987 – First from Beloit, drove to Chicago with Curtis Meyer, then down to St. Louis. Rigged the lights for Vianney’s Fall Theater production.
  • 1988 – Thanksgiving in Chicago with Nancy & CJ. Got a ride with Suss in his van, and it lost a wheel near the Belvedere Oasis. Spent hours at that oasis waiting for his dad to come rescue us. Nancy was terribly worried about my late arrival.
  • 1989 – Thanksgiving in Chicago with Nancy & CJ, met CJ’s proteg� Helen. Jem Ripley gave me a ride in his ’67 Mustang. Met his folks in Skokie, then drove down to Oak Park.
  • 1990 – Thanksgiving in Chicago with Nancy & CJ, in their new home. Took the bus this time.
  • 1991 – I honestly don’t remember. Maybe it was in Farmington at Gary’s?
  • 1992 – Went to Elgin, IL for the family get together at Rick & Karen’s. It was a tense weekend. I wasn’t happy in grad school, and my journey from Columbia to Chicago was via just about every back road and highway I could find. The entire weekend could be summed up as creepy.
  • 1993 – First Thanksgiving in Guam, ate dinner with Chris, James, Tillie and her family. Gave thanks that I was on a beautiful island.
  • 1994 – The Best Thanksgiving Ever. Beachside in Tamuning with David, Jenny, Brad and Craig. We had a bonfire on the beach after sunset, then all ended up at my place, content and sleepy.
  • 1995 – Turkey with the Goldbergs at Alupang Condos. First tasted Jason Goldbergs sweet potato souffl� – wow.
  • 1996 – Mid-afternoon turkey dinner with Jason Goldberg and his friends off Mamis Street in Tamuning. This was a bunch of Sandcastle dancers, I remember that vividly.
  • 1997 – The season of many turkeys. Ate a killer meal at Mel & Craig’s place in Agana Heights, turkey with all the trimmings. Everything done up like Martha Stewart. Then off to Tamuning for another meal with Craig, Darren and Cindy. I was hurting by the end of the night.
  • 1998 – Started with a mid-afternoon meal with David and the Tobi boys in Mangilao, then more turkey at the Koon’s place atop Nimitz Hill.
  • 1999 – Arrived back from Bali in the morning, then spent the evening with Mel & Craig. The infamous turkey carcass congee with Annie.
  • 2000 – House sitting for Mel & Craig, Annie was staying there as well. She went somewhere in Tumon, I was under the weather and moped around. I don’t think I even ate turkey that day.
  • 2001 – Kim & Suzanne hosted a dinner at their place, Cyrus & Jen, Steve & Katie and several other people were there. I fried a turkey! And it was good.
  • 2002 – Looks like I am hosting the party this year for a few friends. I am frying another turkey of course, those things are ‘da bomb!’