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Thanksgiving alone, 2012

What are your plans?

I'm going to eat a farmer's market pumpkin pie and watch the first season of The Wire. Plus, it's supposed to go up to 55 degrees, so I may take my scooter out for a ride.

You?

by Up north and alone.reply 10911/23/2012

I'm going to be fucking all night.

by Up north and alone.reply 111/21/2012

Hoveround takes OP where he wants to go...

by Up north and alone.reply 211/21/2012

Cornish games hens are a great way to enjoy a Thanksgiving bird without being swamped with left overs.

Instead of a pumpkin pies, make pumpkin tarts, or empanadas, which freeze well and can be enjoyed at intervals all through the holidays.

And the bottle of champagne that you don't have to share!

by Up north and alone.reply 311/21/2012

I'm in Ireland, and am going to an expat Thanksgiving dinner, where I'll pretend to be an American.

by Up north and alone.reply 411/21/2012

Working

by Up north and alone.reply 511/21/2012

I've been invited to 2 places, but will probably just stay home alone with my 2 cats.

by Up north and alone.reply 611/21/2012

I'm going to try and get up early and drag myself to a Whole Foods tomorrow. If you work at WF please don't hate me for being one of the reasons you have to work on Thanksgiving. Will pick up some sides. Mashed white and sweet potatoes. Sausage and cornbread stuffing. Garlic spinach. Mac n cheese. Some olive bread and cranberry sauce. I'll go to a real bakery for the pumpkin pie. A nice Chardonnay. I don't like turkey, and I'm sick of roast chicken, so no meat. I will try to find some cheesy Christmas show on television or order Spider Man on PPV. Maybe watch some of the Jets/Patriots game. Don't want to over do it but I do want to take part in some of the holiday traditions. I don't really mind being alone on Thanksgiving. Better than the forced cheerfulness and inevitable family squabbling that usually accomanies the pumpkin pie.

by Up north and alone.reply 711/21/2012

I am checking into a nice hotel in the (big)city where I live in. I am bringing some books, snacks (i will eat a healthy homemade meal at home before I check in)my workout clothes and my swimsuit.I will be alone.

by Up north and alone.reply 811/21/2012

Last year I ate and got stoned with a pal, and we rode bikes around our near-desolate town and re-enacted scenes from our favorite post-apocalypse flicks.

by Up north and alone.reply 911/21/2012

I never liked thanksgiving.

When I was a little kid, I'd be forced to dress up so I could go sit on the floor at my grandparents' house (there werent enough chairs so that children could sit in the living room) for hours before food was served. I was so bored.

Then food was served and the only thing I liked was cranberry sauce. Someone tricked me by telling me candies yams taste just like candy and put a forkful in my mouth. Gross. In later years I would eat one small slice of turkey along with a few spoonfuls of cranberry sauce. After dinner we had to sit on the floor again in the living room while grown ups watched sports, which I hated.

When I got older, my mother took a job in a restaurant and worked every thanksgiving. My grandparents had moved to Florida. My father and I went over to my mother's sister's house for thanksgiving dinner, after which my father made one of my cousins fetch him a pillow. He then laid down on their living room floor and fell asleep. He was very drunk. I never went to a thanksgiving with him again.

When I grew up I worked in a hospital and volunteered to work every thanksgiving. Now I don't even really pay attention to it. I don't eat turkey or any "fixings." It's just another day.

by Up north and alone.reply 1011/21/2012

Eating with a friend at a restaurant, then we'll probably just hang out, go to the park, maybe a movie, and then go home. Simple and done. This will be my first Thanksgiving since my mother passed away in April (still can't believe I just had to write a sentence like that), so low-key and no drama is all I'm looking for this year.

Also, my friend is from Turkey and though he's lived in this country for six years, this will be his first time eating a traditional Thanksgiving meal, so hopefully he will enjoy it and so will I.

by Up north and alone.reply 1111/21/2012

OP, I'm actually a bit jealous. That sounds like a perfectly fine way to spend the holiday. Just be thankful for what you have. :-)

by Up north and alone.reply 1211/21/2012

Going to Denny's for a turkey sandwich and fries and then serving meals to the homeless in town.

by Up north and alone.reply 1311/21/2012

Have all the ingredients to make an eggplant parm. A pile of movies from the library to watch on DVD.

by Up north and alone.reply 1411/21/2012

Will not call my mother, for reasons she knows all too well.

by Up north and alone.reply 1511/21/2012

I want to be r9's friend!

by Up north and alone.reply 1611/21/2012

Making a small ham with mashed potatoes and glazed carrots. Pumpkin pie. Jerking off to porn for the rest of the day.

by Up north and alone.reply 1711/21/2012

I'm kind of jealous of you guys. I have to do extended family stuff this year, and I hate my extended family. Especially since my mom is like a press agent at these things, telling us what we can and cannot say, and shooting us dirty looks when we are too anxious to make conversation at all. My favorite Thanksgiving ever was the year I faked sick, stayed home, started drinking whiskey at noon, watched movies on ABC Family, and drunkenly ate leftovers my parents brought back for me.

by Up north and alone.reply 1811/21/2012

My saddest Thanksgiving: I moved across the country (drove by myself) for a new job. I arrived the day before Thanksgiving in a large city that I had never set foot in and where I knew absolutely no one. I had no idea what to do or where to go; I ended up eating canned soup by myself. (This was in 1978; since then they've all been good!)

by Up north and alone.reply 1911/21/2012

Awwww.I feel so bad for you OP. If you were near me I would invite you to dinner with me and my family. Nobodybshould spend Thanksgiving alone.

by Up north and alone.reply 2011/21/2012

Going to see a movie!

I haven't decided which one yet. I've already seen Argo, Flight and Skyfall.

by Up north and alone.reply 2111/21/2012

[quote] Especially since my mom is like a press agent at these things, telling us what we can and cannot say, and shooting us dirty looks when we are too anxious to make conversation at all.

My father was like this. It's why I still prefer to spend Thanksgiving alone.

by Up north and alone.reply 2211/21/2012

My mother died on Thanksgiving Day, 17 years ago. I never celebrate the holiday. I'll sleep in, surf the web, then pack for my Florida vacation that starts on Friday.

by Up north and alone.reply 2311/21/2012

[quote]Nobodybshould spend Thanksgiving alone.

I would prefer it. Most of my family consider any holiday just one more reason to get totally shitfaced. And I'm not a drinker, so it's excruciating being around them all day.

by Up north and alone.reply 2411/21/2012

My childhood memories of Thanksgiving aren't all that memorable -- my mom, dad, brother, and I would go out to a restaurant with my great-aunt and her alcoholic, unpleasant husband, the only relatives within 200 miles. Christmas, they would come to our house; some years one of my grandmothers would be visiting, too.

I'll be alone, but used to it. Homemade chicken curry and fresh asparagus for dinner (WF seems to have some sort of permanent discount on that veg). Christmas will be similar.

by Up north and alone.reply 2511/21/2012

R8 ... I would do that as well, but I've already re-qualified for top tier at both hotel chains I stay at, so don't need any more elite-qualify credit.

by Up north and alone.reply 2611/21/2012

I'll be home alone. Roommate left this morning and I have the place to myself. I'm looking forward to spending some time alone.

I got the roommate last year when I was out of work after living my whole adult by myself.

I'm thankful to be employed this year, but I do miss having time to myself since the roommate is always around.

I managed to convince friends I was out of town (since I wanted not to be guilt tripped out of my alone time) thanks to a link we found at work, that allows you to post Facebook checkins from all over the world. Click the link then check status and don't allow it to detect your location and it looks like you are checking in on your mobile phone.

Right now everybody thinks I'm in Italy.

by Up north and alone.reply 2711/21/2012

R20, stop with the inane 'nobody should spend Thanksgiving alone' nonsense.

You must not have lived much life if you believe this.

And perpetuating the asinine 'never be alone on a holiday' nonsense.

There are millions of people alone on Thanksgiving and Christmas, so stop trying to make them feel bad because you're stuck in a mindset that doesn't apply to others spending time alone.

You trying to impose your standard on others is wrong.

by Up north and alone.reply 2811/21/2012

Consider yourself lucky OP. Nothing worse than CFF.

Note: CFF = Compulsory Family Fun

by Up north and alone.reply 2911/21/2012

[quote]There are millions of people alone on Thanksgiving and Christmas

There are millions of people [bold] happily [/bold] alone on Thanksgiving and Christmas

by Up north and alone.reply 3011/21/2012

I'll be completely alone.

I'm going to try and go to one of the local home-cooking style restaurants that are open to have a "thanksgiving meal", but other than that, I probably won't leave the house or interact with anyone.

Sigh.

This is the third time in the last decade that I've spent Thanksgiving alone, and it sucks each time.

by Up north and alone.reply 3111/21/2012

OP dude I feel for you, last year when my BF and I were semi broke up I spent Tgiving alone is Asheville NC where I have almost no friends. It was cold and moist and I had Thanksgiving at Waffle House which I enjoyed very much, then I slept until January and when I woke up I moved to Florida to get my BF back.

by Up north and alone.reply 3211/21/2012

I had planned to spend the day alone, but then my brother invited me over. There will be 16 people, all members of his second wife's extended family. My brother is the only one I really know. My sister-in-law will ignore me. I'll have to make small talk with people who have zero interest in talking to me (and vice versa). But it is the only way I will get to see my brother, who I haven't seen in a year.

by Up north and alone.reply 3311/21/2012

Being alone doesn't necessarily mean being sad at all.

Strong people with strong inner cores do not dwell upon nor mind being alone on holidays.

by Up north and alone.reply 3411/21/2012

R32 LOL.

by Up north and alone.reply 3511/21/2012

[R17] I have the exact same plans, minus the Pumpkin pie. I've never had pumpkin and won't be starting now.

by Up north and alone.reply 3611/21/2012

There are some fine ideas on this thread: get high and/or drunk, check into a nice hotel, wank, watch movies, ride a scooter/bike... maybe do all of those and you've got the ideal day.

by Up north and alone.reply 3711/21/2012

R31, I have the exact opposite problem. Lots of family and no quiet time. What I wouldn't do for a quiet, alone holiday. Too much noise, too much activity, too much forced social interaction with family you don't know or don't care about.

I'm not a loner, but I do like being alone

by Up north and alone.reply 3811/21/2012

Have to go to my executor's house to eat dinner. I will be taking the brilliant advice given here and make sure to spend the day getting baked as a cake. I also hope to find some action at the gym.

I very much like spending times like these alone. I've grown to appreciate the solitude and perspective of knowing others are coming together in vain in the cold distance to try and run from something inescapable, something that needs to be accepted - everyone is alone on Thanksgiving.

by Up north and alone.reply 3911/21/2012

OP here, with an update.

Well, due to the fact that my mother doesn't speak to me (and other family vagaries), I just found out this afternoon that my favorite aunt is dying of cancer and is in a hospice a few towns away. So I guess I won't be spending Thanksgiving alone after all.

Apparently this was all very sudden -- one day she seemed fine, the next, she's diagnosed with lung cancer. And then she went downhill very quickly after that. I only just found this out from my (not too bright) sister, who didn't know what all those medical terms meant, and who didn't seem to think it was all that serious two weeks ago. Well, she was wrong.

So I went to see my aunt at the hospice this afternoon. I don't know if she knew me or not. But I plan to spend the entire day with her tomorrow, and every day she lives after that.

It's funny -- Thanksgiving was HER holiday. She cooked it all herself, from scratch, and it was always the best meal I had all year. I knew she wasn't going to be cooking this year, because deaths in recent years had brought down the guest list to only 3 or 4 of us -- but I didn't know until today that she was literally on her deathbed.

Now I wish I was spending Thanksgiving alone. But the very least I can do for her is to be with her as much as I can in the next few days. My uncle told me she hasn't eaten since Saturday, and it won't be long now.

At least I can be with her at the end.

by Up north and alone.reply 4011/21/2012

That's really nice OP. Sorry about your aunt but your presence will make a difference.

by Up north and alone.reply 4111/21/2012

I'm going to dig into "Halo4!"

by Up north and alone.reply 4211/21/2012

I like to spend the day alone. Make a kind of sage bread pudding with turkey. Miracle microwave blender pumpkin pie. Cranberry sauce with orange.Brussel sprouts of course. Watch the Macy's parade the the National dog show. Then football.

by Up north and alone.reply 4311/21/2012

Partner and I are baking one of those turkey breast chunks, and maybe bake some yams just for kicks, but the turkey goes straight onto hamburger buns and we'll probably eat in front of the tv (although unlike the OP, we're on season 3 of The Wire).

Supposed to be 75 and beautiful out tomorrow, as opposed to the usual Thanksgiving blizzard, so time outside is also on the program.

by Up north and alone.reply 4411/21/2012

My partner is in the midwest visiting her brother (I'm never invited to her homophobic family functions).

My Dad died on Thanksgiving day 10 years ago.

I taking an almond butter and honey sandwhich and a thermos of hot water for lots of tea and going on a long and beautiful hike with lots of huge waterfalls.

I am going to have a great Thanksgiving.

by Up north and alone.reply 4511/21/2012

I am so looking forward to being alone. I ned a break from the rat race. I'm stressed and sick.

by Up north and alone.reply 4611/21/2012

I'll be alone. My two siblings live out of state and they only get time off to come home for a few days at Christmas time. I was invited to go with a friend to her parents house, but her family are Tea Party people. She is the only one who is sane. I told her I was just too exhausted to travel 30 miles one way. (It has been a rough month at work.)

I bought a very small chicken breast, and I'll make some stuffing to go with it. I'll sautee my brussell sprouts with a ittle olive oil and garlic, bake a sweet potato, and that will be my dinner.

I bought a small pumpkin pie for dessert, and I plan on watching TV all evening. The Godfather is my favorite Christmas movie. I'll make a few calls in case anyone wondered if I was alive.

by Up north and alone.reply 4711/21/2012

My 82 year-old mom passed away in August 2012. I had taken care of her by myself for about the last 8 years of her life with practically zero help from my brother and sister.

Tomorrow it's supposed to be a warm, mild day and I am planning to go visit the cemetery where eventually her ashes will be spread (she donated her body to the local college of medecine). I just think it might be nice to sit there and actively "be thankful" for all the good things she did for me and spend some time pondering over the next stage of my life. Then I'm going to go home and make a roast chicken and a particular chocolate cake recipe that I had always thought my mom and I would make together but for some reason we never did.

It was a little uncomfortable at work this week when people asked me what my plans for the holiday were going to be. I'm not good at lying so I just tried to be vague and throw the question back on them.

A couple of people

by Up north and alone.reply 4811/21/2012

I wish I was spending this thanksgiving alone OP. I'm going to a family member's house for thanksgiving dinner. I'm just not up to it this year, but I'll go and put on a "happy face" while I count the minutes till I can leave. I'm normally not a debbie downer, but I'd rather just spend the day alone. I've spent many holidays alone, and I usually enjoy myself, save for the few times when I would feel sorry for myself for being alone on a holiday. I can't wait until the holidays are over.

by Up north and alone.reply 4911/21/2012

I have a date with a stranger who is taking the bus down to my house from Canada.

He's a cannibal so I guess I'll be getting eaten alive tomorrow.

Toodles!

by Up north and alone.reply 5011/21/2012

R48 -- you sound like a REAL CATCH!

by Up north and alone.reply 5111/21/2012

Usually I would eat and drink and get baked and laugh with my hippy-liberal friends and/or friends+family... depending on which family members were there or not (!) along with my >20 yr partner.

This year after catching the dude cheating yet again, I kicked him out, at last. That has been a popular DL topic lately.

I'll stay at home with the lemon sized growth way up my ass, along with my 3 cats. Symptoms had been presenting like advanced prostate cancer for months until being appropriately imaged recently. The uninvited lemon is growing next door to Mr. Prostate. Now taking multiple meds.

Can't eat much solid food and am often in pain. nauseous and tired from heavy meds. But the alien within is non-malignant and has been responding to the drugs. My prognosis is excellent.

I will enjoy the tomorrow with spoiled cats, internets, and bong and chilled cans of my favorite flavored Ensure, by the fireplace, aware that I got rid of two life-sucking parasites. My most grateful Thanksgiving, evah!

by Up north and alone.reply 5211/21/2012

Sorry for this r52, but, woman here. Prostates are not up my proverbial alley, so, I suspect Mr. Lemon is in your large intestine?

by Up north and alone.reply 5311/21/2012

I was going to start a new tradition with three cans of Spaghetti O's, but instead I'm going with a one-puond ham from CVS, Sweet potatoes topped by Marshmallows, turky stuffing with sausage (also cooking a small bird for leftovers), regular mashed potatoes, corn, biscuits with melted butter, and crab-flavored deviled eggs.

Shit, for the first time in my heterosexual life I feel closeted (closeted htero). I learned how to cook mostly because I didn't like Mom's cooking (soggy tuna salad was the worst), but then I found it was easier to get laid on a date if I just brought her groceries and began at her place, alone.

by Up north and alone.reply 5411/21/2012

What the HELL kind of lemon-sized growth up the ass responds to oral medication?

by Up north and alone.reply 5511/21/2012

R48 you are a good son.

by Up north and alone.reply 5611/21/2012

Have to admit, I'm pretty bummed. Both of my parents are deceased, one of my siblings is also, and my other three siblings live far away. I do not have a partner. A friend's mom told him to invite me to TG, and I accepted, and he was supposed to call me this week to make plans about what time and such, but he has not called, so I guess I have been forgotten. It's hard not to be sad. I'm not a self pity type, but I hate when people overlook me and I never seem to have friends who really value my friendship as much as I value theirs. The older I get the more I try not to take it personally. I am a kind person who always tries to help everyone and does service in my community. I live by the rule, if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all and don't act needy with my friends at all. I just don't get it. Just the way the chips fall, I guess.

by Up north and alone.reply 5711/21/2012

R57 you remind me of the toys in the Land of Misfit Toys. Sorry. You should hook up with another poster here who has no plans. It could be a match made in DL heaven.

by Up north and alone.reply 5811/21/2012

Spent a lot of Thanksgivings away from the U.S. so I got out of the habit of celebrating this holiday. I volunteered to install some Christmas scenes in store windows tomorrow. It's an enjoyable project that I've done for three years. Will skip lunch and dinner since I'll overindulge on calories at the Krystal drive-thru by getting an eggnog milkquake. I gave up fast food places five years ago but can't resist that eggnog milkquake on Thanksgiving, Dec. 24, and Dec. 31.

by Up north and alone.reply 5911/21/2012

[quote]A friend's mom told him to invite me to TG, and I accepted, and he was supposed to call me this week to make plans about what time and such, but he has not called, so I guess I have been forgotten. It's hard not to be sad. I'm not a self pity type, but I hate when people overlook me and I never seem to have friends who really value my friendship as much as I value theirs.

This sounds very familiar.

So sorry this happened to you. I know it sucks so hard, from personal experience.

by Up north and alone.reply 6011/21/2012

R58 what the fuck is your problem?

by Up north and alone.reply 6111/21/2012

Thanks, guys. I know lots of people have it worse than I, is it too early to play "Hard Candy Christmas" by Dolly yet?

by Up north and alone.reply 6211/21/2012

R62,

by Up north and alone.reply 6311/22/2012

Some of you guys make me want to cry. Big hugs.

by Up north and alone.reply 6411/22/2012

Gonna get drunk by myself at a mediocre hotel, and shall proceed to dance and drunk-surf the internet, fuck yeah!

by Up north and alone.reply 6511/22/2012

Going to hang out at a friend's coffee shop each morning and then just come home and veg. I need to clean and do some decorating. I took next Monday off work so I could have some semblance of a vacation.

Oh, and drink.

by Up north and alone.reply 6611/22/2012

I don't want to be alone all the time. But there are some holidays--and this Thanksgiving being one of them--that I look forward to being alone. Four days to decompress and clear my mind is heaven.

Some people at work want to know what I'm doing for Thanksfiving. I know they're just bein nice. But I value my time alone.

by Up north and alone.reply 6711/22/2012

I'm aiming to make $50 bucks on Cam4, stuffing my turkey. Literally. They'll just think I'm packing some big, worn out hole.

by Up north and alone.reply 6811/22/2012

[quote]Prostates are not up my proverbial alley, so, I suspect Mr. Lemon is in your large intestine?

Mais non, Mme. @ r53. He's somewhere between bladder, rectum, and prostate. Surgery there too risky. BTW, the prostate's equivalent in evolution is the uterus. Both highly muscularized organs for sexual reproduction. And a hot blast for us bottoms (unless inflammed).

[quote]What the HELL kind of lemon-sized growth up the ass responds to oral medication?

That's exactly what I wanted to know. It is a thick-walled abscess that's been well-documented in medical literature, according to my docs. News was best fucking gift ever. As a scientist and patient, I have to trust that there's some great science behind their treatment plan!

Happy Thanksgiving to all DL T-Day Soloists!

by Up north and alone.reply 6911/22/2012

[quote]BTW, the prostate's equivalent in evolution is the uterus.

Uh, no? The prostate's equivalent in women = the Skene's glands. They even fill with prostatic fluid. It basically is the prostate, except divided into smaller sections.

by Up north and alone.reply 7011/22/2012

I like to watch John Hughes holiday movies because the people in them look like what I imagine families are supposed to look like during holiday time. Steve Martin's house and family in "Planes, Trains and Automobiles." McCauley Culkin's house and family in "Home Alone."

Everyone is very clean and well dressed, the houses are sparkling clean and perfectly decorated; the children are tolerably naughty. Snow falls, holiday lights are lit and after a holiday crisis, everyone realizes how great it is to have family.

That's the family we were all supposed to have.

by Up north and alone.reply 7111/22/2012

I'm alone

and I'm LOVIN' IT!

by Up north and alone.reply 7211/22/2012

I agree, R71, those movies had an "imperfectly ideal" feel to them, as opposed to more sugary family renditions of decades past. I was only 6 when Home Alone came out, and I remember wishing I had that kind of house and family (minus the burglars). Much less freakish family and house than mine.

by Up north and alone.reply 7311/22/2012

R71, that was the most heartbreaking thing I've read in a really long time.

by Up north and alone.reply 7411/22/2012

Brined turkey breast, roasted Brussels sprouts, cornbread stuffing and black cake. Yes it's too much food, but I want leftovers. I don't feel like reaching out to others and will catch up on reading or movies.

Never enjoyed Thanksgiving growing up as there was too much fighting and anger. Better alone than badly accompanied.

by Up north and alone.reply 7511/22/2012

I have to work like millions of others. Holidays are just another day for me and millions like me

by Up north and alone.reply 7611/22/2012

r64, if you're a cute guy can I fuck your ass all day on TG? I'll be alone otherwise (*sniff*).

Actually I will be having a set meal at a diner nearby--I can assure you, I will enjoy the solitude; I liked and could relate to your post r75.

by Up north and alone.reply 7711/22/2012

Recuperating from emergency gallbladder surgery. Did you know your gallbladder can kill you? I didn't.

I can only eat small amounts of low-fat food at any given meal. So for Thanksgiving, I'm going to make congee with some shredded turkey breast and mushrooms.

by Up north and alone.reply 7811/22/2012

Suddenly I'm hungry for lemon meringue pie.

by Up north and alone.reply 7911/22/2012

My favorite Thanksgivings were spent in San Francisco. It's a cosmopolitan city, so it seems everywhere residential area I walked, some stranger would invite me in. There used to be a famous lawyer who gave free dinners in Little Italy. Melvin Belli? What a feast he gave us! But now, I may eat at one of the many places offering free dinner. I think some of us go just to avoid being alone, if just for an hour.

by Up north and alone.reply 8011/22/2012

I have five days off (Wednesday through Sunday). I doubt I'll interact with another human being in person who isn't a cashier or waiter.

by Up north and alone.reply 8111/22/2012

I'll alone, in Shanghai. I just arrived actually.

It's so weird that Google, Twitter and Facebook are all blocked here, yet DL apparently is fine.

by Up north and alone.reply 8211/22/2012

W&W for R68!

by Up north and alone.reply 8311/22/2012

I'm not alone this year but yesterday while cooking with Mom, she revealed that she doesn't enjoy TD anymore. Cooking and cleaning all day with the men watching football at top volume, then eating and stuffing yourself seems anti-climactic.

I suggested skipping it next year or at least going out to eat Indian for a change, providing one is open. That will rid us of the football fans.

by Up north and alone.reply 8411/22/2012

A pipe, a torch, Manhunt, meth, G, and Pumpkin Pie ...

...would be my ideal Thanksgiving, and has been in the past (lots of horny hotties looking to release from the whole family experience).

Unfortunately, this year I'm spending it with mother, who's a vegetarian, so Lasagna, Champagne...and Pumkin Pie.

by Up north and alone.reply 8511/22/2012

[quote]I'm going to be fucking all night.

I prefer Marni Nixon's version of this to Julie Andrews' rendition on the Broadway cast album.

by Up north and alone.reply 8611/22/2012

I love the tradition of Thanksgiving and grateful that our family still loves each other enough to want to be together.

The holiday I long to be alone for is Christmas. I would just like to get a hotel room in NYC for 2-3 nights and go see 3-4 shows, eat at good restaurants, visit the park and museums...alone, by myself, on my terms.

by Up north and alone.reply 8711/22/2012

I've always either worked Thanksgiving, or been at my folks' house with half a dozen family members. This year I'm far away, have no work, and my SO is out of town.

Did a wake and bake, then stocked up on beer, Redbox movies, and scratch tickets at the local store. Watching Avengers first, Safety Not Guaranteed second, Magic Mike third. Not wearing pants unless I hit a bar later. Sun's out - this is turning into quite a nice day.

by Up north and alone.reply 8811/22/2012

R61 you took my comment the wrong way. The toys in the Land of Misfit toys were neglected and abandoned for being different. Until someone (Rudolph) saw that they were special and deserved to be loved. And I actually meant what I said about the posters here. Why not get together if you're lonely and don't want to spend Thanksgiving alone? So I don't have a fucking problem!

by Up north and alone.reply 8911/22/2012

I wish I'd bought a bottle of wine.

by Up north and alone.reply 9011/22/2012

Are there any good movies on tv?

by Up north and alone.reply 9111/22/2012

Isn't there a Tori Spelling marathon on Lifetime Movies?

by Up north and alone.reply 9211/22/2012

I think R20 is very nice and well-meaning and there are lots of people who feel bad at the thought of other people being along on Thanksgiving. But I am alone by choice; turned down two dinners at my brother's: one small one today and a bigger one Saturday. I'm just not up to it, mentally or physicaly, and he understands (or SAYS he does...we shal see, bwa.....) I have had many happy THanksgiving dinners over the years: parents, aunt, friends; New York State, NYC, San Francisco, and now Northern NY. But when other people (incl relatives)'s plans took them to Florida, Hawaaii, or wherever, I fended for myself and was fine. My point: OTHER people make their Thanksgiving plans and think, understandably, about themselves. So I feel the right to do the same. This is the first time in 3 years I haen't spent Thanksgiing in the hospital (nothing life-threatening! just poor timing), so that will be nice, too. Having dinner with some other single neighbors in my building later; watching the Parade right now; might go back and forth with a Psych marathon.

And sending emails and calling friends. Next year, hope to be feeling better.

Kudos to the poster upthread who said, "Thanksgiving soloists"- that's a great phrase!!

by Up north and alone.reply 9311/22/2012

Going with my mom and brother to eat turkey dinner, then watch Spider-man..YEAH!

by Up north and alone.reply 9411/22/2012

you're NEVER alone when you're on the DATALOUNGE!

by Up north and alone.reply 9511/22/2012

You and me both, R81.

by Up north and alone.reply 9611/22/2012

Going to a restaurant by yourself... a crowded experience where you have to wait more than an hour for a table... being the only person there eating alone... the looks the wait-staff give you...

by Up north and alone.reply 9711/22/2012

Going to spend the holiday alternating between the local pickle parks (if the weather holds) and the adult video store. I want to kneel naked in a booth and service anonymous men.

by Up north and alone.reply 9811/22/2012

My partner is in the midwest with her brother and his family. Once again, I wasn't invited. I am never included in her family get togethers.

She used to blame her Mom for the homophobia and for her not coming out to her family. Well, her Mom died in May and I'm still not included.

After 25 years of putting up with this shit I have decided that the problem in not that I am not included in their lives, the problem is they are included in mine.

I don't care if she comes out to them or not, I don't even want to know they exist anymore. She talks about them and to them all the time. I'm going to tell her not to mention them to me again, not to invite them to visit, not to talk to them on the phone within ear shot of me. Fuck her and fuck them.

by Up north and alone.reply 9911/22/2012

I've spent the day by myself (anyone else in LA? quiet roads, and beautiful weather)- but don't feel alone because I've been texting friends, talking to my parents on the phone, and have had the most peaceful day getting things done - gym, laundry, cleaning, spoiling my cat, watching some shows. I was invited to a few places but couldn't bring myself to drink or socialize today, and I am taking care of myself. My work days are typically stressful and overwhelming. I have to say it feels good today. I feel a little guilty being "alone" for some reason but it's not uncommon for me to want to be solo on a holiday and typically I check in with DL every year when these glorious holidays roll around. I went through a horrible breakup last year, and I'm just happy to not be crying right now. I suppose it would be nice to have a partner, a family, a nice home - but I'm content and I'm going with it.

by Up north and alone.reply 10011/22/2012

R89. I'm sorry. Thank you for explaining.

by Up north and alone.reply 10111/22/2012

Good for you, R99. I think that's absolutely right.

by Up north and alone.reply 10211/22/2012

R101 no problem :)

by Up north and alone.reply 10311/22/2012

I am totally alone on T'giving. I don't think I would mind if if other people didn't seem to feel it was so weird. But the fact is, I rather like it. I have two cats that are happy to have me around, and plenty to eat, and I've always wanted to watch Breaking Bad, so I figure I'll get deep into season 1 tonight.

When I was younger I went to my family's place for dinner, and it was always rather unpleasant. They're all gone, and I really don't miss that dinner.

by Up north and alone.reply 10411/22/2012

This thread is depressing!

by Up north and alone.reply 10511/22/2012

I find this thread cool, R105. Look at all these people connecting and relating. Oh and R104, I am jealous that you are just now diving into Breaking Bad. Easily one of my favorite shows. It's SO GOOD. Enjoy.

by Up north and alone.reply 10611/22/2012

Years ago it was considered shameful to be alone, but now, with all the social media, we "find" each other and gain support and realize we aren't the only one who is alone on TG for various reasons. We no longer feel isolated or unique.

I cooked myself a wonderful meal and ate like a pig. I feel so guilty, that today I am going to start cutting way back, and exercising. I will see friends over the weekend.

by Up north and alone.reply 10711/23/2012

Happy Thanksgiving my peeps. See you at Christmas:)

by Up north and alone.reply 10811/23/2012

Thank you very much, r102.

by Up north and alone.reply 10911/23/2012
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