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By Average Joe
#682846
Thanksgiving.

A day of choking down bites of dry, overcooked turkey and watching endless hours of football with relatives both disliked and rarely seen.

This year I told my wife "Fuck that shit," and so on Thursday morning we loaded the truck and made our way north.

I drove until we ended up here.
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The day before I'd mixed up a batch of pizza dough, and that night I rolled it out, covered it with an Alfredo sauce, topped it with red onion, mushrooms, prosciutto, and mozzarella, and tossed it in the oven.

It was better than any turkey I've ever had.

Easy for me to say, because I don't like turkey.

After dinner we watched Rogue One.

Better than football, and without a doubt the best Star Wars movie ever.

Why?

(SPOILER ALERT!)

Because everyone dies.

Or nearly everyone.

Enough to make it interesting.

(SPOILER ALERT OVER!)

The day after Thanksgiving there are plenty of people who stuff themselves with leftovers.

I am not one of them, so the the next morning I cooked up some eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, English muffins (aka this year's British cricket team), butter, jam, coffee, juice, etc.

And again, it was better than any leftover turkey I've ever had.

Afterwards I saw Wayne, and we went fishing.
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Fish were caught...
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... and at one point I asked Wayne, "So how was your Thanksgiving?"

"Meal was bad... grandkids kept acting up... relatives pissed me off... couldn't wait to get home."

By now it was noon, so I treated Wayne to a taste of the spork life.
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"So how's the soup Wayne?"

"Better than my meal last night."

That evening my wife and I had dinner at a local Mexican restaurant: beef, shrimp, and chicken fajitas on homemade corn tortillas, with rice, beans, guacamole, and a pitcher of margaritas to wash it down.

That it was better than turkey goes without saying.

When we were back at the cabin I turned to my wife and said, "What would you like to watch tonight?"

"I don't know. I'm kind of in the mood for a romantic comedy."

I spent a few seconds flipping through the DVDs, then smiled and said, "I've just the thing."

Life is Beautiful is without a doubt the best romcom ever made.

Why?

(SPOILER ALERT!)

Because everyone dies.

Or nearly everyone.

Enough to make it interesting.

(SPOILER ALERT OVER!)

The next morning I cooked the same breakfast I'd made the previous morning, and then took a walk along the tracks.
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I went by the cottage where Mitch and I stayed the last time he visited.
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I find it odd that it's always vacant.

Mitch might disagree.

I stopped by one of Mitch's favorite swimming holes and made a few casts.

From where I was standing the drifts looked great, but the fish were not impressed, so I climbed back up to the tracks and continued my walk.
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I passed through a hobo camp.
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You'd think anyone willing to put that much effort into decorating a concrete pier would find it relatively easy to clean up after themselves, but apparently that isn't always the case.
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From up on the tracks I spied what looked like some promising water, so I bushwhacked my way down to the river and got ready to make a cast, only to discover this.
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Fly, tippet, and half the leader gone, eaten by the bush.

Disappointing, but better than eating turkey.
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By markl
#682847
A nice lunch time break for me. Well done!
BTW, anytime you can light up a nice cigar (ideally, Cuban), have a drink and be on the water is pretty much as good as it gets. And, the wife was into it too. Write the playbook!

Did the bush eat your fly vest / pouch too?!?
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By stillsteamin
#682848
Nice. But as I tell anyone who tells me they don't like something...

You've never had it cooked right.

Except merganser. Fuck that shit.
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By austrotard
#682849
I read the one star tr today to find/copy/forward a photo of billy the bass with a spliff.

spoiler alert.

fuck me, it's nearly 2am.
fuck anestesia anesticia anastheistia sleepy gas.
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By Transylwader
#682850
Well played, Joe! It goes without saying that I too fucking hate turkey (and chicken and pigeon and birds in general). Great way to spend Thanksgiving, away from family and on the water.
:cool
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By LA Fly Guy
#682857
Nice report Joe.

Truthfully, Thanksgiving lunch/dinner for me is all about the side dishes. I eat very little turkey or ham and would rather fill up on the other stuff.
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By fly-chucker
#682867
Truth be told, I'd much rather have this than turkey :cool
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By austrotard
#682870
if I wanted a turkey I think I would have to get it imported.
I'd have to give a week's notice as well.
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