Whiskerino 2009

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  • posted: November 25 @ 9:29am
You grow used to certain things over a 37 year span, especially on holidays. Family. Wine. Drinking. Talking. An overeating coma. This morning I picked up my mom from the airport, alone. No, my father isn't dead, he's just absent. Gone. After 42 years my parents have splintered — and remain in a subtle limbo of being married but not together. It's not a new situation, just a new symptom. So, this Thanksgiving will be awkward, uncomfortable, with lots of effort to divert stories away from the present and try to remain upbeat and positive, despite what is swirling around.

Also ... elbow meat.


KO says:
sorry to hear that wiseacre.

here's to elbow meat!
Posted: Nov 25th, 2009 - 9:32am -
jnonfiction says:
As Graham Greene says, "To be a human being one [has] to drink the cup."
Posted: Nov 25th, 2009 - 9:33am -
Grower&Shower says:
Oh man, sorry to hear. You're right holidays are especially rough when there's a major change that alters how you're used to spending the holiday. However, experts agree that elbow meat will help the situation.
Posted: Nov 25th, 2009 - 9:34am -
Furricane says:
nice one with the elbow meat. I went from frowny face to a chuckle
Posted: Nov 25th, 2009 - 9:35am -
robberfly says:
hope you have a good thanksgiving despite the circumstances.
great pic too.
Posted: Nov 25th, 2009 - 9:36am -
gfmorris says:
Somewhere, there's an appropriate Over the Rhine lyric for this ... but it escapes me right now. :(
Posted: Nov 25th, 2009 - 9:42am -
Andrew says:
sorry to hear it. could always take a page out of my family's tradition of having the TV on the entire time so people don't talk to each other. we've gotten better.

so I take it you're serving up some serious elbow meat casserole?
Posted: Nov 25th, 2009 - 9:44am -
wiseacre says:
@Andrew ... ahaha! that's not a bad idea at all. i think we'll do movies, TV, music, and look at the baby doing funny things.
Posted: Nov 25th, 2009 - 9:45am -
tedford says:
i think the question here is - is it acceptable to smother elbow meat in gravy. or is it preferable with cranberry sauce. perhaps pudding? these are the things i want to know.
Posted: Nov 25th, 2009 - 9:49am -
mattmarch says:
i hope this is not the end of the story.

at least you'll have elbow meat :)
Posted: Nov 25th, 2009 - 9:54am -
keifel says:
isn't that what thanksgiving is about? the weird and the awkward?
Posted: Nov 25th, 2009 - 9:55am -
Andrew says:
@tedford's question is valid. is elbow meat something best served by itself, lightly seasoned? (i.e. steak) or drowned in sauce like ribs?
Posted: Nov 25th, 2009 - 10:01am -
Yogi Beard says:
Sorry to hear. At least there's that wonderful bloated feeling by the end of the night, right?

@Andrew - "Most important of all is the big screen TV. Human families need a TV when they're eating so they don't have to talk to each other." If it was said on Futurama, it must be true.
Posted: Nov 25th, 2009 - 10:02am -
Owen says:
Hang in there!
Posted: Nov 25th, 2009 - 10:36am -
Ploafmaster says:
Here, I raise my glass of elbow meat to you.

Happy Thanksgiving none-the-less, hombre.
Posted: Nov 25th, 2009 - 10:47am -
iamaaronmartin says:
I know how you feel. THis was my Thanksgiving back in '05.
Posted: Nov 25th, 2009 - 10:53am -
Brian says:
Generic compliment on your photo today!
Posted: Nov 25th, 2009 - 10:55am -
9schwander says:
sorry to hear about this situation, man.

I think it's time I swallowed my pride though and admitted I don't know what anyone is talking about. What is this elbow meat?!
Posted: Nov 25th, 2009 - 10:58am -
revgoomba says:
Smudgy mirror.
Posted: Nov 25th, 2009 - 11:16am -
Paragone says:
sorry to hear about your folks. mmmmmm elbow meat.
Posted: Nov 25th, 2009 - 11:26am -
KC says:
Paul, that sucks. It still never fails to amaze me when grown folks arrive at a perceived impasse in their relationships after being together for so long. We've been through a lot of that in the past few years and it just frustrates me to no end.

You're in my prayers, and take some solace in this:

I spent an evening with all the cousins on my mom's side of the family about a month ago. They are all older (mid-40s' - mid-50's) while I am the baby of that generation. They've all got grown children, and the encouragement I got from talking to them was huge! They all talked about how awesome it was to be together and married at that stage in life. They were telling me - and I could see it - that that's when marriage gets really, really good if you can hold on through all the tough crap that comes before...the money junk, the dealing with kids, dealing with teenagers. The consensus was that it's totally worth it, so stay strong with your marriage cause your kids need a good, solid example when grandma and grandpa can't keep it together.

Happy Thanksgiving, Armstrong Family.
Posted: Nov 25th, 2009 - 11:33am -
Ace says:
if its at all comforting, at least you have a family to celebrate with. this armstrong right here will be working all day, and then spending thanksgiving night all alone. but hey, at least i have whiskerino to keep me company i guess.
Posted: Nov 25th, 2009 - 11:55am -
Jarrett says:
Very sad to hear this...hope you're thanksgiving is enjoyable nonetheless.
Posted: Nov 25th, 2009 - 12:05pm -
Jarrett says:
err..."your" not "you're."
Posted: Nov 25th, 2009 - 12:05pm -
Ula O cealleigh says:
Posted: Nov 25th, 2009 - 12:32pm -
folliclejuju says:
Posted: Nov 25th, 2009 - 12:49pm -
pcain says:
but this... THIS is what thanksgiving is all about.
Posted: Nov 25th, 2009 - 4:05pm -
wondermade says:
Hope was made precisely for the moments when we feel tempted to give into the waves and slip beneath the surface. Cling to it during the storm and know that hope will keep you afloat.
Posted: Nov 25th, 2009 - 6:51pm -
ThatGuy says:
Super sorry to hear that Sir. My parents got divorced when I was seven, but some twenty seven years later, they have somehow slipped back into most family functions at the same time. Definitely not married (thank god) but the fracture has closed a little. Listen to @wondermade. There is always hope for a happy ending, even if that ending isn't the one you imagine.
Posted: Nov 25th, 2009 - 7:18pm -
Johnny Rebellious says:
there's a lot of fingerprints on that mirror
Posted: Nov 25th, 2009 - 8:42pm -
taber says:
just eat a lot of turkey and pass out! :)
Posted: Nov 25th, 2009 - 9:57pm -
flainez says:
I think you used the mirror in the opposite way than the rest of participants. And that's a good thing; originality!!!
Posted: Nov 25th, 2009 - 11:45pm -
Site closed!
Whiskerino. fin.