Friday, November 18, 2005

Somebody Invite ME PLEASE!


OK it happened while I was at a Halloween get together on, of all days Halloween. It all started innocently. I went to my mail box after work when my Irish neighbor two houses down also getting his mail said Hey Oldman, stop over for some trick or treat beer. So I can't pass up free beer, so I walked over. There we are standing in his driveway drinking some Irish beer ( and I thot they were famous for single malt) watching for the 8 kids who live on our block.

Finally the 8 kids and there parents stop for the kids candy and at which time Irish neighbor gets all the adults a round of beer. KEWL another free beer! My Icelandic neighbor is here with his Chilean wife and announces that he, Chilean wife, and the Norwegian couple are hosting a Halloween snack and drink party in his driveway for me to come over. FREE FOOD AND BEER!

So on the walk back to my house and then on to my neighbor Icelandic guy's house, my Irish neighbor says What are you doing for Thanksgiving. Well nothing really. (Side note I was remembering the time I was invited to their home for dinner where they serve great lamb chops, good wine and a great cheese cake).

OK you got the picture, now Irish guy calls today to firm up Thanksgiving dinner. What time etc. So what can I bring? Irish guy replies Well, we are ordering take out from Cracker Barrel so you can help split the bill and bring some wine.

So I feel stuck, I can cook people and cook very well thank you very much. Last Christmas I hosted an open house where I cooked all the food including appetizers, ham, turkey, soup, deserts, home made bread, etc. I use recipes from Food and Wine, Julie Child, LaCucinna and old family recipes hand down. I even make my own salad dressings! I make just about everything from scratch. I can duplicate any resturant meal after one tasting. Yes I can cook so I don't want take out. I NEVER HAVE TAKE OUT! NOT EVEN MICKIE D'S.

Well so I don't want Cracker Barrel take out. I can cook my own turkey thank you! Got any thought of how to get out of this one?


10 comments:

David said...

Sadly, no one has given you a suggestion all day.

What time is his gig? How about, "Oh I forgot; I promised XYZ I would be over to see them at X:XX," and then be away from home during that time.

Look out for Gamma!

Comm's said...

how about, "Sorry man, I would love to but I gotta have cooked bird on Turkey day. I'll come over for wine and desert if I get the chance."

Susan said...

Hm - it depends on if you just don't want to go or if you want to go for their company but would like to bring along your own dish to treat them to. I think there should be nothing wrong and that it would be very appreciated if you said - "Instead of splitting the Cracker Barrel bill, how about I treat you to some of my homemade bread [or insert whatever dish you like] - it's a tradition that I make this every year for Thanksgiving and I'd love to share it with you."

LouBob said...

I'm not Miss Manners so you don't want to know what I'd have said but Susan's suggestion was a great one or you can always fly to Canada and have dinner with us, you don't have to bring a thing either!

tracy said...

I like Susan's idea... and you could make it more of a "I'll stop by and bring dessert" thing - like you have several places to go that day. That way you can make your own bird (MYOB) and then still stop by with something homemade later in the day to enjoy their company.

Iron Benny said...

Wow, you rally painted yourself into a corner on this one. There is no way to see that one coming. Not sure there is a good way to get out of this one. Hmmm, what to do, what to do? Better fake an illness and hope your neighbor never reads your blog.

Deene said...

first of all that was kind of rude of them to "split the bill", just tell them you prefer homemade and decline.

Jank said...

"In my country, we cook our own birds on the day of giving thanks."

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