Thursday, November 27, 2008

T-Day Dinner in the Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego...

Sounds as tho it's been a super Thanksgiving Day for my fellow writers. Well, almost. One had a pretty lousy morning what with a son suddenly sick..on this day of all days...and who threw up twice on his bed. And a new puppy that used the living room as his commode. Good thing there weren't more than nine people coming for dinner.

Then there's my brother back in Illinois who, a few years ago, told his wife, "Enough with you spending the day in the kitchen while everyone else is having a great time in the living room." He meant it too. From then on, as they did today, they went to a favorite cafe for dinner.

Here, three of us met downtown in San Diego in the Gaslamp Quarter on Fifth Ave to eat Italian at Chianti's. So the first thing was the special of the day...a full turkey dinner! No matter, we all chose to eat Italian anyway. Well, almost Italian. I topped my meal off with pumpkin pie. Which they drizzled with chocolate! And since I'm a smoker, we sat, as always, at their sidewalk cafe where the people watching is superb.

And here came a rather hefty woman down the sidewalk who tucked her thumbs in her armpits and moved her arms up and down like wings, all the while saying, "Gobble, gobble, gobble! Can you spare any money?" Passed by three times, she did.

I do love the sidewalk cafes in the Gaslamp Quarter downtown.

Also this weekend, at the San Diego Convention Center, will be National Geographic...their annual sale. 30 to 90% off on books, gifts, and apparel. That sale is HUGE. No idea how many halls they take up but it can take a couple of hours at least for a fast look at everything. And no admittance. It's free and open to the public. Talk about early Christmas shopping!

All in all, a really good Thanksgiving. Hope all had the same.


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