Christmas Dispatch

A few days from Christmas. I’m sitting down with a California Sauvignon Blanc in a guesthouse down from my brother and sister-in-law’s place in Kaneohe, Hawaii.

If I had gone home to Vancouver, it would have looked like this at my family homestead. Our neighbour sent this photo of our home, and another of our street.

But here in Hawaii, the weather is milder. I tried to post other photos – My grandma’s old house (now my brother’s family’s) and her street. I visited here almost every other summer when I was a kid, until about the age of 12, when the trips became more intermittent.

Last Christmas, at my dear friend’s house near Pottsville, I think it was he, Daniel, who told those of us assembled about the “tur-duc-hen”. How had I never heard about this?

“A Turducken is a de-boned turkey stuffed with a de-boned duck, which itself is stuffed with a small de-boned chicken. The name is a portmanteau of those ingredients, turkey, duck, and chicken. The cavity of the chicken and the rest of the gaps are filled with, at the very least, a highly seasoned breadcrumb mixture or rice dressing and sausage meat or seafood stuffing.”

We looked it up on wikipedia to discover that the largest recorded nested bird roast is 17 birds, attributed to a royal feast in France in the early 19th century. We laughed about it for days, and later that holidays, when I told my partner and his best friend about it, the word Turducken kept ringing in her ears as we drove around the South Island of New Zealand.

So, imagine my surprise to find out this Christmas, as part of our feast, we will be having a turducken roll. I can’t wait…

But of course, the real reason I’m here is for my family. My nephew and niece are adorable, energetic, and exhausting. They believe in Santa Claus and when they see him at the malls, or at the Christmas Light Street, they call out, “Santa, santa, santa!” It will be fun to see them on Christmas day opening their gifts.

I suspect I won’t be sending out a newsy e-mail update this year, but will simply leave it at this. A dispatch from here, to wherever you may be, with wishes to you for a great holidays and new year.

(And in fact, it worked much more easily to write this dispatch and attach photos using facebook notes. Uh oh, blogger. Are your days numbered?)

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2 Responses to Christmas Dispatch

  1. bellcarroll says:

    Hi i was reading basically because i was looking for things about deals direct.Anyway just dropped in to say high.So you are a writer?I fancy myself as a writer.
    i wrote this
    What do you think?

    BellCarroll believes that the world does not belong to the people.The people belong to the world!
    We have a moral obligation to do what is correct.
    When we are placed in that box and lowered into the ground all we leave behind is the way in which we lived.Nothing more nor less!
    What we did in the world is the measure of the person we were.The wealth or possessions accumulated are merely tools we were able to use while we lived but they do not account in the determination of what we actually were!

    Most people are good, decent people.Even bad people are not bad as such but simply good people who made bad choices.

    I wish I could say the same for big business.
    Most big business ,the top end of town especially but many others display all of the attributes of sociopaths.They have but one goal and that is the accumulation of financial wealth at the expense of everything else.They cannot form attachments with anything or any person that is unable to fulfil their lustful desire of obtaining more and more!

    Attachments to people for them are no more then temporary arrangements which are maintained for only as long as they can drag benifit from the person.

    I have experienced this first hand and in my view the people who treated me this way have no moral fibre and certainly are not human.Although they hold themselves out to be moral and decent ,in reality that is just a game of deception.

    How many big business boast that they give to charity or take part in carbon free businesses etc in the guise of being caring and honourable members of society?

    In my view they and the captains of industry that run them can claim no more then to be a sub species of humanity as a DIRECT result of their behaviour!

    It goes on further but wont fit all here.Anyway so what do you think?have I any literary talent?

  2. aq says:

    Hi Bell. It's not for me to judge your literary talent. If you like writing then share it with friends, send letters to the editor, start a blog. Enjoy it! Andy

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