Mister Wally was full of Christmas spirit today. This morning, he got snug in a warm blanket. This evening, he got to cuddle with us. He is such a sweet and lovable pit bull. I don’t know what I would do without him.
My all time favorite Christmas story would be A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. We were introduced to three spirits who represented the past, present, and future. The spirit that really intrigued me was the Ghost of Christmas Future. For the longest time, I have wondered why he looked like the Grim Reaper and why he did not speak. After much analysis, I believe I have an idea of why the Ghost of Christmas Future was portrayed this way. He looks like the Grim Reaper because death is the one future everyone inevitably faces. He does not speak because he is the embodiment of the future and the future is unknown and in motion. If he speaks, then the future will no longer be unknown and would be set in stone. As Ebenezer Scrooge proved, his fate was not set in stone because the Ghost of Christmas Future did not speak a single word to him. If the spirit did speak, then Scrooge would not escape the dark fate he was shown.
With Christmas around the corner, I would like to talk about some of my childhood favorite Christmas movies, Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost In New York. Obviously the most iconic aspect of these films was how Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern walk through a gauntlet of booby traps as though they were in a Three Stooges episode. In the videos above, some medical experts analyze the injuries they sustained from the booby traps and what would happen to them in real life. I liked how brutally honest and blunt the experts were.
Since this is a politically charged year, I decided to wear a Guy Fawkes mask from V for Vendetta for Halloween. In both the film and graphic novel, the Guy Fawkes mask has been used to symbolize the fall of a totalitarian regime. With the 2020 election around the corner, the possibility exists that Trump’s atrocious four year long reign of terror, incompetence, and corruption is almost over. Therefore, I will wear this mask both on Halloween and on the day of the election.
With the Holidays around the corner, I will be starting a FREE Kindle giveaway at midnight tonight. The book I will be giving out will be my Kaiju novella, Karmathaur. The giveaway will last for five days. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Here is the finished product of the Thanksgiving turkey. It was so tender and juicy that the meat fell off the bone. The herbs and spices greatly complimented the other dishes in the feast. I would recommend this Gordon Ramsay recipe to anyone who is interested. Happy Thanksgiving!
Here is a pet fox who was given good Thanksgiving food from his owner. This fox is so spoiled rotten and cute!
Here is the cranberry sauce. It smelled glorious from the various spices I used. I look forward to tasting it tomorrow.
Here is the turkey as it is now. It will sit and marinate in the butter and seasonings overnight so it can be ready to be cooked on Thanksgiving Day.
Here is the turkey I will be working with this Thanksgiving! It is 14.56 pounds. I have to time its cooking perfectly because I have to cook it for a half hour per kilogram. When it is cooked, I have to let it rest, which will allow it to reabsorb its juices and relax its texture. It is a young turkey, which is ideal because turkeys are at their best flavor when they are young. I look forward to working with this little fellow.