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KMRS Weekend Update: November 28th, 2016
My Thanksgiving day was split between my wife's sister Laura Marty's house with the entire Marty clan which included 65 people. As usual I was called on to carve two turkeys.
The other half of the day was spent with my side of the family at my cousins Patricia & Bill Chandler's house. While there we celebrated the soon to be 85th birthday of my uncle Nick Ulett. I love him very much!
Saturday night my wife and I saw the movie "Hacksaw Ridge." I give it 4 out of 5 "U's." A true and unbelievable story about and incredible WWII hero Desmond Doss. Go see it!
Spent the rest of the weekend doing house chores.
We were off work so I was able to sleep in and then grab my friends Chelsea and Amber to go bar hopping! We started at the Moonrise and then went to The Grove to Atomic Cowboy and Just John. I drank. I danced. I went home at a decent hour. I'm old.
Tim and I picked up my cousin James and we had a nice dinner lunch at my mom's house. We ate enough to feel like a normal American and then had a competitive game of Phase 10 in which we yell very vulgar things at one another. It was a good time and really delicious -- good job, mom!
Prepped food. Cleaned my house. In-laws got into town and we stayed up talking until midnight.
My sister and brother-in-law with our nephews and niece came into town for the second feast! It was a success -- chicken tetrazzini, ham, mashed potatoes, brownies, cookies, two pies... so much more! We walked off our bellies and I got to hold a baby a lot. Tim and I may have one some day. Maybe.
As people left (mainly the entertaining people -- the kids) we watched Jurassic World and for episodes of the Office.
I soothed my agnostic soul by accompanying my Catholic family to 10:15 mass at Sacred Heart. I appreciate all people's religions, so I don't mind going. I grew up with Catholic family, but never practiced myself... I think faith is a good thing for people and I'm happy to think about the people who need extra thoughts and positive vibes while in a church.
Afterward, we met up with my mom, sister and her friend Abby at The Shack for brunch.
Our long weekend nightcap was spent saying goodbye to family and furniture shopping at IKEA.
Very family concentrated weekend as it should be -- no crazy shopping, no politics at the table, just surrounded by goodness and love of the people who matter most.
Over the holiday weekend, my wife and I traveled to NYC. We joined our college friend Matt and some new friends, Dale and Summer, to participate in the 90th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as members of the balloon flight team. This year, after our traditional breakfast at Scotty’s, we pulled Harold the Fireman for 2 ½ miles along the route to 34th Street. Other recreation we enjoyed in the Big Apple included: Bryant Park, the Cock & Bull, the Ace Hotel hipster lobby, a rooftop party at our hotel with spectacular views, Salvation Taco, Shake Shack for breakfast (looking forward to one opening here!) and Thanksgiving dinner at Beer & Buns (I’ve wanted to go there for several years and finally wore the rest of the group down!). We also checked out the elaborate department store Christmas windows and were entertained by a Salvation Army bell ringer with some serious dance moves. Upon returning to StL, a neighbor had turned our Christmas lights on for us. Missouri Holiday Décor did our lights right before we left and it was nice to have them on to greet us when we got home. In other good news when we got back, we found out our friend, officer Tom Lake, is recovering and was able to make an appearance at Guns & Hoses. Thank you to our local first responders for their service, to Tim Elwell for help with that event, and also thank you to the Z Family and Kelly for their help while we were away. Saturday afternoon, I produced the Entertainment Rundown on our sister station and then continued my travels next door to work the hockey game where our Blues won. Sunday afternoon I worked a practice session for the Blues Season Ticket Holder Holiday Party at Scottrade and returned in time to join my family for the St. Louis Hills neighborhood annual Tree Lighting ceremony in Francis Park.