Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Roasting Dr. John
Many people purchase their Thanksgiving Turkey way ahead of time. Either by freebie points on their SuperMarket Savings Card or they have a freezer to store their big juicy bird when they land it at .19 cents per pound. Some prefer the fresh turkey taste vs. frozen and run out to a local farm to buy a recently prepared bird. This year I have decided to venture out into the blogosphere and bag me a live fresh one.

An internet search of "Train destinations to towns named after fowl" brought me information on a delightful little town, Pigeon Falls, where the trains still run and fowl news is in the air. There seems to be a December 15, 2006 Doomsday prophecy regarding the towns demise. There is talk about the town on who believes it, who doesn't and the many interpretations on the memoirs of the great Russian Poet and seer Alexis Grengicoff.

The mystery of this quaint little town intrigued me as it sounded like a great mysterious place to carry out my turkey expedition. Killing two birds with one stone so to say, where I could travel for entertainment and adventure and bring home some substanance for my Thanksgiving Dinner Table. A train ticket later and I was on my way to Pigeon Falls.

I soon found myself dropped off in someone's backyard in a place where a tiny town once stood. I had to take a quick glance at my watch to be sure that December 15th hadn't passed me by. It hadn't, but the town was missing and there before me was the archaeological evidence that a town once stood here. I scratched my head in bewilderment, wondering what had happened when all of the sudden a white rabbit in a pink sweater hopped by. Dropping behind him a mysterious photo as he hopped under a garage door that wasn't closed all of the way.

Yes! Proof that I was in the right place and I was standing in the spot where this mysterious tiny town recently rested. "To find out what happened to the town, I must follow that white rabbit!", I said to myself as I tiptoed over to the garage door where the rabbit just dashed under. Faint smells of baking pies, saffron buns and midst of giblets drifted out from this quaint little home welcoming me to come inside. I lifted up the garage door and there in all of it's glory stood the town of Pigeon Falls!

Beside the town upon the bench was a beautiful She Turkey named Betty who gobbled and cackled then ran out of the garage into the house through the interior door. Leaving ruffled feather's behind I could have sworn I heard her yell, "John!! That crazy Margaret is here!!"

Yes, I was on to their little turkey tricks and was one step closer to the mystery Doomsday of Pigeon Falls and now it seems, the towns apparent rapture into the garage. "For the town's safety and well being?", I wondered. "Or could these Turkeys be holding the town against it's will, imprisoned in their very own Gitmo Garage?" Either way I was here to find out the mystery and bag a turkey and it looks like I've come to the right place.

Tiptoeing through the interior door I followed the trail of feathers that the Beautiful Betty Hen left behind. In the kitchen through the trail of feathers I stepped on a plop of white goop. One sniff and I knew, that someone was recently preparing a casserole of Candied Yams with marshmallows. Through the living room and down the hall I traveled when out from under the bathroom door whiffed a strange, steamy aroma that smelled like someone dumped the "Mr. Bubbles" in the turkey broth!

There in all his glory was the biggest Tom Turkey I've ever seen!! A huge ole' bird, already plucked - awaiting to be stuffed, marinating in the tub with Epson Salts and Bubble Bath. Wiping the bubbles off his hand he offered a handshake and introduced himself, "Hi Margaret, I'm Dr. John and I have heard through the blogosphere that you are planning on roasting me this evening."

"Why yes, I have planned on that Dr. John," I replied, "but it is the night before Thanksgiving and I need to bag a turkey for dinner tomorrow."

As Dr. John dried himself off he said, "Why Margaret? Why can't you march on down to the supermarket and buy a Grade A, FDA approved Butterball and all the fixin's like many others do? Do you always walk around the block just to get to your backyard when you could have easily walked out your back door?"

In defense I muttered, "But, but Dr. John. I wanted an adventure and expedition. A memory that I can share through the years with my family at the many Thanksgiving dinners to come. To hand down to my daughter and to her daughter. A bushelful of stories, memories and lessons learned."

Dr. John then simply nodded and I knew he understood.

Many bloggy peeps have asked, "Who is Dr. John?" "What is he all about?" "Where did all these comments come from on my blog today?"

Let me just say that many of us have a lifetime to figure out these answers among others. However, we are only promised today and this moment. Trains will run and trains will stop, towns will begin and our government is always changing. We are all here as mere characters in the biggest story ever told and it's our job to remain true to our characters as well as true to one another.

So tonight, in the spirit of Thanksgiving I'd like to Roast a toast to Dr. John for reminding us, especially me, that we each have many things to be thankful for this holiday season. Let's lift up our glasses and stop by Dr. Johns to leave a comment for the tough ole turkey!! After all comments on our blogs are what makes our world's go round. He's a winner in my book and a blogger and friend who I am so thankful for.
Stumble It! .......posted by Margaret @ 10:27 AM  
  • At 4:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Oh my!!! How did you get ahold of that picture!?

    Have you even seen the Seinfeld episode where Kramer decides that butter makes his skin smooth? It is hilarious. For some reason seeing Dr. John in a tub and roasting brought that to mind.

  • At 5:16 PM, Blogger Margaret said…

    Janvangogh: Yes! That's one of my favorite episodes. I thought of using drawn butter but all the great cooks say that marinating in salt will make the turkey moist and tender. =O)

  • At 5:26 PM, Blogger Chana said…

    Whooo-Hooo! Margie you have outdone yourself. Brilliant! Brilliant. Applause, applause! i wish i could see his face when he reads this..(and the pics, specially the censored one is beyond hillarious, nicely done).

    but ONE LITTLE question: as the biggest Tom Turkey, in all his glory, already plucked was waiting to be stuffed, marinating in the tub with Epson Salts and Bubble Bath, wiped the bubbles off his hand and offered you a handshake to introduced himself, you just stood there? He was as naked as Turkeys can only get and you just stood there and kept on conversing? LOL...oh my, what would the beautiful she Turkey Betty say? you better run Margie, when she hears of this, she''ll come goobbling after you, they will be feathers flying and you will end up stuffed..

  • At 5:33 PM, Blogger Margaret said…

    Chana: I made very sure to keep eye contact only. Dr. John gizzards were discretely tucked away in his swimming trunks.

  • At 5:54 PM, Blogger Catch said…

    What a story Margaret! Its great! I cant believe you have a picture of Dr JOhn in the tub!!!! LOL>...too funny!. Very nice toast! And just stopped in to wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving! Blessings my friend.

  • At 6:11 PM, Blogger Chana said… have me laughing my heart out, lol..

    and no, i don't believe you..tell it to the beautiful Betty Turkey.

    as Mimi wrote today, it sounds a bit like that story of that man who didn't have sexual relations with that woman, lol..


  • At 6:45 PM, Anonymous andrena said…

    OMG!!! Girl! That is hilarious!!!! I thought mine was funny...(can't stop laughing!!!)

  • At 9:02 PM, Blogger Dr.John said…

    Margaret,shame on you for digging out that picture. It was supposed to show my kids the new walk in tub, not me. I enjoyed the entire roast and all the other blogs as well. Thank you ever so much. I am lauging and will be for a while.

  • At 9:10 PM, Blogger jafabrit said…

    OH MY goodness ROFLOL! That was a hoot. Love the pic in the tub hee! hee!

    may you all have a special and wonderful thanksgiving.

  • At 12:40 AM, Anonymous Anita said…

    LOVED the pictures, very fun. On turkeys ... that's why I always eat my turkey raw, no prep time and it tastes fresher than any other method (jk of course).

  • At 5:49 AM, Blogger Margaret said…

    Dr. John: But, but the picture is so cool and tubs are so much fun. When you can get into them of course. Somewhere around here we have one with me in the tub pregnant. All you can see is my face and this huge enormous belly. Perfectly resembling a turkey in a roasting pan. =O)

  • At 5:21 PM, Blogger RockDog said…

    Funny story! Rock ON!

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