Trip Start Nov 22, 2010
Trip End Dec 14, 2010

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Flag of United States  , Texas
Thursday, November 25, 2010

Hey guys,

So today was Thanksgiving, a surprisingly big tradition for Americans but quite little meaning for any foreigners travelling in the USA. I was really blown away by how much they cherish and support the holiday, it's as widely embraced as Christmas is in Australia. The whole week everybody has been wishing us a "Happy Thanksgiving!" when leaving and chatting to us about how much they look forward to the Thanksgiving feast at whatever location they choose (9 times out of 10 it's at home with their family).

As a result of the holiday, everything is closed throughout the day except for a handful of restaurants who capitalize on the tradition and are able to get their staff to work on the holiday. We spoke to a guy in CVS (a pharmacy chain) who said he was getting time and a half for working the holiday.

We started the day off a little differently and instead of heading to IHOP like we've done each morning previous, we instead went to Denny's. This restaurant has a nice diner feeling to it's atmosphere and has quite a nice menu, though we weren't able to find anything appropriate for breakfast like we were getting at IHOP (we ended up settling on a breakfast sandwich and then cracking it open, feasting on the insides).

After breakfast there really was nothing to do. We headed to Willowbrook Mall which is quite large, only to find everything closed bar Sears and Old Navy. Initially we headed there to find a hairdresser to have my hair cut and perhaps styled, but this wasn't going to happen on Thanksgiving.

We headed to a movie theatre called amc24 and found a few movies playing around the time we rocked up. We ended up seeing Due Date, a hilarious movie that appealed to Dad and I's weird sense of humour. We were again blown away at the size of the food, the large drink definitely held more than a litre of coke and the large popcorn stood taller than Mackenzie! My favourite bits were that they sold nachos (which we sampled, not very appetizing but for the novelty of it) and, my personal absolute favourite, the liquid butter pump at the end of the concession area where you can top off your popcorn with more butter. Sounds disgusting and, in reality, it is. But delicious. Very delicious!

The rest of the day was quite easy-going, we got some lunch/dinner (linner, perhaps?) at a place called Papa's which instantly filled our lungs with the strong aroma of barbecue, a smell not often found in Australia (even in restaurants). This was a real Texan barbecue smell, though the actual taste was not anything to be pleased about. We took this meal to Grandpa's and everybody ate while the football game played on the TV (I chose instead to get some shut-eye).

As the barbecue didn't go down well with us Aussies, we headed off to a place that was closed (I'll keep the name secret until the next blog when I explain it more). I was disappointed since it said it was open but nobody was inside, but we headed to Denny's just down the block and had a light dinner. Mackenzie had a cheese-stuffed nuggets covered in Jack Cheese on a sandwich, and Dad & I shared country-fried steak (it's like deep fried chicken but with steak instead of the chicken).

When we got home, I took some NyQuil due to my runny nose (which I'm hoping isn't the start of a cold but rather just a temporary thing) and booked our hotel in Las Vegas. We got a great deal on a deluxe room at Excalibur and booked some tickets to see David Copperfield at MGM only 3 hours after we land (his last showing). It'll be hectic we land!

I hope the length of this doesn't make it hard to read, I tried to improve my English to make the blog entry flow a little easier, shoot me a Facebook message if it worked or not :)

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