Nov 232023

Now tell me that’s not a great Thanksgiving meal! But that’s not what I’m talking about. Yesterday, Terry and I had our regular three-month checkups at Pickens County Primary Care in Reform, which is about 13 miles east of us.

It always surprises the medical people that a fat old guy like me has such good blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Then again, they always cover their faces to protect themselves from shrapnel when I step on the scale. I guess all things even out, don’t they?

We both had good reports and don’t seem to have anything to worry about health wise except the normal aches and pains of getting old. While we were there, we both got the latest COVID booster and flu shots. The only effects either of us noticed was a bit of tenderness in our shoulders where we got the shots. Our appointments were scheduled for 1:00 and 1:30, but we always go in together and they work us up at the same time, and we had exams and labs done and were out the door by 2:30.

Terry loves good Mexican food, and several people have recommended a place called Barrigas Grill in Reform. Since we had not had breakfast we decided to stop there and check it out. I went with a shrimp chimichanga and Terry had a combo plate with a little bit of everything. I wouldn’t say it was bad food, but we also agreed that it didn’t hold a candle to Pastor’s Kitchen in Northport.

Speaking of food, several readers have asked me what we are doing for Thanksgiving. Nothing, really. Our son Travis and his wife are vegans, and neither Terry nor I are really into the holiday, so we are staying home and she is making her delicious fried chicken. It’s kind of like a turkey, only smaller. Whatever you’re doing for Thanksgiving, I hope you’re with people you love, even if it’s only the one person you love.

It’s that time of year, but before you go Black Friday shopping, read my book Black Friday and find out how one man’s search for bargains on the busiest shopping day of the year changed his life forever.

It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an RV camping journal donated by Barbara House. Barbara makes several variations of these, and they all have pages where you can list the date, weather, where you traveled to and from that day, beginning and ending mileage, campground information including amenities at RV sites, a place for campground reviews, room to record activities, people met along the way, reminders of places to see and things to do the next time you’re in the area, and a page for notes for each day.

To enter, click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening. Note: Due to the high shipping cost of printed books and Amazon restrictions on e-books to foreign countries, only entries with US addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed. After 90 days, unclaimed prizes revert back to the drawing pool for a future contest.

And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.

Thought For The Day – Be sure to talk about politics and religion at Thanksgiving dinner. You’ll save a ton of money on Christmas shopping. Follow me for more helpful hints.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

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