Thanksgiving has passed -- another day home alone for many of us, but I have much for which I give thanks. I enjoyed a delicious traditional turkey dinner delivered a couple days earlier that required my only re-heating the food in my microwave oven. I ordered small quantities of turkey, dressing, gravy, yams with pineapple, various vegetables, cranberries and two pieces of my favorite pumpkin pie.
I intentionally wanted to have leftovers from this nearby family-owned deli. I was glad they had decided to keep their deli open after having to close their long-time independent grocery a few years ago. They always featured quality meat and fresh seasonal locally produced fruits and vegetables but couldn't survive the competition from newly opened Sprouts and Trader Joe's just a few blocks down Route 66 from their city location. Farmer's markets are the sole source of such produce now. Wolfe's deli has thrived and I've occasionally purchased select items there before but only a full dinner once before. I think I will order meals for Christmas, later New Year's Day, some different food items from their varied menu offerings since everything was so tasty.
FaceTime calls with my children and grandchildren interspersed with videos of them preparing food highlighted my day. Other times internet videos of their playing games and crazy antics came across the miles as they enjoyed time together in pleasantly warm outdoor weather. They took care to maintain distance from each other, wore masks. I felt almost as if I was there in person for a long overdue family gathering -- maybe another time after this coronavirus is relegated to history.
Then, to bring me even more pleasure one of my PBS stations aired the most entertaining, exciting, colorful, energy-filled showing of the 1981 Tony award-winning Broadway musical "42nd Street" filmed at London's Drury Theatre. The next day this spectacular tap dancing production aired an encore for me to view once more to my great delight. The show apparently is only available in SoCal streaming on PBS Passport as part of their membership benefits but was aired specially for all this holiday. There are numerous YouTube video excerpts and here are a few for any tap aficionados like me.