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Our International Conversation cafe this week included participants from India, Nepal, China, and the United States (represented by me).  Among the things we talked about were:

Thanksgiving ~  What does the holiday mean in the United States?  And how do people celebrate?  Learn more here: http://www.history.com/topics/thanksgiving-facts

Turkeys ~ There are many ways to approach roasting a turkey. If you buy a frozen one, though, don’t forget to put it in the refrigerator several days before you want to cook it.  This website walks you through thawing and roasting a turkey: http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-cook-a-turkey-the-simplest-easiest-method-160905

The Macy’s Day Parade ~ You can watch this parade on television (NBC) on Thanksgiving morning at 9 am Eastern time: http://www.nbc.com/macys-thanksgiving-day-parade/.  One reporter reflects on the parade here (note that in the second paragraph, “jams” means “pajamas”):  http://www.courant.com/travel/hc-shopping-around-macys-thanksgiving-day-parade-20131117,0,6321186.story   Macy’s website for the parade: http://social.macys.com/parade/?cm_mmc=VanityUrl-_-parade-_-n-_-n

Black Friday ~ This is the crazy sales day that used to start early in the morning the day after Thanksgiving.  Each year, stores seem to compete to open the earliest.  Various websites tell you about the sales.  Here is one: http://blackfriday.com/

Cyber Monday ~ Monday after Thanksgiving is a big day for online sales and here’s a site that shares some information on those: http://www.cybermonday.com/

An invention to help mothers and their babies ~ Our current events stories today included the new Harris Teeter grocery store that just opened near Duke’s east campus and a car mechanic’s invention to help with difficult births.  Perhaps the moral of this story is to pay attention to the wild ideas you have in your dreams?  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/14/health/new-tool-to-ease-difficult-births-a-plastic-bag.html?_r=0

Our conversation group continues its adventures for the semester on Thursdays, November 21 and December 5.  We meet in the Bryan Center (main floor) in the Griffith Meeting Room (formerly Meeting Room B) from 12:30 to 1:30.  All members of the Duke community, including students, staff, faculty, visiting scholars/researchers, and spouses are welcome to join us.

Enjoy the season,

Rene Caputo
Duke University ESL Specialist


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We had a gracious plenty of 15 participants today (not counting Beth and me).  And we wish you a gracious plenty of good things ~ and people, of course, during the coming week.

Here’s some advice about thawing and cooking a turkey. http://www.butterball.com/en/index.jsp If you’re thinking of buying a frozen turkey, remember to do that several days ahead so it will have time to thaw in the refrigerator.  Fresh (non-frozen) turkeys are also available in many stores.

Don’t forget to get and use the little grocery store customer cards to save money. As we mentioned during our money matters discussion, many stores (supermarkets, pharmacies, office supply stores ~ and even Sears department store) in the U.S. have these cards today. Ask for one at the customer service desk.  At Harris Teeter, this is called the VIC card (and if you get that, also sign up here for the “e-VIC,” because you’ll save even more money on certain items each week: http://www.harristeeter.com/promotions/vic_programs/vic_programs.aspx).

Back to traditional Thanksgiving foods.  If you want to make cranberry sauce with fresh cranberries, it’s very easy.  If you do not like things to be very sweet, though, start with one half to two-thirds of a cup of sugar (rather than this recipe’s recommended one cup) and add a little more later if you want to. But don’t burn your tongue tasting the sauce when it’s hot.  http://www.oceanspray.com/recipes/Homemade_Whole_Berry_Cranberry_Sauce.aspx?id=2089&nid=6
Fresh cranberries are not available all year round, so take advantage of their availability if you’re a fan.

Here’s a link to information about the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which one of our group’s members plans to attend up in New York City ~ http://social.macys.com/parade2010/#/home.  It’s the 84th annual parade and many Americans will watch part of it on Thanksgiving morning. Others will watch football (American style) as well.  Here are links to information on college games: http://www.cbssports.com/cbssports/story/9834235 and professional games: http://www.nfl.com/thanksgiving . There are additional games, so check your local tv listings, the newspaper, and ESPN for those.

If you want to brave the shopping lines on Black Friday ~ the day after Thanksgiving, when businesses hope to earn a lot of profit, staying firmly “in the black” ~ you can see ads on t.v. and in the local newspapers, but also all over the internet.  Here are two websites that have details on the sales. On this first site, scroll down and read “Brad’s Top 10 Tips” on the left:  http://www.blackfriday2010.com/. Also check out  http://www.black-friday.net/. Remember that many stores have online sales as well.

If you’re going to an early morning sale, watch out for deer on the way (look for their eyes shining in the dark).  And for any of the Friday sales, stay alert in the parking lot as well as if you are in a large crowd.

Our International Conversation Cafe will be back on Thursday, December 2 in Meeting Room B (Bryan Center), 12:30 to 1:30.  Until then, post a note to tell us about your Thanksgiving and Black Friday cultural adventures ~ or to ask a question about such things.

Wishing you a positive Thanksgiving holiday and two weeks,

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