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Due to circumstances entirely within my control, I ate Thanks- giving dinner alone this year. Or, more accurately, alone but within close proximity to a hundred-or-so strangers at Golden Corral #575 in North Raleigh. Having spent most of the morning addressing Christmas cards-- "Hello cards!"-- I arrived at what I *thought* was an early 11:30 and discovered a line. No prob- lem. I wasn't going anywhere. And, I had a newspaper. *And*, I had my notepad, brought to jot the full breadth of this very special, all-you-can-stuff-your-face-with holiday feast. So, for those who missed it, here's what $9.82 (tax and Diet Coke included) bought on the day before Shopping Day: ** Denotes Item Eaten Salad Bar ========= o lettuce o spinach leaves o cheery tomatoes (they sure *looked* happy!) o green peppers o onions o cucumbers o carrots o beanie baby sprouts o mushrooms o cauliflower o Albert Broccoli o pepperoni o egg (didn't get any on my face) o pink meat, sliced o more-white-than-pink meat, sliced o pickles o cheese-of-some-sort o black olives o pickles again, but sliced differently o green olives o eight kinds of dressing, from white- to salmon-colored o croutons o crackers (three types) Caesar Salad Bar ================ (Complete with wrinkly woman sitting next to it, smoking *and* hacking...) o Romaine Calm lettuce (sprinkled with cheese) o hot peppers o yucky tuna-or-chicken-salad-looking substance o four other cold salads (potato, pasta, etc.) o lemon wedges o tar-tar sauce o mystery sauce, presumably seafood-going Fruit Bar ========= o diced green melon o diced orange melon o whole red grapes o whole pineapple chunks o sliced peaches o sliced pears (or, at least... pear apparent) o cottage cheese Entree Line =========== o fried chicken ** o small round fried things o whole, canned-looking corn o "awesome" pot roast (their words) o brown gravy o stuffing o mashed potatoes ** o sweet potatoes (marshy, but mellow) o macaroni and cheese o black-eyed peas o green beans o squash (not the game) o cooked carrots o stewed apples, though I wouldn't say that to their face o roast turkey sliced-to-order ** o roast ham sliced-to-order Bakery ====== o blueberry muffins o fruit bread-of-some-sort, glazed o yeast rolls ** o brownies o brownie-sized non-brownies o chocolate-chip cookies ** o raisin-containing cookies (bleech) o pizza-with-meat Dessert Bar =========== o pie, either sweet potato or pumpkin (couldn't tell) o apple spice cake o chocolate-frosted yellow cake o two types of puddings o four kinds of messy pan desserts containing cake o frozen yogurt, with the following toppings: - gummy bears - hot chocolate - yogurt-covered small round things - chocolate-covered small round things - chopped peanuts - imitation M & M's - orange gum drops (untouched) - more chocolate-covered small round things - whipped cream - pulverized strawberries Hot Bar ======= o soups times two (Cape Cod Clam Chowder, no doubt imported fresh that morning, and Timberline Chili) o baked potatoes with six toppings: sour cream, cheddar cheese, butter, bacon bits, onions, and something red 'n' runny. Salsa? No thanks, but I wouldn't mind a Mambo! Copyright 1999 Michael J. Legeros
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