Thanksgiving is always my favorite holiday. No rampant commercialism or bubbling patriotism, just food and family. This marks my first Thanksgiving as a vegetarian. I was having a bit of a veggie existential crisis over whether I would make a Thanksgiving exception and eat the bird or opt for faux turkey. I ultimately decided that I would remain meat-free and got some strange faux turkey log. Given that last year I was in Sumatra eating steak and durian for turkey day, I am used to going without the traditional bird. In any case, Happy Thanksgiving to all. I will close out this entry with a great story about Butterballs in Baghdad.