As Thanksgiving dinner preparations start in earnest around me, I have given up on the idea I had for writing today. Our preparations have a Caribbean feel, and the turkey is being seasoned with a lot of salt, black pepper, garlic, and goat pepper (habenaro family). Macaroni cheese has been set in dishes. Grandma is in charge of the kitchen. Long live Grandma! My eyes are stinging because of the aromas and I should really move to some other place than the kitchen to work, but it’s my usual place. I can also see better as stuffing is about to be prepared. Flowers have been set in vases. Things are taking shape. Grandma says, “That’s it for me. Rice gets done tomorrow.”
But, my mind suddenly moved to the bizarre. Maybe, it’s a delayed effect from listening to NPR and its very serious discussions led by Diane Rehm. Isn’t it about time that a game show (or shows) was made that worked on the Thanksgiving theme? Not the silliness that comes from people dressing up as turkeys. It may take the Japanese or Germans to see the craziness of this so-American tradition and develop the ideas to their full potential. But, imagine. You see easily the options, and for sure, most families would feel that this was not for celebrities alone, but every ordinary Joe or Joanna could have a fair go. If you want to add the nowobligatory celebrity offerings, power to you.
Brett Farve gets to throw a stuffed turkey to Shaq to try to make a touch down? He’s retiring (not shy) so he may be the right kind of personage. What does he have to lose now?
But, for the plain folk, plain, old, traditions, with a twist. Imagine the makings of stuffing in front of contestants and let them get to work to prepare it then fill the bird as fast as they can–but blindfolded. Or, mashed sweet potatoes and cinnamon are laid in front of a male-female couple, and they have to dress these in a dish with marshmallows–but strapped face-to-face to each other. We know that men and women often work in opposite directions, so this should be a good task to see how well they could (not) see eye to eye.
I’m going to leave it there, so that any budding entertainment executives can get to work on the idea.