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Happy Thanksgiving – Part 02 Posted by on Nov 18, 2010 in Avançado

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Continuamos com nossa série de entrevistas com meus colegas lá da Transparent Language, em Boston, falando sobre como comemoram o Dia de Ação de Graças, Thanksgiving. Na terça feira, o Christopher O’Donnel nos contou como a festa acontece na casa dele e hoje o entrevistado é o Patrick Paraggio, que cuida do controle de qualidade dos produtos da Transparent Language e nos conta uma trick tradition que eles têm na família dele envolvendo walnuts (castanhas).

Veja o vídeo abaixo e acompanhe com o roteiro. Happy Thanksgiving!

All right, well, what do we typically do for Thanksgiving. We usually have a big feast, with extended family, probably thirty people come over. We do eat turkeys and um, not so much pumpkins except in the pies, but we’ll have, um, a lot of different kinds of squash which are pumpkin family. We do have some traditions for Thanksgiving. We have to play the Turkey Bowl. The Turkey Bowl is our official family American football game so irrespective of the weather we gotta go out and play some American football and also there is a little trick tradition that we have. Walnuts, I don’t see any walnuts here, they’re little round nuts, um, we’ll spend several weeks before Thanksgiving carefully cracking open walnuts so that they stay perfectly even to remove all the nut meat and then put little notes in them and pieces of shell to trick people who will then crack them open on Thanksgiving Day only to find that the nut has been removed somehow from the inside of the walnut and we just glue them back together and put them right back in the nut ball. Usually Thanksgiving is a lot of food but it’s also a lot of fun with family and friends and, um, some games are played around as well.

What’s on in the background, you have television on, you have music on, does it not matter because you got a lot of noise?

Well, there’s a lot of noise, the television will usually be on with nobody watching it. It could be anything from the leftovers of the Macy’s Parade, that’s a big one and in fact sometimes we’ll take a trip down to New York City and catch the parade in the morning but, um, there will be a variety of age ranges of people, there are lot of kids under ten and there are a lot of adults between twenty and forty and then, aunts and uncles and grandparents so probably four generations will be there and, um, it’s a good time for everybody to spend together.

What do you drink?

What do we drink? Well, we drink a lot of things, probably the bigger seller actually is apple cider. Um, there will also be a lot of wine, um, and there will be, um, what’s that stuff there with the nutmeg in it?


Eggnog! There will be ceremonial eggnog but there will be few takers on the eggnog we it’d most be apple cider and wine.

And what’s your favorite thing to eat?

My favorite thing to eat is my grandmother’s potato pie. A potato pie is made by baking a mixture of mashed white potatoes with three different cheeses and pepperoni. And you bake that for about forty-five minutes and it comes out kind of like a Shephard’s Pie but, um, more dense and, um, more flavorful, but that’s just us.

And what would you say is the one element of Thanksgiving that you’ll never see again during the rest of the year?

All right, you know, the one element really that will not be produced any other time of year is the roast turkey. All the rest of it, the family, the friends even occasionally the potato pie will come back again but the roast turkey. The turkey is a very large turkey, it’s usually between twenty-two and twenty-five pounds and um, it cooks for hours and hours and hours and it’s been selected weeks in advance and that is the one piece of the Thanksgiving meal that is not reproduced any other time during the year.

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About the Author: Adir

English / Spanish teacher and translator for over 20 years. I have been blogging since 2007 and I am also a professional singer in my spare time.