After the usual protracted negotiations, the family finally agreed to gather at the LovedOne’s brother’s home in Dallas, Texas for the traditional long weekend of gluttony and excess known as Thanksgiving. “Gather” is a bit euphemistic here since my brother-in-law saw it more like the Sack of Rome by the Gauls. Ah, perceptions. But the get-together was great as were the meals. Of course, after gluttony comes the necessary hike of redemption.