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An Orphans's Guide To Thanksgiving

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Being stranded or alone in Los Angeles can be a bit daunting, and sometimes downright scary. On the other hand, the freeways and streets turn into traffic free islands of Shangri-La that make staying in town worth it. Even if you don't have to go anywhere for anything, just pretend you're running a big errand, and marvel at how little time it will take you to go from Santa Monica to Glendale and back. Try it. We dare you. And if you think the driving is good over Thanksgiving, try it during the holidays in December. You'll be sorry to see folks come back.

But, we digress. Thanksgiving is usually a time spent in the company of family members with people stuffing themselves like crazy, and then lying around in a post-Turkey narcotic state, sometimes basking in the blue glow of the tv, which is always showing a football game, or The Wizard of Oz (isn't that always on at Thanksgiving?). However, there is no need to despair if you're stuck in the Big City, thousands of miles away form Aunt Cordelia and her Jello Salad.