This is an obvious choice…. Thanksgiving day dinner of course! I got to the dining hall at 4:30pm just to get ready for this extravagant event. The dining hall goes all out for this dinner. From Charlie Brown thanksgiving videos playing on televisions to a giant inflated turkey to food galore.
On the menu is typical thanksgiving day food - stuffing, turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, everything else you could ever imagine. And then you get to dessert….. Pies on pies on pies. Some people even try to steal a whole pie because they’re concerned they’ll be all gone before they’re done eating their meal.
This dinner is so anticipated you can be sure the lines will stretch further than any other day of the year. It’s just a thing. And you deal with it because who doesn’t want thanksgiving dinner.
My typical thanksgiving dinner schedule (at the dhall):
4:29-4:30 walk to the dining hall, yes my dorm building is THAT close.
4:30 walk up with friends so that we can be sure to get a big table sitting together. On such a busy day there’s no guarantee you’ll find a big enough table where you want to sit unless you get there early enough
4:40 get food. Even this early the lines are still crazy long. I recommend grabbing a slice of corn bread and nomming on it while you stand in line.
5:00 sit down and go to town. Just eat your heart out!
5:30 attempt to find dessert. This is a struggle, but I got lucky this year. I got a slice of pumpkin AND apple pie. Call me greedy, but it’s worth it.
6:00 leave the lines in the dust. Retreat to room before riot breaks out over the last slice of pumpkin pie (not really but kinda).
6:15 sleep… Like for a long long time. They really should just cancel classes for the following day.
DO eat pizza every once in a while just to avoid the lines
DON’T limit yourself to only the right side of the d-hall
DO sit on the main floor
DON’T sit up against that wall
DO put every imaginable topping on the salads
DON’T take a tray – just don’t do it
DO eat with different friends for different meals
DON’T avoid the ice cream
DO wake up for breakfast – I promise it will start your day off in the best possible way… with bacon
DON’T go to breakfast after 9:30. You will be severely disappointed
DO get an omelet, but be prepared to wait 20 minutes for it
DON’T just ask for mayo at the sandwich line – ask for light mayo unless you want your sandwich flooded with goopy fat that is mayo.
DO mix different kinds of drinks together. Who knew that orange, cranberry, and grape juice tasted so good together?
DON’T feel that you need justification to eat ice cream. As I said before just don’t avoid it… enjoy it.
DO eat your veggies
DON’T keep your plate one color
DO fist pump with AJ, the nice guy who refills the napkin holders
DON’T leave hungry.