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Working off the Turkey and Taters

by Dave Salesky

Posted on November 23, 2007 at 10:23 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:47 PM

Oh how do I love Thanksgiving. Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and pumpkin pie. Two pieces of pie, with whipped cream! Oh how I hate Thanksgiving, the potatoes, gravy and pie equal up to 5000 calories! YIKES! It'll take me days to work that off !

I started working off my Thanksgiving holiday meal bright and early this morning. My routine for burning the calories--an upper body work out. Brisk waving excersices worked best. I even multi-tasked this mornings work out. I did my excercises during the annual Macy's Holiday Parade.

The brisk waving served two purposes. First, it helped burn off some of yesterdays potato and pie calories. Second it helped keep me warm! Unlike recent years this years parade was held under blue skies and bright sunshine. A lot of people along the parade route were also turning blue-- from the cold.

Temperatures were in the low 30s, when you factor in the wind chill it felt like the middle 20s!
Rain or shine it doesn't matter thousands of people still turned out along the 1 1/2 mile route to watch the parade. This year parkas, caps and mittens were the choice of fashion replacing umbrellas.



My perspective for the parade was from the back of a beautiful 1966 Ford Galaxy convertible. I pulled out my cell phone camera and snapped off some pictures. Even though the temperatures were chilly the crowd was warm. I've included a link for a slide show with more pictures.

The holiday parade has been the traditional kick off to the Christmas season here in Portland (yes I say Christmas ) Orginally designed by the Meier and Frank Company to get shoppers into downtown. Macy's now owns Meier and Frank, the parade route has changed but the effect is the same. I can't tell you how many of the people I saw and talked to had been out since 5:00 this morning shopping. Many told me they were using the parade as a final event of day, before going home to get a nap! Shop ship until you drop! Gee,I just hope Sandy, is using her credit card and not mine today!