However, my mother has put me in charge of finding a place for us to eat on Thanksgiving. They're not quite sure when they're getting in, but it will probably be sometime in the late afternoon. I've been perusing ads and trying google searches, but most of what little I found is in the $50/person range.
I was excited today, then, when I saw that Owl Bar was doing a $24.95 buffet, complete with carved turkey, ham, salmon, and all the fixings. I called mom with the news, and she didn't even hesitate: "Too expensive."
Maybe it says something that I always feel broke and I wouldn't bat my eye at a $25 meal on a holiday, and my parents have savings and they say it's too expensive, but I still couldn't believe her.
I said, "Really?"
"Well, it's $14.95 here. We're not going to pay double."
"Mom, have you ever eaten out on Thanksgiving before? It's not going to be that cheap. We're not in southwest Michigan. The restaurants are staying open and people staying away from their families because they can make enough money to justify it."
"It doesn't matter. $100 is too much to spend on a meal of three people."
"I'll buy you guys dinner. It will be fine."
"No, I won't hear of it."
"Then why not just bag Thanksgiving dinner, have frozen pizza at my house, and go out to eat on Friday?"
"That's just not the same."
So we go around and around. Now, the thing is, my parents are good people, and watch their money. But it's not like they're misers. I mean, they have a $15,000 boat, the king of all superfluous spending. But $25/head is still too much to pay for Thanksgiving dinner.
I'm considering just buying them dinner ahead of time at the Owl Bar and lying about the price. I don't think they'll match up that it's the same place that I told them about earlier. "Oh mom! I just found a new place. This one's only $15/person! I've made reservations already."
Another option is going down to DC to my friends John and Danielle's, who have an annual stranded Thanksgiving party. My parents have known Danielle as long as I have (14 years), and my dad and her mom were cops together, and her mom is coming to the dinner all the way from Georgia. But since my folks will be driving all day on Thursday anyway, I don't think they want to get right back in their car and drive some more to DC once they get here.
Any other ideas?
(And I'm not fishing for an invite to your house here. My parents won't hear of going to someone's house they don't know for Thanksgiving. I generally get a number of invites anyway on Thanksgiving, because