I spent Thanksgiving this year at my parents house, as usual. It was a nice day and a good meal. Thankfully, the oven worked perfectly this year. Last year it broke down in the middle of cooking the turkey. This time the turkey came out perfectly. One interesting difference this year though...
This year I did part of the cooking. God help us, Rick is cooking now! :) I told the parents that I would be providing the mashed potatoes. These would be fully organic potatoes and organic butter. About the healthiest damn mashed potatoes you can get. Of course seeing as how I've never made mashed potatoes before, I was paranoid about screwing them up. I managed to make them fine on the first attempt (10 pounds worth!) Why did I buy ten pounds of potatoes for 4 people? I didn't. I had originally planned to cook them for the company Thanksgiving party, (much more than 4 people) but someone else beat me to it, so had them left over. I brought them and they went over well. Of course I had A LOT of leftovers considering how much I made.
I also helped the bro with a problem with his iTunes. He was complaining that he couldn't play any music in the music library and that he didn't see any songs listed when he plugged in the iPod. I checked various things and couldn't figure out what the problem was, so I had him uninstall and reinstall iTunes. That didn't help. Same problems. Finally I figured out that his iTunes library was pointing to the wrong place. That's why it wouldn't play the songs from his library... It couldn't find them! So I had him empty the library and readd the files. That fixed the library problem. The problem with not seeing the music when he connected the iPod was a stupid problem that I should have known earlier. It was a simple GUI error. The new version of iTunes organizes things differently than it used to. Now, when you connect the iPod, it shows the iPod in the 'Sources' list on the left, but it shows it in a kind of tree structure. Apparently the iPod was coming up with the iPod 'tree' collapsed and that's why it wasn't showing the songs. All you had to do was click the little triangle to the left of the iPod's name, and it shows all the songs. Simple solution that I should have noticed earlier! You could argue that this was a poor design decision by Apple since it used the Macintosh style of tree controls (triangles instead of plus/minus signs) on a PC, but I should still have know this!
After the usual after dinner lying on the couch trying not to fall asleep and watching some football, I left. All in all a nice Thanksgiving.