LOL at "unauthorized salad." Picturing a scenario like the one under Cheyenne Mountain in "War Games", a lot of beeping and buzzing and alarms going off.
We experienced a major TG etiquette fail, when friends of ours, whom my husband had invited to our meal, never materialized. No call, no text, no show. Figuring in feeding an additional family of five, and allowing for leftovers, (the best part!), I had bought and cooked a 22-lb. turkey. My son and I named it, "Thomas The Tank Engine", and although it is delicious, it is way more turkey than my family of three needs, and I am going to have to spend the next couple days making various turkey-included dishes to freeze, as I despise waste.
No-show friend texted me about eight o'clock TG night, about something unrelated, and I didn't text her back right away, as I had nothing nice to say at that moment. Yesterday, I finally did text her to tell her we'd missed them at dinner. She acted surprised that I hadn't received her husband's text, and told me she would "still take" some turkey and stuffing.
Um, no you won't. You don't eat it at my table when you said you were going to be there, you don't get any. (I didn't tell her this, of course, just beandipped around the issue.)
All in all, it was sort of the worst TG I ever had. My husband worked all day on site, and my son was deeply immersed in "Sky Rim" all day long, so pretty lonely and frustrating. On the positive side, my dinner came out wonderfully, and we have many blessings to count. Next year's will be better.