For the sixth consecutive year, I covered the start of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on the Upper West Side by the talent trailers, starting my morning with a Starbucks hot chocolate on 82 and Columbus and ending with a photo of Santa before returning to my apartment for video editing.
But for the first time, that trip to-and-from my perch involved more than a walk two avenues over. Sure, the commute time from the Financial District to my old hood affected my alarm clock, but it didn’t stop me from feeling the holiday spirit and enjoying the time-honored tradition of the parade.
The week of Thanksgiving has turned in to one of my favorite times of the year. It starts in Los Angeles, covering the American Music Awards. A trip to In-N-Out Burger and red-eye flight later, I’m back east and for the next two days, my show airs at its normal time. Then Thursday morning, I’m up at 6 am so I can shower, grab a hot chocolate and walk over to the start of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I stay on the parade route until Santa passes me, which is usually about 10 am. Then I head back to my apartment, edit all of the celebrity interviews and videos I recorded from the morning and begin to figure out what the rest of my evening looks like.
Clearly, this week isn’t busy enough, so this year I added a new wrinkle: after the parade, I was going to fly home to Niagara Falls to see my family for Thanksgiving. It would be the first time in nine years that I was eating turkey in Western New York for the holiday.
This wasn’t my idea; my Mom was adamant on me returning home for the holiday. I think part of the reason is because she felt bad that for the first time in three years she and/or the rest of my squad wasn’t trekking to New York for Thanksgiving.
My sister picked me up from Buffalo-Niagara International Airport and drove me home. I spent the rest of the evening (sans a break for turkey) finishing the social media updates and editing necessary for both 95.5 PLJ and our sister station, NASH FM 94.7. A coffee and amaretto or three later and I was done for the night.
On Friday I slept in before running 5 miles through my old neighborhood and linking up with my cousin Anthony for some drinks and leftover antipasto at my house. Then I headed down to Buffalo, where I met some old high school friends at a spot called Buffalo Proper. It’s a dimly-lit cocktail lounge with a full kitchen and pretty fantastic vibe. I would recommend the Tatanka and this, the Smoke Break, served on an ash tray.
The trip home was a quick one, as I flew out Saturday morning because I wanted to catch Syracuse play South Carolina at Barclays Center, a game they would lose. But with friends in town for the weekend, I ended up having a fun Saturday night (slash Sunday morning) out, along with a solid Football Sunday that saw my Bills notch a win.
She’s been on a strict regimen – waking up at the crack of dawn for workouts and following a rigorous diet. But what is Miss USA to do on Thanksgiving, less than a month away from the Miss Universe pageant?
If you’re 20 year-old Cranston, RI native Olivia Culpo – you might end up counting it as a cheat day.
“You have to treat yourself,” Culpo told me in studio on “The Ralphie Show.” “I think on that one day, I’ll treat myself a little, but I have to stay focused. Otherwise, slippery slope!”
The crown-holder doesn’t buy in to the idea that her Miss Universe entourage would keep her in line – not when she comes from a big, New England-based Italian-American family.
“They like to stuff food down your throat,” Culpo joked. “My mom’s always like, ‘Eat your sandwich!’”
Before anyone partakes in the holiday delicacies, the Culpo family will be in New York to watch Olivia appear in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Miss USA then plans to head back up to Rhode Island for the remainder of the day, but soon enough she’ll find herself back in New York. After all, the Miss Universe pageant is in just a few weeks. The competition airs on NBC December 19 from Las Vegas at 8 pm. Fan voting is already live at this link.
“You’d be surprised; for ‘Universe’ there’s such less time to prepare because I have my duties as Miss USA, which are my dedications to philanthropy and other things like that,” Culpo revealed. “And then on top of that, I have to prepare myself for Miss Universe.”
Between the daily itinerary and preparations, it leaves the 20 year-old little personal time. Thankfully for Culpo, she lives in the city that never sleeps.
“I love it here. Nothing ever closes,” she noted. “That’s great for people who don’t sleep like me.”
All kidding aside, Culpo revealed that once her term is finished, she’ll look to continue her college education from Boston University at New York University.
Thanksgiving is one holiday centered around the food. Weight loss expert Daniel Radinsky is the COO of The Sadkhin Complex. He’ll be enjoying the holiday and time with family, while also watching what he eats. Here are some of his tips for a healthier Turkey Day, without turning in to the actual turkey.
– Stay hydrated, drink water and/or tea. – Eat a small meal before dinner so that you are less likely to over-eat during the big meal. – Do your best to stay away from carbs. – Enjoy vegatables with your meal, especially the seasonal crops such as pumpkin. – Go for a nice, long walk after dinner.
Universal Motown/SRP Recording Artist Vita Chambers swung through The RRS to talk about her Thanksgiving Day performance to celebrate 50 years of Motown, as well as her new track, “Young Money”, which is available now on iTunes.