The first time my #4 daughter and I saw Tim Curry, he was presiding over a dinner table of uneasy guests in a mysterious mansion on a dark and stormy night.
For her, it was CLUE: THE MOVIE. For me, ~mumblety mumblety~ years earlier, it was THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW.
Yes, there's nothing like a specially prepared meal to bring people with little else in common together, whether it's a delicacy from China or plain old meatloaf.
The time of large family gatherings approaches, as we (in the northern hemisphere) defy and survive the darkness of winter by coming together and celebrating.
Some get-togethers turn out to be more tense than a battle with dire-wolves and mastodons, but just remember CLUE: THE MOVIE and THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW. No matter how tense things get, at least you aren't any of those people.
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