How to Deflect Annoying Questions at the Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Turkey, mashed potatoes, and unavoidable, annoying, intrusive questions from our relatives are only weeks away! We already know our families ask the same questions every year at the Thanksgiving table (let’s have a little conversational creativity, people!). But this year? We’ve got the answers. Prepare yours in advance!

1. So do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend yet?

Once again, I’m single. Very single. But the other day when I went to Starbucks the barista asked me for my name, so that’s promising.


2. How is school going?

Well, I have about four mental breakdowns a day. Coffee is pretty much keeping me alive. I have $6.27 in my bank account. I get about three hours of sleep every night and I just failed a midterm. But other than that, I’m doing well.  


3. Have you decided on a major?

I actually just declared! I’m specializing in the social interactions of homo sapiens with an emphasis on alcohol consumption.

4. What do you plan to do after graduation?

I really wish I could tell you but I don’t even know which pie I’m going to eat first tonight.


5. So you really don’t eat meat anymore?

I already explained 20 times that I’ve been a vegan since last year. Yes, I am still getting protein Grandma. Aren’t you glad I’m not telling you how that turkey died?


6. How do you like living with roommates?

Oh I absolutely love not having any privacy at all. On the days where I’m able to sleep in, my roommate sets about seven alarms and lets them all go off on full blast.


7. What do you do in your spare time while you’re at school?

The only spare time I have is to procrastinate, so typically I spend it stressing about everything I have to do, everything I’m not doing, or texting people making sure they haven’t started either.


8. Are you working out?

When I snooze my alarm five times I usually have to speed walk to class, so I think that counts. And I thought about going to the gym the other day. These things all start with intention.


9 Things You Never Knew About Disneyland

Many Chapman students love spending time at “the happiest place on Earth,” with some even considering themselves experts on all things Disney. Test your Disney knowledge with these nine lesser-known facts that you can whip out during your next trivia night.

1. The Bench That Started it All

Do you ever wonder where it all started? The bench that Walt Disney sat on when he came up with the ambitious idea of Disneyland is still in the park today. The bench from Griffith Park is on display in the Opera House lobby. 

2. The Haunted Mansion’s Fallen Bust

Photo courtesy of HarshLight on Flickr

If you’ve ever been on the Haunted Mansion ride you’ll probably recognize these singing busts. The face projected on the fallen bust is Thurl Ravenscroft, the famous voice of Tony the Tiger. Although it may not be obvious, next time you ride The Haunted Mansion look closely for the singing busts because “They’re Gr-r-reat!”

3. Flight Restriction

One thing you won’t see at Disneyland is airplanes, as the park received a flight restriction in 2003. No aircrafts are allowed to fly below 3,000 feet or within three miles of the theme park. 

4. The Everlasting Light In Walt’s Apartment

One of the first things people see as they walk into Disneyland is the fire station. The apartment above the fire station was built when Walt realized he needed a place to stay while working in the park. If you look closely, you’ll see a lamp peeking out of the window. The lamp is always shining to represent the ever-present spirit of Walt Disney. 

5. Tomorrowland Plants

Disneyland is known for their delicious and overpriced food, but Disney’s menu goes a bit further than advertised. If you’re looking for a cheaper option than a $4 churro, all of the plants in the futuristic world of Tomorrowland are edible.  

6. The Time Capsule

There are two time capsules within the Disney parks that serve as a reminder of Disney’s humble beginnings and the hopes for the future. One time capsule is buried in front of the famous Sleeping Beauty castle, and the other in California Adventure on Buena Vista Street at the entrance of the park. 

7. The Lilly Belle Car

An iconic part of Disneyland’s railroad is the car named after Walt Disney’s wife, Lillian Disney, the “Lilly Belle.” It’s hard to catch a ride on the Lily Belle because it is only available to the public for one ride each day. 

8. A Winnie the Pooh Secret

The Winnie the Pooh ride was built where the Country Bear Jamboree once was. Fortunately, three characters from the Jamboree are still keeping their history alive. You can spot them if you turn around in your cart right before you enter the Hunny Heaven room on the ride.

9. The Little Man of Disneyland

Photos by Julianna Franco unless otherwise noted.

Although many trees are in Adventureland, the tree in front of the Indiana Jones ride entrance is special. If you look closely this tree is the home of Patrick Begorra, The Little Man of Disneyland. Patrick is a leprechaun from the Disney Little Golden Book “The Man of Disneyland”.