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Ever consider taking in a turkey?

Funny the stuff that finds its way into a newspaper’s e-mail ” and we’ve got some industrial-strength spam guards.

Now, I’ve heard of dog and cat rescue organizations, I’ve heard of the folks who take in unwanted pot-bellied pigs. But have you ever considered taking in a turkey?

What could be more timely than taking Tom under your wing a week before Thanksgiving? Here’s the scoop.

Farm Sanctuary, “the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization,” is hosting a “Celebration FOR the Turkeys event” down in Orland on Saturday. It’s part of the organization’s national Adopt-A-Turkey Project, which “gives compassionate citizens a precious chance to honor rather than serve turkeys for Thanksgiving.”

Before you write the event off, it does have a more thoughtful side, which is to think about what we stuff down our, um, gullets, on Thanksgiving (and the other 364 days). Apparently Farm Sanctuary has “saved more than one thousand turkeys from slaughter and encouraged millions of people to rethink their holiday menus…” Just 1,000?

Ever heard of Tofurky? That’s some serious rethinking. Maybe that’s why they’ve saved just 1,000 birds.

The farm folks also “shed light on the plight of the 250 to 300 million turkeys who are raised and slaughtered in the U.S. every year ” 46 million alone for Thanksgiving in 2006.”

Since we’re now playing turkey trivia, here’s one for you. What fleshy, red part of the bird won’t you see on your plate Thursday? It kinda rhymes with gobble (well, not really). And no, the turkey wranglers don’t stuff them in that little sack along with the gizzards, snouts, hooves, hearts and what not.

Meanwhile, according to a survey done by the AAA of Northern California, turns out the busiest auto travel day of the Thanksgiving period is Thursday ” not the Wednesday before or Sunday after. Of the 4.4 million Golden State residents who plan to travel 50 miles or more this Thanksgiving holiday, approximately 2.2 million come to Truckee-Tahoe (OK, it just seems that way). Actually, half of the travelers don’t even stay overnight at wherever they feasted, AAA says. And those who do stay over average about 2.9 nights ” shorter than the 3.5 night average during the rest of the year. So at least there is some good news for us up here.

And if you’re still flummoxed by that fleshy, red part of the bird you won’t be gobbling on Thursday, well, wattle, wattle ya’ll.

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