The Turhawcon

bachI saw a comment online that said Thanksgiving must not that great of a holiday since nobody wrote a song about it yet, but haven’t we?

I’ve had the remix to Shirley Caesar’s “U Name it” on repeat since 2016!

For those who are lost, the following 1-minute video may change your life.  Enjoy!

I suppose Adam Sandler’s “The Turkey Song” from SNL was technically first back in the day, but this one is current and catchier. 

I’ll also play this song on an endless loop all the way to my parent’s house for Christmas next month too!

Oh yeah, and that’s not the only music video featured in this post so stay tuned!

pantsAnyway, welcome back to #DoubleFML FatDarrellPalooza!

So, what’s a “Turhawcon” you ask?  It sounds like a city back in Jersey but no, that’s what I’m naming the combination of a turkey a hawk and a falcon since we’ll be discussing all 3 of these birds today! 

I almost included a fourth bird since I came dangerously close to trying KFC’s new chicken and waffles, but aside from running out of time, the reviews for this product have been pretty awful so far! 

I may still try it out of curiosity, but in a week filled with home cooked meals and gluttonous buffets, do we really need a fast food taste test this post?  I think not.

#DoubleFML8What are you all doing for Thanksgiving anyway?

I’m scheduled to work on Wednesday and Friday so that won’t leave enough time to visit my parents in South Carolina or my brother in Virginia

We’ll see what I end up doing this year.  Between the parade and 3 football games though, even if I end up alone with a turkey sandwich, that still sounds like a great day to me!  

tenorOh yeah, speaking of turkey, one of my co-workers warned me about a massive and deadly turkey salmonella outbreak.  I just Googled it and she’s right, the USDA has recalled a ton of raw turkey products. 


I won’t repost the entire article here, but I encourage you to do your research and use proper cooking techniques to lower your potential risk.

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Wow, scary stuff!  Sad news just a few days before Thanksgiving…well, unless of course you’re a turkey.  Then I’d imagine this is an incredible turn of events! 

I’m sure ham sales are through the roof now. 

If you go with an alternative Thanksgiving main course this year, share what you came up with in the comments below!  Thanksgiving tacos for everyone?!

Actually, speaking of “proper cooking techniques” – here are a friendly reminders:

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#facts to both of those!

I may have already told this story, but that pot luck meme reminded me of an office party we held at the gym I worked for a few years ago.

We had a pot luck lunch that I was so excited for since everything smelled incredible!

I ran to the bathroom to wash my hands before it was time to eat and when I walked in, it smelled like someone died in there!  The sounds coming out of stall 2 were louder than a fireworks display on the Fourth of July

washAs I was rinsing my hands, the toilet finally flushed, and the stall door opened.  Out walked the guy who made most of the featured dishes!  He stopped at the sink only to look in the mirror as he ran his fingers through his hair a few times.  He then covered his nose with his palm to sneeze before grabbing the filthy door handle with his bare hands to walk out!  Umm….really?

Needless to say, I didn’t touch any of his food that day!  I also never shook his hand again!  It was fist bumps from that moment forward! 

I don’t trust everyone’s cooking anyway, but once I saw him exit that stall with the cheap 1-ply toilet paper without washing his filthy digits, that was a wrap for me!  I ended up buying my lunch from the cafeteria instead.  Everyone else seemed to enjoy it though so I didn’t bother telling them that his secret mystery ingredients were farticles and airborne pathogens.  Mmm…Bon Appetit. 

#DoubleFML 12I suppose one good thing about working Friday is that I won’t be as tempted to join the Black Friday madness.  I haven’t gone in years, but I used to love the adrenaline rush!  I once ran a full sprint across Target to buy a digital camera for my mom! 

Ever since Cyber Monday became a bigger deal though, my days of camping outside of Best Buy are most likely over. 

I’d consider going with someone just for the spectacle but Amazon.com is literally my favorite store.  Great prices, huge inventory and I don’t have to fear being trampled for a half price blender.  What more could you ask for? 

So, in the “Buffering…Level Up” post, I announced that I’m now also working for Mercedes Benz Stadium as a live events associate here in Atlanta.  Well, I finally worked my first event on Sunday as The Atlanta Falcons took on the Dallas Cowboys!

Although the game started at 1pm, my day started at 5:30am!  Forcing myself to go to bed before 10pm on Saturday night was difficult to say the least! 

Once I was there, I received my ID and field pass, a Falcons t-shirt and this official looking walking talkie. 

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I was also provided with a Mercedes Benz stadium hat and polo. 

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I don’t have a ton of photos since I was busy most of the time.  It was also my first event so I didn’t want to have my phone out much, but here are a few pictures that I managed to take!

One picture that I’ll definitely have to capture next time is our employee locker room!  When they said lockers would be provided, I was thinking they’d set us up with dingy metal lockers like the ones in my old high school gym.  I was way off with that assumption though because our lockers were the exact same ones the players use!  Each one even had a Falcon’s branded logo chair and a name plate for each employee!

They also provided us with a fully catered lunch buffet, so you know I loved that too!

Although the home team lost, it was still a great day! 

tenorHmm, that loss may have been my fault though since I may have brought my sports team bad luck with me!

As some of you may know, I’m also a long-suffering Rutgers University and San Francisco 49ers fan.  My Lakers and Yankees haven’t done so well recently either.  It’s like every team I root for is cursed!

Well, now that I’ve added The Falcons and The Hawks to the list of teams I support, they too might be doomed! 

Ruh-Roh indeed.

Speaking of The Hawks, as many of you know, I’m a member of The Flight Crew Experience Team who energizes the crowd at games and events.

Fat Darrell READY
I’ll make this available for downloads and streams soon but for now, check out the lyric video!

Well I’ve taken things a step further by writing and recording an original hype song for the team that I’m about to share with you in a moment!

See?  I told you there was a second music video coming.  Okay, well it’s lyric video to be exact, so you’ll be able to follow along.  An official video may be coming soon though!  It’s early in the process (I just recorded this last week) but team officials who’ve heard it so far have been impressed so we’ll see what happens.

Even if you’re not a Hawks or a basketball fan, I’m sure you’ll still love the song.  It’s pretty catchy if I do say so myself.   

Anyway, without further ado, I present the world premiere of my new song “READY.” 

Check it out…

Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments below or on YouTube!  Oh, and bonus points for anyone who remembers which post that pizza hoodie first appeared in!


We’ve reached that time of year where many fitness goals come to a screeching halt, but it doesn’t have to be that way.  I definitely encourage you to enjoy Thanksgiving with your family, but make sure to get back on the wagon the next day! 

If you’re hosting, send all the fatty sides and desserts home with your guests so you’re not tempted by them anymore.  Salmonella scare aside, turkey is extremely healthy so keep plenty of that and healthier sides for your leftovers but the cakes and pies have to go!  Out of sight, out of mind, right?

giphyKeep a photo of your dream body or outfit handy so you can focus on that instead!

If you’re near Alexandria, VA you can also save a ton of calories by inviting my brother over.  He’s somehow managed to get both drumsticks and the first slice of pie at every Thanksgiving dinner we’ve ever had together!  I’ll see if he’s available to travel…

Do you have a fitness question, goal or accomplishment you’d like to share?  Tell us in the comments below!

Today’s Soundtrack

tenorREADY – Fat Darrell

U Name it (Remix) – Shirley Caesar

The Hand that Feeds – Nine Inch Nails

Rise Up – Andra Day

Oops! …I did it again – Britney Spears

Mia – Bad Bunny ft. Drake

Do you have another song that fits today’s themes or that’s just so great we should check it out anyway?  Tell us in the comments below!

Before we go, let’s check out the next batch of “foodie holidays” that occur between this and next post!


Hmm, I suppose the cranberry relish kind of makes sense for Thanksgiving but where is turkey and stuffing?  I’m so confused.

The espresso can also help you fight angry mobs at Walmart on Black Friday I suppose so that one makes more sense. 

breathNational Sardines Day though?  I hope I don’t run into any close talkers that day! 

As for the rest of my week, I’ll be working The Atlanta Hawks games on Wednesday and Friday.  Sunday I’ll be working at Mercedes Benz Arena as Atlanta United faces The New York Red Bulls in the Major League Soccer semi-finals so that atmosphere should be crazy!  I was a guest of The Red Bulls for a game several years ago so it’ll be bittersweet rooting against them but Go United! 

I hope you all have an incredible time with family and friends this week!  Make sure to post photos of those delicious plates on our Facebook foodie group, Phenomnomnomenal!  Click here to join now!

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commentBefore you go, Thanks for Giving me a comment below!😉

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Okay folks, that’s a wrap!  Thanks again for dropping by and to my fellow foodies, this is what we’ve been waiting for all year so enjoy those loaded mashed potatoes!

Until next time my friends, May the Fork be With You…


“Please don’t disturb my peace if you’re at war with yourself…”

22 thoughts on “The Turhawcon

  1. Turhawcon? How original!! Leave it to you to create this term. lol Your story about the nasty cook in the bathroom really made me stop and think… Sometimes we do not know the story behind what we are eating!!! Glad you did not spoil it for others; however, if I was there, I would have wanted you to tell me about him not washing his hands. Have a nice Thanksgiving!

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  2. I enjoyed Shirley Ceasar’s video and of course your Ready lyric video is AWESOME!!! Good job!!!. I am sharing it with others. That CUTE little girl is really enjoying herself while “getting her eat on! LOL She looks like she is related to you.

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    1. Ha, now that I think about it, that little girl DOES kind of look like she could be related….especially if she eats like that! Thanks for the feedback on the video! I’m glad you enjoyed it. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


  3. This is a great post leading into Thanksgiving!!! Fitness tip is right on time for us “food lovers.” Love your Mercedes Benz and Atlanta Falcons wear. They really hooked you up!!! First class org… “Hooray, for locker and all!! Yeah, like you said, what happened to National Turkey Day? I am cooking one right now. I have to tell my brother about National Sardine Day! He really loves that stuff, “yuck.”


    1. I’ve actually never tried sardines, I’ll have to give them a shot before making a final decision but off the top of my head I agree, yuck! Yes, be careful with that turkey. Romaine lettuce is also contaminated too now. Despite all of that, have a wonderful time with your family and Happy Thanksgiving!


  4. Oh No…turkey salmonella outbreak at this time of year! That’s not right!!! What are we going to do? We all have to follow your advice and just be careful. I have watched your Ready lyric video a number of times and I sing along with you!!! LOL . I think it is “the bomb.” Best wishes in your efforts with this one. I enjoyed your stadium pics and all of the humorous memes. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Yeah, that’s awful timing with the salmonella. Hopefully people cook it properly and don’t get sick. I’m glad you enjoyed the video! Thank you for the feedback! Have a great Thanksgiving!


  5. There have been so many recalls lately it’s ridiculous. Lettuce, ground beef, ground turkey….I opted for Ham and a crockpot full of sausage, peppers and onions. Mashed garlic potatoes, carrots, greens, green bean casserole, biscuits and tons of desserts. I absolutely loved your video, it’s very catchy and I think it will be a hit!!! Oh and MY DAUGHTER TEXTED ME TO ASK ME HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO MICROWAVE A 25 lb TURKEY!!! 😂😂😂First I told her it wouldn’t fit and then of course, I googled it! LoL!!!!

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    1. Your menu sounds delicious! Much safer than navigating the recalls too! I’m hungry after reading that lol. That’s funny your daughter tried to pull a fast one on you. I saw an article that actually said microwaving a turkey is possible though! I may have to try it for scientific purposes lol. And thank you about the song, I’m glad you like it! Thanks for commenting!


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