Email Mixup Gives Aussie His First Thanksgiving

James West gets invite from family he doesn't know
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 27, 2010 5:47 PM CST

An Australian man's excellent American Thanksgiving adventure is just about over. James West flies home tomorrow, having scored an invite to a Florida family's dinner over an email mixup. The Tran family had been mistakenly sending him emails about their holiday meal plans for the last three years. West long ignored them as spam, but this year he took notice, then went on YouTube and made a public plea for an invitation. It worked.

“I couldn’t make this up if I tried,” said Vincent Tran. “This is what Thanksgiving is all about.” The Palm Beach Post has details on the family-reunion-of-sorts, and West is using his Twitter feed for updates. “It doesn’t feel strange at all," he says, "and that’s the strange thing." (Read more Thanksgiving stories.)

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