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HOUSTON What Thanksgiving is complete without a pie for dessert? The line was out the door and down the block Tuesday at the Flying Saucer Pie Co. in northwest Houston as people braved the cold, wet weather to get their hands on some of their favorite pies.

The workers couldn t take orders fast enough as faithful pie lovers awaited the tasty treats to add to their Thanksgiving feasts. An overnight crew worked from 6:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. just trying to keep up, and when the doors opened at 7 a.m., customers were waiting patiently.

Jeff Qualls spent $1200 buying 90 pies.

Our principal is buying them for our school so all of the teachers are going to get one for Thanksgiving, so he is buying them for us; him and the PTO, the Burbank Elementary School teacher said.

For others, it is simply tradition.

I have to have, at least during the holidays, have at least one Flying Saucer Pie, or two or three, said Michah Germany.

We ve been doing this since we were little. My dad and my mom used to come here all the time and now I m bringing my kids, said Joann Solis. Her son, however, needed a little more convincing.

I regret it, too. This is my first time doing it, I volunteered and now I m freezing, Daniel Solis said.

He is only one of a few that complained in the line that seemed to keep growing by the hour. Employees expect that many will happily camp out at the business after closing to get their hot, fresh pies before Thanksgiving. The camping out and the long lines have become just as much of a tradition as the pies.

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