1 a) The turkey raising occurred before the excitemnet. b) There's a bit of ellipsis here- How fortunate [he was]...
2) Two miles to- if you are intending to travel there Two miles off- that's out to sea IMO- an island,etc
3) A running joke is a repeated joke, so a TV show where jokes about, say, a person's character or problem are repeated (with variations but a common theme) would have a running joke.
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