Well, I spatch-cocked the bird last night. I didn't have any good, heavy knives or shears that I was willing to sacrifice on bone. So I did the only thing a reasonable man would do, I went and got my hatchet.
I used my Gerber Back Paxe (8" hatchet) to chop back-bone out. Or course I washed the hatchet really well before and after using it. It did a remarkable job of cutting bone and partially frozen turkey (I figure Sunday night to Wednesday night would be long enough for it to thaw out but I guess it wasn't).
Anyways, got it laid out and rubbed down with a poultry rub I got from here. I was planning to smoke it after work today/through the night, but I don't think that's going to happen because it's raining here and it doesn't look like it's going to quit soon. Although I'm seriously considering doing it on my front porch out of the rain.
Tomorrow is my day off, and unless AT&T got my internet self-install package to me today I won't have any internet all weekend. Comcast recently upped the rate on my internet and their customer loyalty department didn't seem to be cooperative. All they were willing to offer me was their economy internet at the standard price, which was still $10/month more than my AT&T will be for their high-end internet package. Plus AT&T is giving me a free modem and $100 for switching from a competitor. Can't beat that. And Comcast CS SUCKS; AT&T really made me feel "loved" on the phone.
Wish me luck. If all goes well I'll update as things progress; otherwise I'll just update Monday.