Thanks a Lot


1521772_10154887804705297_4280642403902735980_nThis will be quick, because I’m sure you’d rather be doing Thanksgiving things instead of reading this as much as I’d rather be doing Thanksgiving things instead of writing it.  But it’s the day for gratitude and I’d be remiss if I didn’t at the very least run down some of the things I’m thankful for this year.

I’m thankful for my eye doctor freaking out about my blood pressure six years ago.  If not for that, I probably would have kept blundering along the way I was, been pushing 300 pounds, and possibly too far gone to do anything about it.

I’m thankful for the technology that’s going to allow me to simultaneously stream the MST3K Turkey Day marathon, watch the NFL games, and keep up with things online, all without leaving this chair.  We really have some amazing stuff.

I’m thankful for a good job with good people that not only gives me the opportunity to have the next two days off, but the means to enjoy it how I want.  I spent too many Thanksgivings with only thirty minutes to wolf down cafeteria turkey and mashed potatoes, so I’m never going to this for granted.

I’m thankful for Jillian, even if she’s five hours away most of the time.  And I’m thankful for the means for us to keep in touch so that distance doesn’t feel quite so great.

I’m thankful for my parents.  Even if they do act like I’m still their little boy sometimes.

I’m thankful my parents act like I’m still their little boy sometimes.

And I’m thankful for all of you who come here and take a look at what I pound out on this keyboard.  And that I’m able — and inspired — to keep doing it.

Whatever it is you’re doing today, be thankful that you’re able to.  No matter how mundane your Thanksgiving might seem, someone somewhere is wishing they were having yours.  Life owes us a half dozen decades or so of breath and that’s it.  Anything beyond that we’re flat out lucky to have.

Now go eat.  Turkey’s getting cold.

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