It’s that time of year when Americans spend an entire Thursday gorging ourselves silly on turkey, stuffing, and pies. (And, no matter what some people try and tell you, vegetables are COMPLETELY OPTIONAL and TOTALLY UNNECESSARY.)
And somewhere in the middle of all that gluttony, we’re also supposed to spend a little time reflecting on what we’re thankful for.
So, without further ado, here’s a few of the things that have my gratitude on Thanksgiving in 2015:
- The family, of course. Courtney, the kids, Meatball, and the whole extended lot of ’em.
- My friends, near and far. We ain’t perfect, but any group of guys and gals who still gather once a year to spend an entire weekend playing video-games is a group of guys and gals I want to keep hanging out with until I’m a shriveled old man. (Which should be some time next week.)
- The Mets. Look, I wanted them to win the World Series, but it was an absolute thrill watching them win the division, beat the Dodgers (and that awful Chase Utley), sweep the Cubs, and make it to their first Series in a decade and a half. Mets fans have gotten used to saying “there’s always next year,” and we just might be a serious threat again in 2016.
- I am extremely grateful for the fact that not only is there a new Star Wars movie coming out in less than a month (!!!), but that I get to see it with my son, who is just as excited about it as I am.
- Homeowner’s insurance. Yes, it sucked when we discovered that our kitchen and basement had been horribly damaged by a flood. But the folks at Amica (our insurance company) were polite, helpful, and gave us a decent chunk of change to put things back together. We’re not done yet, but we’re getting there.
- Speaking of, I’m also thankful for the family, friends, and neighbors who have lent us a helping hand as we deal with repairs big and small.
- Buffalo Wild Wings. I don’t eat there very often, but just knowing that they exist makes me happy.
- The fact that Jon Snow may very well have survived his attack at Castle Black.
- And I’m extremely grateful to my faithful blog readers, who keep coming back even though I have been damn near atrocious at updating this site regularly. I can’t promise that I’ll do better, but I promise that I’ll try.