We made it! Welcome to our first post-covid holiday where absolutely no one is talking about eating outside on the patio or leaving a living room window open.
The only reference I saw to the pandemic yesterday was Dr. Fauci giving his final press briefing at the White House, his last as a federal official. All he did, though, was recommend that people get their booster shots.
Covid-19 isn’t going anywhere, of course. But after two + years of this stuff, we’re all a combination of imaginary herd immunity and burnout. Pass the gravy, please.
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. As its name suggests, it’s a day when we acknowledge all of the good things in our lives. Such as the invention of the gummy vitamin.
In spite of a continuing and tragic war in Ukraine, persistent inflation, a tumbling stock market, and, yes, warnings of new covid variants over the next few months, this is a holiday in which we give thanks and count our many blessings. So on that note…
… I once again submit for your annual approval, all the things from A-Z for which I am grateful:
(A) The auto save functionality. Honestly, probably half of my emails and most of my blog posts would be lost without this invention. To say I’m grateful is a vast understatement.
(B) Books. I became a librarian partly because of my love for books; I retired because in some measure they became less important, at least in what was my particular area, law libraries. However, my love for them in retirement has only grown. I am currently absorbed by Eisenhower: The White House Years, by Jim Newton (2011 Doubleday). What are YOU currently reading?
(C) Comedies. There is no bigger TV argument in our home than watching a sitcom. Gorgeous is preordained not to like them, and I like to always end my evening with a laugh rather than thinking about a murder. 2022 marks the year in which I was finally able to wear her down. Two we binged on all the way through to their endings: “Baskets” (Hulu) and the classic UK show “Only Fools and Horses” (Britbox).
(D) Well, duh. The Thanksgiving dinner, of course. And how many times do I have to ask: will someone please pass the gravy already?
(E) Education. You wouldn’t know it by the purposeful imbecility displayed on this site sometimes, but I am grateful for the quality of education I received in my earlier life — both public school and college. I attended a midwestern university that drew from a predominantly working class population. The lessons taught there, both inside and out of the classroom, provided a foundation for the rest of my life.
(F) Freedom. One only has to look at certain places — Hong Kong and Iran are good examples — to recognize the many freedoms we in the western world enjoy. This should never be taken for granted.
(G) My Gorgeous. It’ll be ten years next month for us, and I remain the luckiest man on earth.
(G) Honorable Mention: The gay community. Do we hear about the Monkey Pox virus anymore? No, because gay men collectively stood up and showed us all how to handle a health crisis. They got vaccinated and never complained about having to do so. They just went ahead and got their shots, full stop.
(H) Heroes. Richard Fierro and Thomas James, who disarmed the gunman at Club Q in Colorado Springs by grabbing his weapon and holding him down until authorities arrived.
(I) Irony. You gotta hand it to the Dunkin’ Donuts chain. For months we’ve been trying to figure out what they are building behind our gym. This week they finally put up a sign. Future post-workouts will be full of temptation!
(J) Jazz music. Except for certain classics such as Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue” and “Bitches Brew,” plus the odd Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, or Sarah Vaughan recording, I’ve steered clear of any deep dives into classic American jazz. There’s so much and it all seemed so intimidating. But it’s turned into another retirement passion with so many avenues to explore. Cocktail hour in our home is jazz hour.
(K) Our renovated kitchen! Lordy, it was on life support. But it’s now is a place we actually enjoy using. The bathrooms? Not so much. That and new carpeting are our next projects. Buddy, can you spare a dime?
(L) Lame jokes. Hey, I’m not the one who keeps returning to this blog, YOU are! I must be doing something right.
(N) New friends. Earlier this year we joined a local group that has allowed us to meet new people, some of whom we’ve started to see socially. Lockdown prevented that, so it’s nice to associate and bond with others again.
(O) OMG no, We’ll all look just this once and let’s never speak of it again, agreed?
(P) My parents. The ever-present teenager in me continues to make fun of them constantly. But I miss them terribly and wish they were still around.
(Q) Ha! In looking over last year’s list, I see I actually skipped the letter Q by mistake. It does put into question the quality control I’m supposedly paying to this blog’s HQ each year. You gets what you pays for, eh?
(R) Receiving gifts. Yeah, yeah, giving is more important… yada yada yada. But RECEIVING a gift, come on!
(S) The stock market for building and maintaining my retirement… Oh never mind, who am I kidding? Let’s just get to the next letter.
(U) Unconditional love. There is no better gift. If you have it, be grateful for it and return it in kind.
(V) I’m going with vaccines for the second year in a row. Just wrap your heads around the fact that the scientific community developed them in ten months! That’s an unbelievable Herculean effort. Because of them, we’ve all been able to return to taking the occasional vacation again.
[W] Withholdings. Our accountant is quite hyper about them for some reason, but I do love the big deposit Uncle Sam sends us after we file our tax returns. Did someone mention vacations a moment ago?
(X) Who doesn’t love a little “xo” in a text now and then?
(Y) Gorgeous is a longtime watcher of the daytime soap, “The Young and the Restless.” It’s recorded daily on our DVR and she watches it after the news each evening. I can’t be bothered to watch such piffle, so I never so much as even glance at the screen. I will say, though, that the Adam Newman character is a real slime ball. Not that I watch, mind you.
(Z) I really got zilch for this one, but I do love me some Italian ziti now and then. Just not today of all days!
To everyone, we wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving and a safe upcoming holiday season!