A helping of thanks, with a small side of snark

News-DemocratNovember 27, 2013 

In this holiday season of giving thanks, I try to take time to think of all the things I am thankful for.

Of course I can't list them all, but here are some highlights.

I am thankful for colleagues who fix my mistakes before they get into print.

I am thankful for the Internet, which keeps me constantly amused.

I am thankful for automatic savings plans of various sorts which have kept me from at least instantly spending all of my money. I would be even more thankful if I actually could save enough money to retire at some point in my life.

I am thankful I can still buy real books.

I am thankful for relatively good health.

I am thankful the price of chocolate went up because that makes me more reluctant to buy it. It didn't make me totally stop buying it, but at least I did cut back.

I am thankful for really old television shows they keep repeating. They remind there were some really good moments back then but not nearly as many as people like to think. Need I say more than "Gilligan's Island?"

I am thankful for flea markets of all shapes, sizes and price ranges.

I am thankful for fall with its colorful show, but I still never will understand why the leaves can't just stay on the trees and turn green again next year.

I am thankful I don't have to stay up late much anymore.

I am thankful for traffic lights that allow for easy left turns, even if it does sometimes take a while.

I am thankful that cars have become so much more technological so that no one but an expert can work on one. Sure, it costs me a lot more money but this way I don't even have to pretend that I know anything.

Ditto with computers.

I am thankful for digital cameras, which let you know immediately that you have messed up the picture rather than having to wait one whole hour for your mistakes to be developed.

I am thankful that young people are still optimistic enough to keep having children because kids are a delight to watch.

I am thankful for days off, vacations and the chance to actually anticipate coming back to work.

I am thankful for diet soda, which seems to keep getting better and better tasting.

I am thankful for getting older, which seems to beat the alternative.

As always, thanks for reading.

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