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Happy Thanksgiving

Today I am grateful …

For the Commentariat, all my blog readers, and everyone determined to live free;

For Her Royal Highness Princess Ava Prettypaws, ACD, BC, even though she is an awful attention seeker who intrudes on my hermitude;

For the nearly 15 years each that I had with heartdogs Robbie and Jasmine;

That Hillary Clinton isn’t about to become president of the U.S.;

That we can still #speakfreely despite the best efforts of interest groups, academia, the media, and the foolish young Turks of Silicon Valley;

That I was not signed up for whatever charity walk/run occupied the town’s walking path this morning. Somehow, walking in the icy, drenching rain seemed much more pleasant because I didn’t have to do it;

For J, the lovely neighbor who’s bringing me turkey dinner leftovers even though I declined the invitation to spend the holiday with her and her family;

That despite hanging out with great Jewish gun-rights defenders for many years, I am not Jewish and therefore can eat ham today. And ham and Swiss sandwiches tomorrow. And bacon whenever I want;

That the Bloombergians of the world will always lose, no matter how many temporary victories they buy;

That the repo man and his donors gave that vehicle back to that old couple;

That our dogs love us even when the rest of the world goes straight to hell;

That — solely for the sake of TV and Thanksgiving tradition — turkeys can’t fly;

That I am doing reasonably okay despite the best efforts of doctors (thank you, my nurse friends and voice-of-experience friends);

That I have a warm, cozy house that will someday even be finished, thanks in part to you;

That I can be here typing this and you be out there reading it.

Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Care to post your own gratitude list for today?


  1. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty November 24, 2016 11:11 am

    I’m thankful for family (though I can’t be with them much) and friends, many of whom I can be with as much as I like. Some of them are kidnapping me in an hour or so to take me to their place for Thanksgiving dinner. They wouldn’t even let me come early to help cook!

    I’m thankful for animal friends and my buddy Laddie especially. I’m grateful for the snow falling outside right now, especially since we need the moisture so very much. I’m thankful for the clean air here, and pure water coming out of the faucets. And so very much more.

    Maybe I’m the most grateful for fairly good health and the ability to think and reason for myself. I’m so glad I don’t need rulers, kings or keepers.

    Happy day, everyone. 🙂

  2. Comrade X
    Comrade X November 24, 2016 12:05 pm

    I am thankful to be alive and well; however knowing that the day I don’t feel any pain mentally nor physically is the day I’s most likely ain’t alive no more. I am thankful that my business is doing well and appears to be headed into a period of positive market for the immediate future. I am thankful that our republic has not come to a complete end yet and there is still some hope of it’s resurrection even though a slight one.

    I am thankful that I am still with my mate of many decades, that our new project Bones is going well, that our lion in our living room Loranie is my favorite love/hate relationship, that Braveheart who is maybe in the last of his 13 years is still here for one more T day.

    I am thankful all of my kids, grandkids & family are enjoying good health, that my new niece Stella will be home with her parents soon. I am thankful that as far as I know all of my true friends are happy in their lives.

    I am very thankful that I have come to know Claire even if only in a virtual way; the relationship has added much value to my life, allowed me to grow and be a better person.

  3. Comrade X
    Comrade X November 24, 2016 12:53 pm

    And my favorite T day video;

  4. Dana
    Dana November 24, 2016 1:21 pm

    That I heard a man, raised as an Orthodox Jew, read from the Declaration of Independence. That I was sitting directly behind the translator rendering it into Russian. I suppose also that the Pilgrims made it and Samuel Fuller had children. For sake, sashimi, and freedom from Turkey. For art. For Mom. And for my teachers.

  5. Desertrat
    Desertrat November 24, 2016 3:12 pm

    I too am thankful for many things.

    Domestic turkeys don’t do well at flying, true. But wild turkeys? I once had a half-dozen gobblers fly across my pickup on I-10 east of Fort Stockton. They totally cleared that Interstate. Another time I watched a giant flock of near 200 hens fly 100 or more yards up a steep hillside.

  6. Dana
    Dana November 24, 2016 3:23 pm

    Oh, and now for writing my first three pages. Вот так.

  7. Shel
    Shel November 24, 2016 6:38 pm

    I’m thankful the odds are against the success of this tactic:

    Although, as that author says, it can help to arouse criticism of the electoral college. Phyllis Schlafly wrote multiple times about the benefits of that institution.

    The excellent Judge Napolitano plays the curmudgeon and suggests thinking for this holiday: Of course, readers of and commenters on this blog have been thinking about these things for some time, to the discomfort of many of us.

  8. rochester_veteran
    rochester_veteran November 24, 2016 7:29 pm

    My family celebrated Thanksgiving at the hospital today. On Monday, when I came home from work, I found my wife in a bad way and we rushed her to the ER and she got admitted. My kids who are still in Rochester, their spouse, girlfriend and I made the circumstance as best as we could for my wife and we had a turkey dinner in her room that was quite nice, considering it was hospital food. My wife is doing much better now and I’m thankful for that! I’m thankful for having a wonderful and supportive family that look after their mom and dad! I’m thankful for having such a wonderful medical facility, only 20 minutes from our house, who are treating my wife. I’ll be thankful when my wife gets discharged after being successfully treated and comes home!

  9. larryarnold
    larryarnold November 24, 2016 8:15 pm

    I’m thankful to be visiting in Georgia (the U.S. one) with my wife, daughters, son in law, and twin grandkids.

  10. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty November 25, 2016 4:48 am

    So sorry to hear about your wife, Rochester. I hope she comes home soon, no worse for wear.

  11. Claire
    Claire November 25, 2016 4:49 am

    “On Monday, when I came home from work, I found my wife in a bad way and we rushed her to the ER”

    Oh my goodness, r_v. What a week you (and she) must have had! I hope all continues to go well with the rest of your wife’s treatment.

  12. rochester_veteran
    rochester_veteran November 25, 2016 7:50 am

    Thanks MamaLiberty and Claire! Yes, what a week it’s been! I must admit, it was scary finding my wife the way she was (barely responsive), but with the help of our daughter and her husband, we were able to get her up, dressed and down the steps of our townhouse but we had to call an ambulance as we got a fair amount of snow overnight and the walk to the parking lot was icy, too dangerous for her to negotiate in the condition she was in. It turned out she had a bad reaction to one of the meds she’s been taking and also pneumonia and a pulmonary edema and is getting treated for both and her meds have been adjusted and she is also getting oxygen, and she’s doing much better and was even able to walk unassisted to the day room/kitchen and back yesterday. Her room is on the top floor of the Wilmot Cancer Center and it’s nice and private. We’re hoping she gets discharged on Sunday or Monday, but that depends on whether the pneumonia and pulmonary edema are cleared up and her breathing oxygen levels are satisfactory. I am thankful for the wonderful treatment and care she’s getting at the WCC!

  13. Comrade X
    Comrade X November 25, 2016 1:32 pm

    r_v; I am glad to hear that your wife is doing better, my prayers are with the both of you.

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