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Thrifty.

Earl and I just got back from a ride through the local shopping haunts to see how many people are in line for the various deals on Black Friday. The tally:

  1. We don’t bother looking at Wal*Mart.
  2. Around 30 people in line at Best Buy.
  3. Target, 0.
  4. Poor K-mart. You used to be so much fun.
  5. One couple at Sears. Apparently there is a great deal on a washer/dryer combo and the folks at Sears are handing out four tickets at 3 a.m.

The little adventure was fun but you will never catch us in line waiting for a Black Friday sale.

I’m just sayin’.

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Thanks.

So it’s Thanksgiving here in the United States. Earl and I are once again spending the time together here at The Manor and I wouldn’t really want it any other way. Thanksgiving seems to be the holiday that means “home” the most to me, so I am very content with the low-key vibe we have going on. We are going to be eating our delicious meal shortly.

Thanksgiving Dinner.

I left a voicemail on my mother’s cell phone earlier today that pretty much summed up the way I’m feeling: “I’m thankful for it all – everything that has happened in the past and everything that I have today. I wouldn’t change a thing.” I think this aptly sums up the way I feel about my life and the help I’m having navigating through it.

It seems the news is filled with various definitions of family. On this day of thanks I am very thankful for our family and every component of it. I know how blessed I am to have the biological family that I have; I love them for who they are just as much as they love me for who I am. The sentiment continues through to my in-laws as well. But I’m also thankful for the rest of my family; the one that lives with us, the ones that drift in and out as their schedules allow and the ones I call my friends. We may not fit the (XX+XY)+kids=family equation, but as I said in the aforementioned voicemail, I wouldn’t change a thing. My family, all facets of it, have contributed into making me the man I am today.

And for that I am thankful.

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Content.



299.365, originally uploaded by iMachias.

I am thankful to be able to wake up like this each morning.

Happy Thanksgiving.