DY: In Just a Few Words (#110)
So many things to be thankful for this year.
Hard to believe this week marks my 83rd Thanksgiving. I don’t want to advance radical thinking into the discussion, but it seems to me Thanksgiving week is the right time to focus on the many blessings in our lives.
I am thankful for a high honor that has been (almost) bestowed on me in the current issue of People Magazine. You may have seen that the cover story features The Sexiest Man Alive. As part of that enlightening piece of journalism, they have a photo and a little bit of info on the 100 Sexiest Men Alive. I am told that I just missed out, finishing #106 (give or take a few hundred spots). I am pretty sure I am the only person in my neighborhood to ever finish at that level.
I am thankful that cold weather has returned. This signals the end of Fly Season. Anyone who knows me knows that flies are my ENEMY #1. I cannot stand them and spend much of the warm months conjuring up new ways to eradicate them. So I welcome the cold months. In fact, if it gets even colder (and let’s hope it does) we may be able to eradicate flies all together or at least get them down to a cycle where we only have to deal with them like Cicadas every 17 years. What a blessing that would be.
I am thankful I don’t live in Buffalo with its 5+ feet of snow. I am also thankful I live just south of Cleveland’s dreaded Snow Belt.
I am thankful that the big Lake Erie cloud that starts every year in Toledo and covers the entire region has removed any desire to go outside and sit in the sun. There’s no sun to sit in and that is a gift I will long appreciate. That's good for me, but not for my dermatologist.
I am thankful it is the season for Medicare enrollment ads. I get outstanding advice from a celebrity football player turned pitchman.
I am thankful that the political season never really ends anymore. The midterms were three short weeks ago (there are races STILL NOT CALLED and a runoff election scheduled for December 6 in Georgia) - and we already have at least one presidential candidate for 2024.
Last but far from least, I am thankful to the Salt Police for guiding me past temptation just as I know they will on Thanksgiving Day. They have given new energy to my taste buds with Salt Substitute, which reminds me of my all-time favorite food - cardboard. Who in the world would want to eat a turkey that contains some salt? Not me. When the local coroner is done with me, his findings will be that Mr. Young is the first person in recorded history to pass from a low sodium count. I always knew the Salt Police would kill me with their kindness.
So, that’s my Thanksgiving list for this year. Good wishes and an abundance of blessings to each and every one of my blog readers.
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