Whenever I sit down and try to cogitate on the many things I am and should be thankful for, I look at the other contributors on this site and the various things they have listed they are thankful for, and I feel deficient in my ability to express my thoughts on this issue. Am I just that short sighted, self absorbed and missing a philanthropic gene that might permit me to think more globally and not like such a short sighted locavore. If that gene were to miraculously be implanted somewhere in my essence and cause a metamorphosis in my personality, I might acknowledge my being thankful for this country being a little more blue than red, a Senate that did better than holding its own, and a House of Representatives that is not quite so frightened and susceptible to the bullying of John Boehner (hopefully) and a Tea Party that appears to be drowning in its own insanely illogical rhetoric. I might also be talking about being thankful for the young people who are politically active and voicing a real concern about the environment, feeding the poor and affordable housing and affordable medical care and reigning in an economy that makes a college education more like a dream deferred than a right that should be accessible to anyone capable of attending, no matter the contents of their wallet. While I am appreciative for all the above and hopeful for growth and enlightenment in those areas, my selfishly short-sighted Thanksgiving listed consists of the following:
Wood burning fireplaces when there’s a chill in the air
Homemade rice pudding
Seattle in the summer
Dinner with Friday Friends
Sweet Potato Pie during the holidays
Sunday Dinners at our house
My Kindle, Ipad and Samsung Galaxy for those times when you just don’t want to carry around Tolstoy’s War and Peace
Parents that are still around and able to drive me a little more closer to Crazy Town every day
Being referred to as Grandpa Greg, that is the best!!!!!
Our being able to host Xmas Dinner every year, but especially this year
Financial Planning and the countdown toward the next phase of our life
The joy of a daughters’ weddings, back to back!!!!!!!!!!
Book: Imperium by Robert Harris (Thanx Gordon)
Meal: Veal & Lobster Medallions at Daniel’s
Films: Argo, Searching For Sugarman and the latest James Bond
TV: Luther on BBC TV originally aired in 2011 but I didn’t see season two until early this year
CD: Listening to Branford Marsalis, Four MF’s Playing music, as I compose this and its hot. Also Cassandra Wilson, Another County; Catherine Russell, Strictly Romancin’; Christian McBride, Conversations with Christian; David Byrne & St. Vincent, Love This Giant; Donald Fagan, Sunken Condos; Elle Varner, Perfectly Imperfect; Manu Katche, self titled; ZZ Ward, Til The Casket Drops; Gregory Porter, Be Good; Lianne La Havas, Is Your Love Big Enough; Roberto Fonseca, Yo. These are all late 2011-2012 releases, which I made a favorite for one reason or another. And I just switched to the Vijay Iyer Trio, Accelerando, percussively rhythmic piano jazz.