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2008: 100 Things I am thankful for

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So after a year since the last Thanksgiving post I have anxiously awaited the 2008 version of my things I am thankful for post. This post is perhaps the most grueling, enjoyable and fun to write.  The list clearly will include similar and exact things from the last one, but that makes sense since gratitude and appreciation should be fairly consistent.  So while it’s been a very busy year, I’ve had the opportunity to meet a bunch of new folks, to try and work on who I am and to try better understand what is actually important.  I hope you have a bunch of things to be thankful for and another full year of opportunity to find new things to appreciate.

  1. My family (all 3 generations)
  2. The Community coffee mug I got this year,  It’s got a great heft.
  3. Spring Time Panic – didn’t get the chance to see Panic at all during the spring of 2008.
  4. Seeing “Greatest” Hits Live Music Shows (I got AC/DC in about 2 weeks!)
  5. Being home
  6. When the batteries die in noisy toys and they mysteriously disappear
  7. On time departures
  8. Sunny Days
  9. A brisk morning walk (the 3 or 4 i get to do a year)
  10. The fact that I almost know how to get around Phoenix now.
  11. Catching up with Ron Kevren at least 1 time a year
  12. Dijouri’s ability to experience pure joy from anything in life
  13. Prescott’s ability to watch something other than “Thoas da trein” on tivo, like “srak”
  14. I still like kids with afros, but have come to not like dreadlocks, I’m so glad that love is hair independant.
  15. That sometimes your wife does just deserves a day at the spa.
  16. My dogs still are cool
  17. Cool maps, like my 1932 relief map of Europe which I can’t seem to get back after 8 years.
  18. A show at the Tabernacle
  19. Sancho’s broken arrow in Denver IS the best bar on the planet with a great ambiance, if you can call it that.
  20. Waiting for the train at Hartsfield to take me to baggage claim
  21. Naps
  22. Watching my kids grow up, learn and change.
  23. A good bowl of soup
  24. My mentors (Ron, Ken, John and Jim)
  25. Golfing when I can
  26. Farmer’s Market Saturdays
  27. The pre-school Prescott goes to, it’s kinda cool being sorta a Methodist, since it is a GREAT school, I guess we should go to a mass.
  28. Mountain weekends thanks to Joan
  29. Being able to have actually gone on a sales call in the US with my friends from the UK – they brought their usual cheer and weather – see below.
  30. That I had the opportunity to speak in Calgary this year and now some kid is getting a scholarship in my name.
  31. The fact I actually made platinum last year, so this was a little premature.  I like being platinum, if you have to fly, upgrades on nearly every flight are cool.
  32. Playing Guitar hero and Wii Fit with my kids
  33. That my facebook network has really become about friends, not just randoms
  34. The connectedness that social media provides with my extended network of friends
  35. Looking at my setlists on my iPhone
  36. That I have friends that do good things
  37. That I don’t mind a juice box every now and again
  38. That Emily is usually right and I now just accept it
  39. When Kevren explains to me just right he is, but typically is just trying to get me to say yes to something, but ultimately understands when I don’t go along
  40. Emily’s cooking, specifically her pork paprikash – this hasn’t changed year over year
  41. When Hadrian pukes and mainly misses me
  42. The day I realized that I have no idea what I did before Google desktop
  43. The Chicago Institute of Art
  44. The whole SOB group, those that that are still among us and those that aren’t.
  45. That Jen is a great mother of Kevren and Dijouri
  46. Days I don’t have to shave
  47. That I’m able on most days to wake up excited and go to bed fulfilled.
  48. Everyday I have the opportunity to learn something new
  49. That I was able to sit in a couple of songs and play Conga’s last week for bunch of folks and didn’t suck @ Fat Catz in NOLA on Bourbon St.
  50. That a headline in a newspaper can change your day.
  51. Random phone calls from folks I haven’t talked to for a long while
  52. Understanding that today can be just as good as any day and it is MY choice.
  53. iTunes Genius functionality
  54. Eating with friends on Lake Austin is about as good as it gets.
  55. That a visually appealing dessert actually tastes better, not sure why.
  56. When I don’t forget my mom’s birthday, 2008 was a non-miss – I was the first of the kids to call.  Bonus points for me.
  57. Not having to travel for Thanksgiving this year – two years in a ROW!
  58. That I still have my atlas from my 18th birthday, it has a few less pages now thanks to my kids
  59. That I finally said yes to Burning Man this year.
  60. The moment I realized I should never drive in the UK.
  61. Tailgating at a show with my friends
  62. When Emily calls bullshit on me – I guess that’s why I married her.  It becoming less frequent, I guess l’m full o’ shit.  NAH.
  63. My first Bulldog game and it was a slaughter of Central Michigan University, which was cool.
  64. A Sunday afternoon drive with the family
  65. Watching Dijouri think
  66. Watching Kevren with his little brothers
  67. Watching Prescott dance
  68. Watching Hadrian walk
  69. That most people are thoughtful, kind and mean well.
  70. Jack’s Five-Cheese Macaroni & Achiote Chicken from Z tejas –  Made with bleu, Jack, cheddar, Parmesan and Romano cheeses, finished with toasted bacon gratin.  The Diablo chicken is good too.
  71. That I’m lucky to still have a bunch of friends with the dreamers disease
  72. That I realized that math is an important thing.
  73. My readers and influencers.
  74. The day I realized that creativity and logic are actually peer concepts.
  75. That I can read not only on a plane now.
  76. Real life conversations
  77. The day I complained about SMC and got to develop a relationship with Chris and Kristie
  78. The new professional traveler line at Hartsfield, I should still get a clear pass, but I’m too cheap.
  79. Moments when I have the clarity of thought to acknowledge that I can’t control what happens – only how I react
  80. That I’m clearly not a handy person and should hire most things out.
  81. Watching folks who worked for me in the past doing well.
  82. That going to Lake Tahoe was good idea and the luck to be able to have KISS playing there.
  83. That a day on the Hooch is as good as anything, just bring sunblock.
  84. That I have time to read to my kids
  85. Direct flights
  86. Ideas that work
  87. Ideas that don’t work and learning from them
  88. Sleeping in past 5am
  89. That I am currently buying into the market at a discount (it’s the only way I can deal with it)
  90. That it all works out in the end
  91. The perfectly mixed Sicilian Kiss (1/2 Jim Beam, 1/2 Amaretto, SPLASH of OJ – Shaken over ice, served in a shot glass)
  92. The day you find a really good $35 bottles of wine which is a repeatable purchase
  93. The day you first try a wegyu steak and the second, third, fourth….
  94. The bacon at the Camelback is just as good, well almost as good, as the bacon at the Four Seasons in Maui
  95. When I get to hear all summer long by Kid Rock and thing to myself – since it is pretty much an accurate portrayal of being young in Michigan with a good beat.
  96. That Chris, Sheryl and other folks were kind enough to help with the eBook on social brand management, The Social Marketing Construct.  Never would have gotten done without them.
  97. When I am actually able to see a movie in the theatre.
  98. A funny text message or Tweet which pops up when I’m in a meeting.
  99. When I happen to actually pack the right clothes for the right climate
  100. Any opportunity to share, listen and be with people I care about

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Just like the last time, I probably have another 100 things I should be thankful for…. What are you thankful for?  Have a great holiday and be safe!  Cheers!


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100 Things I am thankful for…

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So while I had some down time, I thought I would do a post that really only means something to me, but I also thought it would be fun to share. So here are 100 things I am thankful for:

  1. My family
  2. The coffee pot being full when I wake up – thank you digital coffee pot
  3. Rain in Georgia – yes it is RAINING!
  4. The bar at the W on Times Square – the best place to people watch I think
  5. [tag]Live Music[/tag]
  6. Our babysitter, who allows us to see live music
  7. Not having to drink the last inch of a beer
  8. Tivo
  9. The grilled cheese sandwich I had at Kingston Station on Tuesday – [tag]Gruyère[/tag] mmmmm
  10. A cab driver who doesn’t talk to me
  11. The fact that I almost know how to get around [tag]boston[/tag] now.
  12. My new years eve tickets for [tag]Widespread Panic[/tag] for me and my friends
  13. My children
  14. Kids with Afros – see above
  15. [tag]Flickr[/tag]
  16. My dogs
  17. Cool maps
  18. A night at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta
  19. [tag]Sancho’s broken arrow[/tag] in [tag]denver[/tag] – could be the best bar on the planet.
  20. Watching kids have fun – see below
  21. Reading on a plane
  22. A nice pair of new socks
  23. Good [tag]movies[/tag] on a rainy day from on demand
  24. My mentors (Ron, Ken, John and Jim)
  25. My fraternity brothers – go [tag]sigma pi[/tag]
  26. Lazy afternoons at Turner Field, few things are more relaxing
  27. The DVD player in our Van – what did I do without one, the DVD player, not the Van
  28. A day on the beach
  29. Looking at the stamp on my passports and thinking about the places I’ve been
  30. Not having to travel to LA that much, I just don’t like LA
  31. The fact that I have never made [tag]Platinum Medallion[/tag] on Delta
  32. The first night on a new pillow
  33. The comments and track backs my readers provide, I think I’m over 30 regulars now.
  34. The closeness that [tag]social media[/tag] provides with my extended network of friends
  35. Looking at my setlists on [tag]Everyday Companion[/tag]
  36. That logic mostly wins
  37. When I have more that two beverage choices in my refrigerator
  38. The Onion
  39. Amazon [tag]Unbox[/tag]
  40. Emily’s cooking, specifically her pork paprikash
  41. When Hadrian smiles
  42. The day that Jeff said I should shave most days and dress a little better – good advice for everyone I think
  43. The day I decided to give this whole blog thing another chance and started spatially relevant
  44. The [tag]Chicago Institute of Art[/tag]
  45. My crown room membership – TV, free soda and WiFi
  46. That Jen is a great mother of Kevren and Dijouri
  47. My college friends I never seem to catch up with Patti, Drake and Michael J.
  48. My [tag]iPod[/tag]
  49. Everyday I have the opportunity to learn something new
  50. [tag]Google[/tag] for creating [tag]google reader[/tag] – what a time saver!
  51. A nice day on the [tag]Bruce Pennisula[/tag]
  52. Any day I can find my slippers
  53. [tag]American Express[/tag] Rewards – I get things I would never spend real money on.
  54. My Bose headphones
  55. [tag]Jaco[/tag] [tag]Costa Rica[/tag]
  56. When I get upgraded to the big seats on a long flight
  57. When I don’t forget my mom’s birthday (apparently 2007 wasn’t one of those years – sorry mom)
  58. Not having to travel for Thanksgiving this year
  59. That I still have my atlas from my 18th birthday
  60. All the great friends I have in Atlanta
  61. That I have in-law’s that will come to Georgia anytime to babysit so Em and I can travel
  62. Waiting at a random train station in a foreign country and trying to figure out where I’m supposed to be and when I’m supposed to get off the train since no one speak English and the signs are in the local language.
  63. When my kids brush their teeth without me reminding them
  64. When Emily calls bullshit on me – I guess that’s why I married her
  65. The AJC sports section and TV game clips so I can have something to talk about to Georgia Bulldog and SEC fans
  66. Shrek 1, 2 and third – toddler crack let me tell you.
  67. Watching Dijouri skateboard
  68. Watching Kevren “aggressive inline” skate
  69. Watching Prescott drool when watching a movie
  70. When Burning Down the House comes on my iPod
  71. That most people are thoughtful and kind
  72. A $1 grilled cheese sandwich from the heart and made with love in the lot at a show
  73. having very athletic kids – sometimes NOT being like your dad is a good thing
  74. teamwork makes the dream work!
  75. Sometimes a cliché just works – I mean there has to be a reason they exist
  76. The day I installed firefox, got a flickr account and a [tag]twitter[/tag] account – what a great day!
  77. The day I realized that art is as meaningful as science.
  78. Any day I get to golf – the extent of my being athletic
  79. Quiet time just spent remembering past experiences
  80. When the batteries died in the toy saxophone Jeff bought for Prescott
  81. Clearing security at ATL Hartsfield in under 10 mins
  82. Moments when I have the clarity of thought to acknowledge that I can’t control what happens – only how I react
  83. That I almost have the right tools for nearly every job
  84. For the people in Dallas which have let me go through toll road 2 times without paying
  85. When dinner is actually delivered in the 45-50 mins as predicted by the order taker
  86. Every time I type a message on my blackberry which has all the words, correct spelling and reasonable grammar
  87. Big brothers being patient with their little brothers
  88. When my friends are willing to help me on stuff and are willing to let me help them on stuff
  89. A short line for check in at the [tag]Marriott[/tag] Marquis when I get to NYC at 11PM and want to sleep
  90. having nothing left on my itinerary, but having another 4 hours to slack
  91. Grilling outside in the winter, not a Georgia winter, but a snowy Michigan day
  92. An unplanned weekend in the mountains – you decide at noon and your in a cabin at 6PM.
  93. That it all works out in the end
  94. The burn that happens in your throat when chugging a coke on a hot day
  95. No traffic on GA 400 when going home from a business trip
  96. A burger from the Barley House
  97. A perfect steak with a bottle of [tag]Silver Oak[/tag]
  98. That a Little Caesar’s just opened by my house
  99. The Big Chill soundtrack
  100. Any opportunity to share, listen and be with people I care about

I probably have another 100 things I should be thankful for…. What are you thankful for?

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