Happy Thanksgiving!

What a wonderful day! A day of eating and sleeping and watching football. I look forward to this day every year because of the stuffing and the turkey and the pumpkin pies. But it would be incredibly ungrateful of me if I didn't take the time today to post of all the things I am thankful for. So, here they are, in no particular order, 100 of my thankfulties:

  1. Family - Heidi, Jackson, Gavin, Camberlyn, parents, siblings, in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, unknown relatives, George Clooney, Guiseppe Gandolfo, and Pocahontas.
  2. Movies - DVDs, blu-rays, 3D shows, theaters, $6.00 bags of popcorn and stadium seating.
  3. Cars - the van, the hyundai, the jeep, the mazda, the Ford, the Subaru station wagon. All of the cars of my life from 16 years and up.
  4. Legos and many quiet bonding moments for me and my sons as we constructed lairs, death ships, and all manner of weaponry. 
  5. Disneyland
  6. Pirates of the Caribbean
  7. Splash Mountain and Dole Whips.
  8. Michael Jordan, Ricky Henderson, Babe Ruth, and Larry Bird.
  9. Ducktales the television show and fond memories hanging out on the couch after a hard day at school.
  10. Providence Elementary where it all started.
  11. Manny Pacquiao and Mike Tyson of the days of yesteryear. 
  12. Snowplows and the wonderful men and women that drive them.
  13. Cell phones, Tylenol, and Ceiling fans
  14. Our country
  15. Books - Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and Ghost Soldiers
  16. Otter Pops and Five Guys Burgers and Fries
  17. Wal-mart - yes. I said it. I'm thankful for Wallyworld.
  18. Air Conditioning and Hot watered showers
  19. Slight of hand magicians, street Performing sword swallowers, and jugglers.
  20. Memories and pictures of climbing the World Trade Center
  21. Family vacations to NYC.
  22. Road trips with Michael, Clark, Heidi, and Mom.
  23. Jackson Hole Wyoming
  24. Big Juds Burgers
  25. Manhole Covers
  26. Ambulances and EMTs and Hospitals and doctors
  27. Current Hangout Friends and College buddies
  28. Past Friends - Wen Nyman, Preston Carlson, Bryan Nyman, Eric Korsgaard, Dale Lane, Fred Wilcoxsen, Rachael McDonald, Amy Cobb, Greg Keller, Mike Sapp, Chris Mcguire, Josh Hayes, and Andy Spargo
  29. Future Friends - Joe, Larry, Cindy, Margaret, Palupa, Enrique, Hakeem, Roland.
  30. P90X and the mute button on remote controllers.
  31. Hashbrown Winters and gang, tree houses, stilt houses, the ramps, and maybe not crossbows.
  32. The Superbowl and chicken wings
  33. Toilets, running water, and the sanitation department
  34. Lawn Mowers
  35. Jurassic Park, the possibility of aliens, banshees, big foot, chupacabra, and haunted houses
  36. Noah's Ark
  37. Artists - James Christensen, Carl Heinrich Bloch, Adam Record, Mark Mckennah, Tom DuBois, Michelangelo
  38. Music - Weezer, Black Eye Peas, Coldplay, CCR, Plain White Tees, Aerosmith, the Beatles, the Eagles, Steve Miller Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and so forth.
  39. Robots, and Car Washes
  40. Firemen, Policemen, and the Coast Guard
  41. Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream and Jalapeno cheese dip
  42. Rodizio Grill
  43. Comfortable couches, and socks without holes in the toes
  44. Atlanta Braves and Cincinnati Reds baseball games 
  45. Our Armed Forces 
  46. GPS
  47. back scratchers (I have 3 of them) and bubble baths (shut up they rock!)
  48. Blogs, Facebook, Twitter (I guess)
  49. A job, money, wallets, and bank accounts.
  50. the smell of fruity candles, garden tomatoes, and Peach pie
  51. Holidays - Halloween, Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Years, Birthdays, Easter, Valen... no, Leprechaun day, tree day, firework day (4th of July).
  52. Dad's stories of growing up in Queens
  53. Mom's stories of corn on the cob in the sewer
  54. Michael and Hyenas 
  55. Jennifer and magical radios
  56. Ginger, Darby, Squirt, Scooter, Fuzzy, Lacy, Zoe, and some fish
  57. Fried Chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, buttermilk biscuits, and wet-naps
  58. The Philippines - Balut, Aso, Adobo and Sinigang.
  59. Silly Putty, colored pencils, notebooks, and the Fly-swatter Journal.
  60. A house with heating and beds and carpet.
  61. Heating pads and Arctic Circle shakes
  62. Mountains, caves, oceans, space, and sharks
  63. Gold, Silver, and precious stones
  64. Blockbuster Video stores, and Albertsons (May they rest in peace.)
  65. Caller ID, Call-awaiting, and the days of unknown prank calling
  66. The dude playing air guitar by the Little Caesars on 5400 S.
  67. Cruise Liners and escargot
  68. Cedar Fort and Ann Behar for a week or so
  69. Sports - Basketball, baseball, boxing, football, ping pong
  70. Russell Crowe, Johnny Depp, Kate Beckinsale
  71. Pixar and Dreamworks
  72. Airplanes, airport security, stewardesses, gingerale, and miniature bagged cookies
  73. Dum Dum Suckers, Snickers candybars
  74. My wife's pretty face
  75. underarm deodorant, soap, electric razors, shampoo, and heartburn medication
  76. Online shopping, ebay, amazon, and the real Amazon river
  77. Faith and religion
  78. Triple Antibiotic Ointment, bandaids, and Flexall 454
  79. Cable television, VCRs, DVD players, and live news
  80. Zoos, parks, pavilions, picnic benches, water balloons, koolaid, and casseroles  
  81. Snowmen, snow forts, snow balls, paint balls, paint brushes, hair brushes, and hair spray
  82. Ale-8, Coca Cola, Dr. Pepper
  83. Mrs. Mobley, Mrs. Preston, Mrs. Slone, Mrs. McCord, Mrs. Dulin, Mr. Hughes, Mr. Caudill.
  84. Coach Jackson and the Bob Jones Patriots
  85. Vacuum cleaners, dishwashers, ovens, refrigerators, and magic bullet blenders.
  86. Computers, laptops, printers, and Xboxes 
  87. Presents, free gift wrap at department stores.
  88. Sunscreen, bug spray, Raid, hobo spider traps
  89. Bookstores - Deseret Book and Barnes and Noble
  90. Contracts, covers, and chapter illustrations
  91. Garage door openers
  92. Olive Garden, Burger King, and Subway
  93. Great employees and employers
  94. Cicadas, chiggers, and ticks (yeah, weird... I know.)
  95. Condiments, mayonnaise, and egg sandwiches
  96. Opposable thumbs and episodes of Friends
  97. Hugs 
  98. Laughing
  99. Happiness 
  100. Miracles
There are hundreds maybe even thousands more, but you get the point. I'm thankful for so many things. Some of them corny, some of them weird, but all of them real.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Kristen said...

Awww! You are pretty sentimental! LOVE the video. We've watched it about a thousand times and still laugh our butts off.

Melissa said...

Your thankful list is great, I even understand the 'manholes' one and that's so TENDER. But, Russell Crowe? Where did that one come from? Russell Crowe made me laugh harder than the Thanksgiving video.