Thanksgiving Day 2010

Today is Thanksgiving Day.  Obviously, the holiday is designed to cause people to reflect on their lives and why they should be thankful.  It is a very worthwhile exercise.  In the hurly-burly of day-to-day life, it is easy to focus on the irksome minutiae and fail to appreciate the positive bigger-picture issues.

This Thanksgiving Day I am thankful for many reasons.  I am thankful for my immediate and extended families.  I am thankful that we all are enjoying good health.  I am thankful that we have food to eat and a roof over our heads.  I am thankful that Kish and I both have good jobs and that the other members of my family who want to work have been able to find employment.  I am thankful that my life allows me the luxury of following Buckeye football, blogging, and other leisure pursuits.  As always, I am thankful that I was born in this country, where Americans enjoy freedom and opportunity.  And, on this Thanksgiving Day, I am thankful that I am not fighting crowds at the airport or traffic jams on the highway and can just stay home and revel in a four-day holiday.

Kish’s Mom is here for the day, and she, Kish, Richard and I will be enjoying a meal of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and other goodies.  Russell, who is hip-deep in senior year work, will be celebrating the holiday in Vassar with his friends.  Let’s hope they remember to take out the pack of giblets before they cook their turkey.

Enjoying A Good Cigar

Last night Richard and I decided to splurge for the holidays.  On our way home from work we visited the Corner Beverage shop, bought some different kinds of beers, and also purchased two cigars to smoke while playing cribbage.

After we got home we took out the cribbage board, played a few games at the kitchen table, and listened to some music.  We cracked open the patio door so that we wouldn’t leave the kitchen too smoky and then lit up our cigars.  They were Padrons and were quite good — rich, yet not too heavy, and well-suited to accompany an IPA or a brown ale.

I quit smoking years ago, but I like to have a cigar now and then.  I don’t and wouldn’t smoke them regularly, but they are a fine way to celebrate a special occasion.  A good cigar, a friendly game of cribbage, some spirited conversation, and a well-made malty beverage are an excellent way to ease into the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.