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Thanksgiving Leftovers: Full of Turkey and Other Stuff

It’s the season of giving thanks. I still haven’t heard from anyone that says they are thankful for me. That’s just wrong. Ok, that’s just how I normally am. Some people call me a pessimist. I call it being a realist. But for this column, I will give thanks for the good things in my life.

1. First and foremost, my wife, Miranda - she is a saint. She puts up with me and my quirks on a daily basis. I’m not the easiest person to live with, but she does it day in and day out, and sometimes has a smile on her face. I couldn’t ask for better.

2. My son, Joe - he may have been the easiest kid to bring up in history. I’m a yeller by nature. It’s how I was brought up. Anyway, he just gets it and tunes me out most of the time. He’s 13 years old. We don’t have a lot in common, but we do have a few things we like to do together. Outside of that, he’s a great student, he is empathetic (got that from me…..right), and he is kind soul . As he gets older, he will be the young man every parent hopes their daughter will date. I’m good with that. He makes me better.

3. My career - I’m 40 years old and I have really only worked at two places in my life, Zone Radio in Bangor and Foxcroft Academy in Dover-Foxcroft. I would not trade either place in. At Zone Radio, I did everything in broadcasting and loved every minute of it. At Foxcroft Academy (my alma mater), I have been able to make a difference with young people, and I have the best co-workers around. I’m currently the Director of Communications, a faculty member in the English department, a dorm parent, and a basketball coach. They say you make your own breaks, and I believe that, but I’ve gotten lucky a bit as well. If you love what you do, you never work a day in your life. I’m still waiting for that first day of work.

4. Friends and Family - I’ve got a great support system. My mom and dad would do anything for me, and even though I don’t need to call on them much, they are always there. My friends are great, but I figure they are only my friends because being my friend has it’s privileges, like having an American Express card…….there goes my sarcasm again :) Like the Miranda Rights police read to you, I have the right to remain silent….but I don’t have the ability to do so.

5. My health - I eat too much pizza, and I am not in the greatest of shape, but for what I am, I’m doing ok…...just don’t ask my doctor. She might have a differing opinion.

So there you go. I have plenty to be thankful for in this month of giving thanks.

You should be thankful to read this…..after all, that would be keepin’ it real. Welcome the the 2017 holiday season, the best time of year.

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