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Cutting to the Core

Once again, time for thanks

I can't believe it's Thanksgiving already. The time seems to fly now. I'm busy with my job and family and the days melt into weeks, which melt into months and here we are again, Thanksgiving.

I like Thanksgiving, it's one of my favorite holidays. Remembering back during my childhood, Thanksgiving was always the holiday where the whole family got together. Even more so than Christmas.

But one of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is sitting back after a great meal and thinking about all the things I have to be thankful for. Some years are lean but this year, I have a butt load of stuff to be thankful for.

First of course, is my daughter Piper. I'm very thankful for her. She's nine months old now and is into everything but I adore her. Her smile absolutely makes my day when I come home for lunch. She's truly glad to see me, I know because she's not that good of an actor yet.

I'm thankful for my wife, Tanya. Without her I wouldn't have Piper. If I did have Piper and I didn't have Tanya, I wouldn't have any wits left. She's amazing how she takes care of Piper and me at the same time and manages to not complain, although I think she wants to every once in a while.

I'm thankful for having a job I like and co-workers I enjoy working with. That's so important. I've worked at places where I was miserable and it made going to work a challenge. It's also just not fun to work with people you don't like.

I would like to thank all the people who told me how sorry they were about my cat Franklin when he was brutally murdered by the jaws of two very ugly dogs.

I got phone calls, a letter, e-mails and many people came up to me on the street, all saying how sorry they were. I was very touched.

I'm so thankful I was able to get my car going this past weekend. At the same time, a shout out of thanks goes to my neighbor Duane for letting me use his tools to replace my starter.

I would like to thank Anheuser-Busch for making Budweiser beer. I like that stuff, but this will hopefully be the last Thanksgiving I give thanks to the makers of Bud. I'm 37 now and it's time for me to quit drinking and concentrate on my health. I don't know exactly when I'll be doing that, but I know it will be soon.

Finally, I would like to thank the people of Sunnyside this Thanksgiving. I enjoy working in this community. It's fun to cover the high school sports, the service clubs and just meeting new people everyday.

It's a pleasure to work here and I enjoy hearing when the people commend me for my work. In the 15 months I've been working here, I haven't received one piece of hate mail. Something I'm also very thankful for.

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