For crisp days, sunshine, farms, cities, good books, my family, all the places I’ve loved and all the people who have loved me. For Baristaville, with all its good sushi, Thai food, art house movies, old houses, smart people, irreverence … and especially all those people who raise their hands and volunteer. I am even thankful for the things I don’t like (football comes to mind) and people who annoy me (cathar) because after all the world needs testosterone and vinegar. I am thankful to have been born an American, not because we’re the most powerful nation in the world, or the most righteous, or God-fearing, but because we are the luckiest.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Get there, and back, safely. And remember, if you go shopping tomorrow, to spend your money close to home.
Debbie Galant
Amherst, Va.
Nov. 27, 2008
PS. And somebody let us know who wins, the Bengals or the Mounties.

49 replies on “I am Thankful”

  1. Happy Thanksgiving Debbie.
    Who cares about football on a day like today
    SAVE THE PAWS ANIMALS – adopt or foster a PAWS animal today.
    PAWS is open from 12noon to 4pm!

  2. I’m relieved to hear I annoy you, Debbie. Though I might also plausibly suggest that singling me out on this day in particular was just a bit much.
    (And the likes of hansi and mikey just fill your heart with the warm fuzzies and thoughts of world peace? You’re going to make me sorry I bought both your efforts at a novel…)

  3. In thinking about it, cathar cares about football.
    I remember when cathar played for Columbia back in ’67.
    Those were the days, right Richie!

  4. Thankful for all the love from family and friends….being able to live in a community, for over 25 years, that overs so much….an opportunity to do the kind of work I do, which allows me to be part of so many wonderful events/activities .
    And to have the Barista Family keep me in touch with all of the things I care about too.

  5. I love this week-end — because I am NOT a shopper. Except for going out for a live tree at a tree farm, I stay home and enjoy the aftermath of family, friends, food and football.
    But I also am thankful for Cather and the Prof. They keep a balance here,and this conservative likes it.

  6. I am thankful for all the wonderful people in my life and for my new doggie, Kelly.
    I am thankful that God has blessed me and my family with good health this year.
    I am thankful that although I am running slower than I did 10 years ago, I am still able to run.
    I am thankful that I am an American because I truly believe we are the best nation in the world even though we’re having some growing pains right now. Remember, we are a young nation compared to most of the world.
    Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

  7. I am thankful for my wife of 25 years, our mortgage-free home, our outstanding Son, now a CPA and doing fantastic, for our health and for my 6 “Collectable Concours Show Cars” that I proudly drive and have won a good share of trophies for.
    For living in America, and the many freedoms it affords as well as the educational system, and out fabulous hospital care centers.
    Life is good, but too often too short.
    Happy Thanksgiving to all !
    A very Merry Christmas and a Happy Chanukkah to all.

  8. I too am thankful for all that comes with being a free
    As Debbie noted we need testosterone and vinegar and I’m thankful that Hans and Jerseygurl provide that fodder.

  9. I am thankful that my surgery (a week ago yesterday) went well and grateful for all the wonderful people in my life for their assistance now and over the coming weeks! My employer sent over a Thanksgiving dinner from Eight Hills Caterers, Verona! I’ll be recovering at home for the next six weeks and will be enjoying all the Baristanet postings! Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. I’m also thankful to have been born in America – it’s more wonderful than I ever imagined it could be. THIS is where we’re spending Thanksgiving this year – we’re cooking everything stovetop because we don’t have an oven in our current home.

  11. I am thankful that my family left and left me multiple bottles of champagne that I now get to enjoy in my pajamas.

  12. I am thankful for a wonderful husband, wonderful animals, and a fulfilled, forward-moving life. Oh, and Top Chef.

  13. Montclair 21, Bloomfield 13. Bittersweet victory for the Mounties, considering they came so close to another visit to Giants Stadium before losing to Hackensack last Saturday. I was considering taking my son to the game today, but after last weekend’s game, in which we were subjected to a non-stop litany of cursing and swearing from parents in the bleachers, I don’t think we’ll be back anytime soon.

  14. Debbie, great article! I’m sure we’re all thankful for the work you do to make baristanet possible–I know I am.
    Hoping everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I know I did.

  15. Has Bloomfield ever won? We played Ridgewood (maybe) in the 80’s to switch it up and then lost. After that, back to the tradition of beating Bloomfield every Thanksgiving.

  16. For Ackme: Montclair and Bloomfield’s rivaly dates back to the ’20s. Over that time there have probably been an equal number of wins and loses, and yesterday’s game was a well-played by both teams, final score 21-13 for the Mounties. But yesterday set a new low, hopefully one that will never be repeated. After the game, Bloomfield’s marching band buses were attacked by rock and bottle throwing thugs. A bolder smashed through one of the windows striking a very sweet saxaphone player on the side of the head, leaving him dazed. Police followed up but it’s unlikely the attackers were caught. My husband concurs one with of the other posters above: the foul language used in the home stands and on the concession line was a real turn off. You have to ask yourself what’s up with people who would attack band kids who were literally dancing on the field and in the stands during the game? They were there to entertain both towns and have a good time. Too bad their last game of the season was spoiled.

  17. I am thankful for my good fortune and for having had parents who emphasized the importance of self reliance, education and decency. Like many Eastern European immigrants, they left an oppressive regime and came here to start over again. What little they had they always shared, including our home which was often the first stopping place for friends and family members from
    other countries who needed a
    temporary home, food, legal assistance
    or just a friendly face. I am thankful they taught me to share what I have, and I am thankful I have more than enough to do so.

  18. That’s horrible, Town Crier. Did the sax player go to the hospital? Any update?
    This is not the first time we’ve heard of such incidents after football games. I think they need to step up security.

  19. jgurl, if your parents came from behind the iron curtain like mine did, you should have some idea of what the lefties taking over will lead to. So how come?

  20. VCN, while this episode occurred in Montclair, it was far enough away from Woodman Field that it would have been outside the security perimeter. I’m told the boy who was hit had to get stitches but is otherwise fine.

  21. Yes, problem. I am more than well aware of what happens in a totalitarian regime, or what can happen when a government is no longer “of the people and by the people” and a few loose cannons are able to grab power for themselves.
    Our constitution was constructed to ensure there would be a balance of power and we have a chance of restoring that balance when the current administration is gone.

  22. Is anyone else who has followed the history of American politics worried about the infux of the Chicago ‘dirty’ politics rearing its ugly head in the White House? The Chief of Staff, Rahm Emmanuel, is an ardent practitioner of that craft. I’m wondering what will be in store for those who dissent against Obama Administration? Are we going to see a rise in character assassination and the subsequent abrogation of first amendment freedoms? I’m just sayin…

  23. “Are we going to see a rise in character assassination and the subsequent abrogation of first amendment freedoms?”
    You mean just like the last 8 years?
    I’m just sayin’….

  24. Dirty Chicago politics ? Does Faux News, Karl Rove, Rush Limbaugh, Dick Cheney ring any bells ?
    Relax…it can’t possibly be any more horrific, or dirty, than W’s so called “terms.”

  25. Jgurl;
    That you can equate a half century of the iron curtain with the Bush administration is astounding. It’s a grotesque distortion by monumental orders of magnitude. The totalitarians of the left are the worst in history. See the following cogent article.
    Clintons continuous defamation machine of every woman who ever ratted him out.
    Moveon character assassins
    Chicago politics: spontaneous background check of the plumber by the “people” who work for the gov’t.
    God save us from a dictatorship of the proletariat as many of the left would love to see.
    See the movie “Other Peoples Lives” which is poignant and chilling illustratration of where teutonic efficiency in the service of the left has been.

  26. It’s so much fun to see people like theproblem and all the religious righties get their knickers in a twist and froth at the mouth now that the evil lefties have taken over. God save us–our integrity, our families, our capitalism–they are all leaving us! Heh heh–so melodramatical and amusing.
    Don’t worry, it’s all cyclical: the Dems will be blamed for whatever ills befall this country next and the Reps will figure out how to reinvent and brand themselves–small gov’t, social conservatism, (what will it be???)–and they will come back in power.
    (Yes, I know, theproblem, you think I am an idiot douchebag and worse blah blah blah.)
    Now, let’s move past being thankful for everything we are blessed with and start focusing on important things like boycotting a big-box store whose employees don’t say “Merry Christmas!”

  27. If government can bail out AIG they can pay for health care for every man, woman and child in the United States.

  28. With the ready money laying around (as in tax payer’s fututre earnings), healthcare for all, and affordable housing, not to mention quality education should be doable. Think not ? Think AIG, bank bailouts, Detroit, pork, an unnecessary foreign entanglements (think Iraq, for starters).

  29. The very best the conservatives can come up with is “censorship” of talk radio ? After what they’ve dragged the rest of us through ? Kind of like bringing up the notion that a certain unnamed nazi leader was abused as a child. Isn’t it ?

  30. jimmyp, that the best you can do to deflect the issue of exiled’s post?
    There is a real threat that the Chicago Dems will be vindictive and suppress freedom of expression. Remember, it was the Dems who re-invented censorship under the guise of political correctness.

  31. The real threat is that Bush will continue to do more damage up until the very last minute he is in office.

  32. “Remember, it was the Dems who re-invented censorship under the guise of political correctness.”
    Yes. But instead of the “guise” I call it the “scourge.”

  33. Remember, it was the Dems who re-invented censorship under the guise of political correctness
    Remember, it was a Republican president who signed the free-speech limiting McCain-Feingold law, even while declaring that he thought it was unconstitutional. “PC” is easily exposed and thwarted for the ridiculous BS that it is, but the Bush/McCain 1st Amendment destruction lives on!

  34. This was a lovely post but I was dismayed to see one blogger singled out as “annoying.” That was truly not necessary and ruined an otherwise nice post.

  35. Iceman, P.C. is the least of our problems. Ask yourself not the best that I can do, but rather did the GOP do the best it could do. I think our country spoke volumes on Election Day.

  36. Nellie, I assure you, being singled out will only make me more vigilant about such issues here as slow news days and the discomfiting closeness between advertisers on this site and “editorial” coverage of same.

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