I am thankful that I now live in a part of the country that's very foreign to me, with no family, friends or loved ones within six-hundred miles, who would be doing annoying things right now like competing for my attention, thus preventing me from sitting alone in my computer-room and posting an entry at TCR on Thanksgiving day.
Oh, wait a minute, no, that didn't come out quite right. Let me try again.
*I'm thankful that the Cubs are investing a ridiculous amount of time and money in Soriano and not in Matthews or Pierre.
*I'm thankful that we are under new on-field and executive management.
*I'm thankful for seeing my first Cubs game in person since 2000, this summer. It was a beautiful day, I went with the most important person in my life, Pierre stole a couple bases, Jones hit a home run, and Howry blew the game. As perfect a day as I could have asked for.
*I'm thankful that there's both a "mute" and an "off" button for the Thanksgiving Day Schlockfest. er, Parade.
*I'm thankful for Ivy.
*And for Len and Bob.
*And for another five years of Aramis Ramirez, loafing and all.
*And for the likelihood of many, many more years of Zambrano.
*I'm thankful that in this winter's market, the Cubs have lots of relief pitching to deal.
*I'm thankful that my family is all basically in good health, and waited until reasonable hours of the morning to begin phoning.
*I'm thankful that I finished all my schooling, and that it looks like I'll finish my first semester of teaching World History without having instigated any riots or religious wars.
*I'm thankful that Ruz hasn't fired me for being AWOL too frequently, and then showing up to write brief, schmaltzy fluff-pieces when no one will be looking.
*I'm thankful to be a part of the most lively, entertaining, combative, humane, thoughtful, ridiculous, diverse and passionate group of Cubs fans for, what has it been for me, now, almost five years?
What are you thankful for, Cubs-related or otherwise?