I was told today that if I saw someone with buckles on their shoes and a blunderbuss that I should run. I think they were calling me a turkey.
Tomorrow I will make my annual trek to the beautiful state ofMississippi, specifically to the home of theUniversityofMississippi,Oxford. This has been a tradition ever since I left school there in 1990. Back then the Egg Bowl (bedlam game between the UM Rebels and the MSU Bulldogs,) was on Thanksgiving night every year. So, I went to visit family and watch my Rebels, Hotty Toddy. Since that time both teams have been inconsistent and have lost that Thursday night slot. However, because family is still there, and there is still a Saturday game we continue to trek. Now, having said that, this year I will be sitting out the game for two good reasons; First, this year we suck! I am praying that a change of coach AND athletic director will correct that for future years. Second, the game is inStarkville, notOxford. Meaning I would have to travel several hours to a town, and may my cousin forgive me, that the best thing to come out of is Mississippi State Cheese. No thank you.
But that is not the reason for the Thanksgiving season. This is a season that we are supposed to reflect over the last year and memorialize our gratitude. I have much to be thankful for this year. For one, I did not have a hospital visit the entire year. After two years of strokes, it feels really good to have managed to go more than a year without another. Another thing I am thankful for is YOU! After starting the whole stand-up thing earlier this year I have found a whole new group of friends, and thanks to this blog and video posts I have great readers like you, for which I am very humbled. Finally, I am eternally grateful for my family, specifically my wife, who without missing a beat puts up with all my narcissism.
Here’s hoping you and yours have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.
p.s. I am also grateful that I will be inOxfordover the weekend and get to visit the Bottletree Bakery. If you have ever been there, you know what I am talking about.