by Dan Peschong
As most people know, the Thanksgiving holiday was born from a grand conspiracy of the National Football League and the Butterball corporation to televise three pro football games on a Thursday in late November to millions of people with nothing to do but eat turkey and fixin’s and to watch Uncle Fred snooze in the most comfortable chair in the TV room.
(Note – please ignore any rumors that in 1863 Abraham Lincoln declared this as a day to thank a benevolent God for all the blessings He had bestowed on this great land – in the middle of the greatest crisis this young country had ever seen).
So – today I want to throw out two top 10 lists – one includes things I am thankful for as an Astros’ fan and another list that is a bit more personal.
As an Astros fan I am thankful:
- That I don’t have to worry about those bothersome championship parades and the ensuing riots and looting that winning a World Series would inevitably bring.
- That I don’t have to type Jhonny every other day while blogging.
- That we do not have Rosanne Barr or Carl Lewis signed up to sing the National Anthem in 2014.
- That my team has only gone through its first 52 seasons without a World Series title – the Texas Rangers have gone their first 53 seasons without one.
- That I don’t have to fret about losing any of our “top” players to Free Agency.
- That the Astros’ pitchers don’t have to get worn out batting or running the bases (in about 90% of our games).
- That the team cannot lose more than 162 games in 2014.
- That I don’t have to re-live the 2011, 2012 and 2013 seasons…I hope.
- That the bad taste of the last few years has not completely wiped out my memories of better times (though it is getting close).
- That I still have Chip around to help keep my baseball sanity.
As a person I am thankful for:
- A benevolent God and all the blessings He has bestowed on this great land.
- The people whose job it is to protect this great nation here and overseas.
- My family and all the love they give to me every day.
- My friends and the comfort and support we exchange.
- The joy of music and the gift of singing that I have been given.
- A wonderful nation that with all its warts still has people beating on the doors to enter it. (Well they don’t all beat on the door – but that is an editorial for another time).
- A company that has appreciated my efforts for that last ¼ century and a job that can challenge me while paying me.
- Decent health and the ability to meet each day head-on.
- A lifestyle that allows me leisure time to enjoy and write about such fluff as baseball.
- Having Chip and my blogging friends around to help keep my baseball sanity.
So, it is your turn – take a shot at your own list and a wonderful holiday to you all.