Friday, November 28, 2008

What Are You Thankful For?

At a whiteboard hanging in a hallway in the building where I work somebody took an eraseable marker to pose the question: What are you thankful for? Employees passing by could pick up a marker and write a reply. Despite the bad economic times, especially here in Michigan, I was amazed at the variety of responses. From the profound to the seemingly trivial, everyone found something they were grateful for this Thanksgiving. Among them were:

--Not having cancer anymore.
--Having two daughters who are my best friend.
--Having a job (couple of these).
--All of Life's Blessings.
--Good Health.
--Obama won (couple of these too)
--My car is running again.

Then there were some that would seemingly rank down there in importance:

--My haircut turned out really good.
--People who wash their own dishes and clean up after themselves in the lunchroom (well, maybe that is important to the germaphobes among us).
--Imitrex migraine medicine (again, this could be important too, especially at work).

What was the most popular reason to be thankful? You might be surprised. At least I was. It was being single, mentioned four times. Nobody mentioned being thankful for their spouse, or for being married. Hmmmmm. I pointed this out to Wendy who works in this building too.

Somebody else wrote: Job/House/Dog. So even dogs rank higher than spouses. Can't be true, though I really miss my Doogie.

And, yes, I did write something myself. What was I thankful for? Fantasy football! Yeah, baby, yeah. All three of my teams are going to the championship playoffs in three separate fantasy leagues. Even Da Blogs made the playoffs after starting the season with four losses in our fantasy league. Believe me, I'm thankful for that.


Blogger Lucy Stern said...

DAVE! Fantasy football! Above Wendy? How could you? Like you said the "wives" weren't listed, too bad.

What am I greatful for? Families! To me, it is the most important thing. I don't know what I would do without any one of my family...

8:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW some of those are surprising you are right. I was most thankful that my MOM was still here and we still have the house that we have had all these years. Who knows what next year will bring. Great idea they should post all kinds of questions once a week or monthly and see what people are THINKING
in that place. I bet it would be surprising too what they answer. Have a great weekend DAVe! :)

9:19 AM  
Blogger Carine said...

I'm happy for my family and supportive friends.

Knowing how much Wendy means to you, I am a bit surprised she didn't come first!

Happy Holiday to you and your family

11:22 AM  
Blogger Betty said...

You know what this reminds me of? Many years ago there was a Dear Abby columnn which she disclosed the shocking results of an anonymous survey. The question, posed to parents, was: if you could turn back the clock and do it all over again, would you have kids? Something like 80% responded that they would not. Sounds as if a survey about marriage wight turn up similar results.

My married friends often hint that marriage is not all it's cracked up to be. Fortunately, there are couples like you and Wendy who do make the institution of marriage seem desirable.

Fantasy football, though? I have yet to even figure out exactly what that is.....


5:25 PM  
Blogger Fred said...

Rum. Gotta love it. Of course, fantasy football ranks right up there.

I'm most thankful for my family. And, my Wii. When I'm the only one home, I hang out in what we call the "toy room" and play one of the dozens of games they don't think I can play.

6:45 PM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

LUCY--I guess I thought I've shown my appreciation for Wendy all these years. But Wendy did say it would have been nice for me to write, "My wife" since not as many men work in the building.

CAROLDEE--They've posted questions before, but this is the first one I remember that drew numerous responses.

CARINE--Thanks for the holiday wishes. Next time I'll know better. I'll write, "My wife."

BETTY--You just kinda wonder who were the people who wrote, "Being single." Were they young people? Or older people who've divorced. I did find it surprising, however. Having kids is definitely not a casual decision to make.

FRED--I just bought a "portable grand piano" and want to put in our boy's room, the one getting married. Wendy says that will give me two "toy rooms."

4:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Let me begin by saying how sorry I am to hear about Doogie. Your previous post was a wonderful tribute to him.

In reference to this post: I'm thankful Romo is back and the Cowboys are back on track.


8:16 AM  
Blogger Peter said...

Don't forget that "spare" room Dave... WRITE, MY WIFE.
Sorry to hear of Doogie's departure.

2:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm smiling....hey, we're all grateful for different things. One man's treasure is another man's trash.....mind you, not that spouses are trash. Needed to clarify that!

7:13 AM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

DEB--Romo's my man. He's one of the reasons I went from last (tenth) to fourth in my league.

PETER--I'll know better next Thanksgiving.

TERRI--Very true. I'm grateful for a lot of things, my wife included certainly, but fantasy football has been on my mind a lot lately with the playoffs looming in the next few weeks.

4:51 PM  
Anonymous bonnie said...

Freedom of Speech
Freedom of Religion
Freedom of Enterprise
Flow yoga (Vinyasa style)
Fall rains
Flip-flops - Yogis wear these all year long.
Flag football pick-up games in our neighborhood lot

Forgive my fatuous, fastuous, facetious falderal: Fooliaminy footling! Fantasticating fantasy footballers are factious fans fain to find fun for fear of favorites failing and free-falling into a farouche, farraginous farrago of fantique and fantod.


6:31 PM  
Blogger Nankin said...

Dave, great post. We thought about doing something like that in our office, but with 20 people being let go or "retired" at the end of the year, some thought it was in poor taste.

Not me. I'm grateful for my health, having both my children and grandchildren here for Thanksgiving and Jimbob.

8:42 AM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

BONNIE--Cute, thanks. Hmmmm, have to find my fictionary though. Er, dictionary. Well, considering that it looks like you're commenting on my Wolverines, probably fictionary is a better word anyway.

Will Fartan fans be frustrated by failure in their future Florida football finale? Fersure. (Oops, make that Spartan. Got carried away with my alliteration).

NANKIN--I hope they don't try to "retire" me. I never understand why they always do their layoffs around the holidays.

4:39 PM  
Blogger Merle said...

Hi Dave ~~ Great idea for Thanks- giving and the answers surprise us.
I am glad you got your lawn cut before the snow came. It amazes me that the grass survives the snow.
My new joke book had only what I posted, but you reminded me that in the past I have seen the redneck guess 3 chickens. I will go and add that last line. Thanks for your visit. Take care, Regards, Merle.

1:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like how you say 'championship' playoffs instead of just playoffs. Always trying to sneak 'championship' by you name huh, Blog.

I'm thankful for drawing the Blog's name for the christmas exchange...sooooooooo many great ideas I can't wait. What size spartan sweatshirt should I get you?? Triple or Quadruple X?

6:08 PM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

MERLE--Not all my grass survives. Pretty soon my yard is going to be the "outback" of the neighborhood.

ANONYMOUS (VIC)--Oh, oh. Didn't realize that my favorite nephew had drawn my name for the family Xmas gift exchange this year. I would have been more careful about my smacktalk on the fantasy football bulletin board. (You know I was just kidding there).

Actually, I could use a new sweatshirt. Though I like them roomy, a 2X would be plenty roomy enough. Don't get me one I'll just use to wash my car. How about a Mahoney's sweatshirt? Do they have those? Something unique.

Sorry about your ff team missing the playoffs (again!). And your team was one of the stronger teams in the league. But look on the bright side. Now you have more time to shop!

6:41 AM  
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