For various reasons, my family will not celebrate its normal, all-of-us-together thanksgiving until this Saturday. So today, while technically Thanksgiving, doesn’t really feel so. Plus we are experiencing the most shitty weather at the moment. It is very cold, gray, and raining. So I have taken advantage of this state of affairs to finish up all outstanding work that I had on my plate, and have spent the rest of the day reading a bit and going through an small old file box that I had left here at my parents’ house several years ago. In it, I was pleased to discover a number of odd remembrances (as well as a bunch of old bills, legal stuff and prior tax returns which I tossed in the garbage with great satisfaction). Among the items, I found money (about 80 Euros and 20 Canadian dollars), some gift cards of various sorts (BR, Nordstrom, and a couple of others), old business cards and resumes (testifying to the dizzying number of jobs I have held), and some fascinating old photographs from over 20 years ago. I also found an old (circa 1997) stock grant vesting schedule from Apple Computer from when I worked there. I left before vesting, but had I stayed (and not sold) I would have made a pretty penny. And been pretty unhappy. Come to think of it, I am actually pretty thankful today for how my life has turned out so far. And it has been proven to me over and over how things that we think are terrible can actually turn out to be pretty wonderful, and vice versa. So I hope all of you out there are feeling thankful for something or other. We really don’t have to look too hard to see it.