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Andrew / November 21, 2007 12:48 AM

Question suggested by Val.

I'm thankful for great friends and lots of love in my life.

madachode / November 21, 2007 8:12 AM

The Republican Party.

Shasta / November 21, 2007 8:33 AM

Having very loving and supportive family and friends.

Being out of debt.

Val / November 21, 2007 8:52 AM

I'm thankful for

A Family close enough to go visit... and far enough away they aren't knocking on my door...

Change. Change is so good.

Wonderful roommates.

General happiness.

Caffeine Free / November 21, 2007 9:00 AM

1) Friends and family

2) Not travelling out of state for the holidays

Nuke LaLoosh / November 21, 2007 9:11 AM

Cliche as it may sound, I am thankful for my growing and growling family . . . I have 3 beautiful, whip-smart nieces, a bright and energetic nephew, in laws and parents that are relatively healthy and happy, plus I have the Best. Wife. Ever. In addition, I have a few friends that are as close as family could ever be.

Also, in 10 weeks, I will have met (in slight overtime session) my 2007 goal of retiring 100% of my credit card debt.

I'm also thankful for art and beauty, as I have had a lucky opportunity to see some wonderful performances in the Chicago Theater scene lately.

Also, pumpkin pancakes.

Spook / November 21, 2007 9:23 AM

potentates, both foreign, and domestic

Shawn P. Ditty Combs,

The Red Eye

"mainstream" democrats

The seven day work week

moody / November 21, 2007 9:27 AM


a steady job

being able to get around town without a car (despite cta's recent troubles)

being debt-free

my health

m / November 21, 2007 9:30 AM

im going to join the cliche ranks by saying im thankful for my family. in a year when friends have drifted for whatever reason, my family is the one consistent force in my life.

im also thankful that i have seen beauty, love, and humor in my every day life, even if its not mine.

also, hot dougs. i thank jeebus for hot dougs.

mucifer / November 21, 2007 9:49 AM

I'm thankful for Metropolis espresso, Jenny Lizak, the return of Project Runway, people willing to contribute to just because they think it's a good idea, Rogers Park Fruit Market, samba brunch at Cuatro, clean roommates, the BCC option, g-chat, WLUW, Brenda Dickson parodies on youtube, home-made mole, the hottest boyfriend ever and so much more.

Kevin / November 21, 2007 10:05 AM

Um, Nuke, I'm sorry to break it to you, but I think your wife is a polygamist. Because, I too, am married to the best wife ever.

This is awkward.

I also happen to have the best dog ever. His head smells like turkey and his rump smells like dog farts, as my (our) wife said this morning.

eep / November 21, 2007 10:24 AM

I'm thankful for my amazing friends, my wonderful family (whom I love even when they drive me nuts), my new home, my healthy pet, the Metra trains, my fiance's family being warm and welcoming to me, having a job, never going hungry or cold, being able to help a little girl in the Phillipines better her life, and most of all for my amazing fiance who makes me happier than I ever knew I could be.

skafiend / November 21, 2007 10:55 AM

...that the shit just barely missed the fan

...the guy who's car I bumped with mine didn't want to get the police involved and we settled it amicably.

...Devon Market

...whatever union honcho got me a few more bucks in my paycheck

...finishing that stupid play. Even if it sucks and never sees the lights of a stage, I finished that sucker.

...Kevin's dog-who-smells-like-turkey

...the hot women at the gym. You ladies just don't know...

...that her being out of my life hurts a little less now. Love you KF


billy / November 21, 2007 11:19 AM

oddly, i'm so thankful i got fired from my job last week. i hated those pricks anyways.

now im starting to freelance, picking up the odd temping assignment and while making far less money - am far, far, happier.

JasonB / November 21, 2007 11:20 AM

Clarence Leonidas Fender.

annie / November 21, 2007 12:16 PM

I'm so thankful for my fiance, who is the easiest and best person to love, ever. He's kind, gentle, smart, loving and super easy on the eyes. I'm thankful that he has shown me it's ok for us to live however we want and don't have to follow any rules and regulations. Which includes a non traditional wedding and while we are pissing off some people, it's ok b/c we're happy and in love and that's all that matters.

fluffy / November 21, 2007 12:46 PM

I'm thankful for having the most wonderful cat in the world. I'm also thankful I haven't puked yet cause I'm soooooo hung over.

CB / November 21, 2007 1:20 PM

That I'm still standing after having torrents of evil try to rip me off my feet through the crappiest year I have yet to endure.

And beer.

Loddii / November 21, 2007 1:27 PM

not going over the edge after my mom died almost a year ago.

it sucks being the only child of divorced parents.

BUT, I have a boyfriend that is the best gift I could have ever been given.

Great friends too!

Josh / November 21, 2007 1:34 PM

EVERYTHING!!! Every day I am glad to be alive.

Ellen / November 21, 2007 1:35 PM

At the top of my list this year is my nine-year old daughter, who--besides simply being her wonderful self--is my greatest inspiration for taking care of myself, physically, emotionally, creatively, etc. Because my mother was (and still is!) angry, depressed, repressed, bitter and just downright scary, I know how much my daughter needs me to be a healthy, happy, caring and fulfilled person.

B/S Monitor / November 21, 2007 2:02 PM

We should all be thankful that we have such a moral compass in our dear friend Spook.

Sometimes I say to myself, “What would the biggest jackass on the web say about this issue?”

I can go to Gapersblock, read Spook’s ranting posts, and BAM! I have my answer.


Carlotta / November 21, 2007 2:26 PM

having the chance -- not once but twice -- to move into the much bigger apartment that I have now. The old studio apartment where I'd been for 28 years (!!) was really depressing me.

Dutch101 / November 21, 2007 2:39 PM

Family, especially my little neice who is amazing.

Friends in high and low places, lots of 'em, and they are fun as hell.

Opportunity, I'm not doing so bad, and I am feeling good about my prospects.

Oh, and finally, that bottle of Booker's bourbon that I swiped from that Knob Creek marketing event the other night. Tee hee.

jennifer / November 21, 2007 3:58 PM

-my boy and his continual opening up to me

-having the opportunity to have a great advisor while working on the ph.d.

-a wonderful family (as messed up as we are)

-really great friends (though most of them live too far away)

-being so lucky to have the life that I have, as meager as it can feel sometimes.

Amanda / November 21, 2007 6:36 PM

Having a job I love
My most awesome friends, who know everything about me, and love me anyway
Can I add Grey Goose Vodka?

zoenotcool / November 21, 2007 10:59 PM

in no special order:

- my husband
- cats
- good books
- all kinds of family (blood and adopted and near and far and exasperating and not)
- all kinds of friends (wherever they are)
- memories
- a job that I can tolerate with a decent paycheck
- an education I may or may not be wasting
- changing seasons
- cheese
- gin & tonics with lots of lime
- tivo
- BBC America
- optimistic people
- mental health professionals and medications that help

joshua / November 22, 2007 7:38 PM

hi, i hope everyone is having a lovely thanksgiving.

this year, i'm thankful for new love (i've got the best ladyfriend in town), new professional opportunities, having family closeby and back home, super-fun rommates, an ever-growing circle of friends, and living in a town i keep loving more and more.

Dave / November 23, 2007 12:15 AM

Here's to that silver lining!

Leelah / November 23, 2007 9:00 AM

--my family (I was lucky enough to spend time with my entire extended family, both sides, at my sister's wedding. it's wonderful when you realize you actually LIKE your family)
--my friends
--my job (how lucky am I to do something I love?)
--my new location in beautiful Logan Square
--wireless internet
--hot tea

steven / November 23, 2007 10:45 AM

: my wife
: my family
: my friends
: my health
: my job

life and everything about it

Anne / November 23, 2007 12:00 PM

The fact that I've made a good living doing nothing but writing for a little more than a year now; my super-adorable, super-smart nephew; my church community; the fact that I've saved enough and then some for taxes; my new white-noise machine and the way it drowns out my neighbor's terrible singing; Coke Zero; being closer to paying off my credit card; and making out. Oh, and semicolons.

cory / November 23, 2007 4:48 PM

That I am not sufficiently stupid, ignorant or delusional to waste my money on crap like "biodynamic wine."

annie's bf / November 24, 2007 12:27 PM

I'm thankful for the new ipod touch on which i am typing this, given to me by my awesome wife to be, who remembered my birthday when my whole family forgot. She's the same Annie who wrote about her fiance earlier in this thread, and i'm also thankful to have someone who is as crazy about me as i am about her.

This thing is hard to type on but it's still cool.

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