Thankful for Poker

So there is no poker tonight, since half of the people I know have left town, the other half are sitting in traffic right now, and I’m going to a benefit concert that somehow indirectly feeds poor people thanksgiving dinners.

Speaking of which, we have a tradition in my family where we go around the table at Thanksgiving dinner and say things that we are thankful for. I’m pretty sure my family invented this tradition and we are the only people who do this. Nonetheless, I’m going to shake it up this year. I’m going to think of things that no person in their right mind would ever give thanks for, and see how many times around the table we can go before people realize I’m being absurd. I already have some good ones on deck:

1. I’m thankful for the quality of service in DC restaurants.

2. I’m thankful that the metro is carpeted.

3. I’m thankful that the only ISP in town is Comcast.

4. I’m thankful for every aspect of the bike lanes.

5. I’m thankful that my proximity to the capitol makes my voice in congress stronger.

6. I’m thankful for the Redskins.

7. I’m thankful for the reliability of the metro escalators and scheduled track maintenance.

8. I’m thankful for the way DC drivers handle inclement weather.

9. I’m thankful for the experiences I have had at Lauriol Plaza.

10. I’m thankful for the number of casual bars downtown serving reasonably-priced beer.

11. I’m thankful for the competence of CVS employees.

12. I’m thankful that Dulles and BWI are geographically close enough to DC that all major airlines offer me tickets for those airports whenever I search for flights out of National.

13. I’m thankful that I got a parking ticket because it proves the system works and government is not broken.

Ok, I started to go off the deep end there, but I have so many more things to be thankful about! I haven’t even started talking about the inspiring protests, affordable housing costs, the longevity of the cherry blossoms, the duration of spring and fall, oh and brunch! You know how I feel about brunch… It’s all so wonderful. Feel free to add your own grattitudes, perhaps we will go around the poker table next week and do just that.

Till then, I wish a great American holiday to you and yours. Safe travels and good eats.

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