A few days ago I made a list of the things I was grateful for in every year I spent Thanksgiving in New York (1974-1998). I intended to follow this up with a list of things I was grateful for since moving to Los Angeles but I wasn’t able to get to it before the holiday thanks to a rock and roll evening and a trip to the doctor to fix my neck. I’m sorry for not finishing my list but I think I can encapsulate the things I am thankful for very easily.
For many years I lived in Los Angeles leading a good, but somehow unfulfilled life. The fact that something was missing from my life wasn’t always obvious but it would come through on holidays like Thanksgiving when, despite having friends, girlfriends and family, I would almost always find myself feeling lonely and depressed. Here’ s a few low lights of my Thanksgivings through the years: 1999- Eating fruit salad with bourbon in a hotel room. 2000-Veggie burger at Canter’s on Fairfax. 2001-2004 Some variation of loneliness and desperation. 2005 – was actually great thanks to surprise visitors but in 2006 I was down again, cooking outside on a portable grill with my local hobo’s.
Now that you’ve heard of the down years let me tell you about this years Thanksgiving. Yesterday I had dinner with my wife and ten close friends and family members, for our second consecutive year of A Very Slacksgiving. When I tell people that my life is better than I ever thought it would be, this is exactly what I mean. Thanks for being a part of the good life with me.