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November 27, 2013

ROOT: So much to be thankful for ...

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — I assume that it is customary to write a column about what I am thankful for at this festive time of the year, so I will.

I am thankful that I don’t work at Wal-Mart. There, I said it. I like my Thanksgivings at home and I don’t like being told that if I don’t work on Thanksgiving, I lose my job.

I don’t understand it. When emergency responders follow their career paths, they understand that there will be a lot of holidays away from home, and I respect and appreciate each one of those folks. But this thing with working retail on Thanksgiving is nuts.

I am thankful that I remember it’s Thanksgiving, not “the Thursday before Black Friday.”

I am thankful, as always, for the Union-Sun & Journal allowing me to vent. It gets me in a bit of trouble sometimes, so I can only imagine the flack they put up with when I really hit a nerve. I am especially thankful that I’m not required to list my phone number in this column.

I am thankful for people in our community like Pete Robinson and Mollie Roland who care enough to do things that help others and bring some positive attention to our area.

I am thankful for my healthy grandson and my entire family. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of where I might be without my wife and my kids. After getting things so wrong for the first part of my life, it is nice to know that I could eventually get it right.

I am thankful for the new roof on my house. As I sit here and listen to the wind rattle my windows, and read the threats of eight inches of snow headed our way, I have one less terrible thing to worry about.

I am thankful for my mom and her enduring spirit. She is the reason why my childhood memories of the holidays are so special.

I am thankful for new writing endeavors including a writing group that has inspired me to pursue projects and try things that I had never tried before. This year was just the beginning of a series of projects that promise to be a great deal of fun. I appreciate Craig and Scott and everything that we have already accomplished together and the long list of accomplishments that lie ahead of us.

I am thankful for football on Thanksgiving. Every year, I look forward to getting up just before 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving to watch the parade. When that’s over, it is time for the pre-game show and 12:30 p.m. kick-off. Aside from Christmas morning, it just doesn’t get any better than that.

I am thankful for all of my customers because they make it possible for me to avoid having to get a real job and head to an office somewhere.

I am thankful for the Internet. I mean, where do I even begin with this one? I make my living online, keep in touch with my friends online and waste hours of time online. I cannot think of one single invention that could be put to greater use than the Internet.

I am thankful that both the Transit and Sunset drive-ins went digital this year. Not only is it a great picture with awesome sound, it means that both of these pieces of Americana will be around for a very long time to come.

I am thankful that the seagulls are gone from the old Lockport Mall site. I wish they were building a new mall there, but they are not.

I am thankful for Youtube and its never-ending supply of videos from my past. I spend hours watching television shows and commercials from my youth. Heck, I have spent more time than anybody ought to just watching the word “special” come spinning out of the screen at me like it used to, oh so long ago.

I am thankful that you read this nonsense. I am thankful that some of you care enough to contact me and tell me how wrong I am or where on my anatomy I can stick my opinions. Thank you all so very much.

There is a Christmas surprise in store this year. Until then, Happy Thanksgiving!

George N. Root III is a Lockport resident and an expert on enjoying the holidays. His column is published every Wednesday and is usually written by overworked elves. He can be reached at georgeroot@verizon.net, but not until after the weekend.