Giving Thanks 2010

“Some friendships do not last, but some friends are more loyal than brothers.”
– Proverbs 18:24

I’m thankful for God in heaven, who has blessed me with my greatest gifts – a sense of humour and creativity – as well as the people who find their way onto this list every year, and everything that you’re aboot to read.

I’m thankful for my mom who still doesn’t mind me freeloading in her basement, even if it’s never as clean as she would like it, but also because she’s an amazing woman.

I’m thankful for the head Brodigette who, while I may have started the year thinking she was a spy, has become the one person I look forward to hearing from the most each day. Plus, her mac and cheese has ruined me.

I’m thankful for all the participants of TURDUCKEN 2009 (including Mark, who was there in spirit), for all the reasons I’m thankful for them each year and have been thankful for them for the past fifteen years, and who best represent the later half of the quote I started this with.

I’m thankful for Melissa for not being a psychopath, and for providing her husband with the most joy and happiness I’ve seen him get out of life for close to ten years now.

I’m thankful for Lynnbaby, for her guidance, for not holding a grudge when I almost set off a turf war, for all the opportunities she’s given me and continues to give me, for not getting too upset when I’d constantly call on her to fix all my problems…really, for no other reason than I could and you couldn’t.

I’m thankful for the three greatest, most glorious words in the English language: Stephen P. Canzoneri, who has been a great mentor and friend.

I’m thankful for (mmm mmm mmm) all the amazing friends I’ve made through the Young Republicans this year, from P4th in Troy (what) to Indiana where I’m grateful Chris Mathews didn’t eat my cheeseburger, to trying my hardest to get me and Mike on “Morning Joe,” to the basement at the Knights of Columbus where if we didn’t feel enough like alcoholics, the beer next door is only two bucks. I’m also thankful for the Nassau YR Campaign HQ’s: Jim’s Stogies in Farmingdale, Stingers Irish Pub in RVC, and The Recovery Room in Mineola.

I’m thankful for Crown on the rocks and CAO Cigars.

I’m thankful that Smallz is home safe and sound and for good, even though I seemed to talk to him more when he was being shot at by Iraqi’s…something I need to work on in 2009.

I’m thankful for having known and loved Anthony Letteriello.

I’m thankful for the friends Facebook has allowed me to reconnect with, particularly my former receptionist.

I’m thankful for @pinkelephantpun, @irishduke, @katiefavazza and all the other friends and contacts I’ve made on #twitter this year. #tcot #sgp #nysyr

I’m thankful for that amazing feel that comes over you when you first fall in love with a new song, most recently Bon Jovi’s “Superman Tonight.”

I’m thankful for the Zac Brown Band, and that i can finally listen to Hurricane Doyle and Matt Ramsey on my iPod instead of just MySpace.

I’m thankful for Barney Stintson.

I’m thankful for anyone I’ve share a cup of coffee with over the past year.

I’m thank for the Byters who have managed to scatter more over the past year, yet still find ways to stick together.

I’m thankful for the potential; opportunities to make 2010 my greatest year since 2000.

I’m thankful for all the things I’ve forgotten that I won’t remember until ninety-seven seconds after I send this out.

And I’m thankful for all of you who are reading this right now, who have touched my life in one way or another this year.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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