A (Belated) Thought of Thanksgiving

by Lou on November 23, 2007

This is belated, to be sure, but I awakened this morning thinking about Thanksgiving and all the things, big and small, that I’m thankful for. One thing I tend to take for granted, but really shouldn’t, is the weather. And if the price is a lot of snowbirds who clog the roads in the Coachella Valley every winter, it’s a small price to pay.

Yesterday we had 16 people—family, friends, and neighbors—for Thanksgiving dinner, and because we live in a warm climate, we were able to eat outdoors. It was a gorgeous day, and I wore shorts and was barefoot—we’re not really formal at my house—and thought how fortunate I was to live where I do, and not have to suffer real winters unless I choose to go to the snow.

I’m also thankful that my commute to work is no further than a jaunt to a home office, or a trip to a nearby cardroom.

All the cycling magazines that find their way to my door are filled with articles this time of year about maintaining fitness by cycling indoors on a trainer or on rollers, because the weather is too harsh in most places for all but the most dedicated to want to ride on the roads. But not here. If I ride mid-day, I can usually get by in a short-sleeved cycling jersey and shorts. If I decide to ride early, when it’s a lot colder, all I need do is add arm and leg warmers and maybe a vest over my jersey and I’m good to go.

The sun is shining here as it usually does. The temperature is in the low 70s, and I’m stuffed full of turkey and all the fixings. And for all of this, I’m thankful.

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