Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving Day 2008

I am thankful today. Every year I try to pause on Thanksgiving Day and return thanks for the blessings in my life. In no particular order, here is a sampling:

I am thankful for my wife. In good times and not-so-good times, Tracy remains a steadfast, loving, giving companion.

I am thankful for my children. Ever since I was a young lad, I wanted to be a father. I could not be more proud of Cody, Jenna, or Katie.

I am thankful for my step-children. They each have giving hearts like their Mom. I am proud of all of them.

I am thankful for my health. I have had some scares this year. These have served to help me appreciate the bod I have. I am trying to take better care of it.

I am thankful for my friends. Your steadfastness through the years never ceases to warm my heart. The laughs, the memories, and the ploys enrich my life beyond words.

I am thankful this year especially for my grandparents, Hiram and Theo Vick, and Clare and Nellie Redders. Though they are no longer here, they have each instilled a legacy into me. I tell my children to treasure their grandparents, because when they're gone, they're gone. My Grandma Redders put her heart and soul into many Thanksgiving feasts. My Grandma Vick never forgot our birthdays or failed to send us Christmas cards and gifts such as handmade shirts, sweaters, and fruitcakes. My Grandpa Vick was a kind and gentle man, and my Grandpa Redders could fix anything. I miss them all so much.

I could go on and on, so I will curtail things here and wish you Happy Thanksgiving 2008.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Time to Blog and be Thankful

After several days straight, I am now officially off until Monday. I have not had time to blog in awhile. Some big things happened over the last 3 weeks.

First, we have a new President. President-Elect Obama has made history. Now, there is much work to do. Time will tell if he was, in fact, the right choice for our leader. He has my prayers and my support.

Second, we got another dog. Sunshine comes to us from the same family who grossly neglected my late Golden Retriever, Levi. I believe she is a Pekingese and around 8 years old. She is already spoiled...rotten. She looks a lot like Gizmo from Gremlins.

Third, I have been treated by and released from my cardiologist. After many expensive tests, it has been determined that there is nothing wrong with me that diet and exercise cannot fix. Since dieting before Thanksgiving is next to pointless, I will begin the diet and exercise on December 1.

So, there you have it, gentle reader. All is well in Todd's world. I miss my Wisconsin relatives very much, and I wish I could be up there to carve the turkey with them. However, I will be with my Mom, stepdad, and sisters tomorrow. Tracy's dad is down from Ohio, so we will be surrounded by family. Rumor has it the Kirks may be around for a quick visit. I am looking forward to tomorrow.

Thus endeth the pre-thanksgiving post.

Friday, November 07, 2008

2008 Birthday Wish List

Please excuse me while I display, unashamedly, my narcissistic hedonist side. However, I remind the reader that one "Has not, because he asks not." So here is my asking.
  1. Round trip airfare to Seattle. I miss the Kirks, and would love to visit Das Ritterhaus.
  2. Tickets to a Packer game at Lambeau field, airfare included.
  3. A night on the town, along with a designated driver (should I stay up past my bedtime).
  4. Tickets to Manilow in Vegas, with airfare included.
  5. World peace (ha ha).
  6. Caryn's novel--published and autographed.
  7. An iPod.
  8. A Blackberry.
  9. Any Wisconsin Badger/Green Bay Packer paraphenelia.
  10. Van Halen to play at my birthday party!

A feller can dream...

Monday, November 03, 2008

Political Observation

Here we are, one day away from Election 2008. I am off work today due to more testing at the SC Heart Center. I'm home now, and I just want to add one more voice to the political commentary arena. My voice.

I'm not going to discuss who I am voting for and why. Frankly, that is my business, and I really just want to avoid anymore debate on why "I'm wrong and you're right." However, I would like to make an observation, and I wish to dedicate it to the late Gene Roddenberry.

Tomorrow's Presidential election is incredibly historical, regardless of the outcome. It will be an election of firsts, either way. We will either elect our first African-American President, or we will have our first woman VP ever in the White House...fascinating!

It fills me with hope that we have come this far as a nation during our lifetime. Gene Roddenberry, with Star Trek, painted a hopeful picture of a galaxy with no racism, no poverty, and full equality for all. He showed us a visionary possibility for our future. Since Trek's maiden voyage in the late 1960s, our technology has evolved at breakneck speeds. In addition, because of Star Trek, scientists and quantum physicists are making significant breakthroughs, at least in theory. No doubt Roddenberry would be impressed.

Is it possible that we as a nation are finally growing beyond the pride and prejudices which have been handed down to us for generations? Are we expanding our horizons and reaching for newer possibilities we have never before considered (at least seriously)? Will we then lead the rest of the world to do likewise by our example?

I want to believe it. I want to believe that Roddenberry's vision of the 23rd century could very well be unfolding before us in the 21st century. I want to believe that somewhere people like Roddenberry, Dr. Martin Luther King, Bobby Kennedy, or anyone who has ever dared to dream of a better world are pleased that the dreams for which they died may be right in our collective grasps.

I want to believe. For my children's children's children, I want to believe.