OK, it’s a day late, AND you’ve probably had enough lists, but there was a lot of year to sort through. And there was a fair amount of year that I’d just had soon never happened but may have held some silver linings. So, with due diligence and without further fanfare, some of the things I am thankful for in 2015:
I am thankful for…
-My Mom and my brothers.
-My Dad passing along his love for and knowledge about Bohemian old-time music. In the ’65 Ford Country Sedan, if the radio was on it was either Baseball or old time.
-My gal, here as we try to stay warm at a San Fran Giants night game.
-Seven years clean. Spending Thanksgiving ’08 in treatment is something I don’t ever want to do again.
-Forestburg musk melons not only bigger than your head, but bigger than MY head.
-Steve and Katia and all their loving hospitality in beautiful Sonoma.
-The thousands of days I got to be on radio. This is the last picture of me on-air, raising dollars for public broadcasting. Despite the opinions of the powers that be, I am very good at this.
-My friend and collaborator Dave Foote. I will miss making stuff like this together: My Promo Reel
-Working for and with people who “get” you.
-The unique comic stylings of Williams & Ree…
…well, perhaps not. Moving right along…
-Amoeba Records, Haight Street and Golden Gate Park, San Francisco for having Ska on tap and to go.
-The friends who are still your friends AFTER you can no longer give them access to an audience.
-Joan’s original Wild Rice Tater Tot Hot Dish, which I get once a year on my birthday.
-My brother Bruce for somehow coming up with one of the last “Trail Drive” pinball machines left on the planet. The only thing better would be adding a chocolate shake, fries, and my old pal Jer on right flipper.
-Field lunch during an afternoon of chasing pheasants in Sanborn County.
-The ancestral house and grounds in Forestburg on a lovely June day.
-Three cancer surgeries on my vocal cords instead of radiation, having 80% of my voice instead of no voice at all, and a streak with ONE clean screen in a row (going for two in December).
-The wisdom to know the difference. Have a great holiday season.