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Happy Thanksgiving

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Well, its a common topic for today. SO here is your obligatory Happy Thanksgiving from me. But I really mean it.

Let me tell you a little about what Thanksgiving means to mean. I am an American, so naturally there is a historical meaning to me as an American. But there is much more meaning for me to the holiday, and really it can be a holiday to everyone.

In my view, Thanksgiving is a day to be thankful for life, health and good fortune. Its a day for me to be thankful for having the friends and family that I have, and to remember those friends and family I have lost. I lost one of my 2 best friends a few months ago to a motorcycle accident, so my thoughts turned to him today frequently, especially since in prior years he was a fixture at my Thanksgiving dinner table.

I also thought alot about the good fortune I have ad working on the internet the last 5 years. I spent 20 years in the restaurant business prior and really became involved in the internet by accident. It has grown into a business I am very fortunate to have.

I am also thanksful for the family I have. My brother spent the day with me today – My father is out of the country (he is a snowbird)but my thoughts turned to him as well. I thought of my late mother and grandmother also today as they too were once fixtures at my thanksgiving dinner table.

What I wish for is that we as Americans could be better understood in the world. As a people, we dont really like war or feeling threatened, and we dont like having to create war or threatening others. The world of the last few years has been a pretty dangerous place, and my wish is that we could all get past that and learn to live with and respect each other a little bit more.

So I hope you all had a good thanksgiving, and I hope you had the opportunity to spend it with some people you care about and who care about you.


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Ringing in 2007 with a —- thud

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Well, I havent really been posting much – just a few jokes here and there. Holidays are a busy time. SO, I think I’ll catch up a little in this post.

We had our 3rd annual LVC Christmas Party – For those who dont know, LVC is an online car club and forum, We are starting our 4th year. Members all over the country get together now and then for a car show or party. We hold the Chicago area party at Johns Pizza in Addison every year. We had a pretty good time, which we always seem to whenever we get together.

 Had Dave and Chris over for Christmas eve. Dave especially was a little – ‘Merry’ – but vodka will do that to ya.


A few days after Christmas, I cooked a little something special…. Braciole -Poor Jimmy missed out since he couldnt be bothered to come by or even answer his phone that day, but the rest of us really enjoyed it..  

New Years Eve / Day was alot of fun. NOT. Our sewer line backed up and had to be rodded out. I spent New Years Eve keeping the tub drained of sewer water – making sure it didnt overflow.. New Years Day I got to pay a plumber $450 to rod the lines and free the blockages. This also cause a leak to spring in the tub drain, so I had to remove the basement ceiling since it was all full of water. Because of this leak, I have to pull the tub in the main floor bathroom to repair it.

I didnt plan to start remodeling that bath yet, but since I have to tear it half apart, I might as well do it. So later this week you’ll start seeing posts about doing that. Basically, I am going to gut the room and replace everything. New Whirlpool tub, new tile, vanity, sink, toilet, lighting — the works. So look forward to posts abot that coming soon. Here are a few pics of what im starting with. As you can see, it really needs it.


In other news. We lost President Ford and James Brown, Saddam was hanged. Oh, and the Bears got whooped by Green Bay. When will they learn that Grossman sucks.

SO – I hope everyone had a Happy New Year and I wish everyone a prosperous and happy 2007.



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