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Thank You, Thank You Very Much
By Megan Rossman
January 26, 2012
Unless you’ve been trying to think of something to blog about, you might not be aware that January is National Thank You Month. It’s also Stalking Awareness Month, Radon Action Month, Soup Month, Prune Breakfast Month, and Careers in Cosmetology Month. I don’t know who makes these decrees or how official they are, but I suspect a powerful, left-wing faction is behind the prune push.
One thing I do know is that I’ve been trying to adopt an attitude of gratitude. It can be surprisingly easy to overlook your bounty. As the wise Aldous Huxley wrote, “Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.”
I know I do. So, in the spirit of appreciation, I’d like to give a few shout-outs.
Quotegarden.com: Thank you for that Aldous Huxley quote. It’s a good one.
People who pick up after their dogs in public places: If a had a dollar for every time I stepped in dog feces, I would have about twenty dollars. I am thankful that you think to bring baggies with you on your dog-accompanied outings. I apologize if my cat has been in your garden or sandbox.
Air conditioning: I don’t need to explain this.
Fireflies: You flashy little bugs, you’re one of the few good things the heat brings.
Oklahoma City Thunder: You bring joy and pride to this state, whether you win or lose. And Kevin Durant has inspired some of Nike’s finest advertising.
Oklahoma thunderstorms: If anyone ever wondered what the sky would sound like ripping apart, they have only to come to Oklahoma in the spring to find out. I have spent many afternoons captivated by your brute strength and the unearthly sunsets you leave in your wake. I also enjoy taking a break from my Oklahoma Today duties to trek down to the basement vault of the First National Center when you threaten our safety downtown.
Super Cao Nguyen: Your aisles make grocery shopping a novel and sometimes mysterious experience. Sriracha for $1.79? Check. Oysters, chicken feet, and a wide selection of reasonably priced produce? You’ve got it. Hi-Chew, Botan Rice Candy, and delicious cookies called Glucose? Yes, yes, and yes.
Radio towers east of the Broadway Extension: At night, you look like a Martian metropolis with all your blinking red lights, and you pair really well with ’80s new wave.
Grand Lake: You’re my favorite. I love the laid-back vibe of the towns that line your treed shores. I love the barbecue sandwiches at Tom Cat Corner in Grove. And what would a trip to the area be without stopping by Cheapo Depo for sunglasses and crazy hats? I would like to thank my sister-in-law for being born here, and thus introducing me to the lake and its surrounding wonders.
Elemental Coffee: Your coffee is so strong, I feel like I could run through a wall after drinking it. It’s also probably the best coffee I’ve ever had.
Hobby Lobby: Hands down, the largest craft/hobby store I’ve ever patronized and briefly worked at. I can spend more than an hour exploring your stock and plotting my next failed artistic endeavor. Plus, CEO David Green has pledged most of his wealth to charity. I like that.
1492 New World Latin Cuisine in OKC: Your chips and salsa are the best in town. You also satisfy my craving for piles of spicy, shredded meat. Your frozen mojito is the finest rum-infused slurpee I’ve ever had.
Tulsa: I didn’t forget you. You’re home to Cain’s, Blue Dome, Hanson, Brady, our Oklahoman of the Year, and a handful of very talented photographers. And you’re easy on the eyes.
Men who drive trucks: We’ve had our differences; your headlights often blind me and I have trouble seeing around your massive rear ends, but you’ve towed me through the snow and you do that friendly two-finger salute when we pass on rural roads.
Friends, family, and coworkers: If anyone or anything deserves thanks, it’s you guys. I wish there was an emoticon that properly conveyed how much I love and appreciate you. :)
And, last but not least, thank you for reading.