Thankful in Duluth — 2011 Edition

I’m thankful the server that hosts the PDD Calendar is back up and running, after a day of problems. (Ironically, in setting up the links below I noticed that last year my personal Internet service was down just before Thanksgiving, and I was thankful for it being restored. Ah, the joy of technical issues around the holidays!)

Anyway, what are you all thankful for this year, fellow Duluthians?

(Here’s what PDDers were thankful for in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004 and 2003.)



about 13 years ago

It looks like I'll still be dating Mrs. Bowen this year.


about 13 years ago

I am incredibly grateful to be living in a time of relative freedom, liberty, health, wealth, and plenty; and incredibly grateful for my personal situation that brings me such happiness every day; and grateful to live in a beautiful city.

Once animal cruelty issues cease, and once all have health insurance, life will be (reasonably) perfect.

Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

Paul Lundgren

about 13 years ago

I'm holding out for homemade Tom & Jerry batter if I can't get Connolly's, C-Freak. I'm not thankful for Bowen's at all. I'll have to settle for being thankful for human ingenuity.


about 13 years ago

An interesting new job. An interesting partner now wife. Living the Duluth life -- which means seeing real human beings every day who give you time for thought or offer something to think about.And that snow that comes round every year.


about 13 years ago

Slacker that I am, I will copy/paste from 2008:

"my family, our home and the sweet life we live in it
my job and my unpaid work
my incredible, freakishly good luck"

Even though my life (as summed up in the first two lines) is totally different now, my luck hasn't changed, and this is still a good list for me - probably truer now than it was when I wrote it.

I love Baci's list from last year.


about 13 years ago

I'm grateful for one of the best jobs in an interesting city, a city that gets more interesting the longer I live here (and the more I read PDD).

I'm grateful for the best wife ever.

I'm grateful for the best life ever, really.


about 13 years ago

Paul, I'll let you know when the Owl's T & J party is then. Dick and I will double team the Mrs.


about 13 years ago

A visiting mother-in-law who has made 3 pies in the last 24 hours.

Family and kids who while increasingly surly, are unbearably surly less than 50% of the time. (Note to self: Check this statistic same time next year)

A groovy neighborhood.

Having a job. A job I like.

A puppy that makes me leave the computer and the house a few times a day for walks.

Dog obedience classes.

Mike H

about 13 years ago

I'm thankful for being able to look eastward every day and see the most superior of lakes. I'm thankful that I have a good job. I'm thankful for great beer in a great city full of great people.


about 13 years ago

Amongst the many things for which I am thankful:  Perfect Duluth Day.


about 13 years ago

The dog hair in the corners of the living room, because it means I have a place to live.

The dirty dishes in the kitchen, because they mean we have food to eat.

The laundry in my husband's basket, because it means that we have clothes to wear (and that he's around, too).

The sassiness of my daughter, because it means she is independent, healthy and smart.

The arguments that occur--on PDD, in Occupy camps, in my living room, everywhere--because they mean that we still care about how our country is run and that we are still free to discuss it.

Blessings to all, and happy Thanksgiving!

Cory Fechner

about 13 years ago

I'm thankful for the big blue liquid thing.

And Surly for the sake of Brian.


about 13 years ago

Thankful that every morning I can roll over in bed and look at Lake Superior, that the other person in that bed is so wonderful, that I have opportunities to collaborate with people who continue to inspire me and that I live someplace I love.


about 13 years ago

Thankful For:

-the partner.
-the smalls.
-the job.
-the house.
-the foods.
-the friends.
-the beer.
-the meat.
-the grill.
-the little prayer flags that decorate my house.
-the music.
(always the music.)


about 13 years ago

So much.

My beautiful wife.
A comfortable life.

A brand new car.
The Lake Avenue Cafe bar.

A great job. 
Corn on the cob.

Clean air.
Still have most of my hair.

No real rush hour.
A clean Enger Tower.


about 13 years ago

Today is Thanksgiving in the United States. People everywhere have today off and are spending it with family and friends. Aside from eating turkey and then falling asleep from all the food, the day is about being thankful for what we have. 1. I am thankful to be alive. 2. I am thankful to be graced with family and friends near and far. 3. I am thankful for my parents. 4. I am thankful for the men and women who serve daily to protect the country I live in. 5. I'm thankful for my Lord and my salvation. 6. I am thankful to live in the United States of America. Have a blessed holiday, enjoy your friends and family and if you are apart may the memories of good times bring you together. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.


about 13 years ago

-my partner 
-my beautiful children
-my family and friends

-my job and coworkers

-lake superior


about 13 years ago

I'm thankful 

That simplicity still shines through the din of a complex world.

Humor still cuts hate away like a knife to the funny bone.

Mystery still wins over empiricism.

Fear still takes a back seat to hope.

All the blessings of love I get every day from those who are closest to me.

-- And I'm thankful for the editorial efforts of the PDD correcting fairy who changes all my bolded rantings to italics.


about 13 years ago

Yes the partner - still alive and kicking after a scare this past year.
Happiness in our dotage.

You guys keeping me on my intellectual and spiritual toes - not to mention so many funny jokes and alternative points of view.

The three dogs Barb and Sharla got from the family that was living in their car in the funeral home parking lot and the the the homes that they all now have.


about 13 years ago

Thankful for my nuclear family in Duluth, including the devil kitties.
Thankful for my siblings and their families, and for seeing them in paradise this summer.
Thankful for my friends in Duluth and elsewhere, especially my "lifers." They know who they are.
Thankful for a very cool job with the best colleagues anyone could ask for.
Thankful to work in such a collegial industry, where people often greet another by asking each other what they're reading.

Especially grateful for my little brother, who was a big part of my world for 44 years and passed into the next three years ago today.


about 13 years ago

Thankful for my new little one
My family
My friends
My job
And all the little things that keep me going every day.


about 13 years ago

Thankful for my family and my friends. Thankful for my family because without them, I would be "normal." And so thankful for my friends, who love me because I'm weird.

Thankful I have a job I can live with that keeps a roof over my head, keeps the bills paid, and keeps food in the fridge.  And even more thankful I can do it in pajama pants.

Thankful that luck and laziness landed me in such a beautiful city.

Thankful for the awe-inspiring sunrises over the lake.

Reading the comments here makes me happy, because so many people recognize just how lucky we are, and share it.  Can I be thankful for that, too?

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