Nationally, the economy is still a wreck, Congress fiddles while Rome burns, jobs are too hard to find and, darn, if Wegmans is more than two years away.
But none of that means there isn't plenty to be thankful for, especially locally.
Some things are easy to name. I'm thankful to be in good health, to have a job and to have wonderful friends and family.
I'm thankful the Ravens are good this year, too.
There's plenty more. So, here are a few other things I'm grateful for this Thanksgiving, in no particular order. I hope you'll join me by commenting on what you're thankful for below. You might find it's not so hard to name the good things around here.
- Hummus Corner, Sofi's Crepes, Courtney's Bagels, Starbucks and every other restaurant or cafe that I frequent with my Patch laptop throughout the week. Any time is a good time for a cup of coffee.
- Police and fire departments that understand the value of public information and at least do a good job pretending they don't mind explaining details to an ignorant reporter.
- Active community associations, and the people who have the often thankless task of keeping them running 365 days a year. It's great to see people devote their time to the community.
- Our neighbor to the north, Reisterstown Patch, its editor Marc Shapiro, and all the seamless collaboration that goes on between the two sites.
- Finally, engaged and passionate Patch users. I love waking up to find you're already talking about one of the newest stories on the site, and interacting with you throughout the day. Thank you for making this job fun.