This coming Thursday is the national Thanksgiving holiday in the United States. It is a time to rejoice with friends and family, and celebrate having made it through another year.
It is also a time to reflect and count our blessings. Even when times are tough, and they have been very tough for many of us for the past few years, there are bright moments and good memories.
This year, two things stand out for me. First, I gained a daughter-in-law when my son got married. She is a wonderful person.
Second, I joined this site and have met some of the nicest and most interesting people. For me, it is not so much about the chess (I'll never be a really good player), but rather, it is about the experience of meeting people from all over the world.
Perhaps I have led a somewhat sheltered and insular life, but I can say without a doubt that my experiences here have helped me grow and become more understanding of human nature - both the good and bad sides of it. Experiences I would not trade.
And my special thanks to L, D, N, J (x2), V, L, R, A, S, and K (and truthfully, many others) for the friendship you have shown me.