Thursday, November 25, 2010

I am Thankful!

I am thankful for all sort of people, opportunities, and stuff that was directed my way this year. In an effort to say thank you, I made a list in no particular order of 101 people and things I am thankful for this year. Sometimes I do this while I run.

  • my family, immediate and extended
  • my Tahosa friends
  • my "Pakistan" friends (most are from the US, UK and Canada)
  • my WPI friends that lived with me this winter
  • my Sabetha friends that I have seen, talked with, and shopped with this year
  • my WPI roomates
  • my Mezcal menugas
  • my new Ballard (Seattle) friends
  • my WPI grad school classmates
  • my WPI grad school professors
  • the people I have interviewed with
  • my education, all of it
  • the people who have contributed to Janzen Gear with nothing to show for it yet
  • my patents
  • the ability to run
  • the ability to climb
  • the state of Colorado
  • Montbell
  • Patagonia
  • Saucony
  • DMM for making a double axel cam (that was just plain genius)
  • Apple, Inc.
  • Clif Bar
  • GU Energy
  • Toyota (yeah 270k miles!)
  • free camping bivy permits, national forests, and on routes
  • Millsite!
  • 3G coverage
  • coffee
  • lattes
  • chocolate
  • cheese
  • used book stores
  • online banking
  • credit cards (part of my problems but they are very enabling)
  • CNC mills
  • enthusiastic kids
  • my Philmont friends that I have talked to this year
  • the Internet
  • ebooks
  • iMovie
  • DVDs
  • 50s (as in the temperature Fahrenheit)
  • Facebook
  • YouTube
  • oil painting
  • big wall climbing
  • free soloing
  • fear, without it I would be dead
  • ice axes
  • maps
  • burritos
  • four wheel drive vehicles
  • fences along the highway so I don't have to worry about hitting cattle
  • blogging
  • paved roads
  • the generosity of people I know
  • not being persecuted, for anything
  • recommendations from others, they don't have to say anything good about me but they do anyway
  • music
  • FM radio stations
  • carpeting
  • the simple machine the wedge, we've really done a lot of things with it
  • friends of friends, by far the least awkward way to meet people
  • tequila
  • scotch
  • wine
  • bartenders
  • coffee shops
  • link cams
  • unemployment - really. I am appreciating more all of those things that are not money. Leaving out a lot of explanation on how my thought process gets there, I wish I could experience starvation and poverty, so that I could really appreciate even more what I have now.
  • my psychosomatic back pain helped me understand stress and my body more than anything ever has
  • not having a kid, baby, child or anything. I'm looking forward to it, but not in the very near future.
  • bolts on rock climbing routes
  • Doritos Late Night Cheeseburger commercial with Bombs Away by Kyle Andrews (and featuring Belen Chavanne)
  • RedBox
  • girls, women, females, ladies, whatever they prefer to be called, that smile
  • size small (and women's size small Columbia jacket)
  • size extra small Patagonia shirt
  • size medium socks, hahaha
  • finishing my documentary My First Expedition: Broad Peak
  • Seattle
  • belaying from the bumper
  • 5.12
  • Longs Peak (four attempts and no summits this year)
  • Call of Duty
  • Janzen Gear
  • a 1980s orange Miyata Professional with Dura-Ace gears
  • solar panels
  • photosynthesis
  • leaves changing color
  • teachers
  • professors
  • one-on-ones
  • powder days
  • skiing on ice
  • the Extraterrestrial Highway
  • metric
  • tri-cams
  • Google Chat
  • truth
Life is good.

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