Well, we made it to another turkey day but I can't say the same for that little bird in my refrigerator. For the first time in more than 3 decades my sweet, lovely and VERY patient wife and I will be home for Thanksgiving. Yep, we're actually going to cook the smallest turkey we could find tomorrow and just relax and enjoy the holiday. We hope you all do the same.
During the last city council meeting Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer sounded like he was offering up an olive branch. He implied that he had seen the error of his ways over the past two years and wanted to take a mulligan and start over. Well, in the spirit of the season, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt until he demonstrates, once again, that he is not to be trusted.
LOOKS LIKE IT'S OVER
I just checked the Registrar of Voters site and it looks like the counting is finished. At the top of the page it says "Official Cumulative Results". None of the local numbers have changed since yesterday, so we'll just have to assume (dangerous practice) that what we saw yesterday is the final tally. If the numbers do change later tonight I'll update you. So, congratulations to Sandra Genis, Steve Mensinger and Gary Monahan for their victory. And congratulations to John Stephens and Harold Weitzberg for running a clean, professional campaign.
SHE'S MY NUMBER 1
I have many things for which I'm thankful again this year. First, of course, is the woman who has been at my side for 45 years. Without her love and support over all these years my life would have been much, much less enjoyable. She, and our cadre of wonderful family and friends, make our lives full every day.
I'm thankful that my grandnephew, Nathan, made it back from his first deployment in Afghanistan this fall without physical injury. I'm thankful for him and all the other young men and women who have volunteered to serve this country and do it proudly even though many back home feel this conflict is not worth the loss of any of our young folks. This has a very familiar ring to it - that was the attitude many people had about MY war - the Vietnam conflict - more than a generation ago.
I'm thankful for all the employees of our fine city who have had to endure so much over the past two years. Many have departed, but the more than 450 who remain continue to soldier on, working hard and completing their jobs that keep our city safe, secure and a wonderful place to live.
I'm thankful to the folks who formed Costa Mesans For Responsible Government to fight the good fight on our behalf to keep our city from being overrun by the barbarians. Thanks to Robin Leffler and her merry band of hard-working folks for all they've done for this city.
I'm thankful for Wendy Leece for enduring the barbs, epithets and general disrespect and unpleasantness as the lone voice representing ALL the people of the city on the dais for the past two years. Despite being outnumbered she held her ground and did her very best for us.
And, finally, I'm thankful for all of you out there who read this blog. Even though many of you don't agree with what you read here, you just keep coming back. I appreciate every one of you for your interest and participation. I don't always like the comments you write, but I try to post most of them to keep the debate spirited. Those of you who attempt to post just plain nastiness have found out that they don't make the cut. To the rest of you, please just keep those comments coming and try to enhance the discussion.
THE BOYS ARE BACK...
Back by popular demand, one of my favorite Thanksgiving video clips to put a smile on your faces.