Ten Things I Am Thankful For

  1. My wife — As any married man knows, forget to put your wife first and you sleep on the couch.
  2. Kohler Flipside Showerhead — Just below the wife on the awesomeness scale comes this, the greatest showerhead in the world. It’s so good, in fact, that I keep an extra one in my trunk to give to people once they are convinced of its greatness. Pick one of these up at Home Depot for $75, take the yellow plastic flow regulator out, and you will never be the same again. This showerhead will change your life.
  3. Seattle — If the rest of the world knew that we actually have more livable weather than Washington D.C., New York, Chicago, Arizona, Atlanta, and even most of Florida, everyone would live here. When it rains, it only mists, and when it’s sunny it’s one of the most beautiful places in the country. If you like to waterski, hike, bike, run, snowboard, climb, boat, golf, shop, parasail, or just about anything else outdoors, you owe it to yourself to visit the Puget Sound region. Come during the summer months and you’ll never leave.
  4. Skillet — I am not even one of those people who lusts after comfort food every day, but the Skillet Diner and associated food trucks make some of the best food you’ll find in Seattle and one of the best burgers you’ll find anywhere in the world. Try the bacon jam. It’s amazing.
  5. Ciao Bella Key Lime Gelato Squares — It’s amazing that it’s taken this long for someone to realize that if you replace the crappy ice cream and the crappy cracker from an ice cream sandwich, you get a much tastier ice cream sandwich. Available at Whole Foods. Buy as many as you can.
  6. Google Reader — It’s still the most complete way to consume the news, if configured thoughtfully.
  7. iPhone — It is the best portable device ever invented, and the gadget I could least do without.
  8. Adium — The best multi-protocol instant messaging client available. Incredibly thoughtful and flexible interface.
  9. Taylor Made Driver — Drive for show, putt for dough. Just about every Taylor Made driver I’ve ever owned has been money off the tee. Current weapon: Left-Handed R7 driver with a 9.5 degree loft, a stiff shaft, and a bad attitude.
  10. Laceless Shoes — A couple of years ago, I gave up wearing shoes with laces. Besides running shoes, it’s all slip-ons for me now. Since making the move, my life is that much simpler, I have an easier time at the airport, and I don’t imagine looking back anytime soon.

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