Many years ago, I started a tradition of "giving thanks" by writing an email to various friends. With the growth of the Internet, I've taken to posting my thanks on my blog. So for 2013, here are some things to be thankful for:
Mom and Dad. There are things going on that my mom has to deal with. It hasn't been easy for my Dad and I but I am fortunate they are both doing ok for the most part. We go through ups and downs with our parents but at the end, you still love them because they raised you.
My "Twin Friend"(They know who they are). My twin and I talk to each other a lot. Some times we just talk briefly due to time and other things. Some days are serious and some days are not. The main thing is we talk to see how the other person is and provide some friendly company to the other. In this day and age of texting and social media, it's easy to feel disconnected. My friend and I are far from that.
My "Old College Friend". Even though things have been busy on my friend's end lately (having a baby does that), we chat via email and text. When we do see each other, we pick up like nothing's changed. Just a sign of a great friend when we can do that.
Canon Rebel XSI / EOS 70D / Point and Shoot / iPhone 4 - I've always taken a lot of photographs in the past. It's been in the past few years that I started learning the art / technique of manual photography. It took some time, but I am finally grasping a few things. But even though I am learning a different way of photography, I still do "regular" auto photography as well. Thanks to my old XSI for being the first DSLR I had. Even though it's old, I still use it for the majority of my shots. My new 70D (plus lens) is used for basketball shots at the moment. My iPhone and Canon Point and Shoot still serve a purpose for quick shots when I don't want to lug my DSLR's around.
My old guy friends (aka "Downtown Work Guys") - I've known all of these guy friends for years. Interestingly enough we all work downtown now and we have lunch every now and then.
ABC Basketball League - I've been injured for much of the fall basketball season so i haven't played and haven't been as present during the fall. However, the league is still a great place to drop by and catch up with people. It's a basketball league but also a social center for many people from different places. A very unique league that I am glad to be associated with.
I'm sure there are a lot of other things, but let's stop here for now. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!