Happy Thanksgiving from Southeast Portland


If you don’t live in the U.S., you may wonder why the internet is so quiet today. Everyone else around the world, this is the day you get the internet to yourselves. Use it well, friends, because America will be back online and shopping tomorrow.


I try to live a life of gratefulness every day, not just one day a year. In many ways I could decide to ignore Thanksgiving, since I can honestly say I wake up most days and feel glad to be alive and thankful for all I have. But I know that would be cheating, so if it takes a forced holiday to slow down and reflect, so be it.

Those lucky Canadians get their Thanksgiving day a month before we do down here. But here in the U.S., today is the day. I’m home with Jolie in Portland and we’re having a very quiet afternoon. Over the past two months I’ve been on the road to dozens of cities, with lots of flying back and forth, five-hour rental car drives through the midwest, receipt and disposal of various parking tickets, and 50+ hotel rooms in 30 states. So it’s nice to take a few days off, if only a few.

Next week I’ll be back on the road to Alaska and Hawaii. They look so close on the map, but apparently a 7-hour flight separates Anchorage and Honolulu. I also hear the weather is slightly different.

It’s been a great year and I’m glad to share much of it with you. Wherever you are in the world, I hope you have a fantastic day and eat some pie of your own. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

– Chris


Image: Avi

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