Here’s what the ECN Editors are thankful for this year
Say what you will about Christmas/Hannukah/Kwanzaa. For our money, the “most wonderful time of the year” is Thanksgiving, when the fall foliage sets the scene for family, football, turkey, more football, and dessert (in that order). And though “Black Friday” has crept into Thursday, and we’re all prepping for the plunge into the abyss of Holiday shopping – the calm before the storm, if you will – there’s much to be thankful for this year. Here’s what the ECN staff had to say:
Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor
Thursday is the new Black Friday. Walmart and Best Buy open at 6 PM on Thanksgiving, previously one of the most sacrosanct of retail holidays (for workers, anyway). Toys R Us opens at 5 PM. Lowe’s opens its doors at 4 AM on Turkey Day! You better believe one of the biggest things I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving is being out of retail.
On a related note, I’m thankful to have a fun job like this where I can exorcise my creative demons and pour my heart out on a daily basis for you fine people. My loyal readers – of both the reverential and pitchfork-toting variety – know that I like to complain a lot. More than most. But it’s all in good fun.
This year, I’m also eternally grateful for my significant other, Melissa Spivak. I couldn’t think of a cheesy rom-com quote to adequately describe what she means to me (though “you complete me” comes to mind), but she knows how I feel. And speaking of which, friends and family become especially important this time of year, and it’s not just for your heavenly turkey and pumpkin bread, mom <3
Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor
1. Noise-cancelling headphones: I am one of those people who has been blessed/cursed with pretty good hearing. While this has been incredibly useful in my life, it also means I’m extra sensitive to loud noises, annoyed by seemingly silent vibrations and distracted by nearly everything. So, when I can plug in my headphones and crank the tunes, everything gets much easier.
2. New stop signs: This might seem odd, but the recently installed stop signs in my neighborhood are really something I’m thankful for. It makes the whole area safer for the kids who often play on the playground, the millions of dogs that run around in the dog park and all the pedestrians crossing the street. It’s difficult to see around the corners sometimes, and now I don’t have to worry about accidentally hitting someone I can’t see.
3. Friends and family: Seems like a must-have, but this is what I am most thankful for.
4. My Job: It’s rare for a person to get to do what they love on the daily and get paid to do it. Working for ECN means I get to talk about my favorite topics and learn something new every day. It’s a great community, and I’m very thankful for the opportunity to do it.
Beth Campbell, Editorial Director
One of my editors walked into my office this morning with, “How would you like to be a part of an annual tradition of spilling your guts to our digital audience?” I’m game. The Top 7 Reasons I’m Grateful this Thanksgiving:
1. My New Job. On Sept. 3, I began working as the Editorial Director for the Design Engineering Group for ABM, making one million dollars.
2. The Maple & Pine trees outside my apartment in Rockaway, N.J. (see pic)
3. Driving. I just bought a 2010 Honda Accord (see pic), after not owning a car for 24 years. There was no reason to when I lived in Manhattan, my home for the last 20.
4. Spot. My best friend’s toy poodle (see pic) is the closest thing I will probably ever come to a relationship with my own child.
5. My Office’s Space Heater. This side of the building gets cold, and I’m always cold.
6. My incredible family. Spread countrywide, most of us make it down to my mom and grandfather’s in Clearwater, Fla. for Thanksgiving.
Here’s to wishing you and your loved ones a safe, healthy, and happy holiday.