Am I the only one that thinks setting up displays of Christmas items in stores, in mid September, dilutes the holiday to the point that it is little more than a white sale at Penny’s or blue light special at Kmart? Perhaps we should get a head start on Thanksgiving instead.
I will start my early celebration of Thanksgiving with reflections on the current employment situation. Simply put, praise the Lord I have a job to complain about.
It helps put beans on the table, gas in the tank, and tires on the Jeep after an off road adventure. On occasion it also supports the writing habit.
I am really grateful for the Route 66 community and their inspirational passion, their hard work, their dedication, their vision, and their support. Even though they frustrate me to know end, I am even grateful for those in the Route 66 community that seem Hell bent on creating divisions and drawing attention to folks shortcomings rather than their accomplishments. Without the rabble rousers, how many of us would be stirred to action if for no other reason than to prove them wrong?
Our transportation needs are met by two well worn road warriors that would never win awards based on appearance. Still, both are paid for, both are dependable and durable, and both are practical, at least in regard to meeting our needs.
I jokingly refer to the need to have a day job to support the writing habit. Still, even though the childhood goal of becoming a writer when I grow up is still looming somewhere on the horizon, I am very thankful for the rewards of the quest.

My published work has encouraged countless people to explore the wonders of Route 66 and the road less traveled. It has also opened doors that run the gamut from a visit to Jay Leno’s Garage to an invitation to speak on Route 66 at the Vakantiebeurs (travel fair) in Utrecht, The Netherlands. 
An even greater reward is the friends made along the way. Of course it is impossible to reflect on friends and not give thought to my dearest friend, a partner in all things and a travel companion for the road as well as for the adventure of life itself.
When all is said and done, I have a lot to complain about. However, in all honesty, I am a pretty fortunate man, all things considered.        
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