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Happy-happy Joy-joy

No matter how cliché it is, no Thanksgiving would be complete without saying what we are thankful for. And no decent blog would let such an opportunity pass unnoticed. Without further sentimental ramblings, this is what I’m thankful for this year:

(in no particular order)

1. My wife
2. My family no doubt yo
3. The internet in general, along with e-mail
4. MovableType
5. Sheep
6. The more than 11,000 comments that have been left on Speak Up
7. Along with the the 465 posts started by Speak Up Authors
8. The women who post on Speak Up, along with all those who start their comments with “Long-time lurker, first-time poster´┐Ż”
9. Emigre/Rudy VanderLans (for the challenge)
10. Steve Heller (for the advice)
11. Michael B. (for the support and awesome, awesome stories)
12. Kenneth FitzGerald (for his support too and continuous props)
13. Rick Valicenti (for complete rockin’ of the design universe)
14. Debbie “Mellman” (you know why)
15. Veer
16. Fine, the AIGA too ; )
17. Starbucks
18. Norman Design
19. Apple still shipping computers with OS 9
20. Change

What are you thankful for this year?

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PUBLISHED ON Nov.27.2003 BY Armin
marian’s comment is:

One day while in a serious funk I caught myself wishing that I was everything I'm not. I quickly took it back. I'm thankful not to be a poor, starving black man in a war-torn country, missing a limb, not knowing where my family is, distrusting my neighbors, surrounded by destruction, facing a bleak and unhappy future.

I'm thankful to be who I am, where I am.

On Nov.27.2003 at 01:43 PM
marian’s comment is:

Except I kinda wish I were in New York ...

On Nov.27.2003 at 01:43 PM
Al-Insan Lashley’s comment is:

I, however, am thankful to be a black man, and, more specifically, am thankful for my heritage from Puerto Rico.

More importantly, I am thankful for my wife and daughter in the next room.

Take care...

On Nov.27.2003 at 03:14 PM
Jeff G’s comment is:

I'm thankful that I get to live in North Wales with the greatest woman ever (she's Welsh) and our two remarkable children and that I get to make things look pretty and work better for a living.

(I sort of forgot it was Thanksgiving today until I called my family in the States to find out what they wanted for Christmas.)

On Nov.27.2003 at 03:56 PM
Julie ’s comment is:

I am thankful to be home with my family and for the opportunity to be typing this message right now, knowing how many people don't and won't ever have the chance to have the internet as the valuable resource tool that it is.

On Nov.27.2003 at 05:00 PM
amanda’s comment is:

thanksgiving was last month for me but here it goes anyhow:

i am thankful for:

~ a creative & supportive husband.

~ every opportunity i get to learn something new.

~ every person who gives me a new perspective.

~ my passion to play (it just never runs dry).

~ my library card.

~ australian red shiraz.

~ black coffee first thing in the a.m.

~ good food & good fellowship.

~ adobe illustrator and my sketch book.

~ a kitty who gives excellent crits.

~ living in a country where i can make choices about my life.

On Nov.27.2003 at 05:17 PM
KM’s comment is:

I am VERY thankful for:

- My wife.

- My family.

- My friends.

- Students.

- Interns.

- Starbucks.

- Washington summers.

- Having everything I need and not everything I want.

- Being a Texan.

- Isabelle & Ozzy

On Nov.27.2003 at 10:53 PM
TriciaQ’s comment is:

I'm thankful that in my family there are no expectations when it comes to holidays because my father reminds me that, "Everyday is a holiday in the Querol family." As simple as it sounds it makes actual sense. We should be thankful all the time.

On Nov.28.2003 at 01:11 AM
Bradley’s comment is:

My family and my best bud are the two most important things. I'm thankful for how they allowed me to become who I am, how they have encouraged my development, and just for the basic fact that they look out for me. I'm really grateful for my mom's speedy recovery from breast cancer, too.

I'm thankful for my freedom, my comfortable lifestyle, the fact that my biggest concerns are job-related and girl-related and not survival issues. I thank my lucky stars that I have the time to come here and bitch and vent and be kind of obnoxious.

Other things:


Richard Serra's drawings


silk boxers


X-Box, Gamecube

Lord of the Rings movies

Holga cameras



On Nov.28.2003 at 02:52 AM
bryony’s comment is:

happy-happy joy-joy 'tis time to say what i'm thankful for

for walks in the park and greeting new faces for challenges in life and beautiful smiles for friendly pets and wonderful people for a childs surprise upon discovery and a mothers delighted look for those who are close and those who are far for long phone calls and venti coffee for the love of my life and my new life

for all of this is and so much more I thank you and all today and tomorrow all the way until next year.

On Nov.28.2003 at 08:44 AM
Kristen Taylor’s comment is:

I'm thankful for my family, my pets (because they make us all happy), all the things I take for granted each day, my powerbook, but most importantly, my mom's health (she has had multiple surgeries from cancer)

On Nov.28.2003 at 11:07 AM
Jon Parker’s comment is:

I'm thankful that Veer made your list, Armin. (Thanks.)

I'm also thankful that the US has such passionate, intelligent, and eternally curious people, as evinced by those who post on SpeakUp. This site may be ostensibly about design, but it also represents a victory in community building, critical thinking, and boundary-busting - and it shines brightly amidst the conservative, insular, monocultural climate promulgated by the current political administration and corporate oligarchy.

(And it's not even Thanksgiving in Canada.)

On Nov.28.2003 at 01:16 PM
Justin’s comment is:

It's a little late but hey. I'm thankful for:

Jesus my friend

My beautiful fiance

Friends who encourage

Gifts of the Spirit

Gifts of the flesh

Kingdom Hearts


Music in my blood

I'm so blessed. God is good.

On Nov.28.2003 at 02:30 PM
Karye’s comment is:

Wonderful parents who made me who I am, my great guy, a creative mind, and sushi. In that order.

On Nov.29.2003 at 08:21 AM
attractivekid’s comment is:

I am thankful for the inventor of Ctrl + Z (undo)

On Nov.30.2003 at 01:48 AM
Tarsh’s comment is:

I am thankful i live in Australia and we have no thanksgiving.

On Nov.30.2003 at 10:08 AM
Bradley’s comment is:

This site may be ostensibly about design, but it also represents a victory in community building, critical thinking, and boundary-busting - and it shines brightly amidst the conservative, insular, monocultural climate promulgated by the current political administration and corporate oligarchy.

I think you're totally on-target in the first part, that's an eloquent way of putting it.

The second part I feel like I've heard a thousand times and recently I've begun thinking that...its not entirely accurate. Or its at least simplified--not that I approve of the current political administration, but given THEIR tendency to scapegoat I try NOT to scapegoat them for the problems in this society. It's up to individuals to change that, not politicos.

So I'm also thankful that we can (still, for now) rip on the dunderheads in charge and get away with it.

On Nov.30.2003 at 04:48 PM
Magnus’s comment is:

couldn't agree more.

I am thankful i live in Australia and we have no thanksgiving

magnus from norway

On Dec.01.2003 at 06:49 AM
Darrel’s comment is:

I'm thankful that I got two days off from work. Other than that, I'm not too big on Thanksgiving.

On Dec.01.2003 at 08:38 AM
kev leonard’s comment is:


His Son

my wife

our dog

my eyes



and chicken

in that order. not just on thanksgiving but everyday.

On Dec.01.2003 at 12:45 PM
mrTIM’s comment is:

I'm just happy that McNuggets are now made with "all white meat."

It's good to know that I've been eating something other than chicken in my "chicken nuggets" since I was a child.

I love advertising....

On Dec.01.2003 at 12:46 PM
Christopher Johnston’s comment is:

Salvation through God's Grace ::

Family ::

Fiancée ::

Adobe ::

Stawberry Pocky ::

"Blackjack" the Immortal Honda ::

Slammin' Business Partner ::

"Tennyson" the Siamese Cat ::

Freedom ::

Life ::

Macintosh ::


On Dec.01.2003 at 02:04 PM
Brian Warren’s comment is:

Wow, lots of Christian's here.

Thankful for....

God, my wife, beautiful Alaska, family, food, etc.

Also thankgul that the police found my powerbook.

Feeling pretty blessed right now. Oh, I'm thankful for the internet - couldn't do my job without it. Also I'm thankful that Apple didn't die in the 90's like everyone said.

Yep, blessed indeed. Did I mention my wife? Well, I'll mention her again. She's amazing.

On Dec.01.2003 at 04:24 PM
Amber’s comment is:

The biggest thing that I am thankful for this holiday season is that I just signed up for 6 of my last 8 classes and I will finally be finished with school. With my upcoming graduation I will finally after 13 years be able to move back to my beloved city, Chicago.

On Dec.02.2003 at 11:10 AM
Gerette’s comment is:

I'm thankful for lists like this that remind me to look for the good and not the bad, to dwell on all I have in life instead of stressing about what I don't have, and to realize that while 2003 was a very challenging year, I've come through it okay. I'm thankful most of all for my husband and for the home we've made in DC with people who have become as a family to us. It's the bad years that make you realize how lucky you are.

On Dec.02.2003 at 12:31 PM
Michelle’s comment is:

I am thankful for holidays that force me to take a moment to relax and enjoy life even though it is usually complete choas. I am so thankful for my family's support the past two years while I have been in school, my husband for being so flexible with my schedule and my kids for getting so excited about every new project I show them.

On Dec.04.2003 at 11:05 PM
chris’s comment is:

What am I thankful for?

My litte niece that was born this past April.

being able to drive cross country with my best friend.

my friends and family

being able to get through everyday without killing myself.


my boyfriend - best friend

being able to experience all that I have so far and looking foward to the future

December 13th - the day I can relax and start thinking about the Hoildays

On Dec.11.2003 at 09:41 PM