What's So Funny About Unemployment?

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Things for which you can be thankful

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So today is Thanksgiving Day. The parades are on TV. Your turkey’s in the oven, or you’re preparing to go eat Grandma’s cooking. You’re watching the Lions game at 12:30 p.m. because, after all, it’s tradition to watch the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day.

But you’re unemployed and you’re not feeling, well, thankful.

If your high school didn’t stress early American history as much as mine did, you may not remember that the Pilgrims celebrated the first Thanksgiving at the end of a harsh first year in the New World of America. They were simply thankful they had survived.

It’s no stretch to say 2009 has been a hard year for many of us here in America. Many of us may not be feeling particularly thankful this year — or we’re especially thankful we’ve survived this year.

So for Thanksgiving, I present a list of things for which you and I can be thankful (in no particular order):

  • Unemployment benefits and extensions. Without them, a lot of us would be in deep, deep trouble right now.
  • Jay Leno’s performances at The Palace and in Ohio for the unemployed. Thanks again, Jay.
  • Friends and family. Especially those who keep saying “it’s on me,” who help you network, and who just call to say they love you. You know who you are.
  • Facebook, because it keeps us in touch with our far-flung friends, family, and fans.
  • Your favorite music. You know what mine is. Enjoy some of yours soon. Maybe today.
  • Your health. If it’s good — if it’s even okay — be thankful.
  • My Aunt Joanne’s Thanksgiving dinners. (Yes, I have an Aunt Joanne.)
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