John Hunt: At all times Extra Causes To Be Grateful


John Hunt

It’s that point of yr once more. 

I’ve gotten within the addiction of writing a column yearly presently, sharing with you the entire issues and other people I’m thankful for.  There used to be a time in my lifestyles the place I wasn’t grateful for anything else, however thank goodness the ones days are within the rear-view reflect.

I do know that you’re going to learn pieces I’ve indexed in years previous, however the ones are simply issues which are nonetheless truly necessary to me.  So with out to any extent further dialogue, I’ll start my lengthy record of causes to be grateful.

I AM THANKFUL that for yet one more day, I aroused from sleep with no hangover.  December 18 will mark 29 years since my ultimate one and if my math is right kind, that is 10,568 consecutive days with out one.

 

I AM THANKFUL for my pricey spouse Althea.  She’s been the apple of my eye for greater than 25 years and looks after me when no person else is in a position or keen.

 

I AM THANKFUL for veterans.  Althea is the veteran in my circle of relatives and I’ll all the time be appreciative for the entire sacrifices she’s made alongside the ones traces to ensure my freedom. Indisputably, Veteran’s Day is her favourite and most vital vacation to her for obtrusive causes.

 

I AM THANKFUL for my process as a sports activities author.  I started this excellent adventure on Nov. 6, 1979 when my pal Roy Exum took a possibility and employed me.  I had no revel in as a author, however used to be an enormous sports activities nut.  And I’ll all the time be indebted to Ward Gossett, who took me below his wing and confirmed me the dos and don’ts of the trade, like the significance of spelling any individual’s identify accurately or getting the overall rating proper.

 

I AM THANKFUL that Roy, Dennis Norwood and Randy Smith additionally nonetheless write columns about stuff they’re grateful for.  Roy used to be the unique supply long ago on the Information-Loose Press and I’ve simply form of adopted in his footsteps.

 

I AM THANKFUL for 4 Jacks in my lifestyles.  They’re all long gone now, however what an have an effect on that they had on my lifestyles amongst others.  They come with Jack Hunt, Jack Kay, Jack Stanford and Jack McEwen.

 

I AM THANKFUL for Chattanooga’s Nationwide Cemetary.  What a sacred position this is and so stunning on particular vacations when small American flags enhance each and every grave and the ones large flags line the drives.

 

I AM THANKFUL for winners.  My father all the time informed me that I had to encompass myself with winners if I ever sought after to achieve success.  What an excellent recommendation.

 

I AM THANKFUL for reunions.  A number folks previous guys from the Loose Press began getting in combination for lunch in the future a month.  What a excitement to reconnect with guys I used to paintings with.  And also you wouldn’t consider the tales that get shared, a few of that are even true.

 

I AM THANKFUL that the Silverdale Heart is now completed and in complete operation.  The Seahawks have one of the most nicest athletic amenities round and this new construction that properties the fitness center, weight room and different treasured area takes away the want to play basketball and volleyball within the previous lunch room.

 

I AM THANKFUL that Tyner and Pink Financial institution are nonetheless looking for a state soccer name and that Baylor has already punched its price ticket to subsequent week’s ultimate at Finley Stadium.  I used to be so in hopes that McCallie would beat MBA so they’d have a large rematch with Baylor, however that didn’t determine.  And I’m certain the TSSAA is sorry that rematch didn’t occur as it will have boosted their checking account in a large means.

 

I AM THANKFUL for my pal Tom Gordon.  He’s my laptop skilled and is all the time so fast to mend my computer when it’s now not operating correctly.  In my line of labor, my laptop is my lifeline and I can all the time be thankful to Tom for his willingness, quickness and experience in making it paintings.

 

I AM THANKFUL for the expression I am getting after I move to a health care provider’s appointment they usually ask what varieties of drugs I’m on. They’re all the time so surprised after I resolution “none.”

 

I AM THANKFUL for John Wilson and the process he’s carried out with the Chattanoogan.com.  It’s truly a dream process for me as I am getting to hide as regards to the whole lot I want when, the place and if I select to.  To receives a commission for doing one thing I like is the most productive process on the earth.

 

I AM THANKFUL for my good friend Bettye Gouger, who kicked the bucket a couple of weeks in the past on the age of 93.  She and her husband Jack have been my subsequent door neighbors after I purchased my first space in 1984 they usually changed into two of my closest pals, by no means judging me for one of the most silly selections I used to be making on the time.

 

I AM THANKFUL for Leslie Jordan.  Our paths by no means truly crossed, however he used to be my age and went to Brainerd.  He made a lifetime of making other people chortle and serving to them really feel higher about themselves and I’m simply sorry his lifestyles ended means too quickly.

 

I AM THANKFUL that I’ve completely no plans to be any place close to a shopping center the next day.  I don’t like to head on an ordinary day, a lot much less on Black Friday.

 

I AM THANKFUL for freedom.  There’s a prime value to pay and has been carried out so through such a lot of other people, however I reside in the home of my goals, I’m married to the girl of my goals and I’ve truly were given it made while you truly get right down to it.

 

I AM THANKFUL for the Chattanooga Lookouts.  I’ve had the chance to hide the ones guys for the previous two summers and it’s a just right factor.  And there’s not anything higher than the view of Sign Mountain from the clicking field at AT&T Box when the solar is environment.

 

I AM THANKFUL for my pal Wanda.  I don’t know her ultimate identify, however she’s the face of the Chattanooga Lookouts and nonetheless stands within the concourse selling online recreation techniques.  She’s a satisfying one who all the time has a grin on her face and love in her coronary heart.  She additionally works at UTC basketball and soccer video games and is all the time fast to supply me a hug each and every time I see her.

 

I AM THANKFUL that my son Michael and I were given to commute to Cincinnati in August to look the Reds play the St. Louis Cardinals.  We had entrance row seats at the back of the St. Louis dugout and it used to be particular seeing Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina as they wrapped up stellar careers ahead of retiring. The go back and forth used to be much more particular as we toured the Louisville Slugger manufacturing facility day after today ahead of touchdown in Knoxville for Tennessee’s season opener with Ball State.

 

I AM THANKFUL for my grandsons Riley and Hudson.  Riley simply celebrated his 3rd birthday on Nov. 14 and Hudson will likely be two in April.  They reside in Crossville and appear to be two of the happiest younger other people I do know, however I additionally know that’s as a result of their oldsters Michael and Kelly are two of the happiest oldsters alive and that’s the place all of it starts.

 

I AM THANKFUL for the fellowship of Alcoholic’s Nameless and the continual have an effect on it has on my lifestyles.  For any individual like me who drank and drugged all day on a daily basis for greater than two decades, a lifetime of sobriety is healthier than anything else I will describe.

 

I AM THANKFUL for my sisters Emily and Nancy.  Similar to my mom and grandmother, each are exceptional chefs and stay together with me once they make a few of the ones previous dishes I grew up loving.

 

I AM THANKFUL for my brother-in-law Paul Perrine.  He used to be married to Emily for greater than 38 years ahead of he handed on Sept. 28 after a protracted struggle with most cancers and kidney illness.  Paul used to be probably the most kindest males I’ve ever recognized and I consider him about on a daily basis. Emily used to be probably the most very best caregivers I’ve ever recognized and not left Paul’s facet right through his sickness, even spending nights within the sanatorium when he used to be there.  Certainly in my thoughts that Paul used to be truly blessed and most likely lived no less than six months longer on account of Emily’s love and reinforce.

 

I AM THANKFUL for my oldsters Bruce and Frances Hunt.  My dad died in August 1992 and subsequent week will likely be 5 years since my mom’s dying, however what an have an effect on that they had on my lifestyles, doing their very best to show me the adaptation between proper and improper and the worth of a task neatly carried out.  I’m certain I put extra grey hairs on their head than they deserved, however they liked me anyway.

 

I AM THANKFUL  American flags and the sweetness they show when blowing within the wind.  You’ll be able to see no less than seven from the clicking field at Finley Stadium, however I’m maximum inspired after I force throughout Chickamauga Dam at night time and spot the entire flags hooked up to the cranes that paintings at the new locks.

 

I AM THANKFUL for the lump in my throat and the chills on my hands each and every time I listen the Nationwide Anthem performed. 

 

I AM THANKFUL that I be able to really feel emotions at the present time and that I’m now not ashamed to shed tears on the drop of a hat.  As a rule, the ones tears are for completely happy occasions, however like I mentioned previous, there used to be a time in my lifestyles after I didn’t really feel anything else.

 

I AM THANKFUL for Hendon Hooker and the process he did as Tennessee’s quarterback those ultimate two seasons.  I used to be heart-broken to look him get harm ultimate Saturday, however I’m absolutely assured that he’ll be again more potent than ever and that he’s a greater particular person than soccer participant.

 

I AM THANKFUL for gas-powered picket splitters.  I spend lots of the yr amassing picket to be burned in my hearth and I hire a kind of splitters for a weekend within the fall.  I’ve a bunch of fantastic pals who be offering their services and products as we paintings lots of the day splitting that picket, however I will’t believe how inconceivable it will be to do this paintings the old fashioned means with a sledge hammer and wedge.

 

I AM THANKFUL for amazing neighbors.  We have now Tom Friday on one facet and a brand new circle of relatives at the different named Joe and Christa Fabre, who’re a lot more youthful than us.  Additionally they have two younger sons, Jett who is simply over one and Boaz, who used to be born in mid October. 

 

I AM THANKFUL for individuals who worth bodily health.  I was in lovely just right form, however have truly gotten lazy lately.  Because the previous pronouncing is going, the older I am getting, the speedier I was.

 

I AM THANKFUL that I received’t be taking in ultimate checks within the coming weeks.  I’ve paid my dues in the study room and feature the degree to end up it, however I’m now not certain I may just or would do it once more.

 

I AM THANKFUL for the pretty fall we’ve had in Chattanooga this yr.  There were years up to now the place we went directly from summer time to wintry weather, however we truly had some great fall days the place it used to be heat and now not scorching and funky and now not chilly.  And that is going with out pronouncing how stunning the leaves had been.

 

I AM THANKFUL for fireworks.  If I reside to be 100, I’ll by no means become bored with the flashing lighting and the bang-bang of a just right fireworks display.  And to assume the Lookouts do it each and every Friday night time once they’re at house is truly great.

 

I AM THANKFUL for Phil Massey and the luck he had q4 in his first yr as soccer trainer at Chattanooga Christian.

 

I AM THANKFUL for electrical blankets.  We’ve gotten used to dozing below one each and every night time and there’s not anything moderately so soothing as hiking right into a heat mattress on the finish of the day.

 

I AM THANKFUL for highschool soccer on Friday nights.  There’s not anything moderately like the thrill of strolling a sideline on a Friday and listening to the ones pads pop.  And it’s even higher when it’s now not raining.

 

I AM THANKFUL for Krispy Kreme doughnuts and for Krystal hamburgers.  I’ve given up so much in my 67 years, however the ones are two issues I’ll take to my grave.

 

I AM THANKFUL for open fires.  There’s not anything moderately like the sensation you get when the hearth is roaring and the room is overflowing with warmth.  And to stroll outdoor and odor the picket burning simply makes it even higher.

 

I AM THANKFUL that folks nonetheless need me to mow their grass in the summertime.  I will have to admit I’m now not in a position to mow like I as soon as did, however there’s one thing about creating a garden glance great that truly makes all of it profitable.  And I’ve by no means discovered otherwise to make any further cash any quicker.

 

I AM THANKFUL for the ability of prayer.  I’ll admit I’m now not probably the most religious particular person you understand, however I consider in a God who’s been taking good care of me all my lifestyles.  Prayer doesn’t all the time alternate the result, however it adjustments the best way I have a look at it.

 

I AM THANKFUL for McClendon Curtis and the occupation he’s had enjoying soccer at UTC.  He used to be an excellent basketball participant at Central ahead of turning into a soccer participant and I simply hope he makes a move of it within the NFL.

 

I AM THANKFUL for Dan Earl and Shawn Poppie and the process they’re doing as UTC basketball coaches.  I simply want extra other people would attend video games as they truly are amusing to look at.

 

I AM THANKFUL for the entire exceptional highschool coaches within the Chattanooga house.  Now not simplest do they do exceptional paintings main their groups to victory, however additionally they take nice delight in serving to their athletes develop into higher other people.

 

I AM THANKFUL for miracles and that I’m one.

 

I AM THANKFUL for my fishing boat and the truth now we have such a lot of superb our bodies of water on this house by which to fish. I’ve planning on doing extra subsequent summer time as I simplest went out two times this summer time.  Even if the fish aren’t biting, it’s probably the most non violent position on the earth to spend a scorching summer time afternoon.

 

I AM THANKFUL that my Tennessee Vols in spite of everything beat Alabama.  Upload wins over Florida, LSU, Kentucky and Pittsburgh and it’s been an unforgettable season to this point.

 

I AM THANKFUL for our pets Juliette and Sambo.  Juliette is a long-legged canine we rescued from the pound who barks each and every time a automobile drives through.  And Sambo is our black cat who simply confirmed up in the future, however has develop into a treasured member of the circle of relatives as neatly.

 

I AM THANKFUL for my pal Marti Brown and the truth she’s been my barber for greater than 30 years.  She’s the most productive at what she does and could also be nice at trimming beards.  The time I’m in her chair is probably the most enjoyable time I spend.

 

I AM THANKFUL for Andy Griffith and the truth his displays are on TV for 4 hours on a daily basis.

 

I AM THANKFUL for the Chattanooga Public Library and the glorious collection of books they provide totally free.

 

I AM THANKFUL for my journeys to Crossville to consult with Michael, Kelly, Riley and Hudson.  It’s a impressive force over the mountain to Dunlap and the roads are truly great the entire means.

 

I AM THANKFUL for blizzard and am hoping that we’ll get a couple of inches within the coming months.  I don’t wish to be like New York and get 75 inches, however I may well be truly pleased with six or 8.

 

I AM THANKFUL for Coca-Cola and the truth the primary bottling plant used to be proper right here in Chattanooga.  There’s not anything moderately like a chilly coke on a scorching day, however I will have to admit I desire Dr. Pepper.

 

I AM THANKFUL that I’ll most likely consume extra meals these days than I deserve and that I’ll have the risk to take a pleasing nap when it’s in all places.

 

I AM THANKFUL for ham, mashed potatoes, corn and rice and gravy.  I may well be accused of being un-American, however I most likely received’t consume the primary chew of turkey and dressing.

 

I AM THANKFUL that I’ve a bunch of pals who’ve recognized me a very long time, know me higher than I care to confess and love me anyway.

 

I AM THANKFUL to you my pricey readers for spending the time these days to proportion issues which are close to and costly to me.  As my previous pal Jim Dugger used to mention, thank you for studying the entire option to the ground.

 

I AM THANKFUL to these of you who categorical your emotions to me about stuff I’ve incorporated right here.  I listen from pals close to and a long way and that’s any other probably the most advantages I obtain. Please be happy to e mail me if you’re so moved.  The ones messages are continuously value greater than cash.

 

And now as you sit down down with friends and family these days and revel in a few of lifestyles’s largest pleasures, I am hoping you’ll to find time to consider the issues on your lifestyles for which to offer thank you.

 

Glad Thanksgiving!!!

 

(E mail John Hunt at nomarathonmoose@gmail.com)

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