While I am no Kalen or Paul or Itzik or Erland (or… the list could go on and on), I am very thankful that I have been able to shape a moderately successful career around SQL Server. More importantly, I am thankful that the market continues to provide Microsoft with the motivation to improve upon the platform with each successive version. So one level of thanks goes out to:
On a non-technical note, I am quite thankful that I have had the ability to rescue two abused and neglected beagles, Kirby and Quigley:
Seeing these dogs transform quite literally into loving members of my family has been a joy that I can't possibly describe. If I could help out more pets in need by providing them a home, I would. In lieu of that, and after reading this horrible story, I have started up a fundraising page, trying to raise money for the Humane Society of Elkhart County. In just a few short days, I am more than halfway toward my modest goal of $500, and hope to help stop the unacceptable number of pets that are being euthanized, providing more animals with a chance at being in a loving home.
My Loved Ones
And last but not least, I wouldn't be where I am without the help of the people around me. Between my family, Nicole, and my circle of friends, I couldn't ask for more love and support. These people are there for me whether I am facing struggles at work, getting my radar detector confiscated, or getting my crotch burned by a careless Dunkin' Donuts employee.
I hope you are enjoying your Thanksgiving. For those not celebrating, I still urge you to take a moment and think about the elements in your life that you are thankful for.