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Volume 69, Issue 67, Monday, December 1, 2003


A lot to be thankful for after Turkey Day

Christian Schmidt
Opinion Columnist

It's a few days after Thanksgiving, and the glow of family and huge meals is just beginning to wear off. With a bit of hindsight, it's time to be thankful for the things we have, and I know I have much for which to be thankful.

The most important thing I have to be thankful for is my health. Aside from a nasty cold over the weekend, I've been in good health, and that's something truly important.

I'm thankful for my family, which came down to have Thanksgiving dinner with me and my aunt and uncle. I'm thankful for a beautiful 3-year-old niece who I can't wait to go to Austin to see again.

The friends I've made here at the University are also something to be thankful for, though many have already moved on to bigger and better things. They have all made my time here a great adventure and a pleasure. Thanks.

I have to give thanks to The Daily Cougar as well. Before working here, it never really occurred to me that I could make a living off my writing abilities and my love of sports. Working here has been more fun than most people could possibly imagine.

I'm thankful for a Cougar bowl game, not just because it's a great day for the football team and the University, but also for purely selfish reasons. Another game for the Cougars means one more game for me to cover, as UH Athletics Director Dave Maggard pointed out to me Friday. I can't wait to road-trip to a Houston bowl game.

I'm also thankful for head coach Art Briles. He has turned around a Cougar program that hasn't known many happy days in the last few years. But more than what he has done on the field, Briles has been good off the field for his team and the University.

I'm also thankful that there will be elections a year from now, giving the nation a chance to elect a new president (of course, our current leader didn't really win the last time, so I'm skeptical about the coming showdown).

I'm thankful for the troops we have around the world doing their job better than anyone else could. I also wish they could be home right now rather than engaging in a what looks to become a long, bloody and pointless war in Iraq. Here's hoping you can all come home soon.

And I'll be especially thankful a few days from now when the semester ends. Another semester down, and just one more to go.

Have some happy holidays, folks. Go Coogs.

Schmidt, a senior English major, 
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