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A Photo Gallery of the Things I am Grateful for This Year

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First of all, you are a total jerk if you don't mention family first. It's de rigeur. OK, as much as I hate it, Mom, thanks for that Catholic school education that I hated but that taught me phrases like de rigeur.

Then you're usually supposed to be thankful for your health. Well, that hasn't been so great this year. But I'm still alive. I can see, hear, walk, and navigate through Citiwalk without assistance. So I'm still doing pretty damn good.

This year I'd like to thank LAist for turning me into an Angeleno. All of my life I have been a person who lives in LA. But I never felt the civic pride that permeates places like New York. Thanks to this blog, I now feel like connected to the city. I am part of the organism, I am another face of the city, and I walk in rhythm to its beat.