Giving Thanks – 2006
This time of the year, it’s not uncommon for media outlets, magazines, newspapers, etc, to often publish their obligatory “Thanksgiving reflections.” So Hoboken411.com will gladly follow along.
It’s going to be an annual tradition for Hoboken411 to “give thanks” for the many aspects of life that I have to be grateful for.
I invite all of you to share the things that you were thankful for during this year as well!
Happy Thanksgiving, and posting will be light for the next day (notwithstanding any wacky crime/incident stuff!) Will finally be taking a day off! Perhaps some Macy*s Thanksgiving Parade pictures for you to enjoy in the next day or so! Back in full force on Friday!
Thanksgiving 2006 – Hoboken411 is thankful for the following:
- First and foremost for my good health and the health of my friends and family alike. And for the strength and resilience of those that that had their share of struggles throughout the year.
- For having a nice home to live in, and to be able to enjoy the many aspects of Hoboken. From the beautiful architecture, to the tree-lined streets, and the (relatively) safe neighborhoods, the amazing conveniences, the four changing seasons, countless friends and acquaintances that greet me daily on the sidewalks, and the very powerful sense of belonging.
- This website, and how it’s changed me for the better. Being fed up with Corporate America allowed me to find a new passion in my life. Something I actually like doing. I’ve made many new friends, found myself actively involved with the community, offering a helping hand where I can, joining new groups and creating new affiliations, learning more about the town I live in, and even helping people who are moving or considering moving to Hoboken. It’s a priceless level of satisfaction no other job in my life has been able to provide.
- And for the challenges that such a decision has presented to me. The technological roadblocks, the exciting breaking news, the unpredictable nature of “what’s next?” and realizing the power of new media and it’s impact towards a town like ours. This is just the beginning and one can only imagine what the next year will bring.
- All the readers of Hoboken411, old and new. Whether the articles are good, bad or indifferent, positive or negative, grammatically or factually correct, it’s because of all of you Hoboken411 has grown into a great online community! Covering a wide range of topics, resulting in honest and often intense opinions with a demographically diverse user base. 500 registered commenter’s and 6,000 comments in 7 months! Our traffic has skyrocketed and shows no sign of slowing down! Collectively, the people are what makes this site a useful one for all to use. Thank you!
- Those that have helped 411 out. From the local readers who’ve provided tips, suggestions, feedback and photos. To the experts that have shed light and insight on topics that I was unaware of, and those that have information I’d never be able to get on my own. As well as the many people around the world that have helped improve the technology behind what you see each time you read it. Thank you all for making this site more complete! You know who you are!
- Believe it or not, I’m still thankful to be an American. Despite all the political rhetoric, and the arguably shrinking civil rights in this country, I’m still grateful for free speech and all the other freedoms we have that other countries don’t.
- The optimism that Hoboken411 will continue to grow as a community in the next year. I’m happy that it has the power to bring people together with similar interests, serve as a public suggestion box to help businesses improve with the feedback left, and the communication and sharing between residents that may not have been possible otherwise.
Thanks again for all the readers that read and participate in this site. May you enjoy the start of the official holiday season with friends and family, have a fun winter, and look forward to much more in the next 12 months!
FYI: Here’s a cool Flickr script. Each time you view this page the letters will change. Click the “spell” link after this to make your own random Flickr word or phrase! Fun stuff!