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Malcomb: Giving thanks where it's due

It's that time of year again where I'm thinking about all the things in this world that I have to be thankful for. It's been a couple years, so I think it's time I put together a new list.

As always, this column is inspired by Ron Green Sr.'s annual Thanksgiving column in the Charlotte Observer, something I've looked forward to reading every year since I was old enough to pick up a newspaper. With that in mind, here are some things that I am thankful for — in no particular order.

I'm thankful my wife and I are hosting Thanksgiving this year. This has nothing to do with staying home on Thanksgiving and everything to do with my wife making an absolutely obscene amount of gravy concentrate (yeah, that's what happens at my house) on Sunday. Not only is it the base for my favorite Thanksgiving food, it also allowed me spend my Sunday afternoon munching on bits of turkey while half paying attention to the Vikings.

I'm also thankful for turkey. If you don't like that tastiest of American poultry, we're definitely not friends and I might want to fight you. I'm kidding, I probably won't fight you over turkey. Probably.

I'm thankful for the opportunities my job gives me to sit down and talk hoops with Terry Blood and Chris Lemke. One of my favorite memories of the past year was sitting down with Coach Blood in the Romano Gym locker room after a heartbreaking loss in the section tournament and he was already excited about this season.

I'm also grateful for a coach like Bill Anderson, who was volunteering with the Two Harbors football team at the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon start in June when he saw my coming down the starting chute more than a little late. He walks up to me, shakes my hand and says, "Jamey, I don't know if you know this, but the race started about 20 minutes ago." I laughed about that all the way to Duluth. It still kills me.

I'm thankful that I work in Lake County. I get a chance to see a side of the county and its people that few other people see and I hope I do a good job letting everybody know what's happening around town, even if every once in awhile I end up clipping a deer on the 61 Expressway.

I'm thankful for my comfy chair in the basement and I can't wait to curl up with a good book on a snowy day this winter, tell Alexa to put on some tunes and get lost for a few hours.

I'm thankful my family came to visit the North Shore. It was a crazy week, but it was all worth it. While we're at it, I'm super excited to go home to North Carolina next month and spend Christmas with them. It's been too long since I've been home and I can't wait to wake up Christmas morning to sausage balls and mom's homemade cinnamon rolls.

There are so many more things in my life to be thankful for, my wife, my dog and my house, but that's boring and most of you heard it before and I need to get to the Thanksgiving leftovers. Have a great weekend, folks.

Jamey Malcomb is a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle. He is the beat writer for the Lake County Board of Commissioners, Lake Superior School District board of education and high school sports in Lake County.

Jamey Malcomb

Jamey Malcomb has been a reporter for the Pine Journal since October 2018. He previously worked as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle from 2015-2018. Malcomb is a native of North Carolina and holds a bachelor's degree in English and history from the George Washington University and a master's degree in education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Malcomb moved to Minnesota in July 2012 and worked as a sports clerk and news assistant at the Duluth News Tribune. 

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