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Posted: November 19, 2012
by Ted Greenberg
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In just a few short days, families around the United States will celebrate Thanksgiving by overeating, watching football games and annoying the hell out of one another. In New York, where some residents are just getting their power back, this Thanksgiving will be very different than the previous ones, pre-Superstorm Sandy.
I am grateful for many things, particularly these five things, this November.
5) Power and hot water. Spend a week or so without these trappings of modern life, and you will be very grateful for them. Particularly hot water. New Yorkers should never be without it as we’re constantly in contact with people we don’t know. And, goodness, you hope they’ve had a shower. Power is certainly helpful to run our myriad of devices and my show — Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer — relies on it week in and week out at the SoHo Playhouse.
4)The Human spirit. Nothing has personified it more than all of the New York who have donated money, time, food and clothing to those in need post-Superstorm Sandy. I always knew I lived in the greatest city on the earth, and the past few weeks have proven it more so. Thank you New York.
3) The New York Knicks. I never thought I’d say this again, but Madison Square Garden is alive again. My fave basketball team ran up seven straight wins to start the 2012-2013 season. I cannot believe it. Keep it going Knickerbockers. We, New Yorkers, need something to cheer about. See number 5.
2) Gas. I never thought I’d say that. But, it’s true. As someone who drives a cab post-show, access to gas is very important. The rationing — alternating days in which people can get gas — will continue through the Thanksgiving holiday, but I’m thrilled that it’s easier to get than in the first week post-Superstorm Sandy.
1) My Show. I’m very, very grateful I get to entertain you once a week — Saturday nights at 10:00 pm at the SoHo Playhouse. It’s a dream to take the stage in downtown Manhattan, and to be able to do this every week for four, going on five, years. I truly feel like the luckiest guy on earth. Hope to see you soon so you can see exactly why.
A very big happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Don’t eat too much of that jello mold.
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