I want to give a great happy Thanksgiving to all my Christmas light buddies on this forum. I'd also like to share with you a few Thanksgiving thoughts. I have definetely gotten a bit more mean and envious about my local Christmas Decor franchise here and I believe my posts have reflected that. I also have lashed out at the cheapies and griped about other things as well. I'd like to make it my goal from now til Christmas to change my thinking and tone. I want this thread to mark some important points in my life right now. First and foremost, I am Thankful for my loving, spritual relationship with God and my church family. It is my rock that tethers me. I am Thankful for my wonderful wife and 4 children. I love them and they love me, unconditionally. If you want to see a photo, you can go to geeklites.com. and float around. You are not allowed however, to criticize my website. it was a 1200 buck experiment that, at least I am thankful that I have one. I am Thankful that all of my family and myself are healthy and fine. I am thankful that I have a nice, non money pit 2200 square foot home, cars that run currently, food in the fridge, and bills caught up. I am thankful that although I fell and dropped 20 foot to the ground off a ladder during a cleanup from the icestorm we had here in february, I broke no bones, had no internal damage other than a concussion, and I was only sore/kinda virtigo dizzy sometimes for 2 months. I am 100% fine now, and understand many people die from that kind of a fall or are seriously injured. Of THAT miracle, I am grateful and thankful to God. I am Thankful for all the landscape light jobs, and any other work I did this year, that helped me keep up with my bills in the off season. I am Thankful that I have closed 23 new customers, around 75k in new work and am keeping up my average 3k per new customer this year. I have add-ons figured in there, but new sales are new sales. I am Thankful for all the rehang customers that continued to use me this year. When you lose 25 properties, you really learn to appreciate the 135 that stuck with you. I am thankful that I have not had major mechanical problems with any of my personal or business vehicles. I am Thankful that I have not had to really make too many signifigant inventory purchases yet on the current sales. I pretty much have just been selling stuff I paid for last year, except maybe bulbs, clips, cords, timers. I am thankful that all employees started this year are still with me and they have pretty much showed up every day. I am thankful that, for the most part, they all give an honest effort at doing thier best. I am Thankful that the weather has been good enough for me to keep promises to all customers about hanging times, and good enough to keep up so as to not lose bids to other companies that can get it up quicker. I am thankful that my main competitor does carry insurance, workmans comp and looks very professional, and thier guys have training, are clean cut, and thier jobs and trucks look good. it raises the professionalism and value of my trade. I am thankful for the ideas that continually pop in my head to make this business better. I am thankful for this community to share my ideas, and I am thankful for you guys when you call me out when I am wrong and make mistakes. I will make an absolute stronger better effort to be thankful for what I have.