OT - I am thankful for

Submitted by Magga Saraivah on November 17th, 2014 at 4:56 PM

There has been a lot of negativity this year (bad season, concussion gate, fire Brandon, fire Hoke, Frank Clark, etc).  I think we need to take a break and consider all of the good things in our lives and about this community. 

I personally am thankful for having a great family who made it possible for me to attend such a great University.  I am thankful for the the Education this University gave me and the future it has created for me.

Remember, we are all maybe just a few stupid decisions (either ours or someone elses) away from having all this taken away from us.

What are you thankful for ?

EDIT:  Sorry too many e's.  Spelling goof.



Bando Calrissian

November 17th, 2014 at 4:59 PM ^

I'm thankful for the saint of a common friend my parents had their freshman year in the dorms, who introduced them to each other and led them on the path to starting a family with six Michigan degrees between all of us, thousands of Michigan sporting events attended together, and a lot of really great Ann Arbor memories to go around.


November 17th, 2014 at 5:09 PM ^

I love Michigan sports, but I am much more thankful for the education I received and the friends I made at U of M. While sports is the easiest way to stay connected to the university, I find myself most proud of the myriad ways its contributes to society on a daily basis. It's great to be a Michigan Wolverine.


November 17th, 2014 at 5:10 PM ^

who was born on a rubber plantation in a village in Malaysia, supported his parents and 4 siblings from the age of 15, managed to get a full ride for graduate school at Cal-Berkeley, had me, eventually moved us to Ann Arbor when I was 3 years old, took over as chair of his department the next year, and finally stepped down last year after over 20 years--the longest tenure of a chair in LSA history.


November 17th, 2014 at 5:18 PM ^

I'm thankful I survived a rough upbringing, a stint in the Marines, and now have the pleasure of children and a wife who will never know the hell I went through to get our family to this point.


November 18th, 2014 at 12:57 PM ^

I am thankful for your service to our country and that you are healing from your tough experiences!  I am also thankful that you are thankful for your family!  Family is irreplaceable and being a great father and husband is to be commended!


Go Blue!


Big Mike

November 17th, 2014 at 5:19 PM ^

having a complete family. Having a job, and an amazing girlfriend. I am also thankful for my dogs and my favorite person ever, coach senior. I would be nothing without the things.

1989 UM GRAD

November 17th, 2014 at 5:23 PM ^

As of last week, two of my friends from high school - who also attended U of M with me - have passed away as a result of bile duct cancer.

I understand the passion that many of us feel for U of M sports (football and basketball, in particular), but some of you really need to step away and take a deep breath.

Maybe it's because I'm a bit older than most of you...or because of the losses and struggles I've experienced...but the lack of perspective around here sometimes amazes me.

So, while this is a bit of a corny topic for the board, it is a good reminder...and made me want to add my snark-free $.02.


November 17th, 2014 at 5:25 PM ^

I am definitely thankful that I've finally found a few projects / responsibilities in my professional career that allow me to show the company some of the ways I can provide value and insight, but more importantly, that my family is well taken care of as a result. 

I am also thankful that I get to help moderate a very good blog and support a great group of users. 


November 17th, 2014 at 5:33 PM ^

Sorry man, we can't be Thankful for anything for another week and a half. I'll wait til then to decide.

In all seriousness, it's the approach of basketball season for me. I love me some JB. Also thankful for their game tonight.


November 17th, 2014 at 5:39 PM ^

I'm thankful for this post. I haven't posted much the last several months, as the negativity has been too much for me. However, like a moth drawn to the flame, I can't quite quit this blog. Thanks for your perspective.

Speaking of perspective, I'm thankful for time away from this blog to think about what is really important, which means I've spent more time with my family, more time doing things that matter, less time on the internet.

I'm thankful for the time I had in Ann Arbor, and thankful for so many blessings from God in this life. If I had to pick just a couple, I'd say I'm thankful that God is patient and forgiving, and I'm thankful for good people around me, from a wife and children to good friends. I think I'll just stop there.


November 17th, 2014 at 6:11 PM ^

Is generally in such good shape that I can obsessively check this blog for news of a change of our FB coach. At the moment I don't have a family member's bad diagnosis, financial catastrophe, or Visigoths, Vikings, Buckeyes, or other barbarians threatening to sack my town as concerns. When you put it in perspective, things are pretty good.


November 17th, 2014 at 7:31 PM ^

and the rest is just icing on the cake. 

the challenge is to be appropriately grateful and count all your trials as joy.   much easier said than done.




November 17th, 2014 at 7:48 PM ^

For getting our puppy through housebreaking by now. It's winter out there! I'm not standing out in the yard at 11pm and 7am trying to get a dog to do her business out there instead of in the house!