West Side Stories

A Tosa resident for almost 20 years, Karen is a mom and freelance writer, addicted to playing tennis. When not on the tennis court, she spends the fall and winter in the stands at Green Bay Packer and Marquette basketball games.

Karen is the author of “Grab a Bite,” a dining out column and the former community columnist for the Wauwatosa NOW newspaper.

A Touch of Snarky Gratitude


During this Thanksgiving weekend, we all have much for which we should be thankful...and I am! But just for fun, I thought I’d share with you my tongue-in-cheek list of blessings:


I’m thankful for e-mail spam. How else would I find out about the wonder of the Acai Berry, Rachael Ray’s latest diet or the many overseas messages that begin: “My dear friend…”?


I’m thankful that the song “Saved by Zero” has been resurrected by Toyota. Finally, something to replace “Zoom Zoom Zoom” in my head.


I’m thankful to have met my one reader, Pat, in the grocery store recently. She made me feel almost famous and astonished that someone else besides my husband is actually reading this.


I’m thankful that the election is over but am wondering what CNN will now do with that super-duper hologram technology?


I’m thankful for the Detroit Lions, because now some other team in the NFC North can get embarrassed on national TV.


I’m thankful for the employees at Kohl’s and AMC Theatres who recently tried to save me money by offering the senior discount. It’s whippersnappers like that who really put a spring in my step! Humble pie, anyone?


I’m thankful for Rosie O’Donnell. See Detroit Lions comment above. (What?! Is that mean?)


I’m thankful for cell phones. Now I can talk to my children anytime and still have no clue where they are. Ah, parenting at its finest.


I’m thankful for America’s conversion to digital TV on February 17, 2009. Seriously, it’s going to be so much fun:  (Click here for a good chuckle!)  


I’m thankful for Facebook. Finally, a way for millions of people to waste time right when we’re trying to jump-start the economy.


I’m thankful for blogging because now anyone can easily confirm that I have absolutely nothing worthwhile to say!


On a more serious note, I am so grateful for family, friends, faith, health and the many Tosans who make our community so great. I’m also deeply grateful and in debt to the millions of service men and women – past, present and future – who sacrifice so much for our freedom. God bless, all of you!


Happy Thanksgiving!


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