San Francisco - November 24, 2004It’s a beautiful crisp fall Thanksgiving Eve morning here in the San Francisco Bay Area. The KPIX webcam shot at the right shows the early morning glow across the City looking at the Transamerica Pyramid and on to the Bay Bridge.

It’s hard to believe we’re just about to Thanksgiving already. I’m happy to not be traveling over the holiday, staying local with friends and family. I’ve certainly got a lot to be thankful for this year.

I remember a long time ago when I was just starting work with IBM, I thought I’d be retired sometime just about now. Somehow 2004 was always in my head as the right year to think about that. And, now, it’s just about over.

Of course, I’m hardly retired — in fact, probably busier than ever — and retirement still feels like it’s just out there another ten or fifteen years. I am especially thankful for the opportunity to continue to feel productive, to continue to learn, and to have fun. The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time, with great friends and family cheering you on.

Special thanks to the men and women of the US armed forces and their families for their sacrifices this year and over the years. Freedom is not free.