Nov. 28, 2013
Today is Thanksgiving, my first away from home. Instead of sitting down to a meal with my family, I'm in the Oxley Center preparing for a busy weekend on campus. There is no turkey for me today, but instead a plate of Chinese takeout. Mashed potatoes are replaced by a pile of game notes and the chatter of relatives is replaced by the hum of the copier in the mail room.
However, this will be my first Thanksgiving weekend with my new family - my FAU family. With four basketball games and a football game over the next two days, we'll be seeing plenty of each other. When the dust clears after all of the action, the football team could potentially be on its way to a bowl game and the women's basketball team could be on its longest winning streak since 2005.
Snow is on the ground in my hometown in Tennessee while it's 70 degrees and sunny here in Boca. It just doesn't feel like Thanksgiving to me, but that's no reason not to give thanks. I'm thankful for Katrina giving me the opportunity to work at FAU. I'm thankful for Pat Chun and his leadership of our department. I'm thankful for our student-athletes and coaches, for without them, we wouldn't be here. And last but not least, I'm thankful for my family for supporting me from afar.