Thursday, November 26, 2009


This week I’ve been reflecting on the things for which I am thankful, as most people do this time of year. In regards to this site, I’m thankful for the opportunity to write it. I’m glad that I have happened upon something that I find so interesting and at times all-consuming. I’m also thankful that there are people out there who read it – thanks.

From a big picture perspective, I’m also thankful for some of the many unique features of our country that enable this conversation. Because of the foresight of our founding fathers we have the ability to own land privately. Average people can own property that can create great wealth. In another country, this site might only marvel at how some rich land owner whose family received a land grand from a king 400 years ago is getting richer. That’s not the case here. Our free enterprise system has enabled the entrepreneurial spirit that brought little guys with big ambitions to the energy field. The drive and spirit of the folks who own independent gas companies created the opportunities that we see in the Haynesville Shale. I am thankful to them. These are just a few, but list is long.

I try to keep my personal life and opinions out of this site as much as possible, but it’s been a tough week for my immediate family. My wife’s father passed away earlier this week. It has been hard on everyone, especially given the timing of the holiday. But it is in the spirit of Thanksgiving that we are able to share in the strength of family and friends. As her family gathers from far and near, the unity helps soften the blow to the individuals. The experience of this week makes me realize how thankful I am for the little things that I don’t always appreciate, especially about people who are no longer here.

In sum, I am thankful for the love of friends and family, including those who are no longer with us and those who have yet to arrive. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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