ON Thanksgiving, remember: if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, you’re drunk already. Ducks don’t talk.

Folks, alcohol is never the answer — unless the question is, “Why were you barely conscious on the kitchen floor eating cat food?”

Anyway, unlike the Covid-19 pandemic, 2021 is almost over, but we’re not sure yet if that’s a good or bad thing. (2022 is an election year. Oh the humanity.)

But no matter how bleak things are, there is always a time to reflect…and get drunk. Just kidding. The world still teems with so many good and beautiful things as Marianas Variety’s 27th annual Thanksgiving list clearly shows. (As usual, the items are listed in no particular order.)

Party on.

1) K-Andrea Evarose Limol says “there are so many people, things, places, and events to be thankful for, but I'm especially thankful for God, my entire family, all of my incredibly supportive friends, mentors, alma maters, past and present employers, colleagues, sources, and community, including our frontline workers who sacrifice so much for the sake of the community. I'm also thankful for the future generations. I hope they inherit a safer, cleaner, and more peaceful earth.”

2) Emmanuel “Arnold” Erediano says “thank you to Boss Amier, Ma'am Jenny, Zaldy, Che and Zoe, Marianas Variety family, Jeanette, Johana, John Gabriel, Remiel, John Baron, John Yuri, MJ, Arlynn, Dick and kids, Mayettte and family, Dong and family, Inday, Mommy Ching, Best Edgar Gares, Best Dennis Jay, Auntie Rose, Auntie Annie, USCIS, CCERA, Kilili, Andrea and family, President Biden, U.S. Congress, Mareng Chai, Paire OB and family, NAP, Walter Macaranas and family, Covid-19  Task Force, CHCC, Warren Villagomez, Esther Muna, Ret. Judge Juan Lizama, Discover, Sen. Paul Manglona, Speaker Edmund S. Villagomez, the House of Representatives, Reps. Joel Camacho, Tina Sablan, Ed Propst, Sheila Babauta, Celina Babauta, John Paul Sablan, Ralph Yumul, Richard Lizama, Donald Manglona, Leepan, Vicky, Angel, Roy, Jessica Tomokane, Kina Salas, Pete Towai, Dennis Reyes, Doris Bermudes, Joan Kaipat, Shanele Borja, all LB staff, Doc Ike Dela Cruz and family, Rita Sablan, Meng, Glenna Palacios, Lt. Gov. Arnold Palacios, Mayor David Apatang, Henry Hofschneider, Danny Quitugua, Bobby Iglesias, Nola Hix, Green Meadows, Ma'am Mila, Neflix, IT&E, Meta, WhatsApp, Triple J, Franco, Amy, Sundance Gardens, Eric Wong, Klyde, SBA, Warlee Ellama, NMIFA, Tan Holdings Football Club, NMASA, Ben Babauta, Carlene Sablan, Bantalan Sugar Dock, Inc.,  Hyatt Regency Saipan, Myline, IMG, Rotary Club of Saipan, Wendell Posadas, Kinpachi Restaurant, Misako Kamata, Sonia Diwa, and most of all, The Lord.”

3) Lori Lyn Lirio says “thank you to my sister, Cyndie Lirio, for 40 years of love and memories; K-Andrea, for late-night chats and for spiritual encouragement; Mayla Santos, for helping me out; Zaldy Dandan, for always including me in the equation when there is an editorial situation; Ronnel, for the pep talk; Uly Sabuco, for the deets; BOE Chairman Andrew Orsini, for always taking time to answer my emails and calls; Kiko and Dos Penaranda.”

4) The people and the government of the CNMI

5) U.S.A.! U.S.A.!

6) Maya Kara, RIP our dear friend

7) Bruce Mailman and family, Mailman & Kara, LLC staff

8) Eli Arago, RIP honorary consul

9) CHCC

10) Covid-19 Task Force

11) the frontliners against the pandemic

12) the Covid-19 vaccine

13) God Bless America

14) zd says thank you Abed, Paz, Amier, Jenny, Laila, Lawrence, Banny, Farah, Suaad and Salam

15) To the hardworking people of MV’s editorial, art, administration, sales, production, accounting and circulation departments — you are all deeply appreciated.

16) Uly Sabuco Torres, the man and the legend

17) Mar-Vic, Joe and the kids

18) Pacific Island Times

19) Virgie Avendaño-Woodruff and her kids

20)  Brenda & Fred

21) John and Gloria Sablan

22) JG Sablan Ice & Water

23) Dental Care

24) Mount Carmel School

25) Galvin, Velma and their children

26) NMC

27) PSS/BOE

28) PJ O’Rourke’s “Don't Vote - It Just Encourages the Bastards”

29) Bob the cat

30) Miguel, Zoe & Chéché

31) Courtney’s Plaza, Torres Refrigeration, Dante & Josie

32) B&R Auto Repair

33) Steve Nutting & family

34) Gold’s Gym

35) Roger the barber

36) cat food, cat treats, cat litter

37) shipping containers

38) Philip Roth

39) The Stoics

40) TikTok

41) Mike Ernest & family

42) The poems of Butch Macansantos, Sawi Aquino and former Judge Simeon Dumdum Jr.

43) Nick Pichay

44) Beret Strong, John Tweedy and children

45) Gin martini

46) Scotch whisky

47) Rita and Frank Sablan

48) Sonnie Sablan and Inas’ Kitchen

49) JKPL and its staff

50) Jeff Schorr and family

51) Jeff Turbitt and family

52) Brad Ruszala and family

53) Ivan & Juanita Propst

54) Don Farrell and family

55) Noriyasu Hiroguchi and family

56) Ray Agulto and family

57) Charles P. Reyes Jr., Esq.

57) Judge Ken Govendo and family

58) Judge Joseph N. Camacho and family

59) Daisy, George and Jordan

60) Bobby and Karen Myers and their kids

61) John H. and Lynn T.

62) H.L. Mencken

63) Thomas Sowell

64) Arthur Schopenhauer

65) Henri Bergson

66) chess

67) The One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church

68) Holy Rosary

69) Kevin D. Williamson

70) Zen Buddhism

71) Andrew Soltis’s “Tal, Petrosian, Spassky and Korchnoi,” “Smyslov, Bronstein, Geller, Taimanov and Averbakh,” & “Soviet Chess 1917-1991”

72) Kindle

73) amazon.com

74) zd’s fourth book is coming out soon!

75) fountain pens

76) The Dutch Defense, Philidor’s Defense, Queen’s Gambit, King’s Gambit, Evans Gambit, Trompowsky Attack

77) e-books

78) internet

79) electricity

80) CUC

81) IT&E

82) Docomo Pacific

83) smartphones

84) smart people

85) Jim and Grace Belyea

86) Joyce McClure

87) Angelo and Edz

88) Cinta M. Kaipat

89) Gloria Hunter and family

90) Donna Cruz and family

91) crispy pata

92) Chamorro red rice

93) finadene

94) Pete P. Reyes and family

95 Diego & Vicky Benavente

96) Arin Greenwood

97) Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and family

98) Congressman Kilili and family

99) Robert Hunter and family

100) Rep. Edwin Propst and family

101) Rep. Tina Sablan and family

102) Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios and family

103) Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang and family

104) Senate Floor Leader Vinnie F. Sablan and family

105) Kimberlyn King-Hinds and family

106) Robert T. Torres and family

107) Jessica Zafra’s “Age of Umbrage”

108) Pacifica Insurance and Shirley Sablan

109) indoor plumbing

110) running water

111) Saipan lagoon

112) Marianas Trench

113) Majesty Restaurant

114) Shirley’s Coffee Shop

115) J’s Restaurant

116) McDonald’s

117) KFC/Taco Bell

118) Joeten stores

119) Triple J Payless SuperFresh & Truckload Store

120) Twins Supermarket

121) LJ’s Store

122) Canton Restaurant

123) gasoline

124) Mobil and Shell

125) vehicles

126) car dealers

127) mechanics

128) tourism industry

129) James Sablan “would like to thank my girlfriend Dana Manglona for always having my back and keeping me in check when I need to be. I would also like to thank my family and the community as well for keeping Saipan as safe as it could and for events that continue to shed some hope during the pandemic. Thank you to everyone who has made an impact on my life and hope and to everyone else who makes me proud to call CNMI my home.”

130) Taro bread

131) butter

132) Vir, Alice and Josh

133) Lee, Vicky DLG and their children

134) Roy Reyes and family

135) Pale Ike Ayuyu

136) Caravan of Food

137) Here’s to old friends and former comrades-in-arms: Raffy A., Ferdie, Rick, Jojo,  Gemma, Haidee, Rene, Moneth, Choobs, Alexie Z., Jacq, Aggie, Jude, Junhan, Gaynor, Gerry P., Fil Olimpo, Flor Pamintuan, Rhony Laigo, Dong Camacho, Eileen Oreiro, Chau Nguyen, Chris Nelson, Carlotta Leon Guerrero, Glenn Wakai, Bob Coldeen

138) Thank you pareng Makoy, Jess G. & family, Sally, Osang, Lisa Cruz & family, Tekya, Prof, Talits, Loids, Ariel & Khalil, Vino & family, Ka Ed, Tere & family, Jonathan Logtu, Jon Perez, Arsen & family, Mama Gaya, sister Noemi, Lala, Jayden, Rey, Niño and family, George & family, Janet & daughter, Arnold, Bryan, Lyn, Sophia P., K-Andrea, James Sablan, Chummie, Virginia Ogerio, Rick & family,  Jerome,  Bob Schwalbach, Joy, Ella, Paul, Bhadjoe, KC & Dheng, Patz and Emz

139) Dr. Ed Tudor

140)  Bestseller bookstores on Guam and Saipan

141) The Guam Daily Post

142) Ayn Rand

143) Frédéric Bastiat

144) Friedrich Hayek

145) Ludwig von Mises

146) Herbert Spencer

147) John Stuart Mill

148) baby back ribs

149) Japanese pork curry

150) Diet Pepsi

151) Walt FJ Goodridge

152) Humanities Council

153) Matthew Deleon Guerrero and family

154) Kevin Bautista and family

155) MV readers, contributors, advertisers

156) And you of course

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