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November 25, 2010

5 Things That I Am Thankful For: Joe Flesche Edition

Since today is Thanksgiving, I decided to have some of CCD's closest friends & contributors share the 5 things in their lives that they are truly thankful for... not family, or boyfriends/girlfriends/spouses etc.... the real stuff they need to keep them going. With no further ado, I present a life long friend and former college roomate Joe "Fletch" Flesche's 5 Things I Am Thankful For!!!

I got an e-mail yesterday from Mike D asking me write an article for CCD. Man, I was honored. So I immediately starting thinking and writing about the topic, and 13 hours later, we have...

Joe F's list of '5 items in my life that I need daily & are thankful for'

  1. Commuting - Crazy right? So let me explain (I'll make it short). I went to school for chemical engineering (I was roomies with Mike D for a year. Yeah son!), and my plan was to work for a pharmaceutical company after getting out of school. Well that was a great idea except for the fact that I could not work in the New York / Long Island area since there is little to no manufacturing facilities in the area. Don't get me wrong, I love the work I do for my company, but I have to commute in order to make the family happy. So, when I commute to work, I get to catch up on things that I normally don't have time for at home. When I was taking public transportation (2 hours each way), I was able to read a ton of books and listen to music. But now I get to drive 50 miles each way to work! Awesome! I have plenty of time to listen to the radio and get agravated on the way home (about 1.5 hours each way). So I am thankful that I have time during the days I commute to work to listen to Cipha Sounds and Rosenburg, NPR, 710AM, 770AM, 1010AM, various mixtapes and hip-hop/rap albums. (Please note that commuting sucks. I'm just trying to make myself feel better about what I have to do. Did I convince you?)
  2. Working from home - I am lucky that I have a job that allows me to work from home. And any day that I don't have to commute to work is a great day. Yeah I don't get to listen to the radio, but I am thankful that I can work from home and have a bit less stress, more sleep, and more time for me and my family.
  3. Google - I'm not just talking about as a search engine. I'm specifically talking about the Google suite of software; Google Mail, Google Calendar (with Tasks), Google Reader, Blogspot/Blogger, Documents, Picasa, Chrome, etc. I am so very thankful every day for Google having a fantastic product line that is absolutely free. The product that I use most is the Google Calendar. We use it as a family to scheduling everything; there is never a question when there's a doctor appointment or a family party. I also use Google Reader to keep track of all of my websites that I frequent (CCD!). If you don't use the Google products, you're missing out!
  4. Hair - I have the uncanny ability to grow hair at a rapid rate. This could be looked at as a curse (the need for frequent haircuts, excessive chest hair, back hair, the need for grooming, etc.) or as a blessing (for obvious top of the head reasons, beards, mustaches or because I could pass as a werewolf). But I am thankful every day that I have a full mane of hair!
  5. Getting my crap together - I have been lifting and running inconsistantly since college, without much to show for it. I could never get my act together. Within the past month, I have been thinking of some things that 2 important people in my life have said. The two most important things are...
    • Stop being a pussy. JoeyESQ
    • Its hard for life to get in the way at 5AM. George M
    So now I've got myself a reasonable lifting and running plan thanks to these two guys (and for that, we thank you).
Pretty lame list huh? I'm old...

-Joe F


  1. Good job!

    I don't envy you AT ALL on that commute deal you've been dealt. I won't rub it in that it takes me only 5 minutes to drive to work south bound on the Grand Central Parkway against the flow of regular traffic....and North bound on the way home with equal amounts of non-traffic issues. Sometimes I don't even get through even one song off a CD before I arrive. Oops. So much for not rubbing it in.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you Katie and the kids.

    Great beard! I'd say we both missed 1 thing we were grateful this time of year...our 'winter beards' but I think they're getting so long they fall moreso into the category of Family/Friends that Mike asked us to set aside in writing this piece. Haha

    Have a great holiday, Joe.

  2. Thanks Jeff. I always wonder what my life would be like with a 5 minute commute. All I can do is dream about it, because it will probably never happen.

    There's only a short time left for my beard. If I let if go another week, Katie is going to kill me! Before it goes, I'm going to do some crazy staches!

  3. I'm on board with the mustache idea when I'm through also. But, this beard of mine is staying until Spring if I have my way.

  4. I love my fast-growing hair as long as it doesn't go too long without being tamed and it turns into some unrecognizable mess...but it's definitely a gift!

    And I've got a solid commute as well...the bus that goes to my school leaves straight from the edge of my block and brings me right there! That is, if I don't miss it...