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Thankful for Good Health, Mild Weather and Creative Inspirations, Too

As Thanksgiving nears, Long Beachers share their thoughts on what matters most to them this time of year.

Long Beach Patch trekked around to various places in the city recently to ask people a simple seasonal question: What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

Here are some of the answers we received:

  • "I'm thankful I'm fine after my car accident this year." ~ Arnold Argueta, barista at Paninis & Bikinis
  • "I'm thankful for my health, that I'm a two-time cancer survivor, that my children are in tact, for my son who just came home from the Marines, and I'm thankful for this great country." ~ Judy McBride, hair stylist at The Station
  • "I'm thankful for my daughter Karleigh." ~ Margaret Capobianco, librarian at Long Beach Public Library
  • "I'm thankful for the first time in a long time my family is all together." ~ Meri Vallo, Long Beach resident
  • "I'm thankful for creative inspirations." ~ Lindsay Vallo, Long Beach resident
  • "I'm thankful for my beautiful family, dear friends, and the families I'm fortunate enough to care for." ~ Dr. Matt Cohen, pediatrician
  • "I'm thankful for my family and for having a job. I've never seen anything like this before. I'm blessed to be working." ~ Kenny Minor, Waldbaum's employee
  • "I'm thankful for my job and my health — the usual things. But I'm also thankful that nobody I know is sick." ~ Gary Johanning, owner of Park Avenue Wine Shop.
  • "I'm thankful for the nice mild weather this year." ~ Winsome Parchment, cook at Waldbaum's delicatessen
  • "I'm thankful for my friends and family." ~ Sienna Hornberger, a 3-year-old Long Beach resident.
  • "I'm thankful for my health, my family, our business and that the locals supports us. We wouldn't be a business without them." ~ Cassandra Bolivar, manager of Long Beach Craft & Variety

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