Happy Thanksgiving.  Ray here.

How do you like my Fall colours?  Nice huh?  See how proud and noble I look.  Did you know that our National Bird was almost the turkey?  Personally, I don't think a Bald Eagle has anything on me.  Except maybe flight.....and that cool head....and those massive talons.  Other than that, nothing.  I know it's Thanksgiving and all, but I'd like to talk about me for a few moments.  You've got all day to be thankful for other things but, for now, it's me.

Some of you are new and have never seen me before.  Others have only seen me a couple of times.  Pity.  For those of you who don't know much about me, I'm Ray Wattson.  You can think of me as your conscience of sorts.  The ladies of the House of Shine tend to be supportive and mentoring and nurturing and empathic and.....well you get the point.  I'm not.

I'm that guy that says what needs to be said.  I usually show up for special occasions and I dress the part.  Sometimes it's all fun and sometimes it's not.  Sometimes you need a swift kick in the @$$.  I tend not to sugar coat it and I don't think about your feelings when I'm talking.  I'm not interested in all the reasons that you couldn't do something.  I don't see obstacles.  Yeah, yeah, yeah, work is hard and the kids are harder.  You think you're fragile?  Try being a light bulb.

So when you're walking through your list of what to be thankful for; be thankful for me.  Ray Wattson.  I know what you're capable of.  I know you're talented.  I know you're stronger than you sometimes give yourself credit for.  Most of all I know that you Shine!

Happy Thanksgiving!